Tuesday, September 23, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 23

September 23, 1969 - A life-sized statue of Hubert H. Humphrey that stands in the middle archway of the entrance into the Minneapolis City Hall was presented on this date by the Mayor of Minneapolis, Donald M. Fraser, the Minneapolis City Council, Alice W. Rainville, President, and the Minneapolis Arts Commission.

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMDJ4X_Hubert_H_Humphrey_Minneapolis_MN






Plaque reads:
"Hubert H. Humphery
Mayor of Minneapolis 1945-1948
United States Senator 1949-1964 1971-1978
Vice-President of the United States 1965-1969
Presented on this 23rd day of September 1969 by the Mayor of Minneapolis, Donald M. Fraser, the Minneapolis City Council, Alice W. Rainville, President, and the Minneapolis Arts Commission.
Rodger M. Brodin, sculptor"

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMDJ4X_Hubert_H_Humphrey_Minneapolis_MN

Monday, September 22, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 22

September 22, 2006 – Terri Lee and her boyfriend Timothy Hawkinson were shot to death around 4 a.m. by Lee’s ex-boyfriend turned stalker, Steve Van Keuren, in Lee’s home in West Lakeland Township. Her four children were also in the home that morning, but were not injured.

At the time of the killings, Van Keuren was free on bail after being charged with breaking into Lee's house July 29 and trying to stab her.” Lee had a restraining order against Van Keuren, which he had violated twice before the day of the shooting.
 
http://www.extrememakeovertjbhomes.com/508-family.html




Steve Van Keuren
http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Minnesota/Washington-County-MN/Steven-Allen-Vankeuren.4770086.html

Sunday, September 21, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 21

September 21, 1909Minnesota Gov. John Albert Johnson died on this date as a result of an operation for intestinal adhesions in Rochester, Minn. He was the first governor born in Minnesota, the first to serve a full term in the present state capitol, and the first to die in office.



Minnesota Gov. John Albert Johnson1


Two statues were erected to his memory in 1912, one in front of the capitol in St. Paul and the other in front of the courthouse in St. Peter, Minn., where he was born and buried upon his death.



Statue of Gov. John Albert Johnson at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul2





John Albert Johnson 

July 26, 1861 September 21, 1909 

Three Times Governor of 
Minnesota 

A Poor Boy A Country 
Editor A Natural Leader 

Cut Off In His Prime
The Nation Mourns His Loss 

His Life Was Gentle And
The Elements So Mixed In
Him That Nature Might Stand
Up And Say To All The World
This Was A Man 

This Monument Is Raised To
His Memory By One Hundred 
Thousand Of His Friends




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Albert_Johnson


http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8374


1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Albert_Johnson#mediaviewer/File:Portrait_of_John_Albert_Johnson.jpg

2Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain September 21, 2014, 
as long as acknowledgement included.





Saturday, September 20, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 20





September 20, 1918 – Olli Kinkkonen, the Finn tarred and feathered in Duluth by a group called the Knights of Loyalty on September 18, continues to be missing. His luggage is still in his room. “It is reported that the Knights of Loyalty left Kinkkonen his clothes so he was able to skip without discomfort.”

The Duluth News Tribune; “Nobody Knows Where Olli Kinkonnen Goes’ But He’s Sure Gone”; September 21, 1918; p. 3.

Friday, September 19, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 19




September 19, 1918 – Olli Kinkkonen has not been seen since being tarred and feathered yesterday night by the Knights of Loyalty (initially reported as Knights of Liberty). His disappearance has caused at least one of the other five aliens who had notified the Duluth draft board that he was renouncing his first citizenship papers to reconsider his position. He did not appear today to complete his legal evasion of military duty.

A circular from the Knights of Loyalty mailed to the Duluth News Tribune claims that the group has more than 2 million members across the country, including 2,000 members in Duluth. The notice says the group will continue its attacks against slackers, as they have proven themselves to be enemies of America.

The Duluth News Tribune; “Tarred Alien Disappears; One Recants by Default. ‘Knights of Loyalty’ Issue Circular Addressed to Those Who Renounce Citizenship.”; September 20, 1918; p. 8.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 18




September 18, 1918 – One of six aliens with first citizenship papers reported by Duluth draft boards as renouncing his citizenship rather than be inducted into the U.S. army, Olli Kinkkonen was taken from his lodgings this evening by men purportedly from the draft board. Instead of going to the draft board’s office, Kinkkonen was driven to Congdon Park, where he was tarred and feathered by members of a group called the Knights of Liberty. As of midnight, Kinkkonen had not returned to his home, whereupon his landlord called Duluth police headquarters to report his disappearance.

The Knights of Liberty also called upon the other five declarants who had renounced their citizenship for similar reasons, but none were found.

The Duluth News Tribune; “Tar Coat Given Alien; Renounced U.S. Rights. Landlord complains to Police of Olli Kinkkonen’s Involuntary Trip with Knights of Liberty”; September 19, 1918; p. 1.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 17

September 17, 1898 - Camp Mueller was established at New Ulm [Minn.] on [this date] during the Spanish American War as “the final encampment of the 12th Minn. Volunteer Infantry before its muster out on November 5, 1898. The camp was at the [Brown County] fairgrounds in the northwest part of town.”

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/topic/military/SpanishAmericanWar/span_am_camps/pg10.htm




Brown County Fairgrounds

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Sept. 17, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.