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Growing Up In Frogtown: Little Women, Little Houses, Lots of Work, (and a Little Play)

Wendy Rossi

Young Wendy Hams’ Gumpa Guy surprised her with a dollhouse on her third birthday. It was designed to replicate the family home at 435 Charles Avenue. Photo courtesy of Wendy Rossi. By Wendy Rossi Growing Up In Frogtown In 1941, young Wendy Ham’s Gumpa Guy Metzger built a dollhouse—a replica…

Ramsey County History Spring 2024

Paul Nelson, Drew Ross, Wendy Rossi, Meredith Cummings

Volume 59, Number 2: Spring 2024 Link to download PDF of full Ramsey County History Spring 2024 Articles in this issue: The Fraud of the Century Author: Paul Nelson According to author Paul Nelson, “The human desire for wealth without risk and the capacity for self-delusion make an…

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The Fraud of the Century

Paul Nelson

St. Paulite Clarence Cochran was convicted of fraud and reported to Leavenworth in 1930. Mugshot courtesy of National Archives of Kansas City, Record Group 129, Records of the Bureau of Prisons, Leavenworth Penitentiary, Inmate Case Files (1895-1952), National Archives Identifier 571125. By Paul Nelson A chance meeting in the Ramsey…

Plympton’s Reserve, St. Paul’s Founding, and Desnoyer’s New Bridge Square

Drew M. Ross

The Desnoyer Halfway House located on the St. Anthony Falls-St. Paul Road attracted soldiers from Fort Snelling, residents from growing villages along the Mississippi, and tourists traveling to the area to glimpse the cascading St. Anthony Falls. Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society. By Drew Ross Decisions, Destiny, and Dreams Tourists…

Ramsey County History Winter 2024

Nicole Foss, Linda Kohl, Krista Finstad Hanson, Renoir Gaither, Mary Lethert Wingerd

Volume 59, Number 1: Winter 2024 Link to download PDF of full issue of RCHS Winter 2024 Magazine Articles in this Issue: Architect of St. Paul’s West Side: H. Emil Strassburger Author: Nicole Foss Link to N. Foss article PDF Additional Resources:…

Ramsey County History Winter 2024: H. Emil Strassburger

Nicole Foss

Volume 59, Number 1: Winter 2024 Architect of St. Paul’s West Side: H. Emil Strassburger Author: Nicole Foss Architectural Historian Nicole Foss grew curious about some of the old houses she passed on daily walks in her neighborhood. Curiosity led to research, which evolved into our cover story “Architect…

Ramsey County History Winter 2024: Scoop That Saved St. Paul Landmark

Linda Kohl

Volume 59, Number 1: Winter 2024 Setting the Record Straight: The Scoop that Helped Save a St. Paul Landmark Author: Linda Kohl It is nearly impossible to walk past the majestic Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul for the first time without stopping in wonder to admire the turrets…

Ramsey County History Winter 2024: Community in Hamline Midway Neighborhood

Krista Finstad Hanson

Volume 59, Number 1: Winter 2024 It Takes a Village: Building Community in the Hamline Midway Neighborhood Author: Krista Finstad Hanson What happens when a historian/writer becomes a homeowner? When Krista Finstad Hanson and her husband purchased a bungalow on Englewood Avenue in 1997, she couldn’t help herself. She…

Ramsey County History Fall 2023 – From Lower Phalen Creek Project to Wakaŋ Tipi Awaŋyaŋkapi

Daniel W. McGuiness with Maggie Lorenz

Volume 58, Number 3: Fall 2023 Link to download full issue of Fall 2023 Ramsey County History magazine A Sacred Dakhóta Site Inspires Community Renewal: From Lower Phalen Creek Project to Wakaŋ Tipi Awaŋyaŋkapi Authors: Daniel W. McGuiness, with Maggie Lorenz In the 1970s, land below St.