Thursday, July 19, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 19

July 19, 1910 – B. B. Brosvick, town clerk of Buyck (pronounced BIKE), St. Louis County, was arrested this morning on a charge of forgery, the warrant having been sworn out by W. J. Stevenson, special counsel of the Board of County Commissioners. The alleged irregularities were discovered last week by County Examiner Wasgatt.

Only one count has been entered against him, but it is declared on reliable authority, that the investigation that has been under way for some time will open a pit of corruption exceeding anything in the history of St. Louis County,

The specific charge against Brosvick is that he forged the name of Mina Finstad, a local farmer’s wife, to a county check signed by W. A. Holgate, county treasurer, and made payable to Mina Finstad.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Buyck Town Clerk Accused. Forgery Is charged and St. Louis County Officials Hint at Further Scandal.”; July 20, 1910; p. 1.




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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 18


July 18, 1989 – It’s one of those songs that once you hear it, you can’t get it out of your head. "Weird Al" Yankovic’s song “The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota” was recorded on May 24, 1989 and released on this date. It tells the story of a family driving for three days and three nights on their vacation to Darwin, Minn., to see the biggest ball of twine (rolled by one man) in Minnesota. Catchy tune!

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

Hear
"Weird Al" sing the song on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp9yqLbJ4Wk




http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2128

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 17


July 17, 1920 – The wreckage of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad engine, destroyed by a boiler explosion early this morning at Kellogg, Minn., killing three men, was cleared away by 7:45 this evening. There was little traffic during the day since trains had been detoured on the other track of the Milwaukee at Kellogg.

The cause of the explosion will be investigated. The three men killed were Ed Schroepfer, St. Paul, engineer; George Homola, Farmington, fireman, and Wells J. Westcott, Farmington, brakeman.

The explosion is said to be due to cold water being injected into the boiler after the water supply had been reduced to the danger point. The boiler was blown 100 feet from where the locomotive stood. The body of the engineer was thrown 80 feet and that of the fireman 40 feet by the blast. The brakeman did not die until several hours later.

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Inquiry Into Fatal Explosion Called. Railroad Officers to Seek Cause of Blast Which Killed Three Trainmen.”; July 18, 1920; p. 1.




Kellogg Depot

http://www.west2k.com/mnpix/kellogg.jpg



“Kellogg, a city in sections 22 and 27 of Greenfield Township, founded in 1870, incorporated February 14, 1877, was named by officers of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad company, "in honor of a Milwaukee gentleman who furnished the depot signs," L. H. Kellogg, who died in 1873 (History of Winona and Wabasha Counties, p. 885).”

http://www.lakesnwoods.com/Kellogg.htm
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Monday, July 16, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 16

July 16, 1911 – Because his wife would not go home and cook him a meal, Charles Chaboillez, grandson of the famous Hudson Bay trader, drew a pocketknife and stabbed the woman five times and then plunged the bloody blade into his own throat, missing the jugular vein by the closest possible margin. The murder/suicide attempt was made at her brother’s home on the Red Lake Agency.

Mrs. Chaboillez was first felled with a blow from the fist of her husband and was unconscious when the murderous assault began. Agency policemen ran to the rescue of the wounded woman and placed the man under arrest.

Dr. R. J. Cullard, Agency physician, was called and found that the injuries of both were serious, a deep gash in the small of the woman’s back was particularly alarming, while the flow of blood from the man’s wounds made his condition critical.

Chabillez, 38, was said to have been drinking. He was employed as a clerk in the Chippewa store at Red Lake ever since the store started and is considered an honest and trustworthy employee when sober. His wife is 32. They have one child.

Both Mrs. and Mrs. Chaboillez are confined to bed, but Dr. Cullard feels safe in predicting their ultimate recovery.

Chaboillez feels the disgrace of the episode keenly and has said that he sincerely regrets his actions and that he beseeches reconciliation with his wife.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Strikes and Stabs Wife; Wounds Self. Charles Chaboillez, Angered Because Woman Refused to Cook, Makes Effort to Take Lives. Arrested by Agency Officers. Both Found to Be in Precarious Condition But Physician Says They Will Recover. Husband is Now Repentant. Regrets His Action, Hopes Wounded Companion Will Grant Him Forgiveness.”; July 19, 1911; p. 1.




