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George M. Allen

George M. Allen, publisher of the Christian Banner at Hastings, Minn., recently fired four shots at himself with a revolver, only one of which took effect, and even that was not serious.
[Source: New York Herald (New York, NY) Monday, March 2, 1874] mkk


Charles Bigelow

CHARLES BIGELOW, of Hastings, Minn., received a patent last week for an improved machine for grooving stove pipe.
[Source: St. Paul Daily Pioneer (St. Paul, MN) Tuesday, June 16, 1857] mkk


Pearl Boyd

A GIPSY GIRL.
She Leaves Her Companions and Wants a Home.

Portland Or., October 30.-Pearl Boyd deserted a gypsy camp in North Salem Tuesday night and professes to have turned her back upon her earlier training and is now seeking a home where she may have the advantage of other American girls. After leaving the camp the girl went to the home of Mrs. Minor, in North Salem, where her story was told and the city officers began to investigate.

The girl says that until Tuesday night she was in the hands of her captors from her earliest remembrance, and thinks she was stolen from her parents when about two years old. According to the history she had been able to obtain she was born in Hastings, Minn., and will be seventeen years old in March. Her mother was a French woman and her father came from Canada. She is sure she has a cousin in Minneapolis, from whom she once received a letter, but all other letters relating to her identity have been destroyed.
[Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) October 30, 1897] mkk


William Boyd
LOCAL AFFAIRS.
P. O. CLERK. - We notice our friend Boyd is back at his old stand in the post-office. William is a K. U. S. amongst the mail bags.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) Thursday, May 21, 1863] mkk


Snana or Maggie Brass

AFTER MANY YEARS.
Noble Indian Squaw Meets Again a Girl Rescued in 1862.

A year ago the Pioneer Press printed the story of Mrs. Mary Schwandt-Schmidt's captivity among the Sioux during the great outbreak of 1862. All of her family but herself and a younger brother were murdered by the Indians, and she - then a girl of fourteen - was taken captive and held until the final restoration of all the white prisoners at Camp Release. While a prisoner she was in constant peril, and it will be remembered that in her story she attributes her preservation mainly to the kind offices of an Indian woman named Snana (Tinkling), who purchased her from her savage captor, adopted her as a daughter, and carefully guarded and watched over her for weeks, until the final overthrow of the Sioux.

A copy of the paper containing Mrs. Schmidt's story reached the Sioux agency at Santee, Neb., and the two women were soon in glad communication with each other. Neither had heard from the other since the dreadful days of 1862. Meantime Snana had married an Indian named Mazazedon (Brass), well known as Charles Brass, who was at one time a scout in the government service, but he died some years since. His widow now owns and manages a farm near Santee agency, where she is well known and universally respected as a worthy Christian woman.

Mrs. Brass is a comely Indian matron, fifty-six years of age. Her Christian name is Maggie. She was born at Mendota, and in her girlhood was educated in the family of Rev. Dr. Williamson, the pioneer missionary, at the Indian village of Kaposia, four miles below St. Paul.

At the close of the war she came to Fort Snelling and went from there to Faribault where she remained for some time. She speaks reads and writes English fluently and intelligently, and, moreover, possesses all the attributes of a true woman. Her brave and noble conduct in rescuing and preserving her helpless young charge from death was known to but few prior to the Pioneer Press publication, but it is none the less praiseworthy. The girl she saved to the world is now a most estimable woman, and a happy end crowns a noble work.

"The first I knew that my daughter was still alive," said Mrs. Brass the other evening, "was when the matron of the Indian school at Santee came to me with the newspaper and kissed me and said, 'Maggie, you are a dear, good woman," and went on to praise me, and then scolded me because I had never told her and the others the story. I had not said much about it, because I did not like to boast of doing what was only my duty. I have always loved the memory of my daughter, and hoped and prayed that I might see her again, and now that my dearest wish is realized I am happier than I ever expected to be. She was a very pretty and good girl when she was with me, and I think she is pretty yet, and she is so kind to see that I love her more than ever."
St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Source: The Canton Times (MS) November 8, 1895] mkk


Frank Brown

ANYBODY KNOWING THE WEREABOUTS of Frank Brown of Egantown, Minn., kindly communicate with William Brown, Mendota, Minn., in care of Carl Rahn.
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) May 4, 1904] mkk


James Brown

LOCAL AFFAIRS
ADOPTED. - The foundling left at Herr Henkel's a few days ago has been adopted by Mr. James Brown, of Hampton, who has no children of his own, and will provide a good home for the little unfortunate.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver, Tuesday, November 17, 1863] mkk


A. C. Bruce

MINNESOTA TROTTING HORSE BREEDERS MEET.
St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 21.-The Minnesota Association of Trotting and Pacing Horsebreeders held its annual meeting here today. A. C. Bruce, of Rosemount, was chosen president. A meeting will be held in January to arrange for the stakes for 1894.
[Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Friday, December 22, 1893] mkk


Archie Cadzow

DEWEY'S NEW WATCH
Admiral Receives the Gift of Fifty Thousand Northwestern Children.

WASHINGTON, April 26.-Admiral Dewey received a delegation at Beauvoir, his country home, which represented 50,000 children in the Northwest, and presented to him, as a token of the regard and esteem of the donors, a beautiful gold watch and fob.

About six months ago, Archie Cadzow of Rosemount, Minn., suggested and the Minneapolis Journal carried out the suggestion that the children of the Northwest raise money with which to purchase a watch for Admiral Dewey.

