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Lake County Past: Nov. 10

1917

Enda G. seized by government

The tug Edna G., Owned by the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad company, has been requisitioned by the United State shipping board for use on the Atlantic Coast. She left Two Harbors at 12:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in charge of Capt. H.F. Brower and Capt. H.O. Flynn of Duluth and manned by all other members of the crew that had been on her in the local harbor.

The tug Edna G. was built in 1896 and is recognized as one of the best towing tugs on the Great Lakes. Capt. Brower, who has had charge of and been employed on a large number of tugs, said when he received the order to take her away that he hated to see her go as she was "the cream of the lakes."

1942

Council to sell rails

The City of Two Harbors will be doing its bit toward swelling the nation's scrap pile when it sells the rails that are in the parking lot in the rear of the alley behind the Sonju Motor company. The council took action to sell the rails to the scrap dealer this week.

Ore carrier in service

The ore carrier Eugene J. Buffington, which cracked up on a reef off Beaver Island in Lake Michigan on June 21, was put back in service Sunday, Nov. 8, to engage in the movement of vital iron ore for the balance of the season.

The Buffington has been completely repaired at the South Chicago yards of the American Ship Building company and constitutes the largest repair job ever performed on the Great Lakes. The 558-foot vessel, one of the Pittsburgh Steam company's fleet, ran aground on Boulder Reef.

The ship was broken in two places down to the turn of the bilge before she could be salvaged and it was necessary that all of her bulkhead be reinforced and side of the vessel temporarily tied together. An entire new midsection along with other extensive repairs was necessary to put the vessel back into commission.

1992

Two Harbors Public Library adds new service

The Two Harbors Public Library offers more these days than the traditional book. On recent example of what the library profession commonly calls "non-book materials" is the audiobook.

Audiobooks are recordings, usually on cassette, of popular books. These readings are normally performed by professional readers or actors.

Originally, audiobooks were made to help the blind, but the concept caught on with big-city commuters who spend a great deal of time in their car. In recent years, the recordings have become more popular with groups such as truck drivers, housewives, joggers and other people who have discovered the joy of "being read to."

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