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.
November 20, 1908 – George W. Wentworth, one of the original organizers of the city of South St. Paul and one of its first aldermen, died on this date. Wentworth was a horse trader at the South St. Paul livestock market.
“Between 1887 and 1889 a split arose in South St. Paul between the citizens living near the stock industry along the river and the farmers on the western border, which Wentworth represented. Feeling short-changed in affairs of government, this western faction split and formed their own municipality in 1889, the City of West St. Paul. Wentworth then became an alderman on the new city council. He donated property for West St. Paul’s first school.”
Wentworth, who emigrated from England in the 1860s, built his large Queen Anne style mansion in 1887 at a cost of $12,000. “According to Agnes Wentworth Wright, George’s youngest daughter and one of the last surviving members of the family, George came to America because he was the second son of an English gentleman and thus could not expect to inherit his father’s property.
Four years after Wentworth’s death in 1908 at the age of 64, the family moved to St. Paul, and in October of 1912 the large eleven-room brick house was sold again for $400 at a sheriff’s sale, and it stood empty for the next fourteen years through the Depression. A Dr. Brown purchased it in 1940 and totally renovated the home with a new furnace, plumbing and wiring. Julie Sorenson purchased the house in 1967 and she was instrumental in placing it on the National Register [on Dec. 31, 1979].”
November 19, 1881 - Brainerd township became a city on
this date. “The name was chosen in honor of the wife of J. Gregory Smith, the
first president of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, [Brainerd being her
maiden name]. Mrs. Brainerd Smith was the author of novels, books of travel and
November 18, 1942 - Leo M. Mustonen, 22, of Brainerd, Minn., disappeared on this date along with three
other airmen: 2nd Lt. William A Gamber, 23, of Fayette, Ohio
(pilot) and fellow cadets Ernest Munn,
23, of St. Clairsville, Ohio and John Mortenson, 25, of Moscow, Idaho. Their
plane, an AT-7 navigational training plane, left Mather Airfield in Sacramento,
Calif., carrying the four airmen and about five hours of fuel. The plane never
November 17, 1966 - During a gala
celebration on this date, “state representative John A. Blatnik threw the
switch to light Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge for the first time. The City’s
Project Duluth Committee, chaired by John Grinden, led the effort to light the
November 16, 1983 – “About 50 protesters
were removed from Sen. Rudy Boschwitz’s St. Paul office after they staged a
sit-in and refused to leave until he changed” his support of U.S. covert
actions in Nicaragua.
Duluth News-Tribune & Herald;
“Sit-in staged in Boschwitz’ (sic) state office”; November 17, 1983; p. 3A.
Sen. Rudy Boschwitz http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RudyBoschwitz.jpg