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Ramsey County History – Spring 1999: “The Dakota Perspective: ‘We Have Been Cheated So Often’”

Mark Diederich

The Dakota Perspective: “We Have Been Cheated So Often” Author: Mark Diedrich Before white Minnesotans organized Minnesota as a territory in 1849, the Native American population of the region consisted mainly of Dakota, who had been living in the area of Lake Mille Lacs since the 1600s. One division of…

Ramsey County Historical Society – Spring 1999: “Ramsey County History Preserved in Its Survey Office”

Ramsey County Public Information Office

Ramsey County History Preserved in Its Survey Office Author: Ramsey County Public Information Office A brief overview of the history of the surveying of public lands in Ramsey County using the rectangular grid system established in the Ordinance of 1785. In the 1890s Ramsey County was resurveyed to replace old…

Farming in Early Minnesota

Edward J. Lettermann

97 pages, profusely illustrated by the author. Softcover. Member Price: $10.00; Non-Member Price: $11.00. Order books here.

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Norma Sommerdorf

No Grass Beneath Her Feet: Harriet Bishop and Her Life in Minnesota Author: Norma Sommerdorf Harriet Bishop came to St. Paul in 1847 and died there in 1883. In that time she taught school, dealt in real estate, married and divorced, wrote books and poetry, and organized the Women’s Christian…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1996: “Jane Gibbs, the ’Little Bird That Was Caught’ and Her Dakota Friends”

Deanne Zibell Weber

Jane Gibbs, the ’Little Bird That Was Caught’ and Her Dakota Friends Author: Deanne Zibell Weber Jane DeBow Gibbs lived a wandering frontier life in the mid-19th century until settling in what is now Roseville in 1849. The article traces her childhood with Dakota friends in the early 1830s, life…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1995: “Who Was Millard Fillmore? And What Was He Doing in St. Paul?”

Virginia Brainard Kunz

Who Was Millard Fillmore? And What Was He Doing in St. Paul? Author: Virginia Brainard Kunz The excursion’s most famous participant was ex-president (1850–1853) Millard Fillmore. This one-page article briefly summarizes his life and career. PDF of Millard Fillmore article…

Ramsey County History – Winter 1995: “What Happened to Fountain Cave —The Real Birthplace of St. Paul?”

Greg Brick

What Happened to Fountain Cave —The Real Birthplace of St. Paul? Author: Greg Brick A detailed account by a noted speleologist and urban geologist of his research on Fountain Cave in St. Paul, which was first reported by Major Stephen Long in 1817. The mouth of Fountain Cave was sealed…

Ramsey County History – Summer 1993: “Birth, Death and Reincarnation—The Story of Fort Snelling and Its State Park”

Samuel H. Morgan

Birth, Death and Reincarnation—The Story of Fort Snelling and Its State Park Author: Samuel H. Morgan Completed in 1820, then retired and recommissioned a few times over the next century and a quarter, Fort Snelling faced destruction with the building of a new freeway, cloverleaf interchange, and bridge over the…

Ramsey County History – Winter 1993: “Charlotte Ouisconsin Van Cleve, Daughter of a Frontier Regiment—1819”

Ronald M. Hubbs

Charlotte Ouisconsin Van Cleve, Daughter of a Frontier Regiment—1819 Author: Ronald M. Hubbs Charlotte Clark was born in Prairie du Chien in 1819 as her family made their way to her father’s posting at still-to-be-built Fort Snelling. As an adult, she married another soldier, who served in the Dakota War…