Bust of Albert Woolson in Duluth City Hall

Bust of Albert Woolson

Bust of Albert Woolson in Duluth City Hall. It was created by well known sculptor Avard Fairbanks and presented to the city in 1954. The pedestal that the bust rests on was donated by the Duluth Association of Musicians, Local 18, to honor Woolson's birthday on February 11, 1955. Photograph by Linda Cameron, September 20, 2019. Used with the permission of Linda Cameron.

Artist’s sketch of James P. Taylor, the killer of Kenneth Lindberg, based on witnesses’ descriptions. Drawing by Minneapolis Tribune sketch artist Bud Mathes; Minneapolis Tribune, September 22, 1957.

Artist’s sketch of James P. Taylor

Artist’s sketch of James P. Taylor, the killer of Kenneth Lindberg, based on witnesses’ descriptions. Drawing by Minneapolis Tribune sketch artist Bud Mathes; Minneapolis Tribune, September 22, 1957.

Downtown Thief River Falls, ca. 1958

Downtown Thief River Falls

Downtown Thief River Falls, ca. 1958

James P. Taylor (center) in police custody on July 5, 1956, the day he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Kenneth Lindberg. Box 423 of the Minneapolis Star Tribune negatives collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

James P. Taylor

James P. Taylor (center) in police custody on July 5, 1956, the day he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Kenneth Lindberg. Box 423 of the Minneapolis Star Tribune negatives collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Headline and images from an article on the disappearance of Kenneth Lindberg (“Missing Banker’s Auto Found on North Side”) that ran in the Minneapolis Star on November 18, 1955.

Minneapolis Star article on the disappearance of Kenneth Lindberg

Headline and images from an article on the disappearance of Kenneth Lindberg (“Missing Banker’s Auto Found on North Side”) that ran in the Minneapolis Star on November 18, 1955.

Murder of Kenneth Lindberg

On Saturday, November 12, 1955, Kenneth E. Lindberg, cashier of the Northern State Bank of Thief River Falls, met in the bank with a man who had identified himself as Herbert Johnson of the Johnson Wax Company. Lindberg was never seen alive again in Thief River Falls again.

Monument to Albert Woolson as the last surviving member of the Union Army in the Civil War. Woolson was not at the Gettysburg battle. The statue was placed there in his memory and of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). The statue was dedicated in September 1956. Woolson posed for the statue, and it was created by famous sculptor Avard Fairbanks. Used with permission of the St. Louis County Historical Society, University of Minnesota of Duluth Archives.

Albert Woolson statue in the Gettysburg Battlefield in Ziegler’s Grove.

Monument to Albert Woolson as the last surviving member of the Union Army in the Civil War. Woolson was not at the Gettysburg battle. The statue was placed there in his memory and of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). The statue was dedicated in September 1956. Woolson posed for the statue, and it was created by famous sculptor Avard Fairbanks. Used with permission of the St. Louis County Historical Society, University of Minnesota of Duluth Archives.

Albert Woolson’s funeral procession, August 7, 1956.

Albert Woolson’s funeral procession in Duluth.

Albert Woolson’s funeral procession, August 7, 1956.

Albert Woolson’s funeral in the Duluth Armory, August, 7, 1956.

Albert Woolson’s funeral service

Albert Woolson’s funeral in the Duluth Armory, August, 7, 1956.

SFC Donald A. Anderson and M/Sgt. Leslie E. Kesti, both of Cloquet, members of Headquarters Battery, 257th Gun Battalion, Minnesota National Guard, serve as sentries of honor at the funeral of the late Albert Woolson (the last Grand Army of the Republic veteran) in a Duluth funeral home on August 4, 1956.

Honor Guard at Albert Woolson’s casket

SFC Donald A. Anderson and M/Sgt. Leslie E. Kesti, both of Cloquet, members of Headquarters Battery, 257th Gun Battalion, Minnesota National Guard, serve as sentries of honor at the funeral of the late Albert Woolson (the last Grand Army of the Republic veteran) in a Duluth funeral home on August 4, 1956.

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