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There are no ‘Good Old Days’ Childhood Health Stories

There are no ‘Good Old Days’  Childhood Health Stories

By Sue Hunter Weir Two Year Old Frida Aubele died Dec. 2, 1915 from diphtheria. Six Year Old Annie Aubele died Dec. 3, 1915 from diphtheria. Graves were remarked and girls remembered and honored Oct. 16th 2009. It pretty much goes without saying that kids hate to have shots. And, many parents are reluctant to have their children vaccinated [...]

Sigstad Sisters and Frank Brant Die in River Road Accident Street Conditions not on Par with Coming of Motorized Vehicles – Changes Were Needed

Sigstad Sisters and Frank Brant Die in River Road Accident Street Conditions not on Par with  Coming of Motorized Vehicles –  Changes Were Needed

by Sue Hunter Weir On November 3, 1916, Ida and Mabel Sigstad were on their way home from a party in St. Paul in a car driven by E. C. Nelson. When Mr. Nelson turned onto the River Road and River Parkway, one of the car’s rear tires slid over a ten-foot embankment and the car flipped, trapping the driver and its three passengers underneath [...]

“Bring a shawl and get a baby” from a 1908-09 Baby Farm 3341 Nicollet Avenue

“Bring a shawl and get a baby”  from a 1908-09 Baby Farm  3341 Nicollet Avenue

By Sue Hunter Weir Between June 24, 1908 and September 6, 1909, 27 infants died at the same address--3341 Nicollet Avenue South. These babies (13 girls, 13 boys, and one whose gender was not recorded) were under the care of “Doctor” Hans Oftedal. As the quote marks suggest, Hans Oftedal was not a licensed physician; he was the proprietor of [...]

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