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Lake County Past: April 14

Pilot M.P. LaFleur of Two Harbors. News-Chronicle archives

April 18, 1918

Two Harborite in aeroplane

The above picture was taken of M.P. LaFleur down at Camp Benbrook just after he landed from a 2.75-hour cross-country flight. Mr. LaFleur was very well-known in Two Harbors, having worked as chief clerk down at the dock office, nights from the spring 1913 until spring 1917, when he left to join the Canadian Army. After he was in Canada a short time, he was granted a transfer into the Royal Flying Corps, which at the time of his entry was taking up a course at the Toronto university.

In the early part of January of this year, having completed his course at the university, Mr. LaFleur was transferred down to Camp Benbrook Texas, where he was to receive his training in actual flying. He writes on April 2 as follows:

"I go back to Canada on Friday, we go to Beamsville, Ontario, near Niagara Falls. I have finished my flying in Texas, having done 30 hours and 10 minutes solo flying and now the only flying I will get will be five hours dual flying at the school of Aerial Gunnery, Beamsville. During this dual work I will handle only the machine guns while another officer pilots the aeroplane. 'Remember me' to all my Two Harbors friends."

April 8, 1943

Call for firearms

An appeal for donations of firearms from civilians in Lake County to be used by uniformed guards in the protection of naval establishments, war plants and government property in Minnesota is being made by Lt. Cmdr. F.C. Campbell, officer in charge of the Minnesota Naval Zone Intelligence office in Minneapolis.

All guns donated should be turned over to Sheriff A.L. Fred Anderson in Two Harbors, or to the police departments in the communities for ultimate transmittal to the sheriff's office.

The types of guns needed are: .22 caliber rifles; shotguns of all descriptions and caliber; deer rifles, all calibers; submachine guns; .25, .32 and .38 caliber pistols, either repeating or automatic; and especially Army .45s, which are very desirable for uniformed guards.

The weapons will be held at the sheriff's office for official release to the navy department at such time as a naval intelligence officer from Cmdr. Campbell's office can arrive to pick up the guns. The navy department will present each donor with an official receipt. However, donors' names may be omitted, if desired. The Navy cannot pay for nor guarantee the safe return of the guns.

Cmdr. Campbell pointed out that "there is a gun in almost every home in Minnesota that could be spared in the interest of our nation's safety. Protection of government property on the home front is equally as important in this war as protection of our equipment on the battlefront."