February 28, 1866 – Beltrami County, Minn.,
was established on this date. “The county name was adopted in honor of Giacomo
Constantino Beltrami, the Italian explorer in 1823 of the most northern sources
of the Mississippi [River] near the center part of this county lying south of
Upham, Warren; Minnesota
Geographic Names, Their Origin and Historic Significance; Minnesota Historical
Society (St. Paul, Minn., 1969); p. 34
February 26, 1926 – “Professional wrestling
trainer and promoter” Verne Gagne was born in Robbinsdale, Minn., on this date.
“Gagne is a 16-time world heavyweight champion, having held the AWA World
Heavyweight Championship 10-times, the World Heavyweight Championship (Omaha
version) 5-times, and the IWA World Heavyweight Championship once.”
February 25, 1931 – “A fire broke out on the
west side of the attic in the [Rice County Courthouse in Faribault, Minn., on
this date], and while firemen were attempting to put it out, the fire spread to
the cuppola and engulfed the tower. Virtually everything, other than the two
fireproof wings added in 1924, was destroyed. However, there were not any
injuries to people in the building, and even the Courthouse cat, Tommy, made it
out alive thanks to a brave custodian. The cause of the fire was never
February 24, 1983 – Downtown St. Paul icon,
Mickey’s Diner, was put on the Nation Register of Historic Places on this date.
“The only known dining car of its type to survive
in Minnesota, it was prefabricated [in 1937] in New Jersey, shipped to St. Paul
by rail and installed in the heart of downtown.” “Inspired by streamlined railroad dining cars,
Mickey’s sports a symmetrical facade clad with yellow and red porcelain steel
panels, a horizontal band of plate glass windows and a projecting neon sign
with Art Deco lettering. The interior of the diner features stainless steel,
mahogany and mirrored fixtures. A glass vestibule, added when the diner was
installed, protects patrons from harsh Minnesota winters.” http://nrhp.mnhs.org/property_overview.cfm?propertyID=30
Photo takenby PamelaJ. Erickson.Released
into the public domain Feb. 24, 2015, as long as acknowledgement included.
February 23, 1854 - Houston County, Minn., was
established on this date, and “named in honor of Samuel Houston, who was
president of Texas before its annexation to the United States and afterwards
was a senator from that state.”
Upham, Warren; Minnesota
Geographic Names, Their Origin and Historic Significance; Minnesota
Historical Society (St. Paul, Minn., 1969); p. 237.
February 22, 1967 – Conservation Officer Ronald E. Shager was killed when his patrol car was struck by a train near the Rock Island Depot in Faribault, Minn. The car was pushed down a ravine into the Straight River.
Officer Shager had served with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.