The watch is a beautiful one of 22 carat gold, bearing the admiral's initials in monogram and having on the dial, in place of numerals, the letters of his name. Congressman McCleary made the presentation speech and the admiral replied briefly, expressing his gratitude for the gift and the good wishes of the 50,000 children who contributed toward it.
[Source: Aberdeen Weekly News (Aberdeen, SD) Thursday, April 26, 1900; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

More . . .

On the inside of the case is an inscription of the names of the Spanish ships destroyed in Manila harbor and the inscription: "Presented to Admiral Dewey by the children of Minneapolis and the Northwest, May 1, 1900, each donor contributing one cent."
[Source: Denver Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) Thursday, April 26, 1900; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Mrs. Charles Calahan

Mrs. Charles Calahan, of Egantown, gave a farewell reception Thursday evening for her sister, Miss Sara Egan, and cousins, the Misses Nellie and Noddie Butler, of Milwaukee. The tables were prettily arranged in pink and green on the upper floor. Dancing was the feature of the evening, in which a large number of young folks participated.
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) August 9, 1891; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


James Callan

James Callan, who held the office of county commissioner of Dakota county for eighteen years, was in the city yesterday. He was recently appointed live stock inspector of Egan township, Dakota county. He visited the South St. Paul stock yards yesterday afternoon to witness the slaughtering of hogs and cattle.
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) May 4, 1889; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Patrick Cassely (or Caserly)
COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS, June 26th 1863.-The petition of D. W. Truax and others praying for the removal of Patrick Cassely's house from the north end of Spring Street, was read. And on motion of Ald. Meloy, Patrick Casserly was allowed to let his dwelling house remain on the north end of Spring Street until the 1st day of September, 1863.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) May 7, 1863; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


A. C. Chamberlain

A. C. Chamberlain, aged 80, was admitted to the bar in Hastings, Minn., the other day.
[Source: Critic Record (Washington DC) Tuesday, February 11, 1837] mkk


Emma Cjollon

A LEAF.
Miss Agnes Murphy gave a party at her home, 251 Fairfield avenue, last week in honor of her guest, Miss Emma Cjollon, of Rosemount, Minn.
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) February 10, 1889] mkk


E. B. Cowles

Mr. E. B. Cowles, formerly of this city and book-keeper at Rockwood's store has returned to Hastings, Minn., and started up his steam saw mill which has been lying idle under the "hard times" for several months. The independent published at that place says the mill is among the best in Minnesota.
[Source: Springfield Republican (Springfield, MA) Friday, July 30, 1858] mkk


George Dalrymple

The title of "Wheat King" has been bestowed upon George Dalrymple, of Minnesota, the reasons for which honor are given below. In 1856 he went West from Pennsylvania, set to work, and in 1865 had scraped together $30,000. With his he bought 2,000 acres of virgin prairie near Hastings, Minn., at $7 to $15 an acre, and proceeded to break it up and put it under cultivation, and he has now realized three crops, the actual area sown to wheat each year being about 1,700 acres, the other three hundred being devoted to grass, farm inclosures, etc. In 1867, the first year, the net proceeds of the crop were $1,000 over and above the cost of the land and all the expenses of starting the farm and sowing and harvesting the wheat. The second years the net profits were $10,000; and the present year, when so many farmers are complaining of loss, $25,000. Reckoning the increased value of the land, and the net profit of the three years' operations are $150,000.
[Source: The Democratic Press (Ravenna, OH) March 17, 1870] mkk


Patrick Daly

LOST AND FOUND
Strayed - On Thursday, November 3, a black horse colt, one-half year old. Liberal reward for his return or information to Patrick Daly, residence Egan town; postoffice Rosemount, Minn.
[Source: Daily Globe (St. Paul, MN) November 8, 1881] mkk


Charles Dameral

Fire At Hastings.
Hastings, Dakota county, Minn., was visited by a fire on the morning of August 30, commencing at 4 o'clock. The fire broke out in the residence and livery stable of Charles Damerals, all being under one roof. The building was entirely consumed, together with Mr. Damerals' household goods, seven horses and two cows. Total loss estimated at $6,000 with only $2,500 insurance. The origin of the fire is a mystery, bus suspicion leans strongly toward incendiarism.
[Source: The Princeton Union (MN) September 9, 1880] mkk


Louise Dameral

Mr. Huefner [Paul] has never held any political or official position, his own personal affairs wholly occupying his time. He has been eminently successful in his business operations, and has accumulated a handsome fortune. He was married at Hastings, Minnesota, in 1868, to Louise, daughter of Charles Dameral. Their union was blessed with one son, Paul Ferdinand Louis. Mrs. Huefner died at Hastings in March, 1871. In 1887 he was married at Lewiston, Minnesota to Florence E. Cook, by whom he has had two children, Clara being the only one living. He is a member of the Catholic Church, and in politics is a Democrat.
[Source: Biographical History of La Crosse, Monroe and Juneau Counties, Wisconsin, January 1, 1892] mkk


Ellen M. Delano

LOST HER MIND.
HASTINGS, Minn., July 21.-Mrs. Ellen M. Delano, a lady of culture and means, and whose home is originally in Terre Haute, Ind., has been adjudged insane by the probate court and committed to the Rochester asylum. For the past week she has been stopping at the Gardner house in this city.
[Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Thursday, July 21, 1887] mkk


