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Ramsey County History – Fall 1974: “Promoters Waxed Lyrical in “Selling” St Paul”

Virginia Brainard Kunz

Promoters Waxed Lyrical in “Selling” St Paul Author: Virginia Brainard Kunz A publication entitled The Minnesota Year Book for 1853, published in St. Paul, offered its readers information on a host of subjects. Among them were: the makeup of the Territorial Legislature and its salient acts, including a Prohibition…

Ramsey County History – Special 1979: “Saint Paul 1957 Panorama Photo Essay”

Ramsey County Historical Society

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Ramsey County History – Fall/Winter 1976: “Kate Donnelly and the ‘Cult of True Womanhood’”

Gretchen Kreuter

Kate Donnelly and the ‘Cult of True Womanhood’ Author: Gretchen Kreuter Ignatius Donnelly’s 1895 tribute to his late wife, In Memoriam. Mrs. Katharine Donnelly, praised her as a model of “true womanhood,” a 19th century “cult” of ideal femininity comprised of “purity, piety, domesticity, and submissiveness.” This essay explores…

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Ramsey County History – Fall 1974: “The 1850s Shaping of St. Paul”

Virginia Brainerd Kunz

The 1850s Shaping of St. Paul Author: Virginia Brainard Kunz An 1856 photo of a dogsled team beneath the Summit Avenue bluff displays “the disparity in housing and jumbled placement of buildings” that characterized the city at the time. Minnesota Pioneer editor James Goodhue advocated replatting the whole mess…

Ramsey County History – Special 1979: Board of Directors

Ramsey County Historical Society

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Ramsey County History – Spring 1979: “Letters to Fannie Higgins: The Courtship of Patrick O’Brien”

Michael Maher

Letters to Fannie Higgins: The Courtship of Patrick O’Brien Author: Michael Maher The author has assembled a portrait of the Irish immigrant Patrick O’Brien, his life, work, and personality from surviving letters. The result is a portrait of life in St. Paul in the 1860s and ‘70s. The letters…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1979: “The Liberated Woman Patrick O’Brien Married”

Michael Maher

The Liberated Woman Patrick O’Brien Married Author: Michael Maher Fannie Higgins worked in her youth as a dressmaker in Hudson, Wisconsin. The same cache of family letters that inspired the previous article about Patrick O’Brien also yields a portrait of Fannie Higgins and her times. She was independent, a…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1974: “Macalester and Its First Forty Years”

Edward Swanson

Macalester and Its First Forty Years Author: Edward Swanson Most of Macalester College’s first 40 years consisted of Edward Duffield Neill’s efforts to get it off the ground. Neill came to St. Paul as a young clergyman in 1849, founded the First Presbyterian and House of Hope churches, the…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1979: “A Grandson Describes: The O’Briens’ House on George Street”

George A. Rea

A Grandson Describes: The O’Briens’ House on George Street Author: George A. Rea The author remembers his grandparents, Patrick and Fannie O’Brien, and their big house (still standing) at 255 George Street. Initially they lived on Irvine Park, but grandfather “decided to move the day a neighbor’s bantam chickens…