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By D.J. Tice

Winner of the 2000 Minnesota booklet Award within the classification of "History."
A century of switch, chance, and turmoil: Minnesotans' lives, of their personal words.

One hundred years of exceptional Minnesota tales are introduced jointly for the 1st time in Minnesota's 20th Century. a suite of writings and interviews that originated with the preferred function "A Century of Stories" within the St. Paul Pioneer Press, this publication finds the development of a brave, industrious humans and their altering state.

In Minnesota's 20th Century, we learn own tales: of the Prohibition-era cab driving force promoting moonshine at the streets of St. Paul; of the Hill sisters' fight to outlive the good melancholy in western Minnesota; of the results of 2 generation-defining international Wars; of the "Iron Lady," influential Chisholm journalist Veda Ponikvar; of Clarence Forester of north Minneapolis, who fought within the Spanish Civil conflict; of the Vietnam conflict, and its desiring to a soldier returning domestic in 1968 and to a war-torn relocated Vietnamese relatives; and of the stories of the state's such a lot trendy politicians, popular athletes, and infamous criminals.

We additionally learn of the century's tragedies and social dramas: the Milford Mine catastrophe of 1924, racial discrimination and the fight for equality, and the farm difficulty of the previous twenty years and its carrying on with impact on Minnesota's rural communities.

Lavishly illustrating those memories are indelible images-contemporary pictures of the storytellers, in addition to historic perspectives of highway scenes, prohibition arrests, and landscapes-that mirror the variations of the earlier 100 years.

Minnesota's 20th Century is wealthy with the sound of Minnesota voices. it's a ebook for historical past buffs, enthusiasts of nearby lore, and someone who's moved by way of brilliant stories of difficulty and heroism, happiness and humor-a excellent end-of-the-century souvenir for Minnesota readers.

D. J. Tice has been a author, editor, and writer in Minnesota for two decades and is at present a columnist and editorial board member on the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

A bright portrait of ‘real life’ in our Minnesota. -- Mpls./St. Paul Magazine

The goals of this quantity are either huge, immense and worthy.The effects are attention-grabbing. -- Minnesota per 30 days

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Hooton told the story of his Prohibition-eve midnight ride, and of his decadeslong career as a driver in St. Paul's posh Hill District at its aristocratic peak, in an oral history recorded in 1975. It is now in the Minnesota Historical Society's collection. Hooton died in 1981. J ' O O Pretty Fancy Baby Buggies Hooton was born to Irish immigrant parents in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1897. When his father died in 1912, young Hooton moved with his mother to St. Paul and soon entered the opulent world of Summit Avenue and what were called the "merchant princes" of the city.

All over the world, Spanish influenza savaged civilian populations. One-quarter of all Americans suffered bouts of flu. More than 600,000 Americans died, 10,000 of them Minnesotans. St. Paul saw more than 1,000 deaths; Minneapolis, more than 1,300. In New York City, 33,000 perished. About 2 percent of the entire American Indian population was killed. " Eight decades after the influenza pandemic, Hattie Marier had not forgotten its terrors. Marier is pictured here in 1997, at 102 years of age, at Birchwood Health Care Center in Forest Lake, Minnesota.

Marier's was a close family of five sisters and four brothers. Their parents, Annie and Lazare Sevigny, were "real Frenchmen," Marier said, who had initially emigrated with their respective families to Quebec. There the couple met and married in 1882. Soon many members of both extended families moved on to Minnesota, helping establish one of the state's few French immigrant districts, near Forest Lake. Marier was born August 22, 1894. She died in the spring of 1998, at 103 years of age. "It was hard living in those days," Marier said of her turn-of-the-century girlhood on the farm.

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