|[John Quincy Adams, the Saint Paul one.]|
Here's a bit about the history of paper, via MNOpedia:
Adams was an influential writer and a staunch Republican, and like other editors of his day, he expressed his opinions through his paper’s editorial page. The Western Appeal even received funding directly from the Republican Party, another common practice for newspapers of the time.
In January 1888, Adams opened a regional office for the paper in Chicago. His brother, Cyrus Field Adams, ran it. This brought the Western Appeal to even more readers. Other regional offices followed: Louisville in August 1888, St. Louis in April 1889, Dallas in August 1892, and Washington, D.C. in March 1901. Each Saturday, each of these offices published an edition of the newspaper. Each edition had the same national news, feature articles, and editorials, but carried its own local and social news. The word “Western” was dropped from the paper’s name in 1889, to reflect its national reach. By this time, Adams owned the Appeal outright and supervised both its business and editorial sides.
According to Taylor, Adams (no relation to the president, AFAIK) and his work grew to a national stature for a few years, penning lots of editorials about racism and working to build his paper into a key weekly that served cities from Louisville to Chicago to Dallas, all from Saint Paul. He became influential in Republican Party politics back in the 1890s.
|[A front page from the Appeal, c. May 1902.]|
Here's the story on the crash, according to Taylor:
On Sunday afternoon September 3, 1922, John Adams left his home to attend a gospel revival at the Alliance Gospel Tabernacle located at Fry and Charles streets. Upon leaving the meeting he proceeded to the trolley line on University Avenue. As he boarded the streetcar, an automobile spun out of control and struck the aged editor, knocking him to the pavement. Adams was immediately rendered unconscious sustaining a fractured skull, a broken right arm and internal injuries. Although he was rushed by ambulance to the city hospital, there was little the medical staff could do. John Adams died without regaining consciousness at midnight Sunday at the age of seventy-four.
Funeral services for the departed leader were held September 8, 1922 at Pilgrim Baptist Church. A larger than capacity crowd came to pay its last respects and to hear messages of condolences from throughout the nation for the man who had provided leadership in the community for thirty-seven years.
I guess the point is that drivers on Saint Paul's University Avenue have been deadly and dangerous for almost a hundred years.