Friday, November 4, 2011

New Signs at Vacant Properties

Post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman.

As I was driving home from work this evening, I went past a vacant property in Hawthorne and spotted what looked like an official notice of some sort posted by the door.  Was it a foreclosure notice?  Water/gas shutoff?  Winterizing notification?  What kind of regulatory plumage awaited?

Imagine my surprise when instead, I saw...

Someone (I have my guesses as to which neighborhood history buff would post this) put up a neat tidbit about what happened at this house many years ago.  The text reads:

(From the Minneapolis Journal Nov. 30th 1904) The wedding of Miss Julia Johnson and George Shackelford took place at last evening in Richfield Hall which was decorated in pink and white. A string orchestra played the "Lohengrin" chorus as the bridal party entered. Miss Ada Tuttle in a white gown and carrying pink roses was maid of honor. The bride was in cream viole trimmed with lace and she held bride roses. The bridegroom and his best man, Herman Bates waited the coming of the bride under the canopy of foilage where the service was read by P.A. Cool in the presence of 200 guests. A supper followed and the tables were bright with ribbons and roses. Mr. and Mrs. Shackelford will be at home after January 1st at 2914 4th St N.

Look for more neighborhood history placards in the days and weeks to come.


  1. This is one of the prettiest houses in the neighborhood!

  2. Awesome that the pastor was "Pastor Cool." Dang.

  3. Even if the placard comes down due to the elements, as long you put it here on your blog, the information will be preserved and easily associated with the house.

    I'm glad to hear of this happening! Truly a BOOST TO MY MORALE!

  4. I missed that part, anon 1:37! Good eye!

  5. Yeah, that was the pastor in "Walking In A Winter Wonderland."

    He'll say: Are you married?
    We'll say: No, man.
    But you can do the job when you're in town."

    Oh, wait.

    That was "Parson Brown."

    OK, Pastor Cool was, like, his BROTHER.

  6. Here's an MPR story about a North Minneapolis history documentary.

  7. John, our fellow blogger over at Hammers and High Heels was interviewed to be part of that documentary, I think she blogged about having the camera crew and host at her house. Sounds like their segment was cut. But the doc will air Sunday night I believe.


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