Hugh Derham

The Hastings Union says that Mr. Hugh Derham, of Rosemont, Dakoto county [sic.] had six stacks of wheat destroyed by fire a few days ago, caused by the burning of a straw stack, which had been set on fire the day before. - The hard wind started up the fire again which run on the stable to the stacks. The loss was between 500 to 600 bushels of wheat.
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) October 14, 1869] mkk


James E. Dodge

AN ARMY OFFICER'S DOWNFALL.
Supposed to Have Deserted After Having Duplicated His Accounts.
LEAVENWORTH, Sept. 23.-Second Lieutenant James E. Dodge, Fourteenth infantry, has been absent from his post for ten days, and it is believed that he has deserted. Since his disappearance it has been discovered that his pay accounts for August were duplicated. The Commercial Bank of Port Townsend paid him the first time, and on the last day of August he was paid by the paymaster in Leavenworth. This was discovered by the arrival here of the first bank's vouchers, which he had neglected to endorse. They were returned to the bank endorsed by another officer, but suspicion was not aroused until his absence from here beyond the expiration of his leave. The paymaster at Vancouver telegraphs that he has paid August vouchers for Lieut. Dodge to the Commercial Bank.

Lieut. Dodge obtained two days' leave on the 10th and has not returned since. He had been assigned to duty at the infantry and cavalry school here.

During the week his father, Dr. Dodge, arrived here from Hastings, Minn., and was terribly shocked to learn of his son's illegal absence and of the duplication of the accounts.
[Source: Columbus Daily Enquirer (Columbus, GA) Thursday, September 24, 1891] mkk

Later . . .

NOT A RELATIVE OF BLAINE

The statement published in the Hannibal (Mo.) dispatches that Lieutenant J. E. Dodge, U. S. A., indicted by the grand jury for burglary, is a relative of Gail Hamilton and the Blaine family, is not correct. Dodge is the adopted son of Dr. Dodge of Hastings, Minn., and if the young man has any parents, Dr. Dodge has never been aware of it, as he found the young fellow in a basket at the front door without being able to account for himself. He was taken in out of the cold and reared by the doctor's family, whose name he was given.
[Source: Kansas City Times (MO) Sunday, January 17, 1892]


August Dohling

The Champion Sleeper.
HASTINGS, Minn., March 14.-August Dohling, aged 19 years, an inmate of the poorhouse, fell into a comatose state some six weeks ago, since which time he has been sleeping continuously except while being fed. His mouth has to be opened and his chin worked to get a movement of the jaws. Attendants force into his system three eggs, three pints of milk and eight crackers daily. The cases baffles medical skill.
[Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Wednesday, March 15, 1893] mkk


Ignatias Donnelly

PERSONAL.
The Hon. Ignatias Donnelly has been snowed in at his farm at Hastings, Minn., recently, with the snow four to seven feet deep and the thermometer forty to fifty degrees below zero.
[Source: New York Tribune (New York, NY) Saturday, February 4, 1888] mkk


James Duffy

Hastings, Minn., July 25-James Duffy, clerk in the register of deeds' office was arrested here this evening for stealing $35 from the money drawer of Chris. Olles' boarding house. Duffy was a boarder there. This morning all the bills were found in his mouth. He is now in jail, and will be examined to-morrow morning.
[Source: Press and Daily Dakotaian (Yankton, Dakota Territory)]


J. A. Ennis

J. A. Ennis, of Hastings, Minn., who has been traveling extensively in the Dakotas, spent yesterday in the city, the guest of the Kennard. He reports nearly all parts of the country are exceedingly dry.
[Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Tuesday, May 13, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Eva Evans

BATH.
Miss Eva Evans of Egan, Minn., will deliver a chalk talk in the church next Monday evening. A silver offering will be taken.
[Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) September 21, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


C. C. Eversole

PARACHUTE SAVES AIRMAN.
Mendota, Minn. (AP)-When his air mail plane developed engine trouble three miles south of here Friday, Pilot C. C. Eversole leaped to safety in a parachute from a height of 3000 feet. Eversole, who was flying from Minneapolis and St. Paul to Chicago, made the leap after his plane had gone into a nose dive.
[Source: Idaho Statesman (Boise, ID) Saturday, February 19, 1921] mkk


Marshall K. Felton

Marshall K. Felton, of the firm of Felton Bros., Hastings, Minn., and son of Edwin Felton, Esq. of Franklin, is now spending the winter in St. Augustine, Florida, for his health.
[St. Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, VT) Friday, March 11, 1870] mkk


Norman Frank

Norman Frank, of Hastings, Minn., lost $500 worth of wheat the other day by a lightning stroke.
[Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, MI) Thursday, October 24, 1878; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Stephen Gardner

Stephen Gardner, of Hastings, Minn;, one of the directors of the Red River National Bank in Fargo, made his daughter a Christmas present of a $10,000 government bond. Who wouldn't be a bank director's daughter.
[Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, December 30, 1881; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Joseph Havens

FOUND AT LAST.
Special Dispatch to the Cincinnati Gazette.

