November 27, 1893 – On this date, the Village of West Minneapolis was incorporated with 1,168 residents. “In 1928, the name of the village was changed to Hopkins for Harley H.
Hopkins, one of the first homesteaders and the community's first postmaster.
The first mayor was Harley Hopkins' son, Chester L. Hopkins.”
Photo takenby PamelaJ. Erickson.Released
into the public domain Nov. 27, 2014, as long as acknowledgement included.
November 26, 1903 – After carrying the
carcass of a moose through the forest for seven miles and loading it on a boat,
Minn. Attorney General W. L. Douglas, who had been hunting with J. L. Helm of
St. Paul, in Cook County, arrived in Duluth from Grand Marais today, only to
find that his prize had been stolen en route. The officers of the steamer Mabel Bradshaw, on which the vessel the
men were passengers, started an investigation, but failed to find any trace of
the thief. Mr. Douglas and his companion bagged three deer and a moose. They
were in the trackless forest, where it was impossible to use a team, and they
were compelled to “tote” their game to the steamer landing. They saw the four
carcasses put on board.
The vessel touched at several points along the route, and it is thought that
the moose was stolen at this time or that it was taken as soon as the party
reached Duluth. The moose was shot by Mr. Douglas and was a handsome specimen.
St. Paul Globe; “Attorney General
Kills a Moose and Loses It. Mr. Douglas and Companion Bag Likewise Three
Deer—They Ship the Carcasses on a Steamer Bound for Duluth and on
Reaching That City Find Their Game Has Been Stolen—No Trace of the Thieves is
Found.”; Nov. 27, 1903; p. 1.
November 25, 1946 – “Teachers strike in St.
Paul, Minnesota, the first organized walkout by teachers in the country.
The month-long “strike for better schools” involving some 1,100 teachers — and
principals — led to a number of reforms in the way schools were administered
24, 1903 – Peter O. Elliott, the insane man who created a
disturbance at the White House in early October, and who was committed to the
insane asylum at St. Peter, escaped this evening.
However, the superintendent of the asylum did not
report Elliott’s escape until Nov. 28, when he admitted that Elliott had left
the asylum and not returned, that no effort was being made to recapture him and
that it was thought he had gone to Washington for the purpose of attempting to
see the President.
Elliott’s mania is that he must see the President, who, he thinks, can right
numerous wrongs, of which he thinks he is the victim.
He was armed when he attempted to see the President in Oct., and it is thought
he will try to force himself again into the President’s presence. The police in
Washington, D.C., have been notified.
The St. Paul Globe;
“Peter Elliott Escapes. Lunatic Arrested for Annoying President is at
Liberty.”; Nov. 28, 1903; p. 3.
Geneva Daily Times; “Escaped from
Insane Asylum. Insane Man Who Tried to See Roosevelt. Peter Elliott Believed to
be Again on His Way to the White House.”; Geneva, N.Y.; Nov. 28, 1903; p. 1.
Peter O. Elliott Minneapolis Journal; Oct. 6, 1903; p. 1.
November 23, 1986 – One of the oldest
structures in Minneapolis, the R.M.S. Pease house, was moved on this date to 101
W. Island Ave. on Nicollet Island from 814 University Ave. SE. The relocation
was necessary because of redevelopment on University Ave. Built in 1864, the
house was originally owned by Rev. R. M. S. Pease, minister of the First
Baptist Church of Saint Anthony (now known as University Baptist Church).
Minneapolis Star and Tribune; “Old-timer gets new home”; November 24, 1986;
Nov. 22, 1862 – Born on this date in Featherstone Township,
Goodhue County, Minn., Alexander P. Anderson, the inventor of puffed rice,1
held an additional claim to fame. In
1876, as a 13-year-old farmboy, he gave” water and directions to seven
strangers on horseback looking for Northfield, [Minn.]. The riders were the
James and Younger gang.”2
21, 1912 – Minnesota won the first prize for potatoes at the
land show in Minneapolis today. W. A. Dickinson of Meadowlands in northern
Minnesota, in the country back of Duluth, had a bushel on exhibition that took
the L. W. Hill $200 cup. R. J. Daley of Rollins, Mont., was a close second with
a bushel of Uncle Sam potatoes.
Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Gopher Potatoes Win
First Prize. Murphies Grown in Country Back of Duluth Win $200 Cup at the Land
Show.”; Nov. 22, 1912; p. 1.
Photo takenby PamelaJ. Erickson.Released
into the public domain November 21, 2014, as long as acknowledgement included.