A Love Letter BY ROBERT ALBEE
I doubt that many Alley readers have been actually invited to a funeral or a memorial by the deceased… That’s kind of what happened to many of us, who attended a huge September 17th gathering to honor and remember Knowles Dougherty at the Guild Hall of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. He wrote: “This happening will take place whether I am able to make it or not.” (He passed two weeks before on September 1st.)What an honor and joy it has been to share the same neighborhood street— just a block down from Knowles Dougherty! At age 82, he planned a Thanks To You party to invite all those he had known and even grown up with, to one-last-shindig!
We were greeted with a wide range of musical offerings ranging from Sara Olsen’s taiko drumming, to choral numbers by duets, quartets, and sextets— all accompanied by “heavy hors d’oeuvres”. And then, we were offered gifts including many books Knowles published about cross-country and running, as well as neatly-tied stacks of Provoking Thoughts, his periodical magazine “devoted to the thinker in all of us,” for which he had served as editor some years past.
This was a guy who grew up in Austin from a family connected to Hormel and showed great skills in both track and field and the glee club at Austin High. Some years before the Peace Corps was even invented, Knowles served in Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador with the American Friends Service Committee after graduating from Swarthmore College. He got a Master’s in Math from UW-Madison and a Doctorate of Education from Harvard, but most knew him simply as a man of many ideas and one constantly on the move to make the world better. Little did many of us know that he promoted a “farmers market” back in 1977 and he founded the Warehouse Cooperative School an alternative K-12 (serving special-needs kids) in Boston after finishing school at Harvard.
I first met Knowles as he went up and down our street by his apartment building picking up litter that constantly blows in from the shopping center across the street. (He would do the same as he walked down Franklin to his church on Sundays). We became good friends and occasionally accompany Knowles and his newly re-married wife (Veryl Andre) for an evening of movies and dinner. We all shared a great Turkey travel experience where Veryl’s son worked annually on an archeological “dig” —and we, a small group tour with extended family members. This love of Turkey led us to the wonderful Black Sea Restaurant in St. Paul to enjoy great Mediterranean cuisine! Read the rest of this entry »
By Laura Waterman Wittstock
The early 1970s were an important time for American Indian journalism and one of its favorite pastimes was to take satirical looks at contemporary life in the varied communities across the United States, known as “Indian Country.” Federal lawmaking and policy began to flower, so it was natural for the American Indian Press Association to locate in Washington, D.C. This national news service began in 1970 and sent weekly news reporting out by mail to over 150 American Indian print newspapers and newsletters. They, too, were proliferating and could support the news service.
It isn’t clear who came up with the handle, but an erstwhile Indian everyman became known as “Luke Warmwater.” Sometimes he was an Indian journalist, and sometimes he was just the foil of the many jokes about representations of those inept individuals who resided on the ends of the political spectrum. Then he died, as that phase of Indian journalism died and a new phase emerged sometime in the 1980s.
Then in 1993, Walking the Rez Road was published and with the book, the character “Luke Warmater” reemerged, now to be remembered forever in the work of Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup. He died on August 1, 2016 from kidney cancer. Jim connected his illness to the time he was fighting as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam. He was 73 years old.
Jim’s time in Vietnam placed him among the 43,000 who served in the military there from 1959 to 1975. There are 232 names on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. of American Indian and Alaska Native service members who were killed or missing in action during that war. This followed a tradition of military service that extends back to the Civil War when tribes offered up their young warriors for service to the Confederacy or Union and continued to World War I, all before tribal members became U.S. citizens. Service continue through World War II, Korea and then Vietnam, and continues today. So great is the service population that it represents nearly ten percent of the Indian population – triple that of the non-Indian population. Read the rest of this entry »
Ready for the 2016 Phillips Community Clean Sweep? Join Your Neighbors on October 8th ! AND…We Have a WINNER!
By Brad Pass
A great new winning design for the 2016 Phillips Community Clean Sweep T-Shirt has been created by the imagination and talent of Jennifer Gomez. Jennifer responded to flyers passed out to area schools, churches, parks and neighborhood organizations asking neighborhood youth to compete to create the best 2016 Clean Sweep T-Shirt Design. 400 T-Shirts are given away each year at the gala Phillips Community Clean Sweep – all with Jennifer’s design. Of the many excellent entries, the selection committee chose Jennifer’s above all the rest. Her concept of multiethnic children holding hands and dancing together captured the spirit of the event perfectly. Nicely done Jennifer and a huge thank you to all the other participants for their wonderful entries. Thank you all!
As chair of the T-Shirt committee, I had the great pleasure of meeting Jennifer at the incredible new Banyan Community Center at 2529 13th Ave. S, Mpls, MN. Jennifer just turned 15 and is the oldest of three siblings. She has a 12-year old brother who also loves art and a 10-year old sister. Jennifer is a freshman at De LaSalle and loves Algebra and English. Ms. Gomez wants to go to college and dreams of being a veterinarian because of her love of dogs and animals.
