The George A. Gray Company was located at 117 W. Superior St. The building became a Wahl’s department store in 1936 and is still standing today, though it looks quite different.
Walter Van Brunt’s 1921 book Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota: Their Story and People includes a blurb about George Gray:
George A. Gray, president and active head of the George A. Gray Company, is an old and prominent Duluth business man, with an active experience in the city of more than thirty years. He came to Duluth July 5, 1888, and for the first two years was employed in the retail furnishing store of J. T. Condon. He had acquired his early education at Oak Grove Seminary and in a business college at Boston, Massachusetts, and having been a bookkeeper for a year and a half in a retail drug store. Leaving the Condon store he became office manager of the Duluth Iron & Steel Company for a year and a half. For the next eleven years he was with I. Friemuth, beginning as a bookkeeper and office manager. Later he took an interest in the Tallant Company, and in 1902 organized and incorporated the George A. Gray Company, of which he has been president, with M. B. Gray, vice president, and H. L. Peck, secretary and treasurer.
Mr. Gray is a member of the Commercial Club, the Duluth Boat Club, the Kitchi Gammi Club, Duluth Curling Club, Duluth Auto Club, the Modern Samaritans, The Y. M. C. A., and is a member of the Congregational Church and of the Republican Party.
The postmark on the card featured in this post is mostly illegible, but it appears to have been sent from Crane Lake, Minn. during the month of September, year unknown, by someone who signed off as “Frances J.” The recipient was Lillie German of Knife River.
The text on the back reads:
How are you? I am well and hope you are the same. Well, when are you coming up again? Tell Lena to come up. This is all hoping to hear from you.
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