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April 28, 1970: Rubin at Honeywell protest

Through protests and shareholder engagement, the Honeywell Project (1968-1990) sought to persuade Honeywell Inc. to start beating cluster bombs into plowshares. Molly Ivins, then a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune, was on the scene when Jerry Rubin, one of the Chicago Seven, joined peace activist Marv Davidov and poet Robert Bly to lead the charge in Minnesota in April 1970.

Marv Davidov, wearing the beret, welcomed a tie-dye-clad Jerry Rubin to the Twin Cities on April 27, 1970. Is that a cigarette wedged in Davidov’s mouth? Well, the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act was still five years away. 


Rubin, Crowd Zero In On Honeywell


Minneapolis Tribune Staff Writer

More than 3,500 people roared to their feet and cheered last night after Jerry Rubin screamed, “We’re gonna make Honeywell stop makin’ bombs and go back to makin’ honey!”

   Jerry Rubin, 1976
   March 1976: Well on his way to becoming a Wall Street analyst and venture capitalist, a clean-shaven Jerry Rubin was touting his latest book, “Growing Up at Thirty-Seven” (used copies are available on for $4.50).

“A little off, but right on,” commented one Honeywell Project leader behind the speaker’s stand.

Rubin was the last in a series of rousers at the big yippie-rad-pacifist pep rally last night at Macalester College stadium to get ready for the action at the annual stockholders’ meeting today of Honeywell, Inc.

Honeywell Project, a long-term action group dedicated to getting the nation’s 18th-largest defense contractor out of the armaments business, has worked with Proxies for People to get anti-war sympathizers inside the stockholders’ meeting as legitimate shareowners.

Project members, many of whom have studied alternate products for the company for months, will try to present their views at the meeting.

Outside Honeywell headquarters the Honeywell Project supporters without proxies will demonstrate in a parking lot and adjacent public areas.

Rubin’s speech last night, an hour-long stemwinder, covered the evils of war, American education, money, the corporate system and Judge Julius Hoffman.

Judge Hoffman presided over the trial of the Chicago Seven conspiracy where Rubin was a defendant.

Rubin’s description of the trial, particularly his account of what happened to Black Panther leader Bobby Seale there, brought alternate cheers and groans from the crowd.

   Molly Ivins
   Reporter Molly Ivins modeled her new red maxicoat on a downtown Minneapolis street in October 1969. “Even my worst enemies have never accused me of being style-conscious,” she wrote. “I honest to God bought the thing because I wanted a warm coat. I’d suffered through two Minneapolis winters in my sister’s friend’s car coat before I saved enough money out of my munificent reporter’s salary to be able to buy a real Yankee coat.”

One young man finally stood up and roared “Riiiiiight ooonn!” as he jumped up and down.

“I think I just incited him to riot,” remarked Rubin.

The audience was equally enthusiastic about poet Robert Bly, who read, “The Teeth-Mother Naked at Last.” The long-awaited poem bitterly contrasts the war in Vietnam to some of the odder “normal” features of American life and children, alive and dead.

Charles Pillsbury, 22, a Yale student involved in the Honeywell Project and who is a member of the old Minneapolis milling family, spoke briefly on the ironies of going through life with a brand-name while believing that corporations must go.

Yesterday Honeywell Inc. confirmed that it will allow no more than three persons per bloc of stock to attend today’s annual meeting at 2 p.m.

Individual share owners will be prevented from dividing their shares among more than three proxy (voting rights) holders each. Company representatives have declined to comment on the legal basis for the decision.

The company also announced that the meeting will be in the company cafeteria, which seats about 700, rather than in the smaller room usually used. An overflow crowd is still expected and closed circuit television will be set up so others can see the meeting.

Marv Davidov, a Project leader, said there would be more demonstrations at Honeywell plants in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Calif., Philadelphia, Pa., Boston, Mass., and Detroit, Mich., today as well as at Honeywell sales offices in Paris, France, London, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Nov. 2, 1912: Chanhassen pioneer killed by train

The Welter family farm in Chanhassen, where my dad grew up, was a half-mile south of where Paisley Park stands. The farm is now a collection of office parks, apartments and single-family homes. The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses is across the road.

My great-grandfather Michael Welter, an immigrant from Luxembourg, is said to have won the property in a poker game in Chicago in the 1860s. He married Margaretha Heldt, a Dutch immigrant, in 1865. Together they had eight children, including my grandfather John A. Welter. Michael ended up raising the five youngest after Margaretha died in 1891.

In November 1912, Michael Welter was killed by a train as he walked on railroad tracks that ran along the north end of the property. "The old gentleman was on his way home from the village," a local paper reported, "and was walking along the tracks, and as he has been partly deaf for some time, it is supposed he did not hear the oncoming train in time to escape being hit." He was 84 years old.

The Weekly Valley Herald of Chaska published this account of his death a few days later. Though apparently well-acquainted with the deceased, the editor of the Herald somehow managed to misspell the family name. 



Pioneer Resident of Chanhassen Loses His Life While On His Way Home From the Village.

Michael Welters, an old and highly respected resident of Chanhassen, was struck and instantly killed by a work train on the C M & St. P. road, west of the village of Chanhassen, about five o'clock Saturday afternoon, November 2, 1912. The old gentleman was on his way home from the village, and was walking along the tracks, and as he has been partly deaf for some time, it is supposed he did not hear the oncoming train in time to escape being hit.

The late Michael Welters was 84 years of age and was a native of Luxemburg, Germany. He emigrated to this country about 60 years ago, coming directly west to Chicago, where he remained for some time. He came to Carver county in 1862 or '63 and settled on a farm in Chanhassen, where he has continued to reside ever since. He was married in Chaska to Miss Margaret Heldt in 1865. His wife preceded him to the grave some years ago. He is survived by six children, as follows: Carlos Welters, Miss Anna Mason, Mathias Welters, Mrs. Kate Buschkowsky, John Welters, all of whom have the sympathy of a large number of friends in their sad bereavement.

The editor of the Herald has intimately known the deceased for lo these many years, and always found him straightforward and honest and a good man in every sense of the word. He came to this county in the early days and worked industriously for the betterment of home conditions. He has lived a worthy life and has earned the reward to those who are faithful.

The funeral was held from Saint Hubert's Catholic church at Chanhassen Monday morning at 9 o'clock, and was very largely attended. The remains rest in peace in the Catholic cemetery.

Michael married a Dutch woman, Margaretha Heldt, in Chaska, Minn., on Sept. 26, 1865. She was 19; he was 37. This family photo was taken in the early 1880s, before Margaretha gave birth to the two youngest, Katie and John, my grandfather. Back row: Charlie and Sophie. Middle, from left: Matthew, Margaretha, Annie and Michael. Martin is the kid with the bow tie.