News comes and goes, so do newspapers, but The Alley Newspaper has ridden the waves of change for 40 years! Gather and launch an enjoyable year of celebration!
in collaboration with
American Swedish Institute’s
Holiday Open House for Phillips Neighbors
~ FREE ~
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
5:00 to 8:00
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave.
P.O. Box 7006 Mpls., MN 55407
What will “Life after 40 years old” be for The Alley Newspaper?
“Has The Alley Newspaper served a purpose? If so, what is it?”
The answers to these questions from our readers, our writers, our advertisers, our supporters will lead Alley Communications into reinvigorating and more importantly, revising what we do and how we do it beginning in 2016—a year of Anniversary Celebration and Deliberation.
Enjoy the beginning of the Anniversary Celebration at the “Life After 40 Exhibit” with highlights of our 40 YEARS of publishing on December 16th 2015; 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Mpls. The American Swedish Institute is the our community’s castle!
That evening is also the American Swedish Institute’s Holiday Open House for the Phillips Community without Admission Charge. Come and celebrate the importance of cultural identity through seeing some of the arts and crafts in this architectural treasure of our community. Enjoy some lite holiday refreshments and remarkable winter holiday decorations throughout the Turnblad mansion. If you have never been there before, this is a great opportunity to enjoy the whole castle and their new, modern Nelson Cultural Center with its restaurant called FIKA.
If you’ve been there before, you’ll know you want to seize this no-admission fee opportunity because every year is excitingly different. This year also has the opportunity to see The Alley Newspaper’s “Life After 40 Exhibit.” Alley Communications is pleased and grateful to be able to have ASI host this exhibit at this marvelous home of the Turnblad Family, publishers of Svenska Amerikanska Posten, a Swedish Newspaper from 1885 to 1940 and eventually increased circulation to 40,000 by Turnblads’ ownership that began in 1897. Swan Turnblad began as a typesetter and Christina a housemaid and bookkeeper. Their life is truly a “rags to riches” story of immigration to America and reminderof most Americans having immigrant heritage.
Wander through the entire castle, chat with neighbors, enjoy a few refreshments, visit The Alley Newspaper exhibit featuring interactive displays. Catch the spoken word-rap-poetry “Wendell Phillips: Agitation is the Atmosphere of the Brains” by Phillips resident and The Alley Newspaper cartoonist Dave Moore, producer of “Spirit of Phillips” and Dave’s Dumpster [see front page]. For more information, call Harvey Winje, Alley Communications, 612-990-4022.
BY CAROL PASS, EPIC PRESIDENT
Eminent Domain of the Roof Depot Site
Because the owner of the Roof Depot property was not interested in selling to the City at this time, the City is reportedly resorting to their seldom-used big gun, Condemnation leading to Eminent Domain. This will allow the City to take the property from the rightful owner, in exchange for a price the court determines. Fair? No! Neither to the owner nor to the community! Once again, our problem is we, the East Phillips residents, PAY and the rest of the City GAINS at our expense! Why should we consent to this action or the City goal as currently offered in the first place?
Most of us know well that East Phillips neighborhood is one of the most over-burdened in the state with polluting industries and that its residents and children suffer the attendant serious health consequences and their related debilitating problems: more asthma, more ADHD, more cancer. In 2014, EPIC, the East Phillips Improvement Coalition, refocussed to continue its long struggle to protect this neighborhood of low income and diverse people with many children from already existing pollution. At that time, EPIC’s process compelled the City to expose their closely guarded secret plan to dump MORE pollution and congestion on East Phillips. This comes in the form of their attempt to relocate the City Water Works Mainenance Department and its fleet of 68 work vehicles, many of which are diesel, along with over 100 employee vehicles at the Roof Depot site – 1860 E 28th St. at the intersection of Cedar Ave and 28th Street.
We now know this project has been in the works since before 2002 with no information shared with the community, including this most recent move.
Consider: Where is the Community Engagement? Ignored for a decade! And even now there has been next to none! Where is the Equity? Interesting how quickly this Moral Posturing gets thrown overboard when it gets in the way of the needs of people who don’t live here! People should know by now that EPIC does not change its stance and commitment to justice and fairness because it gets costly in time and convenience! Shouldering the community out of the way goes on primarily in the communities of poverty and diversity. The stated Equity policies of the City itself demands a different approach and, at the very least, shared sacrifice!
We call upon the other neighborhoods, especially those who have not had to continually fight these battles, to join us in opposition and a more fair and equitable solution to this battle. Call your Council Members. They are not listening to us who don’t empower them. We need your help!
The Board & Membership Passed the Following Resolution, 11-12-15
BY EPIC BOARD MEMBERS
Whereas the City of Minneapolis is apparently COMMITTED to acquire the Roof Depot Site and force upon East Phillips the City Water Works Maintenance Facility, and
Whereas in doing so, the City of Minneapolis is in violation of all 7 of its own “Core Principals of Community Engagement” (2007, City Council) and also, breaches the public trust; and
Whereas The City of Minneapolis is ignoring its new definition of “Equity” i.e., “Fair and just opportunities and outcomes for all people.”; and
Whereas Eminent Domain is being used as a weapon of prejudice against a low income and indigenous community as well as being selectively used against an individual business owner; and
Whereas all of the cost, namely the sacrifice of the protection and public interest of our people and their chosen future, falls on the residents of East Phillips and all the gain goes to the rest of the City, especially those areas that do not have these challenges; and
Whereas the City plan will bring no new jobs, no new tax revenue while eliminating the existing tax revenue; and
Whereas the City plan will dramatically increase traffic congestion and pollution: and
Whereas in the ten plus years the City has been planning this acquisition, they have never once consulted and only recently informed the people of East Phillips of their intentions,
Therefore Be It Resolved that EPIC, as the Citizen Participation Organization of East Phillips, remains firmly opposed to this acquisition and to protect the health and vibrancy of our community will use any and all means politically and legally available to prevent it.
