Annice E. Keller House, 761 6th Street East, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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The Annice E. Keller house, or Keller row house #8 at 761 East Sixth Street, was commissioned by the widow of the wealthy lumber baron John M. Keller.  Called the “Head of the single most outstanding … property development in the district…” by the St. Paul heritage preservation commission  John M. Keller b. 22 June 1833 d. 29 Jan 1879 owned a large section  of land, an entire city block between east 7th and 6th and bound by Hope Street, originally named Hill street, and Eichenwald.  The Keller mansion was built at 394 Eichenwald in 1874 and demolished pre 1959 when a modern apartment building was placed there.  Keller was a German immigrant who named his home and the street in front of his home “Eichenwald”, a German word meaning “Oak Forest”,  as a reminder of his home Germany.  Eichenwald street was platted in 1877. Keller himself was a master carpenter and owned his own  lumber business.  The lumber company was entitled “Keller C.E. & CO”,  Charles and Annice E. Keller as owners and was located in the NW corner of 7th and Minnesota streets in the city directory.  John M. was married to Annice E. <Scott> Keller and they had a number of children including; Annice Bourey KELLER b: 31 OCT 1878 in St. Paul, Minnesota,  Charles Edward KELLER b: 21 SEP 1858 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Louis Scott KELLER b: 6 OCT 1860, George William KELLER b: 2 FEB 1863, Mary Edith KELLER b: 17 AUG 1866, Sadee Alice KELLER b: 10 JUN 1869, John Michael KELLER b: 10 AUG 1871 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Joseph Anderson KELLER b: 13 DEC 1873 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Herbert Paist KELLER b: 7 FEB 1875.  Listed “At home” in 1880; Annice, Charles E., George W. Keller bookkeeper and by 1884 listed a Louis S. Keller as the foreman. .<ref>1890 St. Paul City Directory</ref> <ref>Ramsey County Historical Society, Inventory forms for Historic Sites Survey of St. Paul and Ramsey County, 1980-1983 </ref>
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The Annice E. Keller house, or Keller row house #8 at 761 East Sixth Street, was commissioned by the widow of the wealthy lumber baron John M. Keller.  Called the “Head of the single most outstanding … property development in the district…” by the St. Paul heritage preservation commission  John M. Keller b. 22 June 1833 d. 29 Jan 1879 owned a large section  of land, an entire city block between east 7th and 6th and bound by Hope Street, originally named Hill street, and Eichenwald.  The Keller mansion was built at 394 Eichenwald in 1874 and demolished after a series of fires in the 1920s or 30s. A modern apartment building was placed there in 1959.  Keller was a German immigrant who named his home and the street in front of his home “Eichenwald”, a German word meaning “Oak Forest”,  as a reminder of his home Germany.  Eichenwald street was platted in 1877. Keller himself was a master carpenter and owned his own  lumber business.  The lumber company was entitled “Keller C.E. & CO”,  Charles and Annice E. Keller as owners and was located in the NW corner of 7th and Minnesota streets in the city directory.  John M. was married to Annice E. <Scott> Keller and they had a number of children including; Annice Bourey KELLER b: 31 OCT 1878 in St. Paul, Minnesota,  Charles Edward KELLER b: 21 SEP 1858 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Louis Scott KELLER b: 6 OCT 1860, George William KELLER b: 2 FEB 1863, Mary Edith KELLER b: 17 AUG 1866, Sadee Alice KELLER b: 10 JUN 1869, John Michael KELLER b: 10 AUG 1871 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Joseph Anderson KELLER b: 13 DEC 1873 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Herbert Paist KELLER b: 7 FEB 1875.  Listed “At home” in 1880; Annice, Charles E., George W. Keller bookkeeper and by 1884 listed a Louis S. Keller as the foreman. .<ref>1890 St. Paul City Directory</ref> <ref>Ramsey County Historical Society, Inventory forms for Historic Sites Survey of St. Paul and Ramsey County, 1980-1983 </ref>

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Bernice Keller House

2001
Exterior Pre Renovation in winter Dec 2006
Address: 761 6th Street E
Neighborhood/s: Dayton's Bluff, Saint Paul, Minnesota
City/locality-
State/province
Saint Paul, Minnesota
County-
State/province:
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1889
Primary Style: Queen Anne
Secondary Style: Victorian
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Architect or source of design: Edwin S. Radcliffe
Builder: E. Sephton and company at 582 Jackson street in St. Paul
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
Material of Roof: Shingle
Material of Foundation: Limestone
First Owner: Bernice Keller
Notes: This home is currently undergoing restoration. Anyone with old photographs of this home or any former owners please contact the current owners at notoriousnola@yahoo.com. I would love to hear from you!