Jennifer will receive her $50.00 grand prize and two Clean Sweep T-Shirts at the lunch festivities at Stewart Park at about 12:30 PM on October 8th. We hope everyone will come to the Phillips Community Clean Sweep this year and especially to the award ceremony to cheer for Jennifer.
BY SUE HUNTER WEIR
At 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 1912, a man checked his suitcase at the Milwaukee Road Depot. The following morning Carl Soder was on his way to work when he found that same man lying dead behind a billboard in an empty lot on 23rd Street and Lyndale Avenue South. He had been shot through the heart. An old-fashioned revolver, a Marlin 32, was at his feet. The coroner ruled his death a suicide.
The “mystery man,” as the local papers dubbed him, was wearing a tailor-made suit and had a gold watch and chain, a penknife, a stickpin, his luggage claim check and $106.27 in his pockets. All of the labels other than a few laundry marks had been removed from his clothing. He had a handkerchief monogrammed with the initial “R,” and the letters L.E.E. were inked on the inside of his linen collar.
The coroner set about trying to find out who this man who had gone to such great lengths to hide his identity was. His best clue—and it wasn’t a very good one—were the letters L.E.E. but he wasn’t sure whether those were three initials or the man’s last name. He settled on trying to find a missing man named Lee and appears not to have tried to find a missing man whose last name began with the letter “E.”
One of the first people that the police asked to view the body was Albert Savage. He was a strange choice and perhaps that reflected how much pressure that police were under to find the man who had killed Alice Mathews on the night of March 23rd. (See Alice’s story in the June 2010 Alley Newspaper). Savage told police that he had seen a man following Alice on the night that she was murdered but his testimony had been largely discredited because his timeline didn’t fit the facts. Still, if the mystery man turned out to be the man Savage claimed to have seen, the police would be able to declare Alice’s murder solved. But Savage was sure that this was not the man he had seen.
Another man, W. N. Patterson, suggested that the mystery man was Robert Lee, someone he had known for twelve years but hadn’t seen in the past two years. After looking, he thought that there was a resemblance but wasn’t absolutely sure. The police telegraphed Robert Lee’s parents in Wisconsin but nothing came of Patterson’s tip.
BY CLAUDIA SLOVACEK
The 12th and 13th Avenue Community Garden invites all gardeners, cooks and neighborhood residents to partake in our 16th annual Green Tomato Cook-off. It will be held once again at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on the corner of 28th Street and 15th Avenue South in Midtown Phillips on Thursday, October 20th. The facility is handicapped accessible.
Every year we gather at the end of the growing season to celebrate our fall harvest and to squeeze every last ounce out of our gardens. Usually the first frost of the season has occurred and now gardeners have an abundance of green tomatoes. We encourage you to find a recipe using green tomatoes, make the dish, and bring it to share.
We have CASH prizes for three categories of entries: 1) Sweets like pies, tarts, and ice cream (one of our all-time favorites was green tomato ice cream); 2) Savories, like stews, soups, casseroles, frittatas, empanadas, and spanakopita; and 3) Sauces/condiments, including salsas, chutneys, and the like. We even had green tomato beer one year! If you don’t have any green tomatoes but want to bring a dish to share, we also welcome dishes of Minnesota harvest theme: rice, apple pie, etc.
New puppet concert series co-produced by Music Animated and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
BY STEPHANIE ROGERS
Like all of our neighbors, In the Heart of the Beast has been processing recent events in Minneapolis. We feel the desperation of our community, and long to find ways of coming together, to hold space, to find peace. Through Light Up Lake Street we have made some amazing new partnerships. Folks from Southside Community Health Services, Red Door, Sisters Camelot, and Mobile Loaves and Fishes Minneapolis have been working with us throughout the summer to provide free health services, delicious food and fun art projects to our neighbors. We will continue to activate our little corner as a space for community and art. We are also working to shine a bright light on the positive stories in our community through Music Animated.
A new puppet concert series co-produced by Music Animated and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre features performers and uplifting stories from the neighborhood and a chance to experience music like never before. These concerts bring together puppeteers and musicians to create an immersive experience similar to a live music video or a musician accompanying a silent film. The first show in the series features the layered, melodic rhythms of Martin Dosh and the art direction of Bart Buch.
Buch draws from work done with local youth through In the Heart of the Beast’s Phillips Project. In collaboration with young people in the neighborhood, Buch recorded interviews with people he calls Neighborhood Helpers. These stories are audibly and visually layered over Dosh’s compositions to highlight people who are sources of light in Phillips and Powderhorn – communities that both Buch and Dosh call home. Buch says “I know that there are so many positive things in the neighborhood, so I went to find them.” His goal for this piece is to “tease out the light, call out the beauty, invoke the poetry of the place and people and dance in-between to hold up the shining, strong, vibrant, diverse spirits and say ‘THIS Is Who We Are.’”