RUSHVILLE, Ind., Jan. 29.-Over two years since a young man named Joseph Havens, whose parents live two miles south of here, disappeared from home. The relatives and friends made long search for him and expended a great amount of money, trying to learn something of his whereabouts. As his mind was somewhat impaired, all hope of his return was given up and he considered dead. The affair passed from the minds of the people and the grief stricken parents had moved to another State. To-day, however, the Postmaster, at this place, received a communication from Hastings, Minn., stating that the young man was at that place.
[Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, OH) Monday, January 31, 1881; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Helicia Heerman

DIED.
In Nininger, Oct. 20th, 1866, after an illness of five weeks, Mrs. Helicia, wife of Capt. E. E. Heerman, aged thirty-nine years.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) October 23, 1866] mkk


Fred Hener

Hastings, Minn. - The large stock barn of Fred Hener, in Eagan, was struck by lightning and burned, together with five horses and two cows, Loss $2,500.
[Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth) Saturday, September 23, 1911] mkk


Charles W. Holman

FAMED FLIERS MOURN 'SPEED' HOLMAN DEATH.
Lindbergh Joins Others in Sending Condolence to the Widow.

WAS AN OLD FRIEND.
St. Paul, Minn., May 18 (AP).-Scores of telegrams of condolence were received today by Mrs. Charles W. Holman, widow of Speed Holman who was killed at the Omaha air races Sunday. One was from Colonel Charles Lindbergh who had been a friend of the Twin Cities flier several years before Lindbergh made aviation history with his transatlantic flight.

Others were received from Lieutenant Al Williams, former navy flier; Lieutenant Jimmy Doolittle, former army flier, and Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, world war ace. Colonel Clarence M. Young, assistant secretary of commerce in charge of aviation, messaged: "Charles Holman's untimely death is a great loss to the entire aviation industry."

John F. Malone, Northwest Airways pilot; Arsene Nakashian, vice-resident of the St. Paul Aviation club, and A. E. Johansen, also a member of the club of which Holman was president, went to Omaha to accompany the body to Minneapolis.

The funeral probably will be Wednesday with pilots of the Northwest Airways and those of the One Hundred and Ninth aero squadron of the Minnesota National Guard not participating in the army air maneuvers at Dayton, flying in formation above the funeral procession.

In accordance with a recent wish voiced by Holman, Colonel Brittin said burial would be on the highest point in Acacia cemetery near Mendota, Minn., unless plans by the family altered the proposed arrangements.
[Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Tuesday, May 19, 1931; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Marion A. Hopkins

The many friends in St. Paul and vicinity of Miss Marion A. Hopkins, daughter of Mrs. James Thompson of Egantown, Dakota county, and sister of Mrs. J. D. Hoyt of the West side, will be interested to learn that by the terms of the will of her adopted father, the late Col. Thomas Brown of Knoxville, Tenn., Miss Hopkins is sole legatee of one undivided half of the Concord, Tenn., marble quarries, valued at $100,000. Miss Marion was one of society's favorites in Washington, D. C., last season. She intends to make her future home in St. Paul.
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) May 3, 1885 transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


James Hyland

James Hyland, of Lakeville, has been sent to the insane asylum at St. Peter.
[Daily Globe, Saint Paul, Minnesota, March 29, 1879, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.]


Julius Kennitz

A boy named Julius Kennitz, living in the town of Farmington, Minn., caught fourteen wolves last year, for which he received the State bounty of ten dollars each, and he has already caught ten more this spring, for which, under the amended law, he receives three dollars apiece.
[Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, MI) Thursday, May 20, 1869] mkk


Frank Kohler

FAREWELL PARTY
A Brilliant Social Gathering at the Northern Hotel Last Night.

MUSIC AND DANCING
F. J. Kohler's Friends Give Him a Merry Good-Bye Before His Departure.

The Hotel Northern was the scene of a brilliant social gathering last evening, the occasion being a farewell party tendered Mr. Frank Kohler by a party of friends. The evening was devoted to dancing and games and was greatly enjoyed by the large company present. A collation was served at 11 o'clock and the merry making continued until nearly 2 o'clock. Mr. Kohler leaves this evening for his home in Hastings, Minn. During the three years he has resided in Grand Forks Mr. Kohler has won a host of friends who greatly regret his departure. He is a young man of sterling worth and will make friends wherever he may go.
[Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Friday, May 8, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Jennie Labey

WILL AID WOODMEN FIRE SUFFERERS.
Mrs. Jennie Labey of Mendota, Minn., district manager of Woodman circle of northern Minnesota, arrived in the city, Tuesday, to supervise relief work among fire sufferers, who belong to the order. Mrs. Labey is at the Holland hotel, where she will gladly talk over conditions and attend to the immediate needs of members of Woodman circles.
[Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, October 25, 1918; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


John Lally

MISSING FRIENDS.
LALLY. - Of John Lally, native of Bellmullet, County Mayo, Ireland, which he left in June, 1891, for Dickinson, N. D. accompanied by his brother Patrick. He is now about 20 years of age. When last heard from was in South St. Paul, Minn. Any information of him will be thankfully received by his brother, ROBERT LALLY, Melville, Park County, Mont., care of Veasey & McDonnell.
[Irish World - New York, New York, Saturday, September 29, 1894


W. B. Le Duc

The President has appointed W. B. Le Duc, son of W. G. Le Duc of Hastings, Minn., Cadet-at-large at West Point.
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) April 12, 1877] mkk


