Sept. 7, 1944

When the war ends in Europe

Mayor M.H. Brickley called a meeting for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 for the purpose of preparing for the expected victory in Europe. It was held in the city council chambers and attended by all ministers, representatives of the American Legion, Legion auxiliary, merchants’ association, schools, police and other civic organizations.

If and when hostilities cease in Europe, and notification has been received, there will be one long blast on the siren and all churches will open for individual prayer and meditation, but regular V-Day services will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the evening in all churches. All places of business and taverns will be closed for the day but school will go on schedule.

This is not a time to celebrate wildly and riotously. The war is not yet won — there is a long, bloody struggle ahead in the Pacific. We should be prayerfully thankful that the end has come to Hitlerism and the horrors of Nazidom. Let us pray, pray earnestly for an early victorious conclusion to the war with Japan.

Fair enjoyed by large crowds: Governor Thye’s speech well received

Four days packed full of pleasure fulfilled all anticipations and came to a climax when Governor Edward Thye was guest of the Lake County Agricultural society at a dinner Thursday evening and later spoke to the public.

Mayor M. H. Brickley introduced the governor who proved himself entertaining and popular as he addressed hundreds of listeners showing his real enthusiasm for county fairs.

His praise of exhibits meant something to everyone as he met them on their own ground, having a complete knowledge of farm stock and problems gained as one of a family of 11 children who all worked on a farm.

Always considered of propriety, Governor Thye explained this last week why he has declined to make political speeches before county fairs and other non political groups.

“Any idea that I might have of saying something political leaves the minute I enter a county fair ground,” he said. “When I see the exhibits of livestock and other farm products and look into the eager faces of the men and women and boys and girls from the farms, it makes no difference to me whether they are Republicans or Democrat Farmer Laborites. I think it’s up to me to encourage them for what they have done in raising food in the war effort and tell them what is planned for the post war effort.”

In spite of the rain, the 38th annual Lake County Fair was a success and the most enjoyable event of the year.

Sept. 4, 1969

‘No Vacancy’ signs line area highways

Red “No Vacancy” signs lined both sides of U.S. Highway 61 last Saturday night from Duluth to the Canadian Lakehead as probably the greatest traffic flow in history flowed into the area with the peak of the Labor Day weekend.

The convergence marked the final long weekend of the current summer season as the opening of schools loomed the following day with its restriction on family outings.

Despite hundreds of campers, motels and hotels throughout the area were packed to capacity and many late arrivals had to sleep in their autos. Campers, house trailers and tents bloomed on wayside rest areas and campground facilities throughout the area.

Filling stations and restaurants worked at top speed for hours to serve the vast influx of the traveling public.

Intermittent rains occurred during the day Saturday, but ideal weather greeted residents and visitors during the great majority of the 72-hour holiday period.