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Houston County, Minnesota


Local People

H. P. Beesen
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) May 25, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Caledonia, Minn., May 24.-H. P. Beesen, popularly known as Hans Peter, our village marshal for several years past, fled from the county to escape his approaching and forced marriage. The bans were called on Sunday and Monday, to be solemnized to-day at St. Peter's church. His victim, now soon to become a mother, is a heretofore highly-esteemed widow of 42 years, the mother of a large family, also a grandmother. Her four grown-up sons assaulted Hans Peter on his way to visit her on Sunday evening and drove him away, threatening his life. It is thought she will hardly survive the terrible discrace.

Johanna Burke
Source: St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, MO) Sunday, December 13, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

James Burke, keeper of the National Cemetery at the Jefferson Barracks, and his sister, Johanna, were united a few days ago, after a separation of many years. Burke had lost all trace of his sister, but some time ago learned that she was living in Caledonia, Minn. He wrote a letter he her and was rewarded by her coming on.

John Dorsch
Source: Daily Albany Argus (Albany, NY) Tuesday, August 6, 1872; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

John Dorsch, postmaster in Caledonia, Minn., comes out for Greeley and Brown and sends in his resignation.

W. H. Harries
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, N. D) Sunday, July 23, 1882; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Captain W. H. Harries, of Caledonia, Minn., one of the leading attorneys of that State arrived in the city yesterday to look after his land interests here. He will probably stay some time.

Henry Hendrickson
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) March 12, 1886; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Caledonia, Minn., March 10.-To avoid the anti-liquor license voted in Spring Grove township, including the village, for several years past, Henry Hendrickson opened a so-called club room and sold tickets good for twenty drinks or cigars at $1 each. On a United States license which he procured. He has been running a saloon by this plan for some time. On complaint of Dr. T. Jensen as prosecuting witness in behalf of the state, Lars Buddohl, Esq., justice of the peace, issued a warrant for the arrest of the above named Haney Hendrickson, which arrest was made by the sheriff and the prisoner brought to trial on Friday last. A jury was called and impaneled in the case. After a three days' hard-fought trial, conducted by the leading attorneys of the county, Hon. James O'Brien for the prosecution, and Capt. W. H. Harries for the defense, the jury brought in a verdict of guilty. A fine of $50, and the costs, $81, was imposed by the justice, which was promptly paid by the prisoner, who, as some then other similar complaints are ready to be lodged in case of future infringements, promised to close the Concordia Lodge as a liquor saloon.

Mary E. Hughes
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Saturday, January 25, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Caledonia, Minn., Jan. 25.-Albert Bouge, of St. Paul, was arrested here on suspicion, he representing himself to be an agent of Mrs. Mary E. Hughes who, with her 6-year-old son, mysteriously disappeared from here on the 8th inst. Fears were entertained by the people of this village that she was foully dealt with, as she had $8,000 left her by her father.

Joseph Marco
Source: Rock Island Argus (IL) Oct. 29, 1884; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Joseph Marco, of Caledonia, Minn., was arrested for murder, and ate hard soap to make his keepers believe he had consumption. He succeeded, and was released.

James G. McGreer
Source: Daily Milwaukee News (WI) February 1867; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Northwestern Patents
Seeding machine, James G. McGreer, Caledonia, Minn.

Anthony Monahan
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1866; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

HOUSTON COUNTY. From the Houston County Journal, 28th.
Anthony Monahan, a prisoner who has been confined here for some time, on the charge of wife-whipping, wrenched off a board from his cell, unbolted the doors, and escaped unseen, at about 10 o'clock, A. M., on Sunday last. After learning of his flight Sheriff Walker followed him to the Iowa line, but did not succeed in overtaking him.

James Murphy
Source: Harrisburg Telegraph (PA) August 2, 1881; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

James Murphy, an eight-year-old boy at Caledonia, Minn., while out hunting the cows, came upon a deer lying in the bushes. He crept up and grasping the deer by the hornes threw himself upon the deer's back. Thus surprised, the deer sprang up and dashed away with the boy still clinging to him. He ran some eight miles, until he was completely fagged out, when they boy slid off, skipped home and related this remarkable adventure.

Henry E. O'Brien
Source: Excerpt from - The Fort Wayne Sentinel (IN) June 21, 1876; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Exercises at Notre Dame.
South Bend, Ind., June 20.-The attendance at the commencement exercises at Notre Dame compares favorably with that of former years. The moist weather has a depressing effect on the visitors' enjoyment of out of door scenery and rambles.

The graduates are Henry E. O'Brien, Caledonia, Minn.; . . .

James O'Brien
Source:New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM) Monday, March 31, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


He Assumes the Duties of His Office To-day-Something About His Judicial Career.
Chief Justice James O'Brien arrived in Santa Fe at noon on Saturday and during the afternoon called on Secretary Thomas, filed his commission and took the oath of office. He was called upon at the Palace hotel yesterday by a number of leading citizens, and all were very favorably impressed with him. Judge O'Brien is about 53 years of age. He received his education at Notre Dame university, and upon completion of his legal studies there he entered the institution as professor of law, a position he occupied for several years and until the war broke out. In that unpleasantness he served on the side of the union, and after the war he went into the northwest and located at Caledonia, Minn. Engaging in the legal profession there, he has stood high at the Minnesota bar for some twenty-five years and has served many terms as district attorney. Four years ago he was a member of the state senate and he has always been a staunch and consistent Republican. He was at the head of his state delegation that gave earnest support to Mr. Blaine in the last national convention.

