This Week in Range History




As the editor was wending his way homeward last evening and had reached a point near the hospital, we glanced into the hollow near the north end of Wyoming [3rd] Avenue and were surprised to note what was at first taken as a voluntary grant of an electric light by the city council, but which later more resembled the familiar features of our professor. As we came closer, however, we observed that it was but a sign of the night, a common jack-o’-lantern. It marked the meeting place of the hobgoblins, some twenty of whom had gathered at the pleasant home of the Misses Scott for an evening of merriment. —Virginia Enterprise November 1, 1895

An exceedingly pretty Hallowe’en card party was given yesterday afternoon at the North Pole Hall by Mrs. B. F. Britts and Mrs. John Costin, Jr. Hallowe’en decorations predominated and ghostly goblins and spooks greeted the guests from every dimly lit corner. Fortunes were told and jokes played until all had gathered, when the ladies settled down to a merry afternoon at bridge and flinch. The high bridge scores were won by Mrs. B. H. Doughty and Mrs. W. J. Schulze, and the flinch by Mrs. J. L. Kimball. Many out-of-town guests were present, among whom were Mrs. Joseph Austin and Mrs. Frank Austin of Chisholm, Mrs. Mitchell of St. Cloud, Mrs. Harwood, Mrs. Dan Shea, Mrs. C. W. More, and Mrs. G. A. Whitman of Eveleth, Mrs. Trumbull of Seattle, and Mrs. Harlocker of Coleraine. —Virginia Enterprise November 1, 1912



Eveleth, Minn., Oct. 31.—(Special to The Herald.)—The Elks have invitations out for a dancing party at the auditorium. The hall will be elaborately decorated for the occasion and the committee promises that the last year’s party, which many say was the most enjoyable the Elks ever held here, will be outdone this year. A luncheon will be served.

The Savel Glee Club will give a masquerade dance in Walon Lahde Hall. Great preparations are being made by the young people of this set to appear in costumes that will be hard to duplicate for originality.

Miss Pearl Sheehy will give a Halloween musical party at the McWhirter residence on Fayal Road. Miss Pearl Paulson of Chisholm will contribute to the program. —Duluth Herald October 31, 1913

Coleraine, Minn., Nov. 1.—(Special to The Herald.)—The Pine Cone chapter of the Eastern Star and the Canisteo Masonic Lodge gave a Halloween party at Odd Fellows’ hall on Saturday night. Over 100 were entertained. The party opened with a “bogie” match, a procession of ghosts. Later Halloween favors were exchanged by the partners.

The hall was elaborately and appropriately decorated with autumnal harvest emblems and with Halloween symbols. The full harvest moon arose above the shock of corn and the owl on the leafless branches stood out silhouetted in pale moonlight. Refreshments were served in the long banquet hall by candlelight. The tables were decorated with various Halloween suggestions. —Duluth Herald November 1, 1920

A very successful Hallowe’en party was given in the high school gymnasium last Friday evening by the seniors. Decorations and favors in keeping with the Hallowe’en season added much to the festivity of the occasion. Dancing and games furnished entertainment and refreshments were served shortly before eleven o’clock. The success of the affair and the general good time were due to the efforts of various committees in charge, composed of the senior students.

The pupils of the seventh grade gave a Hallowe’en party for the students of the eighth grade and the grade teachers last Friday night. Various Hallowe’en games were played and prizes awarded. The children wore costumes and of the boys, Leslie Lindquist, dressed in a girl’s costume, received first prize. Fern Hickey, who impersonated a Hallowe’en sprite, won first prize of the girls. —Tower Weekly News November 5, 1920

A novel Hallowe’en party was held at the Gorham home on Fifth street last Friday. Invitations were sent out to guests instructing them to meet at the sign of the mysterious Jack-O’-Lantern, a big one being posted at the home and smaller ones scattered at intervals in different directions from the Gorham residence. The guests were all uniquely attired in masquerade costumes and considerable fun was derived trying to discover who was who. Dancing and Hallowe’en games formed the evening’s entertainment, following which a lunch was served by hostess Miss Madeline Gorham. —International Falls Press and Border Budget November 2, 1922


On Hallowe’en some malicious young men put an iron beer rack on the steps of the new schoolhouse and Janitor Lang had to procure help to get it off the steps. —Virginia Enterprise November 4, 1898

Grand Rapids, Minn., Oct. 30.—(Special to The Herald.)—The youths or grown persons who get gay tomorrow night, Halloween, and commit any depredations, better beware, for Chief of Police Seamons has issued a warning that he will have none of it. He says he will arrest anyone caught committing depredations, no matter who they are, and lock them up. —Duluth Evening Herald October 31, 1908

Eveleth, Minn., Nov. 2.—(Special to The Herald.)—The authorities are trying to learn who placed and exploded the explosive, presumably dynamite, at the base of the large smokestack at the Fayal Mine Monday evening, which tore a big hole in the ground, broke off some of the concrete base of the chimney, hurled the engine room doors from their hinges and broke panes of glass within a radius of several hundred feet.

Spite against the engineer is believed by some to have prompted the dastardly act, while a few believe that a Halloween prank proved more serious than anticipated. —Duluth Herald November 2, 1910 Last night was Hallowe’en, and Virginians had no need to look at the calendar to realize the fact. But aside from planting a few wagons on top of roofs, tying door knobs so occupants of houses had to crawl out through windows, ringing of bells, and general transplanting of everything movable, the kids behaved admirably. They did not touch anything that was nailed down or that presented too great a weight for their combined strength.

Virginia Enterprise

November 1, 1912

Just why the eccentricities of the Scotch peasantry in the eighteenth century should be going the rounds in Tower today is seemingly rather far-fetched when its application comes in the soaping of windows and the overturning of buildings. Hallowe’en was observed by the youngsters in Tower and the marks of their peregrinations are traceable without the acuteness of Sherlock Holmes. This evening of deviltry, seeming, is hard to kill off. Deeds are done in the name of Hallowe’en that would be finable on any other night. Everybody winks at it until some expensive prank is played at their expense, and then they stand up on their hind legs and emit a roar. Perhaps they did the same thing when they were lads. But it is different now. No damage of great importance was done in Tower, and the “ghosts” apparently were not “bums” for they used soap, mostly. Hallowe’en will always be here. Our only salvation lies in some sort of vaccination that will fade it to harmlessness. —Tower Weekly News November 6, 1914

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