Wednesday, October 18, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 18

Oct. 18, 2002 - “Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett was charged [on this date] with sexual assault and false imprisonment for allegedly groping a woman after pulling her into the bathroom of a Minnesota restaurant. According to [his] District Court criminal complaint, the retired baseball star grabbed the woman’s arm and ‘dragged her into the men’s restroom and then touched her breast.” This [wasn’t] the first time the [then] 42-year-old Puckett has been accused of mistreating a woman.

“In December 2001, Puckett’s wife Tonya (who has since filed for divorce) told Minnesota cops that her husband ‘screamed at her, over the telephone that he was going to kill her.’”

http://twinstrivia.com/today-in-twins-history/




Kirby Puckett

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 17

October 17, 1902 – St. Paul police were notified today of the arrest of Alfred S. Toler and Alice Gailey in St. Louis, Mo. Toler is a 52-year-old widower, while his companion is a 15-year-old girl. The two were arrested at the insistence of the girl’s relatives and will be brought back to St. Paul.

Toler won considerable notoriety several months ago by his efforts to marry the Gailey girl. At one time the two visited the clerk of the courts and requested a marriage license. As the girl was under age, the clerk refused to issue the license. Toler attempted to convince the mother that it was all for the best, but she refused to consent to the match.

Later Toler and the girl’s father called at the home of Mrs. Gailey and when the police arrived, Mrs. Gailey accused them of attempting to carry the young girl away. This time the case got into the police court.

Yes, Toler and William Gailey, the girl’s father, were working together. Apparently Mr. Gailey soon disappeared with Toler’s daughter. While the neighbors were still gossiping about this little sensation, Alice Gailey left home and her mother received a note saying that Alice had married a traveling man. When Toler disappeared, Mrs. Gailey became suspicious and notified the police.

The Saint Paul Globe; “Eloping Couple Taken By St. Louis Police. Alfred Toler and His Son-in-Law’s Daughter Are Arrested in St. Louis.”; Oct. 18, 1902; p. 3.



Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Sept. 16, 2017,
as long as acknowledgement included.
 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 16

October 16, 1903 – Mrs. Laura Wagner, wife of Jacob Wagner, of Spring Park, has disappeared with her three-year-old son, and the husband and father is anxiously searching for a clue to the missing ones. Hoping to find a trace of them, he today advertised in the St. Paul papers and offered a reward of $25 for information that will lead him to locate them.

South St. Paul, one mile south of where the hamlet of Spring Park is located, is wrought up over the mysterious disappearance of mother and son. A diligent search of the surrounding country has failed to reveal a trace of the woman and child, and the father is greatly distressed.

According to her husband, Mrs. Wagner was last seen Wed. morning (Oct. 14) when she drove her husband in a buggy to South St. Paul as usual, where he is employed in a packing house, and no one has seen her since. As the boy accompanied her on the trip, the first thought of Mr. Wagner, on missing his wife and son, was that the horse had run away and that the mother and child had been thrown out along the road.


South St. Paul Stockyards1

With the assistance of neighbors, he searched the road for several miles, but no trace of the team or woman or child was found. Inquiry at the home of Mrs. Wagner’s parents in West St. Paul, failed to elicit any information, and Mr. Wagner is now at a loss to know which way to turn.

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The following day, Mrs. Wagner was located in St. Paul, where she and her son were staying with her sister Anna and brother-in-law, Seth Isham.

Isham said that Mrs. Wagner had left her home and did not wish to continue living with her husband because he treated her badly, and that she had come to his home two months ago, not last Wed. During that time she had secured employment with a private family on St. Anthony Hill (now known as Cathedral Hill*). In addition, she had made an application for divorce, alleging cruel treatment by her husband.

Mrs. Wagner has been married 14 years, and has four children, the youngest of which she had taken with her.

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On learning through the newspaper reports that his wife had been staying with the Ishams, Wagner called there demanding to see his wife. He was told that she was not there, and insisted upon searching the premises. Upon being refused, he is charged with assaulting his brother-in-law.

Isham was struck over the left eye with the heavy metal handle of an umbrella and sustained a cut necessitating several stitches. Although half stunned, he recovered sufficiently to eject Wagner from the house. Isham called at the office of the city prosecutor and demanded a warrant for his assailant.
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The woes of Jacob Wagner of South St. Paul came to a climax in police court when he was sentenced to 90 days in the workhouse, with the option of a $100 fine, for assaulting his brother-in-law. He was later committed to the workhouse in default of the fine.

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The Saint Paul Globe
; “Mother and 3-Year-Old Boy Missing. Mrs. Laura Wagner and Child of Spring Park, Mysteriously Disappear.”; Oct. 17, 1903; p. 2.

The Saint Paul Globe; “Mrs. Laura Wagner and Child Not Missing. She is at Home of Her Brother-in-Law—Has Applied for a Divorce.”; Oct. 18, 1903; p. 3.

The Saint Paul Globe; “Wagner Assaults His Brother-in-Law. Latter Refuses to Allow Him to Search Premises for Mrs. Wagner.”; Oct. 20, 1903; p. 2.

