Wednesday, September 28, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 28

September 28, 1915 – Andrew E. Fritz, public examiner of Minnesota, his assistant, J. O. Davis, corporate examiner, and J. O. Cedarburg, Municipal expert, today took possession of the municipal books and accounts of Hibbing and began an audit of all departments of the “world’s richest village.” They state that they will not be able to complete their work for several weeks.

The examination is the state official’s response to a petition filed in his office yesterday, signed by 10 property owners of Hibbing. The public examiner has not made public the petitioners’ names, but it is generally believed in Hibbing that the mining company officials or their sympathizers are at the head of this unexpected move in the controversy that has given national prominence to the range village.

Mayor Victor Power of Hibbing expressed pleasure this evening over the public examiner’s move, saying that he hopes a report from the state will prove to the people of Minnesota that Hibbing has been managed on a fair basis.


Hibbing Mayor Victor Power1

Actual work on the books will begin tomorrow, though a hasty glimpse of the records today showed that cash on hand totaled $434.39 in “village orders,” and checks for small amounts. There was not a cent in coin or currency. There is understood to be something over $30,000 balance to the village credit in banks, however, a large share of it is in cash and the balance in village orders.

Hibbing officials this evening were given to understand that it is planned to follow all “leads” in the investigation and to dig as deeply as the public interest seems to require. If it develops that more expert accountants are needed, they will be put to work.

An effort to get the state to take a hand in the controversy have been made from the mining companies failed to pay their June installment of about $750,000 and let it be known that they did not intend to pay because they believed the tax unjust and unequitable, or were confident it would be devoted to what they termed extravagant purposes.

Most of the efforts have been engineered by Mayor Power, who requested State Auditor Preus to seize the ore of the delinquent companies or to cause the cancellation of such leases on state mines as were held by the companies. Preus refused to take such action.


Minnesota State Auditor Jacob Preus2


The mining companies have clarified the situation somewhat by paying almost entirely in Hibbing village orders, such taxes as were due on mining properties leased from the state. This tactical move practically eliminated the state as a tax money claimant.


The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Hibbing Books Are Seized By State Officials. Mining Companies Back of Forced Examination, Is Belief.”; Sept. 29, 1915; p. 1.

1http://www.mnhs.org/school/online/communities/web_assets/POWpho1T.jpg

2https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._A._O._Preus#/media/File:JacobPreus.jpg

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 7, 2015, 
as long as acknowledgement included.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 27

September 27, 1890 – Tommy O’Rourke, a 5-tear-old boy from Montana, disappeared on this date while visiting relatives in Foley, Minn. The men of the family, including his father, were harvesting some fields, and Tommy had tagged along. Once the men realized Tommy was no longer in the area where they had last seen him, they began a search, yelling for him as they walked through the fields, but he had simply disappeared!


Tommy O’Rourke1

Did the boy wonder off and become lost? Could the Indians have taken him? Friends and neighbors assisted in the search; by the third day there were more than 100 men searching for Tommy, including all the workers from the Foley Lumber Miller.1

After he’d been missing a week, the Great Northern Railroad donated the use of a special train to take (125-150) searchers from St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids out to Foley to conduct one last massive search on Sunday, Oct. 5.1
On that last search, it was his cousin Michael O’Rourke, who discovered a scared, crying Tommy sitting on a stump in the woods near Foley station, in Benton County, about a mile and a half from where he was last seen. The boy was in almost famished condition, but with careful nursing would live. For nine days he had subsisted entirely on berries, acorns and water. His recovery brought wild excitement, as the whole surrounding country had followed the story.
Having given up hope of finding him alive, Tommy’s mother and sister had already started for their home in Glendive, Mont., when the good news of his recovery arrived.

1http://wjon.com/5-year-old-missing-for-a-week-on-this-date-in-central-minnesota-history/

The Independent Record; “Tommy O’Rourke Found. Almost famished and Living on Acorns and Water.”; Helena, Montana; Oct. 6, 1890; p. 1.

St. Paul Globe; “Tommy O’Rourke Found. The Little Fellow Lives on Berries a Week.”; Oct. 6, 1890; p. 1.



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Monday, September 26, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 26

September 26, 1918 – Because of epidemics of Spanish influenza in army camps, Provost Marshal General Crowder tonight cancelled calls for the entrainment between Oct. 7 and 11 of 142,000 draft registrants.



Provost Marshall General Crowder1

Two hundred Minneapolis men, 116 from St. Paul and 49 from Duluth had been summoned for the Oct. 7 draft call.

