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New 1918 fire book launch during Esko Fun Days

The impact on Thomson Township of the 1918 fire is the subject of a new book published this summer by the Esko Historical Society. "Thomson Township's Night of Terror" will be available to the public during a book launch from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.

The impact on Thomson Township of the 1918 fire is the subject of a new book published this summer by the Esko Historical Society.

“Thomson Township’s Night of Terror” will be available to the public during a book launch from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Historical Society museum. The event - part of the annual Esko Fun Days - will include a program and refreshments.

The greatest natural disaster in state history, the fire claimed 453 lives - 11 in Thomson Township.

The book is an expansion of a story that appeared in “Esko’s Corner, An Illustrated History of Esko and Thomson Township,” published in 2013 by the Esko Historical Society. Several previously unpublished personal accounts of the fire have been added to the new book.

In addition to the book launching, the book will be sold for $15 by several Esko and Cloquet businesses.

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In conjunction with the book’s release, a CD of oral accounts of the fire will be offered for $8 or a donation to the EHS. The CD was produced by former EHS president Ken Nynas.  

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