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S. P. Barnard
Source: New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord, ND) Thursday, September 15, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

S. P. Barnard, formerly a well known farmer of Aeworth, now living at Good Thunder, Minn., raised this year 2400 bushels of wheat on 78 acres of land, a yield of nearly 30 bushels to the acre.

G. T. Barr
[Source: Little Falls Transcript (MN) April 10, 1885, page 4; submitted by Robin Line]
G.T. Barr was elected mayor of Mankato.

Ferdinand Benzel
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, January 12, 1908; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Man Who Distrusted Banks Robbed of $440.

Good Thunder, Minn., Jan. 11.-Ferdinand Benzel, an ex-saloonkeeper, lost confidence in banks and withdrew his deposits during the financial flurry. By gradually increasing, the was assumed goodly proportions and the tempting, fat wallet containing an even $440 is now missing. Some 30 of his associates of last evening are said to be under suspicion, but the roll is not in evidence.

Dr. N. C. Davis
Source: Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC) Wednesday, November 26, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

A Remarkable Operation by Which it was Saved.
[Northwestern Medical Journal.]

Dr. N. C. Davis of Good Thunder, Minn., in September, in 1884, was summoned to see a boy 7 years of age, who had been kicked by a horse on the right cheek, breaking off the first bicuspid tooth. The tongue was cut entirely of at the junction of the tip with the base or the posterior portion of the fraenum linguae, except a few fibres of the tongue and mucous membrane on the right side. When Dr. Davis arrived the end of the tongue was protruding from the mouth. The hemorrhage was controlled by a dilute solution of persulphat of iron. Mr. Davis drew the base of the tongue forward with a tenacium. The apex was brought into apposition with the base, and secured by five silk ligatures above the dorsum, and seven below. The boy stood the operation well, and the hemorrhage was trivial. The balance of the treatment consisted in syringing out the mouth twice daily with a solution of boracic acid and putting the patient upon a liquid diet. The tongue healed nicely, with the exception of a small portion on the left side which sloughed out and left a small notch, which was nearly replaced by granulation. The doctor discharged the patient in about three weeks, with the tongue full length and articulation good.

J. G. Graham
[Source: New Ulm Review (MN) July 29, 1885, page 3; submitted by Robin Line]
J. G. Graham, proprietor of the Graham house at Good Thunder, has been appointed postmaster at that place.

Chris Hansen
Source: The Aitkin Independent Age (Aitkin, MN) September 21, 1912, page 7; submitted by Robin Line
After 20 Years.
Mankato.-After an absence of twenty years, Chris Hansen returned unexpectedly, and had difficulty in identifying himself to the satisfaction of his brother and other relatives. Hanson left the family home in Winona when he was 25 and went west. He served in the army during the Spanish-American war and later roughed it on the plains. He married and now resides at Rock Valley, Wyo. He did not learn of the death last spring of his father until he returned yesterday. A brother and sister have also died.

Robert Malzahn
Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, MI) Thursday, March 24, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Robert Malzahn, justice of the peace at Good Thunder, Minn., dispenses liquor at retail when not occupied with his judicial cares. A food inspector secured from Mr. Malzahn's place of business a sample of blackberry brandy which proved to be adulterated. A complaint was sworn out and Judge Malzahn in his judicial capacity heard the case of Malzahn, the saloon-keeper. Finding Malzahn, the defendant, guilty, Judge Malzahn imposed a fine of $25, and then as Malzahn, the saloon-keeper, he paid the fine. The money has been remitted to the state treasurer.

E. F. Searing
[Source: New Ulm Review (MN) July 29, 1885, page 5; submitted by Robin Line]

The competitive examination for admission to the West Point U.S. military academy held at Mankato last Thursday was one of the most spirited contests ever held in the Second congressional district. There were fifteen candidates. The contest was exceedingly close between Mr. E. F. Searing, son of President Searing of the Mankato State Normal School, and Lewis C. Scherer, of New Ulm. Mr. Searing, however, stood slightly in advance, and he was named as the successful applicant. Mr. Scherer was named as alternate. The Free Press is informed by the Board that the whole number of applicants were bright, active young men-the equal, if not the superior, to a like number that could be selected in the district. It is with pleasure that we note Mr. Scherer's magnificent record in competition with so many intelligent and excellently qualified young men. Mr. Searing is a graduate of the Mankato Normal school, and another of the competitors is a student in the State University. Mr. Scherer's education has been obtained wholly in New Ulm, which speaks volumes for our public schools.

