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Carl Anderson
Source: Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN), September 14, 1897, page 3; submitted by Robin Line
Carl Anderson was enticed from the side of his family a the Union depot in St. Paul by bunco men and robbed of $35.

John Bell
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 6, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

John Bell, driver of hook and ladder No. 1, who was suspended on Saturday for disorderly conduct and intoxication, was conditionally reinstated to his position yesterday by Mayor Dawson.

Charles M. Berg
[Source: North American (Philadelphia, PA) Thursday, March 14, 1850; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

The following is from the Chronicle of the 16th: Charles M. Berg, who "sloped" from here some three or four seeks since, with a hired horse and cutter, and owing nearly every man something, was last seen in Galena, and stated he was on his way to Philadelphia. We doubt his going to that city, as the police there are too well acquainted with him. He sold the horse and cutter to Mr. Thomas, of Prairie du Chien.

Harriet E. Bishop
[Source: St. Cloud Democrat (MN) November 26, 1863; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

BOOK NOTICE. - Merrill has in press and to be out in a few days, "The Dakota War Whoop, or Indian Massacres in Minnesota," by Mrs. Harriet E. Bishop McConkey. - Price, $1.25.

It will be beautifully illustrated and full of interest, commencing, as it does at the very beginning of the Indian troubles, following down to the close of Gen. Sibley's and Gen. Sully's expedition to the Missouri river. Many matters of peculiar interests here find their first mention in print. It is the most readable book that has appeared in a long time. About 400 copies have already been ordered, in this city. Persons wishing to canvass counties, or parts of counties, will call on, or address D. D. Merrill, at St. Paul, Minn., immediately.

H. F. Chandler
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) March 14, 1906, page 5; submitted by Robin Line
H. F. Chandler, who is well known in this city has abandoned the detective business since his marriage and is now operating a rooming house on Wabasha street near Seventh in St. Paul, where he is said to be doing a good business.

W. A. Cobb
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) July 29, 1885, page 3; submitted by Robin Line
W. A. Cobb of St. Paul has been appointed a railway postal clerk on the Duluth & St. Paul route, in the place of J. E. Kittson, resigned. Mr. Kittson is a son of commodore Kittson and has not held the position for a great while. His successor is a native of St. Paul and was formerly in the employ of Farwell, Ozmun & Jackson.

R. Watson Cooper
[Source: Springfield Republican (Springfield, MA) June 27, 1899 transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
Prof. R. Watson Cooper, who has been a teacher at Wesleyan academy the past eight years, left yesterday to join his family at his father's home in Cheswold, Del. He will go to St. Paul, Minn., in the fall, where he has accepted a position in Hamline university. Prof Cooper will be greatly missed in the town, as well as in the academy, as he was a member of the school board and an active worker in the schools.

Mattie Dean
Source: Duluth Daily News (Duluth, MN) Monday, July 18, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mattie Dean, of the St. Nicholas hotel, St. Paul, took laudanum because another boarder ceased his attentions. She was saved by hard work.

John Delaney
Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) March 18, 1914, page 2; submitted by Robin Line
Exonerates St. Paul Officer for Killing Alleged Burglar.

Detective John Delaney of St. Paul has been exonerated by the grand jury of the charge of unjustifiable homicide in connection with the shooting of Joseph Sweeney in the saloon of Harry Hardy on the night of Feb. 27. The no bill reported to Judge Orr contained no comment on the detective's act.

Mayor Keller intimated the police board would reinstate Delaney, who has been under suspension following the finding of the coroner's jury.

James Reilly, Sweeney's pal, was indited for burglary in the third degree.

Morris Ganser
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 4, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Yesterday morning Morris Ganser, while writing a letter in the lobby of the post office, laid his pocketbook containing $5.25 in money and some postage stamps on the desk beside him. When he finished his epistle he looked for his book but it was gone, as was also a young man who was standing near him when he laid it down. Ganser can give no description of the youth except that he wore a black overcoat.

