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Sept. 30,1943

Two Harbors observes birthday

Tuesday marked the 87th anniversary of the birth Thomas Owens, primal Two Harborite. He was born on a farm near Oshkosh, Wis., Sept. 28, 1856. He came to Two Harbors in 1883 and first engaged as a fireman, was promoted to engineer and pulled the throttle of the first train of ore ever to come to the Head of the Lakes.

The “3 Spot,” which hauld those few woode cars, is a memorial to the veterans of the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad.

Sept. 26, 1968

Probe of region thefts continues

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Two Harbors Police Department said this week there were no developments yet in the solution of a series burglaries rampant in the county and city during this month.

The crime wave was capped by the loss of nearly $8,000 in a break-in of the Finland Cooperative Store early Saturday, Sept. 7. The institution had a large amount of cash stored overnight to cash Erie Mining Co. paychecks.

Officers are united in the belief that that burglary undoubtedly was the work of professionals.

Abbott given Flying Cross

The Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and the Purple Heart medal were awarded posthumously to Lt. Steven G. Abbott, who was killed in action last spring in South Vietnam, where he served with the headquarters company, second Brigade, U.S. Army.

Prior to his death, Lt. Abbott had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and the Sharpshooter badge with rifle bar.

The presentation of the Distinguished Flying Cross, one of the nation’s highest valor awards was accompanied by the statement:

“For heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. 1st Lt. Abbott distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 12 May 1968, while serving as a pilot on an armed helicopter, during a combat mission near Ky Lam. … While placing accurate fire on the enemy positions his received several hits and burst into flames, mortally wounding Lt. Abbott. His actions contributed greatly to the successful completion of his unit’s mission. Lt. Abbott’s outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and his unit."

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