W. G. Leduc

1866
In 1859 the rebel pirate, John N. Moffitt, loaned to General W. G. Leduc, of Hastings, Minn., $5,100, taking as security a lot of land in St. Paul, on which the printing office of the St. Paul Press now stands. The mortgage has been running since that time. On information of the fact that the property was still held by Moffit, necessary proceedings were at once instituted, and at the late term of the United States Court a decree of confiscation was entered, and a writ issued. On the 1st instant the property was sold under the decree, and brought only $3,000, although worth $10,000. The reason of the small price was the fact that a man present claimed to be owner of a tax title to the property.
[Source: Commercial Advertiser (New York, NY) Thursday, August 9, 1866] mkk

1872
From the Hastings (Minn.) Gazette we learned that Gen. W. G. LeDuc, of Hastings, and R. S. Knapp of Nininger are getting out lumber in Brainerd for the Docs of the Northern Pacific railroad at Duluth.
[Source: Duluth Minnesotian (Duluth, MN) Saturday, March 9, 1872] mkk


Patrick Mahoney

LOCAL AFFAIRS.
Hard Luck.-A few days since Mr. Patrick Mahoney removed from Rockford, III., to this city, and accidentally lost his cooking stove and two horse wagon in the river while removing it from the levee. He bought another wagon for $125, and on Thursday night last it was stolen. No clue has been obtained of the thieves.
[ The Hastings Conserver, Hastings, Minnesota, Tuesday, October 31, 1865] mkk


Mrs. McClure and Child

ACCIDENT.-We are informed that a Mrs. McClure, living near this cicty, while washing last week left her cistern open and a little child fell into it. Being unable to rescue it without getting in herself she did so, and remained eight hours in water up to her chin holding her infant above the surface. Finally some children, attracted by her cries, came to the house, help was obtained, and both taken out. Mother and child are dangerously ill, and not expected to live.
[ The Hastings Conserver, Hastings, Minnesota, Tuesday, August 15, 1865] mkk


Annis Neilsen and Sarina Larson

SISTERS ENJOY THEIR FIRST RIDE IN YEARS.
Stanwood, Wash., April 22.-On their first train ride in fifty years and the second of their lives, Miss Annis Neilsen, 98 years old, and her sister, Mrs. Sarina Larson, 95 years old, arrived here at the Josephine Old People's home, maintained by northwestern Norwegians. The trip was made from Christiania, Minn., in four days, and the nonagenarians, though tired out were gleeful over the many sights they had seen.

The two women, who may yet live to reach a century, were among the first Norwegian settlers in Minnesota, coming to that state direct from Norway in 1860. They settled near Christiania, below St. Paul. They squatted alone, miles from other settlers, and with their own hands built a rude cabin of logs, rocks and clay. They farmed, and later proved up on a section of good land.

The younger of the two married John Larson thirty years ago and the single sister lived with the wedded pair. Larson died three years ago. The land the women own in Minnesota is worth a small fortune now, it is said, and they have come to the home here in order to receive better care.
[Source: Escanaba Morning Press (MI) April 23, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Peter Nelson
- Peter Nelson, Farmington, Minn., has gotten up a corner on lager. All the licenses in the town run out in May, but his holds good till December. So he became a convert to the temperance cause, put through a no-license vote, and now has built an addition to his hall 35 by 40.
[Source: Cambria Freeman (Ebensburg, PA) April 13, 1872] mkk


Frank E. Newell

As stated in the GLOBE yesterday morning, the petition of Frank E. Newell, claiming to be legally elected sheriff of Dakota county, and holding the certificate of such election, but to whom possession of the office is refused by John F. Newton, incumbent under a previous election was presented to the supreme court yesterday morning, which ordered an alternative writ of mandamus to issue against said Newton, to show cause why he should not vacate such office to said Newell, and Thursday, the 8th inst., at 10 o'clock, set for a hearing.
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 4, 1880] mkk


J. F. Norrish

MR. NORRISH'S SNAP.
Hastings, Minn., June 17.-Hon. J. J. F. Norrish has left for Paris as a delegate to the international prison congress and expects to be absent about three months.
[Source: Bismarck Tribune (ND) June 17, 1895] mkk


William O'Connell

- Mr. Wm. O'Connell, of Hastings, Dakota county, Minn., a good friend and true of the FREEMAN, in forwarding his annual subscription takes occasion to five us an idea of his prospects and surroundings, from which we glean the gratifying fact that he has 320 acres in wheat, 40 in corn, 20 in oats, and 60 in grass. He is also the owner of five span of good horses, and is otherwise comfortably fixed, as he well deserved to be, for a more industrious and deserving man never shook the dust of Cambria county from his feet and betook himself to the land of promise in the direction of the setting sun.
[Source: The Cambria Freeman (Ebensburg, PA) May 30, 1879] mkk


George Olcott

- The Hastings Gazette says George Olcott and family, consisting of wife and five children, who left Hastings last month for England are supposed to have been lost on the ill-fated Cambria.
[Source: The St Cloud Journal (MN) November 24, 1870] mkk


A. Olson

TAR AND FEATHERS AS A CURE.
Rossemount, Minn., Aug. 10.-A. Olson, a shoemaker, while drunk, drove his wife and children out of the house. This conduct so incensed the citizens that they determined to give Olson a taste of law and order. Olson was accordingly led to the fair grounds and divested of his clothing. It was intended to tar and feather him, but, as tar was scarce, some varnish was procured. This was warmed and Olson given a good coating, on which feathers were plentifully stuck. The crowd had not finished with him het, for he was led down town, made to kneel on the most prominent street corner and swear that he would not drink any more, nor would he beat his family. Olson promised everything asked. He was then released by his tormentors, and, as he weighs something like 300 pounds, he presents a sorry spectacle.
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) August 11, 1897] mkk


