Dayton's Bluff District Forum        Articles             June 2002

Moundstock 2002

   Moundstock 2002 will be held on Saturday, June 22 at Indian Mounds Park.  It will run from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and will feature fun and food for everyone.
   Here are the scheduled live music acts for the day: 
12:00- 1:20    Deb Brown and Blonde Faith 
1:40 - 3:00     Ross William Perry 
3:20 - 4:40     Big Walter Smith 
5:00 - 6:20     Rockin' Daddy and the Roughcuts 
6:40 - 8:10     Moses Oakland Quartet 
8:30 - 10:00   Cody Shipley
   There will be plenty to eat and drink including Kettle Korn, Hmong food, pork chops on a stick, hot dogs, mini donuts, snow cones, baked goods, chili, soft drinks and water supplied by Coca Cola, and beer.
   The Portage for Youth’s “Flower Child Lucy” statue will be unveiled early in the day.  She is the creation of Dayton’s Bluff artist Amy R. Handford.  “Flower Child Lucy” is one of the 103 statues that make up “Looking for Lucy”, this summer’s tribute to Charles M. Schulz.
      This is the second year that the Portage for Youth is organizing Moundstock as a free summer festival for Saint Paul's East Side. It will feature live music, arts and crafts vendors, information booths for local organizations, entertainment for the whole family, food, games and several surprises.
   Moundstock 2002 is a fundraiser for the Mounds Theater renovation project. Once completed, this old 1920s movie theater will become a performing arts center and will provide a new music venue for Twin Cities artists and musicians. It will also feature movies, live stage performances, organ concerts and other events.
   For more information about Moundstock 2002, contact Raeann Ruth at or 651-772-8674. Volunteers are needed both before and during Moundstock 2002. Additional sponsors and donations are also welcome. Visit  for the latest details or to see what you missed last year at Moundstock 2001.

East Side Meeting

   The East Side Neighborhood Network will meet on Thursday, June 27, 2002 at the Eastern District Police Station at 722 Payne Ave. (corner of Payne & East Minnehaha Avenues).  Sign-in begins at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting running from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    Crime Prevention Coordinators from District 1, Pam Langton, District 2, Chris Anderson, Dayton’s Bluff, Karin DuPaul, and District 5, Roxi Walker will provide you with valuable information and answer any questions you may have. The main topic will be planning a National Night Out event. National Night Out is Tuesday, August 6, 2002.
   "Non block club" residents are welcome. If you are considering starting a block club or wondering how to start one, you can come and find out more details with no pressure or expectations given.
   This is an opportunity to meet other East Side residents. We look forward to having all of the East Side Neighborhood Watch groups, Block Clubs, and East Side residents together at one time and hope this will be a chance to share information about what we can all do to make our community a safe place to live. Remember, TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please put the meeting on your calendar and plan to attend. If you have any questions or need directions please call Karin at 651-772-2075. 

DB Elementary Spring Carnival

   We would like to invite the families of the Dayton's Bluff community to the Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary School’s Second Annual Spring Carnival. Last year’s Spring Carnival was a tremendous success and this year’s will be even better.  It will be held on Thursday June 6th, 4pm - 7pm at Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary, 262 Bates Avenue.
   There will be fun and activities for all ages including a variety of games, a Dunk Tank, electronic basketball, a Moonwalk, an inflatable Rock Wall, and many more activities. There will be information booths from area merchants and agencies. The Showmobile will feature Hmong dancers and talented student groups from our school. There will be a bike raffle and bike helmets will be given away. 
   Last but not least, there will be plenty of food like pizza, hot dogs, roasted corn (provided by the District 4 Community Council) and cotton candy. 
   Tickets are $.50 apiece (sold in bundles of $5 or $10) and everything will cost either one or two tickets. Please come and join in celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. If you have any questions please contact Robin or Cathy at 651-293-8915.

