Railroads needed settlers along their lines to make the roads commercially viable. Bishop John Ireleand wanted to bring Irish Catholics from eastern cities to rural Minnesota.
Eileen R. McCormack holds a Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota in History and American Studies. She is a researcher, historian, and writer with a focus on early St. Paul and the James J. Hill family. She has authored numerous articles and collaborated on several books, including “Sea Winter Salmon: Chronicles of the St. John River” with Mari Hill Harpur, and “The Dutiful Son: Louis W. Hill” with Biloine W. Young.