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Happy Labor Day! One of the traditions of Labor Day is picnicking. A historic place to picnic in Carlton County was at C...
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day!

One of the traditions of Labor Day is picnicking. A historic place to picnic in Carlton County was at Chub Lake in Carlton.

Here are picnickers traveling with rented horses to Chub Lake in 1908. The horses were from Goskell's livery stable on 13th Street in Cloquet.

09/02/2020

DONATING OF ITEMS NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID19:

We love to accession your historical items into our collection! And we love equally, the stories you share with your items. However, since we are closed to the general public due to the covid19 virus, we are unable to accept any items until further notice. Please be patient and save your items if you can. We will keep you updated as soon as our status changes.
Thank you very much!

Wright school rhythm band, 1920s.Wright, MN. Identities unknown.
08/30/2020

Wright school rhythm band, 1920s.

Wright, MN. Identities unknown.

Those lazy days of summers' past...Photographer: Harry Bergstrom of Wright, MN.Located in Wright, circa 1911-1918.
08/24/2020

Those lazy days of summers' past...

Photographer: Harry Bergstrom of Wright, MN.

Located in Wright, circa 1911-1918.

Did you know that Carlton County was almost along an international border? This could have been a possibility until when...
08/10/2020

Did you know that Carlton County was almost along an international border?

This could have been a possibility until when on this day in history, August 9, 1842, the Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed between the United States and Great Britain.

This treaty set the boundary between Canada and the United States. Before then, the boundary had been in dispute since the end of the American Revolution. Great Britain had pushed for the boundary for its colony to be as far south as the Fond du Lac neighborhood in Duluth, and for the St. Louis River to be a place of separation for the border going beyond that west.

The cause of the dispute had been a faulty map called Mitchell's Map which had been used at the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The new Webster-Ashburton Treaty clarified for both parties the real international borders, among other things.

If the decision had gone the other way, the CCHS museum in Cloquet would have had the best view looking across the St. Louis River into Canada.

"Mrs. John Weske Sees 5 Generations of Her Family"Photo description: "Here are five generations of a pioneer Moose Lake ...
07/31/2020

"Mrs. John Weske Sees 5 Generations of Her Family"

Photo description: "Here are five generations of a pioneer Moose Lake family, taken at a family reunion held July 3 at the home of Mrs. Ed Blaha, of Barnum. Mrs. John (Anna) Weske, 85, the great-great grandmother, is seated, holding the fifth generation, Shirley Ann, 3 1/2 months old. Paul Weske, 65, is seated with his mother. Standing on the left is Robert Weske Jr, 20, her great grandson, with his father Robert Weske, 42. "

Photo and newspaper article from the Moose Lake Star Gazette, August 11, 1949.

Thank you for the beautification City of Cloquet! A nearly 90 degree July day does not stop City of Cloquet summer emplo...
07/28/2020

Thank you for the beautification City of Cloquet! A nearly 90 degree July day does not stop City of Cloquet summer employees from working hard, here painting the benches in front of the Shaw Library. Shout out to Riley & Mikayla! Give 'em a LIKE!!

Wilson's Drug Store in Barnum. Taken after a fire in the building, January 26, 1909.
07/21/2020

Wilson's Drug Store in Barnum.
Taken after a fire in the building, January 26, 1909.

Barth and Alice (Habhegger) Wolf, their daughters Edith Willoughby, Barbara Fiala Donnelly, and niece Annie Peterson Zie...
07/15/2020

Barth and Alice (Habhegger) Wolf, their daughters Edith Willoughby, Barbara Fiala Donnelly, and niece Annie Peterson Ziebarth.

Barth Wolf (1852-1925) was "a kind and much loved citizen and good neighbor...to the Wrenshall community." He was born on a farm in Switzerland and immigrated to America when he was 16 years old. After moving around Wisconsin and Minnesota for a time, he settled in Wrenshall around 1884 when the community was first beginning.

In 1886, he married Alice S. C. Habhegger, the daughter of another prominent Wrenshall citizen, Fred Habhegger. They had two daughters, Edith and Barbara, and one son. Barth spent 18 years as the postmaster of Wrenshall and also kept a small store.

His funeral "was one of the largest funerals in the history of Wrenshall. The Presbyterian church was overcrowded and fully half of the friends could not get inside." He was buried at Hillside Cemetery in Carlton next to his infant son.