The Saint Paul Globe; “Wagner’s Woes Cause Him to shed Tears. Court Taxes Him $100 for Assaulting His Brother-in-Law.”; Oct. 22, 1903; p. 2.

*http://saintpaulhistorical.com/items/show/152
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2Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Oct. 16, 2017, as long as acknowledgement included.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 15

October 15, 1904 – The highest awards for flour at the World's Fair in St. Louis is the latest distinction given to Minneapolis, the recognized flour center of the world. Official word has been received from the fair city that the Pillsbury Company has taken the grand prizes, with accompanying medals, not only for the best flour, but for the best exhibit and best loaf of bread in the world. Pillsbury’s “Best” has again brought attention to the fact that Minneapolis stands alone as the four city of the world.

The Pillsbury exhibit at the fair is one of the stellar attractions in the great Agricultural Building and the pride of every Minneapolitan who visits the big exposition. One of the attractive features of the Pillsbury exhibit is the panorama showing the biggest flour mill in the world—the Pillsbury “A”—just as it appears in Minneapolis. The Falls of St. Anthony show up strongly in the foreground and the running water gives a most realistic appearance to these famous waters. There are miniature freight cars being loaded at the mill, and the water that turns the great wheels is in plain sight of the spectators. The mill is an exact duplicate as to every detail, and one can almost hear the wheat being ground.



On one side there is a model electric bakery, and here thousands of little loaves of Vienna bread are baked every day and given away to the interested fair visitors.

The display is intensely interesting and has attracted more attention than any other individual exhibit in the whole Agricultural Building. It speaks much for the aggressiveness and enterprise of the Pillsbury Company, and Minnesota people are justly proud of the flour that has captured the grand prize. The exhibit is a splendid advertisement for Minneapolis in particular and for the northwest in general. The “Best” flour in the world is made in Minneapolis and the northwest furnishes the hard wheat to make it with. This fact has been deeply impressed on the visitors from all parts of the world.

Another “Highest Award” that is of interest to Minneapolis is the one given to Mrs. Gans of the Chicago College of Cooking for the best loaf of bread, which was made from Pillsbury’s “Best” flour.

The Pillsbury Company has deservedly won a most sweeping victory in capturing the highest awards for the highest grade of flour, the best loaf of bread and the finest exhibit at the greatest exposition in the world’s history.



The Minneapolis Journal; “High Honors for Minnesota at World’s Fair”; October 15, 1904; p. 5.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 14

October 14, 1907 – Pinned under the wreck of his engine, George F. Birch, met his death early this morning as a result of a wreck on the Duluth Missabe ore dock. His fireman, Frank Gospeter, barely escaped with his life, and is suffering from the most painful burns and bruises at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Birch was backing down the hill with a heavily loaded train, and running at quite a high rate of speed when he struck the curve. As he was rounding the curve he ran into a string of empties standing on track No. 2. Neither of the men had time to jump.

Ten of the cars were piled up in a heap, and the engine was overturned, pinning both Birch and Gospeter beneath it, where they were horribly burned by the escaping steam and boiling water. The fireman was extricated in time to save his life, but Birch was too far under the engine to be reached, and it was nearly three hours before his body was taken out. He was probably killed by a blow on the head.



The fireman, a young man about 23 years of age, whose home is in Eau Claire, Wis., will probably recover.

The fire department was summoned as soon as the accident occurred, and the firemen made a quick run to the scene, and worked with the employees of the dock to extricate the two men.

Five of the cars were hurled over the embankment, and the others were piled up in a heap on the track. The engine was also a complete wreck.

The blame for the wreck has not yet been fixed. It is said to have been due to the action of a switchman in turning the switch the wrong way, allowing the loaded train to run into the empties. Coroner McCuen will start an investigation tomorrow and take the statements of witnesses. If necessary an inquest will be ordered.

The Duluth Evening Herald; “Engineer Loses His Life in Bad Smash-Up on the Missabe Road”; Oct. 15, 1907; p. 5.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 13

October 13, 1990 – The Target Center, home to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Lynx, opened on this date in downtown Minneapolis.

http://www.mnopedia.org/thisday



Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Oct. 13, 2017, 
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 12

October 12, 1905 – In the room from which his pardon was issued, John Hebard of Redwood Falls was reunited today to his faithful wife. Hebard was technically, but not morally, guilty of bigamy, as he supposed a divorce had been granted to his Indian wife he had married in his boyhood, at the time he wedded his Redwood Falls sweetheart.

The young woman’s father was intensely opposed to their marriage, and on investigation found that the divorce decree had not been entered until after their wedding, so he had Hebard arrested for bigamy. He pleaded guilty and was given a year in prison, but the county attorney appeared to urge pardon, and only six months of the time were served.

The pardon was granted on condition that Hebard and his second wife should be remarried, and that condition was fulfilled this afternoon. The father of Mrs. Hebard, it is claimed, tried to persuade her not to remarry her husband. The couple met by appointment this afternoon in the governor’s office, and received the good wishes of Governor Johnson as they started for the courthouse to cement their union again.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Bigamist Pardoned Remarries Wife No. 2”; Oct. 13, 1905; p. 4.


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Photo credit: Doug Wallick / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SAWinona

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Makes me wonder how the Holidays went for this family! 

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