Sunday, July 24, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 24

July 24, 1910 – About 500 members of the Minneapolis and St. Paul branches of the Jewish order of B’nai B’rith were marooned on the shores of Grey Cloud Island in the Mississippi River below South St. Paul on their homeward journey from an excursion on the steamer Red Wing and barge this evening. The barge ran into the bank.

To make matters worse, the musicians, who had been hired to play until 10 p.m., refused to play beyond their contract, so there was no music to assuage the situation, which continued until after 11 p.m. Also, every bit of food had been consumed.

Then the rope securing the barge to the steamer parted, and there was more trouble.

All kinds of inquiries from anxious friends and relatives coming to the Twin City newspaper and police stations, but no one was the worse for the experience when the group finally reached St. Paul, barring a spoiled temper and an incipient cold.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “B’nai B’rith Excursion Comes to Grief When Barge Butts Bank; July 25, 1910; p. 2.


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