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Traverse County, Minnesota

Local People

Frank Benoit
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) August 31, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

A Bride of Two Months Discovers Her Husband Has Another Wife.
About three months ago Frank Benoit, who has worked in and around the Valley for several years, and Mrs. Burris, a widow with three children, which she supported by taking in washing, drove over to Wilmot and were married. They returned, the newly-mad bride happy in the belief that she had made a good catch. All went merry until one day last week, when a bombshell burst in the midst of the happy household in the shape of a tell-tale letter that told the bride that Frank had another wife living in Wisconsin, whom he had deserted several years ago. This is the way it happened: Frank received a letter from a brother, living in Wisconsin, but which he was unable to read, his early education having been somewhat neglected. He turned the letter over to his bride to read for him. She read it, not once, but twice, and from it she learned the horrible truth. The letter revealed the fact that her adored young husband had another wife. Then the air suddenly became sultry and Frank fled from the presence of the woman he had grossly wronged. In fact, he fled from the town and at present his whereabouts is unknown. The much-abused lady has the deep sympathy of the Valleyites.

J. W. Corey
Source: Bismarck Weekly Tribune (ND) August 31, 1894; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Arrested After Swindling South Dakota People of $3,000.
BROWNS VALLEY, Minn., Aug. 28. - Two men, giving the names of J. W. Corey, alias John Hines, and William Graham, were arrested in Harmon township, charged by Charles Urich with obtaining money under false pretenses. Corey pretended to be the state boiler inspector of South Dakota and Graham passed as his deputy. It happens that that state does not require the inspection of boilers, but these swindlers have examined about 300 boilers and pocketed so called fees amounting to about $3,000. Their mode of operation was to inspect the boilers and give engineers licenses to run threshing engines, charging in most cases $5 each, but where there was an opportunity they would accept $10 to $15 as a bribe to keep still of the engine was a little risky.

C. J. Myers
Source: The Princeton Union (MN) July 22, 1897; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Browns Valley, Minn., July 21. - C. J. Myers, a land hunter from Superior, Iowa, who has been camped on the outskirts of the city in company with his two sons, was shot by one of the latter. The senior Myers was climbing into the covered wagon and was mistaken for a ramp by the son, who fired four shots. The victim will recover.

Chief Renville
Source: New York Tribune (New York, NY) Wednesday, August 3, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Brown's Valley, Minn., Aug. 2.-The report that Renville, the venerable chief of the Wahpeton and Sisseton Indians, is dead, is not true.

George Smith
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Monday, June 2, 1884; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Inter Ocean: George Smith, a noted stockman of Brown’s Valley, Minn., arrived here Wednesday with a carload of cattle. Among the lot were four beeves for Moore & Dodd having a combined weight of 7975 pounds, nearly two tons each.

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