The telephone jangled on March 2, 1949, in the big white house where Cornelius Gallagher and his wife, Rose, raised six children in Melrose, Minn. Then 73, the white-haired, blue-eyed émigré from Ireland had retired after nearly 50 years as a railroad engineer.
He quickly grew nervous when the caller asked if he was the father of Captain James Gallagher.
First Miss America from Minnesota, now 87, looks back on the trials of instant celebrity.
A silent film included eerie foreshadowing of a gruesome night to come on Aug. 19, 1915.
They were arguably Minnesota’s most notorious — and stylish — brothers.
It was 10:30 on a Sunday morning and Jack Horner was getting ready for church when his phone rang 70 years ago. The fourth of his six sons had just been born and now the 35-year-old radio sportscaster’s Sunday plans were about to change.