Summer of ’65: Duluthian Talked Off High Bridge


Fifty years ago — Aug. 11, 1965 — the DNT reports a 25-year-old Duluth man stood perched atop the center span of the Duluth Superior High Bridge — now known as the John A. Blatnik Bridge — threatening to jump to the water. “The incident was apparently brought about by a family argument,” the paper noted. “His mother talked him down from his lofty stand.”

“Come on down, Butch, let’s go home and have some tea,” she said, then added, “do you want me to come out on the bridge so you can see me?” …

Then, about 9:05 p.m., after pleas from his mother that he come home, he stood up, grasped the handrail and started a careful descent. Five minutes later he stepped into the arms of his mother and waiting police.

“His mother did a world of good in this,” a Superior patrolman said later. …

About two years ago, a teenage Duluth girl leaped off the high bridge — and lived.

Duluth Superior High Bridge Incident

A Duluth man stands atop the Duluth Superior High Bridge, threatening to jump.

Marshall Reinig and George Johnson

Duluth Chamber of Commerce President Marshall Reinig and Mayor George D. Johnson display the picture of the Duluth harbor to be presented at the christening Saturday of the new USS Duluth.

Duluth Summer Pops Orchestra and Duluth Symphony Chorus

Orchestra Rehearses for Concert
The Duluth Summer Pops Orchestra and members of the Duluth Symphony Chorus rehearsed under the direction of Hermann Herz Tuesday night in preparation for Thursday’s “Evening Under the Stars” at Wade Municipal Stadium. This summer’s second pop concert also will feature Sister Ann Cecile, pianist, playing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Duluth baritone Edward Gruber.

R H Niemeyer

Ground Broken for YMCA
R. H. Niemeyer, YMCA president, turns a shovel of earth Tuesday at groundbreaking ceremonies for the new $1.4 million Duluth YMCA building. Construction on the building at Third Avenue West and First Street began following the ceremony. Completion is expected within a year. Religious, civic and business leaders who participated in the ceremony watch from the background as Niemeyer performs the symbolic rite.

Debbie Bowers and Mark Carlson

Displaying winning smiles and Lakeview Junior Golf Tournament trophies are Debbie Bowers, 15, and Mark Carlson, 17.

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