Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 31, Number 1: Spring 1996
Jane Gibbs, the ’Little Bird That Was Caught’ and Her Dakota Friends
Author: Deanne Zibell Weber
Jane DeBow Gibbs lived a wandering frontier life in the mid-19th century until settling in what is now Roseville in 1849. The article traces her childhood with Dakota friends in the early 1830s, life on the frontier as pioneer, wife, and mother, and living to see the frontier transformed to an urban area. She died in 1910. Her frontier homestead is now the Gibbs Farm.
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Digging into the Past: The Excavating of the Claim Shanty of Heman and Jane Gibbs
Author: Thomond R. O’Brien
In 1995 the Ramsey County Historical Society excavated Jane and Heman Gibbs’s first dwelling on what is now the Gibbs Farm in Roseville. This article describes what was found and what was learned.
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Growing Up in St. Paul: Sam’s Cash-and-Carry, the Tiger Store—Payne Avenue and the 1930s Depression
Author: Ray Barton
An evocative memoir—full of names, places, and sensations—of a Depression-era childhood around Payne Avenue on St. Paul’s East Side.
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Beatrice Scheer Smith, A Painted Herbarium: The Life and Art of Emily Hitchcock Terry (1838– 1921) (Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 1992).
Paul Maccabee, John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks’ Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul, 1920–1936 (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1995).
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