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For turn-of-the-century Minnesotans, reports of international war may have seemed as commonplace as changes in the weather. In 1898 the United States waged a naval war against Spain, and two years later from an alliance with Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and Japan quelled a Chinese uprising called the Boxer Rebellion. In the White House, President Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the part he played in ending the Russo-Japanese War. There was even hopeful talk around the country that another Hague Peace Conference would end worldwide hostilities once and for all. It did not, and the ensuing two world wars and those that followed needed a basic item, iron, Minnesotaâ€™s Mesabi range provided the ore to make it. â€œMesabiâ€? is a Chippewa word meaning â€œa giant buried in the hills.â€? The Mesabi Range was the second of three mining areas discovered in Minnesota between 1875 and 1911. The Vermilion Range was the first. The Cuyuna Range, which runs southwest from Aitkin was he third. High in manganese (an important ingredient in producing steel) range iron ore was critical to American industry during World War I and the leader in iron ore production was clearly the Mesabi Range. Ironically the Mesabi, which single-handedly turned Minnesota into the largest iron ore-producing state in the unionâ€”had been bypassed a number of times by explorers and scientists looking for the mother lode. Then came Leonidas Merritt. For twenty-five years he had been ridiculed by his peers as he searched for iron ore in the upper Mississippi wilderness. Merritt worked as a timber cruiser, and used a dip compass and a woodsmanâ€™s persistence to map the areas he believed held ore. In 1890, he took out 141 mining leases and put together exploring parties which he hoped would find enough iron ore samplings to prove his claim. In November, one of the parties struck ore four miles west of present day Virginia. The discovery rapidly led to the opening of the Mountain Iron mine one of the largest mines on the Mesabi Range. The following summer another Merritt explorer noticed how red the soil was around the roots of a fallen tree. This sharp observation led to the opening of the Biwabik Mine. When the word about the rich ore leaked out, the north country exploded. Towns such as Ironton, Hibbing. Eveleth, Chisholm, Virginia, and Babbitt sprang up overnight, and the population of St. Louis County more than quadrupled between 1880 and 1910. Many of the newcomers to northern Minnesota, often penniless and lacking in skills, were new to America as well. Arriving from Scandinavia, Yugoslavia, Italy, Poland, and Greece. they offered strong backs and at first, gratitude for the work that would give them a fresh start. For the miners and their families, life centered around the mines. Daily blasts of dynamite in the pits shook buildings, frightened children, and broke crockery. Their lives were scheduled by whistles that announced the end of shifts and the arrival of the ore trains. By the turn of the century there were more than thirty working mines on the Mesabi Range. The mines were like living organisms, nibbling away at the land around them. The towns of Hibbing and Eveleth even had to be moved from their original location to accommodate the needs of the mines. Although the Mesabi ore lay in Minnesota soil, the profits soon padded the industrial coffers of John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie and James J. Hill. Far away from the pleasantries and proprieties of the Eastern seaboard, agreements were made by these men that turned the Mesabi into an industrial collossus that supplied the worlds need for iron and helped to build their unrivaled fortunes. In July of 1907, disturbing news closer to home caught the publicâ€™s attention. A bitter feud between the miners and US Steelâ€™s mining companies ended in a labor walkout. It was the first time miners had organized a strike in Minnesota. Backed by a spirited and vocal national union, 16,000 Mesabi miners demanded payment of wages by the day rather than by the amount of ore they mined. They also called for a pay increase safer work conditions and an eight-hour work day. Many Minnesotans worried that a long strike would hobble the stateâ€™s accelerating economy. As it turned out, the strike wasnâ€™t violent nor long-lived. Through August, a few minor scuffles between the strikers and deputies ended in injuries but the Mining Company broke the labor action by calling in immigrant strike-breakers who understood neither the language nor the meaning of collective bargaining. Trainloads of imported laborers arrived daily in the mining towns. By October most of the miners had returned to work, their demands once again remaining only dreams. While the newspapers from coast to coast were filled with stories about what the Morgans, Hills, Carnegies, and Rockefellers were doing with their money, there were those who believed that something was fundamentally wrong with the country. When the miners went on strike in 1907 nearly seven eighths of the wealth in America was owned by one percent of the population. It would be six more years before the state would adopt a compensation system to protect workers against industrial accidents and before the unsafe conditions in the mines would draw attention to the plight of the Range worker. The first two decades of the new century were a time when socialism and collectivism seemed like a plausible solution for the workerâ€”and the split between business and labor as insurmountable. Sound Familiar?
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● On April 19, 1897, John J. McDermott of New York won the first Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10. Fifteen runners started the race but only 10 made it to the finish line. The marathon’s distance was changed in 1908 in accordance with Olympic standards to its current length of 26 miles, 385 yards.
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● On April 27, 1865, an explosion on a Mississippi River steamboat kills an estimated 1,547 people, mostly Union soldiers returning home after the Civil War. The Sultana was built to hold 376 passengers, but reports say that there were as many as 2,700 people on board.
● On April 24, 1976, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in 139 minutes and 15 seconds of total game play, making it the fifth-longest match in the history of the National Hockey League. A regulation hockey game lasts 60 minutes.
● On May 1, 1931, New York City’s Empire State Building is dedicated. The idea for the Empire State Building is said to have been born of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corp. and John Jakob Raskob of General Motors to see who could erect the taller building.
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● On April 25, 1719, Daniel Defoe’s fictional work “The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” is published. The book, about a shipwrecked sailor who spends 28 years on a deserted island, is based on the experiences of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who spent four years on a small island off the coast of South America in the early 1700s.
