Tuesday, August 30, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 30

August 30, 1917 – “Frank Mattson today became a self-made hero when he was lowered down into a burning shaft of the Lincoln mine [in Virginia, Minn.] and without mask and single handed rescued two of his fellow miners, Oscar Pakkala and Joe Reinshe, who had been overcome by the smoke. Mattson found the victims near the flames and carried both of them to the surface. All three were revived by a pulmotor. Mattson's record will go down in the history of mining industry as the greatest hero of the Mesaba mine.

The fire broke out in the exits of Lincoln mine and had trapped 200 miners. All escaped but the two rescued by Mattson. The mine has now been successfully blocked and closed and as water cannot be obtained, the operators plan to smother the flames in the timber workings.”


The Grand Forks Herald; Grand Forks, ND; Aug. 31, 1917

http://www3.gendisasters.com/minnesota/8835/virginia-mn-mine-fire-aug-1917




Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Nov. 12, 2012,
as long as acknowledgement included.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 29

August 29, 1910 - The Fitzgerald Theater, the oldest active theatre in Saint Paul, Minn., opened its doors on this evening as the Sam S. Shubert Theater with the play “The White Sister.”

Some unique innovations were offered to gain favor and publicity for the theater, including using “girls” as ushers instead of “boys,” an idea that had worked in theaters in the East, and making it easier for Minneapolis theater-goers by providing free automobile delivery of tickets, a cutting-edge idea never tried before in before in any city. All seats ordered by telephone were delivered, collect.



The Fitzgerald Theater1


The building was purchased by Minnesota Public Radio in 1980 and restored with a stage in 1986 as a site for Prairie Home Companion, and was renamed in 1994 after St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald.


The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; Girl Ushers for Shubert; First Tickets Are Sold. New Theater Announces an Innovation in Service for Minneapolis. Svening J. Bang Heads the Line Seeking Seats for the Opening.”; August 26, 1910; p. 7.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; Sam S. Shubert Theater Opens; “The White Sister” Is Played. Viola Allen, James O’Neill and a Notable Cast Present Artistic Production Before a Capacity Audience.”; p. 4.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitzgerald_Theater

1http://sheamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/fitzgerald-theater.jpg
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 29

August 28, 1972 – Professional hockey player Darby Hendrickson was born in Richfield, Minn., on this date. He played two seasons with the U of M Golden Gophers and three-plus seasons with the Minnesota Wild.

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




Darby Hendrickson

http://icehockey.wikia.com/wiki/File:Darbyhendrickson.jpg

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 27

August 27, 1889 – Everyone in the county knew a wedding was being held during the Winona County Fair, but the identity of the parties was an absolute secret until they stepped into the pavilion.

A pavilion on wheels had been erected directly in front of the grand stand, and the sides covered with black curtains, screening the party from the thousands of curious eyes until the ceremony began. The ceremony was set for 2 p.m., but before 1 p.m. the crowd began to gather at the grand stand and on the grounds thereabouts. It was impossible to estimate the number of spectators, but it was estimated to be close to 3,000.

The bridal couple turned out to be Miss Rosanna Stinson of Winona, and E. T. Hicks, also of Winona, well-known ex-deputy sheriff. Local businesses presented the newlyweds with a variety of gifts, including a sewing machine, two tons of coal, a barrel of flour, a sack of corn meal, and free shaves for the groom from the local barber for six months; all gifts (publicity) noted in the local newspaper.

Winona Herald Daily; “The Grand Wedding”; Aug. 27, 1889; p. 1.




http://www.winonacountyfair.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/header-full.jpg

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Friday, August 26, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 26

August 26, 1994 St. Paul “Police Officer Timothy Jones and his canine, Laser, were shot and killed after being ambushed by the suspect who had murdered Officer Ron Ryan earlier in the day.



Officer Ron Ryan3

Officer Jones was off-duty on the morning of August 26, 1994, when his fellow officer Ron Ryan Jr. responded to what appeared to be a routine ‘slumper’ call. A complaint had been received about a man sleeping in a car in a church parking lot on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Officer Ryan approached the vehicle and woke the sleeper, who then identified himself. As Officer Ryan was returning to his patrol car to check the suspect's identification, the suspect shot him from behind with a gun he had hidden underneath his coat. The suspect, who had a warrant for his arrest, then took Officer Ryan's service weapon and shot him several more times. Officer Ryan was rushed to a hospital but died of his wounds. The suspect fled the scene, triggering a massive manhunt as he was pursued by St. Paul police officers with their highly trained K-9 dogs. 





