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John Balch
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Austin, MN) August 12, 1869; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

A man named John Balch, of Dodge Center, induced a girl named Wagner to elope with him, a short time since, and at last accounts they were heard of in Winona or vicinity. Balch was a widower; whose wife had been dead only five months, and the girl with whom he eloped is only about fifteen years old.

Alvin Brey
Source: Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) Dec. 9, 1896, page 7; submitted by Robin Line
Alvin Brey killed a large wolf near their place last week.

Alva Caffit
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, June 2, 1920; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

In bulletins forwarded from Washington to Postmaster Thomas E. Considine yesterday, announced is made of the appointment of Henry Sevard to the position of postmaster at Graceton, Minn., and Alva Caffit as postmistress at Cheney, Minn.

Dr. Cook
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Austin, MN) July 29, 1869; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

STATE NEWS. The Mantorville Express says that on Saturday, the 17th inst., a fine two horse team belonging to Dr. Cook, of Wasioja, was instantly killed by backing over a precipice thirty feet high, at Blake's mill, in that county. The driver saved his life by jumping from the wagon, which was loaded with flour.

Truman Hibbard
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) July 27, 1893; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

West Concord, Minn., July 26.-Truman Hibbard, who claims Fort Snelling as his home, on July 20 mounted his bicycle at Chicago at 10 a. m. and started homeward bound arrived at this station on the 25th inst. At 10:50 a. m. Monday he covered 100 miles, notwithstanding a scalding hot wave and acres of dust clouds on the line of his travel. He left here expecting to arrive at his destination in time for an early supper.

Mr. Peterson
[Source: The Saint Cloud Journal (MN) March 19, 1868; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

A pilgrim named Peterson, from Mantorville, Minn., not long since was killed, under peculiar circumstances. He was going down a divide between two gulches, on long Norwegian snowshoes, probably with great velocity, when they clogged and threw him about one hundred and fifty feet down the mountain. He was found one week afterwards frozen through. He had not moved after the fall.

James Thompson
Source: Denver Posst (Denver, CO) Tuesday, October 20, 1908; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Youngsters Try to Beat Way From Minnesota to Denver.

Fearing his son James, aged 11, who left his home in West Concord, Minn., several weeks ago, en route to Colorado, has been killed or in some manner met with foul play, J. R. Thompson, a prominent business man of that city , appealed to Mayor Robert W. Speer and the local police department. Every effort is being made by the police to ascertain the whereabouts of the boy and return him to his parents.

According to the message received by the mayor the young boy left his home several weeks ago in company with his chum. They had planned, so they told their friends, to "beat their way to Denver and then to some small Colorado town, where they would make their home with an aunt."

The aunt's name was Mrs. Albert Mooreland. She is supposed to reside at Cope, Colo., but no trace of her can be found.

It is feared that the boys have been thrown from the trucks of some train upon which they were stealing a ride, run over and possibly killed. Their bodies might have been dragged for some distance by the train and deposited in some out of the way place where they have not as yet been discovered.

Word has been sent by the father, who is distracted over the disappearance, along the route of travel asking that the ground near the path of the train be searched for the boys.

Special effort is being made by the local department to locate the boys, but as yet their efforts have been unrewarded.

J. E. Porter
[Source: Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, August 21, 1866, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
Last week Mr. J. E. Porter's mill dam gave way some twenty feet, and the rain of this week has finished its destruction. This is a serious loss to Mr. Porter, as he has only finished repairing the dam after its break last spring. Mr. Adams' dam has also given way, some thirty or forty feet east of the principal abutment, thus forming a new channel in part, that had directed the heaviest current from the bridge and this circumstance alone has saved our bridge, which has suffered considerably, as one of the abutments is nearly half washed away, making it unsafe for heavy teams to cross. The loss of these dams will be felt at this time, as help is so scarce, every hand being needed in the harvest field.

[Source: Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, August 28, 1866, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
We understand that the citizens of this place and vicinity are taking steps to raise a fund to assist Mr. J. E. Porter in rebuilding his mill-dam. We think this is a wise move. This mill is a necessity to the community, as there is but one now in operation near us, and without assistance, Mr. Porter could not rebuild it for some time. We do not know how soon Mr. Adams will rebuild his dam. His expense will be greater than Mr. Porter's.

William Randall
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, January 23, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

West Concord, Minn., Jan. 22.-William Randall has purchased the John Maurer brick block and stock of general merchandise. Mr. Randall has been engaged in the farm machinery business in this place for years, having recently sold to Bosshard, Barr & Scott.

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