Summer of ’65: Civic leader Herman Matzke dies at 82


On Aug. 23, 1965, the Duluth News Tribune reported that prominent Duluth civic leader and longtime bank leader Herman Matzke died on the morning of Aug. 22 in his home at 2512 E. Third St. He was 82.

Mr. Matzke was born in Freeport, Ill. and came to Duluth in 1885. He began his banking career here in 1905 with the City National Bank with which he was associated for 52 years.

He served City National until 1957 when the bank was consolidated with the Northern Minnesota National Bank. At that time he became a member of the board of directors of the Northern City National Bank, the consolidated firm.

He had been a director of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the chamber’s membership committee, an advisory director for the Duluth Community Chest and the Northwood Children’s Home, and a member of the executive committee of the Minnesota Good Roads Association.

Active in many civic, business and social organizations, he was past president of the Minnesota Bankers Associaion, the Duluth Curling Club, the Northwestern Curling Association, the Minnesota Arrowhead Association, the Duluth Council of Boy Scouts, the Longview Tennis Club, and was a member of the Kitchi Gammi Club membership committee.

He was a member of the Endion Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Bertha; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Gale, Los Angeles, Calif.; a son, Walter, Duluth, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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