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Airplane engine

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Airplane engine

Eight-cylinder, water-cooled Curtiss OX-5 airplane engine.  Manufactured by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation in 1918.  A similar engine was used to power Charles Lindbergh’s Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny.”

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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – September 30, 1861

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Private in the 1st Minnesota Regiment,  from Camp Stone in Virginia.

“Monday 30th Went down to Poolsville on drill 3 times.  Weather pleasant”


Citation:  September 30, 1861 Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos, July 25 – December 31, 1861. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Watercolor paint set

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Watercolor paint set

Watercolor paint set housed in a hinged, varnished wooden box.  The box has fitted compartments with paints, brushes, pens and two porcelain water cups.  Manufactured circa 1890-1900.

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“Local Affairs” and “The American Navy,” Saint Paul Daily Press – September 29, 1861

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

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Shofar

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Shofar

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight at sundown. The arrival of the holiday is marked in synagogues by the blowing of the shofar, an animal horn (typically a ram’s) that can be used to produce a sound similar to a trumpet’s.  This shofar was used at St. Paul’s Mount Zion Hebrew Association in 1856 by hazzan Lion Kalmon.  A hazzan is a Jewish cantor who leads a congregation in prayer.

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Letter to Governor Ramsey seeking compansation and support – September 28, 1861

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Letter from Elisabeth Dearmin to Governor Ramsey seeking compansation/suport while her son’s enlisted in the 2nd MN regiment.

“Moscow, Freeborn co., Minn., Sept. 28th, 1861. Gov. Ramsey ____ Sir: — Having learned that all women and children, who are left in a helpless condition by their husbands’ or sons’ going to the war, are promised protection by the State, I make an appeal to your Excellency for my share of said protection; for my son, who was my supporter, is in the army.  His name is Robert A. Dearmin.  He belongs to the 2nd Minnesota regiment, Co. C, Capt. Mantor, and is now at Ft. Abercrombie, or on the way to Washington.  He has been in the army some over three months. I am 59 years old, and am too weak to do much work.  I am a widow.  My clothing and victuals are so poor I do not feel well.  It is getting cold.  I do not know whether your Excellency is the proper person to address my wants to, but if you are not, please write to me immediately, and tell me what is necessary. Yours, +c., Elisabeth Dearmin.  P.S. I want what is due me for what time my son has been gone.  I shall expect the specified sum per week, weekly or monthly, until he returns. E.D.”

Citation: September 28, 1861 Letter from Elisabeth Dearmin, Letters Received–Requests for Assistance. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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Slocum-Bergren Company coffee crate

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Slocum-Bergren Company coffee crate

Wooden crate used to ship 50 pounds of Peaberry No. 3 brand coffee.  The coffee was retailed by Slocum-Bergren Company of Minneapolis and shipped to the Dakon/Toteshek store, at Sherman Station, on the Luce Line interurban.  Slocum-Bergren warehouse was the site of a violent confrontation between police and picketers during the Minneapolis truckers’ strike of 1934.

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“From Fort Snelling” and “Town and County,” Mankato Semi-Weekly Record – September 27, 1861

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Novelty drink kit

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Novelty drink kit

In-flight drink kit distributed to the passengers of Republic Airlines.  The kit consists of Heinz apple juice, Smirnoff vodka, and a plastic mug.  The mug bears Republic Airlines’ flying duck logo and reads, “The Northern Light / Smirnoff & Apple Juice to Start the Apres Right / Smirnoff”.  Dates of use unknown, but limited to the years 1979-1986, when Republic Airlines was in operation.

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“Woman’s Weapon for the War” and “Correspondence,” Waseca Home Views – September 26, 1861

Monday, September 26th, 2011

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