The Monitor (Midway, Como, Frogtown) featured D10’s Know Your Como and the Neighborhood History Project on the front page of their August issue! The story covers the partnership with St. Kate’s students to recognize the historic Racial Covenants that exist in our neighborhood, and the future plans of the Neighborhood History Project.
At the August 2, 2023 D10 community meetings we welcomed St. Kate’s students Eva Ngono and KC Meredyk who, under the direction of Professor Rachel Neiwert, have been interviewing community members and researching the history of the South Como/Front St (Subdistrict 4) area as a part of the Como Neighborhood History Project.
By Laura Oyen
Over the past year the Como Neighborhood History Project has been fortunate to work with students and staff in collaboration with the St. Kate’s Welcoming the Dear Neighbor? (WTDN?) Project. WTDN? is an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, students and community members which began in 2017 as a collaboration between St. Catherine University and Mapping Prejudice.
Wednesday, August 2, 7pm @ Como Streetcar Station (1224 Lexington Pkwy)
Please join us as our St. Kate’s Summer Scholars present their 2023 District 10 community work.
Readers of the April 3, 1888 Saint Paul Globe might have noticed this tidbit in the paper that day. “The public schools reopened yesterday after the regular Easter vacation with a full attendance. The new McClellan school, Oxford and Stinson, schools being occupied for the first time.” McClellan school took several years to transform from the “Comoville” school, temporarily located on Front Ave in a rented building, to the two story eight room building that stood for 87 years.
This week, the City of Saint Paul joined the Just Deeds coalition to help home and property owners discharge discriminatory racial covenants on their property deeds.
By Brianna Blake
Edward and Alma Thomas moved into their home at 1376 Frankson in the 1930’s. Edward was a bookkeeper for a company that imported coffee. He enjoyed fishing on area lakes. He knew many people in the neighborhood whom he met while walking his dogs. Alma was a homemaker and a stay at home mom to James and Marjorie.
Do you like to learn about neighborhood history? Are you researching your home? Would you like to chat with others about what you are learning? Come share your stories!
Axel Emanual Carlson was born on November 29, 1884 in Horda, Sweden. He lists himself as a farmer working on the family farm from 1906 to1908. He immigrated to the US between April and May of 1908 at the age of 24. From his application for employment with the Northern Pacific Railway we are able to trace his early years in the U.S.
You never know what you can find in a backyard! Jean McRoberts was doing yard work last June at her house on Maywood Street and found a damaged marble that appeared to be very old. It was barely peeking out of the soil. It had chips, scratches, and was banded with shades of blue and white. Two weeks later, she dug up another marble while planting vegetables.