Albert Poor

ACCIDENT. - Mr. Albert Poor, of Nininger, received a severe accident yesterday, though it is not reported dangerous. While out chopping a tree became lodged, forcing off a large limb, which flow back inflicting a severe gash in his forehead. He is attended by Dr. J. E. Finch, of this city.
[The Hastings Conserver (Minnesota) Tuesday, February 13, 1866] mkk


Mrs. S. A. Pringle

Mrs. S. A. Pringle, the mother of B. and W. H. Pringle, the enterprising hardware firm of this city, is in town, and is registered at the Richardson. Mrs. Pringle's home is in Hastings, Minn.
[Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Tuesday, November 27, 1883; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Charley Proctor

PERSONAL.
Charley Proctor left this afternoon for Hastings, Minn., where he will engage in business with his brother John.
[Source: Elkhart Daily Review (Elkhart, IN) Friday, April 30, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]


Mrs. Radtke

Farmington Tribune: Mrs. Radtke of Stanton is still laughing. A few days ago two men stopped at her house and offered to buy her flock of chickens, but at the prices offered she did not care to sell. The men drove away. The next morning she learned that the whole flock of chickens had been taken. In looking around the deserted coop she picked up a wallet containing $750. During the day the two men returned to the Radtke home and asked for a piece of wire to repair their car. While one of the men was talking with Mrs. Radtke, the other slipped quietly into the hen house, but came out with a dejected look on his face.

The men drove away convinced that the chickens cost them dearly.
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Oct. 25, 1923, page 4; submitted by Robin Line.


John W. Ray

NEW HAMPSHIRE.
Rev. John W. Ray, formerly of Manchester, is superintendent of the public schools at Hastings, Minn.
[Source: Lowell Daily Citizen and News (Lowell, MA) Saturday, February 5, 1870] mkk


Martha L. Rich

RED CROSS WORK
Hastings, Minn., July 23.-The Red Cross society of Hastings, Miss Martha L. Rich president, shipped another box of articles to the division hospital at Camp Thomas, Chickamauga, this week.
[Source: Minneapolis Journal (MN) July 28, 1898] mkk


P. A. Ringstrom

HASTINGS AFFAIRS. - The Hastings militia company has organized a new brass band with P. A. Ringstrom as leader.
[Minneapolis Journal (Minnesota) Monday, September 14, 1896] mkk


Mrs. R. H. Schatz

PASTOR MISSING AFTER RECEIVING DEATH THREATS.
Search for Rev. S. J. Schatz Fails; Brother Found Dead Last Summer

St. Paul, Feb. 7.-Efforts to locate Rev. S. J. Schatz, formerly a pastor here at Milwaukee, who, according to dispatches received from Milwaukee, had received letter threatening his life, failed tonight. Local authorities denied any knowledge of reports that Rev. Mr. Schatz has turned the letters over to them.

Mrs. R. H. Schatz of Rosemount, Minn., sister-in-law of Rev. Schatz, said tonight, however, that she believed the priest was "in a safe place" but she declined to disclose his whereabouts.

Police recalled that while Rev. Mr. Schatz was here several years ago, he reported that he had received threatening letters. In July, 1919, his brother Rev. Valerian Schatz, was found dead in his parish home at Gibbon, Minn. The coroner returned a verdict of suicide. The priest had been dead about two weeks when found.

Discussing the case today, Dr. James McKeon, who performed a second autopsy two weeks later at the request of relatives, said he believed the priest had been killed. "The nature of the wounds were such that they could not have been self-inflicted, " said Dr. McKeon.

"The man had been struck a blow on the skull, he had a knife wound and a gunshot wound. "
[Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, February 8, 1921 ] mkk


Joseph Schields
GREAT NORTHERN TRAIN WRECKED.
Two Passengers Reported Killed and Five Injured Near Ojata, N. D.
GRAND FORKS, N. D., March 8. - Great Northern passenger train No. 2 was wrecked near Ojata, about 9 o'clock tonight. Two passengers are reported killed - W. C. Andrew, paper salesman for Wright, Barrett & Stillwell of St. Paul and a man named Langer of Crookston. Five are reported injured. A special train was sent from Grand Forks to remove the injured and bring the passengers here.

The injured: Robert Hanson, Newell, Iowa, arm broken and scalded; Knute Engelbretson, Churches Ferry, N. D., head and arm injured; S. Mattson, Wilmot, S. D., head injured; William H. Sheppard, Lake Odessa, Mich., back wrenched; Walter Jennings, mail clerk, Minneapolis, scratched; Joseph Schields, Mendota, minn., mail clerk, bruised slightly.

HAVE MIRACULOUS ESCAPE.
The mail clerks had a miraculous escape. When the shock came one jumped to each end of the coach and the tender crashed through their coach between them, cutting through the car. The rest of the injured were in the front end of the day coach, which bore the full brunt of the shock.

Spreading of the rails is supposed to have caused the wreck.
[Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) March 9, 1907] mkk


E. J. Shrkee

E. J. Shrkee, sheriff of Dakota county, Minn., received $1.000 from Des Moines for having produced the bodies of the Mercer brothers.
[Source: Bismarck Tribune (ND) December 16, 1881] mkk


W. L. Sibley

W. L. SIBLEY SUBMITS BEST RIPLEY STORY.
"Six children all were born in the same room of Sibley house (built in 1834) at Mendota, Minn., but each child was born in a different state or territory!"

