Last Friday the staff of the HCL Preservation department visited fine printer and wood engraver Gaylord Schanilec and his dogs Dean (pictured) and Penny at his studio in Stockholm, Wisconsin.
He gave us a peek at his upcoming book on Lake Pepin, tentatively titled, “Lake of Tears” (from it’s French name). The book will feature early European explorers’ descriptions of Lake Pepin, included Father Louis Hennepin (credited for the naming the lake) and George Featherstonhaugh (pronounced fen-shaw). The book will then have wood cuts of the fauna in and around the lake.
Schanilec’s autobiography is weaved into the book. He does live near and fishes the lake often but over 30 years ago he encounted a tackle box of printing blocks of which he made prints of a Redhorse fish. While doing research for this new book, he encountered the prints in their original state in Thaddeus Surber’s 1920 catalog of Minnesota fishes.
Schanilec also said the early explorers had great descriptions of the wilderness. In 1850 George Catlin beautifully described the jewels (agates) along the shore of Lake Pepin. It made me a little embarrassed because the Minneapolis Athenaeum’s Early American Exploration and Travel Collection is housed in Special Collections and I’ve only accessed to answer reference questions. I just added Mr. Featherstonhaugh to my Goodreads “to read” list.
Schanilec was able to build his studio in Wisconsin after selling his papers to the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Ampersand Club and met and became a good friend of former Governor Elmer Andersen at the club. The club and Schanilec published a book with text using Andersen’s pen name from a column he wrote while the Princeton Union-Eagle newspaper.
To see more photos of the visit, check the Preservation department’s flickr page. If you would like to explore more of Mr. Schanilec’s works, please visit Special Collections History of Books and Printing Collection. You can use our online catalog to find Schanilec’s books. Just search for gaylord schanilec in the author keyword search. My favorites are Waterfalls of the Mississippi and Sylvae.
Poster for the 1929-1930 Minneapolis Millers of the AHA
We found part of a hockey poster for the Minneapolis Millers on the back of an Andreas Larsen stained glass drawing.
The 1929-1930 season was the first coached by Coach Bill “Red” Stuart, who had previously played for the Boston Bruins of the NHL. The Central Hockey League was created in 1931 and Minneapolis joined it. Stuart played for Duluth for 1931-1932 and returned to coach the Millers in 1932. He led them to a 25-13-2 season, losing the league championship to the Eveleth Rangers at the Minneapolis Arena (now the site of the Uptown Rainbow) 2-1 on March 31, 1933.
Coach Stuart was released after the 1932-1933 season, replaced by Stewart Adams, who was also on the 1929-1930 Millers. Coach Stewart Adams led the Millers to a league championship with a 27-11-5 record. The Millers swept Hibbing in the league series. The Millers returned to the American Hockey Association in 1936.
Intersection by Carl E. Johnson
Original engraving found in Special Collections Photo Box III. Carl E. Johnson was an art instructor at the University of Minnesota.
The Falls of Minnehaha flash and gleam
The “laughing waters” tumble 53 feet as Minnehaha Creek nears the end of its journey from Lake Minnetonka to the Mississippi River.
Photos by Steve Date
Fun fact: the mouth of Minnehaha Creek is the lowest point in Minneapolis.
Our hardworking intern Blaine has been processing the Larsen Stained Glass collection of drawings and plans for mostly church windows. She has identified quite a few. The window above has been a stumper. On the back of the window it says, “Catholic Church - St. Paul.” We’ve contacted the archdiocese but it is clear that these windows are not in the Cathedral.
The three men on the window are Father Galtier, Bishop Cretin and Archbishop Ireland. Father Lucien Galtier founded the first church in St. Paul, which led to it’s name change from “Pig’s Eye Landing” to St. Paul. Bishop Cretin was the first bishop of St. Paul, MN. He came from the Dubuque, Iowa diocese that sent Galtier to Minnesota. Archbishop Ireland brought the St. Paul archdiocese into the 20th Century and founded St. Paul Seminary and the University of St. Thomas.
If anybody has an idea of what St. Paul Catholic church this window is from, please email us: specialcoll [at] hclib.org.
Frederick and Edythe Haynes House, 5033 43rd Avenue S.
This is a follow up to the Minnehaha Neighborhood tour. While researching after the tour, I found a few interesting facts about another Minnehaha resident, Dr. Frederick Haynes. Frederick and Edythe were married on June 20, 1900. The above house was built in 1911. The Haynes’ moved from the Andrew J. Foster house (5026 44th Ave. S.) with Edythe’s mother, Ada Mills to this new house in 1911.
Edythe was the granddaughter of Andrew J. Foster, who was spotlighted in an earlier post. Her husband, Dr. Frederick Haynes was assistant Minneapolis Health Commissioner in 1910. He also was involved in politics, he was the Republican candidate for Ward 12 at least once. He led the successful opposition against the installation of a roller coaster opposite the entrance to Minnehaha Park in 1914. In 1904 as health inspector, Haynes advocated a ban on kissing in the interest of stopping the spread of disease. The 1904 Minneapolis Tribune article also mentioned although he was married, he had not had been entwined in “connubial bonds” in three years.
Frederick and Edythe most probably were once again entwined in “connubial bonds” by 1907: son Gene Haynes was born July 24, 1908. His brother Ned Byron Haynes was born October 17, 1917. Edythe died on January 10, 1943. Frederick died on September 16, 1959 and was survived by his two sons and second wife, Ruth B. Haynes. She was thirty years his junior and lived until March 25, 1982.
May Day Parade, 1937
Workers marching through Minneapolis Loop in observance of May Day chanting, “Solidarity for union makes us strong.” This sort of parade was possible by the gains made in the 1934 Teamsters strike in Minneapolis. Previous to the strike, Minneapolis was a known as an anti-labor town.