Part 5 : In October, Tribuna Sanford’s 2-month birthday passed without celebration. The little foundling had been ill for a few weeks. The doctor blamed a change in diet. It seemed certain that the girl would recover soon.
Tribuna Sanford, the infant so strangely deserted in the confectionery store of Mrs. Mary Sanford, 3401 Lyndale avenue south, was two months old yesterday.
There was no celebration of the event as Tribuna was ill, but her condition was much improved last night. There was nothing very serious the matter with her, just didn’t feel well, and the doctor says that the change of food had not agreed with her. She has been sick for the last two weeks and yet she seems to thrive, as Mrs. Sanford says that she is gaining in weight.
Friends of the little mite presented her with a baby ring, a silver spoon, shoes, clothing and blankets. She is doing very well, thank you, and it is expected that she will have fully recovered in a few days.
Alas, a change in diet was not to blame. On Nov. 5, the Tribune reported this heart-breaking development:
SANFORD BABY IS OPERATED ON
Three Tumors Removed from the Baby’s Body.
Tribuna Sanford, not 3 months old, underwent an operation at St. Barnabas hospital Tuesday. Three tumors, one on the breast and two on the back, were removed and the operation was pronounced successful.
She is now back at her comfortable little home, 3401 Lyndale avenue, where her foster mother is tenderly caring for her wounds. In spite of her sufferings, Tribuna was on hand to greet early callers yesterday with her sweet little smile.
She has about recovered from the effects of the trying ordeal. Tribuna will be three months old Saturday. She now weighs 12 pounds and is reported to be gaining steadily in weight.
Surgery circa 1915: A patient at St. Barnabas Hospital in Minneapolis is surrounded by doctors and nurses, most of whom appear to be observers, none of whom were wearing masks.
"The watchful crowd in the balcony," according to the caption accompanying the photo, "is most likely composed of hospital benefactors and community dignitaries. It was not uncommon for hospitals to perform exposition surgeries when the surgeon was famed for successfully completing a new or difficult procedure or when the surgical case was unusual. A portion of this photograph around the patient has been purposely obscured by the photographer, but judging by the small size of the leg being held by one of the attending physicians it is likely this operation is being performed on a child."
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Daniel Hoyt telephoned City Clerk Knott yesterday that he had shot a coyote "at 30 rods" from his house, 395 Twenty-third avenue southeast, and that he would appear soon at the city hall to claim a bounty of $7.50.
Before Fixit, there was Mr. Fixit, a quirky amalgam of Dear Abby, Google and T.D. Mischke. He deftly answered questions about food stains, home repair and city ordinances. But he also offered advice to the lovelorn and offbeat philosophical musings. And if you had a question of an extremely personal nature, he'd send you a response by mail, provided you sent him a stamped, self-addressed envelope. An interactive feature of the first order!
Thanks to Prohibition, criminal gangs plagued the Twin Cities in the 1920s and '30s. A corrupt St. Paul Police Department provided safe haven to gangsters and crooks of the era, as long as they agreed to stay out of trouble while in the city. The task of keeping the bad boys in line fell to "Dapper Dan" Hogan, a speakeasy owner and underworld leader. On December 4, 1928, Hogan, "whose word was known to be law among many criminals," was killed by a car bomb in the garage behind his St. Paul home. Rival gangsters were the likely culprits, but his murder was never officially solved.
"Women of the flats stood guard over their thresholds while police attempted to eject them for failure to pay rent on the grounds on which the dwellings stand. A near-riot was halted when a second court order was served on police, ordering a stay of the ejections."
"The designs this year," said a dealer in speaking of the trade, "are if anything, prettier than ever; everything runs to flowers, the old style of paper lace with bleeding hearts and dagger accompaniments have almost gone out of date. Some of the more elaborate like this one (holding up a magnificent design of plush) come us high as $20, but a girl has got to be pretty solid to receive as costly a token as this."