Hon. C. D. Gilfillan
Source: The Appeal (St. Paul, MN) June 13, 1885, page 6; transcribed by Robin Line
The Hon. C. D. Gilfillan will leave for Europe in a few days.

William Hamm, Jr.
Source: Daily Herald (Biloxi, MS) Monday, June 19, 1933; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

William Hamm, Jr., Returns Home Unharmed After Being Released By Kidnapers Who Seized Him Thursday.

St. Paul, June 19.-(AP)-William Hamm, Jr., kidnapped millionaire brewery head was released early today near Wyoming, Minn., and arrived at his home unharmed.

Turned loose 45 miles north of here, he came home with Police Chief Thomas E. Dahill and Detective Thomas Brown. Dahill and Brown sped out of town to get Hamm as soon as word of the release came from William Dunn, Hamm business associate, who was in Duluth.

Dunn, leading figure in the release negotiations, had been in Duluth since late Saturday, a short time after the ransom-an amount less than the $100,000 originally demanded-had been kicked from a Theodore Hamm Brewing Company car between Pine City and Rush City.

The money, delivered in accordance with instructions from the kidnapers, was kicked out 20 miles north of Wyoming.

Hamm, 39, president and treasurer of the brewing company, was taken into the home through a rear entrance, while a crowd of curious bystanders waited outside.

William Dunn, the sales manager of the Hamm Brewing Co. went to Duluth Saturday and carried on negotiations with the kidnapers from there. In a hotel room, he waited for final word of the release after payment of the ransom. That word came early today in the message from Wyoming, Minn.

Hamm was seized last Thursday as he started from the brewing company office for his home. The first word of the kidnapping came to Dunn late Thursday in a telephone message in which he was informed that further instructions would follow.

Early Friday morning a note was delivered at the Dunn home by a taxicab driver who said he had been paid $2 for the trip.

The taxicab driver later identified a picture of Verne Sankey, notorious kidnaper sought for the Haskell Bohn abduction in St. Paul last year and the Charles Boettcher II, case in Denver several months ago, as the man who paid him to deliver the note.

The first note threatened harm to Hamm unless $100,000 were paid and Dunn was asked to await further instructions at his office. At the bottom of the note was an authorization by Hamm for payment of the kidnapper's demands. A second note followed Saturday and then there were several telephone calls, leading finally to payment.

Hamm is the son of the late William Hamm, who left an estate of more than $4,000,000 which was divided between the widow and Hamm, Jr. three daughters and four grandchildren.

Herman Harms
Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, July 28, 1892; submitted by Veneta McKinney


Minnesota’s modern Rip Van Winkle, Herman Harms, of Quincy, who has slept almost constantly for the past seventeen years, has once more waked from his sleep. It is now about one year since he awoke, at which time he remained awake for a period of two weeks, taking only the usual amount of sleep.

Some seventeen years since, when Harms was living in Illinois, he was attacked by a severe fever and he had intense pains in this head. After the febrile symptoms had passed away this sleepiness came upon him. His physicians advised him to try a colder climate, where upon he moved to Minnesota. This was in 1878. During his stay in Illinois he did not sleep all the time, but since coming to this state he slept constantly, with the exception of eighteen months beginning with 1881, two months of 1889, and two weeks of last July.

While he is sleeping he can only be awakened by his wife touching him lightly on the head. Calling or shaking will not rouse him in the least. He takes little nourishment, but when he does eat it is always in the night. After eating he immediately falls asleep. He has become terribly emaciated of late and has aged greatly in the past year.

Mr. Harms was born in Germany in 1838. In 1863 he was married to Miss Ladia Buzzman. Five children have been born to them, the last one in 1891. The eldest boy, Willie, was a victim of melancholia, and in 1882, at the age of 12 years, committed suicide by hanging. The family is all destitute, but Mr. Harms has declined an offer of $150 per month and expenses for the family to travel with a circus. He has likewise received similar offers from museums in Chicago and other cities.

