Red-Handed Mike

Southwest Corner of Third and Plum Streets (presently Liberty’s Restaurant & Lounge site). Wood-frame buildings on the west side of Plum Street between Third and Fourth streets.

302 Plum Street

Smith & McCord Grocery 1863-1866. The wood-frame grocery store was located across the street from Goodhue House.

J.F. Wright Groceries and Provisions 1866-1869. Wright purchased the Smith & McCord Grocery. In 1869 Wright moved to the north side of Main Street, to a building vacated by Watkins & Childs.

Boxing School 1869. “Red Handed Mike”, champion of Minnesota, opened up a boxing school on Plum Street in a small building opposite the Goodhue House.

Early Red Wing Businesses – Street by Street, by Sharon M. Nelson, p. 80


The Legend of Red-Handed Mike O’Connor

“Notorious rough”. “Surly of temper and dangerous”. “Red-Handed Mike, the Scalp Taker”; “the Bohemian Bear Trainer”; “the Terror of the Mountains”; “the Bloodthirsty Demon of the Rocky Mountain Gulch”.


Pittsburgh Dispatch, March 27, 1889


“He is a quiet, unpretending and unostentatious young man and gives but little evidence to the casual observer of the gritty material of which he is composed.”

Watertown Republican, June 14, 1871


The St. Croix: Midwest Border River, by James Taylor Dunn, 1979


St. Cloud Journal, September 21, 1871


[- The notorious knock – on and
Rowdy, M. Capit McDonnell alias
“Red Handed Mike”, makes up against
Tig Northfield. He has one
School of Music. Can the
Good Northfielder this plague full
Not worthy of the city
Pound or find it suitable
That this fellow told the young people
In the higher hooliganism

Minnesota Staats-Zeitung, St. Paul, February, 1870


The Grange Advance, June 3, 1874


The Inter Ocean, Chicago, July 2, 1874


Wood County Reporter, Grand Rapids WI, June 17, 1875


St. Cloud Journal, January 28, 1875


The Wheeling Intelligencer, Wheeling, WV, January 26, 1875


Helena Herald, October 9, 1873


Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West, by Vardis Fisher and Opal Laurel Holmes, 1968


Daily Intelligencer, Seattle Territory. November 10, 1877


Los Angeles Herald, October 9, 1879


“Mike expects to be on his feet again in a week, when he proposes to settle accounts with the man who stabbed him. He declares that he must leave the city or he will kill him.”

Los Angeles Herald, October 2, 1880


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