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Ramsey County History – Spring 2020: “Clara Anderson v. City of St. Paul: A Woman’s Fight to Save Her Job in the Face of Discrimination”

John H. Guthmann

Clara Anderson v. City of St. Paul: A Woman’s Fight to Save Her Job in the Face of Discrimination Author: John H. Guthmann “Bartenders Wanted: Women Need Not Apply.” In the early 1940s, Clara Anderson worked as a bartender at a local hotel until the St. Paul City…

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Great Northern Iron: James J. Hill’s 109-Year Mining Trust

Reviewed in Mining Engineering journal (December 2020). Reprinted with permission.

Great Northern Iron: James J. Hill’s 109-Year Mining Trust James A. Stolpestad St. Paul, MN: Ramsey County Historical Society, 2020 348 pages; hardcover, $65, order online at https://greatnorthernironbook.com. This is a book that encompasses a sweeping panorama of stories—stories of missionaries, surveyors, geologists, entrepreneurs,…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2020: “Ramsey County’s ‘Boy Problem:’ Snapshots of Boys Totem Town”

Bobbie Scott

Ramsey County’s “Boy Problem” Snapshots of Boys Totem Town Author: Bobbie Scott When Boys Totem Town, a detention home on St. Paul’s east side, closed its doors in 2019, administrators, teachers, judges, and several men who once spent time there as boys, gathered to remember. The facility opened…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2020: “#MinneAsianStories: Illustrated Living History”

Bert Lee, Yusanat Tway, and Zoua Vang

#MinneAsianStories: Illustrated Living History Authors: Bert Lee, Yusanat Tway, and Zoua Vang There’s a common misperception that many young people aren’t necessarily interested in history. But over the last few years, the Coalition for Asian American Leaders (CAAL) has invited young Asian Minnesotans to not only think…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2020: “Growing Up with the St. Paul Saints: Memories of a Teen Groundskeeper at Lexington Park”      

Vern Schultz

Growing Up with the St. Paul Saints: Memories of a Teen Groundskeeper at Lexington Park         Author: Vern Schultz Anyone stopped at the traffic light at University and Lexington Avenues in St. Paul today might see dozens of small businesses and fast food restaurants and never realize that this…

Great Northern Iron: James J. Hills’s 109-Year Mining Trust

James A. Stolpestad

Revealing for the first time a story hidden from public view for a century, award-winning historian James A. Stolpestad and the Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS) present the history of Great Northern Iron Ore Properties formed in 1906 by James J. Hill and Louis W. Hill to acquire, manage, and…

The Life of Swede Hollow: a pictorial history

Reviewer: Bob Muschewske

The Life of Swede Hollow: a pictorial history Authors: Angela DuPaul and Karin DuPaul St. Paul, MN: Friends of Swede Hollow 115 pages; soft cover; 217 b&w photos and art; $18 In their 2019 book, The Life of Swede Hollow: a pictorial history, Angela and Karin DuPaul—a daughter and…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2019: “Three Jewish Writers”

Steve Trimble and Paul Nelson

Three Jewish Writers Authors: Steve Trimble and Paul Nelson What do three men who grew up in St. Paul’s predominately Jewish neighborhoods in the first half of the twentieth century have in common? Quite a bit, actually. Authors Steve Trimble and Paul Nelson highlight the lives of…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2019: “Growing Up in St. Paul: Reflections of Three Jewish Writers”

William Hoffman, Norman Katkov, and Max Shulman

Growing Up in St. Paul: Reflections of Three Jewish Writers Authors: William Hoffman, Norman Katkov, and Max Shulman William Hoffman, Norman Katkov, and Max Shulman grew up in the West Side Flats and Selby-Dale neighborhoods. All three passed away years ago, and yet, through a bit of luck…