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H. P. Beesen
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) May 25, 1887] mkk

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] mkk

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.

Ed Davidson
[Source: The Argus (Caledonia, MN) Dec. 15, 1888] mkk
- Ed. Davidson, who has been working for Jed Pope during the summer, drove to his home at Lake Benton last week. Upon his arrival there his father informed him that he was not of age yet and would take the team. The thought of all his summer earnings being taken from him in that manner was too much for Ed and the next morning he vamoosed the ranch taking his team which he sold for $155, boarded the train and arrived here Tuesday eve. He will make his future home here.

John Dorsch
[Source: Daily Albany Argus (Albany, NY) Tuesday, August 6, 1872] mkk

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

Jim Hall
[Source: The Argus (Caledonia, MN) Dec. 1, 1888] mkk
- Jim Hall, whose marriage to Effie Carlisle, of Brownsville, we noted last week, left town Monday with a pair of bracelets on his wrists and in tow of a couple officers. It appears that last June he married Sarah Carrigan in La Crosse, who, though visiting him here occasionally, has not lived with him. Hearing of his second marriage she made a complaint of bigamy against him and a warrant was put in the hands of Detective Byrne of that city who came over and arrested him. Hall waived the procuring of extradition papers and accompanied Byrne to La Crosse. Hall claims that he never married Miss Carrigan but officer Byrne says that this is not true, that he has seen the marriage certificate. Miss Carrigan formerly lived in the county, in Winnebago township.

W. H. Harries
[Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, N. D) Sunday, July 23, 1882] mkk

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] mkk

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] mkk

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] mkk
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] mkk
Northwestern Patents
Seeding machine, James G. McGreer, Caledonia, Minn.

Anthony Monahan
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1866] mkk

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] mkk

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] mkk

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] mkk


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] mkk

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] mkk
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] mkk

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] mkk
. . . 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.

Nicholas Prieve
[Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Monday, June 19, 1899] mkk

Special to The Journal.
Caledonia, Minn., June 19.-A severe storm descended on the farm of Nicholas Prieve, residing seven miles west, at 5 o'clock Saturday evening, destroying his barn, stable and all out buildings and killing one cow and four hogs. His residence was twisted but not removed. His son was injured on the head. A buggy and several wagons were totally destroyed.

Hannah Rippe
[Source: Askov American (Askov, MN) Sep. 17, 1914] mkk

Hokah Woman Was True Pioneer of Brownsville and Winona - Born in Prussia in 1824

Hokah. - Ninety years of age and active as a woman of 60; in full possession of all her mental faculties; busy from morning until night with her work, and keenly interested in all the leading topics of the day, Mrs. Hannah Rippe of Hokah is surely a remarkable woman.

Mrs. Rippe, whose maiden name was Hannah Schnelle, was born at Haven province of Bielefeldt, Prussia, April 4, 1824. She came to America in 1847, settling at St. Louis, and in 1848 was married to Mr. Rippe. They removed to Colesburg, Ill., where they resided one year, then going to Dubuque in 1849 to live until the spring of 1855, when they went to Brownsville, Minn., at that time one of the most important towns in the territory.

Mr. Rippe served in the German army. He came to this country in 1846, landing at New Orleans, and enlisting for the Mexican war the same year. He was wounded at the battle of Santa Cruz. After lying in a hospital for six months he was released in fairly good health, but a partial cripple for life.

Mr. and Mrs. Rippe embarked in the hotel business and a little later started a store. Mr. Rippe bought grain and purchased the first load of wheat that came into Brownsville, paying for it 35 cents a bushel.

In those days Brownsville and WInona were the only outlets or inlets to southern Minnesota and the territory tributary to Brownsville extended west to Preston, Mason City, Austin, Albert Lea and even to Blue Earth and Mankato. All hauling was done with oxen and the farmers were often two weeks in going to and returning from Brownsville with their loads of grain, sleeping at night under their wagons. Many times the string of teams reached out of Brownsville fro two miles, each waiting its turn to be unloaded at the warehouse of Henry Rippe, the pioneer grain buyer of the country.

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Ryan
[Source: Morning Star (Rockford, IL) Wednesday, January 3, 1894] mkk

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.

Joseph S. Semsch
[Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Aug. 1, 1890] mkk
Joseph S. Semsch, of LaCrosse, Arrested in Caledonia, Mich. [sic.]
La Crosse, Wis., Aug. 1. - Sheriff Scott last night captured Joseph Semsch at the home of his father-in-law, near Caledonia, Minn., and lodged him in the jail at this place this morning. Semsch is charged with forgery, which was discovered by his recent failure in business. He is well connected here and his disgrace falls heavily on a large number. He will have an examination today and will doubtless be found over to the circuit court.

Mrs. Dr. Shepherd
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) November 24, 1887] mkk

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] mkk

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] mkk

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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