Judge O'Brien was not an applicant for the position of chief justice of New Mexico; in fact he was not a little surprised at receiving the offer. This came through the efforts of his old friend Hon. Cushman K. Davis, U. S. Senator from Minnesota, who pressed his claims most earnestly. It is certainly to the credit of any man to have his name presented for preferment by so able a jurist as Senator Davis.

Judge O'Brien left for Las Vegas last night and there enters upon his official duties to-day.

Sylvester O'Brien
Source: Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, ND) Monday, January 22, 1894; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The Son of a Prominent Minnesota Man Is Mysteriously Missing.

LANSING, Ia., Jan. 22.-Hon. James O'Brien of Caledonia, Minn., chief justice of New Mexico under the Harrison administration, was in town in quest of his son, Sylvester, aged about 22 years. The young man is a student of Notre Dame university, and left home for there on the 2d, stopping here en route for a couple of days to visit with a school mate. He went to La Crosse on the 5th, intending to take the Burlington from there that night for Chicago, since which time nothing has been heard of him.

Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Monday, October 9, 1893; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Caledonia, Minn., Oct. 9.-Judge O'Brien, late chief justice of the supreme court of New Mexico, has returned home to remain.

Mrs. F. W. Philbrick
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 22, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Redwood Falls, Jan. 21.-Mrs. F. W. Philbrick has been summoned to Caledonia, Minn., by the sudden death of her brother.

Polley Murders
Source: Saint Paul Daily Globe (MN) Sept. 30, 1886; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
. . . The murdered Polleys, father and son, of Aitkin, were old and well-known residents of Houston county. They were among the first settlers of Winnebago valley. The report of their tragic death caused a shock to our people, who express deepest sympathy for the highly esteemed, but now desolate, widow and family.

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Ryan
Source: Morning Star (Rockford, IL) Wednesday, January 3, 1894; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

St. Paul, Jan. 4.-A Caledonia, Minn., special to The Dispatch says. A case of unusual brutality has come to light her. Reports of ill treatment at the home of Michael Ryan led to an investigation. A committee found Ryan's wife dying from the effects of ill-treatment and brutality. Her feet were frozen in bed and her side was mortifying from an injury received some time ago, her husband having refused to pay for a physician or a nurse although well able to do so.

Mrs. Dr. Shepherd
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) November 24, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. Dr. Shepherd, who has an office at 114 Washington avenue south, was found walking rapidly along First avenue south, near Second street, about 2 o'clock yesterday morning by the police. When asked who she was she gave her name and address, and held up a small medicine chest in proof of her assertion. She has a bundle in her arms which she said contained a baby. She was escorted to police headquarters, and the bundle, just as she had said, proved to contain a baby, a puny little thing which had evidently been alive but a few hours, she was considerably agitated, and stated that she was taking the child to a Catholic institution in East Minneapolis. Its mother had applied to her in great physical distress after 10 o'clock at night, and after the babe had been born expressed a fierce antipathy towards it. "I was afraid she might kill it, and I couldn't take care of it, so I thought I would turn it over to the sisters at once," was Mrs. Shepherd's explanation. After being cautioned that her conduct was open to strong suspicion she was allowed to return home.

The GLOBE reporter called at Mrs. Shepherd's yesterday and was allowed to see the mother alone. She said her name was Mary Halstad, that she was of Swedish descent, and came to Minneapolis a year ago from Duluth. She is married, but doesn't know where her husband is, and doesn't care. She has another baby at Duluth for whose support she has been paying. She said she was willing to support the second child also as soon as she was well enough to go to work, but wanted some one to take care of it for the present. Since she has been in Minneapolis she has been employed at the Nicollet house and has lately worked at Brown's restaurant. The woman is twenty-one years old and is not prepossessing in appearance.

Mrs. Shepherd, while admitting that her course in reference to the child had been very indiscreet, was much worried over the insinuations of the police that she had intended to throw it in the river or leave it on some doorstep. She is a practicing physician under the five years' clause of the medical law, and has been in Minneapolis four years, coming from Pierre, Dak., where she lived for two years. She was born and raised at Caledonia, Minn., and has resided in the Northwest all her life. As she has never been under arrest before she felt that her reputation should clear her of any suspicion of intent to do wrong.

Catharine Thiel
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) September 16, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Caledonia, Minn., Sept. 15. - Catharine Thiel, a girl seventeen years old, living with her parents on a farm four miles west from this village, gave birth to an illegitimate child on Tuesday 13th. The next morning her brother, Michael Thiel, twenty-one years of age, strangled the child to death and threw it into the wood near the house where it was shortly found by the neighbors. The girl names James McCarthy as the father of the child. The murderer is in jail. He denies his guilt.

O. J. Weida
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Wednesday, February 21, 1883; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

O. J. Weida, of Caledonia, Minn., is on the road to Grand Forks with a large amount of dressed beef, button and pork, which he will dispose of at wholesale rates.

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