Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 4, Number 2: Fall 1967
Marshall Sherman and the Civil War: St. Paul’s First Medal of Honor Winner
Author: Anne Cowie
In April 1861 Marshall Sherman, age 37, a St. Paul housepainter, became one of the first to enlist in the Union Army. He fought at Bull Run, Ball’s Bluff, The Seven Days, Antietam, and Gettysburg. There, Sherman and comrades were among the troops who absorbed the desperate fury of Pickett’s Charge. At Gettysburg, Sherman emerged with the battle flag of the 28th Virginia Regiment, a flag now in the possession of the Minnesota Historical Society. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor. Sherman lost a leg in battle in August 1864 and returned to St. Paul, where he lived until his death in 1896.
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Case of the Vanishing Historic Site Or What Happened To Carver’s Cave?
Author: Charles T. Burnley
A reprint of a 1913 article from the St. Paul Dispatch. The entrance to Carver’s Cave was rediscovered and the cave reopened, with considerable ceremony, in 1913. Jonathan Carver had come across the enormous cavern beneath Dayton’s Bluff in 1767.
Much Native American legend surrounded the cave prior to Carver’s discovery of it, but railroads had closed the entrance around 1885. The city planned to turn the area into a park and the cave into a tourist attraction, but the city’s plans came to nothing.
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Charles Borup: Fur Trader, Banker, Lumberman, and Minnesota’s First Danish Consul
Author: Nancy L. Woolworth
Charles Borup lived in St. Paul only eleven years. Born in Copenhagen in 1806, he was educated to be a physician, but chose adventure instead. In about 1830 he landed at the Mackinac Island fur trading post. In 1848 he set up his fur trading business in St. Paul, and quickly expanded into real estate and banking, “the first legitimate banking-house in St. Paul.” Borup and his wife built a fine “villa” downtown and were renowned for their musical soirees. He died suddenly in 1859 leaving a large estate, a widow, and nine children.
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Forgotten Pioneers: Women
“Among the most forgotten of Ramsey County’s forgotten pioneers are the patient, courageous wives of the men who founded, settled and built St. Paul and the surrounding communities in the county.” Mrs. Abraham Perry was among the very first, settling near Fountain Cave in 1838. Rose Perry had the distinction of participating in St. Paul’s first wedding; she married J.R. Clewett in April 1839, when St. Paul was still Pig’s Eye. Adele Perry married Vetal Guerin in 1841, with Father Lucien Galtier presiding; the descriptions of the wedding feast and honeymoon are memorable; Vetal and Adele survived both. Mary Turpin married Louis Robert, joining him in a life of fortune-seeking adventure. Matilda Rumsey built a school in St. Paul in 1845. Mrs. M.L. Stoakes had her own store in the city around 1850. Mrs. J.W. Selby toiled with her husband to build a fortune in the early 1850s.
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Memories of The University—1870s
Author: Lillie Gibbs LeVesconte
Lillie Gibbs grew up on what became Ramsey County Historical Society’s Gibbs Farm at Larpenteur and Cleveland Avenues in Falcon Heights. At age 79, she wrote her memories of the University of Minnesota in the 1870s.
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