J. M. Henderson
Source: The Appeal (St. Paul, MN) February 23, 1889; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The Saintly City. Rev. and Mrs. J. M. Henderson will leave next Tuesday for Chicago where they join Rev. and Mrs. T. W. Henderson and accompany them to Washington. The reverend gentlemen go to assist with the bishops and ministers of the A. M. E. Church in the inaugural ceremonies. Rev. J. M. Henderson will also represent THE APPEAL at the National Colored Press Association which meets in Washington March 5.

Marion A. Hopkins
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) May 3, 1885 transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

The many friends in St. Paul and vicinity of Miss Marion A. Hopkins, daughter of Mrs. James Thompson of Egantown, Dakota county, and sister of Mrs. J. D. Hoyt of the West side, will be interested to learn that by the terms of the will of her adopted father, the late Col. Thomas Brown of Knoxville, Tenn., Miss Hopkins is sole legatee of one undivided half of the Concord, Tenn., marble quarries, valued at $100,000. Miss Marion was one of society's favorites in Washington, D. C., last season. She intends to make her future home in St. Paul.

Mrs. Hornung
[Source: Daily Globe (St. Paul, MN) July 29, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mrs. Hornung, wife of the brewer on Eagle street, came to the city hall yesterday and stated that her husband had left the city under peculiar circumstances, and that she thought he was in Shakopee. She stated that he left the city on Tuesday for Minneapolis, driving a two-seated wagon and being accompanied by his young daughter and the son of a neighbor named Meisel.

He had $700 on his person and left with the intention of buying a cow. Mrs. Hornung was in great distress and fears were expressed that he was out of his mind. A telegram was sent to Shakopee, in reply to which the chief of police forwarded word that he was in that city. Mrs. Hornung left in the afternoon for Shakopee.

J. S. Irgens
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 6, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Hon. J. S. Irgens, secretary of state, will give a party to a number of his friends on Thursday evening of this week in the hall of the House of Representatives. The entertainment promises to be one of the most enjoyable of the season.

Mr. And Mrs. Ed Iverson
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) Feb. 12, 1888, page 3; submitted by Robin Line
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Iverson gave a reception and dance Thursday evening at their residence, corner Winifred and Cambridge streets. The house was beautifully decorated for the occasion and the music was furnished by the Hungarian band. Refreshments were served at 12 o'clock, after which dancing was continued. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wright, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McNellis, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bouquet, Mr. and Mrs. Welshous, of Stillwater; Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Strong, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Volk, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Ed J. Heimbach, Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Darling, Mr. and Mrs. Callahan; Miss Houlton, Nichols, Johnson; Messrs. Heath, Houlton, Brehler, Huntsman, Erickson, Cullen and S. G. Iverson.

Della Keenan
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) May 12, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Quarreled With Her Lover and Took Poison.

Della Keenan, a pretty young woman, who recently came to St. Paul on a visit to her relatives, made a determined attempt at suicide yesterday afternoon by swallowing a mixture of laudanum and carbolic acid. The strenuous efforts of friends and the immediate attendance of a physician, however, thwarted her design, and her recover is now assured.

The cause of Miss Keenan's attempt at self destruction is said to have been a quarrel with her lover. The young man and herself have been keeping company for some time and were supposed by their friends to be engaged. It seems since her arrival in St. Paul, Miss Keenan has evinced a desire for male society other than this one, which fact is said to have been the occasion of frequent quarrels between the two. He upbraided the girl for her conduct yesterday, and threatened to break their engagement. There was a scene, when he left the house, at the corner of West Seventh and Chestnut streets, declaring he would never return. Shortly after his departure, Miss Keenan went to a neighboring drug store and procured some laudanum and a bottle of carbolic acid. Immediately upon her return home she swallowed a portion of the deadly drugs. She at once began to suffer terrible agony. Attracted by the girl's groans, her relatives hurried to her room, and when they learned what she had done, Dr. D. C. Jones was quickly summoned.

It was some time before the girl could be induced to take an antidote, but she finally succumbed to the entreaties of her friends, and allowed her life to be saved, though she declared she would end her existence at the first opportunity.