Minnie Strand
Source: Daily News, March 1919. Transcribed by Jacob Alberti.

Tells Country Maidens to Beware of the City's Lure

Minnie Strand was a country girl.
She had a good home near Mankato.
But she was dissatisfied with her "narrow Life" and came to the city.
The city "got her."
She wanted "elegant" clothes. To get these she impersonated Mrs. W. W. Bardwell, 4625 Dupont ave. s., wife of Judge Bardwell, in the shops and secured clothes, hats, and shoes worth $200.

Today she is in jail, waiting trail. Her broken-hearted father is in town. She bade him carry back to Mankato this advice to her four sisters:
"Do not leave the country. The city is a wild beast and will get you one way or another."

Today she told the story of how the city "got her" to a Daily News reporter.

Said Millie Strand:
"Why are country girls possessed to come to the city? I don't know. I don't think they know themselves. I was a well-to-do farmer's daughter. We had a large, comfortable house five miles from a fair-sized town. There was plenty to eat and drink and wear. We had a piano, a phonograph and all the magazines. Father was planning to buy an automobile, yet I got the 'city bug'.

"I called it the 'city bug'- I guess it must be something of a disease. I wanted to see life, mix with crowds, go to plays. They warned me of the 'dangers', but I laughed. 'Only poor, foolish, ignorant girls go astray,' I was a formal school graduate; I could qualify for a teacher any time. Nor have I yet and occasion to doubt that particular ability to care for myself. I have come to great trouble, I know, but not through me. The city has not made me a 'bad' girl in the familiar sense. I am virtuous, if that means anything.

"Everything in the city is 'get ahead.' You know, the one thing that cannot be forgiven is failure.

"I was cleaver and adaptable. I got the 'city idea' easily enough. I determined to bluff and 'put it over' with the rest. Mind you, all the time I did it I was hating myself, but I thought it was the only thing to do. I see I am wrong now, but regrets are too late!

Got a Good Salary.
"Well, I took a business course here and got a job as a stenographer. I got $10 a week first, but was soon raised to $15. It was enough for my wants and more, but I was not entirely satisfied.

"It came over me suddenly that my clothes were wrong. The well bred women I admired dressed differently. Then shoes were plain. Their suits' were plain- and also expensive. They did not wear willow plumes nor 'fussy' things. One day I got to thinking of the injustice of everything. I was sick of my life on $15 a week, sick of the utter hopelessness of having all sorts of desires that could not be satisfied.

"I was in a shop. A well-dressed women stood besides me at the counter. I heard her give her name 'Mrs. Bardwell.' she was talking with a friend. I heard her mention that she had accounts at 'all the shops'.

"The mad idea came into my head to impersonate her. I was dying for an 'elegant' pair of shoes such as she wore! We did not look alike, but we were something of the same type.

"Next day I did it. I bought a $17 hat and an $8 pair of shoes. Also many other things, including a smart suit. I gave her name. It was darling, it was criminal, but I did not realize it.

"I was drink on the 'city idea' of putting it over."

"I failed, as you know.

"Now I am in jail and my folks are broken hearted. That is the story of what the city did to me.

"I wish I had stayed home. I advise al country girls to stay home. Don't some to the city. If it doesn't get you in one way, it will in another!"

When the girl was arraigned in police court, charge with obtaining goods under false pretenses, she entered a plea of guilty. Judge Bardwell, before whom she was arraigned, refused to handle the case, referring it to Judge C. L. Smith for trail on Friday.

The girl will probably be sent back home with her father.

One top of picture of Minnie Strand: Posed as Wife of Judge and Ran up Bills.

Below picture: MISS MINNIE C. STRAND, ALIAS CLARA PETERSON, Whom the police say is Miss Minnie C. Strand of Mankato She is charged with passing herself as Mrs. W. W. Bardwell and securing $200 worth of Easter finery.

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