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Ramsey County History – Fall 1970: “Smallpox, Malaria—W.R. Brown’s Civil War Diary: The War Within A War”

Virginaia Brainerd Kunz and James O Wall

Smallpox, Malaria—W.R. Brown’s Civil War Diary: The War Within A War Authors: Virginia Brainard Kunz and James O. Wall W. R. Brown enlisted in the Sixth Minnesota Infantry in 1862 at the age of 46. He served mostly in hospitals, in the field, at Fort Snelling, and in Helena,…

Ramsey County History – Fall 1970: “Forgotten Pioneers: Edward Phelan”

Ramsey County Historical Society

Forgotten Pioneers: Edward Phelan Edward Phelan, discharged from the U.S. Army at Fort Snelling in April 1839, became one of St. Paul’s founding settlers. He was a contentious fellow, tried and acquitted of murder, and later indicted for perjury. He fled in 1850 and reportedly “met with a violent death in…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1970: “St. Anthony Park: The History of a Small Town Within a City”

Fredric Steinhauser

St. Anthony Park: The History Of A Small Town Within A City Author: Fredric Steinhauser A history of the development of this St. Paul neighborhood. Gov. William Marshall and landscape architect Horace Cleveland played key roles in its early development, as did investors from Wisconsin and Virginia, the University…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1970: “Murder Most Foul! Early “Historian” Solves Murder of Whatever Happened to “Pigs Eye” Parrant”

Edward J. Letterman

Murder Most Foul! Early “Historian” Solves Mystery of Whatever Happened to “Pigs Eye” Parrant Author: Edward J. Letterman In 1868 New York writer, publisher, and fabulist “Col.” Hankins published a history of St. Paul entitled Dakota Land; or, The Beauty of St. Paul, “an altogether charming conglomeration of local…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1970: “Forgotten Pioneers: John R. Irvine”

Ramsey County Historical Society

Forgotten Pioneers: John R. Irvine John R. Irvine (1812–1878) came first to St. Paul in 1843 from Prairie du Chien with a sleigh full of groceries to “look over the field which had been represented to him by his old friend, Henry Jackson, as the Eldorado of the Northwest.” He liked…