Monday, December 31, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 31

December 31, 1894 Roseau “county was established [on this date], and received an addition from Beltrami county [on] February 10, 1896. It is named from the Roseau Lake and river.”

Upham, Warren; Minnesota Geographic Names, Their Origin and Historic Significance; Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, Minn., 1969); p. 470.





https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseau_County,_Minnesota#/media/File:Map_of_Minnesota_highlighting_Roseau_County.svg

           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com



Sunday, December 30, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 30

December 30, 1995 – Anne Barber Dunlap went missing on this date after purportedly telling her husband Brad that she was going shopping at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Her body was found January 1, 1996, in the trunk of her car in the K-Mart parking lot on West Lake St. in Minneapolis. She had been stabbed repeatedly in the neck and the throat. Her murder has never been solved. 

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



Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 30, 2012, 
as long as acknowledgement included.  
           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com




Saturday, December 29, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 29

December 29, 1903 – Mrs. Katrina Mueller, of Duluth, who created a disturbance in the state capitol building Monday, was in police court today, charged with disorderly conduct. She was committed to the Ramsey County jail by Judge Hine, who ordered an examination as to her sanity.

Mrs. Mueller was interested in a Duluth mining case, involving several million dollars, and a decision adverse to her was rendered by the Minn. Supreme Court last week. She was threatening the governor when turned over to a policeman at the state house.

In the police court today she asked the city prosecutor to arrest the judges of the state supreme court. 


Mrs. Mueller had claimed that the Johann Mueller of Duluth, deceased, was her husband who had deserted her many years ago in Detroit. Judge Cant ruled that the evidence showed she was mistaken and that she was attempting to claim the estate of a stranger.

The land involved in the case lies in excellent position with reference to the iron belt of the Mesabi, and is believed to contain a large body of ore.


The Saint Paul Globe; “Will Inquire Into Her Mental Condition. Mrs. Katrina Mueller, Who Created a Fuss at Capitol, Believed Insane.”; December 30, 1903; p. 2.

Duluth Evening Herald; “Mrs. Mueller’s Claims Held to Be Erroneous.”; Dec. 24, 1903; p. 1.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesabi_Range

           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com




Friday, December 28, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 28

December 28, 1975 – The Vikings were upset, 17-14, in the divisional playoffs at Metropolitan Stadium on [this date] when the Dallas Cowboys scored on a last minute 50-yard touchdown pass.”“The Rev. Dallas Tarkenton, Sr., father of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton, suffered a heart attack and died while watching the game.  Fran Tarkenton left the stadium in Bloomington unaware of his father’s death, [although] word reached him soon afterward.”2  

1
http://www.vikings.com/team/history/timeline.html

2
St. Paul Pioneer Press; “Tarkenton’s father dies watching game”; December 29, 1975; p. 1.



http://thehotirondaily.tumblr.com/post/20954969693/top-ten-minnesota-
vikings-draft-picks-of-all-time

           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com




Thursday, December 27, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 27

December 27, 2011 - Sears Holding announced it would close 120 underperforming Sears and Kmart stores; four of those Kmart stores were in Minnesota:

- Kmart 1734 Mall Dr., Duluth, MN

- Kmart 4300 Xylon N, New Hope, MN

- Kmart 3201 White Bear Ave, White Bear Lake, MN

- Kmart 1605 S First Street, Willmar, MN

http://nreionline.com/news/kmart-store-closings-complete-list





Sears Holdings, the parent company of Kmart, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 15, 2018.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kmart
           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                        


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com





Wednesday, December 26, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 26


December 26, 1979 – Built in 1854, the Shaw-Hammons House was owned by Henry Shaw, one of Anoka's first settlers, one of the first traders in the area, and the first of several lumber barons to live there. The home was later occupied by a succession of Anoka land speculators, lumbermen, business leaders, and politicians. It is believed to be the oldest home in Anoka, and originally served as the first store in the region. The house was listed on the National Register of Historical Places on this date. At the same time, it was also listed on Minnesota’s Ten Most Endangered Properties List.1



