Saturday, September 22, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 22

September 22, 1968 – “Minnesota Twin César Tovar became the second person to play every position in one baseball game. The first was Bert Campaneris of the Kansas City Athletics in1965.”

César Tovar

Friday, September 21, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 21

September 21, 1957 – Filmmaker Ethan Coen was born in St. Louis Park, Minn., on this date.

Ethan Coen, left;  Joel Coen, right.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 20

September 20, 1977 – The Advance Thresher/Emerson-Newton Implement Company buildings in downtown Minneapolis were put on the National Register of Historical Places on this date.1 Designed by the architectural firm of Kees and Colburn, what looks like one building was “actually conceived as two manufacturing buildings. The Emerson-Newton Plow Company Building, built in 1904, mimicked the design of the Advance Thresher Building of 1900. 

At first glance, it is difficult to discern the difference in storiation, but in fact, the Emerson-Newton Building is six stories, whereas the Advance Thresher is five.”2


The Advance Thresher/Emerson-Newton Implement Company Buildings

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain September 20, 2012, as long as acknowledgement included.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 19

September 19, 1934 – Carpenter Bruno Richard Hauptmann was discovered with some of the ransom money from the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. He was arrested on this date for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son, Charles Lindbergh, Jr. in March 1932. Aviator Lindbergh grew up in Little Falls, Minn.

Bruno Richard Hauptmann

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 18

September 18, 1946 – Mound Metalcraft was created in Mound, Minn., on this date. “The first products produced by the fledgling company were two versions of a metal tie-rack. Their original intent was to manufacture garden implements. However, when their building's former occupant, the Streater Company, attempted to market two metal toys and failed, the [owners of] Mound Metalcraft thought they might make a good side line to their other products.

After some modifications to the design by Alvin Tesch and the addition of a new logo created by Erling Eklof with the Dakota Sioux word "Tanka", which means "Great" or "Big", the company began selling metal toys. This soon became the primary business. On November 23, 1955, Mound Metalcraft changed its name to Tonka Toys Incorporated. The logo at this time was an oval, showing the Tonka Toys name in red above waves, presumably honoring nearby Lake Minnetonka.

The impact of the Tonka truck concept has been enduring and pervasive, especially the Mighty Dump Truck and associated "Mighty" line of construction equipment models introduced from 1964. The all-metal "Tonka Trucks" were sold throughout the world and earned a reputation as being indestructible, although the steel has been increasingly replaced by plastic from the late 1980s onwards.”

Tonka Truck,r:1,s:0,i:144

Monday, September 17, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 17

September 17, 1961 – “In a stunning upset, the Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears, 37-13, at Metropolitan Stadium in the Vikings’ first NFL regular-season game on [this date]. Kicker Mike Mercer scored the first points in team history with a 12-yard field goal. Bob Schnelker scored the team’s first touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton. In his NFL debut Tarkenton came off the bench to complete 17-of-23 passes for 250 yards and 4 touchdowns.”

Fran Tarkenton

Sunday, September 16, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 16

September 16, 1958 -  On this date, a U.S. Air force B-52D bomber crashed  in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., in Dakota County, while on a Cold War training mission originating from Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Maine. Seven crewmen died in the crash; only the co-pilot, though injured, was able to parachute to safety.

According to the Air Force, the plane
had broken apart in the air. Streaking fire as it plummeted towards the ground, the B-52 jet tore a hole 300 feet long by 15 feet deep into the farmyard of the August Kahl family. The plane exploded as it hit, setting fire to the farm buildings. Eight members of the Kahl family were injured, and three were hospitalized. The family lost all of their possessions in the explosion and fire.

B-52 Crash Site Marker

On this spot on September 16, 1958, a U.S. Air force B-52D bomber crashed while on a Cold War training mission originating from Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Maine. Seven crewmen gave their lives for their country. They were:

Captain Wm. C. Horstman, pilot, Kansas City, MO
Captain Richard J. Cantwell, navigator, Phoenix, AZ
Major S. O. Gillespie, Jr., radar observer, Atlanta, GA
1st Lt. Wm. F. Huskey, engineer, Norman, OK
T/Sgt. Leon R. Lew, tail gunner, Skokie, IL
Captain James D. Taylor, instructor, Dixon, KY
Captain Benard D. Lanois, instructor, San Diego, CA

This marker has been erected in honor of the lost crewmen. Though from homes far away, and now long gone from this earth, they have not been forgotten by the citizens of Inver Grove Heights, the State of Minnesota, or the Country they so proudly served.

Supporting the Memorial:

The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, Chaska
Planes of Fame East, Inc. Eden Prairie
Twin City Aero Historians, Minneapolis-St. Paul
Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation, International Airport
American Wings Air Museum, Anoka County Airport
The Confederate Air Force, Southern Minnesota Wing, So. St. Paul
Air Force Association, E.W. Rawlings Chapter, St. Paul

Captain Jack D. Craft Purvis, Miss. injured and survived.
Members of August Kahl's Family were injured by the crash.