October 23, 2020
Here is our first entry in the new History Mysteries feature. Northeastern Saloon and Hotel owner Bert Whittington shared this old-time photo with the Pine Knot News. Whittington said he bought the photo at the Cloquet American Legion auction when the Legion was moving out of its longtime home on Cloquet Avenue. He believes the men in their unusual capes may have been part of a group called the "woolies" or "woolly bullies" from the Wood Conversion Company, which made balsam wood insulation at its Cloquet plant.
Whittington doesn't think the photo was taken in Cloquet, because it would have...