Further we call upon the Ways & Means Committee and full City Council to vote “NO” on any request to condemn and take by Eminent Domain the Roof Depot site AND to honor the directive to Property Services, Public Works and CPED to work with EPIC and East Phillips Residents NOW – Not After the Fact, to determine fair and equitable solutions to these issues.
Passles and galettes of green tomatoes cooked and tasted by Phillips aficionados, connoisseurs, and chefs
15th Annual Green Tomato Cook-off
BY CLAUDIA SLOVACEK
Midtown Phillips neighbors and friends gathered for our 15th annual Green Tomato Cook-off at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on 15th Avenue and 28th Street on October 22nd to taste delectable green tomato dishes. We had three judges who assessed each dish based on taste/smell, eye appeal, practicality, and unique use of green tomatoes. We divide the dishes into three categories: Savory, Sauces/Condiments, and Sweets.
This year, while the dishes were fewer in number than in past years, the variety and tastiness did not fail us. Pastor Patrick and his kids took first place in the Sauces category with a wonderfully balanced green tomato and peach chutney. Second and third place in the Sauces category were won by Alice Paczkowski, who tried two versions of the same recipe, but with slightly different takes of the ingredients: one that was all fresh items from her garden and one that utilized some canned garlic and other semi-processed items.
There were no entries this year in the Sweets category, but some prior year entries remain memorable – green tomato pie, and our all-time favorite, green tomato ice cream.
Albert Montain and his friends were just fooling around. His friends dared him to climb to the top of the telegraph pole at the corner of 7th Street and Cedar Avenue on the West Bank. He made it, but as he turned to wave to his friends he made contact with the electrical wires and was electrocuted. It was September 26, 1911, and Albert was sixteen years old.
Albert had lost both of his parents by the time that he was six. His mother, Christine, died from tuberculosis on January 16, 1901, and his father, Adolph, died from brain fever on March 29, 1903.
The responsibility for holding the family together fell to Albert’s older siblings. Richard, the oldest, was 18 years old when their father died; Hilma, the oldest daughter, was 17. The other three of six children were Ellen, aged 14, George aged nine and Walter aged eight.
Their parents, Adolph and Christine Montain, were born in Sweden. They married in 1883 and the following year left Sweden for Minnesota. By 1884 Adolph was working in the flourmills. He spent the rest of his life working in the mills, mostly employed as an oiler but occasionally as a sweeper or watchman. Richard followed in his father’s footsteps and by age 18, he, too, went to work in the mills.
By Steve Sandberg
Thanks to The Alley Newspaper for its willingness to highlight a rare opportunity; the opportunity to save the Burma Shave building, a building loaded with history that has been on the corner of 21st Avenue and East Lake Street since the year 1900. Many if not most of you have passed that building, now covered with white vinyl siding, unaware of its history. (See excellent accompanying article by historian Shari Albers)
It was early October when friend and Corcoran resident Tom Manley noted that asbestos had been removed, utilities cut off, and that the building was slated for demolition.
Since then, a handful of heritage-preservation minded local historians and myself have been working hard to demonstrate that this would be a waste of a unique historic opportunity and resource.
Forestalling demolition does not in any way impede the planning for the site.
The new owner of the building is the Minneapolis Public Schools who will eventually develop the site to replace the Adult Education Building being torn down (they have up to 10 years to continue using the building at Hiawatha and Lake St.), and also for an expanded South High campus. They seem intent on clearing the land now, and planning their usage later. By then it will be too late to save what, contrary to being a liability, is truly a historic resource, and an opportunity to partner education and historical preservation with: Read the rest of this entry »
“I Didn’t Know That!” Don’t be misled/by white vinyl siding/a lot of history/ in these walls is hiding
BY SHARI ALBERS
Burma-Shave and its iconic signage was at 2019 East Lake Street
Remember when highway speed limits were 55 miles per hour and billboards were not common sights? Many of us who grew up in the 40s and 50s may recall the sequenced red and white signs that once dotted the roadway landscape. Positioned one hundred paces apart, each sign displayed one line of verse. Together, the signs created a whole poem. The last sign, like a well-placed exclamation mark, sported the familiar Burma-Shave logo.
She eyed/his beard/and said no dice/the wedding’s off/I’ll cook the rice/Burma-Shave
Use this cream/a day/or two/then don’t call her—/she’ll call you/Burma-Shave
Past/schoolhouses/take it slow/let the little shavers grow/Burma-Shave (1940s)
Clinton M. Odell’s father developed a recipe for a pain soothing liniment. The product, called Burma-Vita, never sold well. Young Clinton, a successful insurance salesman with a law degree from the U of M, commissioned a chemist to further develop the liniment into a brushless shaving cream. They called it Burma-Shave.
Burma-Vita moved into 2019 East Lake Street in 1925. Built in 1900, the building had once been home to Hugnad Hall, a Scandinavian workingman’s association, and then the Winget Manufacturing Company where workers fabricated aprons, sunbonnets, and dust caps. While Burma-Vita produced Burma-Shave, its historic advertising campaign took shape around the same time the company moved to this East Lake Street location.