Source: Obituary, Carlton County Vidette, October 15, 1925.

Please donate towards our new roof fund!We are raising money for a new roof for our museum building, the Shaw Memorial L...
07/07/2020

Please donate towards our new roof fund!

We are raising money for a new roof for our museum building, the Shaw Memorial Library Building. The building turns 100 this year and needs a replacement roof.

Please follow this link to our website and click on "Donate New Roof Fund" on the top of the page to donate today.

https://www.carltoncountyhistory.org/home

07/07/2020

You can now sign up or renew your membership with us online!

Please follow this link to our website and click on "Become a Member" on the top of the page to sign up today!

https://www.carltoncountyhistory.org/home

Please donate towards our new roof fund!We are raising money for a new roof for our museum building, the Shaw Memorial L...
07/03/2020
Carlton County Historical Society

Please donate towards our new roof fund!

We are raising money for a new roof for our museum building, the Shaw Memorial Library Building. The building turns 100 this year and needs a replacement roof.

Please follow this link to our website and click on "Donate New Roof Fund" on the top of the page to donate today.

https://www.carltoncountyhistory.org/home

Become a Member. Renew Your Membership. Give a Gift Membership. The important work of collecting, preserving, and sharing Carlton County's history depends on member support. Receive unlimited free admission to the museum, a free book , CCHS newsletters, notices of events and activities – plus the ...

Do you remember when Cloquet's 4th of July used to be called Lumberjack Days? This celebration went on for several days,...
07/02/2020

Do you remember when Cloquet's 4th of July used to be called Lumberjack Days? This celebration went on for several days, ending with the 4th of July fireworks.

What are your memories from this celebration?

This ad is from Pine Knot- Billboard Monday edition, July 1, 1985.

You can now sign up or renew your membership with us online! Please follow this link to our website and click on "Become...
07/01/2020
Carlton County Historical Society

You can now sign up or renew your membership with us online!

Please follow this link to our website and click on "Become a Member" on the top of the page to sign up today!

https://www.carltoncountyhistory.org/home

Become a Member. Renew Your Membership. Give a Gift Membership. The important work of collecting, preserving, and sharing Carlton County's history depends on member support. Receive unlimited free admission to the museum, a free book , CCHS newsletters, notices of events and activities – plus the ...

Smile! National Camera Day is June 29. Celebrating the fact that photography, an invention of more than 800 years ago, o...
06/29/2020

Smile! National Camera Day is June 29. Celebrating the fact that photography, an invention of more than 800 years ago, once so complicated it took scientists to understand, is now part of our everyday lives.

Thank you Marlene Wisuri, former CCHS Executive Director for authoring this article "Reclaiming the Phographic Legacy of Octavie Morneau." Morneau was a famous business woman back in the day for her amazing photgraphic work in Carlton County's Cloquet at the turn-of-the-century.

Please visit this link:

http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/62/v62i07p268-280.pdf

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Kubot house (and cow) that was located near what is now the corner of 14th Street and Washington Avenue in Cloquet. Date...
06/10/2020

Kubot house (and cow) that was located near what is now the corner of 14th Street and Washington Avenue in Cloquet. Date unknown.

Bertha Helen (Wick) Paine of Carlton with her daughter, Myrtes, circa 1892.In 1891, Bertha Wick married Asa Paine in Car...
06/02/2020

Bertha Helen (Wick) Paine of Carlton with her daughter, Myrtes, circa 1892.

In 1891, Bertha Wick married Asa Paine in Carlton, MN. They had three daughters, Myrtes, Helen and Jean. Asa Paine was the only son of Captain James M. and Ellen Paine.

The Paine family was originally from Maine from an old family who settled in America in 1640. James Paine came to Minnesota in 1856 and settled in Carlton in 1870. Paine soon became a prominent figure after he built a sawmill in the growing N.P. Junction, later to be called Carlton.

His son, Asa, would also enterprise in Carlton in banking, lumbering and real estate. He would later move to the Twin Cities where he was well known in the commercial circles. He was also interested in automobiles and promoted clubs and racing.

Asa also lived in Dayton, FL and moved to Bermuda when he had some business reversal. At the time of his death in 1916, he was in a Vancouver, B.C. hospital. His wife and three daughters traveled from Colorado Springs, CO to Minnesota attend his funeral.

