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Bertha Bahls
Source: Daily Register-Gazette (Rockford, IL) Monday, September 9, 1929; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FARMS AND LAND FOR SALE.
Minnesota Improved 360 Acres.
Good soil. Two miles from Iowa, mile to town. Price right. $77 per acre. Owner. Bertha Bahls, Taopi, Minn.


H. A. Brown
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Austin, MN) August 5, 1869; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

RUNAWAY.
On Saturday last, a frightful runaway occurred in this village. H. A. Brown Esq. of Brownsdale drove up to the Durham house, with his fine, spirited span of horses, attached to a three-hundred dollar covered buggy. Leaving the team for a moment to call the ostler, both horses took fright, and dashed down Water Street at a furious rate, arriving opposite the lumber yard of Crooker Brothers & Lamoreaux, they suddenly turned towards the piles of lumber with such speed, that the result could hardly fail of being most disastrous. The buggy was torn to pieces, and one of the horses broke a leg. No blame attaches to any one, but the accident should be a lesson to those who are in the habit of leaving horses in the street without being hitched.


J. A. Claesson
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 3, 1932, page 1 ; submitted by Robin Line.

J. A. Claesson, who has been employed as foreman on the Mower County News, at Austin, for the past year, arrived home Monday evening for an indefinite stay.


J. L. Clark
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Austin, MN) September 9, 1869; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

BURGLARY.
On last Tuesday night the dwelling house of Mr. J. L. Clark, of this place was broken open by burglars. From appearances the next morning, the house had been thoroughly searched, but nothing was missed. Mr. Clark had sold his house that day and received quite an amount of money, which, without doubt the burglars intended to secure. But fortunately neither the money nor the family were there.
We warn our citizens to be on the lookout for burglars. It is said that there is an organized band lurking about town.


James Dalton
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Austin, MN) October 7, 1869; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

LEROY ITEMS.
A very singular accident occurred on Wednesday morning, to a stallion owned by James Dalton, which will result in the death of the horse. Mr. D. rode into town, and hitched him to a post in front of a store, near him was another horse, and between the two was a post with rather sharp point. Dalton's horse tried to kick the other horse, and in doing so, raised himself up so high that the came down upon the point of the sharp post, and impaled himself in such a manner, that a portion of his entails came out. The horse was valued at $500.00.


S. F. Gibbons
Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) November 21, 1900, page 2; submitted by Robin Line.
S.F. Gibbons has sold two lots off the south end of his Kenwood avenue property and Walter J. Rice and E. C. Kinney are building new houses. The location is very desirable.


L. C. Griffith
[Source: Winthrop News (MN) Dec. 8, 1932, page 3; submitted by Robin Line]
L. C. Griffith, a jobless transient, was smiled on by Lady Luck when his condition was at its lowest ebb. Griffith stumbled over two boxes partially buried, near Grand Meadow. The boxes contained negotiable securities valued at $2,000 and other papers representing a value of between fifty and sixty thousand dollars. Fearing he might be suspected of robbery, Griffith buried the boxes again but later told Heinie Heslip, of Spring Valley, a railroad brakeman, of his find. The two obtained the boxes, turned them over to the authorities and received substantial rewards. The loot was taken from the safe of the Farmers Elevator Co., of Grand Meadow in a robbery on Oct. 6.


Albert Holtdorf
Source: The Ireton Ledger (IA) January 12, 1912; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

LOCAL NEWS. Albert Holtdorf of Taopi, Minn., purchased one half section of land of Mrs. Mattie Wells for a consideration of $49,000.


Forest Jones
Source: Oregonian (Portland, OR) Sunday, March 30, 1924; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

NON-RESIDENT PUPILS TAKE VOCATIONAL COURSES.
Graduates of Oregon Institute of Technology Enter Business in Local Field.

A large number of students are being attracted to the Oregon Institute of Technology, operated by the Portland Young Men's Christian association, from many states of the union, Canada, Japan and the Philippine islands, according to a compilation just completed by L. G. Nichols, director of the institute. Vocational courses in the day school are shown to draw a large number from outside of Portland.

