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Fires of 1918

October 13, 2018
Homeowner Tom Proulx his mother, Judy Proulx, and cousins, Nancy Molstad and Brenda Stark, pose below a medallion proclaiming the family has lived in the house since after the 1918 fire in Cloquet. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Rebuilt from the ashes
October 13, 2018 - 2:51pm
October 12, 2018
People prepare the mass grave at Riverside Cemetery in Moose Lake for the victims of the fires of 1918. Photo courtesy of the Moose Lake Historical Society
'Baptism of fire'
October 12, 2018 - 10:46am
Ailie Amanda Costello, 102, of Cromwell died Saturday, Oct. 6. She was one of the last survivors of the 1918 fires. (file / Pine Journal)
One of the last survivors of 1918 fires dies
October 12, 2018 - 6:27am
October 9, 2018
Natalie Frohrip, vice president of the Moose Lake Area Historical Society, talks about the fires of 1918 as Steve Olson, the group’s executive director, listens. Visible behind and above them is part of the museum’s new mural of scenes from the conflagration, which killed an estimated 453 people. Duluth News Tribune file
Moose Lake Historical Society plans anniversary events
October 9, 2018 - 10:33am
September 28, 2018
Cloquet Depot Agent Lawrence Fauley was considered one of the heroes of the 1918 fires for his role in getting between 7,000-8,000 Cloquet residents out of town Oct. 12, 1918, when most of the city was destroyed by fire. According to an account of the fire written years later by the newspaper editor’s then-14-year-old daughter, the accounts of his heroism were likely exaggerated. Photo courtesy of Carlton County Historical Society
Legends, lore and lies: The 'true story' of the Cloquet depot agent on the day of the fire
September 28, 2018 - 1:06pm
August 12, 2018
A car drives past Dead Man’s Corner south of Kettle River after the Oct. 12, 1918 fires. Many people lost their lives on the infamous corner, as their autos left the road in the thick smoke and they died from the accident or burning to death as the fire raged on. Contributed Photo
Man recounts 1918 fire in Kettle River
August 12, 2018 - 12:18pm
June 13, 2018
The new Automba picnic pavilion – made from an old railroad bridge – will be dedicated during a historical program at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Jana Peterson/
Automba honors past, builds for future
June 13, 2018 - 7:52am
June 4, 2018
Fires of 1918: Timber boomtown goes up in smoke
June 4, 2018 - 10:23am
February 18, 2018
Although the Peters family survived the terrible fires of 1918 in a sod-covered root cellar like this one, many others died from suffocation in such shelters, as the fire passed over and sucked out all the oxygen. Sixteen people, most of them children, died tragically in the root cellar pictured here. Photo courtesy of the Carlton County Historical Society
Peters family survives fire in a sod root house
February 18, 2018 - 11:26am