Saturday, May 31, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 31

May 31, 1863 – An upset lamp in Colbath Brothers shoe store started a serious fire in Anoka, Minn., on this date. George C. Colbath, in his store at the time, died from his injuries and the store and all of its contents were destroyed, including most of the county’s treasury books and papers as Colbath was county treasurer at the time. Herman L. Ticknor was appointed Colbrath’s successor as county treasurer by the county commissioners.1

Ticknor had arrived in Anoka in 1855 and went into the dry goods and grocery business. In 1864 he opened the first drug store in Anoka2; it is still in business today as Goodrich Pharmacy.3

Built in 1867, the Ticknor family home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 27, 1979. Today, it operates as Ticknor Hill Bed & Breakfast.


2Williams, J. Fletcher; “History of the Upper Mississippi Valley”; Minneapolis, Minn.; Minnesota Historical Company (1881); p. 250


Herman L. Ticknor

The Ticknor family home in Anoka, Minn.

Now Ticknor Hill Bed & Breakfast

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain May 31, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 30

May 30, 1915 - Two bloodhounds arrived in Bemidji this morning and were rushed immediately to the dense woods west of Red Lake where they will be used in an effort to locate Mrs. John Anderson, an aged woman of Jelle, who has been lost since last Wednesday. The dogs were secured through the efforts of Sheriff Johnson who has been giving every assistance possible to aid in locating the woman.

The hounds were taken to Red Lake by automobile and were soon working on the trail. Mrs. Anderson had been visiting at the home of a neighbor and became lost on her return trip. Searching parties have scoured the woods for her, one man reporting that he had seen her 12 miles from her home running through the woods. Mrs. Anderson is believed to be insane.

Bemidji Daily Pioneer
; “Place Bloodhounds on Track of Missing Woman”; May 31, 1915; p. 1.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 29

May 29, 1903 – On this date, while driving some friends up and down Sibley Ave. in St. Paul to show off the new car he had recently purchased, Horace Irvine, son of wealthy lumber baron Thomas Irvine, accidently hit and killed an eight-year-old girl at the intersection of St. Albans Street and Selby Avenue. This was reportedly the first car fatality in St. Paul.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Sept. 15, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 28

May 28, 1916 - Miss Margaret Hausman, an inmate of the state sanitarium at Walker, Minn., was given a verdict of $10,000 damages by a jury in the district court of Park Rapids this morning against the Western Union Telegraph company and the Northwestern Telephone company.

Miss Hausman charged that she became tubercular as a result of working in offices of the companies at Luverne, Minn., which were too cold.

She was represented in court by Judge M. A. Spooner and Attorney Van. Coppernoll of Bemidji.

Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Woman is Awarded $10,000 Damages in District Court”; May 29, 1916; p. 1.

Aw-Gwah-Ching Sanitorium in Walker, Minn.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 27

May 27, 1987 - Saint Paul mayor George Latimer named this date "August Wilson Day." Wilson was honored because he was the only person to both come from Minnesota and win a Pulitzer Prize.

Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., Wilson moved to St. Paul in 1978. His Pulitzer Prize-winning play
Fences was one of many plays he wrote while living in St. Paul. Fences also won the 1986 American Theatre Critics' Association Award, the 1987 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, the 1987 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play  and the 1987 Outer Critics Circle Award.

August Wilson

Monday, May 26, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 26

May 26, 1923 – Actor James Arness of Gunsmoke fame was born in Minneapolis on this date.

James Arness

Sunday, May 25, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 25

May 25, 1966 – Following a public contest, the "North Stars" name was announced on this date for the new Minnesota hockey franchise. “The name is derived from the state's motto ‘L'√Čtoile du Nord’, which is a French phrase meaning ‘The Star of the North’".