Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 30-1 Spring 1995

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

Volume 30

Volume 30, Number 1: Spring 1995

From Iceboxes to Freezers: The Story of the Seeger Refrigerator Company
Author: James B. Bell
Though the name is little known outside St. Paul, no company was more important to the spread of the home refrigerator than Seeger. Founded in St. Paul in 1902, it made iceboxes, then refrigerators, under its own name and for Sears and Montgomery Ward. By the late 1940s it made more than ten percent of all refrigerators in the United States. The Seeger Company merged with Whirlpool in 1955. Whirlpool closed the St. Paul plant, and an era in the city’s manufacturing history, in 1984.
PDF of Bell article

The Great Railway Excursion of 1854—‘The Most Notable Event of the Year’
Author: Virginia Brainard Kunz
The completion, in 1854, of the first railroad line to the Mississippi to Rock Island, Ill., provoked an excursion of more than 1,200 people upriver to the head of navigation, St. Paul. It was a party all the way, until reaching St. Paul, where the locals were surprised by its arrival one day early. An entertaining tale skillfully told by the magazine’s founding editor.
PDF of Kunz article

Who Was Millard Fillmore? And What Was He Doing in St. Paul?
Author: Virginia Brainard Kunz
The excursion’s most famous participant was ex-president (1850–1853) Millard Fillmore. This one-page article briefly summarizes his life and career.
PDF of Millard Fillmore article

Growing Up in St. Paul: Gas Stoves, Gas Jets, Gas Lamps and Coal through an Open Chute to the Cellar
Author: Frieda Claussen
The author, born in 1897, grew up in a well-to-do German-American home. This delightfully detailed memoir describes life in her privileged childhood milieu, college “out east,” and her working life as a nurse at the old Miller Hospital.
PDF of Claussen article

What’s Historic About This Site? The Benjamin Brunson House and the East Side’s Railroad Island
In 1855 or so pioneer surveyor Benjamin Brunson built a house overlooking Trout Brook. The neighborhood became known at Railroad Island. This is a brief story of the man, the house, and the surroundings.
PDF of Historic Site

PDF of Letters to the Editor

PDF of Contributors