Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 22-2 1987

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

Volume 22

Volume 22, Number 2: 1987

Cattleman and Capitalists—And The Founding of New Brighton
Author: Gene F. Skiba
The article covers the founding of the city of New Brighton and memories from early settlers. Minneapolis businessmen created the city hoping to be in the cattle business. They chose a location on Long Lake, set up their stockyards and rail connections, and in 1889 organized the town. Only a handful of area farmers lived nearby. People soon came and created their civic and social institutions—clubs, debating societies, town bands, and the like.
The Beisswingers were among the first to come and the first to stay. They came from Germany to farm, mostly selling vegetables in nearby Minneapolis. Daughter Rose preserved many memories of life in the young village: of school, social life, and dances. This account includes sketches of local characters and the Johnson family grocery.
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The Great Horse Market Years at Prior and University
Author: John S. Sonnen
In the late 19th century horsepower moved the city. In the early 1890s the street railway alone employed 800 equines. Where did the horses come from? The Minnesota Transfer Railway. Located in the Midway, it hauled thousands of them, shuttling them between railroads, so a horsemarket developed there. From that market arose its most successful and compelling figure, Moses Zimmerman. From 1896 into the early 1920s, he had a vast network, “buying and selling more horses than any other man in the Northwest,” according to the author. Thousands of horses were needed during the First World War. The business expanded into real estate and army surplus. Zimmerman changed with the times, eventually even buying a car.
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Boxing in Minnesota in the Postwar Era—The Fighting Flanagans
Author: Scott Wright
Glen and Del Flanagan were the most successful local professional boxers of their time. This article traces their careers. Glen began his professional career in 1946; Del in 1947; and by 1948 both were often fighting in main events. Del won his first 52 bouts. Glen retired in 1956 with a record of 80-23-12.
Del, who began as a lightweight, moved up to welterweight and had a fine career. He rose to 7th ranking worldwide in 1955 and missed a title fight with Carmen Basilio in 1957 because of a disorderly conduct conviction. In 1958 he beat welterweight champion Virgil Atkins in a non-title match, and would have had a chance at the title had Atkins not lost it to Joey Giardello. He still fought often but with less and less success. He retired in 1964 with a record of 104-22-2.
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