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Lake County Past: Two Harbors cheers the dawn of peace

Lake County Past, from the Lake County News-Chronicle archives

Nov. 14, 1918

Two Harbors cheers the dawn of peace

Hostilities have ceased and all Two Harborites demonstrated their happiness in big celebration here.

Monday, Nov. 11, 1918, will long be remembered as one of the most glorious days in the history of this country, if not throughout the entire world, especially that part of the world that has been fighting for the cause of democracy and human rights and liberty since early in the year 1914, and it is believed that it will turn out to be one of the most glorious days in the history of the peoples of the nations that have been fighting to maintain their autocratic governments, and it now seems that they will emerge from the conflict in a position to set up representative governments for themselves.

Two Harbors took a holiday. Practically all business and work was suspended for the day, and the people celebrated throughout the entire day and half of the night. There were many impromptu parades and various other kinds of demonstrations participated in by both old and young, men, women and children.

While it was known to a large number early in the morning that the armistice, which virtually ends the great war, had been signed, the whistles at the power plant, pumping station, all the vessels in the harbor and locomotive in the yard were blown at 9 a.m. But a short time elapsed before crowds began to collect in the downtown parts of the city and the celebration began and was kept up until the people had practically exhausted themselves.

Truckloads of men and boys and girls rode about the city, singing and shouting. Touring cars, elaborately decorated and loaded so that the frames rested on the axles, were driving about the city all day and evening. Others showed their enthusiasm by tieing old tin cans and scrap material behind their cars and dragging same about the streets for the purpose of making noise and attracting attention.

Early in the day arrangements were started to have a monster parade, beginning at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. It was estimated that there were between 4,000 and 5,000 at the meeting, taking part in the parade or present as spectators.

Nov. 11, 1943

Basketball supplanted by ore

Contacted to ascertain the basketball schedule this week, Coach Cy Magnusson declared there will not be any basketball news until the players are done steaming ore.

The high school team has been recruited into ore steaming on Saturdays and Sundays, and there is little likelihood of athletic action until the close of the navigation season.