Registration includes students from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Japan and the Philippine islands.

[listing only includes the Mower County student]

Business school -
Forrest H. Jones, Austin, Minn.


S. M. Laribee and A. B. De La Ronde
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Austin, MN) August 5, 1869; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Leroy Items.
Last Saturday, Messrs. S. M. Laribee and A. B. De La Ronde were out driving with some ladies, and when they were coming into Main Street, from the west end of town, the horses took fright and commenced running and kicking at a fearful rate through the street. Mr. De La Ronde was driving, and he kept them down the middle of the street.

Mr. Larabee, who had his young child in his arms jumped out striking on his feet and rolling over two or three times but managed to save the child, but bruising it seriously. Mr. De La Ronde succeeded in turning the horses off the street into some thick brush in the east end of town and reined them up against a fence without any further damage. The escape of the party was almost miraculous. The ladies deserve great credit for their coolness in not trying to get out, for they kept still, and saved themselves by so doing. Mr. De La Ronde proved himself a perfect manager of horses by the way in which he handled them.


E. Mathews and William Howe
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) April 8, 1885, page 3; submitted by Robin Line]
E. Mathews and Wm. Howe undertook to cross Deer Creek last Tuesday evening on the old worthless bridge near A. Langworthy's place directly south of the village. The stream carried the horses off from the bridge, and the wagon box got separated from the main body of the wagon. E. Mathews kept in the box and floated down the stream about one half of a mile. Howe struggled in the water with the horses and at last got on the back of the off horse, which almost got drowned before reaching the shore.-Record, April 3.


W. H. Morris
[Source: Mower County Transcript, April 8, 1885, page 4,Lansing, Mn; submitted by Robin Line]

W. H. Morris, the bridge boss, has been engaged by the M. and N. W. R.R. to superintend the building of their depots.


M. C. Potter
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Austin, MN) October 7, 1869; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

GOOD STOCK.
The bull which was exhibited by M. C. Potter at the State Fair, and drew the first premium, is of the best blood in the country, as its record will show. It was calved in Kingston, C. W., June 1st, 1867. Its dam was imported for Hon. A. G. Earle, of Pierrepont Manor, N. Y., of whom the calf was purchased in June, and brought to Minnesota in July of 1867, by Mr. Potter. The possession of such a fine specimen of blooded stock, affords the farmers of Mower County a splendid opportunity to improve the quality of their cattle.

Perhaps no kind of farm stock yields such quick remuneration for careful selection and breeding as hogs. Mr. Potter is also entitled to the gratitude of farmers for his enterprise in importing and breeding some of the finest hogs ever seen in this State or any other. His boar A. C. Clark attracted a great deal of attention, and took the premium. Its record is unimpeachable. It was littered June 9th, 1867, in New York; sired by the father of all Cheshires, owned and bred by A. C. Clark of Henderson, N. Y. It drew the first prize at the New York State Fairs of 1865-6-7, and weighed 1,100 lb, as may be seen by the New York Tribune's report of the fair at Buffalo, in 1867. Mr. Potter brought this splendid animal to Minnesota in July of 1867.


Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Winkel
Source: Idaho Statesman (Boise, ID) Thursday, September 23, 1948; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

MINNESOTA WOMAN'S CAR OVERTURNS AT ROADSIDE.
Attempting to avoid a collision at the junction of Hillroad and the Horseshoe Bend road, a car driven by Mrs. Vernon Winkel of Taopi, Minn., skidded and turned over on its side, the Ada county sheriff's office reported.

The driver's husband suffered bruises, deputies said. A truck driven by Clark R. Jordan, Emmett, route 1, started to make a left-hand turn, deputies said when Jordan saw the other car and pulled off to the right-hand side of the road. Mrs. Winkel swerved to the opposite side of the road to complete passing the truck and to avoid a sideswipe, deputies explained, when the Minnesota auto tipped over.


R. V. Wright
Source: Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA) Saturday, October 19, 1918; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

SEEK R. V. WRIGHT.
Ralph Vinton Wright, believed to be in the city, is sought by his relatives, who report that his mother is very ill at her home in Taopi, Minn. The police have further information.




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