Saturday, November 29, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 29

November 29, 1959 – Professional hockey player Neal Broten was born in Roseau, Minn., on this date. “Broten was member of the United States Olympic team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics in an event known as the Miracle on Ice.”

Neal Broten

Friday, November 28, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 28

November 28, 1922 - Lake of the Woods County was organized on this date when a vote by area residents separated the northern townships from Beltrami County.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 27

November 27, 1893On this date, the Village of West Minneapolis was incorporated with 1,168 residents. “In 1928, the name of the village was changed to Hopkins for Harley H. Hopkins, one of the first homesteaders and the community's first postmaster. The first mayor was Harley Hopkins' son, Chester L. Hopkins.”

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Nov. 27, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 26

November 26, 1903 – After carrying the carcass of a moose through the forest for seven miles and loading it on a boat, Minn. Attorney General W. L. Douglas, who had been hunting with J. L. Helm of St. Paul, in Cook County, arrived in Duluth from Grand Marais today, only to find that his prize had been stolen en route. The officers of the steamer Mabel Bradshaw, on which the vessel the men were passengers, started an investigation, but failed to find any trace of the thief. Mr. Douglas and his companion bagged three deer and a moose. They were in the trackless forest, where it was impossible to use a team, and they were compelled to “tote” their game to the steamer landing. They saw the four carcasses put on board.

The vessel touched at several points along the route, and it is thought that the moose was stolen at this time or that it was taken as soon as the party reached Duluth. The moose was shot by Mr. Douglas and was a handsome specimen.

St. Paul Globe; “Attorney General Kills a Moose and Loses It. Mr. Douglas and Companion Bag Likewise Three Deer—They Ship the Carcasses on a Steamer Bound for Duluth and on
Reaching That City Find Their Game Has Been Stolen—No Trace of the Thieves is Found.”; Nov. 27, 1903; p. 1.

St. Paul Globe; Nov. 27, 1903; p. 1.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 25

November 25, 1946 – “Teachers strike in St. Paul, Minnesota, the first organized walkout by teachers in the country.  The month-long “strike for better schools” involving some 1,100 teachers — and principals — led to a number of reforms in the way schools were administered and operated.”

Teachers Strike in St. Paul

Monday, November 24, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 24

November 24, 1903 – Peter O. Elliott, the insane man who created a disturbance at the White House in early October, and who was committed to the insane asylum at St. Peter, escaped this evening.

However, the superintendent of the asylum did not report Elliott’s escape until Nov. 28, when he admitted that Elliott had left the asylum and not returned, that no effort was being made to recapture him and that it was thought he had gone to Washington for the purpose of attempting to see the President.

Elliott’s mania is that he must see the President, who, he thinks, can right numerous wrongs, of which he thinks he is the victim.

He was armed when he attempted to see the President in Oct., and it is thought he will try to force himself again into the President’s presence. The police in Washington, D.C., have been notified.

The St. Paul Globe
; “Peter Elliott Escapes. Lunatic Arrested for Annoying President is at Liberty.”; Nov. 28, 1903; p. 3.

Geneva Daily Times; “Escaped from Insane Asylum. Insane Man Who Tried to See Roosevelt. Peter Elliott Believed to be Again on His Way to the White House.”; Geneva, N.Y.; Nov. 28, 1903; p. 1.

Peter O. Elliott
Minneapolis Journal; Oct. 6, 1903; p. 1.

St. Peter Asylum

Sunday, November 23, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 23

November 23, 1986 – One of the oldest structures in Minneapolis, the R.M.S. Pease house, was moved on this date to 101 W. Island Ave. on Nicollet Island from 814 University Ave. SE. The relocation was necessary because of redevelopment on University Ave. Built in 1864, the house was originally owned by Rev. R. M. S. Pease, minister of the First Baptist Church of Saint Anthony (now known as University Baptist Church).

Minneapolis Star and Tribune
; “Old-timer gets new home”; November 24, 1986; p. 1A.

R.M.S. Pease house

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