Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 52, Number 1: Spring 2017
A Legacy of Civic Engagement: The Junior League of Saint Paul, 1917–2017
Authors: Yvonne Hundshamer and Abby Sugahara Moeller
In the spring of 1917 Elizabeth Ames Jackson and two other young women founded the 19th official Junior League in St. Paul, thereby beginning what has become the organization’s century of civic engagement in the local community. The JLSP is a charitable civic organization of volunteers led by women made up of women. For most of its history, the JLSP lacked a true headquarters, but today its many varied programs and activities are all directed from a single office. Initially membership criteria were very narrowly defined, but the JLSP has changed with the times and today membership is based on a residency requirement, paying dues, and completing specific training. Over past century, the JLSP has not only collaborated with more than 90 different local charities, foundations, businesses, and other organizations to complete projects that benefit the St. Paul area, but it has also actively promoted and developed the potential of women leaders in the community. This article summarizes many of the JLSP’s achievements and demonstrates how as a platform for change the organization has contributed to the betterment of St. Paul.
Honoring F. Scott in St. Paul: 35 Years of Fitz and Starts
Authors: David Page and Lisa Heinrich
In 1982 the University of Minnesota’s Office of Continuing Education organized a conference in St. Paul that focused on the career and accomplishments of literary icon F. Scott Fitzgerald. Since then, local admirers of Fitzgerald have been active in promoting this author’s literary achievements and in seeking permanent recognition by the City of Saint Paul of its brightest international literary star. Page and Heinrich explain how this effort to achieve local recognition has gone and they also introduce readers to the many places and sites around the city that are a part of the Fitzgerald story. A brief sidebar also provides a brief reading guide to selected Fitzgerald novels and short stories that mention local scenes and sites for those who want to know more about this author’s ties to the community. Today a nonprofit corporation, Fitzgerald in St. Paul, actively works to keep the legacy of this giant among American novelists and short story writers alive and to encourage the reading and discussion of his work.
Two Graves in White Bear Lake: The Story of Claude and Daisy White
Author: James Lindner
Claude and Daisy White died within two days of each other in November 1918 and are buried in a single grave in White Bear Lake. This circumstance inspired the author to wonder who these two young people were and what tragedy had led to their burial in White Bear Lake’s Union Cemetery. In the fall of 1918, Claude and Daisy White, who were in their twenties, were living in the town of Cloquet in the midst of Minnesota’s pine forests where Claude worked in a lumber mill. When major forest fires developed in mid-October to the west of Cloquet, the White family, along with more than 2,000 other residents of the community, were forced to flee by train for their safety. Eventually the White family, which included their two young sons, were taken in by relatives living in White Bear Lake. Unfortunately first Daisy, and then Claude, were soon sickened by the “Spanish” influenza pandemic that was sweeping across the United States. She died on November 1 and Claude succumbed on November 3. Fortunately for their two boys, in early 1919 a great-aunt in Chicago adopted these orphans and brought them to her home in Chicago.