Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 5, Number 1: Spring 1968
Ramsey County’s German Americans: Their Struggle with Pride and Prejudice
Author: Sister John Christine Wolkerstorfer
Throughout most of the modern history of Ramsey County, Germans have comprised the largest ethnic group. This article covers many aspects of German immigration to Ramsey County and the participation of German Americans in business, political, religious, and cultural life in the period roughly 1845–1890. Among the themes addressed: patterns of immigration; preservation of German language and culture, especially in schools; arts and cultural organizations and newspapers; some noteworthy German-American businessmen.
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In North St. Paul: Boom, Boom, Bust, Come-back!
Author: Edward J. Lettermann
North St. Paul was an early planned community, first residential, then industrial. Just as industrial development seemed to be taking hold, the Panic of 1893 came along. Still, developer of North St. Paul (and historian) Henry Castle never gave up.
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Forgotten Pioneers: William Randall
William Randall (1806–1861) came to St. Paul from New York and became the city’s first millionaire, mostly in real estate. He was ruined in the Panic of 1857 and died four years later at 55. He was a man of great energy and a big heart, optimistic and charitable even in the midst of failure.
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From A Pioneer Farmer: Memories of Those Early Years Make ‘A Chill Run Up My Back’
Author: John D. Schofield
“The days were too short for the work that must be done, the nights too short for the needed rest.” John Schofield came to St. Paul in 1849 from upstate New York. In 1914 he wrote a memoir, excerpted here. He arrived with $2.50 and two shirts, found work, built a little capital, rented farmland at Red Rock, built a farming and threshing business, moved to present-day Bloomington, married, had and lost children and a wife, in all lived a long and productive pioneer life. And he wrote well: the excerpt is vivid and forceful.
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