Let’s hope that Minneapolis Tribune photographer Earl Seubert had plenty of candy on hand when the cheerful “trick-and-treaters” below leaned into the entryway of his St. Louis Park home. The original caption describes Seubert as “a regular goblin with camera and strobe.” But not in a scary way: The kids clearly enjoyed the moment, knowing that treats such as Salted Nut Rolls, Smarties and Milky Ways would soon fall into their sacks.
What were your favorite Halloween candies? Least favorite? First costume? Scariest moment? As always, your memories -- and feedback -- are much appreciated.
Look closely at the marvelous details in this photo: The winter coats and warm caps; the kid at bottom left wearing a store-bought "Howdy Doody's Indian Princess" fringed costume paired incongruously with a plastic pirate mask; the homemade monster mask at right; the blonde girl's beads; and all the energy in every smile.
The original caption helpfully noted that the 11 youngsters didn’t actually "crash through glass to stick their heads and treat sacks into the entrance hall — Seubert hasn’t put on his storm door yet.” Looks like the door was in place; it’s the storm window that was missing, most likely set aside to allow sack-toting tricksters unfettered access to the candy inside.
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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."