Shaw-Hammons House


In 2005, the house was rescued for the foreclosure price of $25,000 by attorney Kurt Glaser and his wife Dawn. The Glaser’s completely restored the home, renovating it with “artifacts found at antique stores and foreclosure sales.”1  

http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=79001183

http://www.placeography.org/index.php/Shaw-Hammons_House,_302_Fremont_Street,_Anoka,_Minnesota

http://www.startribune.com/local/north/136160828.html?refer=y

1
StarTribune; “This old house gets new lease on life, but others slip into history”; Minneapolis, Minn.; Sept. 18, 2012; pp. A1 & A7.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 26, 2012, as long as acknowledgement included.
           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com





Tuesday, December 25, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 25


*December 25, 1993 - Shot entirely in Minnesota, the movie Grumpy Old Men was released on this date.1 While the protagonists played by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the movie live in Wabasha, Minn., only a few outdoor scenes were really shot there; “most location shots were actually filmed in other Minnesota communities.”2 For example, Jon Gustafson (Jack Lemmon), Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) and Arriel Truax’s (Ann-Margret) houses are actually located in St. Paul near Lake Phalen.3

1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumpy_Old_Men_(film)
2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabasha,_Minnesota
3http://www.johnweeks.com/tour/gom/index.html





Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon's houses in Grumpy Old Men



Ann-Margret's house
Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain 12-25-2012,
as long as acknowledgement included.

           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                    


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com







Monday, December 24, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 24

December 24, 1909 – Defective electric wiring is believed to have been the cause of a fire that practically destroyed Millard Hall, the medical building at the University of Minnesota, this evening. The loss will be in the neighborhood of $75,000.

The building had been occupied by the dental department for the last few months and was filled with valuable apparatus and instruments. It is the third time that the same building has been on fire, but only slight damage was done on the former occasions.

Millard Hall1


According to the firemen, it was the lack of a sufficient water supply that caused the blaze to be so disastrous.


All of the students left a week ago for their homes to spend the Christmas holidays. Dr. C. F. Dight, one of the instructors, was the only man in the building when the fire broke out. It started between the walls on the top floor and soon shot out through the roof. He opened a window and shouted a warning to the watchman, who immediately turned in an alarm.

When the firemen arrived, the fire had gained such a headway that little could be done, as there was not enough water to drown out the flames. A new valve had been installed in one of the other buildings during the day, which was the cause of turning off the water.

The building was built in 1893 at a cost of $56,000, but several improvements have been made since. It was known as Millard Hall and more familiarly as the old medical building. Only the upper floor was used by the medical department, however, while the rest of the hall was occupied by the school of dentistry.

Among the valuable contents destroyed was the medical library destroyed was the medical library consisting of about 5,000 volumes of rare books. Instruments belonging to 200 students valued at from $50 to $300 each, teaching material and the contents of the laboratories. It is said that the dental department had a stock valued at approximately $50,000, but much of it will be salvage.

Nearly all the students had their instruments insured and their personal loss will be small. There was also insurance on the property of the state amounting to 75 percent of the valuation.

Dr. E. D. Brown is one of the heavy losers, although it is difficult to figure his loss in dollars and cents. It is believed that all of his records of original research work were destroyed.

One of the senior students, A. I. Moore, lost 150 casts, which he considered of great value.

The fire was spectacular and attracted an immense crowd, but the police kept excellent order and the firemen were not hampered in their work.

An examination of the building will be made by the fire marshal tomorrow to determine the cause of the fire. At present, no other cause than defective wiring is being considered.

A conference of the board of regents will be held tomorrow to determine how to continue the work of the dental college without interruption.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Millard Hall at ‘U’ Destroyed by Fire. Defective Wiring Given as the Cause of $75,000 Loss to State. Dental Department Is the Chief Loser—Insurance Fairly Large. Inadequate Water Supply Blamed for Seriousness of the Fire.”; Dec. 25, 1909; p. 1.

1
http://editions.lib.umn.edu/ahcarchives/2012/06/19/the-millard-halls/


           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                        


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com



Sunday, December 23, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 23

December 23, 1902 – “Smallpox is becoming too common and there seems to be a deal of carelessness in handling it,” said Secretary Bracken of the state board of health today. “I have received letters and complaints from Brandon, Holdingsford, Cokato, Kingston and Elbow Lake that the county health boards and officials are not looking after the disease as they should.

“The residents in several sections where the disease is reported are avoiding quarantine by not calling in physicians and consequently the disease is not diagnosed. One man with the disease reached Minneapolis Monday from Lillbridge’s lumber camp near Cass Lake. Walker & Ackley’s camp at Ten Strike also sent another patient to Minneapolis.

