Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 1-2 Fall 1964

Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.

Volume 1

Volume 1, Number 2: Fall 1964

Steamboats and Cable Cars—St. Paul’s Gaslight Era
Author: George M. Brack
A detailed description of some aspects of the city in the second half of the nineteenth century: railroad service and depots, bridges and ferries, public transportation, street lighting, manufacturing, city growth, housing types.
PDF of Brack article

Little Canada—Heritage from the French
Author: Margaret Whitney Wall
Most of St. Paul’s first settlers were French Canadians. Two of them, Benjamin and Genevieve Gervais, sold their downtown St. Paul land and claims in 1844 and moved north, near the lake that became Lake Gervais. Other French Canadians soon followed, and Little Canada was born. Other early settlers bore the surnames Ducharme, Lambert, Vadnais, Garceau, LaBarre (changed later to LaBore), Nadeau, Belland, Bibeau, Auge, Morrisette, etc. By 1851, there were 40 French-surnamed families living there. Later that year, settlers donated land for what became St. John the Evangelist Church, a log cabin, replaced by a brick church in 1881 and a new building in 1956, both on the original site. Services were conducted in French into the 1920s. A German immigrant, William Kohlmann, came to Little Canada in 1870 and opened a lake resort that flourished for many years. The most famous Little Canada event was the Lake Gervais cyclone of 1890. “Little Canada today has much the same appeal for its residents as it had for its original settlers.
PDF of Wall article

“We Was Ordered Out on the Double-quick…They Skeedadeled:” Sergeant Ramer’s Indian War
Author: Virginia Brainard Kunz
James T. Ramer was a soldier, diarist, and letter-writer. He joined the Union army on August 15, 1862; on August 18, the Dakota Conflict broke out. Ramer fought in the conflict and recorded his experiences in his diary and letters. He was at Mankato to witness the execution of the 38 Dakota prisoners. Excerpts from his diary and letters are supplemented here with narrative of the war, placing them in context.
PDF of Kunz article

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