Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 33-3 Fall 1998

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

Volume 33

Volume 33, Number 3: Fall 1998

Banker and Philanthropist Richard C. Lilly: The Man Who Led Two Lives
Author: Virginia Brainard Kunz
Richard Lilly began work on a road crew at age 15, after his father was disabled in an accident. By age 33, in 1918, he was president of St. Paul’s second-largest bank. In 1929 he became president of St. Paul’s largest bank, First National, and he led it through the crisis of the Great Depression. He then had a hand in the creation of several signature Twin Cities businesses: Northwest Airlines, Brown & Bigelow, Toro, General Foods, and Control Data. Lilly’s “second life” began in 1938 when he nearly killed himself driving off the High Bridge. He then began a career of philanthropy that included Hazelden and the Christ Child School for Exceptional Children.
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Henry Bosse and Samuel Clemens as Mark Twain—Parallel Lives on the Mighty Mississippi
Author: Michael Connor
The author discovered one of the two sets of Henry Bosse cyanotype images of the Upper Mississippi made between 1883 and 1891. This appreciation of Bosse’s work draws parallels between it and the work of his contemporary Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi.
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Book Review

Duncan MacMillan with Patricia Condon Johnston, MacMillan: The American Grain Family (Afton, Minn.: Afton Historical Society Press, 1998).
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PDF of Letters to the Editor