Walter Whitehead’s Last Fight

Whitehead_1_ZCPOne time, way back in 1909, two pugilists who’d been exchanging “hard words” around Duluth, tried to evade the law by conducting a prizefight on a scow in the middle of the St. Louis River. This is the story of regional boxing champion Walter Whitehead’s last fight.

Rumble on the River

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about 8 years ago

My neighbor's dad grew up in Gary before the war and would survive the Battle of the Bulge.  There is a photo of him in Alaska holding a large dude above his head using the muscle he had put on after the war, a feat considering he'd returned weighing only 98 lbs.  A prolific gambler and fighter himself, said they used to hold bare knuckle brawls every Thursday night on the Oliver bridge.

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