Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 27-3 Fall 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 3: Fall 1992

A Story of Change, Pride, and Perseverance: The Mexican-Americans and Their Roots in St. Paul’s Past
Author: Jane McClure
Professional oboist Luis Garzon came to Minnesota from Mexico City in 1886 and stayed to become a grocer and pillar of the Mexican-American community on St. Paul’s West Side. This article traces West Side history back to its modern beginnings, then forward; the slow growth of the Mexican-American colony, the work of Neighborhood House and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the floods, and finally the clearing of most of the West Side flats in the mid-1960s.
PDF of McClure article

Whistles, Crowds and Free Silver: St. Paul’s Noisy Election Night in 1896
Author: Thomas C. Buckley
Though William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan were the principal candidates in the 1896 presidential election, the central figure in this article is James J. Hill. Hill provided the giant steam whistles used to broadcast the election results, in a simple code, to the public gathered downtown. Though a Democrat normally, Hill strongly favored McKinley because of Bryan’s cheap money platform.
PDF of Buckley article

Postcards: A Full-blown Love Affair
Author: Robert J. Stumm
Photo postcards soared in popularity at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. The author, a collector, records the history of the American postcard and displays ten of his favorite scenes of old St. Paul.
PDF of Stumm article

Growing Up in St. Paul: Polish Sausage and Trips on the Streetcar
Author: DeAnne M. Cherry
The author spent many days on St. Paul’s North End in the 1940s in the company of her Polish grandparents. This memoir includes St. Casimir’s Church, Calvary Cemetery, Hank’s Grocery, visits from the rag man, the fruit cellar, the Victrola, and Christmas decorations.
PDF of Cherry article

A Matter of Time
A selection of local news items from 1852, 1892, and 1917, featuring a short history of St. Peter Claver church by Arthur C. McWatt.
PDF of A Matter of Time

What’s Historic About This Site? St. Casimir’s Church and Its 100-Year Journey of Faith
Founded in 1892, this is the third St. Paul Catholic parish organized to service Polish parishioners. The building, at 937 East Jessamine, went up in 1904.
PDF of Historic Site

Book Reviews

Walter Trenerry, Murder in Minnesota: A Collection of True Cases (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1962).
PDF of Book Reviews

PDF of Letters to the Editor