St. Paul, looking toward Fourth and Robert Streets

St. Paul as it appeared in 1857, a year after Joseph Israel Lobdell arrived there. Photograph by Franklin Benjamin Upton.

Black and white photograph of Joseph Israel Lobdell, also called Lucy Ann and La-Roi Lobell, ca. 1854.

Joseph Israel Lobdell

Joseph Israel Lobdell, also called Lucy Ann and La-Roi Lobell, ca. 1854.

Trial of Joseph Israel / Lucy Ann Lobdell

Joseph Israel Lobdell, also known as La-Roi and Lucy Ann Lobdell, spent two years in Minnesota in the late 1850s. In 1858, a Meeker County attorney charged him with "impersonating a man," claiming that such an action was a crime. The judge trying the case disagreed, ruling that Lobdell (who had been assigned a female sex at birth) had committed no offense by dressing in men’s clothes.

Black and white postcard of Monrovia waterfront, ca. 1900s.

Postcard of Monrovia waterfront

Postcard of Monrovia waterfront, ca. 1900s.

Black and white aerial photograph of Carman in the 1940s.

Carman

Carman in the 1940s.

Black and white photograph of Crookston from Childs photo album, ca. 1890–1915.

View of Crookston from Childs photo album

View of Crookston from Childs photo album, ca. 1890–1915.

Photograph of page in Polk County plat book (1902) showing locations of Carman’s creamery, hotels, school, and artesian wells.

Close-up picture of Carman in 1902 plat book

Photograph of page in Polk County plat book (1902) showing locations of Carman’s creamery, hotels, school, and artesian wells.

Photograph of a page in a Polk County plat book (1902) showing Carman’s street layout, including a creamery, hotels, a school, and artesian wells.

Carman as pictured in plat book, 1902

Photograph of a page in a Polk County plat book (1902) showing Carman’s street layout, including a creamery, hotels, a school, and artesian wells.

Black and white photograph of Ellsworth D. Childs with wife Eliza (far left) and two unidentified women, ca. 1890–1900.

E. D. Childs and family

Ellsworth D. Childs with wife Eliza (far left) and two unidentified women, ca. 1890–1900.

Childs, Ellsworth D. (1843–1927)

A man of diverse interests and talents, Ellsworth D. Childs was a farmer, city councilman, businessman, entrepreneur, church planter, village planter, and writer. As all of these, and more, he profoundly influenced the development of the city of Crookston.

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