Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 26, Number 2: Summer 1991
Simpler Times, Obvious Virtues: The Story of the Little White School House on the Prairie
Author: Harlan Seyfer
In 1966 the Ramsey County Historical Society acquired a one-room schoolhouse for its Gibbs Farm Museum. It was built in 1882 in rural Chippewa County and used until January of 1965. The article traces the early history of Chippewa County school district #35, the building of the school, the relevant land transactions, and how RCHS acquired it. Accounts of this school come mostly in reminiscences from seven who taught there and fifteen former students. They recall the conditions, salaries, programs, games, daily schedule, chores, and lunches that made up a recently vanished way of schooling.
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Dog Sled to Private Car: Peregrinating Hills
Author: Thomas C Buckley
The James J. Hill’s fortune was based on transportation. Not surprisingly, the family used some of the money to travel by every means at hand. This article recounts many of their travels: by dogsled, rail, yacht and steamship, automobile, and even on foot, for business and for pleasure. “Even in today’s era of massive long-distance travel by jet and auto, few can match the peregrinating Hills of the early twentieth century.”
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Walter Sanborn and the Eighth Circuit Court
Author: Thomas Boyd
A biographical profile of one of Minnesota’s most distinguished lawyers. He came to St. Paul in 1870 to join his uncle’s law practice. Sanborn succeeded in private practice, served on the City Council, and was appointed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1892. There he made his greatest mark in antitrust law, voting to break up James J. Hill’s and J. P. Morgan’s Northern Securities Trust, and later writing the opinion that ordered the dismantling of Standard Oil. “The Standard Oil decision was the first meaningful application of the Sherman Antitrust Act and Judge Sanborn’s opinion was widely hailed as a milestone that ushered in a new era.” He died in 1928. His nephew, John B. Sanborn Jr., followed him to the Eighth Circuit in 1932 serving there until 1964.
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What’s Historic About This Site? First National Bank of White Bear Lake
Built in 1921 in the Beaux Arts tradition, “this delightful classically-inspired building is an excellent example of how the older buildings which have added so much character to the downtowns of Minnesota communities can be adapted to new uses.”
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Dianna Hunter, Hard Ground: The Stories of Minnesota Farm Advocates (Duluth, Minn.: Holy Cow Press, 1990).
Oakland Cemetery Association, Oakland Cemetery: An Oakland Tour (St. Paul: Oakland Cemetery Association, 1990).
Sharon Bruckner, Oakland Cemetery Records: Saint Paul, Minnesota (St. Paul: Minnesota Genealogical Society, 1991).
Jane Hancock, Sheila ffolliott, and Thomas O’Sullivan, Homecoming: The Art Collection of James J. Hill (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1991).
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