This, indeed is a most startling fact and the Register-Republic today awards W. L. Sibley, 732 John street, the $10 cash award for the best "Believe It or Not" fact submitted by its readers during the national Ripley contest which ended at midnight Monday.

Mr. Sibley, too becomes a leading contender for one of the nine national grand prizes which will be offered by Robert L. Ripley, creator of the celebrated cartoons which appear daily in the Register-Republic.
[Source: Register Republic (Rockford, IL) Wednesday, May 18, 1932] mkk


Louis Sieben

ARRESTS EDUCATOR ON ASSAULT CHARGE
Mayor of Hastings Swears Out Warrant for Man Who Whipped His Son.

HASTINGS, Minn., Jan. 22.-Mayor Sieben, of this city, today caused the arrest of E. L. Porter, superintendent of schools on the charge of assault and battery. Superintendent Port, it is alleged, chastised the mayor's son Louis. Judge Pringle will decide Saturday whether or not the punishment was justifiable. The boy was punished for an alleged misdemeanor in the school room, which was reported by his teacher to the superintendent.
[Source: Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, Minnesota, January 23, 1904] mkk


George P. Smith

Geo. P. Smith, of Hastings, Minn., is at the Gorden. Mr. Smith is an owner of race horses, and has brought some of his trotters here to take part in the coming races.
[Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Wednesday, July 1, 1891] mkk


Lewis Smith

Lewis Smith, Esq., formerly of Henniker, and Clerk of our New Hampshire House of Representatives during the sessions of 1847 and 1848, now living in Hastings, Minn., has been elected to the Legislature of that State.
[Source: New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord, NH) Wednesday, December 9, 1868] mkk


William Sondermann

FOUND GOLD IN HIS BRICKYARD.
Hastings, Minn., Aug. 10 10.-William Sondermann, a brick manufacturer, having noticed the appearance of gold in a kiln of brick opened at his yard, sent up a sample of the sand to F. Lehnen, analytical chemist of St. Paul, for assay, who certified that there is three-tenths of an ounce of the precious metal to the ton, valued at $6. As the expense of working this bed of sand is comparatively nothing, it is quite likely that Mr. Sondermann will set up a trough and test the matter more fully.
[Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Sunday, August 1, 1889] mkk


A. G. Spalding

A. G. Spalding, formerly an attache of this office, has purchased the office and business of the Anoka Republican which he will continue under the name of the Anoka Star. Success to you Bro. Spalding.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) October 13, 1863] mkk


Nellie Stone

Miss Nellie Stone has given up her school at Warren, Marshal county, and is now residing in Hastings, Minn.
[Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, September 30, 1887] mkk


Lute Taylor
LUTE TAYLOR was over again last Friday. He had secreted himself on board of the Northern Belle, and was not discovered until the boat had almost reached Hastings. Having neither ticket or money he was obliged to give up his coat, and was put ashore in a destitute condition. Some confiding individual was induced to hire a horse and buggy to take him home, with whom he left what he called a due-bill on one of our business men to settle charges. As no one could decipher it after LUTE had left town, it was deposited in our sanctum among our other curiosities. Any man that can read it at first sight shall have a copy of the family paper for $2.00. $10.00 for a club of five, and a lock of LUTE's hair, plucked between the eyes, to getter up of the club.
[Source: Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, August 14, 1866] mkk


P. P. Taylor
Hastings Happenings
P. P. Taylor celebrated his 80th anniversary of his birthday yesterday at the residence of his son, F. C. Taylor.
[Source: Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saturday, January 30, 1897] mkk


Maggie Thompson

THE MIDGET IS MISSING.
Mrs. Abigail Thompson's Daughter Abducted, It is Supposed by a Servant.
Mrs. Abigail Thompson, a widow residing at No. 240 East Fillmore avenue, complained to the police at the Ducas street station yesterday that her thirteen-year-old daughter, Maggie, who is a midget but two feet six inches in height, had mysteriously disappeared. It is believed the child was abducted by Albert Beadle, a young man who had until recently been employed by Mrs. Thompson as a driver. Mrs. Thompson formerly operated a large farm in Egan township, Dak., and removed to St. Paul in March last. She is well-to-do, and desired to give her children and education. The midget child who has disappeared has been attending the Lafayette school, and was considered a bright scholar. Beadle was employed by Mrs. Thompson in Dakota, and removed here with the family to take care of their carriage horses. He seemed to be an honest and industrious servant, and had the entire confidence of Mrs. Thompson until within the last month, when he took to drinking considerably. He had been heard frequently to say that if Maggie Thompson would consent to go on exhibition in museums she might earn fame and a big salary. These stories came to the ears of the girl's mother, and on Wednesday evening she discharged Beadle from her service. Little Maggie cried when told Beadle was discharged, and about 9 o'clock she took her hat and went into the parlor of the family residence. A short time after her mother entered the parlor and discovered that the child had gone. She has not been seen since.