Dayton's Bluff Saint Paul Ramsey

Annice E. Keller House, 761 6th Street East, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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This house is part of 8 houses known as Keller Row.

The Annice E. Keller house, or Keller row house #8 at 761 East Sixth Street, was commissioned by the widow of the wealthy lumber baron John M. Keller. Called the “Head of the single most outstanding … property development in the district…” by the St. Paul heritage preservation commission John M. Keller b. 22 June 1833 d. 29 Jan 1879 owned a large section of land, an entire city block between east 7th and 6th and bound by Hope Street, originally named Hill street, and Eichenwald. The Keller mansion was built at 394 Eichenwald in 1874 and demolished after a series of fires in the 1920s or 30s. A modern apartment building was placed there in 1959. Keller was a German immigrant who named his home and the street in front of his home “Eichenwald”, a German word meaning “Oak Forest”, as a reminder of his home Germany. Eichenwald street was platted in 1877. Keller himself was a master carpenter and owned his own lumber business. The lumber company was entitled “Keller C.E. & CO”, Charles and Annice E. Keller as owners and was located in the NW corner of 7th and Minnesota streets in the city directory. John M. was married to Annice E. <Scott> Keller and they had a number of children including; Annice Bourey KELLER b: 31 OCT 1878 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Charles Edward KELLER b: 21 SEP 1858 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Louis Scott KELLER b: 6 OCT 1860, George William KELLER b: 2 FEB 1863, Mary Edith KELLER b: 17 AUG 1866, Sadee Alice KELLER b: 10 JUN 1869, John Michael KELLER b: 10 AUG 1871 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Joseph Anderson KELLER b: 13 DEC 1873 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Herbert Paist KELLER b: 7 FEB 1875. Listed “At home” in 1880; Annice, Charles E., George W. Keller bookkeeper and by 1884 listed a Louis S. Keller as the foreman. .[1] [1]


In 1889 Annice E. Keller had the eight homes, now known as Keller row, built on the East 6th street side of their property. The reason why is unknown, but speculating that it was an investment might not be that far off as there was a housing boom of large middle class homes being built in the area. Another possibility is that she built the eight houses for her eight children. The architect chosen to design the homes was Edwin S. Radcliffe who is listed as having his office at the Mannheimer Building in St. Paul. Not much is known about Radcliffe. He was the son of one of the great builders of St. Paul Abraham Radcliffe who designed a number of notable buildings still standing. This was one of Radcliffe's last commission in the city before he moved to Duluth to practice there. One of his prominent houses in Duluth is entitled the Marcus and Sarah Fay house commissioned in 1902 at 2105 East Superior Street. The builders of the row homes is listed as a E. Sephton and Company at 582 Jackson street in St. Paul. The original building permit was filed on May 31st 1889. One permit was submitted for the 8 detached dwellings at a cost of $5000.00 to build each. The memoranda on the permit reads “Commenced work on the foundations May 31st on the frames 10th June & finished all the dwellings about September 26th.” The foundations were built of Limestone blocks, earth and concrete. The rest of the dwelling is built of wood. It is also said that Annice Keller herself resided briefly at the address when it was first completed.[1]

One of Charle's and Annice's children, Herbert P. Keller (B. February 7th 1861) was the first mayor of St. Paul to be born in the city. He is listed as living with his brother Charles E. Keller at 771 6th street in 1910, became mayor of St. Paul from 1910 to 1914. Keller Lake and Golf course are named for him.


Annice’s Obituary reads “DIED: KELLER - At the family residence, Eichenwald Street, in the 56th year of her age, Mrs. Annice E., relict of the late John M. Keller. Funeral services at the resident at 2 o'clock, Saturday, Jan. 26. (Undated) Born 11/20/1835 d. 1/23/1895 married to John on 26th of July 1857.


