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Lafayette Comstock
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) June 10, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
A NARROW ESCAPE.
Madelia, Minn., June 9.-During the storm Tuesday lightning struck the house of Lafayette Comstock, ten miles south of town burned the hair from his head, tore the clothes from his body and the boots from his feet. He still lives, with a chance of recovery. His wife and child were stunned, and a dog under the bed on which he was lying was instantly killed.


Samuel P. Driggers
Source: Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) March 28, 1907; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Samuel P. Driggers, until recently a resident of Madelia, Minn., at the age of 88 years has started life anew on a homestead in South Dakota, west of Pierre. Although he is a great-grandfather and has reached an age beyond the ordinary years in which a man is supposed to round out his life of usefulness, to say nothing of undertaking new ventures, Mr. Driggers has gone West with a carload of furniture and supplies to begin actual residence on his claim, and he faces the future confident that he still has many years before him. He walks as sprightly as a man of 35 and is hale and hearty.


Frank J. Enns
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) October 7, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Frank J. Enns, son of Postmaster J. F. Enns of Butterfield, Minn., is under arrest in St. Paul, charged with forging postal money orders. It is alleged that young Enns, who is but 17 years of age, started to visit the Portland fair, taking with him money orders from the Butterfield postoffice, which he made out and indorsed in the name of James Corbett at various points along the line.


W. R. Estes
Source: Duluth News-tribune (MN) Nov. 16, 1902; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

ESTES CANDIDATE FOR SECRETARY OF SENATE
Wr. R. Estes, until recently editor of the Madelia Messenger, of Madelia, Minn., has announced his candidacy for the secretaryship of the state senate for the coming season.


D. J. Heppner
Source: Evening Times-Republican (Marshalltown, IA) May 30, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
DES MOINES.
The police are investigating reports of two "old style" robberies. In one case a man who gave his name as D. J. Heppner, of Butterfield, Minn., was the victim. He met a stranger by the name of Morgan at the union station Tuesday night. The stranger walked around town for a while. He needed change for a bill so he could pay the freight on a railroad car he had coming in. Heppner loaned him all the money he had, which happened to be $26. The stranger left Heppner on the sidewalk while he stepped into a downtown hotel. That was the last Heppner saw of his money - or the stranger. In the other a man who said his name was George Jones, of Marshalltown, stopped near the city library to talk to a negress at midnight. Two hours later he discovered that she had robbed him of $50 in bills by taking his wallet from his pocket and replacing it after she had taken the money.


Frank Klocow
Source: The Bismarck Tribune (ND) Sept. 7, 1921; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
TRAGEDY VICTIM IS DAUGHTER OF STERLING COUPLE.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Magnus, of Sterling, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kafer, of Bismarck, are in Ormsby, Minn., being called there after the tragedy in which Frank Klocow shot his wife, five children and himself. Mrs. Klocow is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Magnus and the sister of Mrs. Kafer.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon

Mr. Klocow was a prominent business man of Ormsby, and six weeks ago retired as cashier of the Farmers State bank at Ormsby, giving no reason. He is believed to have been deranged at the time of the shooting.


A. W. Riney
Source: The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, KS) May 4, 1899; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
A. W. Riney returned to Butterfield, Minn., on Friday night. He came here on account of the death of his brother. Mr. Riney has employment with the engineer corps of the Chicago & Northwestern railroad. He says business is booming in the northwestern States. Real estate is changing hands rapidly and lands are advancing in price rapidly.


H. W. Wadsworth
Source: Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, ND) Wednesday, January 30, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

H. W. Wadsworth of Madelia, Minn., a brother of Mark Wadsworth of Medora, who, with his wife, are awaiting trial for the murder of Ed Severson, was in the city Monday to see Mrs. M. Wadsworth, who is confined here. He visited her at the county jail, and left on the morning train for Dickinson, where his brother Mark is confined.

Source: Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, ND) Thursday, February 7, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

W. S. Hammond of Madelia, Minn., one of the prominent lawyers of the state, and who was the opponent of Congressman McCleary in the recent congressional race, came in from the east on yesterday's train. Mr. Hammond was summoned here by H. W. Wadsworth, and will assist in the defense of Mark Wadsworth and wife of Medora, who are confined in jail on a charge of murder.



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