In canceling the call, General Crowder acted upon instruction from General March, chief of staff. Every state and the District of Columbia had been assigned quotas and the men were to have gone to practically all of the camps in the country.


 
WWI Music Sheet2


The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Influenza Spread Results in Draft Call Cancellation. Epidemic Now Prevails in All But 13 Army Camps.”; Sept. 27, 1918; p. 1.

1http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/theworldsmilitaryhistory/images/6/60/EnochCrowder2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20111225061955

2http://filiopietismprism.blogspot.com/2013/02/military-monday-world-war-i-draft.html
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 25

September 25, 1947 – Model and actress Cheryl Tiegs was born on this date in Breckenridge, Minn. Her second husband, photographer Peter Beard (1981–83), was the great grandson of James J. Hill, founder of the Great Northern Railway.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheryl_Tiegs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Beard



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Saturday, September 24, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 24

September 24, 1971 – The Duluth-Superior High Bridge, which connects Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., was dedicated as the John A. Blatnik Bridge on this date.

http://www.thehistorypeople.com/data/docs/timeline-part3.pdf





John A. Blatnik Bridge1

Anyone remember Goldfine’s By The Bridge?




The Goldfine’s Department Store in 1962, an expansion made possible by the razing of the Garfield Ave. Residential District to make way for the High Bridge, later renamed the Blatnick Bridge. The store closed in 1979 and the building was later home to Goodwill Industries. (Image: Jeff Lemke, Twin Ports Rail History.)2

1http://photorator.com/photo/22414/the-john-a-blatnick-bridge-connecting-duluth-mn-and-superior-wi-

2http://zenithcity.com/zenith-city-history-archives/duluths-development/garfield-ave/3/

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Friday, September 23, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 23

September 23, 1918 – Reuben C. Curtis, who shot Ernest Lack on the night of June 25th after the latter had interfered when he ordered some children to stop playing in the street in front of his home, was found guilty of murder in the first degree by a jury in district court in Minneapolis this evening.

Curtis turned pale and moved his lips nervously as he heard the verdict. While his attorney, W. E. Hewitt, made his plea to the jury this afternoon, Curtis sobbed aloud. He was then led from the courtroom back to his cell in the county jail. The jury’s verdict meant a sentence of life imprisonment. The jury had gone out at 5:10 this afternoon and returned with its verdict at 8:40 p.m.

The shooting of Lack occurred early in the evening in front of his home on Tenth Ave. S. He died an hour later at the City Hospital. Children of the neighborhood, who always avoided the Curtis home because of Curtis’ known antagonism toward them, had been coasting down the sidewalk in front of Lack’s house. Curtis left the porch of his home just across the street, crossed over and ordered the children away, cursing as he did so, witnesses testified.

At that moment, Lack returned home and told Curtis to leave the children alone. They became involved in an argument and Lack led Curtis across the street to his own home. Lack was reentering his own yard when Curtis ran across the street again and shot him. Neighbors who witnessed the shooting said that Mrs. Curtis stood at the fence around her yard and watched her husband shoot Lack, while Mrs. Lack and her two children pressed their faces against the screened window of their living room and saw Lack fall mortally wounded on the grass. Curtis was arrested 10 minutes after the shooting.


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The Curtis case went to the jury this afternoon following testimony of state witnesses that Curtis was not insane at the time of the killing, had full possession of his faculties and knew right from wrong. This testimony was followed closely by a stenographic report of statements made by the defendant at police headquarters the night of the shooting. These statements showed that Curtis knew what he was doing at the time he shot Lack, that he did it in a spirit of revenge and not for self-defense. Temporary violent insanity and permanent mild insanity with self-defense were the pleas of the defense.

Dr. W. A. Jones, psychologist, testified that an examination of Curtis showed him to be strong of body and mind. He expressed an opinion that at the time of the shooting Curtis was mentally sound and knew the difference between right and wrong.

Lack, a salesman for Swift & Co., was 25 years old. Curtis, 58 years old, was formerly employed by the C. Q. Stone Transfer and Fuel Company. He is the father of eight children, all married.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Curtis Guilty of Murder in First Degree. Slayer of Ernest Lack Sobs as Attorney Pleads for Him.”; Sept. 24, 1918; p. 1.

*chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86063381/issues/1920/
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 22

September 22, 1977 - The Ramsey County Poor Farm Barn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on this date. A brick livestock barn with silos and milk house (1918), it was designed by Buechner and Orth for the government-owned farm worked by the county’s welfare recipients. The barn is currently used by the Ramsey County Cooperative extension service.

http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=77000766

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsey_County_Poor_Farm_Barn




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ramseycountypoorfarm3.jpg

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