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Ramsey County History – Spring 1968: “In North St. Paul: Boom, Boom, Bust, Come-back!”

Edward J. Lettermann

In North St. Paul: Boom, Boom, Bust, Come-back! Author: Edward J. Lettermann North St. Paul was an early planned community, first residential, then industrial. Just as industrial development seemed to be taking hold, the Panic of 1893 came along. Still, developer of North St. Paul (and historian)…

Ramsey County History – Fall 1967: “Charles Borup: Fur Trader, Banker, Lumberman, and Minnesota’s First Danish Consul”

Nancy L. Woolworth

Charles Borup: Fur Trader, Banker, Lumberman, and Minnesota’s First Danish Consul Author: Nancy L. Woolworth Charles Borup lived in St. Paul only eleven years. Born in Copenhagen in 1806, he was educated to be a physician, but chose adventure instead. In about 1830, he landed at the…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1967: “Restless, Troubled Opportunist: Portrait of a Pioneer Photographer”

Henry Hall

Restless, Troubled Opportunist: Portrait of a Pioneer Photographer Author: Henry Hall William H. Illingworth, born 1844, came to St. Paul in 1850 and became a professional photographer in 1867. A pioneer of outdoor wet-plate photography, he went on an expedition with Custer in 1874, then illicitly sold…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1967: “A Bridge, A Street, A Levee: Louis Robert’s Name Lingers in St. Paul”

Patricia Condon

A Bridge, A Street, A Levee: Louis Robert’s Name Lingers in St. Paul Author: Patricia Condon He was one of Minnesota’s pioneers: early settler, merchant, fur trader, steamboat captain and entrepreneur, real estate speculator, and politician. He even got in on the US Dakota War of 1862, narrowly escaping…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1965: “Can History Come Alive? In Its Historic Sites, Nation Finds Its Roots”

Elmer L. Andersen

Can History Come Alive? In Its Historic Sites, Nation Finds Its Roots Author: Elmer L. Andersen Elmer L. Andersen, a former governor of Minnesota, surveys historic preservation efforts in Minnesota and elsewhere. The loss of Ignatius Donnelly’s house in Nininger is contrasted with the preservation of the Alexander Ramsey…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1965: “St. Paul’s Stately Old Buildings—Going, Going, Almost Gone”

Georgia Ray DeCoster

St. Paul’s Stately Old Buildings—Going, Going, Almost Gone Author: Georgia Ray DeCoster “American cities are threatened by a steady dilution of historic character and architectural personality. . . . Therefore, it is time to establish once and for all the economic merits of the case for preserving…

Ramsey County History – Fall 1964: “Steamboats and Cable Cars—St. Paul’s Gaslight Era”

George M. Brack

Steamboats and Cable Cars—St. Paul’s Gaslight Era Author: George M. Brack A detailed description of some aspects of the city in the second half of the nineteenth century: railroad service and depots, bridges and ferries, public transportation, street lighting, manufacturing, city growth, housing types. PDF of…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1964: “Sod Shanty on the Prairie: Story of a Pioneer Farmer”

William L. Cavert

Sod Shanty on the Prairie: Story of a Pioneer Farmer Author: William L. Cavert A brief recounting of some basic facts about the Gibbs family and their house and farm. Heman and Jane Gibbs came to St. Paul in April 1849 and quickly moved onto the 160 acres in…