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Jeremiah W. Selby was born in Ohio in 1820 and arrived in St. Paul in 1849. He “purchased a 40-acre plot on St. Anthony Hill, the present day site of the Cathedral, for $50 an acre. Fittingly, Selby was described by his peers as “industrious, economical and thrifty.” After farming potatoes, Selby went on to serve in the Minnesota Territorial House of Representatives. Selby Ave. was part of Jeremiah W. Selby’s homestead; the street was platted and named after him in 1854. Selby died one year later. “… The intersection of Selby Ave. with Snelling Ave. is an excellent example of an early 20th-century commercial streetcar-and-auto corner. All the buildings at or near the corner went up between 1

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