Friends of Miss Keenan deny that she attempted to take her life, and assert that the poison was taken by mistake.

Dan Kelly
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) May 11, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

He Promises Well for the 100-Yard Dash.

Among the pupils of the St. Paul schools who are training for the interscholastic field day contests is Dan Kelly, a younger brother of W. D. Kelly, who is a promising candidate for the 100 yards. Dr. Kelly is a graduate of Jefferson college, where he took an active part in athletics, and has been coaching his young brother in the start and sprint, so that the youngster has already made 100 yards in 11 1/4, fast time for a boy.

Josias R. King
Source: Warren Sheaf (Jan. 5, 1881) submitted by fofg
Latest Minnesota patents
Josias R. King, St. Paul, calendar ink stand.

Bob Kingsley
George Burton
Harry McDonald
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, January 23, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Stillwater, Minn., Jan. 22.-Sheriff Harris of St. Croix county, Wis., was here last night with extradition papers and took Bob Kingsley, George Burton and Harry McDonald of St. Paul, to Hudson to be tried in March on a charge of robbing George Markham.

Eugene Labbey

Chicago Northwestern Passengers collect Cash and Send Boy Check.

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 11.-Eugene Labbey, 17 years old, saved train No. 2 on the Chicago Northwestern railway from Omaha from Running into a washout near Mendota, Minn., today. The danger point was behind a sharp curve in the track and the lad ran for some distance before he reached a place where he could stop the train and prevent the probable loss of life.

The train was an hour late and running at high speed to make up time. In appreciation of Labbey's efforts the passengers on the dining car took up a collection, drew up a set of resolutions and forwarded a check to the boy.
[Source: Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) Tuesday, September 12, 1911, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mrs. Gideon Longtin
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 6, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

A woman who gave her name and residence as Mrs. Gideon Longtin, No. 113 University avenue, visited the chief of police yesterday afternoon to complain of her husband. She represented that they have been eighteen years married; that she has borne him nine children, five being dead and four living; that he neglects his family; and that through the dissolving process of whisky saturation he has managed to swallow a horse and wagon, with other solid property, his once industrious habits, his manhood, and the happiness of his wife and children. The chief could only refer the unfortunate wife to the lawyers and courts, and she went from him to learn what relief they can afford.

John W. Luca
Source: The Appeal (St. Paul, MN) February 23, 1889; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The Saintly City. There will be a grand entertainment for the benefit of Prof. John W. Luca, given under the auspices of Mesdames W. H. Clay, B. Heathcock Wilson and Miss Lulu Griswold, about March 11th. Further particulars will be given in the next issue. Some new and novel features will be presented.

Mrs. T. H. Lyles
Source: The Appeal (St. Paul, MN) February 23, 1889; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The Saintly City. Mrs. T. H. Lyles has opened her hair parlors on the second floor of the Grand block, room 206, and is prepared to attend to the wants of her customers.

E. E. Machovec
Source: Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN), January 4, 1905, page 3; submitted by Robin Line
Three masked men attempt robbery at the home of E. E. Machovec of St. Paul.

John C. McCarthy
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 6, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

John C. McCarthy, son of ex-Alderman McCarthy, of the Sixth ward, left last evening to enter the celebrated Notre Dame college, South Bend, Ind., for a course of two years. His father accompanied him on the trip to see him comfortably domiciled in his new home.

Alex McKenzie
Source: (Hope, The Hope Pioneer, 06 Jul 1922, p2. Transcribed by HEH)
Kept Secret for 30 Years
Children of Politician's First Wife Unknown to Those of Last - St, Paul - A secret from even his most intimate friends for nearly 30 years, the second marriage of Alex McKenzie, pioneer plainsman and political leader of North Dakota, became known with the filing of his will in the Ramsey county probate court. So complete did Mr. McKenzie keep secret the existence of his second wife and their two sons and daughter, that Mrs. McKenzie's death at Yonkers, N.Y., a month ago was not known until after his death in St. Paul June 22, and the discovery of his will in a safety deposit vault. Even then, associates and friends did not know of the second wife's death until after communicating information of their father's fatal illness to his children in the East.

