by Duluth News Tribune
December 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
DULUTH, December 1941. About a week after Pearl Harbor, my father moved our entire family to Duluth, a town of about 86,000. City life was a big change.
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Interesting story. Thank you. One thing,,,, in 1940 Duluth’s population was more than 101,000 and it was a more important American city than it is today.
In 1995 on my first visit to an amazing place, the Imperial War Museum in London, I discovered a real copy of the Duluth News Tribune, its front page headlining Victory in Europe.
I was so proud,,, I just couldn’t believe my eyes! Of all the artifacts from around the world….
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My mother is 92 – she was 18 when he was born – and she wants me to do some corrections.
Gunnar Palm did not have a wood burning stove in his store – he had a furnace in the basement. He also never had a pickle barrel in his store. He received REA service on January 8, 1940. He received his beer license on May 1, 1933. He and his wife were lifetime friends of my mother and she worked for them for five years until she got married. There was an All School Reunion on August 14, 1976. Clarence Paul Slayback, his brother and some of his sisters attended. That is the first time most of us had seen him since he was just a little boy.
The first (and only) church in Finland was the Zion Lutheran Church built in 1957. The first service was held December 25, 1957. Before that they met in the school basement. The air base later held Catholic services on base.
There as no Finnish souvinor shop (or any other gift shop) in Finland until about 1978 when the Little Finn Shop was started by Vern Sinderman and Diane Lindberg.
Jesse Barnett built a tavern and dance hall in Finland in 1934. He sold it to George Slayback in the spring of 1936. She never saw a fire place or a mounted moose head in the dance hall. She was never in their living quarters but never heard of any. The Finland Conservation Club won a moose mead in a contest held by WDSM many years later that was in the old Finn Halll that was given to an organization in Duluth when they disbanded. Also the dance hall did not have a stove in the middle of the floor. My mother remembers everything and has a better memory than I do.
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I live on the other side of the field from his house on 9th st/4th Ave and would love to read/hear more stories from this neighborhood!
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