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.
December 20, 1979 - Construction on the
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome began on this date and “was funded by a limited
hotel-motel and liquor tax, local business donations, and payments established
within a special tax district near the stadium site. The Metrodome itself cost
$55 million to build—significantly under budget—totaling around $124 million
with infrastructure and other costs associated with the project added.”
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.
December 18, 1915 – “The swan song of the
saloons was sung in Pennington county [today] when 12 thirst parlors closed
their doors and for three years at least the authorities promise a ‘dry’ zone,
so far as law enforcement can make this possible. The passing of saloons in
[Thief River Falls] removes many old-time landmarks and places of amusement
where in the halycon (sic) days of the lumberjack and woodsman, high jinks and
good fellowship, in a rough way, to be sure, but quite common at that,
prevailed. Moving picture houses, groceries, confectionaries and soft drink
emporiums are to take the place of saloons here.”
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; Bemidji,
Minn.; December 20, 1915; p. 1.
December 17, 1942 – The dedication ceremony
was held for the Sister Kenny Institute located at 1800 Chicago in Minneapolis.
Elizabeth Kenny “was an
unaccredited Australian nurse who promoted a controversial new approach to the treatment
of poliomyelitis in the era before mass vaccination eradicated the disease in
most countries. Her findings ran counter to conventional medical wisdom; they
demonstrated the need to exercise muscles affected by polio instead of
immobilizing them. Kenny's principles of muscle rehabilitation became the
foundation of physical therapy, or physiotherapy.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Kenny
December 16, 1886 – “The Village of Golden Valley was incorporated
[on this date]. During its early years, Golden Valley was an agricultural
community of only a few hundred residents, full of farms, mills, and dairies.
Residential development began after the Electric Luce Line Railroad was cut
through the village in 1912.”
Photo takenby PamelaJ. Erickson.Released
into the public domain Dec. 16, 2013,
Does your family have names—first names—that are handed
down generation after generation? Do you know where the names originated?
My mother’s name was Betty Louise. I never thought much about it, until I
discovered that my grandma’s name was Ida Louise. Upon further research, I
found that my great-grandmother’s name was Louise, and my
great-great-grandmother’s name was Louise; four continuous generations of
My mother skipped the Louise name with my sisters and me (although I was originally
supposed to be name Kathryn Louise, but my parents changed their minds after I
was born, concluding I didn't look like a Kathryn). But one of my sisters gave
her daughter Louise as a middle name. And so the tradition continues.
As most genealogists will attest, researching continuous generations of men
with the same first and last names can be very frustrating. In my family, the
same line in fact, my great-great-grandmother Louise’s father’s name was Ernst;
her brother’s name was Ernst, and his son, her nephew’s name was Ernst. When I
find land records for Ernst Landt in Manitowoc County, Wis., which Ernst is it? Census records, birth records, death records, etc., can help make some
sense of who is who, but what if those records aren't clear or are unavailable?
Everyone deserves to be recognized and remembered. If you’re going to continue
to pass down a family name, at least give your child a unique middle name or
middle initial. Trust me, future family genealogists will thank you.
My great-grandmother, Louise Kampf Kniss
LLet me help you find the original “Louise”
or “Ernst” in your family.
your roots and watch the branches of your family tree begin to grow.
December 15, 1892 – American industrialist J. Paul Getty was born in
Minneapolis on this date. “He founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957 Fortune
magazine named him the richest living American, whilst the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world's richest
private citizen, worth an estimated $1,200 million.”
J. Paul Getty http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JP_Getty,1944.jpg