Heritage Preservation Award

   The Upper Swede Hollow Neighborhoods Association received one of the twelve Heritage Preservation Awards given this year. The award was for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Queen Anne twin home at 735-7 East 5th Street. Cliff Carey, carpenter and John Erler, general contractor are responsible for the beautiful restoration of the structure.

Walk and Talk

   In celebration of National Preservation Week the Upper Swede Hollow Neighborhoods Association sponsored a Historic Walking Tour of Dayton’s Bluff. Historian Steve Trimble led 26 people up and down the streets of the Lower Bluff while discussing the history of the area and telling stories about the old days in Dayton’s Bluff.
   One of the stops was at the old Margaret Street Police Station at 747 Margaret, which is an apartment building today. Another stop was at the old Doren Cigar factory building at 699 East 7th Street, which now houses the Police Department’s FORCE unit offices. The site of Lyman Dayton’s home at 3rd St. and Mounds Blvd was included in the tour. The tour lasted about 2 hours and everyone greatly enjoyed the experience.

Portage for Youth Lucy
Photo by Greg Cosimini
The Portage for Youth’s “Flower Child Lucy” arrived at 965 Fremont Ave. on May 31.  Lucy will also visit  Moundstock 2002 on June 22.  She is the creation of Dayton’s Bluff artist Amy R. Handford.  “Flower Child Lucy” is one of the 103 statues that make up “Looking for Lucy”, this summer’s tribute to Charles M. Schulz.
Celebrate Diversity at Trinity Catholic School
The celebration of the May Crowning on May 1 at Trinity Catholic School was an opportunity for students to dress in clothes of their native cultures.
      The month of May at Trinity Catholic School was a time to celebrate diversity. The celebration of the May Crowning on May 1 was a liturgical celebration of the crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. The rich heritage of immigrant parents and grandparents came to life in the native cultural dress of the students This colorful display was another opportunity for each class to discuss cultures and customs.
   May 23 was the celebration of the Spring Musical Program. Director Nancy Masson appropriately chose the songs to reflect the theme of "Celebrate Diversity". Songs included the Polish hymn of "Serdeczna Matko" or "Stainless Maiden", a Spanish hymn of "Pescador de Hombres" or "Lord When You Come", an Italian song of "Sueno Appetito" and "It's a Small World" were a sampling of the songs included in the program.
   Treats were served in the cafeteria following the program and parents were able to view many of the multicultural projects completed during the year. Each classroom had a wonderful display of their work that decorated the entire cafeteria. The School Band, led by Band Director Warren Starr, provided entertainment during this time. It truly was a Show and Tell time for the entire school.

Trinity Catholic School Accepting Registrations
   Registrations are still being accepted at most grade levels at Trinity. Trinity offers classes for Pre-School - Grade 8. Personal tours of the building and a conference are available by calling Ms. Sandra Krekeler at 651-776-2763 x. 221.

Dayton's Bluff Home Tour Successful

   Hundreds of people visited Dayton’s Bluff during the Home Tour. People from all over the Metro area and even a few people from out of state, marveled at the beautiful homes and great people in Dayton’s Bluff.
   Homeowners mentioned that they were very happy about meeting neighbors who they did not know before the Home Tour. A couple of Dayton’s Bluff residents asked an owner of one of the homes on the tour, if they fixed up their home, which is very similar, would their home then be worth as much as the tour home? Probably yes, was the answer.
   We are looking for homes to be on the tour next year, if you have any ideas call Karin at 651-772-2075.

You Can Get Involved

   Greening Dayton's Bluff is a neighborhood beautification and community-building project. Participants of this program will receive discounts on plants and gardening materials from local greenhouses and nurseries. They can also attend gardening workshops and events free of charge.
   Ruth Murphy and Patsy Nobles from the Community Design Center presented the first two gardening workshops. The first one on soil gave tips on ways to improve the quality of the soil in gardens. The second workshop gave participants on-site advice on designing their gardens. Look below for upcoming workshops and events.
   Also known as Greening the Bluff, this program works with Up-Front Gardeners (a program that highlights gardeners who have gardens in their front yard and/or boulevard), to promote greening at local parks and community gardens, perform buckthorn removal, organize greening and gardening workshops, etc.   Greening the Bluff is designed to organize interested neighbors, block clubs and neighborhoods around beautification.    To join call Karin at 651-772-2075.

