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This week in state history


December 6, 2019

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this coming week.

Dec. 6

1815 Abolitionist, feminist, and newspaper publisher Jane Grey Swisshelm is born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She would move to Minnesota in 1857 and establish the St. Cloud Visiter and, later, the St. Cloud Democrat. During the Civil War she would move to Washington, D.C. and become a nurse before founding one last newspaper. She died in 1884.

Dec. 7

1863 Richard W. Sears is born in Stewartville. While a railroad freight agent in Redwood Falls, he would buy an unclaimed shipment of watches and sell them through the...

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