Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 44, Number 3: Fall 2009
The 1924 Junior World Series,
The St. Paul Saints’ Magnificent Comeback
Author: Roger A. Godin
Starting in 1920, the winners of the two “high minor” baseball leagues had their own world series. It was a time when the smaller city teams played strong, independent entities whose play was close to the quality of the major leagues. The St. Paul Saints were among the strongest but had been beaten at these post-season events in 1920 and 1922. In 1924 the Junior World Series (JWS) opened on October 2, a “best of nine” battle between the Saints and the Baltimore Orioles. The October 4th game had a record crowd of 10,000, went thirteen innings, and was called because of darkness, since the stadium had no lights. When the series shifted to St. Paul, Baltimore was one game away from victory and the locals had to win three in a row. They won the first two and then 6,000 people watched the decisive game at Lexington Field in St. Paul, a great come-from-behind victory for the Saints. There is a sidebar on the player composition of the 1924 St. Paul team.
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St. Paul’s Biggest Party:
The Grand Army of the Republic’s 1896 National Encampment
Authors: Moira F. Harris and Leo J. Harris
After the Civil War there had been annual Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) national conventions or “encampments” in many different cities. Between August 3 and September 4, 1896, the thirtieth of such events came to St. Paul and an estimated 150,000 people attended. The authors explain some of the history behind Memorial Day, the custom of decorating graves at that time, and the origins of the GAR. St. Paul’s Acker Post, with its 600 veterans, was host for the 1896 encampment. The hotels were packed, people invited veterans to stay in their homes, several churches and colleges offered sleeping cots, and the city set up a free tent city at Dale Street that accommodated 4,000. There were parades, a “living flag” made up of children wearing red, white and blue clothing, a number of “triumphal arches,” an “army day” at the Winter Carnival and exhibits at the State Fair Grounds.
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Growing Up in St. Paul: The Mispacha on Texas Street
Author: Nathalie Chase
Bernstein “Mishpacha” is the Hebrew word for family, and this article looks at the story of the author’s Jewish family from Lithuania. They came to St. Paul and in the late 1890s and started a scrap iron business. When they became a little better off than other West Side residents, they left “The Flats” and lived on Eaton Avenue. There are descriptions of the many small stores and groceries, selling eggs, skating, attending Lafayette School, and the effects of the Great Depression on the residents of the West Side.
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Joan C. Brainard and Richard E. Leonard, Three Bold Ventures: The History of North Oaks, Minnesota (North Oaks, Minn.: Hill Farm Historical Society and Beaver’s Pond Press, 2007).
Biloine W. Young, “My Heart It Is Delicious:” Setting the Course for Cross-Cultural Health Care: The Story of the Center for International Health (Afton, Minn.: Afton Historical Society Press, 2008).
Roger Stelljes, The St. Paul Conspiracy (St. Cloud, Minn.: North Star Press of St. Cloud, 2006).
Arthur C. McWatt, Crusaders for Justice: A Chronicle of Protests by Agitators, Advocates and Activists in Their Struggle for Civil and Human Rights in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1902–1985 (St. Paul: St. Paul Branch of the NAACP and Papyrus Publishing, 2009).
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