Canosia Township Historical Society brochure – CLICK ON THIS LINK

Pandemic Stories Project 2020-2021

The Canosia Township Historical Society is collecting first-hand accounts how the pandemic affected Canosia Township residents to document this noteworthy time in our history.

Tell us what this pandemic, the virus, shortages, restrictions, quarantining, schooling at home, etc., meant to you and your family.

Write a little or write a lot, we want to hear from you!

The Historical Society will collect these stories and archive them for future generations.

You can mail your story to the Town Hall at 4896 Midway Road, Duluth, Minnesota, 55811, drop it in the slot on the side of the building, or e-mail it to

Questions?  Please call Marci at 218-409-8711

If you would like to become a member or attend a meeting, please contact:
Wilson Spence III at 218-729-7746 or via email at

  • REGULAR MEETINGS:  Fourth Thursday of the month, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • WORK DAY MEETINGS:  Second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • NOTE:  All meetings are in the Canosia Town Hall.  We do not meet during the months of November and December due to the holidays.
  • Always telephone Wilson Spence II before coming to a meeting in case of cancellation.


Tour grounds and historic barn built right after the 1918 Fire on the former Kolojeski farmstead, now known as Canosia Grove 

Barn and Blooms Open House

Saturday, May 25, 2019
1 to 4 p.m.
5508 Martin Road
Duluth, Minnesota  55811

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Brought to you by the Canosia Township Historical Society

Open House:   10 am- 1 pm at the Town Hall
4896 Midway Road (Midway and Martin Rd) – Bring your memories and artifacts.

Barn Tour:       1 – 2 pm at the Kolojeski farmstead
5508 Martin Road (Martin and Lindahl Rd) – Enter via Lindahl Road and park on the grass.

Tour the 100 year old barn, listen to the Kolojeski family story and survival of the fire.

Other events related to the 1918 Fire Remembrance:

Thursday October 11 – Tony Tracy 1918 Fire Program at Hermantown High School, sponsored by Proctor, Esko, Hermantown, Canosia Historical Societies, 7 pm

See list of 1918 Fire Community Events at

Audrey Eaton (fall of 2012) speaks of great fire of 1918 that hit Pike Lake, near Duluth MN.

We are very interested in any stories and/or photos you might have about the 1918 fire.  Please contact Wilson Spence III at 218-729-7746 or via email at  Remembrance events will take place in October 2018, marking the 100th anniversary of the fire.

The Twin Ports Genealogical Society compiled information on the cemetery
located here in Canosia Township. The results can be found here.



Historical Photos

Historical Society artifacts on display in the Canosia Town Hall Pike Lake Tavern
Later Years
Rural Farm Homestead


Aerial Views

A Mystery Solved

Township Division


Money Matters of 30 Years Ago

Issues from 25 Years Ago

The 1920 Canosia Census

Tax Time: 1906

Annual Report of the Historical Society (2003)

Budgets were tight in the 20’s & 30’s

Businesses uses on Martin Road during past fifty years

Canosia history revealed in early birth records

Canosia Township was a transfer point for many

Days Gone By – From Clerk’s Record Book: 1893-1899

Drainage Ditches, History of their beginnings

How to make a telephone call – 1937

Lakes of Canosia Township

Let’s Go to the Fair

Make a Future Legacy Now!

Memorial Day Celebrations at the Cemetery

Notice of the First Meeting for the Township

Old Neighbors – Duluth Automobile Club

Oldest Records in the Township 

Quiz for Students

Quotes and Notes from 1894-1897

The 1930 Canosia Census

The old town hall ain’t what it used to be 

Town Hall is a Landmark Site

Town Hall Museum

We should tell the old stories once more.

What the Ellis Island Records tell us.

What was the “Merry Jane?” Hint: people used to ride in one!

What’s Happening with our History