Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 8-1 Spring 1971

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

Volume 8

Volume 8, Number 1: Spring 1971

Wife, Mother—Doing the Work Of Six: ‘For The Sake Of Being Supported’
Author: Bonnie Ellis
Women’s work in the late nineteenth century—cleaning, cooking, mending, ironing, slopping, sewing, planning—to say nothing (and nothing is said) of child care. The article describes in some detail the physical work of homemaking in the Victorian era.
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The Building of Old Fort Ripley and Its Links with St. Paul
Author: Robert Orr Baker
Fort Ripley was built at the confluence of the Crow Wing and Mississippi Rivers, primarily “to protect the Winnebago Indians who had been placed in the area as a buffer between the warring Sioux and Chippewa.” Construction of the fort began in 1849. Though it was 120 miles from St. Paul, the fort’s connections to Ramsey County were strong: St. Paul businessmen had a big hand in its building, and all supplies for its maintenance came through the city. Henry M. Rice helped choose the site and supplied the building stone. Jesse H. Pomroy was fort’s chief builder. John Corbitt ran the stagecoach line. All mail to the fort came through the city. In 1852 the Pioneer noted that the Fort Ripley trade and payments “constitute much of the largest share of the business of the port of St. Paul.” After the Civil War and the Indians wars of the West, Fort Ripley fell into disuse, and was closed in 1877.
PDF of Baker article

Irvine Park and Its Faded but Splendid Mansions
A two-page photo essay on Irvine Park.
PDF of Irvine Park

Social Calls without a Bonnet! Park Residents Set Their Own Rules
Author: Dorothy Hozza
A history of the development of Irvine Park, starting in 1849. Many prominent citizens lived on or near it, including Alexander Ramsey, Henry Moss, Abram Elfelt, Horace Bigelow, Joseph Forepaugh, William Spencer, Henry Carver, Frederick Driscoll, Harry Horn, and Nathaniel Langford. The park and neighborhood reached their early peak in the 1870s. “The families who lived there made their own laws, socially speaking, and established their own social customs.” The park’s decline began early in the twentieth century. “Today Irvine Park is threatened by encroaching industry, demolition for urban renewal, and neglect.”
PDF of Hozza article

The Letters of Samuel Pond, Jr.—Exams: ‘The Terror of the Students’
Samuel Pond Jr., attended the University of Minnesota in the 1870s and wrote many letters to his family. Those excerpted here were written in 1870. They deal with school matters, college activities, lectures and sermons, and Pond’s cross-country walks. Pond was often witty. “Greek adjectives … are of a great deal more importance [than war in Europe] if we stuff our minds with rules for the subjunctive we can not fail of becoming great men.”
PDF of Pond letters

PDF of Board of Directors