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Minnesota Pioneer Sketches
from the Personal Recollections and Observations
of a Pioneer Resident By FRANK G. O'BRIEN Illustrated. Minneapolis,
Minnesota. H. H. S. ROWELL, PUBLISHER The Housekeeper Press 1904.
At the age of twelve, Frank G. O'Brien (1843-1920) moved from Maine to Minnesota with his father and siblings, settling in Anoka County in 1855. After a difficult winter, the family moved to St. Anthony's Falls where O'Brien spent his adolescence combining a variety of manual and entrepreneurial jobs with education. Minnesota Pioneer Sketches is a collection of newspaper feature articles written by O'Brien that are here published in book form. The articles describe his own youth as well as notable events during the second half of the nineteenth century in Minnesota. He discusses farming, transportation, the U.S. mail, politics, Indians, the Civil War, religious practices, lumber camps, education, and other topics associated with pioneer life and the growth of the state. (Many names of early St. Anthony and Minneapolis residents are also mentioned in this work)
CLICK HERE TO READ ACTUAL PAGES FROM THIS BOOK. AMERICAN MEMORY This link will take you off-site and to the Table of Contents of the book.
Original Street names in Minneapolis and St. Anthony Also see http://www.tholt.com/street.html
Minneapolis Alphabet Streets - Did you ever wonder where the names of the alphabet streets came from?
MINNEAPOLIS HISTORY & FACTS Worth checking out!
List of residents of the
Bohemian Flats -
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Plat map of the Bohemian Flats in Minneapolis showing names of residents--dated 1922.
Old Minneapolis Postcards