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Ramsey County History – Spring 2003: “The Volunteer Hook and Ladder Company”

Virginia Brainard Kunz

The Volunteer Hook and Ladder Company Author: Virginia Brainard Kunz This is a short article on Wilson Farrell’s Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company, which was established in 1854. Like other groups of this type, its members were elected and had to buy their own ladders, buckets, and rope. Arson,…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2003: “Sitting Bull and His 1884 Visit to St. Paul: ‘A Shady Pair’ and an ‘Attempt on His Life’”

Mark Diedrich, adapted by Paul D. Nelson

Sitting Bull and His 1884 Visit to St. Paul: ‘A Shady Pair’ and an ‘Attempt on His Life’ Authors: Mark Diedrich, adapted by Paul D. Nelson Sitting Bull, a symbol of Native American resistance, once came to St. Paul, an event not well covered in local newspapers. The Lakota…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2003: “The St. Paul Fireman Who Rose to Command the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg”

Patrick Hill

The St. Paul Fireman Who Rose to Command the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg Author: Patrick Hill Captain Wilson Farrell of Company C of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry had been a member of a volunteer company at one of St. Paul’s small fire stations. He served…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2003: “Growing Up in St. Paul: ‘Homer Van Meter, a Member of the Karpis Gang, Was Shot Across the Street from Our House’”

Bernice Fisher

Growing Up in St. Paul: ‘Homer Van Meter, a Member of the Karpis Gang, Was Shot Across the Street from Our House’ Author: Bernice Fisher The author grew up at 193 West University Avenue. One of her vivid memories was when Homer Van Meter, a member of the Dillinger…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2003: “I Remember the Teachers’ Strike of 1946: ‘We Rolled Down Our Windows in the Cold Air’”

Maxine Dickson

I Remember the Teachers’ Strike of 1946: “We Rolled Down Our Windows in the Cold Air’” Author: Maxine Dickson The author attended and remembered having talked with her teachers about schools and unions. Her family lived at 1718 Ross Avenue, and she attended Ames Elementary and Junior High. When St.

Ramsey County History – Fall 2002: “Growing Up In St Paul: Seeing, Talking to, Calling on Sprits: Grandma Minda’s Adventures in Spiritualism”

Joanne Englund

Growing Up In St Paul: Seeing, Talking to, Calling on Sprits: Grandma Minda’s Adventures in Spiritualism Author: Joanne Englund This is the story of Minda Sands, a Scandinavian woman as remembered and written by her granddaughter. Minda and her husband bought a lot on Edmund Street between Albert and…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2002: “‘Hang Him! That’s the Best Way:’ A Lynching in St. Paul? Almost, in 1895, an Era of ‘Vigilante Justice’ in the Nation”

Paul D. Nelson

‘Hang Him! That’s the Best Way:’ A Lynching in St. Paul? Almost, in 1895, an Era of ‘Vigilante Justice’ in the Nation Author: Paul D. Nelson Twenty-five years before the infamous Duluth lynchings, itinerant African-American Houston Osborne narrowly escaped lynching in St. Paul. This piece describes the near-lynching, the…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2002: “Growing Up In St Paul: Manager, Fight Promoter, Minnesota Game Warden—Johnny Salvator and His Impact on Boxing in St. Paul”

Paul R. Gold

Growing Up In St Paul: Manager, Fight Promoter, Minnesota Game Warden—Johnny Salvator and His Impact on Boxing in St. Paul Author: Paul R. Gold The young German, Johann Salwetter (b. 1891 in Serbia), came to St. Paul around 1910 and became, in time, Johnny Salvator—boxer, trainer of World War…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2002: “Donations and Their Own Pockets—An Orphanage’s Roots in 1869 St. Paul”

Paul D. Nelson

Donations and Their Own Pockets—An Orphanage’s Roots in 1869 St. Paul Author: Paul D. Nelson This article examines the St. Joseph’s Orphanage by looking at the experiences of the Postlewaite family. In the early days, it was a German institution which bought a forty-seven acre plot of land at…