Category Archives: William Watts Folwell

A Fable Agreed Upon, part 3

Timothy J. Sheehan (1835-1913) as profiled in the Albert Lea Tribune in 2011. Sheehan immigrated to the United States in 1850 at the age of 15, an orphaned survivor of the potato famine in Ireland. By 1857, he had settled in Albert … Continue reading

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A Fable Agreed Upon, part 2

Solon J. Buck’s mistake went uncorrected. At the outset, it wasn’t influential. The Bulletin was read by MHS members and collected by libraries. But I doubt anyone lost sleep over an annotation error. Indeed, without any correction, there wasn’t any … Continue reading

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A Fable Agreed Upon

Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have mused, “What is history but a fable agreed upon?”  ***** In July, 1918 the Minnesota historical community was buzzing: the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) Bulletin had just published a recently discovered letter written by John P. … Continue reading

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