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Algot Anderson
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 3, 1932, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.

Algot Anderson, 39 year-old resident south of Watkins, was injured in what is thought to be attempted murder when he was shot in the side of the neck as he was sitting in the dining room at his farm home reading a newspaper. A charge of shotgun shell fired through a window struck him on the right side of the neck and shoulder and also the left hand. Anderson said he was putting aside the paper when the charge was fired but was unable to recall how his left hand happened to be at that side of his head and neck, but his hand received the brunt of the charge and saved the man from possible death. As the window glass was not shattered and a clean cut hole was blown through it a little larger than a half dollar in size, the wielder of the gun evidently was not far away. He went to the home of August Rosenow, a neighbor, who took him to Watkins for medical aid. The following day he returned to his home. The case is being investigated by Sheriff Kruger and County Attorney Gandrud of Meeker county.

James Anderson
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) July 2, 1897; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
And It Cost James Anderson Eight Dollars.

James Anderson, an unsophisticated young man hailing from Kingston, Minn., was fleeced out of $8 in money and a revolver on the time-worn "lock" game by a trio of confidence men yesterday morning. Shortly after losing his property he reported the affair to the police, and Detectives Werrick and Wells arrested Charles Norris and M. Jacobson on suspicion. When searched at the central station two "locks" used in the swindling trick and a policeman's star were swindling trick and a policeman's star were found in Norris' shoe. Norris was identified by Anderson as one of the men who had buncoed him. Norris is charged with swindling and Jacobson with vagrancy.

The trick was turned near the new capitol site. Anderson had visited the grounds to view the building at the invitation of a stranger. While inspecting the grounds, Anderson's companion accosted a man whom he said he knew. This individual was fumbling a brass lock which he said he had found. After each had examined the lock the second stranger, whom Anderson identifies as Norris, bet him he could not open it. Anderson accepted the wager and continued betting until a third man rushed upon the scene, displayed a police star and threatened to arrest the entire company on the charge of gambling. Anderson was frightened, and when the "detective" finally decided not to make the arrest he was glad to go without trying to get his money back. The prisoners will be arraigned in the police court today.

Oliver Broberg
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 10, 1932, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.

DASSEL. John Linder of Shell Lake, Wis., employed on the Oliver Broberg farm near Dassel, suffered the loss of his left hand when it was mangled in a corn shredder. Another workman, Emory Bergquist living near Lake Francis in the same section, lost the thumb and two fingers of his left hand when the hand became caught in a corn shredder.

Timothy E. Byrnes
Source: Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT) August 27, 1897; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Hon. T. E. Byrnes, one of the leading attorneys and politicians of the Northwest, was in town Saturday on his way to Washington, from a visit to the President at Hotel Champlain. Mr. Byrnes was born in Bellows Falls, his father being for many years foreman of a section of the Valley road. When Timothy was but seven years old his father moved to Kingston, Minn., where he now resides, having accumulated a good amount of property. He graduated from college and began the practice of law in Minneapolis 15 years ago, and has held many responsible positions under the government. He was the sergeant-at-arms of the St. Louis convention last year, and has the full charge of the issuing of passes to the convention. He was here for the first time in many years and but few recognized him. He is a cousin of John H. Byrnes, the grain dealer at Cold River station.

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Casey
Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) Oct. 7, 1914; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
- Mrs. Geo. Sanderson spent Friday and Saturday in Darwin where she attended the reception given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Casey.

Art Gillman
Source: Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN), January 4, 1905, page 5; submitted by Robin Line
Art Gillman had quite an exciting experience Monday evening while on his way home from Chester Dietel's. He was crossing Pigeon Lake and while walking along, he heard the howl of a wolf, and looking around in the direction the noise came from he saw the wolf making right for him. Mr. Gillman was carrying a big stick for a walking cane, and when the wolf jumped for him, he hit it on the head but it only stunned it for a few seconds. By the time it made another jump, Gillman had got his big knife out and stabbed the wolf in the breast, and the wolf made for the woods. It was about dark and snowing hard, so Gillman could not follow. The wolf was bleeding quite hard and likely bled to death.-Dassel Anchor.

Alvin H. Nordstrom
Source: Springfield Republican (Springfield, MA) Tuesday, February 11, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Georgie Hill, a Hope church Sunday-school boy, who sent a coat in a barrel for sufferers in Minnesota, has received an interesting letter from the one whom the coat reached. Alvin H. Nordstrom of Kinston, Minn., is the recipient, and he expresses his thanks in a letter that is thoroughly boy-like and is pathetic in its reference to the needs of the family.

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