The Meeker County farm of the Charles Ness family, 1947. As one of just two R.E.A. electric demonstration farms in the U.S., the Ness farm hosted 34,000 visitors from thirty-two states and six foreign countries interested in learning about the benefits of electricity.
Charles Sumner Smith was Captain of Company D of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard. Smith was a founding member of the Twin Cities Protective League, and the Minneapolis NAACP. After the Duluth Lynchings he helped with the founding of the Duluth NAACP. Image is from the St. Paul Appeal, August 25, 1917.
Oil on canvas painting of Charles W. Borup, 1856. Borup was a cautious investor and partner in the St. Paul bank Borup and Oakes. After the panic ruined him financially he jumped from a bridge into the Mississippi River.