Upcoming Tours and Workshops:

Tour of Dayton's Bluff Gardens
Dates to be determined (the first one will be sometime in mid to late June) 
This is a tour of beautiful gardens in Dayton's Bluff. Would you like to have your garden included on the tour and/or would you like to go on the tour? Please call Karin 651-772-2075 to sign up.

Rain Gardens
Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 6:30 p.m.
798 East 7th Street
Presenter: Greg Thompson, Association of Metropolitan Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Come and learn about the environmental benefits and beauty of Rain Gardens. Rain Gardens can be created on boulevards and in residential yards. Come and find out how you can create a Rain Garden at your home.

Critters in the Garden: Rabbits, Squirrels, and more
Tuesday July 23, 2002, 6:30 p.m.
798 East 7th Street
Presenter: Ramsey County Master Gardener Program
Come and learn how to deal with the unwanted critters that use our gardens as a salad bar or a destruction site.
To register or for more information about Greening Dayton's Bluff call Karin at 651-772-2075.

Recycling Days for Dayton's Bluff

   Blue plastic recycling bins and lawn signs are available at 798 E. 7th St. If you have a neighbor who does not recycle, talk to them about it. 
   Recycling can reduce your trash by at least 40%.  We are working to increase recycling in Dayton's Bluff.
   All recycling days in Dayton's Bluff are on Tuesday.  Recycling should be on the curb by 7:00 a.m. If you have any questions call 651-772-2075.
   The remaining recycling dates for 2002 are:
June: 4, 18
July: 2, 16, 30
August: 13, 27
September: 10, 24
October: 8, 22
November: 5, 19
December: 3, 17, 31


  USHNA’s Neighborhood Sale will be on June 8, 2002 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hamm Park at East 7tth and Greenbrier. We are looking for people to participant in the sale. It is a great way to get rid of unwanted items and make a little money at the same time. Space is available for this sale in Hamm Park. For only $10.00 you can have a spot and sell your items. For more information call Sage at 651-772-6143

Dayton's Bluff Bookmobile Stops

   Mondays June 10 and June 24 at Wilson Hi-Rise at 1300 Wilson from 1 - 2 pm.
   Tuesday June 4 at Mounds Park Methodist Church at Euclid and Earl form 4:00 to 4:45 pm; and Margaret Playground at Margaret and Frank from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
   Tuesdays June 11 and June 25 at Hope Community Academy at 720 Payne Ave. from 2 - 3:30 pm.
   Thursday June 27 at John A. Johnson/Eastside YMCA at 740 York from 2 - 2:30 pm
   Fridays June 7 and June 21 at Dayton's Bluff Playground at Conway and Maple from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. 
   For more information call 651-642-0379.

Gardening Volunteers needed

   You are needed to help with the planting of the new Hamm Home Site Woodland Garden on June 8, 2002. People interested in site preparation are needed at 10:00 a.m. and people interested in planting at 1:00 p.m., or you can help with both activities. The location is in the upper part of Swede Hollow Park at Greenbrier and Margaret.
   Friends of Swede Hollow started planning this garden last year by removing tons of Buckthorn. This year woodland flowers will be planted on the site of the former home.
  One of Greening Dayton's Bluff's funders will be on hand, so we are hoping for a good turn out of participants. Please plan to help out. Call Karin at 651-772-2075.

Trinity Catholic School Lucy
Photo by Greg Cosimini
The Trinity Catholic School Lucy is now located on the side of the school near the parking lot entrance at 6th and Arcade.
Meet with Police

   The Eastern District Police host a monthly meeting with community members to listen to and address people’s concerns about crime and other issues on the East Side. 
   The community meetings are held at the Eastern District police office at 722 Payne on the corner of  Payne and Minnehaha Avenues on the third Friday of each month at 9:30 am and on the preceding Thursday at 6:30 pm.
   Please join your neighbors and the police at either the Thursday evening or Friday morning meeting. 

