Category: 1870’s

Portrait of John Drew, Mayor 1876-1879, Duluth, Minnesota

John Drew, a successful businessman, was born in Connecticut in April 1817 and moved to Duluth in 1869. By the time he was elected mayor in 1876, Duluth was in a grave financial state. The city's debt was so large that in order to get any settlement, the city itself had to be dissolved and replaced by the village of Duluth. John Drew presided over this transition in 1877, and once the city had become a village he resigned his post as mayor. In 1879 Drew was again elected to office, this time as president of the village, and used [...]

Portrait of Sister Scholastica Kerst, Duluth, Minnesota

An 1878 photograph of Sister Scholastica Kerst in the St. Benedict's convent habit. Catherine (Sister, later Mother Scholastica) Kerst (1847-1911) was born in Meuringen, Prussia, and came to St. Paul, MN, in 1852 with her parents. She entered the Benedictine community of St. Gertrude in Shakopee, MN, in 1862 and in 1877 transferred to St. Benedict's Convent in St. Joseph, MN. She was prioress there from 1880-1889. In 1892, she led the foundation of what is now St. Scholastica Monastery and was prioress there until her death in 1911. ~ Photo Credit: St. Scholastica Monastery

View of city and Minnesota Point, Duluth, Minnesota

View of Duluth and Minnesota Point from Lake Superior and Mississippi RR freight depot and vicinity; buildings; Point of Rocks in distance ~ Photo Credit: University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections

Steamer “City of Freemont” at dock, Duluth, Minnesota

View from elevator A dock of steamer CITY OF FREEMONT at Lake Superior and Mississippi freight depot; Hayes block and buildings ~ Photo Credit: University of Minnesota Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections

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