Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 32-1 Spring 1997

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

Volume 32

Volume 32, Number 1: Spring 1997

The View from the 17th Floor: Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly And Its 111-Year History
Author: Virginia L. Martin
The Oppenheimer law firm, now headquartered in Minneapolis, began in St. Paul in 1886 as the partnership Lawler & Durment. William Oppenheimer joined in 1914 and eventually led the firm’s transformation into one of the area’s top firms for the next hundred years. As we follow the firm’s course there are memorable names and stories: Charlie Ward of Brown & Bigelow; St. Paul Fire & Marine; the building of the new city hall in the 1930s; the Toni Company; Twin Cities Rapid Transit; Control Data; and the firm’s expansion to international offices and markets.
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Growing Up in St. Paul: The Milkman, the Iceman, and Ice Chips in the Sawdust at the Bottom of the Wagon
Author: Ruth F. Brin
The author was born in 1921 in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. She grew up in a prosperous Jewish family. This memoir conveys the times—the Swedish milkman and his wagon, streetcar rides, fear of TB and scarlet fever, a brother’s life-threatening illness.
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Book Reviews

Paul Clifford Larson, Minnesota Architect: The Life and Work of Clarence H. Johnston (Afton, Minn.: Afton Historical Society Press, 1996).

John H. Watson, Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon, edited by Larry Millett (New York: Viking Books, 1996).

Biloine W. Young, Mexican Odyssey—Our Search for the People’s Art (St. Paul: Pogo Press, 1996).
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PDF of Letters to the Editor