Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 30, Number 3: Fall 1995
After 108 Years, a Transformation: Norwest Bank St. Paul and Its Heritage of More Than a Century
Author: James B. Bell
The Scandinavian-American Bank was chartered in June 1887. It eventually became Norwest Bank, one of the state’s biggest. The author, skilled at institutional history, untangles the changing string of names and mergers. He takes us through the farm crisis of the 1920s and the national economic crisis of the 1930s. Along the way many of the great names in St. Paul business history appear—Shepard, Lilly, Gordon, Griggs, and others. The story brings events up to 1995.
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Banking on Minnesota’s Unfettered Frontier—When Barter was the Name of the Only Game in Town
Author: James B. Bell
The early years of trade in St. Paul were marked by shortage of cash, phony bank notes, bank failures, nonexistent regulation, and frequent confusion. This article tells the story of the slow and uncertain progress toward a modern banking and currency system.
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“Cheery, Refined and Comfortable:” Episcopal Church Home Begins Its Second Century With Its ‘Caring Services’ That Help the Elderly
Author: Marcia Fotsch
In 2014 Episcopal Homes opened an impressive new complex on University Avenue at Fairview. The origins of the Episcopal Church Home of Minnesota dates to 1894 and the caring work of Sister Annette Relf. Five locations preceded the current one, where the organization settled in 1920. This short piece takes the institution up to the mid-1990s.
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Growing Up in St. Paul: A Boyhood Resting on the City’s Seven Hills—But Once There Were Eight
Author: John S. Sonnen
To this memoir of flying kites on Capitol Hill many years ago, the author adds information about St. Paul’s physical high points and the city’s famous Seven Hills.
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What’s Historic About This Site? The Blair Flats—Once the Old Angus—High Victorian on Cathedral Hill
The handsome Victorian pile at Selby and Western started out elegant, gradually declined to derelict, but it somehow survived to return to prosperity. A brief examination of one of St. Paul’s historic preservation successes.
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John Arnold and H.C.H. Kernkamp, Thomas H. Boyd, ed., One Hundred Years of Progress: The History of Veterinary Medicine in Minnesota (St. Paul: W.P. Graphics, 1994).
Annabelle Raiche, CSJ, and Ann Marie Biermaier, OSB, They Came to Teach: The Story of Sisters Who Taught in Parochial Schools and Their Contribution to Elementary Education in Minnesota (St. Cloud, Minn.: North Star Press, 1994).
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