Women’s History In Ramsey County

To celebrate the contributions that women have made to our communities, Ramsey County Historical Society will be posting past important articles from our magazine, Ramsey County History, during Women’s History Month in March.

Featured image, above, Jane Gibbs. RCHS Collection.

Articles on Women’s History

03/01/2018: ‘We Can do better with a Chisel or a Hammer:’ Appreciating Mary Colter and her Roots in St. Paul, by Diane Trout-Oertel. Published in Ramsey County History, Winter 2011, Vol. 45, #4.
PDF of D. Trout-Oertel article.

Image: Mary Coulter as a young woman from about the time she taught at Mechanic Arts High School. Photo from the Ramsey County History article, courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park, #16950.

03/03/2018: How Good Were the “Good Old Days” When Women’s Work Was Rarely Done? by Tamara C. Truer. Published in Ramsey County History, Summer 1994, Vol. 29, #2.
PDF of T. Truer article

03/07/2018: “A Beautiful, High-Minded Woman:” Emily Gilman Noyes and Women Suffrage by Rhoda R. Gilman. Published in Ramsey County History, Fall 1997, Vol. 32, #3.
PDF of R. Gilman article

03/08/2018: A Quilt and A Diary: The Story of the Little Girl Who Rode the Orphan Train to a New Home by Ann Zemke. Published in Ramsey County History, Spring 2004, Vol. 39, #1.
PDF of A. Zemke article

03/09/2018: Kate Donnelly and the “Cult of True Womanhood” by Gretchen Kreuter. Published in Ramsey County History, Fall/Winter 1976, Vol. 13, #1.
PDF of G. Kreuter article

03/12/2018: No Grass Beneath Her Feet: Harriet Bishop and Her Life in Minnesota by Norma Sommerdorf. Published in Ramsey County History, Summer 1997, Vol. 32, #2.
PDF of N. Sommerdorf article
Engraving of Harriet Bishop by J.C. Buttre, circa 1860.
Wikimedia Commons, published in the U.S. before 1923 and in public domain in the U.S.

03/15/2018: Speakers, Style Shows, and 12,000 Shoppers: The Women’s Institute and how it Revived Downtown St. Paul by Kathleen C. Ridder. Published in Ramsey County History, Fall 1997, Vol. 32, #3.
PDF of K. Ridder article

03/19/2018: Brighter and Better for Every Person: Building the New Salvation Army Rescue Home of St. Paul, 1913 by Kim Heikkila. Published in Ramsey County History, Spring 2016, Vol. 51, #1.
PDF of K. Heikkila article

03/20/2018: Help, Housing, “Almost Impossible to Find” A Single Mother and WWII by Hilda Rachuy. Published in Ramsey County History, Winter 1991, Vol. 26, #4.
PDF of H. Rachuy article

03/27/2018: Charlotte Ouisconsin Van Cleve: Daughter of a Frontier Regiment – 1819 by Ronald M. Hubbs. Published in Ramsey County History, Winter 1992-1993, Vol. 27, #4.
PDF of R. Hubbs article

03/29/2018: Two articles from the memoirs of Alice Olson: Woodstoves, Hectographs – 50 Years a Teacher, She Looks Back at Her First School. Published in Ramsey County History, Fall 1971 Vol. 8, #2.

A Teacher Looks Back at PTA, 4-H, and How a Frog in a Desk Drawer Became a Lesson in Biology, Published Spring 1972 Vol. 9, #1.
PDF of A. Olson article, Fall 1971
PDF of A. Olson article, Spring 1972

03/30/2018: St. Agatha’s Conservatory and the Pursuit of Excellence by Sister Ann Thomasine Sampson. Published in Ramsey County History,  CSJ 1989, Vol. 24, #1.
PDF of Sr. Sampson article

03/31/2018: A Pioneer Child on Minnesota’s Frontier: Jane Gibbs “Little Bird That Was Caught” and Her Dakota Friends by Deanne Zibell Weber. Published in Ramsey County History, Spring 1996, Vol. 31, #1.
PDF of D. Weber article