Mystery Photo #16: Holm’s Kaffe Stuga

This photo is labeled “Holm’s Kaffe Stuga, Fond du Lac, Duluth, Minn.” From that we can assume the Fond du Lac neighborhood had a Swedish coffee cottage at some time in history. When? Where? And who is this Holm character?


Paul Lundgren

about 5 months ago

Finally got a tip on this one via e-mail. Holm’s Kaffee Stuga was located at 123rd Ave. W., according to the 1949 phone directory. That leads me to believe it must have been on Highway 23 in the area depicted below -- west of the Lake Superior College Emergency Response Training Center and east of Fond du Lac Park. There is another section of 123rd Ave. W. off Beck's Road, but that seems less likely. By the way, if you have a 1949 phone, call Douglas 1575 and ask to speak to the proprietor. Maybe that will get us the answers we need.


about 5 months ago

So, I dug out my 1949 phone and dialed the number. The exchange has obviously changed because the call was answered by a lovely, albeit bewildered woman named Crystal in Theif River Falls who politely asked that I never call her again....


about 5 months ago

I posted about this on the Facebook page of Harris Kaffe Stuga, a family-owned breakfast joint 100 miles from Duluth, in Harris.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 months ago

Another tip via e-mail: Apparently someone posted this ad on e-Bay. I say "stuga," you say "stugan." Let's call the whole thing off.

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