Monday, January 23, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 23

January 23, 1963 - Three million gallons of soybean oil flooded streets in Mankato, Minn., when a storage tank ruptured. Eventually the oil ended up in the Mississippi River. In the spring, more than 10,000 ducks were found dead in the wetlands along the river.

http://www.foodreference.com/html/html/january23.html




http://www.mankato-mn.gov/Community/Page.aspx

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 22

January 22, 1998 - Minnesota was granted an NHL franchise in 1997 and began playing in the 2000-01 season. The team name was chosen on this date out of a group of six finalists: Blue Ox, Freeze, Northern Lights, Voyageurs, White Bears and Wild.

https://www.nhl.com/news/a-brief-history-minnesota-wild/c-535921

http://www.onthisday.com/events/january/22






Wild Logo 2000-2010

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Wild#/media/File:Minnesota_Wild_Alternate.svg





Wild Logo 2016-2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Wild#/media/File:Minnesota_Wild_Alternate.svg

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 21

January 21, 1912 – The “Grizzly Bear” dance, which is said to have invaded Minneapolis Greek letter societies at the Pan-Hellenic Ball given by 10 fraternities and sororities at the Masonic Temple Friday night, was criticized tonight by Rev. L. A. Crandall of Trinity Baptist Church.


The “Grizzly Bear Dance1


 “Although I have never seen either the so-called ‘Grizzly Bear’ dance or the ‘Turkey Trot,’” said Dr. Crandall, “I can tell from their names and the articles in the papers concerning them what they are like, and I do not approve of them. It is no more right for people to hug to music than to hug on a street car or any other public place. I do not think that dancing in itself is wrong, but evil effects may grow out of it. In fact, I can state many cases that I know of, personally, where young people’s lives have been ruined indirectly through dancing. Dancing, years ago, was one form of religious rite. Even now it is used by North American Indians to express their religious emotions, and I have known civilized sects of our own time to use it for that purpose. It has degenerated, however, until some forms of it are unfit for decent people to indulge in.”



The “Turkey Trot” Dance2

Dr. Crandall went on to say that the “Grizzly Bear” dance and the “Turkey Trot” should be stopped, especially at dances that were attended by respectable people, and that hugging dances of all kinds should be abandoned.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “’Grizzly Bear’ Dance Criticized By Pastor. Dr. L. A. Crandall Believes People Have No Right to ‘Hug to Music.’ Major Point in Discussion Declared to Be matter of Supervision. Banishments From Community Termed Impossible Task.”; Jan. 22, 1912; p. 1.

1http://www.jeredmorin.com/animal-dances-blues-swing-start/the-grizzly-bear/

2https://padavisblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/turkey-trot-02.jpg

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Friday, January 20, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 20

January 20, 1920 – Minnesota-born Gov. Frank Lowden of Illinois returned to his native soil today to address a convention of 2,000 members of the Northwest Lumberman’s Association in Minneapolis.

The governor was born in Sunrise, Minn., and moved to Iowa by boat when he was eight years old, and he reviewed pioneer days in the northwest in his address.

Lowden declared the work of Americanism “is the greatest before our people today,” and he made a strong appeal against internationalism, and held up American institutions as the greatest of all material possessions.
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A few months later, on March 2, Lowden returned to Sunrise, Minn., where he was born on Jan. 26, 1861, to announce his candidacy for President of the United States. Lowden was still the Governor of Ill. at the time. “At the Republican Convention in Chicago, a deadlock occurred with General Leonard Wood. A compromise candidate was chosen and Warren G. Harding [became] the 29th President of the United States.”


The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Illinois Governor Revisits Native State”; Jan. 20, 1920; p. 1.

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMF1CT_Frank_O_Lowden_Almost_a_President


 


This historical marker is located in front of the Sunrise, Minn. town hall where Frank Orren Lowden attended school.



Frank O. Lowden "Almost A President"!

Born January 26, 1861, just a mile southwest of here, Frank Lowden attended school at this site, until the age of 7. His Dad, Lorenzo, helped build the school at the beginning of the Civil War. His brother Eugene, and sister Caroline are buried in the Sunrise Cemetery. In 1868, the Lowdens moved to Iowa. From 1917-1921, Frank served as Governor of Illinois. On March 2, 1920, he returned to Sunrise and announced his candidacy for President! At the Republican Convention in Chicago, a deadlock occurred with General Leonard Wood. A compromise candidate was chosen and Warren G. Harding would become the 29th President of the United States.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 19

January 19, 1960 – Radio personality, television host and actress Eleanor Mondale, “the only daughter of Joan Mondale and former Vice President Walter Mondale,” was born in Minneapolis on this date. 

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




Eleanor Mondale campaigning for her father on October 29, 1984.

http://nicholasstixuncensored.blogspot.com/2011/09/lots-of-sex-and-rocknroll-but-no-drugs.html
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 18

January 18, 1883 – The Key City block at Moorhead, Minn., burned this evening. The fire was discovered at 11:30 p.m. and was out at 12:30 a.m. Burned to the ground, the Key City block was built about a year ago and cost $40,000.

The Grand Pacific Hotel was badly scorched on the east side, but was saved by the combined efforts of the Fargo and Moorhead fire companies. The loss for the other occupants of the block was about $50,000. A high wind from the Northwest was prevailing at the time. No lives were lost. The refugees were sheltered at the Jay Cooke and other houses.

Daily Minnesota Tribune; “Big Fire at Moorhead. The Key City Block Burned—Loss $90,000—The Grand Pacific Hotel Scorched.”; Jan. 19, 1883; p. 1.




The Grand Pacific Hotel

http://lib-mdl-dev.oit.umn.edu/catalog/clc:73

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 17

January 17, 1994 – Allan Odell died on this date of “old age”1 at his home in Edina, Minn.; he was 90 years old. Odell and his younger brother Leonard wrote some 7,000 Burma Shave poems beginning in 1925 in rural Minn. The poems were put on “a series of small wooden signs spaced 100 feet apart, each carrying one line of a rhyme. The rhymes were by turns genial, flippant, cynical or absurd and loaded with puns, and each pointed toward a snappy payoff line that ended with the name of the product.”1 The company, Burma Vita Inc., which produced Burma Shave, was run by their father.



Burma Shave Signs2 

“The first signs were erected in Minnesota along U.S. 61 near Red Wing and U.S. 65 near Albert Lea. Mr. Odell's wife, Grace, [said] that "within a year, repeat orders were coming in for Burma Shave from druggists serving people who traveled those roads.

“Drivers tooling along at 35 miles an hour on the narrow black-top roads of the 1930's and 40's were delighted with the Burma Shave signs, and the advertising campaign quickly became a commercial success. At the peak of the campaign, in the early 1950's, there were 7,000 sets of signs in 45 states.”1

1http://www.nytimes.com/1994/01/22/obituaries/allan-g-odell-90-burma-shave-executive-linked-beards-to-bards.html

http://www.timelines.ws/days/01_17.HTML

2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BurmaShaveSigns_Route66.jpg
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