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Sunday, July 15, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 15


July 15, 1872 – “The Twin Cities’ first streetcar was available – a horse-drawn vehicle.”

http://www.thehistorypeople.com/data/docs/timeline-part1.pdf


http://www.mnopedia.org/sites/default/files/styles/xlarge/public/HE4.1%20p11%20-%20First%20horse%20car%20in%20Twin%20Cities.jpg?itok=1gZVkRNf

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 14


July 14, 2011 – “Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans struck a deal to end a budget impasse with the Democratic governor giving up on raising taxes.”

http://timelines.ws/states/MINNESOTA.HTML



Gov. Mark Dayton

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

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On This Date in Minnesota History: July 13


July 13, 1905 - After walking almost continuously since April 1903, and covering 16,000 miles, “Sailor Jean” arrived in Minneapolis this evening.

“Sailor Jean” started from Augusta, Me., in the spring of 1903 with the avowed intention of visiting the capital of every state in the union before Oct. 1, 1906, and of making the entire distance of 22,000 miles necessary to do this on foot, an average of 20 miles a day.

Up to date he has gained three months on the schedule time, and if the finish is made within the limit an eastern publisher has agreed to reward “Sailor Jean” with the sum of $5,000, receiving in return a half share in a book that will be published upon the longest trip ever undertaken by any man on foot.

As he walks, “Sailor Jean” or J. A. Krohn, as he is rightly known, pushes a wheelbarrow, or “trolleyette,” provided with an ordinary bicycle wheel and a barrel, in which are carried all the supplies he requires.



“Sailor Jean”1 

The trip has led through the badlands of Dakota, through uninhabited wastes in the Rocky Mountain region and through arid plains resembling the famous “Death Valley” in Arizona, and has resulted in many adventures. Twice the consideration of trainmen saved his life. When crossing the arid lands on the right of way the crew of a passing train noticed that he was about to drink from the deadly springs of that region and showered him with oranges.

While in the badlands, where no water was available, the engineer of a locomotive divined the situation, and upon shaking a cup out of the cab window, received a nod in the affirmative. The train was stopped and all hands assembled for a drink.

In Idaho, the traveler was four days lost. Being without food, he was obliged to sustain himself on rabbits brought with a revolver.

In New Mexico, where several nights were spent sleeping on the plains, the droves of coyotes were kept at bay by stockades built of prickly pear cacti.

Between Gettysburg and Pierre, S. D., where Mr. Krohn made his longest single day’s journey of 61 miles, he narrowly escaped being by a stampeding herd of cattle by throwing himself over a wire fence, which he reached after a mad rush over the prairie.

“Sailor Jean” says he was born at St. Peter, Minn., but he has been a sailor so long that he claims any salt water town as his home.

This long tramp is not without joy. “Sailor Jean’s” wife follows him by train, and the two plan their tours so they can spend Sundays together.

The sailor and his “trolleyette” are both weather-beaten. The sailor is dressed in his naval uniform, and exposure to wind and sun has made him as swarthy as an Indian. The “trolleyette” is a crude affair, the wheel being part of the “running gear” of a bicycle. The cranberry barrel, which is an important part of the vehicle, is well stored with the traveler’s effects. The sailor carries a supply of aluminum souvenirs, which he puts into circulation.

He had tokens produced to sell along the way for 10¢, as well as giving lectures, selling postcards and advertising space on his trolleyette.



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"Sailor Jean is walking and pushing a trolleyette to all the state capitols in the United States; a distance of 22,000 miles in 3 ½ years. He will write a book of his travels starting April 1st 1903 and to the end Oct. 1st, 1906."

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Freak Travelers Visit City. ‘Sailor Jean’ Under Contract to Visit Every State Capitol in the United States Within Three and a Half Years, Lands in Minneapolis, Pushing Trolleyette—The Trip Means Trudge of 22,000 Miles—John W. Avery and ‘Jersey Joe’ Mayer Rest on Bicycle Trip to Portland Exposition.”; July 14, 1905; p. 6.

1The Guthrie Daily Leader; Guthrie, OK; Feb. 01, 1904; p. 1.

2https://tokencatalog.com/token_record_forms.php?action=DisplayTokenRecord&td_id=287560&inventory_id=248894&attribution_id=293131


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