John Picha
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 8, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

CITY GLOBULES. Mr. John Picha, of No. 60 - 1/2 West Third street, should not be confounded with another person (John B. Picha) of nearly the same name who figured in our police court reports yesterday. Mr. John Picha is a respectable tradesman at the number named above.

M. H. Rogers
Source: Aitkin Independent Age (Aitkin, MN) May 26, 1917, page 6; submitted by Robin Line

M. H. Rogers a former Zumbrota boy has the place of foreman in the printing establishment of H. L.Collins Co., of St. Paul, formerly held by Arthur Mcintire who is now in an office of his own.

Charles Eastwick Smith Jr, Edwin Clapp
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) June 12, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

St. Paul and Winnebago Represented at Yale Commencement.

Special to The Globe
New Haven, Conn., June 11.-The commencement of Yale university will take place on June 29, and among those who will receive diplomas are the following: Charles Eastwick Smith Jr. and Edwin Clapp, of St. Paul, and Barnett Freeman Roe, of Winnebago, Minn. These men have finished in the academic course and will take the degree of A. B.

Mrs. Charles Sweed
Source: Afro-Independent (St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN) September 22, 1888, page 3; submitted by Robin Line
Mrs. Chas. S. Sweed, wife of the managing editor of the AFRO INDEPENDENT, left last Wednesday eve for the Pacific coast over the C. St. P. M. & O. via Council Bluffs, Kansas city and Denver. She will spend the winter in the land of "sunshine and orange blossoms."

Mr. and Mrs. Emory A. Weller
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 8, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

CITY GLOBULES. Mr. Emory A. Weller some time ago wrote to his wife accepting her offer to return to him, and expected her to arrive home last evening. So ends one of St. Paul's late divorce suits.

A. Werninger
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 4, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

How a St. Paul Dead Beat is Getting on in the World.

The financial operations of one A. Werninger, by which he managed to raise a fund large enough to enable him to depart for new fields and pastures green, are still fresh in the memories of some of our citizens. Previous to taking his leave of St. Paul he was agent for the sale of Neill's history of Minnesota. The book was popular and sold very readily among the old friends of the author, and Werninger seemed to be on the road, if not to fortune, certainly to a respectable living. The books were delivered to subscribers and the price thereof paid over. We do not know how he settled with the publishers, but the supply of books ceased. An idea occurred to him to go around to those to whom he had delivered books and borrow them upon the plea that he had an opportunity to sell a copy to a gentleman who was to leave the city on the next train and if the party would lend him his copy he would esteem it a very great favor and return him another on the following day. In this way he obtained several copies, which he sold and pocketed the money, but failed to return a copy to those from whom he borrowed. He called upon another party, whom had often befriended him, to whom he said that he had a consignment of more books, but that the express company would not deliver the package unless the charges, amounting to $6, were paid in advance. That he had sold a large number to the members of the legislature, which was to adjourn on the following day, and unless he could deliver the books before the adjournment he would lose the sales. Such an appeal won and he got the $6. This amount filled his pockets so that he could not only pay his fare to Chicago but have some money left upon which to live until he explored the financial fields of Chicago.

But it seems that he is again in straightened circumstances. A gentleman of this city visited Chicago a few days since and after transacting a large day's business retired quite late, but was soon aroused by Werninger, who observing that he was form St. Paul, desired the loan of money enough to pay his fare to that point, where he had friends, among the best people in the city, who would gladly furnish him all that he required, and then he would return the amount with pleasure.

But our St. Paul gentleman was not burdened with any great surplus and declined to accede to Werninger's request - "then my dear sir, let me have enough money to pay for a telegram to one of my friends, wo will be glad to hear from me and be only too happy to send me any amount that I may request." This amount, only fifty cents, was wisely declined and Werninger withdrew, having found one man at least too shrewd to be victimized by him. This trick will be tried again and some one or more of our people may be swindled by this dead beat and petty thief - so look out for him when you visit Chicago.

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