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Fillmore County, Minnesota


People of Fillmore County

Margaret Dumphy
Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) September 4, 1907; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Our village school teachers arrived here Saturday. Miss Wegner of Plato, Minn., and Miss Dumphy of Preston. School began Tuesday morning.

Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) June 3, 1908; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Our village school closed Friday with a picnic. Miss Emma Wegner leaving Monday for her home in Plato, Minn., and Miss Margaret Dumphy went to Oakland to visit her sister, who is teaching there.

H. R. Jones
Source: The Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) March 14, 1878; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

St. Paul, Minn., March 13.-Thieves entered the house of H. R. Jones, of Wykoff, Minn., last night, took the keys from a pocket in his clothes in a bed room, opened a trunk, and took therefrom $100 in money, and from $10,000 to $20,000 in bonds, notes and mortgages. No arrests.

L. G. Kilborn
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) August 21, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Special to the Globe.
SPRING VALLEY, Minn., Aug. 20.-L. G. Kilborn, banker and postmaster at Wykoff, Minn., has disposed of his banking business and resigned his office as postmaster. Fred Wendorf has been appointed postmaster.

George Kuster
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Monday, May 14, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Four-Year-Old Travels Eight Miles on Crossbar.

Wykoff, Minn., May 14.-Four-year-old George Kuster has enjoyed one of the most amazing rides in railroad history. For eight miles, traveling at forty miles an hour and over one of the roughest bits of roadbed in Minnesota, the child was carried, absolutely unhurt, clinging to a crossrod between two box cars and under the coupling, his feet resting on the brakebeam. When rescued the boy was laughing.

George's extraordinary ride began here, where he escaped from his father, Professor George Kuster, and crawled beneath a freight train. A few minutes later the train pulled out. When the train disappeared it was found the child had also vanished.

Between Wykoff and Fountain the next station, eight miles away, there is a steep down grade and a rough roadbed. Over these eight miles the child was whirled, resting between the cars, where he had ensconced himself in the Wykoff depot, and saved by some extraordinary chance from falling to his death on the ties beneath.

At the Fountain siding the train came to a standstill and George, in the best of humor with the world, was found by Conductor William Plummer. The child was not even scratched and his white dress scarcely soiled.

Tonness P. Lien
[Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Nov. 24, 1909, page 1; submitted by Robin Line]
Laporte, Ind.-Tonness P. Lien, Rushford, Minn., today retained counsel to bring action against the estate of Mrs. Belle Gunness, multi-murderess, for $1,000, the amount given the woman by Samuel Lien, who is believed to have been one of her victims.

James McConville
Source: The Galveston Daily News (TX) February 4, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Austin, Tex., Feb. 3.-The adjutant general's department is in receipt of a letter from James McConville of Wykoff, Minn., in which inquiry is made concerning his brother, who was formerly a member of the Texas rangers, and when last heard of his address was Midland. The department will search their records and see if any trace of McConville can be found.

Fred Neuman
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 10, 1932, page 4; submitted by Robin Line.

Preston-Fred Neuman thinks that thieves who drained the oil from his crank case might have at least left him a note of warning. Neuman didn't notice that the oil had been removed until his motor was virtually ruined.

Fred Welshman
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Austin, MN) October 28, 1869; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Fred. Welshman, of Granger, Fillmore county, was arrested on Monday last by Deputy United States Marshall Cleveland, and while on his way to St. Paul, he asked permission to pass out the car; the train being under full headway the request was granted; he jumped from the car, turning a complete summersault and rolling over several times on the ground as he lit, gaining his feet he made for the woods and hid himself in a hole in the ground made by the falling of a tree. The train was stopped as soon as possible, and Mr. Cleveland, assisted by several farmers in the vicinity, secured his man again and conveyed him safely to St. Paul, where he is now committed to jail under bonds, for his appearance before the United States Circuit Court, which convenes in St. Paul next January.

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