Roseville practice burn razed Feist home

The Roseville Fire Department held a live burn training exercise on April 27 at 2325 Dale Street in Roseville, the old Feist home. The fire fighters had two garages and the home to practice fire fighting techniques on and also trained new firefighters in this event. The Feist home and the Roseville Fire Station on Dale Street are a part of the redevelopment happening on that site, just north of Hwy. 36 and Dale Street. (photos by Linda E. Andersen/Review)

When Roseville crews set fire to a home at 2325 Dale St. N., just south of the current Dale Street fire station, they got modern-day practice on a somewhat historic site.

The “live fire training” exercise was conducted from 7 a.m. Saturday, April 27 to about 1 p.m.

According to Laverne Dickhudt of the Roseville Historical Society, the house was the former home of well-known veterinarian Arnold Feist, who established Feist Animal Hospital in St. Paul.

“The house itself was built in 1906, but Feist brought it and the surrounding 20 acres in 1912,” Dickhudt explains. “He raised some garden crops on some of it and used some for a dog-boarding kennel.

He put in the kennel buildings and runs.”

Her family ran a truck farm on their acreage nearby, and were familiar with Feist’s operation. “He’d have as many as 110 dogs at a time,” she says. “They were very noisy at times, and sometimes Ernie Ayde, his kennelman, had to shoot a gun off -- in the air -- to quiet them down at night.”

In 1919, Feist started another animal-related venture; he established the pet cemetery in Roseville just north of Highway 36. It was a unique venture for the area at that time.

“At the time, that was the only one from here to Chicago,” Dickhudt says. “But he recognized the deep affection people have for their pets.”

Dickhudt indicated the Feist home wouldn’t be worth rehabilitating; it’s seen some tough years over the past century-plus.

- Holly Wenzel

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