Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 27-2 Summer 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 2: Summer 1992

The Junior League’s First 75 Years: Follies, ‘Friendly Visiting’ and Women’s Changing Roles
Author: Gareth O. Peterson
The national Junior League began in 1901; the St. Paul chapter in 1917. Its mission was to find volunteers workers for social good. In its first few decades, it concentrated on work hospitals and other health facilities, such as Children’s Hospital. In the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s it worked much in the arts. This article takes its activities and organization up to the early 1990s.
PDF of Peterson article

Hope Chests and Honeymoons—Marriages in America Still Wedded to Tradition
Author: Tamara Truer
This article examines wedding customs and fashions in the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially in the Midwest. It is accompanied by photos of home wedding decorations from an album in the Ramsey County Historical Society collections.
PDF of Truer article
PDF of Wedding photo essay

Growing Up in St. Paul: Father Begged Feed for His Animals
Author: Margaret Manship
The father in this case was William McMahon, zookeeper at the Como Zoo starting in 1931. This memoir traces the early decades of the zoo, its struggles with lack of money, the animal donations, and the frequent temporary residence of animals in the author’s house. There are many human and animal anecdotes.
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What’s Historic About This Site? The Cyrus B. Cobb House in White Bear Lake
Built in 1885 for a local merchant, this is “one of the most intact of the surviving Victorian era houses in White Bear Lake . . . .”
PDF of Historic Site

Book Reviews

Maud Hart Lovelace, Early Candlelight, reprint edition with an introduction by Rhoda Gilman (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1992).
John L. Relf, The Man Whose Dream Came True (Dellwood, Minn.: John L. Relf, 1991).
Moira F. Harris, Monumental Minnesota: A Guide to Outdoor Sculpture (Minneapolis: Pogo Press, 1992).
PDF of Book Reviews

PDF of Letters to the Editor

PDF of A Matter of Time