Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 44-4 Winter 2010

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

Volume 44

Volume 44, Number 4: Winter 2010

Recollections of Cathedral Hill
: A Glimpse of Old St. Paul from an Up-and-Down Duplex on Holly Avenue

Author: Mary Reichardt

An owner of 444 Holly Avenue in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood tells the story of her home. Allen John Sovereign, a railroad man, moved to St. Paul with his family and built the house in 1913. It was a grand duplex designed in a modified Arts and Crafts style. Relative Harry Dow and his family lived upstairs. His grandson George, who lived there for over thirty years, provided much of the information for the article. His impressions include memories of Harry Dow’s involvement in movie theaters and the close-knit neighborhood and kids’ entertainment nearby. There are short biographies of some of the prominent area residents including Adelaide Enright and her involvement with Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1951 the house was sold to Cecil and Emmy Lou Reed.
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“Part and Parcel of a Great Cause:”
The St. Paul Society for the Hard of Hearing

Authors: Kristen Mapel Bloomberg and Leah S. McLaughlin

After providing general information on social clubs and organizations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this article focuses on the group that worked with deaf and hard of hearing people. Two separate organizations, the Lip Readers Guild and the League for the Hard of Hearing were merged in 1936 into the St. Paul Society for the Hard of Hearing. There are short biographies of the board members of the Society as well as an explanation of the group’s organizational structure and its various committees. The article includes details on some of the daytime and evening meetings and the Society’s strong focus on the learning and use of lip reading, drama club, movies, and other activities. In 1946 the organization changed its name to the St. Paul Hearing Society and again in 1999 to Doorways. Financial problems about this time forced the organization to close.
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Growing Up in St. Paul:
 The CCC, Flying Hands, and the Armistice Day Blizzard

Author: Norman C. Horton Sr.
Norman Horton’s family moved to St. Paul at the onset of the Great Depression eking out an existence and moving often. After graduation from high school, Horton served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), starting in northern Minnesota in the early 1930s. He describes the bitterly cold weather and the hard work. He was finally able to get a good job at the Ford plant in 1938 and tells how, during this time, he experienced the wrath of the legendary blizzard of Armistice Day 1940. He and his family eventually moved to 2186 North Rice Street near Highway 36, where he started a successful auto parts and repair shop. Horton later served briefly in the army in World War II.
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Book Reviews

Larry Millett, Murder Has a Public Face: Crime and Punishment in the Speed Graphic Era (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008).

Greg A. Brick, Subterranean Twin Cities (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009).

Robert Goodman, the Last Rafter: David Bronson and the St. Croix Lumber Industry (Stillwater, Minn.: Hardenbergh Foundation and the Washington County Historical Society, 2009).

Jeffrey B. Morris, Establishing Justice in Middle America (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007).

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