Thursday, April 24, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 24

April 24, 1959 - Highway 316 was authorized on this date. It “serves as a north–south route in southeast Minnesota between Welch Township and the city of Hastings. The route is located just west of the Mississippi River. Highway 316 and adjacent U.S. 61 are part of the Great River Road.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_State_Highway_316





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MN-316.svg


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 23

April 23, 1897 – “Minnesota state government allocated $5,000 to open the Gillette State Hospital for Crippled Children in St. Paul, named for Dr. Arthur J. Gillette. It was the first state-funded hospital of its kind in the nation.”1

1http://www.thehistorypeople.com/data/docs/timeline-part1.pdf




Gillette State Hospital for Crippled Children

http://www.placeography.org/index.php/Image:Pf024522.jpg


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 22

April 22, 1903 – “Alexander Ramsey, first Minnesota Territorial Governor and second Minnesota State Governor, died in St. Paul on this date.”

http://www.mnhs.org/people/governors/gov/gov_01.htm




Gov. Alexander Ramsey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alexander_Ramsey,_Brady-Handy_bw_photo_portrait,_ca1865-1880.jpg


Monday, April 21, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 21

April 21, 1954 – “Overlooking the Swede Hollow neighborhood from the top of the bluff, the Theodore Hamm house at 671 Greenbrier was the crown of the East Side (and the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood ), standing like a castle - a beacon of inspiration (and possibilities) for those that lived below in the Hollow. The house, built in 1886 at the cost of $20,000 (it was a gift from their children), offered among its ornate fixtures twenty rooms and eight fireplaces. It was the home to many elegant parties thrown by Theodore Hamm and his family. Parties that included a band brought in from the city, Chinese lanterns spread throughout the yard, and tame deer and peacocks mingling with the guests as some of the entertaining highlights.”




Hamm House After Fire on This Date

“Theodore Hamm died of heart failure on July 31, 1903 and the house was taken over by his son William (Sr.) and wife Marie. After the death of the last Hamm resident in 1933 the house sat vacant, eventually to become the Robbins Rest Hospital – a nursing home. On [this date] a 14 yr old boy, out of boredom, set a fire on the first floor and two on the second floor of once again recently vacated, but still storied mansion (it had been vacant for only two weeks). Upon starting the building ablaze he called the fire department and the police. Shortly thereafter, and after 67 years of grandeur, the home was deemed unsafe and demolished.

Today the site on which the house once stood is a scenic overlook offering a view into downtown (and more).”

http://www.streetsofsaintpaul.com/2012/10/the-history-of-hamms-mansion.html





                                                    Hamm Mansion Site
German immigrants Theodore and Luisgaritis (Louise) Hamm arrived in St. Paul in 1856 and opened a beer garden and boarding house near downtown, until losing them in a friend’s ill-fated gold rush venture. In the winter of 1865 the young family took possession of the small Keller’s brewery and Mill along Phalem Creek “in the wilderness at the edge of St. Paul,” and built the brewery into the successful Theodore Hamm Brewing Company. The family lived in a house near the brewery until 1886 when the Hamm children had a mansion built on this site as a surprise for their parents, who were then visiting Europe. The brick “Rhine-style” structure was designed by architect A. F. Gauger and cost $20,000 to build. After the death of his parents, William Hamm, Sr., and his family occupied the home.

Many pioneer families moved to newer districts as St. Paul grew but William Sr. and Marie Scheffer Hamm lived out their lives on Dayton’s Bluff. With the passing of the second generation of Hamms, the mansion was used as a rest home. On April 21, 1954 the by then vacant neighborhood landmark burned and was demolished. This brick monument once marked the southeast corner of the Hamm property.

Dedicated by the St. Paul Garden Club
And the St. Paul Division of Parks and Recreation





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








Sunday, April 20, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 20

April 20, 19821 – “Albert Lammers, was a successful businessman in Minnesota's booming timber industry in the late 19th century.”2 He built this Queen Anne style home in Stillwater, Minn. “As with other lumber barons, his home was a monument to his accomplishments in business.”2 It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on this date.

1http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=82003076

2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Lammers_House




Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain April 20, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.
 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 19

April 19, 1896 – Private Marshall Sherman died in St. Paul on this date.  His “name goes down in the annals of 1st Minnesota history as the man who captured the battle flag of the 28th Virginia Infantry at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, during what became known as Pickett's Charge. For his gallantry during the battle he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.”

http://www.1stminnesota.net/SearchResults.php3?ID=0337




Picketts charge from a position on the Confederate line looking toward the Union lines, Zieglers grove on the left, clump of trees on right / Edwin Forbes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Edwin_Forbes_Pickett's_Charge.jpg




The Battle Flag of the 28th Virginia Infantry

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb.l 28, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.


Friday, April 18, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 18

April 18, 1965 – The St. Croix River crested at 94.10 ft. at Stillwater on this date, the highest recorded river level.

http://projects.wchsmn.org/reference/events/1965-flood-crest/ 






On Easter Sunday April 18, 1965 floodwaters of the St. Croix River crested here at 694.07 ft above sea level, highest stage ever recorded at this point, and 19 ft above normal. A mile-long dike built by hundreds of volunteer workers, including teenage boys and girls and inmates of the state prison, prevented the flood waters from inundating the business district of Stillwater.




Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain April 18, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.