This week in local history

Rangers organize unions, dances, and bowling leagues

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The Thanksgiving Ball

Merry music pleased the throng of dancers at Village Hall on Thanksgiving evening and from the moment of opening the ball it was evident that all hands had joined to make the event a grand success. The ladies who planned the affair represented every social circle of Grand Rapids. They had undertaken a difficult task, that of buying the valuable piano which has given the people generally so much enjoyment, and they received the support of all in their effort to raise the second payment upon it. The ball receipts showed a total of $101, which, after deducting some necessary expenses, left quite a sum for their purpose.

The success which these ladies have had in this undertaking shows what can be clone by concerted nonpartisan effort. Their supper was a credit to the national holiday, and the tables set in the large rooms of the fire department, were spread with the dainties of the season and were well patronized by the dancers, who kept the music busy till past midnight.


The ladies wish to express their thanks to all who participated in the Thanksgiving ball, particularly the newspapers, for donating so much printing, and the musicians for their excellent services. They also heartily thank those who donated provisions and services for the supper, which contributed so much to the success of the event. —Grand Rapids Herald, November 30, 1895

Finn Hall is Complete

The Walon Lahde Temperance Society’s new building which has been erected during the past summer will be dedicated Sunday, December 3, with a program of speeches, music and recitations. Among the speakers will be J. Kaininen of Ispeming, T. P. Ferry and Frank Mattson of this city. The Fayal band has been engaged for the evening program.

In the building [at the northeast corner of Fayal Road and Adams Avenue] is a spacious auditorium for theatre purposes, a reading room and club rooms for men and women. The stage curtains were a gift to the society by Alderman Mattson, who made and carried through the proposition that he would provide the curtains if other members would provide seats for the auditorium and a piano. The scene in the center of the drop curtain is of Hameen Fort, Finland.

The building throughout is of neat construction and is well lighted. The new seats are comfortable and easily handled. The total cost will be between $4,500 and $5,000. It is the intention of the society to rent the hall out and it is believed the building will pay for itself.

Organize District Union

Delegates from miners’ unions at Virginia, Buhl, Sparta, Hibbing, McKinley, Chisholm, Ely and Tower arrived in the city today and are holding a convention in Redmen’s hall for the purpose of organizing a district union of the Western Federation of Miners. The proceedings are strictly secret but announcement of any important action taken will be made to the press.

The regular weekly meeting of the Eveleth union occurs tonight and the visiting delegates will be present The Federation is known to be increasing in membership, but the number of members in the organization in the iron mining country of Minnesota has not been disclosed. —Eveleth Mining News, November 24, 1905

Didn’t Know Game Warden

A big game hunter with more enthusiasm than judgement boarded a train at a small station up the line and, the smoking compartment being well filled with passengers, seated himself by the side of a quiet individual whose general appearance suggested that he, too, had been hunting.

“I had great luck,” said the enthusiastic chap, who had evidently had a “snifter” or two to warm the cockles of his heart. “I killed two of the finest deer you ever saw.”

“How many?” asked the quiet individual.

“Two beauties,” was the reply.

“Evidently, you are not aware of the fact that I am a game warden,” snapped back the quiet man.

Quick as a flash the boastful hunter replied: “And evidently you are not aware of the fact that I am the damdest [sic.] liar in the state of Minnesota.” —Tower Weekly News, December 1, 1911

Bowlers Organize

A number of local bowling teams have been organized, and several matches have already been pulled off on the Lusk & Sigel alleys. Emmet Taylor and Mike Bonner, in charge of the local alleys, are busy this week organizing the “pin-spillers” into a league of eight or twelve teams, and the first game is scheduled to be played next Friday night, when the Postoffice [sic.] team meets the Kelles Kolts.

Commencing the fore part of next week, it is probable that regular bi-weekly matches will be played on Monday and Friday nights, following a schedule to be adopted this week. The league season will probably extend into the month of February, and at its close, appropriate prizes will be presented to the winners.

