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Headline of a June 2, 1889 St. Paul Pioneer Press story describing Taylor Combs's killing.

St. Paul Pioneer Press headline describing the killing of Taylor Combs

Headline of a June 2, 1889 St. Paul Pioneer Press story describing Taylor Combs's killing.

Black and white photograph of Rochester State Hospital.

Rochester State Hospital

Rochester State Hospital's buildings and grounds, undated. Reproduced in Rochester: Mecca for Millions (Marquette Bank and Trust, 1979), page 231.

Homicide at Rochester State Hospital, 1889

The 1889 death of inmate Taylor Combs led to a scandal, and then major reforms, at the Rochester State Hospital for the Insane.

Michael J. Dowling Silent Film

Michael Dowling, a Minnesota politician, newspaper publisher, businessmen, and spokesperson for those with physical disabilities lost both legs, most of one arm and part of another to frostbite when he was young. During and after World War I Dowling crusaded for the rehabilitation of veterans disabled during the war. This film clip, first shown at a meeting of the American Medical Association in 1918, graphically demonstrates how Mr. Dowling was able to function very successfully in spite of his handicap. He is shown driving a car, traveling, and conducting regular business operations.

Michael J. Dowling Silent Film

Michael Dowling, a Minnesota politician, newspaper publisher, businessmen, and spokesperson for those with physical disabilities lost both legs, most of one arm and part of another to frostbite when he was young. During and after World War I Dowling crusaded for the rehabilitation of veterans disabled during the war. This film clip, first shown at a meeting of the American Medical Association in 1918, graphically demonstrates how Mr. Dowling was able to function very successfully in spite of his handicap. He is shown driving a car, traveling, and conducting regular business operations.

Michael J. Dowling Silent Film

Michael Dowling, a Minnesota politician, newspaper publisher, businessmen, and spokesperson for those with physical disabilities lost both legs, most of one arm and part of another to frostbite when he was young. During and after World War I Dowling crusaded for the rehabilitation of veterans disabled during the war. This film clip, first shown at a meeting of the American Medical Association in 1918, graphically demonstrates how Mr. Dowling was able to function very successfully in spite of his handicap. He is shown driving a car, traveling, and conducting regular business operations.

Black and white photograph of Major General Norman Kirk, Surgeon General of the Army, inspecting Minnesota-made artificial limbs, December 6, 1943.

Major General Norman Kirk, Surgeon General of the Army, inspecting Minnesota-made artificial limbs

Major General Norman Kirk, Surgeon General of the Army, inspecting Minnesota-made artificial limbs, December 6, 1943.

Black and white photograph of a boy with artificial arms, 1941.

Boy with artificial arms

Boy with artificial arms, 1941.

Black and white photograph of Michael Dowling and a passenger in a car in front of the E.H. Erickson Artificial Limb Company, c.1905.

Michael Dowling and unidentified passenger in an automobile in front of E.H. Erickson Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis

Michael Dowling and unidentified passenger in an automobile in front of E.H. Erickson Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis, c.1905.

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