Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Historical Star-Gazette covers on display

 

November 30, 2017

This special Christmas edition cover of the Star-Gazette is dated December 19, 1907.

Two special sections covers of the Moose Lake Star-Gazette were found when researchers were going through old issues of the newspaper to gather historical information. One of the covers is 110 years old and the other is 88 years old.

Those covers depict Santa Claus in brilliant color. On one cover, Santa is checking his book before setting out on Christmas Eve while his elves load the sleigh. The other cover depicts Santa cracking the whip over the heads of a team of bears while reindeer and other forest creatures watch from the sidelines.

"Color printing became available for the first time in 1907," said Dan Reed, one of the researchers. "Those covers were probably printed on presses in Duluth or the Twin Cities. These are truly poster art and should be preserved."

The earliest copies of the Star-Gazette the researchers have on hand date back to 1897, said Reed. The newspaper began in 1895, according to the Star-Gazette banner printed on each issue.

Reed and Ross Anderson have been working on the project for four years, said Reed.

"We usually spend time at the museum during the winter," he added. "It takes a lot of time to go through each newspaper and make copies of significant information. We are currently working on the newspapers from 1918 and are seeing articles about the fire. The Star-Gazette wasn't published from early October until December that year. They had to figure out how to get set up and start printing newspapers again. We now have many pages of information that are being filed.

"This is a great step forward. We are finding pictures in the old newspapers that don't exist anymore. There is a wealth of information that will be preserved."

Reed explained that articles and obituaries from the old newspapers will be indexed this winter.

"We have files and files of articles that we have copied," he said. "Those newspapers are so old that they are falling apart."

This Christmas cover of the Star-Gazette is dated November 21, 1929.

The forest fires in 1918 destroyed the towns of Moose Lake and Cloquet, along with the files of newspapers at the time. The Carlton County Historical Society had acquired the old newspapers and passed them on to the Moose Lake Area Historical Society.

The color prints had been found in the old newspapers.

"I was so thrilled when they found them," said Natalie Frohrip, executive director of the historical society. "I took them and got them framed right away before anything happened to them."

The historical society has loaned the posters to the Star-Gazette for the holiday season.

They will be on display in the Star-Gazette office, located on the corner on Fourth Street and Elm Avenue. People who would like to see the historical posters may stop in during regular business hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

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