Mabel Seeley, “The Mistress of Mystery”

Mabel Seeley, “The Mistress of Mystery”

“A high priestess in the cult of murder as a fine art” was how Saint Paul literary critic James Gray described her. She was often referred to as “the Mistress of Mystery.” But until recently, she was an almost forgotten figure in the...
Looking for my Grandmother

Looking for my Grandmother

My grandmother grew up in Saint Paul, poor and Irish. A McDermott, she was the youngest of the six children, and the only girl. Some say that she was spoiled. I have tried over the years to learn more about her, but she is a hard one to pin down. There is no name on...
Constance Currie and Neighborhood House

Constance Currie and Neighborhood House

Anyone who knows the history of Neighborhood House on Saint Paul’s West Side probably knows the name Constance Currie. Born March 18, 1890, in Saskatchewan, Canada, to a family with a long history of social service, she began her career at Unity House in...