A local team will go to Eveleth next Friday night for the first out-of-town game of the season. A weekly prize has been hung up of $200 cash for the highest score. A matched game on Tues­day night between the Bricklayers and Butchers resulted in a victory for the Bricklayers. The total pins for the game was 2048 against 1893. Sam Slade, of the Butchers, carried off the honors with a high score of 181 and a high average of 149. —Virginia Enterprise, December 1, 1911

Scholarship honors in Coleraine school

Coleraine, Minn., Nov. 29.—(Special to The Herald.)—For the last month of the fall term of the Greenway high school Principal Frank G. Jones announces the scholarship honors, those whose average standing is 90 per cent or above, as follows: Herbert Liese, Joyce Wannamaker, Elvira Nordstrom, Richard Plummer, Viola Thorpe, Mabel Nachen, Eva Trombly, Mary Lager, Gladys Blair, Mozelle Cochnour, George Kinter, Birger Erlandson, Paul Anderson, Edward Young, Harold Larson, Hannah Martinson, Regna Anderson, May Downing and Florence Glines.

The sophomore class made the greatest gain in scholarship, going from the lowest rank of one month ago to the highest for this month with an average of 88.75 per cent.

Waive Trial; Plead Guilty

Virginia, Minn., Nov. 29.—(Special to The Herald).—Tony Rukivina [sic.] and Glazo Lazich, who engaged in a fight on the North side over some women friends, waived jury trials yesterday and pleaded guilty to assault charges. They each paid $27.50 fines imposed by Judge Carey. Ida Neimi, charged with disorderly conduct, paid a $12.50 fine. The case of Tom Rukivina, brother of Tony, charged with blindpigging, was dismissed. —Duluth Herald, November 29, 1917

Club to Stage Dance

There is going to be a hot time in Gilbert Friday evening, when the Commercial club of that city will have its big $300 prize dance at the Gilbert high school auditorium. Advance agents for the coming social event have covered this city with their inducement placards, and as a result many from Eveleth will attend the ball.

Gilbert has gone out of her way on other occasions when program dates conflicted with events held in this city and as a consequence the Eveleth commercial body will give their neighbors a boost on Friday evening. Tickets can be purchased in Eveleth for the dance, but you are subpoenaed to be there whether you have purchased a ticket or not.

Dancing Dates

On Friday, December 2, the Italian Glee club will have a dance at the city auditorium, and on Friday, December 9, the Young Men’s Social club will hold a dance at the auditorium. Admission to both of these affairs is $1.

The best of music will be employed by both, the former having engaged the Melody orchestra and the latter the Idlewild orchestra. —Eveleth Clarion, December 1, 1921

Americanization Day in the Hibbing schools

Hibbing, Minn., Dec. 3.—(Special to The Herald.)—Americanization Day will be observed throughout the city next Friday. Particular significance will be stressed on the importance of the occasion throughout the public schools.

Principal Walter Willett of the Hibbing High School has arranged with the different English classes to have all students enrolled there to memorize the American creed, which was adopted by Congress in 1918. In addition to this, the students will be asked to salute the flag.

At the assembly to be held Friday afternoon there will be special programs. The Rotarians have invited Judge Martin Hughes to speak to them at their noonday meeting this coming Friday. The Lions had the first Americanization program Thursday evening. A committee consisting of the American Legion and Disabled War Veterans has called upon local clubs, societies and schools to co-operate In making Americanization Day one of the most widely observed days In the Educational week observance.

Only Local Anesthetic Taken During Operation

Biwabik. Minn., Dec. 3.—(Special to The Herald.)—Dr. B. D. Good of the Biwabik hospital staff underwent an operation for appendicitis Thursday. The operation was unusual in that, in accordance with the doctor’s wishes, only local anesthetic was administered and he retained full consciousness and was to a certain extent able to view the work being done.

Duluth Herald, December 3, 1921

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