The Empire Building

The seven-story  Empire Building at 360 North Robert Street was completed in 1891. Designed by St. Paul architect Clarence H. Johnston, the Jacobsville Sandstone, red brick  office and banking building was formerly known as the Manhattan Building and the Capital National Bank Building. At the turn of the century, the famous …

The O’Donnell Shoe Factory

“A new $100,000 shoe factory, employing between 900 and 1,000 workmen, is being erected by the O’Donnell Shoe Co. in St. Paul. William O’Donell is president of the company. The directors include Charles Patterson, George J. Freeman, William F. Enright and Andrew J. Schmitz. At present O’Donnel Shoe Co. employs …

Goethe Got it Write

I’m sure the young folks who bought these postcards printed by R. Stienman & Co. in 1911 filled them with warm sentiments. For me,  filling up the space on the back of a postcard is a little like finding lines to place between pictures on this blog.  When  in doubt you …

The Davidson Block

At the intersection of 4th and Jackson, the old Davidson Block stood where the Great Northern Railway Building is today. Built four stories high in 1876, the building held the local offices of Wells Fargo & Co. Express,  Gasser Wetcalf and Mack Real Estate and the Davidson Investment firm. The building …