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The granddaughter of slaves, Clementine Hunter was born in 1886 or 1887. She grew up in a time when she was offered very little education and no access to painting classes or supplies. • Hunter lived almost all of her life on Melrose Plantation, a beautiful cotton and pecan plantation over 200 years old, south of Natchitoches, Louisiana, where she worked as a cook. The plantation is now a National Historic Landmark. • The owner of the plantation in the 1930s, Mrs. Cammie Henry, was a promoter of the arts and encouraged artists to visit her home to write and paint. One of her frequent visitors was painter Alberta Kinsey, from New Orleans. She was there when a dear friend of Mrs. Henry’s, Mrs. Blythe White Rand, came for one of her many visits. Rand was an avid gardener and brought a bouquet of zinnias for her hostess. • On that day, in 1939, Kinsey started an oil painting of the zinnias in an old, hammered copper pitcher. Hunter saw her at work and commented that she might be able to paint. Kinsey stopped her work and gave Hunter the pitcher, flowers and some partially used tubes of oil paint and told her to give it a try. • When Rand returned to Melrose weeks later, Hunter presented her with a painting of the zinnias done on the side of a corrugated cardboard box, the only “canvas” she had. She had used all of the paints, making very thick brush strokes, making the zinnias come alive. This was the first documented “Clementine” painting. It is now owned by an anonymous collector. • Henry, Rand, Kinsey and others associated with Melrose realized the significance of Hunter’s selftaught art. • Francois Mignon was the resident guardian, caretaker and tour guide at Melrose. He lived at Melrose for many years and was a great friend and mentor. He encouraged and promoted Hunter’s artistic career. • Whitfield Jack, the grandson of Rand, has done much to keep the memory and work of Hunter alive. On the official website, www.clementinehunterartist.com, Jack shares vignettes of Hunter, Mignon, Henry, his grandmother and life at Melrose. He visited his grandparents’ camp, Happy Landing, on Melrose many times and has fond memories of Hunter.
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COTTON (continued): • When we think of cotton, most of us think of comfortable blue jeans, flannel shirts, underwear or the 800-thread-count soft sheets that we sleep on at night. Cotton provides all of that and a whole lot more. • Cotton is used more than any fiber, natural or manmade, in the world. It is a daily part of our lives and is still today one of the leading cash crops for farmers in the United States. Every part of a cotton plant is useful. • The most important part of the cotton plant is the fiber, or lint, which is used to make cloth. The fiber has to be separated from the seeds, which are quite sticky. This is why the cotton gin was so important. When the fiber and seeds had to be separated by hand, it took many laborious hours. • “Linters,” the short fuzz remaining on the seeds after separation of the lint, provide cellulose for making explosives, plastics and other products. They are also incorporated into high quality paper products and processed into batting for the padding used in mattresses and cushions for furniture and automobile seats. • The cottonseeds are a valuable byproduct as well. They are crushed and separated into three products: oil, hulls and meal. Cottonseed oil is used for salad dressing, cooking oil and shortening. Cottonseed oil has no cholesterol has little or no trans-fats, making it a good option for healthy cooking. • The meal and hulls are used for livestock, poultry and fish feed and also fertilizer. After all of these parts are taken away, the remaining leaves and stalks of the cotton plant are plowed under to enrich the soil.
• For years, the “Cotton Row” district when Cotton Incorporated created a of Memphis, Tennessee, was the marketing initiative to recycle denim center of the worldwide cotton trade for insulation for housing. market. The Cotton Museum at the • The “Cotton. From Blue to Green. Cotton Exchange opened in 2006 in ®” denim drive was a studentthe building that was once the place run campaign on several college where cotton was inspected, bought campuses to educate students on the and sold, and shipped around the renewable and recyclable attributes of world. The museum has artifacts and denim. Blue jeans were donated and exhibits that tell the story of cotton, then given a “new life” as housing its history and its impact on the region insulation for houses. In the spring of and the world. 2007, 30 homes were built for families • Another museum dedicated to cotton by Habitat for Humanity of Greater is The Audie Murphy American Baton Rouge (Louisiana) who lost Cotton Museum in Greenville, their homes as a result of Hurricane Texas. This museum is dedicated to Katrina. Twelve of those homes were preserving the history of America’s insulated with UltraTouch™ Denim cotton industry. The museum includes Insulation. the oldest house in Greenville and an • A campaign by National Geographic actual cotton patch. Kids Magazine in 2009 asked readers • The states where cotton grows are to donate their old jeans with the sometimes referred to as the “Cotton goal being to set a Guinness World Belt.” These states are all across Record™ for the “most items of the southern edge of the United clothing collected for recycling.” The States. They are Virginia, North and record was announced in Washington, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, D.C. on August 12, 2009, with 33,088 Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, pieces of denim donated. These jeans Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, were given to the “Cotton. From Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Blue to Green.®” campaign for more Mexico, Arizona and California. The housing insulation projects. What a climate and soil conditions of these terrific way to help people, recycle and areas provide a great cotton-growing keep blue jeans out of our landfills! environment. • Cotton has been an important part of • Are you curious as to what can be our lives for many years and made from one bale of cotton? How will likely continue to be. As the about 4,321 socks, 3,085 diapers advertisements say, it is the “fabric (yes, the old fashioned cotton kind!), of our lives.” Cotton is now grown in 1,256 pillowcases, 690 bath towels, 70 countries, with China producing 409 skirts or 250 pairs of pants! the most at about 25 percent and the • Most people have heard of “hand- Unites States producing almost 20 me-downs” and probably have worn percent. China and India are the largest them. Blue jeans are especially producers of cotton, while the United known for this because of their States is the world’s largest exporter of durability. Hand-me-down blue jeans cotton. were taken to a new level in 2006
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