Black and white photograph of Benjamin and Genevieve Gervais, ca. 1875. They were Phelan’s nearest neighbors and the first to hear from him of Hays’s disappearance.

Benjamin and Genevieve Gervais

Benjamin and Genevieve Gervais, ca. 1875. They were Phelan’s nearest neighbors and the first to hear from him of Hays’s disappearance.

The village of St. Paul, 1844. Etching by Charles William Post.

The village of St. Paul

The village of St. Paul, 1844. Etching by Charles William Post.

Murder of John Hays

The first murder to reach the courts of what would become Minnesota took place during the early infancy of St. Paul, in the late summer of 1839. Though both victim and main suspect were quickly identified, the case was never solved.

Color image of the southeast corner of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery Cemetery, at the corner of East Lake Street and Twenty-first Avenue South in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Southeast corner of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

The southeast corner of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery Cemetery, at the corner of East Lake Street and Twenty-first Avenue South in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Black and white photograph of a cleanup at Layman’s (later renamed Pioneers and Soldiers) Cemetery, 1925.

Cleanup at Layman’s Cemetery

A cleanup at Layman’s (later renamed Pioneers and Soldiers) Cemetery, 1925.

Black and white photograph of Martin Layman, one of the founders of Layman’s (later Pioneers and Soldiers) Cemetery, ca. 1875.

Martin Layman

Martin Layman, one of the founders of Layman’s (later Pioneers and Soldiers) Cemetery, ca. 1875.

Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, Minneapolis

It began as Minneapolis (or Layman’s) Cemetery, a privately owned burial ground, in 1858. By 1919 it was full, with more than 27,000 bodies, and was closed by the City of Minneapolis. Only a handful of burials have taken place there since. It is the oldest cemetery in Minneapolis.

Scan of a documents showing Indochinese Refugee Households in the Twin City Metro Area, December 1980.

Indochinese Refugee Households in the Twin City Metro Area

Indochinese Refugee Households in the Twin City Metro Area, December 1980. Scanned image is from, Public Welfare Department: Refugee Programs Office records, 1975–1986, State Archives Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Black and white photograph of the Main Street, in Motley, c.1915.

Main Street, Motley

Main Street, Motley, c.1915. The Motley Mercury reported of the earthquake that, “Bottles and glass jars were shaken so hard that they moved nearly to the edge of the shelves.”

Staples Earthquake, 1917

The earthquake that rattled a large portion of central and northern Minnesota on September 3, 1917, while small by historical standards, fascinated many Minnesotans. In the days after the quake, exaggerated accounts and faulty expert analysis reflected the state’s inexperience with geological convulsions.

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