Uggen, Elmer George (1891–1949)

Elmer George Uggen was a musician, composer, conductor, educator, and music store owner who entertained American troops abroad during World War I with his score for the play “War is Hell.” He left a mark in Northwest Minnesota with the original words and music for “Crookstonian,” a march used as the official anthem of Crookston.

Postcard featuring the Armory in Crookston, Minnesota, ca. 1915.

Postcard featuring the Armory in Crookston, Minnesota

The Armory was designed by Bert Keck in 1915 and remains standing at 416 North Broadway in Crookston.

Black and white photograph of Seth Eastman late in his life, ca.1873.

Seth Eastman late in his life

Seth Eastman late in his life, ca.1873.

Black and white photograph of Albert Alonzo Ames, ca. 1862.

Albert Alonzo Ames

Albert Alonzo Ames, ca. 1862.

Color image of the headstone of Walter P. Carpenter, in Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Headstone of Walter P. Carpenter, in Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Headstone of Walter P. Carpenter, in Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Color image of the military plot at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Military plot at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

View of the military plot at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Color image of the headstone of Spanish American War soldier Olaf A. Anderson at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Headstone of Spanish American War soldier Olaf A. Anderson

Headstone of Spanish American War soldier Olaf A. Anderson at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Color image of the headstone of Civil War soldier V. F. Tyler at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Headstone of Civil War soldier V. F. Tyler

Headstone of Civil War soldier V. F. Tyler at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Black and white photograph of Philander Prescott’s grave marker, ca. 1920.

Philander Prescott’s grave marker

Philander Prescott’s grave marker, ca. 1920.

McGee, John Franklin (1861–1925)

Conservative lawyer John F. McGee was the dominant personality on the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety, the body that governed Minnesota during World War I. Under McGee’s leadership, the commission demanded unquestioning support for the war effort and suppressed possible German American dissent. After the war, McGee became a federal judge who was well known for the heavy sentences he imposed on bootleggers.

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