Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 46, Number 1: Spring 2011
“A Gentle, Kind Spirit Whose Life Was Art”
Jean Sanborn Gross: Artist, Painter, and Printmaker
Author: Eileen R. McCormack
The article looks at the life of artist Jean Sanborn Gross (1919–1983), the daughter of Hazel and Frederick Sanborn. When Jean was seven, her parents divorced and she was raised for a time by her grandmother, Rachel Rice Sanborn, and her Aunt Rachel Sanborn. Shortly thereafter, Helen and Judge John B. Sanborn Jr., who were childless, adopted Jean and in 1926 she went to live with them in St. Paul. Educated at local schools, she graduated from Stephens College. Jean Sanborn Gross grew up with an aesthetic perspective that she nurtured by attending the St. Paul Gallery and School of Art, where she studied drawing and printmaking in the early 1940s. A number of artists who had strong national reputations taught at the school during Jean’s time as a student and she learned much in her classes with Cameron Booth and Lowell Bobleter, both of whom encouraged her to enter her work in local art competitions. Two perspectives were also a constant in her life and art: an awareness of urban landscapes resulting from her life in St. Paul and a fondness for nature and rural life due to her family’s seasonal cabin on the shore of the St. Croix River. In 1944 Jean Sanborn married William Gross and the couple had three children.
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For the Good of the Order:
The Ad Man Becomes the “Senator from Ramsey”
Author: John Watson Milton
Former State Senator Milton provides an account of the early political career of the late Nicholas David (Nick) Coleman, the Minnesota Senate majority leader. Coleman (1925–1981) enjoyed a productive career as a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), starting first with his grassroots campaign in 1962 that included phone banks and lawn signs, which helped defeat another longtime Irish-Catholic senator. Coleman took office for the first time in 1963 representing former Senate District 45, which included St. Paul and Ramsey County. Coleman’s academic pursuits were, characteristic of that time, interrupted by U.S. Navy service in World War II, graduated from Cretin High School and St. Thomas College (now University). Reelected in 1966, 1970, 1972, and 1976, he was the first Democrat in 114 years to be elected majority leader in the Senate, a position he held from 1973 to 1981. This article features a recipe for the time-honored political fundraising meal: BOOYA! Milton is also the author of the 2012 biography, For the Good of the Order: Nick Coleman and the High Tide of Liberal Politics in Minnesota, 1971–1981, published by the Ramsey County Historical Society.
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Kitty Gogins, My Flag Grew Stars: World War II Refugees’ Journey to America (BookSurge Publishing, 2009).
Marvin R. O’Connell, Pilgrims to the Northland: The Archdiocese of St. Paul, 1840–1962 (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009).
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