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Ramsey County History – Spring 2016: “Carl Florin, Ray Florén, and Eleven Houses near Hamline University”

Barbro Sollbe and Ann Thorson Walton

Carl Florin, Ray Florén, and Eleven Houses near Hamline University Authors: Barbro Sollbe and Ann Thorson Walton Carl O. Florén (1884–1948) came to the United States in 1900 from Sweden. He eventually made his way to St. Paul about 1906 and began working for Hamline University. He subsequently married…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2016: “The West Publishing Company Buildings and Ramsey County’s Adult Detention Center”

Paul D. Nelson

The West Publishing Company Buildings and Ramsey County’s Adult Detention Center Author: Paul D. Nelson Founded in 1876 in St. Paul, West Publishing Company established its offices and manufacturing plant on the south side of Kellogg Boulevard west of the Wabasha Bridge. By the 1920s, West provided…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2016: “Creative Destruction in the Midway”

John W. Diers

Creative Destruction in the Midway Author: John W. Diers The intersection of Snelling and University Avenues in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood is a case study in what economists call “creative destruction.” There, in 1908, the Twin Cities Rapid Transit Company built a large carbarn and other streetcar shops. When…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2016: “The Sullwold Saga”

William Beyer, FAIA

The Sullwold Saga Author: William Beyer, FAIA This article is a biographical profile of a little-known architect, Herbert A. Sullwold (1883–1969), who was born in St. Paul, studied mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota, and, in 1907, graduated from the program in architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2015: “St. Paul’s New Directions in the 1930s”

James A. Stolpestad

St. Paul’s New Directions in the 1930s Author: James A. Stolpestad Author James A. Stolpestad recounts how, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, St. Paul leaders in government successfully campaigned for public funding to build the St. Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse, remade old…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2014: “Growing Up in St. Paul: The Peripatetic RCHS in the Mid-1970s”

Anne Cowie

Growing Up in St. Paul: The Peripatetic RCHS in the Mid-1970s Author: Anne Cowie Returning to Minnesota in early 1974 with a graduate degree in history, Anne Cowie was hired by the Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS)  to do research and writing for a new exhibit the society planned…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2014: “The RCHS Archives and Collections Since 1964”

Mollie Spillman

The RCHS Archives and Collections Since 1964 Author: Mollie Spillman Collections form the foundation of Ramsey County Historical Society’s (RCHS) history and programs. When RCHS was organized in 1949 by Ethel Hall Stewart and others, it first acquired the Gibbs Farm Museum, which opened in 1954, and began to…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2014: “The Stork Family in St. Paul, 1914–1916”

Rebecca A. Mavencamp

The Stork Family in St. Paul, 1914–1916 Author: Rebecca A. Mavencamp William E. and Grace C. Stork moved to St. Paul from western Minnesota in 1903 along with their children, Florence C. and Norman Clinton. They built a home in the western part of the city near the Mississippi…

Ramsey County History: Summer 2014: “The History of the Mississippi River Boulevard”

Donald L. Empson

The History of the Mississippi River Boulevard Author: Donald L. Empson In 1872, the Saint Paul City Council decided to build public parks in the city, and soon, thereafter, hired landscape architect Horace W. S. Cleveland to prepare a plan for where this should be done. One park that…