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North Loop Businessman Wrote Official City Song 70 Years Ago

By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood Association

Many people know that Creamette pasta was invented in the North Loop in 1912 by James T. Williams. His use of durum wheat allowed his elbow macaroni, with a thinner wall than most, to cook in a fraction of the time that traditional pasta did. The company’s sign is still prominent on the 1st Street building that became its first processing facility.

But fewer people know that Williams was a songwriter who composed several songs, including one adopted by the city of Minneapolis 70 years ago as the official city song. Williams wrote the lyrics and William MacPhail of the MacPhail School of Music held a contest for someone to provide the music. An Ohio woman, Alice Huber of Cleveland, won the contest.

Williams’ grandson, Robert Williams, provided the recording to the North Loop Neighborhood Association. The singer was Joseph G. Mulheran.

Here are the lyrics:

I love you for your sparkling lakes and streams

Within your city walls.

Your spacious parks and boulevards

and Minnehaha Falls.

CHORUS: Minneapolis, you’re dear to me,
No matter where I roam.
As I travel o’er this wide, wide world.

I’m proud to call you home.

Minneapolis, you’re beautiful
The world can plain see.
I’ll thank Him up in Heaven

For you’re home sweet home to me.

I love you for your people

Many from a foreign land.

The blending of ideas fine

Makes you so great and grand.

Before the contest, Williams sang this to the tune of Auld Lang Syne.

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