The meeting schedule for the remainder of 2002 is:
June: Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, June 21 at 9:30 am
July: Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, July 19 at 9:30 am
August: Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, August 16 at 9:30 am
September: Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, September 20 at 9:30 am
October: Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, October 18 at 9:30 am
November: Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, November 15 at 9:30 am
December: Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 pm and on Friday, December 20 at 9:30 am

Dayton’s Bluff Memories and Musings
By Steve Trimble

Sixty Years Ago on the Bluff 
     The World War II home front efforts continued to be featured in the pages of the Dayton’s Bluff Booster in June 1942. For instance, students of the Peggy O’Neill School of Dancing were presenting a revue entitled “Hi Neighbor” at Wilson High School. The first half of the entertainment was taken from the cultures of our allied nations and the second act was a salute to the 48 states. The program included military, tap, toe tap, acrobatic dances and the dances of Hawaii, Mexico and England. Dayton’s Bluff kids in the program included Nancy LaBeau, Rosemary Dunn, Viola Mae Gersbach and Joyce Woodbeck.
    There was a perceived threat that either German or Japanese planes might appear over American skies. As a result, air raid wardens were trained. One June 16th they had final exams and a graduation at the St. Paul Auditorium for over 1,000 wardens. Hundreds were from the East Side. 
    Edward F Klopp, 1031 Margaret and Gordon Cummins, 1794 Beech were the majors for the East Side district. They announced a “Meet your Air Warden” program that would have wardens go house to house to explain home defense. They would hand out a pamphlet at every house and apartment. Were any of our readers or their families air raid wardens? If so, please write us.
     A local woman joining the war effort was given a send off. Ray Adams of 955 Hudson had a dinner for Miss Margaret Edwards, a nurse at Mounds Park Hospital. She had just joined the army nurses corps and was heading to Ft. Knox. 
    Could the following be a good idea for today’s Forum?  The June 18th issue of the Booster introduced a new column named “Helpful Hannah.” It featured questions and suggestions from area residents. Here are a few examples of what concerned people six decades ago.   
   “Dear Helpful Hannah: Will you please ask someone to send me the proper method for freezing strawberries in the refrigerator. Is sugar used or not?  Mrs. K. A. Elsner, 1201 E. 6th.””
   “Can someone tell me how to remove purple crayon marks from my wallpaper, which were artistically drawn by my baby? L. G., East Seventh St.” Perhaps this writer didn’t want readers to know who didn’t keep a close eye on their children?
    “How can I put up string beans? Mine always look nice but when I open them they are just mush. In return for any help I may get, I am sending a recipe for an ICE WATER CAKE. It has won many prizes in contests:
1/2 c white sugar, 4 egg whites beaten stiff, 1/2 c shortening, pinch salt, 1-1/2 c ice water,
4 tsp. baking powder, 3-1/2 c cake flour, 1 tsp. vanilla. Bake about thirty minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 3 small or two large layers. Mrs. H. H., Hudson Road.”

