19, 1909 – “West
bound passenger train No. 3 on the Minnesota & Iowa division of the Chicago
St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha railroad, which left St. Paul, at 10 a. m. today, collided with a freight train at Blakely, Minn., about noon. Fireman
Joe Zinnelil and Mail Clerk F. Torgerson, both of St. Paul, were killed. None
of the passengers were injured seriously enough to need medical attention.”
December 18, 1905 – The Supreme Court of the United States today upheld the validity of the Minnesota state law holding railroad companies responsible for injuries done to employees through the carelessness of other employees.
The case was that of the Minnesota Iron Company vs. Mark M. Kline. Kline was the engineer of a train on a road in St. Louis County, owned by the iron company and was injured through the failure of a brakeman to set a switch. The jury in the trial court brought in a verdict for $5,000.
The court, however, took the case into its own hands, and ordered that the verdict be set aside on the ground that the state law awarding damages to the servants of corporation because of carelessness on the part of their fellow-servants was unconstitutional. The state supreme court reversed this finding and ordered that the verdict of the jury be carried into effect. That decision was affirmed today. The Minnesota Iron Company was formed by Charlemagne Tower in the early 1880s.
The Minneapolis Journal; “Kline Wins From Big Iron Company. Verdict of 5,000 for Injury Caused Thru Fellow Employee’s Carelessness Is Upheld.”; Dec. 18, 1905; p. 1.
December 17, 1916 – With 300 heavily armed
policemen spread throughout Minneapolis in a bandit dragnet and orders to
“shoot to kill,” three bandits still managed to shoot and wound A. V. Duncanson
in a holdup attempt this morning.
One bullet passed through his right forearms and the other through his right
thigh. Duncanson was taken to the city hospital and later to his home. He will
Duncanson was accompanying Miss Blanche Lewis to her home on Duncan Ave. S.
They had just left a street car when the three bandits accosted them. One
covered Duncanson with a gun. Miss Lewis screamed and the other two bandits
beat her. Duncanson attempted to protect the girl and was shot.
The bandits secured no money, but escaped.
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Holdups Rampant in Winter Crime Carnival”; Dec. 18, 1916; p. 1.
Photo takenby PamelaJ. Erickson.Released
into the public domain Dec. 17, 2014, as long as acknowledgement included.
December 16, 1864 - First Lieutenant and Adjutant Thomas Parke Gere of the 5th Minnesota Infantry was presented with a Medal of Honor on February 24, 1865, for his extraordinary heroism on this date. He was recognized for his capture of the 4th Mississippi flag during action in Nashville, Tenn. Gere died on January 12, 1912, and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
December 15, 1904 - Cool-headed
action by Principal Nettie Waite and prompt obedience by 34 kindergarten
students of the old Lincoln School, Sixth and Washington Ave. North, Minneapolis,
prevented a panic when the building caught fire this morning and probably saved
several lives. As it was, every child got out of the school without trouble,
and few knew the building was burning over their heads.
Shortly after 10 a. m., Miss Waite smelled smoke in the schoolroom. Looking up,
she saw flames creeping across the ceiling, apparently coming from a vacant
Realizing the safety of her students depended upon her, Miss Waite walked to
the piano and struck the signal chord for every pupil to rise.
“Now, walk out into the yard,” commanded the schoolmistress, “and don’t wait
for your wraps.”
Then to the cheering music of a march, the students obediently proceeded into
the yard. They were soon joined by their teachers, who had remained behind to
collect their wraps. By that time, the upper story was blazing merrily and many
of the children learned why they had come out of the building only when they
saw the flames and smoke.
“The obedience of the children undoubtedly saved them from injury,” said Miss
Waite. “Most of them were between three and five years of age and not one of
them had ever been in a fire drill. My assistants, Ruth Whittlesey, Agnes Rice
and Bessie Cook, aided me in getting the children out.”
The building was abandoned for general school purposes about a year ago and has
been for sale. The room that held the kindergarten class was the only part of
the building in use.
Lincoln School is the oldest school building in the city still standing and was
one of the first erected after pioneer days. The main part was built in 1867. A
wing was added in 1871 and another in 1883.
The fire started from the furnace in the basement and followed an airshaft to
one of the vacant rooms on the second floor, where the flames spread to all
parts of the building.
It is unlikely that the school will be rebuilt. The board wants to sell the
property as the location is not desirable. The only value of the property is in
its frontage on the railroad tracks.
Minneapolis Journal; “Tots March From
Burning School; Implicit Obedience to a Quick-Witted Teacher Prevents Panic at
Lincoln Building.”; Dec. 15, 1904; p. 1.
Photo takenby PamelaJ. Erickson.Released
into the public domain December 15, 2014, as long as acknowledgement included.
December 14, 1916 – Ernest G. Strand,
Socialist mayor of Two Harbors and representative-elect of his district, was
arrested this morning by Sheriff Emil Nelson and brought into district court to
answer to indictments returned against him by the grand jury for accepting
It is alleged that on two occasions Strand accepted “hush money” from P. L.
Fullerton, proprietor of the Two Harbors Commercial Hotel, who is alleged to
have operated a “blind pig,” or speakeasy. It is alleged that in May 1916,
Strand, while acting in the capacity of mayor, accepted $25 and a similar sum
on July 7, 1916, making a total of $50. He was arraigned before Judge Dancer
and pleaded not guilty to the charge. The judge fixed his bond at $500 to
appear in court Monday morning, Dec. 18. He was released on his own
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Socialist
Mayor is Accused of Bribery”; Dec. 14, 1916; p. 1.
Commercial Hotel and Boat
Landing, Two Harbors Minnesota, 1910 http://www.lakesnwoods.com/images/TwoHar39.jpg
13, 1905 – The shoes of Minnesota Gov. John Albert Johnson were
stolen sometime last night from under his berth on a sleeping car, as his train
was approaching Spokane, Wash. The mercury in the thermometer was hovering
perilously near the zero mark when the governor sat up this morning. But he was
forced to remain in his stocking feet for several hours before the porter had
an opportunity to purchase substitute footwear.
The Minneapolis Journal; “Our Governor’s Shoes Stolen as he Slept”; Dec. 13, 1905; p. 1.