Thursday, November 17, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 17

November 17, 1911 – David Carlson, “the human torch” who received a shock from 13,000 volts at Great Northern Power Company in Duluth, died at St. Mary’s Hospital today. Carlson made a brave struggle for life, but gradually became weaker until death resulted.

While doing some cleaning work, Carlson was caught in contact with a switch and it became necessary to shut down the whole plant before he could be released.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “’Human Torch’ Finally Dies. Duluth Man ‘Took’ 13,000 Volts of Electricity.”; Nov. 18, 1911; p. 1.

The Duluth Herald; “David Carlson’s Agony is Ended. Workman Burned By Electricity Dies at St. Mary’s Hospital.”; Nov. 17, 1911; p, 23.


If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records.  Both short searches and family history reports.

Website: > click on Family History

Contact me at: 


No comments:

Post a Comment