Saturday, February 15, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 15

February 15, 1870 – “A groundbreaking ceremony was held [on this date] for the Northern Pacific Railroad line at Northern Pacific Junction, later called Carlton. The line to the Pacific Ocean was completed September 8, 1883, with the same spike used to begin construction in Minnesota. It was the first single-company transcontinental line.”

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 15, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Friday, February 14, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 14

February 14, 1929 – The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, which left seven dead in Chicago’s North Clark Street warehouse, is believed to have been the result of an ongoing battle for power between two major gangs – The South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone and the North Side Irish gang led by [St. Paul, Minn.-native] George “Bugs Moran.” 

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
in Chicago’s North Clark Street Warehouse

St. Paul, Minn.-native George “Bugs" Moran

Thursday, February 13, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 13

February 13, 1918 - American professional golfer Patty Berg was born in Minneapolis on this date. “A founding member and then leading player on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s,” Berg’s “15 major title wins remains the all-time record for most major wins by a female golfer. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.”

 Patty Berg

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 12

February 12, 1993 Untamed Heart, a film shot in Minneapolis staring Christian Slater, Marisa Tomei, Rosie Perez and Willie Nelson, was released on this date.

"Principal photography on the film began in March 1992 amidst cold temperatures. However, several scenes in winter were shot in May and fake snow had to be created to maintain the illusion. One scene was shot at the Met Center, the home of the Minnesota North Stars at the time."

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 11

February 11, 1982 – Built in 1901, The Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, Minn., was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on this date.

This first class hotel replaced
the old Sauk Centre House, the town's first hotel, which burned to the ground on June 26, 1900. Modern for its day, The Palmer House was the first building in Sauk Centre with electricity. Salesmen traveling by rail regularly used the hotel for business meetings and relaxation. The hotel soon became the cornerstone of Sauk Centre's downtown area and served as a gathering place for the now-content locals.1 Sinclair Lewis was a night clerk at the hotel,which is now believed to be haunted.

Employees report:3
- Regularly having to rearrange the rolled silverware settings in the dining room.
- Water turning on and off in various sinks while no one is around.
- Hanging stemware shooting out of their racks across several feet.
- Candle holders sliding across a table in the pub when no one was near.
- Floor lamps in the lobby turning on and off.
- TV in the pub turning on VERY loudly and only night clerk in the lobby.
- Glasses not simply falling off of shelves, but seemingly “thrown” down.
- Temperature dropping late at night in the lobby for 20 minutes or so.
- Hearing people up in the hotel at night when we didn’t have any guests.
- Following a “guest” upstairs only to have them simply NOT be there.
- Children asking me who that little boy is sitting on the steps. I don’t see him.


The Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, Minn.

Other Haunted Places in Minnesota:

Thayer’s Hotel, Annandale, Minn.; see August 24, 2012 blog

The Jackson Hotel, now Billy’s Bar & Grill, Anoka, Minn.; see December 8, 2012 blog

Forepaugh’s Restaurant in S.t Paul; see July 8, 2013 blog

LeDuc House, Hastings, Minn.; see October 30, 2013 blog

Monday, February 10, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 10

February 10, 1971 – The Minnesota Supreme Court once again denied T. Eugene Thompson’s attempts to collect the more than $1 million in death benefits carried by his wife Carol, upholding their previous ruling.  Thompson was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life-imprisonment in Stillwater Prison in 1963.

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Convicted Slayer Denied Insurance Benefits”; February 13, 1971; p. 2A. 

Carol and T. Eugene wedding photo

Murder of Carol Thompson; see March 6, 2013 blog

Gun handle pieces found at the scene of Carol Thompson’s murder identified; see April 9, 2013 blog

Thieves admit to stealing and selling gun used in Carol Thompson murder; see April 17, 2013 blog

Suspects arrested in Carol Thompson’s murder; see April 19, 2013 blog

Suspect implicates another as actual murderer in Carol Thompson case; see April 21, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson represented one of the suspects in his wife’s murder; see April 23, 2013 blog

Pistol used to bludgeon Carol Thompson found; see April 30, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson walks out on grand jury; see May 2,2013 blog

Getaway car in Carol Thompson murder located; see May3, 2013 blog

Blood-stained trousers believed to have been worn by Carol Thompson’s murderer found; see May 9, 2013 blog

Suspect in Carol Thompson’s murder confesses, implicates T. Eugene Thompson; see June 20, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson arrested in his wife’s murder; see June 21, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson’s role in wife’s murder revealed to public; see June 22, 2013 blog

Minn. Supreme Court affirms T. Eugene Thompson’s conviction; see Jan. 7, 2014 blog

Sunday, February 9, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 9

February 9, 1966 – “On March 11, 1965, NHL President Clarence Campbell announced that the league would expand to twelve teams from six through the creation of a new six-team division for the 1967–68 season. In response to Campbell's announcement, a partnership of nine men, led by Walter Bush, Jr. and John Driscoll, was formed to seek a franchise for the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Their efforts were successful, as the NHL awarded one of its six expansion franchises to Minnesota on [this date].”