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Lake Co. Past: Feb. 28

1914 County pioneer has annual party

Joseph Betzler, of Beaver Bay, one of the pioneer residents of the North Shore of Lake Superior, celebrated his sixty-eighth birthday at his home near Beaver Bay, the 22nd of this month. For the past ten years, Mr. Betzler has been celebrating each day that marks another milestone in his life and all those who have been privileged to attend one of these annual gatherings, has awaited, with pleasurable anticipation the rounding out of another year in a life that has been interesting in many ways. Those who attended the gathering are unanimous in extending unstinted praise to Mr. and Mrs. Betzler as royal entertainers and have already commenced to count the days to elapse between now and the 22nd day of February, 1915. The guests commenced to arrive early Saturday afternoon, the near neighbors on foot, those living at greater distances by team, and some from Two Harbors and Duluth by team, and some by rail and by 6 o’clock the invited guests to the number of about sixty had assembled. A bounteous supper was served by Mrs. Betzler, assisted by some of the neighbor women. The memory of many good things set before the hungry friends will long remain as a pleasant recollection.

1939 County loses federal prisoners

The board of county commissioners is confronted by a serious problem in the withdrawal by the Department of Justice of the prisoners which have been confined at the Lake County farm for the past 10 years. Deputies came Tuesday and removed all of the federal prisoners to the county jail at St. Louis County. The change according to Commissioner William Hagberg, was because of the barracks in which they were housed not coming up to the standards required. An inspector last spring made demands for other housing facilities, and due to the fact that the new prison at Sandstone would shortly take the new prisoners away from the farm, the remaining time in which they would be kept did not warrant the outlay of money necessary to retail them for the short time remaining. Just how the farm will be managed in the future is a matter of conjecture, for the cost on the basis on which it has been managed with the free help available with prisoners would be prohibitive. In addition to the work accomplished, the county made a small profit from the boarding of the prisoners.

1964 Three local students at UMD in fraternity

Three Two Harbors students at UMD were among 35 initiated into Pi Gamma Mu, national social science honorary society, last week. Qualifications include having a B average in a minimum of 30 credits of social science courses and an overall 2.5 (C-plus) average in all college work. The three local students are Richard Joseph Anderson, Mitchel Hugh Costley and Robert J. Quist.

90 at fly-in event Sunday

Approximately 90 breakfasts were served at the fly-in breakfast held Feb. 16, at Duncan’s Airport in Isabella. This was sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol, the Isabella Squadron. Twenty-two airplanes flew to this event, plus many local supporters who drove up. After breakfast was served, participants played games and enjoyed airplane rides.