774-776 6th Street East, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Address: 775 6th Street E
Neighborhood/s: Dayton's Bluff, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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State/province
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: ca. 1890
Primary Style: Queen Anne
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
First Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick De Haas

Dayton's Bluff Saint Paul Ramsey

774-776 6th Street East, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.959411° N, 93.06746° WLatitude: 44°57′33.88″N
Longitude: 93°4′2.856″W
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This house is one of the largest of the substantial upper middle class Italianate and Queen Anne houses along this stretch of 6th Street.

Built in 1890 (1885 according to Ramsey County property tax records); Queen Anne in style. The structure is a two story, 4086 square foot, 11 room, two bathroom, aluminum/vinyl-sided house. The 1885, 1887, 1889, and 1891 city directories indicate that Mr. and Mrs. Frederick De Haas resided at 774 East Sixth Street. The 1890 city directory indicates that Frederick De Haas was associated with De Haas & Van der Velde and with the Germania Life Insurance Company, and resided at 774 East Sixth Street. The 1893, 1897, 1899, 1901, and 1903 city directories indicate that Mrs. Johanna De Haas resided at 774 East Sixth Street. Oakland Cemetery Association records indicate that Johanna De Haas resided at this address in 1899. The 1905 city directory indicates that Mrs. Johanna De Haas and her daughters resided at 774 East Sixth Street. The 1908 city directory indicates that Johanna De Haas was the widow of Fred De Haas and resided at 774 East Sixth Street and that Virginia G. De Haas was a teacher at the Lincoln School and boarded at 774 East Sixth Street. The 1909 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Keller and Mrs. Johanna De Haas and her daughters resided at this address. The 1916 city directory indicates that Mrs. Johanna De Haas and her daughters resided at 774 East Sixth Street. The 1918 city directory indicates that Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Charles, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Leibrock, Mrs. Johanna De Haas, and her daughter all resided at 774 East Sixth Street. The 1924 city directory indicates that Mrs. Herbert A. Charles and her daughter resided at 774 East Sixth Street and that Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Elvgren and Mrs. Rose Gillette all resided at 776 East Sixth Street. The 1930 city directory indicates that 774 East Sixth Street was vacant and that Cyrus H. Erikson resided at 776 East Sixth Street.

Frederick De Haas (1853-1891) resided at 744 East Sixth Street in 1891, when he committed suicide by a self-inflicted pistol shot to his chest at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Charles Frey, 735 East Fifth Street. The firm De Haas & Van der Velde were managers of the Germania Life Insurance Company and officed at the corner of Fourth and Minnesota streets in a building owned by Germania. No reason was found for the De Haas suicide and it did not appear to be related to a routine visit by Germania officials that began two weeks before. Mr. De Haas' wife was a daughter of Paul Hauser and was a niece of Albert Scheffer and the couple had five children. Leona De Haas (1893-1899,) of German extraction, was a daughter of Johanna De Haas and died of pneumonia. Herbert A. Charles ( -1917,) Charles Leibrock ( -1921,) and Charles Henry Frey ( -1931) all died in Ramsey County. Cyrus H. Erikson (1886-1955) was born outside of Minnesota, had a mother with a maiden name of Brevold, and died in Ramsey County.

After Mr. De Haas's death his family took in renters. One of the more prominent boarders was Herbert Keller who was not only the first mayor of St. Paul to be born in the city, but his family also built Keller Row across the street. Mr. Keller would often winter here with his family and summer at his home on White Bear Lake.

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