“Eight men arrived at Atkin Monday from Posten’s camp in Cass County. Three of the men had the disease and the other five had been exposed to it. All of the men had traveled on railroad trains and this accounts for the spread of the disease. Steps will be taken by the state board to investigate and if possible punish those who are responsible.”

The Saint Paul Globe; “Smallpox is Rife in Lumber Camps. State Board Secretary Threatens to Make Trouble for Someone.”; Dec. 24, 1902; p. 2.



smallpox

http://www.amnh.org/explore/science-topics/disease-and-eradication/
countdown-to-zero/smallpox
           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com




Saturday, December 22, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 22


December 22, 1869 - William Watts Folwell was inaugurated as the first president of the University of Minnesota on this date.  

http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/history-mission/index.html



William Watts Folwell

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:William_Watts_Folwell.jpg

           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com




Friday, December 21, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 21

December 21, 1922 – Minnesota jurist Pierce Butler was confirmed as an Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court on this date by a wide margin of 61 to 8. He is notable for being the first Justice from Minnesota, and for being a Democrat appointed by a Republican president.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_Butler_(justice)



Pierce Butler

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_Butler_(justice)
           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com




Thursday, December 20, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 20


December 20, 1902 – Clearwater County, Minn., was established on this date. “It was named after the Clearwater river and lake, which lie partly in its area.”

Upham, Warren; Minnesota Geographic Names, Their Origin and Historic Significance; Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, Minn., 1969); p. 121.


http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/images/u/us-mn-cl.gif

           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com






Wednesday, December 19, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 19

December 19, 1957 – “Governor Orville L. Freeman appointed L. Howard Bennett to a municipal judgeship in Minneapolis, making him the first African American judge appointed in Minnesota.”

http://www.thehistorypeople.com/data/docs/timeline-part2.pdf




After his campus appearance in 1959, Martin Luther King Jr. was interviewed by L. Howard Bennett, a local civil rights leader and the first African American judge in Minnesota, for local educational television. The video may be seen through MN Video Vault, a project of Twin Cities Public Television.

http://www.minnesotaalumni.org/s/1118/content.aspx?sid=1118&gid=1&pgid=3147&cid=5180&ecid=5180&ciid=24984&crid=0
           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com





Tuesday, December 18, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 18


December 18, 1984 – “Bud Grant was re-hired as the head coach of the Vikings. He replaced Les Steckel who guided the team in 1984 after Grant retired following the 1983 season.”

http://www.vikings.com/team/history/timeline.html


Bud Grant

http://americanfootball.wikia.com/wiki/File:Bud_Grant_Vikings_Head_Coach.jpg

           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com


-




Monday, December 17, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 17


December 17, 1919 – More than a score of persons were injured in wrecks at Springfield and Eyota on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad this morning.

A fireman was scalded and a news agent and baggage man were injured when west bound passenger train No. 503, due in Owatonna at 10:57 a.m., and east bound passenger train No. 516, which leaves Owatonna at 7:20 a.m., crashed together near the Eyota station platform. Some of the coaches were partly demolished and 14 passengers were reported injured. This wreck happened at 11 a.m. Both trains were running behind time.



Eyota Depot1


 Train No. 516 had been made up at Mankato after having wrecked at Springfield at 4:30 a.m. this morning. A broken rail is believed to have caused it to jump the tracks at Springfield. Several injured persons were taken to Springfield for emergency treatment.

2


The Daily People’s Press
; “More Than a Score Hurt in Two Wrecks. Railroad Accident at Springfield and Eyota.”; Owatonna, Minn.; Dec. 18, 1919; p. 1.

1https://eyota.govoffice.com/?SEC=C934A0C0-C9B8-4E96-9D18-CDD27E0FF215

2
https://www.springfieldmn.org/
           __________________________________________________________

If you are interested in finding out more about your family history in Minnesota, I specialize in researching  genealogical and historical records in Minn. and western Wis., including:
census records,  birth records,  death certificates, obits, grave site photos, ship passenger lists, marriage records and declarations of intent/naturalization records.  I will visit locations to research local history and county records, as well as take photos. Quick turnaround on MNHS records. Both short searches and family history reports available.

                                                         


Discover your roots, and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.


Website:  TheMemoryQuilt.com > click on Family History

Contact me at:
pjefamilyresearch@gmail.com