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D. C. Cameron
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 16, 1886; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

A School Superintendent on Trial at Caledonia.
Special to the Globe.
Caledonia, Minn., Jan. 15.-D. C. Cameron, county superintendent of schools since it became an elective office in 1876, and now in his fifth term, is on trial by impeachment, on a series of charges of drunkenness preferred by P. J. Smalley, who also acts as prosecuting attorney against him. The commissioners to receive and report the evidence to the governor, appointed by the governor, as per statute, are Hon. John McNelly of Wilmington, E. E. Stewart of Caledonia and John H. Riffe of Brownsville. The commission met Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the court house and organized. Mr. Smalley received a telegram from the governor saying that Mr. Cameron and Hon. Thomas Wilson of Winona, his attorney, were blockaded at some point and could not reach the commission at the date appointed and requested a postponement. The board then adjourned until Wednesday at 9 o'clock a. m. Mr. Cameron came on the evening train and reported Tuesday. Judge Wilson did not arrive and probably will not, as Mr. Cameron is seeking other counsel, pending which the commission adjourned until Monday next, the 18th. There are some sixty witnesses subpoenaed or to be subpoenaed on the part of the state, among whom are Hon. D. L. Kieble, state superintendent of schools; Prof. Kirke of the Winona normal, and Miss S. E. Sprague of Minneapolis; also many of our leading citizens including county officials, etc. It is probable that sessions of this court will be held at Houston, Hokah, and Brownsville, in Houston county, and also at Winona. This is the first impeachment trial of a county superintendent ever held in the state. It creates much excitement and feeling, and will be a long and closely-contested case.

Cargill vs. Thompson & Sprague
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, May 20, 1893; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Caledonia, Minn., May 19.-The Hokah water power suit of W. W. and S. D. Cargill against Edward Thompson and A. D. Sprague for $25,000 has terminated. The jury rendered a verdict for the plaintiffs in $5,500. The defendants will appeal.


- - 1888 - - TWO INDICTMENTS FOUND. (Court Session)
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) October 18, 1888; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Caledonia, Minn., Oct. 17.-The district court for Houston county convened at 11 o'clock yesterday, Judge J. Q. Farmer presiding. There are twenty-three civil and seven criminal cases on the calendar. The case of C. H. Dahle, for the murder of his cousin in a drunken spree at Sheldon last winter was continued. Court will probably continue through the week. The grand jury was discharged to-day. Tow indictments were found, one against Dr. W. H. McKenna, now of Austin, but formerly and for many years a resident of Caledonia, for perjury, and the second is for larceny. Party unknown.

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