Saturday, June 21, 2014

On this date in Minnesota History: June 21

June 21, 1966 - Television journalist Gretchen Carlson, winner of the 1989 Miss America Pageant while representing her native Minnesota, was born in Anoka, Minn., on this date.

Gretchen Carlson

Friday, June 20, 2014

On this date in Minnesota History: June 20

June 20, 1896 - Sarah Bernhardt, probably the most famous actress of the 19th century, signed the guest register at the Coney Island Hotel in Waconia, Minn., on this date. A popular summer resort on an island in Lake Waconia, Coney Island of the West was founded in 1885, and added to the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 11, 1976.

Lake Waconia, Coney Island of the West

Actress Sarah Bernhardt

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On this date in Minnesota History: June 19

June 19, 1922 – Mrs. Anna Dickie Olesen was nominated for the United States Senate on the Democratic ticket on this date’s statewide primary in Minn. It was the first time in the history of the state—local politicians say it is the first time in the history of the country—that a woman had sought the Senatorial nomination of a major political party, and in Mrs. Olesen’s case, she had the endorsement of the Democratic convention.

New York Times; “
WOMAN NOMINATED FOR U.S. SENATOR; Mrs. Olesen, Named by Minnesota Democrats, Is All for ‘Common People.’ SAYS SHE'S EAGER TO SERVE. Wife of a School Superintendent, She Campaigned the State in a Little Sedan.”; June 20, 1922.

Anna Dickie Olesen

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

On this date in Minnesota History: June 18

June 18, 1914 – Actor E. G. Marshall, “best known for his television roles as the lawyer Lawrence Preston on The Defenders in the 1960s, and as neurosurgeon David Craig on The Bold Ones: The New Doctors in the 1970s,” was born in Owatonna, Minn., on this date.

E. G. Marshall

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On this date in Minnesota history: June 17

June 17, 1859 – “The Stillwater Guards militia company presented a Grand Military Display that featured a review by Governor Henry Sibley, a grand parade with the Washington Artillery and the pioneer Guards of St. Paul, all followed by a grand Brass band, parties present from all over, and no expense spared it was the occasion of the season.”

Governor Henry Sibley

Monday, June 16, 2014

On this date in Minnesota History: June 16

June 16, 1994 – The Geek Squad, once an independent computer services company, now a subsidiary of Best Buy, was founded by Robert Stephens in Minneapolis on this date.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain June 16, 2014, 
as long as acknowledgement included.  

Sunday, June 15, 2014

On this date in Minnesota History: June 15

June 15, 1939 – Crown Prince Olav of Norway dedicated Duluth's Enger Tower on this date, “a gift to the city from Norwegian-born business man Bert Enger who left most of his estate to Duluth upon his death in 1931.”

Enger Tower, Duluth, Minn.

Enger Tower Plaque

"To the memory of Bert J. Enger, 1864 – 1931, Native of Norway, Citizen of Duluth

"From Common Laborer to Merchant Prince, he demonstrated in his own life that America is a land of opportunity for the immigrant, and that her civilization is enriched by his citizenship.

"In his life time, by a very generous gift, he enabled the City of Duluth to acquire and develop the land adjacent to this tower as a park and golf course for the enjoyment of future generations, and at his death bequeathed two-thirds of his estate to the people of Duluth.

"Hereabout, in his life time, he spent leisure hours in admiration of the panorama of Duluth and its environs which you now may see from this tower.

"In recognition of his devotion and generosity, the people of Duluth elected him to their Hall of Fame and will always cherish his memory.

"Dedicated June 15, 1939, by Olav, Crown Prince of Norway.

"Erected 1939 by Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway."