Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 9-1 Spring 1972

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

Volume 9

Volume 9, Number 1: Spring 1972

Old Federal Courts Building—Beautiful, Unique—Its Style of Architecture Faces Extinction
Author: Eileen Michels
From 1901 to 1967, all federal offices in St. Paul were in this building. Now mostly empty, the building is in danger, and with it, “a unique local example of a style of architecture that is fast approaching extinction in the Midwest—indeed, in the entire country.” This article is an architectural description of the building. Its general style is Richardsonian Romanesque, but “the building possesses an equal number of features that are not” of that style. It also has many elements of the Chateauesque, a style associated with Richard Hunt and Stanford White. Who designed the building is not known for sure, though the credit is sometimes given to James Knox Taylor, who worked with Cass Gilbert in St. Paul and was, when this building was built, Supervising Architect of the Treasury.
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A Teacher Looks Back at PTA, 4-H—and How a Frog in a Desk Drawer Became a Lesson in Biology
Author: Alice Olson
The second of two parts (see Fall 1971) based on the author’s memoirs of her 50-year teaching career. In this part, the author has returned to teaching, in Maplewood, after several years away. The Great Depression has just begun. She teaches grades four through eight and is also the principal of a two-room school. She writes of her PTA and 4-H work, school enrichment programs, student discipline, and humorous anecdotes, including a frog in her desk drawer.
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Forgotten Pioneers- Josias R. King
Josias King is believed to have been the first to volunteer for service in the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment. The Civil War memorial statue just below the St. Paul Cathedral in Summit Park bears his likeness. The article, originally written for the Junior Pioneer Association, describes the evidence regarding King’s enlistment and the history of the statue.
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North St. Paul’s ‘Manufactories’—Come-back—After 1893 “Bust”
Author: Edward J. Letterman
Henry Castle developed North St. Paul as an industrial suburb, and it was just beginning to prosper when the Depression of 1893 came along. A mainstay of the community had been the Luger Furniture Company, which as early as 1888 had 200 employees at its North St. Paul factory. It survived the depression and by 1912 had doubled in capacity. Other major employers in North St. Paul were: the Konantz Saddlery; the Harris Company, maker of farm implements; the St. Paul Casket Company; Cramer and Coney, makers of wooden boxes; North St. Paul Broom Co.; furniture makers L. D. Hayes Co. and Acme Chair Co.; Wick Organ and J. G. Earhuff Organ and Piano Co; the St. Paul Iron Co. and its successor, St. Paul Stove Co.; Union Iron Works; and North St. Paul Brick Co. These all prospered best before 1893. “After the hard years of the middle 1890s, things were never the same again in North St. Paul.”
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