Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 47-2 Summer 2012

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

Volume 47

Volume 47, Number 2: Summer 2012

From Cigars for Founders to a Festive 2012 Centennial: The (Men’s) Garden Club of Ramsey County at 100
Author: Barbara Parisien
Two men, Zenas Thomas and Judge Grier M. Orr, are credited with the founding of the Men’s Garden Club of Ramsey County (GCRC) in 1912. Initially only men were allowed in the Club, but in 1932 the members voted to allow women and children to be members and the word “Men’s” was dropped from the title of the Club. Prior to that time, women were only allowed to be guests of members at club functions such as talks, garden tours, and flower competitions. The goal from the outset of the GCRC was to make St. Paul a garden city and to encourage the cultivation of trees, fruits, flowers, and vegetables in the city and county. The GCRC celebrated its centennial on April 12, 2012 and is recognized as the oldest continuously operated gardening club in Minnesota.
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Oakland Cemetery Holds Many Caught Up in the U.S.-Dakota War
Author: Patrick M. Hill
Many participants of the bloody U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 are interred in St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery. This article summarizes key events of the war with an emphasis on the experiences of those who are linked to this violence and are buried at the cemetery. Some of those who died in the war whose graves are at Oakland include William Forbes, Andrew Myrick, Nathan Myrick, four members of the Kochendorfer family, Mary Schwandt, Martin Clum, Justus Ramsey, Charles E. Flandrau, Henry H. Sibley, William Crooks, Return I. Holcombe, and Hiram P. Grant. A total of at least 32 graves at Oakland are those of people associated with the war. No Dakota are buried there.
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The Little Engine That Did: The “Iron Walker” and Its Inaugural Run
Author: Dave Riehle
The focus of this article in the inaugural run of the William Crooks, also known as the “Iron Walker,” the first railroad locomotive to operate in Minnesota. It made its inaugural run from St. Paul to St. Anthony, now part of Minneapolis, on June 28, 1862. The author recounts all the work that preceded that event, including the laying of track and readying the locomotive. He also profiles the railroad’s chief engineer, William Crooks, and the prominent people, such as James J. Hill and Governor Alexander Ramsey, who were passengers on that famous first run.
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