Officer Timothy James Jones4


Among them was Officer Jones, who had volunteered to help search for Baker with his K-9 partner. The suspect was hiding in an ice fishing shack when the K-9, Laser, picked up his scent. When Officer Jones and Laser approached the shack, the suspect shot and killed Officer Jones. The suspect left the fish house and as he stood over Officer Jones, he was attacked by Laser. He shot Laser four times and then took Officer Jones' service weapon, hid the Officers' service weapons under the porch of a house, and hid underneath a pile of lumber and rubbish next to a porch two houses away, where he was apprehended.




Laser5


The suspect pled guilty to murdering both Officer Ryan and Officer Jones was sentenced to life without parole.

Officer Jones had been with the agency for 16 years and was survived by his wife and two children. He is buried in Elmhurst Cemetery, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.”1

“Officer Ryan had served with the St. Paul Police Department for 19 months and was survived by his wife and parents. Only five months earlier, Officer Ryan was awarded the Medal of Merit for rescuing three children from a house fire. He is buried in Union Cemetery, Maplewood, Ramsey County, Minnesota.”2


1http://www.odmp.org/officer/695-police-officer-timothy-james-jones

2http://www.odmp.org/officer/694-police-officer-ronald-michael-ryan-jr

3http://www.odmp.org/officer/694-police-officer-ronald-michael-ryan-jr

4http://www.odmp.org/officer/695-police-officer-timothy-james-jones

5http://www.odmp.org/k9/1371-k9-laser

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 25

August 25, 1832 - Minnesota's first post office is established at Fort Snelling.

https://prezi.com/hogcgqlzctsr/minnesota-history-timeline/ 






Fort Snelling, Minn.

http://www.history.army.mil/images/artphoto/pripos/eastman/Snelling.jpg


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 24

August 24, 1912 – “Fisherman John” and his son made good on their promise to recover the body of Elmer Carlson, who drowned in Lake Harriet one week ago this evening when his canoe upset.



Rental canoes piled up on the docks near the pavilion at Lake Harriet
ca. 1912.1


After almost 20 hours of incessant work, they brought the body to shore at 3:30 this afternoon, having found it in 40 feet of water in the southeastern section of the lake.

After park police had dragged the lakes with heavy hooks and irons without success, the victim’s father, Oliver Carlson of Lake City, called on “Fisherman John” and his son, known for their success in finding drown bodies.

The two men went to work. They rowed about the lake a while aimlessly. The next morning they started in earnest, but without success. This morning they were at it bright and early. Continuing with barely a moment’s rest, their search was rewarded at 3:30 p.m.

That the drowning was the result of an accident is the belief of the park police and Superintendent of Boats McLeod. Carlson was an expert at handling canoes and had previously hired one many times for a paddle around the lake, according to McLeod.

Many strange stories have been told of “Fisherman John,” who is often called “Indian John,” and his almost mystifying powers of locating drowned bodies in lakes of any size. It has been said of him that he uses some strange method of divination, something akin to black art in finding the proper spot in which to drag. Park officials were amazed when they heard that the body had been found such a distance from the place where the empty canoe was picked up a week ago.

John is believed to be French-Canadian by descent, but there are some who insist that he has Indian blood in his veins and from that ancestry comes a certain uncanny knowledge that makes the search for drowned bodies nothing more than child’s play.



“Fisherman John”2

“Fisherman John” scoffs at the stories of bringing bodies to the surface of the water by means of a loaf of bread with quicksilver in the middle of it. He admits having tried it once, but says it didn’t work at all.

“I’ve been searching for bodies for 30 years, off and on. How many have I found? Well, I never kept much track, but I could set down and think up more than 160 names right now. Mostly experience and endurance and good muscles in your arms re what you need. There ain’t nothing wonderful about it.”

“Fisherman John’s” last assertion wasn’t generally believed by all those who heard it. One man deliberately winked.

“There’s some black art about it somewhere. He’s just too good,” said the man.


The Minneapolis Morning Tribune
; “’Fisherman John’ Recovers a Body in Lake for Week. Stillwater Expert and His Son Find Remains of Elmer Carlson. Canoeist Was Drowned in Harriet Last Saturday Night. Victim’s Father Is Notified at Home in Lake City, Minn. Odd Pair of Fishermen Make Good in their Promise. Deny Resort to Occult Practices in Successful Searching.”; Aug. 25, 1912; pp. 1 & 2.

1https://minneapolisparkhistory.com/category/lake-harriet/

2The St. Charles Herald.; Hahnville, La.; Nov. 16, 1918; p. 6.

“Fisherman John” recovers drowned body in Lake Calhoun after park police could not; see Aug. 9, 2016 blog.

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