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Ramsey County History – Fall 1968: “Spring Wagons and No Roads: A Pioneer Family’s Sunday”

Lillie Gibbs LeVesconte

Spring Wagons and No Roads: A Pioneer Family’s Sunday Author: Lillie Gibbs LeVesconte A short reminiscence left by the youngest child (born 1865) of Jane and Heman Gibbs about Sundays in the 1870s in St. Anthony Park and the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.

Ramsey County History – Spring 1968: “Ramsey County’s German Americans: Their Struggle with Pride and Prejudice”

Sister John Christine Wolkerstorfer

Ramsey County’s German Americans: Their Struggle with Pride and Prejudice Author: Sister John Christine Wolkerstorfer Throughout most of the modern history of Ramsey County, Germans have comprised the largest ethnic group. This article covers many aspects of German immigration to Ramsey County and the participation of German…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1968: “From A Pioneer Farmer: Memories of Those Early Years Make ‘A Chill Run Up My Back’”

John D. Schofield

From A Pioneer Farmer: Memories of Those Early Years Make ‘A Chill Run Up My Back’ Author: John D. Schofield “The days were too short for the work that must be done, the nights too short for the needed rest.” John Schofield came to St. Paul in…

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 – Fall 1967: “Memories of The University—1870s”

Lillie Gibbs LeVesconte

Memories of The University—1870s Author: Lillie Gibbs LeVesconte Lillie Gibbs grew up on what became Ramsey County Historical Society’s Gibbs Farm at Larpenteur and Cleveland Avenues in Falcon Heights. At age seventy-nine, she wrote her memories of the University of Minnesota in the 1870s.

Ramsey County History – Spring 1967: “Time, Luck, Stamina—Pioneers Needed Them All When Seeking a Farm”

Ramsey County Historical Society

Time, Luck, Stamina—Pioneers Needed Them All When Seeking a Farm Coates P. Bull of St. Paul, age ninety-three, recalls the story of how his parents came to Minneapolis in 1857, found and bought farm land at what became 50th Street and France Avenue in Edina, and began farm…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1966: “Forgotten Pioneers: Justus Ramsey”

Ramsey County Historical Society

Forgotten Pioneers: Justus Ramsey Justus Ramsey (1823–1881) was Alexander Ramsey’s brother. He came to St. Paul in the late 1840s, engaged in various business ventures, served in the Minnesota Legislature, and was carrying the treaty payment to the Dakota when the US Dakota War of 1862 broke out.

Ramsey County History – Fall 1965: “The Story of White Bear Lake: Hardship and Struggle in a Rugged Wilderness”

Nancy L. Woolworth

The Story of White Bear Lake: Hardship and Struggle in a Rugged Wilderness Author: Nancy L. Woolworth This article covers the town’s first fourteen years, 1849–1862. The first settler in 1849, the official opening for claims in 1850, James Goodhue’s stories of a land boom, the first…

Ramsey County History – Fall 1964: “Little Canada—Heritage from the French”

Margaret Whitney Wall

Little Canada—Heritage from the French Author: Margaret Whitney Wall Most of St. Paul’s first settlers were French Canadians. Two of them, Benjamin and Genevieve Gervais, sold their downtown St. Paul land and claims in 1844 and moved north, near the lake that became Lake Gervais. Other French…