There is every reason for the belief that Beadle is responsible for Maggie's disappearance. When he first entered the service of the family he could not read or write, and this so excited Maggie's sympathies that she took upon herself the task of teaching him. They were together a great deal, and were very much attached to each other. The theory is that Beadle has induced the midget to leave home with the intention of placing her on exhibition. He is about five feet eight inches in height, with a light complexion and mustache and rather good-looking. Maggie Thompson has a face which gives her an appearance of being at least twenty years of age, and her manner is very grave. When she left home she wore a cardinal red dress, grey cloak and black hat.
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) April 29, 1888] mkk


Bud Tibbetts
McGRAW BEATEN.
St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 21 (AP)-Bud Tibbetts, 142, Rosemount, Minn., beat Cal McCraw, 140, Sioux City, Ia., in six rounds Monday.
[Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Tuesday, August 22, 1939] mkk


A. H. Truax
SECURED BIG CONTRACTS.
HASTINGS, Minn., May 15.-A. H. Truax of this city has been awarded another government contract to put in locks and dams on the Kanawha river, W. Va., for $235,000, the combined contracts aggregating $520,000.
[Source: Bismarck Tribune (ND) Tuesday, May 16, 1893] mkk


Mrs. D. B. Truax
HASTINGS, MINN., HAS CENTENARIAN
Hastings, Minn., Sept. 2. - Mrs. D. B. Truax, for 58 years a resident of Hastings, will celebrate her 100th birthday anniversary at her home here tomorrow. From 80 to 100 relatives are expected here.

Except for slightly impaired vision and hearing, Mrs. Truax is as active as a person a score of years younger. A. H. Truax, a contractor here, is the only surviving child, and a brother, L. M. Countryman, is living in California. D. B. Truax, husband of Mrs. Truax, died five years ago at the age of 98 years.
[Source: Grand Forks Herald (North Dakota) Sunday, September 4, 1921]


O. B. Tyrrell
The Fanning mill manufactory of O. B. Tyrrell, at Hastings, Minn., was burned on the 7th. Loss $8,000.
[Source: Quincy Daily Whig (Quincy, IL) Tuesday, May 12, 1868] mkk


Antoinette Wakeman

SOME WOMEN WHO FARM.
Mrs. Richard Watson Gilder, whose husband is the editor of The Century Magazine, conducts a farm of 200 acres. Abram S. Hewitt's daughters personally superintend the conduct of farms. Mr. J. J. Glossner, whose husband is one of Chicago's millionaires, has a farm in New Hampshire and goes there early in May and remains until October. Miss Virginia Meredith, who is at the head of the girls' department of the agricultural school of the University of Minnesota has a large stock farm in Indiana and is known among stockmen as one of the most successful breeders of fine cattle in the west. Mrs. Antoinette Wakeman has a farm of 120 acres at Hastings, Minn., where she successfully raises and sells strawberries, grain and hay, eggs, milk and beef.-Washington Post.
[Source: East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) September 5, 1902] mkk


C. A. Westerson

BOUGHT ROLLER MILLS.
HASTINGS, Minn., June 3.-C. A. Westerson has purchased the Ennis roller mill and surrounding property, some 24.5 acres. From J. A. Ennis for $10,500.
[Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Saturday, June 3, 1893] mkk


Michael Whalen

HIGHWAY WORK ON WHALEN LAND TO COMMENCE TODAY.
Rosemount, Minn., Oct. 9.-Differences between Michael Whalen, who lives south of Rosemount on trunk highway No. 1, and the state highway department, are expected to come to a head tomorrow when work on the highway, which has been held up by Whalen, will be started, according to H. E. Chard, state highway construction engineer.

While Whalen, emulating John Dietz of Cameron Dam fame, has built a fence on his land across the new trunk paving route to protect what he believes to be his property rights, reports that he had erected a barricade and was standing guard with a shotgun were declared to be unfounded by Engineer Chard following a visit to the Whalen farm.

Work on the highway at the Whalen farm will be started in the morning the engineer said, when a concrete mixer will be moved to the farm.

The controversy between Whalen and the highway department grew out of the compensation for a right-of-way on his property, and after a legal skirmish, a temporary order restraining Whalen from interfering with highway work was granted by the court. The sheriff will accompany the party to see that the restraining order is enforced, Mr. Chard declared.
[Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, October 10, 1922] mkk


Mark Willson

PERSONAL.-MARK WILLSON, esq., has sold his house, packed up his goods and chattles, and leaves for Winona this week. Mr. WILLSON, during a residence in Hastings of nearly four years, has made many friends, and established a reputation as a man and a merchant. We wish him the best of success in his new home, and that his business engagements may be as successful as he anticipates.
[Source: Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, September 25, 1866] mkk

PERSONAL.-Mark Willson, esq., formerly of this city, and now of Winona, left with is family on the night of election for his new home, having at no little sacrifice retained his residence here long enough to assist in the glorious work in Dakota County. Mr. Willson was a good citizen, liberal and public spirited, and, while we, in common with our entire community, regret the change, yet we are pleased with the favorable prospects before him. He has one of the best residences, as well as store, in Winona, is doing a handsome trade, and bids fair to make his mark among the lending business men of the state. Quite a number of our prominent citizens went down to the boat to extend a parting hand, with their best wishes for future prosperity.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) Tuesday, November 6, 1866] mkk


Gustav Zeiss

HASTINGS HAPPENINGS.
Hastings, Minn., July 21.- Gustav Zeiss and Percy G. Hathaway, sent illegally to the state training school at Red Wing some two months ago, were released yesterday upon a writ of habeas corpus.
[Source: Minneapolis Journal (MN) July 21, 1896] mkk

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