Archive for July 2008

July 31, 1873

July 31, 2008

Amherst Wilder signs his will, donating $2.5 million to help the needy in St. Paul. Born July 7, 1828, in Lewis, New York, Wilder moved to St. Paul in 1859 and soon found his fortune in various business ventures, including railroads, steamers, banks, real estate, and merchandising. He died November 11, 1894.

Thanks to Juliana James’ 4th Grade Class at Frost Lake Magnet School part of St Paul Public Schools for the research on January’s Day in History.

Thanks also to Minnesota’s Learn and Serve America Service Learning Program for their help.

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July 30, 1835

July 30, 2008

Army Lieutenant Albert Lea, commanding a group of U.S. Dragoons, arrives at the site of his namesake city.

Thanks to Juliana James’ 4th Grade Class at Frost Lake Magnet School part of St Paul Public Schools for the research on January’s Day in History.

Thanks also to Minnesota’s Learn and Serve America Service Learning Program for their help.

July 29, 1974

July 29, 2008

Minnesota’s Jeannette Piccard, who had once piloted hydrogen balloons into the stratosphere, is one of the first women to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church.

Thanks to Juliana James’ 4th Grade Class at Frost Lake Magnet School part of St Paul Public Schools for the research on January’s Day in History.

Thanks also to Minnesota’s Learn and Serve America Service Learning Program for their help.

Oxcart Trail update

July 28, 2008

Orlin and his family are about 20 miles south of Motley along Highway 10.  They plan to leave tomorrow morning and they will try to make it to Little Falls close to 3 p.m.  Watch for more updates as they continue their journey along the Pembina Trail.

July 28, 1861

July 28, 2008

John A. Johnson, Minnesota’s first homegrown governor, is born in St. Peter. A Horatio Alger success story, Johnson would work his way up from poverty to become editor of the St. Peter Herald. A popular figure statewide, he would be elected governor in 1905, and his oratorical skills would attract nationwide attention. He died in office on September 21, 1909, cutting short plans to make him the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 1912.

Thanks to Juliana James’ 4th Grade Class at Frost Lake Magnet School part of St Paul Public Schools for the research on January’s Day in History.

Thanks also to Minnesota’s Learn and Serve America Service Learning Program for their help.

July 27, 1972

July 27, 2008

Virginia Piper, wife of investment banker Harry C. Piper, Jr., is kidnapped. The Minneapolis woman is released near Duluth after a ransom of one million dollars is paid, at the time the highest such payment ever made.

Thanks to Juliana James’ 4th Grade Class at Frost Lake Magnet School part of St Paul Public Schools for the research on January’s Day in History.

Thanks also to Minnesota’s Learn and Serve America Service Learning Program for their help.

July 26, 2000

July 26, 2008

A tornado kills one person in Granite Falls and damages a 40-block area.

Thanks to Juliana James’ 4th Grade Class at Frost Lake Magnet School part of St Paul Public Schools for the research on January’s Day in History.

Thanks also to Minnesota’s Learn and Serve America Service Learning Program for their help.