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Renville County, Minnesota 
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Harry Clifford, J. A. Johnson

Source: St. Paul Daily Globe (St. Paul, MN) January 6, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman 


Two candidates for the insane asylum at Rochester were before Judge Corrigan yesterday, J. A. Johnson, a Hector, Minn., farmer, became insane through an attack of grip. He feared he would lose all his money and attempted suicide last week by cutting his throat. Harry Clifford, a tramp, was brought in from Anoka. Both were sent to Rochester.


Robert O. Dagner
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) November 21, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

WANTED: Woman 30 to 35 years as housekeeper in Hector, Minn., No objection to widow with one child. Five in family. Man engaged in gravel business.
Robt. O. Dagner,
Box 104 Hector, Minn.

W. H. Graham
Source: New Ulm Weekly Review (New Ulm, MN) November 6, 1889; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

W. H. Graham of Hector, Minn., will in a few days be appointed to a place in the treasury department upon the recommendation of Congressman Hall.

Charlie Hopkins
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) March 7, 1906, page 5; submitted by Robin Line.

Charlie Hopkins of Fairfax, who is well known in this city, is in trouble in his home town, and all because of his patriotic zeal. It seems it has been the custom of the G.A.R. post to fly the American flag from a certain place in the village of Fairfax and recently the telephone company has placed its wires so as to interfere with the time honored custom. When occasion demanded the flying of the flag recently Mr. Hopkins cut the wires so as to allow the flag the freedom it has always waved for and was arrested for his action. A jury acquitted him of offending against the law and now the case is to come before the district court. Charlie doesn't want the flag side-tracked for any telephone company.

Paul Koeppen
Source: St. Paul Daily Globe (St Paul, MN) May 12, 1891; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

MASTIFFS-For sale at a bargain. English mastiffs, two and a half months old; full pedigree; price $10. Paul Koeppen, Hector, Minn.


Mrs. Lee 
Source: Black Hills Weekly Times (Deadwood, SD) April 3, 1886; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman 

The bones of Mrs. Lee, who disappeared from Bird Island, Minn., in 1884, were found in a bog near that place.

John Loftnes
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) October 23, 1891; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Bird Island, Minn., Oct. 22. - John Loftnes, a young man of twenty years, from the adjoining town of Palmyra, came into town one week ago with a team and small load of wheat, which he sold. He received and paid for some fruit trees being delivered here that day, took his watch to the jeweler's for repairs, and put up his team at the livery stable, saying as he left that he was going to Hector. One of his neighbors asked him when he was going home, and he replied as soon as his watch was repaired, which he expected would be in an hour or so. This is the last trace had of him. Thorough search has been made here, at Hector and in Minneapolis, and not the slightest trace of him has been had.

Gilbert Mathinson
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Saturday, October 12, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Special to The Journal.
Hector, Minn., Oct. 12.-It turns out that the family of Gilbert Mathinson, who expected to welcome a daughter lost 17 years ago, and who based their hopes on a letter reported to have been sent from New York, are not to have that pleasure. The girl has not been found.

Miller Brothers

Source:  Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN) February 8, 1899, page 8


The Miller Bros. of Renville, have struck water on K. Molenaar's farm after drilling 196 feet.


Etta O'Connor

Source:  The Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) June 8, 1901, Journal Junior, page 23


STORIES TOLD WRITTEN BY SCHOOL CHILDREN   Large and Small One Building in His Town that Especially Interests Him.  

 The Cause of Cold Shivers.

The most interesting building in Renville is the town hall, which is used for many different purposes. Not because of this is it interesting, but because of a peculiar dread I have of passing this building after dark. What there is to fear I cannot tell, but even at dusk I hurry past it or run across the street as if someone were following me. It has stood in Renville as long as I can remember and was first used as a schoolhouse. Because it is painted white and looks so dilapidated it always presents a spectral appearance to me.

Eighth Grade.-Etta O’Connor, Renville, Minn.


Floyd Reich

Source:  The Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) June 8, 1901, Journal Junior, page 23


STORIES TOLD WRITTEN BY SCHOOL CHILDREN   Large and Small One Building in His Town that Especially Interests Him.  

 Above the Bustle and Hustle.


 The most interesting building in town is the elevator. It is extremely high and contains many things of interest to me. There are so many stories in it that when I begin to climb to the top I nearly get lost. When I finally do reach the top nothing can be heard save the hustle and bustle of the town, which sounds like sweet music and it fills me with a feeling of peace and contentment.  It is awe inspiring sight to look down into the deep and capacious bins. Although the dust is generally an inch thick all over everything it is quite beautiful in my sight and when I finally decide that I must go, I am loath to leave it for the outside world.

 Seventh grade-Floyd Reich, Renville, Minn.


Mr. Stokes 
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) August 10, 1883; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman 

A crowd went to the house of a man named Stokes, in Bird Island, Minn., for the purpose of tarring and feathering him, because he had alienated the affections of the wife of John Englestrom. Stokes had been warned by a man Desmond, and when the crowd appeared Stokes fired upon them, wounding one of them. Then the crowd turned on Desmond and tarred and feathered him.

C. M. Thomas
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Monday, July 15, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

C. M. Thomas, formerly of Warner and more lately of Ipswich, now located at Hector, Minn., is in Bath repairing the elevators at that place.

Thomas Torhenson 
Source: St. Paul Daily Globe (St. Paul, MN) October 21, 1891; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman 
CAPITOL CHIPS. Thomas Torhenson, Hector, Minn., was granted a pension of $10 a month through the adjutant general's department yesterday. 

W. C. White
Source: New Ulm Weekly Review (New Ulm, MN) August 8, 1888; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

W. C. White, an attorney in Hector, Minn. was shot and probably fatally wounded by his brother-in-law, L. H. Parker, who went into White's office, and after a few words he threatened his life. White attempted to leave the office when Parker drew a revolver and shot him in his right arm, the ball also passing through the hand of Miss Emma Raitz, who was standing near. Parker then followed White into the postoffice and shot him through the hip. About a month ago Mrs. White died. It is supposed the shooting grew out of White's charges against his wife, who was Parker's sister. Parker is a young man about twenty-one or twenty-two years of age. He lives somewhere in Wisconsin.

 John Yanke
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) November 6, 1889; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Special to the Globe.
HECTOR, Minn., Nov. 5.-John Yanke tried to kill himself to-day by cutting his wrist. He did not succeed in severing the main artery.

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