Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 27-1 Spring 1992

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

Volume 27

Volume 27, Number 1: Spring 1992

A Nationwide Sense of Crisis: The 1922 Shopmen’s Strike in St. Paul and the Northwest
Author: W. Thomas White
The 1922 rail strike was the most severe since 1894. Workers endured the loss of a wildcat strike in 1920, then a series of wage reductions. On July 1 some 400,000 shop workers across the country put down their tools. President Harding’s Republican administration brought the force of the state against them, individual railroads made side deals, and the Wobblies got into the act. The St. Paul-based lines used the strike to purge pro-union workers. As usual, the workers lost.
PDF of White article

Fifty Year Later—A Survivor’s Memories of the Bataan Death March
Author: Philip S. Brain Jr.
“The line beneath life and death is very narrow.” The first line of this memoir sets the tone. The author spent almost all of World War II as a prisoner of the Japanese. His account, extraordinarily well-written, is both harrowing and matter-of-fact.
PDF of Brain article

Growing Up in St. Paul: Years of Depression, Gangsters, Good Schools
Author: Willard L. (Sandy) Boyd
The author grew up in idyllic St. Anthony Park in the 1920s and ’30s. Memory lane is fully occupied: Guttersen School, the farm campus, John Dillinger, the Midtown Theater, and Murray High School. The author is grateful for his St. Paul childhood.
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Recovering St. Paul’s Fish Hatchery: A ‘Pretty Little Valley’ with Idyllic Charm
Author: Robert Stumm
Minnesota’s first state fish hatchery occupied an obscure angle of St. Paul, just south of Indian Mounds Park near the railroad yards and, later, the sewage treatment plant. For a few decades it was not only important, but also a tourist destination. Time passed it by and now only the highly educated eye could spy any trace of it.
PDF of Stumm article

The Earl of Selkirk and His Utopian Dream
Author: Ronald M. Hubbs
Some of the first, and still remembered, settlers of St. Paul were refugees from the Selkirk Colony near today’s Winnipeg. This short piece tells the story of its conception, creation, creators, and fate. Its failure was Minnesota’s gain.
PDF of Hubbs article

What’s Historic About This Site? The St. Anthony Park Branch Library
This is one of four Carnegie library buildings in St. Paul. This short, one-page article tells the story of its creation and its intimate relation with the Ramsey County Historical Society.
PDF of Historic Site

Book Reviews

Albro Martin, James J. Hill and the Opening of the Northwest (New York: Oxford University Press, 1976; paperback reprint edition, St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1991).
Carl Crislock, Watchdog of Loyalty: The Minnesota Commission of Public Safety (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1991).
PDF of Book Reviews

PDF of Letters to the Editor

PDF of A Matter of Time