This week in history

Duluth Herald
May 7, 1888


Said to be the Illegitimate Offspring of Mrs. Longtin, who Left It In the Yard of Its Alleged Father, Matthew Sabieski – Taken to the Woman’s Home

Mrs. Bombotz, a Polish woman living at 6176 East First street, came down to police headquarters at an early hour this morning and stated that she had found a child about two weeks old, in the yard of Matthew Sobieski near the house, this morning. She took the little foundling to Kugler’s drug store and Capt. Paul, hearing of the matter, had it conveyed to the Woman’s home.

There is little doubt of the infant’s paternity. Three weeks ago Mrs. Longtin, a widow living in the neighborhood, applied to police headquarters for a warrant for the arrest of Sobieski on the charge of bastardy. She was asked to make a complaint in due form, but went away without doing so and had not been heard from again until this morning. Mrs. Longtin acknowledged that the child was hers and that Sobieski was it’s father, but has not yet determined to prosecute him.

Duluth Herald
May 7, 1890

The Officials in Search of Illegal Fishermen Up the River.

The fish warden and his assistant returned this morning from a trip up the river after some fishermen. For some time past illegal fishing has been going on in St. Louis river, and tons of fish have been netted. The other side of Fond du Lac and near Spirit Lake the warden came onto several parties, but they escaped to the Wisconsin shore and thus eluded capture. The authorities are doing all in their power to stop net fishing, but it is hardly possible to do so, until the Wisconsin officers take concerted action with those in Minnesota.

Duluth Herald
May 7, 1900



Two Hundred to Five Hundred
Immigrants Reaching the
District Weekly.

Houghton, Mich. – (Special to The Herald) – The May day uneasiness, which seems to be world wide, though most violently manifested in Europe, was marked in the copper district by a threatened strike at the Osceola Consolidated, which employs upward of 1000 men. The minders demanded an increase of pay to $60 per month for men working on company account, also a 5-hour day on Saturday with ten hours’ pay for men who had worked the preceding five days. To keep the peace the demands were temporarily granted and the matter referred to the Boston office for final settlement. It is probably that the men will get their demands, or at least the larger art of what is asked.

The influx of foreigners to the copper district is unprecedentedly large this season. The Finns lead in numbers, owing to the rigorous action of the czar’s government, which is depriving the grand duchy of Finland of rights guaranteed n 1809. The immigration from Austria and Italy is also unusually large, while from other countries the influx is about normal. The newcomers are usually met by friends who have been here a few years, or possibly only a few months, and have little trouble in getting work. From 200 to 500 immigrants are reaching the copper district weekly.

Duluth Herald
May 7, 1910


Are Product of Fully Two
Years of Incessant Labor.

Give Some Idea of Immensity
Of the NEW Industry.

Call for Forty-Eight Distinct
Buildings on New Duluth Site.

The plans for the $10,000,000 steel plant at Spirit Lake were made public for the first time today, when they were filed at the office of Building Inspector S. M. Kielley in the city hall.
The immensity of the institution now under course of construction becomes apparent upon an examination of the big blue print with its network of lines, dots and dimensions, each significant. They are the product of two years of incessant labor, and give the people the first real idea of what the steel plant will be when the vast enterprise which is to make Duluth the “Pittsburg of the West” is finally completed.

The plans call for forty-eight distinct buildings, each of which is definitely located and each of which plays an important part in the finished products which are to be turned out. They include a rail mill, finishing mills, blast furnaces, ore bins, coke ovens, gas producers, a blooming mill, a merchant mill, open hearth furnaces, a forge and plate shop, a splicer bar and tin plate finishing department, a machine shop, an engine house, a hot metal mixer, a concrete plant and numerous other units necessary to the operation of a great steel plant.

Application was made for permits for three temporary buildings this morning and one permanent structure, the power house. They will be used for the preliminary work which is now under way. The power plant will be permanent and will cost $9,500. It will be located near the shore of Spirit lake.
The temporary buildings are a storehouse and office to cost $9,000; a concrete mixing plant and gravel screen, to cost $7,500, and a factory to cost $4,500.

Duluth Herald
May 7, 1920


Construction of New Mill
Halted Because of

Cloquet – (Special to The Herald) – Both sides are still holding form in the local labor controversy growing out of the demands of employees of local sawmill and allied industries for an eight-hour day and the refusal of the companies to operate except on a ten-hour basis. Good order prevails and a long drawn out dead-lock is feared unless the Federal mediator new at work here can bring about a composition of differences.

The strike has halted all construction work on the new mill it was proposed to build on the site of the old Northern mill.