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Stone wears slowly. Adapting regulations shouldn’t be as slow!

Stone wears slowly. Adapting  regulations shouldn’t be as slow!

This photo of John Carpenter was likely taken some time in the 1860s so he has that characteristic stare that comes of having to keep your eyes open forever for long exposures. “The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.” – Lucretius c. 99 BC – c. 55 BC)* By Sue Hunter Weir 120th in a Series Finally. Veterans Affairs has [...]

Violent Deaths: Century-wide Comparison

Violent Deaths: Century-wide Comparison

Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse (also known as the “Municipal Building”), designed by Long and Kees in 1888, is the main building used by the city government of Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as by Hennepin County, Minnesota. The structure has served many different purposes since it was built, although today the building [...]

“Yellow Journalism” adds insult to injury of family

“Yellow Journalism” adds insult to  injury of family

Nasty little printer’s devils spew forth from the Hoe press in this Puck cartoon of November 21, 1888.Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, [...]

No Flu cases Sept ‘18, 400 Daily Oct ’18

No Flu cases Sept ‘18, 400 Daily Oct ’18

Foreman Percy Gould & dog perhaps at Rosenquist Co., 1008 E. Franklin Ave. By Sue Hunter Weir Percy and Nellie (Carlson) Gould amongst 199 deaths in 3 months On September 19, 1918, Dr. H. M. Guilford, Minneapolis’ City Health Commissioner, declared that the Spanish Influenza epidemic “does not exist in Minneapolis and never has.” That [...]

COMING SOON! Alien Invasion

COMING SOON! Alien Invasion

COMING SOON! Alien Invasion – Cinema on the Cemetery returns on September 10, 2014, with a screening of the 1958 horror/sci-fi film “The Blob.” Cemetery gates will open at 6 and the screening will begin at sundown, approximately 7 o’clock. Taco Taxi will be on hand with their usual delicious fare. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. [...]

Cemetery markers are the “tip of the iceberg” and a book cover of family stories

Cemetery markers are the “tip of the  iceberg” and a book cover of family stories

At 26th St. and 26th Ave. George Thompson II (left photo) owned the Exchange Hotel and Duffy’s Bar here in bottom right photo in the area that became known as the Hub of Hell because of shootings, killings, labor riots and gangster hangouts. Top 1965 photo of  Duffy’s and Mr. Nib’s Nightclub. Duffy’s Tavern became Norma Jean’s Nightclub [...]

First Minneapolis Library start-up money donor, Dr. Kirby Spencer, trusted and cared for by Armstrong English

First Minneapolis Library start-up money donor, Dr. Kirby Spencer, trusted and cared for by Armstrong English

By Sue Hunter Weir Dr. Kirby Spencer, one of Minneapolis’ first dentists, is generally credited with providing the money to start Minneapolis’ Athenaeum* which functioned as the city’s first public library. Eventually the Athenaeum evolved into the Minneapolis Public Library and more recently into the Hennepin County Library. His was one of [...]

From Greek Φιλανδρος (Philandros) “friend of man”; Philander Prescott

From Greek Φιλανδρος (Philandros) “friend of man”; Philander Prescott

Prescott, killed in 1862 at the Dakota Conflict after warning U.S. 6 years earlier of inevitable trouble without changes, was buried on the prairie and reinterred later at Layman’s Cemetery when Mary died in 1867.  His tombstone was encased ca. 1938 by the Hennepin History Museum in order to preserve it longer. By Sue Hunter-Weir For the [...]

Safeguarding the past to instill identity in the present and inspire the future

Safeguarding the past to instill identity in the present and inspire the future

By Sue Hunter Weir I started doing research in Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery in the 1990s when the Phillips Neighborhood was having a very tough time of it. We were widely known as “crime-ridden” Phillips,” as though that was our defining characteristic. I wanted people, not just those who live in Phillips, to be reminded of the fact that [...]

Sue Hunter Weir Honored Deserving for Preserving

Sue Hunter Weir Honored Deserving for Preserving

By Brad Pass Sue Hunter Weir was awarded the prestigious Steve Murray Award in recognition of her leadership and dedication to heritage preservation in Minneapolis. Our friend, neighbor and long-time contributor to The Alley Newspaper (including 112 Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery) was honored May 15th in a gala luncheon celebration at [...]

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