July 4–July 5, 1999 – Straight-line winds “blew down millions of trees within the [BWCA], most in a line from Ely, Minnesota, to the end of the Gunflint Trail. Four hundred and seventy-seven thousand acres of wilderness were affected, or a little more than 40% of the total area of the BWCA. In some areas, such as around Ogishkemuncie and Seagull Lakes, nearly every mature tree was blown down. Sixty people in the [BWCA] were injured during the storm, and one person was killed when the victim drowned.”
July 3, 1863 – “Little Crow (Taoyateduta), leader of the Dakota during the U. S.- Dakota War of 1862, was killed while berry picking with his son in Meeker County near Hutchinson, Minnesota by Nathan and Chauncey Lamson who were unaware of his identity. The Lamsons collected a $500 bounty for the death.” http://www.thehistorypeople.com/data/docs/timeline-part1.pdf
July 3, 1863 – “Little Crow (Taoyateduta), leader of the Dakota during the U. S.-Dakota War of 1862, was killed while berry picking with his son in Meeker County near Hutchinson, Minnesota by Nathan and Chauncey Lamson who were unaware of his identity. The Lamsons collected a $500 bounty for the death.”
July 2, 1897 – The Civil War monument to the 1st Minnesota Infantry was dedicated on this date at Gettysburg National Battlefield, Gettysburg, Penn. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1st_Minnesota_Monument_Gettysburg.jpg
Some of the stories passed down in your family may seem embellished or exaggerated by the time they’ve reached your generation. Can you verify that they really happened? Unfortunately, the answer is yes – and no.
I’d always been told that my grandma’s mother died in childbirth – my grandma’s birth. That story turned out to be mostly true; I say mostly because I’d assumed she’d died right after giving birth. In fact, my great-grandmother died three weeks later of septicemia; complications from giving birth. I verified that by getting a copy of her death certificate.
On the other hand, my grandma said that she was so small when she was born, that they kept her in a cigar box on top of the stove to keep her warm. That I couldn’t verify. I checked her birth certificate, but because she was born at home, there was no birth weight or length listed. If she wasn’t exaggerating, my grandma must have been a preemie. The fact that she survived in 1898 is astounding.
Some family stories you might be able to verify in old newspapers, death certificates, birth certificates, obituaries, censuses, etc. Others, unless there are family members still alive who were there when it happened, you may not be able to validate what happened or if it really happened at all. But if it’s a really good story, I would certainly pass it along -- with a preface that while it’s a good story, you don’t know if it’s fact or fiction.
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July 1, 1974 – “The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center opened as a facility to treat injured birds of prey and rehabilitate them for release into the wild.” http://www.thehistorypeople.com/data/docs/timeline-part3.pdf