SHE WAS A PIONEER Mrs. Annice E. Keller, one of the old residents, is dead. The ranks of St. Paul's old settlers suffered another loss yesterday by the death of Mrs. Annice E. Keller, which occurred at 6 a.m. at her residence on Eichenwald street, after a protracted illness of several months. Mrs. Keller was fifty-five years of age, and has made St. Paul her home since 1856. She was the widow of the late John M. Keller, who at the time of his death was a prominent business man of this city. Mrs. Keller leaves eight children, five sons and three daughters. Her death will be mourned by a wide circle of loving friends. The funeral, which will be private, will occur at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon.”[1]


An interesting side note is that the Sanborn Insurance maps of 1904 lists the property as actually having the address as 763 6th street. [1]

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The following persons have been listed as living at the residence in the St. Paul city directories in their respective years.

September 26. 1889 Finished occupied by Bernice Keller for a short time.

1890 Anna A. Schlenk ( b? - 1928)was the widow of Joseph Schlenk and resided at this address and that Hugo Schlenk also resided at this address.

1891 to 1896 Mrs. Anna Schlenk (Hospes & Dr (daughter Eliza A Schlenk). and Hugo Schlenk 11.4.1862-12-27-1963 private secretary for Albert Scheffer who resided at 267 Maria St from 1906 onward., however it is possible (as listed in the MNHS photo database) that Albert Scheffer lived at 621 east 5th street in 1885 and then in 1886-1904 at 52 Bates Ave/ (now 908 Mounds) ., and was the president of the St. Paul German Insurance Company in 1890 Schlenk reminiscences in the forest history society ’An inventory of interviews of Pioneer lumbermen’ in the MNHS archives, who was born in Stillwater, Minnesota, and was, in his early life, employed by the St. Croix Boom Corporation, the Albert Scheffer banking concern, and finally, in 1903, by the Weyerhaeuser interests. Mr. Schlenk was put in charge of the Weyerhaeuser company in Cloquet in 1906. Information is given on the Northern Lumber Company of Cloquet; the Cloquet fire of 1918; and early Stillwater and its sawmills In the 1870 census Hugo is listed attending school. His father Joseph was a Merchant Sailor. By 1908 Anna had moved to 955 Portland Ave and in 1900 Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Schlenk to 961 Portland. It is possible that Hugo Schlenk was married in Jan 28 1896 to Agnes Schiermann. They then had Hugo M Schlenk Jr in or about 1897 - 9-9-1960 married to Gretchen and John J Schlenk in or about 1900 and Katherine Schlenk in or about 1902. Hugo then moved to Cloquet by 1910. Hugo M , Married Gretchen. With two children Gretchen age 4 and Joanne age 3 Hugo and Hugo Jr died in Carlton County.

1897 to 1901 UNKNOWN

1901 to 1904 Mr & Mrs. David (Edgar?) Backer.( b.? - 1932) retail merchant of Confectionary

1905 to 1906 Mr & Mrs. E. Walsh and dr.

1907 to 1909 UNKNOWN

1910 Robert Givven

1911 to 1916 UNKNOWN

1917 to 1918 Mr. & Mrs. G.K. Robertson

1919 UNKNOWN

1920 By 1920 the Sanborn Maps list most of the Keller Row homes as duplexes. Listed as living here was Emma Sedin Head and Raymond and Alvin Sedin brothers. It also states that Hattie Robertson Head and Emelia Keller (Mother) Harold (Brother) , Rollins (Brother) and Jessie (Sister)

1921-1929 UNKNOWN

1930 The city directory indicates that Harry G. Lieberg, Morris D. Humphreys, (1940) Sr., his wife, Isabel Humphreys, and Morris D. Humphreys, Jr., a helper employed by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy RailRoad, resided at this address The 1930 census states that Harry Lieberg (Renter) and his wife Lilly. Morris Humphreys (father) Belle (Mom), Morris Jr (brother), Lee (brother) and Rhys (brother). The Humphreys only remain until 1934.

1931 Humphreys

1932 Humphreys, 1st floor vacant

1933 Humphreys

1934 Humphreys and Cornelius M Ronayne

1935 Ronayne

1936 Walter Cennewitz, Ronayne

1937 to 1953 Albert O and Helen Kittleson and Ronayne.

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