Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 52-3 Fall 2017

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

Volume 52

Volume 52, Number 3: Fall 2017

“Onward Central, Onward Central”: The 150-Year Legacy of St. Paul Central High School
Author: Steven C. Trimble

Central High School in St. Paul has been operating continuously for more than 150 years. Founded in 1866 as St. Paul High School, it opened its doors in the heart of the city on the third floor of the Franklin School. Rapid growth in its student numbers required relocation to larger quarters in 1872, 1883, and 1912. The 1912 building was designed by celebrated architect Clarence H. Johnston, an 1872 graduate. In the 1880s the school’s name was changed to St. Paul Central High School. Remodeling of the 1912 building and the installation of its present façade was completed in 1980. Attendance at Central peaked in the 1930s and its curriculum and associated activities such as clubs and sports teams grew as well. Central has always had a diverse student body, which included African Americans and other ethnic groups as well as Jews, but it has also experienced some racial tensions, especially in the late 1940s and 1960s. Crowding with the building due to its student population eased after 1964 with the opening of Highland Park High School. Today Central offers a varied curriculum that includes the International Baccalaureate (started 1988) and Advanced Placement (1994) programs.
We apologize for the following errors in this article: On page 9 the photo caption should read Harvey Mackay, and on page 12 Charles Schulz has incorrect spellings.
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Emma F. Brunson: The First Woman Registered as an Architect in Minnesota
Author: Diane Trout-Oertel

Shortly after the Minnesota Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors was organized in 1921, Emma F. Gruetzke Brunson registered and thereby became Minnesota’s first woman to hold this professional credential. From 1905 to 1921, Brunson was employed preparing drawings and specifications for another registered architect, Augustus F. Gauger, who is widely considered today to have been one of the state’s leaders in the field. Born in Stillwater in 1887, Brunson’s family relocated to St. Paul shortly thereafter. She was educated in the local public schools and graduated from a St. Paul business college. Registration in hand, Brunson left Gauger’s firm and struck out on her own. Although her self-employment began slowly, Brunson worked hard and between 1924 and 1940, she designed nearly twenty homes in St. Paul. Of these, documentation has been located for 17 houses. Today these houses reflect the warm character and practical floor plans that were trademarks of Brunson’s designs. Married to Harry S. Brunson in 1912, the couple had no children of their own, but they did adopt two youngsters. Harry died in 1958 and she retired as a professional architect ten years later. Brunson died in St. Paul in 1980.
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Book Reviews

Dave Page with photographs by Jeff Krueger, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer & His Friends at Home
Reviewed by Robert F. Garland

Iric Nathanson, World War I Minnesota
Reviewed by John M. Lindley

Edward Bronstien and Dee Horwitz, Who Made My Bed? A True Story. True Identity of a 19th Century Russian Immigrant Who Founded an International Bedding Business
Reviewed by John M. Lindley
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