One Hundred Years Ago on the Bluff
   Believe it or not, I uncovered still more social clubs in the pages of the 1902 Pioneer Press. A group called the Social Sixteen Card Club met Tuesday afternoons, on one particular week at the home of Mrs. G. Davis of 6th Street.  Prizes were awarded.
   Try to figure out where this name came from: “The members of the “Upidee Club” and their friends gave a private dancing party Tuesday at Wildwood. Wolfe and Barret’s Orchestra furnished the music.”
     It looks like Wildwood - an amusement park on the streetcar line north of St. Paul - was popular. It also appears that then, as now, young folks liked to dance and go to amusement parks. The paper stated, “A dancing party was given in the Van Buren School Wednesday afternoon by the eighth grade. The class will picnic a Wildwood the next Friday, the chaperones being Mrs. Minnie Swanstrom and Miss MacMillan.”
    And now for the top story of the month:  Who knows what the Dayton’s Bluff readers of the June 8, 1902 Pioneer Press thought when they opened their paper on June 8, 1902. Here’s what they saw: “Wind Pipe Severed// John Josephson found unconscious and wounded in Phalen Creek// Was in drunken orgies.” In those days, they sometimes stacked headlines up at the start of the column for dramatic purposes.
       The paper revealed in great detail that Josephson, a wood sawyer, who lived at No. 1 Swede Hollow, was found in the stream near Fourth and Commercial.   He had an “ear-to-ear” cut, but had survived. He also had cuts on his wrists. He was taken to city hospital in a patrol wagon. 
      Josephson regained consciousness and said that two men had beaten him. However, police began to suspect he was not telling the truth and that he may have tried to kill himself.    For one thing, he still had $125 on him.
    Police initially arrested Gust Johnson who lived with Josephson “in the shanty in the hollow,” but later released him. He was apparently no angel, as the Pioneer Press reported that “at the time of his arrest Johnson was suffering from an acute attack of delirium tremens.” 
    Josephson was also a noted drinker. He had earlier fallen from a retaining wall along Phalen Creek while in a drunken stupor, breaking one leg and his jaw. This time he may have cut his own wrists and then fallen and hurt himself on the rocks below.
    Johnson said that when his roomie got drunk, he imagined that people were after him. “He’s twisted whenever he’s drunk,” he added, “ and I think he did it himself.”
   The police asked around the Hollow to see if there were any witnesses, but had little luck. “There are several Italians living around the shack,” the reporter wrote, “but they all maintained that they knew nothing of the affair.” 
     I’ll let you know if I can find out what happened. By the way, is anyone reading this column? We haven’t received any letters to date. If we don’t hear something, “Memories and Musings” may be consigned to the dustbins of history. Would people prefer to have local history articles that are more focused on a particular Bluff person, house or event?  Please let us know. Really!
Cooking in The Bluff 

By Shiela Johnstone

For this issue I have chosen recipes that were submitted by some of you readers.

Tracy’s Banana Muffins
Submitted by Tracy Mclaren

1/4 cup soft margarine or butter flavored Crisco
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
3 well mashed bananas

Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and mix well.  Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk.  Fold in mashed bananas.  Fill muffin tins 2/3 full.  Bake at 375ºF for 12-20 minutes.

Armande’s Oatmeal Pie 
Submitted by  Armande Desruisseaux, Victoriaville Quebec
Armande reads the Dayton’s Bluff District Forum online in Canada. 

1 pie shell (bottom crust)
Brown sugar
2% milk

Fill piecrust 2/3 full of brown sugar and even it out (do not pack down)
Add 4 heaped tablespoons of oats
Add 2% milk bit by bit until it’s runny  (it should look mushy)
Once filling is blended well, bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes

Moist Chocolate Cake
Submitted by Jeannie Califar, Orlando Florida.
Jeannie was visiting family here and read my column in the Forum. She submitted this recipe via email. 

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup strong brewed coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

In a large mixing bowl, combine the first six ingredients.  Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes (batter will be thin). Pour into a greased 10-inch fluted tube pan. Bake at 350°F for 45-50 minutes.  Cool for ten minutes, then transfer to a wire rack for cooling.  Sprinkle with the confectioners' sugar and serve

Transporting Picnic and Barbecue Food 
Make sure your cooler will keep foods at 40°F, or plan foods that aren't as perishable, such as luncheon meats, cheese, peanut butter, etc. Keep drinks in a separate cooler, since it will be opened more often.

  If you have comments, suggestions, a special recipe that you would like to share, or you are looking for a special recipe, feel free to contact me through the Dayton’s Bluff District Forum.
Write to:
Shiela Johnstone
Dayton’s Bluff District Forum
P.O. Box 600511
St. Paul, MN 55106