Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 42-1 Spring 2007

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

Volume 42

Volume 42, Number 1: Spring 2007

Lost Neighborhood: The Jews of Fourteenth Street Remembered

Author: Gene H. Rosenblum
Gene Rosenblum’s grandparents, immigrants from Lithuania, moved into St. Paul’s Fourteenth Street neighborhood in 1907. This heavily Jewish community comprised several streets in the shadow of the State Capitol. It had two synagogues, a community center, and many grocery stores and bakeries. The residents were fairly prosperous, at least compared to those of the West Side Flats. Many of the earliest Jewish residents were peddlers or small businessmen. They started arriving in the early 1880s, fleeing persecution in Russia and differed from the earlier Jews who had come to the city. The construction of the I-94 freeway in the 1960s wiped out the remnants of the community.
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A House of Versatile Talents: The William and Carrie Lightner Residence on Summit Avenue

Author: Paul Clifford Larson
William Lightner was a prominent St. Paul attorney for fifty years. He dabbled in politics and was a big supporter of history. Born in Pennsylvania, he came to this city in 1878, married and initially lived in a duplex. As the family grew, it built a home in 1894 at 318 Summit Avenue. It was designed by a young architect, Cass Gilbert, and was the third home he had designed on this fashionable street. Like many people at the time, Lightner dealt in real estate. He had been successful, but was not yet well known publicly and often struggled financially. The article includes details about the architecture of the house, Gilbert’s choices of materials for its construction, and concludes with a short history of those who lived in the house in later years.
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Lost Son: The Forgotten Fate of Roseville’s First Child, 
Benjamin Rose

Authors: Patrick Hill and Cindy Rose Torfin
This article is a portrait of Isaac Rose for whom Roseville, Minnesota is named. He was born in New Jersey, journeyed west, married and joined the army. He would later farm in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. He and his family arrived in Minnesota in 1843 and first settled on the banks of the Mississippi River. The area eventually became part of Rose Township. Isaac’s sons, Benjamin and Gideon, followed the family military tradition and both enlisted in a Civil War regiment and were part of the Army of the Cumberland. In one battle Benjamin helped a wounded Gideon off the field. Unfortunately, Benjamin Rose would soon die of typhoid fever. Gideon recovered and fought in many other battles and was with Sherman in the taking of Atlanta and the famous march to the sea. He lived the rest of his life in St. Paul and along with another brother, Henry, is buried in the Soldier’s Rest in Oakland Cemetery.
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