Earl and Ruth Tanbara on their wedding day

Earl and Ruth Tanbara on their wedding day

Earl and Ruth Tanbara on their wedding day in Portland, Oregon, 1935. Photo from the private collection of Judy Nomura Murakami. Used with the permission of Judy Nomura Murakami.

Ruth Nomura

Ruth Nomura in a flower kimono, 1924. Photo from the private collection of Judy Nomura Murakami. Used with the permission of Judy Nomura Murakami.

Ruth Nomura and family

Ruth Nomura and family

Ruth Nomura and family in Portland, Oregon. Left to right: Howard (sitting), Paul (standing), Ruth, mother Kiyo (standing), Elsie, and father Frank Jiro, 1919. Photo from the private collection of Judy Nomura Murakami. Used with the permission of Judy Nomura Murakami.

Ruth Nomura's college graduation photo

Ruth Nomura

Ruth Nomura, graduate of Oregon State University, 1930. Photo from the private collection of Judy Nomura Murakami; used with the permission of Judy Nomura Murakami.

Tanbara, Ruth Nomura (1907–2008)

In August of 1942, Ruth Tanbara and her husband, Earl, were the first Japanese Americans to resettle in St. Paul as a result of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. They assisted the St. Paul Resettlement Committee during World War II and remained in the city after the war’s end, becoming life-long community leaders in St. Paul.

Evacuation of Georgetown, 1862

The evacuation of Georgetown took place during the US-Dakota War of 1862 when the town’s residents fled to safety on August 22—five days after the war’s start. Only the families of Randolph M. Probstfield and E. R. Hutchinson chose to return afterwards.

MN90: World War SPAM

Radio story produced by AMPERS about the production and use of SPAM during World War II. Part of the series MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds.

Dr. Sidney Lewis Gulick

Dr. Sidney Lewis Gulick

Dr. Sidney Lewis Gulick, 1991. Photograph by Bain News Service; public domain.

Execution of Thomas Brown

The only documented hanging held in Clay County occurred on September 20, 1889, when Thomas Brown was hanged for the murder of Moorhead Patrolman Peter Poull. Newspapers across the country reported on the sensational event; the Los Angeles Herald called it “a quiet execution.”

Peter Poull

Moorhead Patrolman Peter Poull

Moorhead Patrolman Peter Poull, undated. Poull's murder at the hands of Thomas Brown led to Brown's execution—the only documented hanging in Clay County—in 1889. From the A. J. Olaughlin Collection, Clay County Archives (Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead).

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