Board members and minutes from the first Cloquet Library Board meeting, August 9, 1895. Do you recognize any of the name...
05/11/2020

Board members and minutes from the first Cloquet Library Board meeting, August 9, 1895. Do you recognize any of the names?

Please also note the policy involving contagious diseases.

Young girl from the Fond du Lac Reservation who was sick with the Spanish Influenza, 1918.
05/08/2020

Young girl from the Fond du Lac Reservation who was sick with the Spanish Influenza, 1918.

Carlton Chicken Swap.Pine Knot news article, May 4, 1994.
05/06/2020

Carlton Chicken Swap.
Pine Knot news article, May 4, 1994.

Einar Alsides Reponen, 1893-1918. Einar was born in Finland in 1893. His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1902 and settl...
05/04/2020

Einar Alsides Reponen, 1893-1918.

Einar was born in Finland in 1893. His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1902 and settled in Cloquet. He joined the army during World War I and went to be stationed in Illinois at Camp Grant. He became ill in September and passed away October 7, 1918.

His body was shipped home on a train and arrived October 11, 1918. The next day he, along with his coffin, the depot at Cloquet and almost all of Cloquet were burned in the Fires of 1918.

If his illness was Spanish Flu related, then Einar would have been one of the few people personally affected by all the big three disasters of Minnesota in 1918; the War, Flu, and Fire. He was a soldier who possibly died from the flu and when shipped home, his body then accidentally burned in a deadly forest fire.

A notebook from Cloquet city health inspector, David Carlson, with recorded contracted diseases within the city. These a...
04/29/2020

A notebook from Cloquet city health inspector, David Carlson, with recorded contracted diseases within the city. These are pages from the years 1924 and 1931.

Dave Carlson was born in 1885 in Mason, Wisconsin. He came to Cloquet in 1914 and served the community as an assistant health officer. He died in 1936 at the age of 49 after 5 months of illness.

*Names and addresses blocked out to comply with HIPAA privacy issues.

Barnum GirlsWritten on back (possibly misidentified), "(L - R) Florence Beck, Emma Bell, & Betty Lundgren's mom, born 19...
04/28/2020

Barnum Girls

Written on back (possibly misidentified),
"(L - R) Florence Beck, Emma Bell, & Betty Lundgren's mom, born 1907. Barnum, circa 1907"

"Grandma" Peterson of Moose LakeOn the back of the photo, it is written,"She lived in a tiny house located just before y...
04/24/2020

"Grandma" Peterson of Moose Lake

On the back of the photo, it is written,

"She lived in a tiny house located just before you came to (the) old bridge by Hart's house. (It) had one room down and one room upstairs with a little crooked stairway. They told that when her house was threatened in 1918 fire, she would go across the road, get a pail of water, throw around her house, kneel down and pray then repeat process- her house was saved. She attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the people more or less took care of her- brought her food and etc. To my knowledge, she had no family and no one seemed to know anything about her. She was a dear, sweet person."

Woodbury SawmillBarnum, Minnesota2nd photo, left to right seated (only ones identified):Emil Hoganson, Ed Tegman, Matt R...
04/22/2020

Woodbury Sawmill
Barnum, Minnesota

2nd photo, left to right seated (only ones identified):
Emil Hoganson, Ed Tegman, Matt Rieves, Elvin Paul, Christ Moser, Old Man Dye, Billy Breitbach, Herman Gunderson

Postal worker Frank Pasek of Kettle River. Frank was born in 1899 and was living in Cloquet in 1905 with his family. In ...
04/20/2020

Postal worker Frank Pasek of Kettle River. Frank was born in 1899 and was living in Cloquet in 1905 with his family. In 1930, he was living in Silver Township near Kettle River. The occupation listed was a rural postal carrier. Frank retired in 1962 and lived until 1991. Top second photo is his Model T "snowmobile" car and the bottom photo was of his last day on the job before retirement.

Public health notice about the Polio disease.July 26, 1951, Moose Lake Star Gazette.
04/20/2020

Public health notice about the Polio disease.

July 26, 1951, Moose Lake Star Gazette.

History Trivia Question!Who was this Carlton County gentleman?Answer will be posted later in the comments.
04/18/2020

History Trivia Question!

Who was this Carlton County gentleman?

Answer will be posted later in the comments.

