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Historic Rondo Neighborhood

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Between 1859-1869, Joseph Rondeau sold his property, marked as the "Rondo Addition" on plat maps. Joseph Rondeau died in Saint Paul at 88 years old in 1895. The Rondo Addition would later go on to be the neighborhood for majority black or African American residents, before being destroyed to build interstate 94.

Found in 38 Collections and/or Records:

Accolades Collection

Identifier: HQBCA-016

This collection contains an ongoing inventory of all accolades in HQB's possession. Some accolades were given by HQB to various community members, some were given to HQB, and some accolades were given to individuals who kindly donated their awards to HQBCA.

Dates: 1940 - 2020

Alberta Mae Chambers, March 1955

 Item — Box 1, Folder: 4
Scope and Contents

Black and white photo of Alberta Mae Chambers in a fur coat and dress. Handwritten note on the back reads as follows:

To Easter Bradley Peaches. Alberta Mae Chambers. 671 St. Anthony. Staying at Mrs. W. Hopkins house for visit March 14, 1955. Picture taken by Alice Curry at Como Park.

Dates: March 1955

Beau Brummed of Camp, August 1946

 Item — Box 2, Folder: 2
Scope and Contents

Four people pictured have been identified as Marjorie White, Sandra Hinton, Henry Fisher and Josephine Morgan.

Dates: August 1946

Bobby Hickman , 1964

 Item — Box 1, Folder: 9
Scope and Contents

Black and white photograph of Bobby Hickman standing on a stage, wearing a large sash across his chest and a wreath of leaves around his head.

Dates: 1964

District Court of Ramsey County, Minnesota, November 1957

 Item — Box 3, Folder: 4
Scope and Contents Ten page, single-sided, legal document copied for the distribution to several members of the Rondo Neighborhood.The footnote on the first page reads "In the matter of the condemnation of certain lands for trunk highway purposes". An excerpt from the document reads as follows: To the respondents hereinabove named: You, and each of you, are hereby notified that on the 5th day of November, 1957, at 10:00 o'clock A.M., or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, in...
Dates: Event: November 1957

Finney Beauty Studio Business Card, 1930 - 1950

Scope and Contents

Inscription on card reads

Finney Beauty Studio. Lola Mae Vassar Finney and Josephine Vassar, proprietors. Elkhurst 4219. Hours: 9-5. 437 Rondo Ave. Saint Paul 2, Minn.

Dates: 1930 - 1950

Finney Family Papers

Identifier: HQBCA-004

This completely digital collection includes two union booklets belonging to a man named MA Finney in 1936 and 1938, respectively. This collection also includes a business card from a hair and beauty salon run by black entrepreneur, Lola Mae Vassar Finney.

Dates: 1936 - 1938

From Mrs. Hilda Moss, July 1937

 Item — Box 1, Folder: 3
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Red lined paper with machine-typed lettering reads:

Dear Miss Brown: Clarence swollowed [sic] a penny last Friday, so he is on a bread and mashed potatoe diet until he passes it off. In the meantime, of course, I have to keep him home to watch his stool. I hope he will be able to return tomorrow as the nursery has certainly done wonders for him. Sincerely yours, Mrs. Hilda Moss.

Dates: July 1937