Carlton County History Trivia Question!Where was this scenery located?Answer will be posted later in the comments.
04/16/2020

Carlton County History Trivia Question!

Where was this scenery located?

Answer will be posted later in the comments.

"Miss Cloquet" was "the first airplane built in Cloquet."  Built by Trainer Airplane company, the plane took flight in 1...
04/15/2020

"Miss Cloquet" was "the first airplane built in Cloquet." Built by Trainer Airplane company, the plane took flight in 1932. Miss Cloquet was described as being "a low-winged monoplane, silver and black in color..." in a Cloquet newspaper article published Friday, August 12, 1932. In the picture, the plane is flown by "Joe Martyrauno, transport pilot of Buhl, Minn."

Jay Cooke State Park is named after American financer Jay Cooke, but it easily could have been named "Oldenburg State Pa...
04/14/2020

Jay Cooke State Park is named after American financer Jay Cooke, but it easily could have been named "Oldenburg State Park." The "Duluth News Tribune" wrote an article titled, "Could it be Oldenburg State Park?" explaining that Henry Oldenburg, a prominent lawyer from Green Bay, "started negotiations for use of the land for that purpose." However, "the state received by donation from the estate of Jay Cooke more than 2,000 acres of land bordering each side of the St. Louis River..." in 1915 and 1916, and it was named after him. But don't worry, Mr. Oldenburg still has a namesake in the park: Oldenburg Point, looking down at the St. Louis River.

(Article "Could it be Oldenburg State Park?" published on August 4, 1976 by "Duluth News Tribune")

Z is for for Charlotte Zacher!Charlotte was born April 10, 1912 in Carlton to Joseph and Ada (Fahlberg) Zacher. She was ...
04/13/2020

Z is for for Charlotte Zacher!

Charlotte was born April 10, 1912 in Carlton to Joseph and Ada (Fahlberg) Zacher. She was the second youngest of six children. After high school, Charlotte followed in her older sisters' steps and went to teacher college, but discovered that the profession wasn't for her.

Charlotte's brothers began the Streetcar restaurant in 1928 and Charlotte went to work for them. After the brothers went into military service, Charlotte took over the business, named it after herself, and ran it for over half a century until her retirement. She passed away February 22, 2012.

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Y is for Yoke!This is a water yoke used by an individual person to carry two water buckets. It is made of basswood. This...
04/12/2020

Y is for Yoke!

This is a water yoke used by an individual person to carry two water buckets. It is made of basswood.

This yoke was donated by William Washnesky and was owned by his grandfather, August Washnesky. August was born about 1862 in Promerania, Prussia. He immigrated to America after 1890 and settled into farming along Alcohol/County Road 101 in Wrenshall. August passed away in 1946.

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X is for X-mas! Here is photograph of Rosemary Dupont of Cloquet sitting on "Santa's Helper's" lap in the year 1919. The...
04/11/2020

X is for X-mas!

Here is photograph of Rosemary Dupont of Cloquet sitting on "Santa's Helper's" lap in the year 1919. The man with Santa's beard is Allen Hamilton.

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I hope it is OK that I post this. My grandmother was a Carlton County school teacher sometime after 1905. Here is one of her teaching certificates from the county. Her name was Ida Viola Ostlund, b. 1885 in Moose Lake, but lived in Barnum until she eventually moved to Duluth where she married. Her parents were John Ostlund and Johannah Hammarlund Ostlund. Their other children were Oscar, Whalborg, Minnie, ( Ida) and Charles Albert. Wahlborg Louise married Martin Madsen and I think the Madsens remained in the area, there were at least 10 children from their marriage.
My 1929 Cloquet $20.00 bill with Weyerhaeuser as bank president.
Sadly one of the barns in Carlton County that I was working to get pics has come down in this latest storm. Sharing with permission from Sweet Land Farm.
Cloquet,Carlton, Esko, Scanlon, Thompson & surrounding communities.. Keep your Voices heard loud & clear... NO MORE!!!
Does anyone have photos of the green top bar that used to be in Sawyer, MN on Highway 210? I’d love to see some photos
A couple of great log rollers: Joe Medwayash and Joe Thompso
State Cross Country Ski Champions 1963! Gene Shotley and Don and Dave Quinn were quite the athletes!
Greg Micke was a cousin of mine. Not sure where I found this but I thought is was pretty cool