Thursday, April 27, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 27

April 27, 1913 – The partially exposed bones of gigantic size, discovered on the farm of George Budde, near Kellogg, comprise part of the skeleton of a mammoth prehistoric elephant that lived in the area probably from 10,000 to 30,000 years ago. J. M. Holzinger, member of the faculty of the Winona normal school, so declared this evening after personally investigating the find.

Budde, who is a farmer, made the discovery a week ago. The bones protrude from the side of a newly made cut caused by the recent high water. A portion of one of the tusks and bones of great size were sent to Frederic W. Sardeson, of the University of Minnesota. The latter, according to press reports, declared they were the bones of an Asiatic African elephant probably buried by a traveling circus in recent years. The Winona man takes issue with this finding.

Holzinger bases his opinion on the fact that the location where the find was made, was in an inaccessible place precluding the circus burial theory. Although, he says ivory will hold intact for 5,000 years, the ivory tusks from this skeleton are brittle. Layers of earth indicating many years formation are visible over the exposed bones. Because of the fact that the bones are brittle, it may be impossible to save the skeleton, although an effort will be made to excavate it.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Finding Elephant’s Bones Gives Rise to Controversy. Winona Normal Man Declares Skeleton Is of Prehistoric Origin. University Professor Says Relics Are Those of Circus Animal.”; April 28, 1913; p. 2.




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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 26

April 26, 1978 – A beautiful home built in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis for Charles J. Martin was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on this date. Martin served for many years as the secretary and treasurer of the Washburn-Crosby Company, a predecessor of General Mills.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_J._Martin_House




Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain April 26, 2017,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 25

April 25, 1907 – The inventor of the pontoon boat, Ambrose Weeres, was born in Richmond, Minn., on this date.

“In 1951, Ambrose was asked by a friend to create a contraption out of tubes and oil barrels that would float in water. With the assistance of Edwin Torborg, ‘I worked on it and designed the tubes, then a raft, and kept going until I had a boat. The hardest part was making a mount for an outboard motor and designing a steering device.’”


A Weeres Pontoon on a Richmond area lake in 1954.



A modern pontoon boat on Rose Lake, St. Louis County, Minn. (pje)



“The first boat, later christened ‘The Empress’ sold before [Weeres] even had a chance to name it. ‘Mr. Pontoon,’ as [he] came to be known, kept improving on this design and founded Weeres Industries the following year in 1952. In 1955, the Winona Daily News named the Weeres Pontoon Boat ‘Boat of the Year.’

“In a Resolution issued by the Minnesota State Legislature in 1990, Ambrose Weeres was officially recognized as the inventor of the pontoon boat. He was elected to the Minnesota Marina Hall of Fame in July 1991. Weeres is also credited with inventing the first “water bicycle”, or paddle boat in 1956.”


http://wjon.com/the-inventor-of-the-pontoon-was-born-in-richmond-on-this-date-in-central-minnesota-history/
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Monday, April 24, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 24

April 24, 1889 - Granite Falls was incorporated as a village in 1879 and became a city on this date. Named for the granite and gneiss outcroppings over which the Minnesota River flows, Granite Falls is the county seat for Yellow Medicine County.

http://www.granitefallschamber.com/history.html



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Sunday, April 23, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 23

April 23, 1912 – A telegram received today brought the news that the body of Walter D. Douglas, wealthy Minneapolitan who met his death on the Titanic, had been recovered and embalmed, and was on the boat Mackey-Bennett, sent to search the scene of the disaster.


Walter D. Douglas1

George C. Douglas, Walter Douglas’ son, was advised today of the reported recovery of his father’s body. He left this evening for the East to take charge of the body. Mr. Douglas took the shortest and quickest route to Halifax where he will wait for the Mackey-Bennett to arrive. It is believed that Walter Douglas’ body will be buried in Cedar Rapids, Ia., the old family home.


Walter D. Douglas was listed as recovered body #622


The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “W. D. Douglas’ Body Reported Recovered. Message Received Gives News to Family in Minneapolis. George C. Douglas, Son Leaves for Halifax to Take Charge. A. O. Halvorson, Also Wreck Victim, Said to Have Been Found.”; April 24, 1912; p. 3.

Mahala Douglas, widow of Walter D. Douglas, returned home to Minneapolis after rescue from Titanic disaster; see blog April 21, 2017.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 22

April 22, 1911 - Minnesota abolished the death penalty on this date, as Governor Adolph O. Eberhart signed a bill making first degree murder punishable by life in prison.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_1911



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The last person executed by the state of Minnesota took place Feb. 13, 1906. See Feb. 13, 2013 blog.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 21

April 21, 1912 – Mrs. Mahala Dutton Douglas, widow of Walter D. Douglas, the Minneapolis millionaire who met a heroic death on the Titanic, and Mr. and Mrs. John Pillsbury Snyder, Minneapolis residents who were rescued from the doomed ship, arrived home early today. With Mrs. Douglas, was her maid, Bertha Lavery, who was assisted to safety by Mr. Douglas just before the liner sank on April 15. Each of the Minneapolis survivors said that years will never dim the vivid memories of the terrible night spent among the icebergs off the banks of Newfoundland, when 1,500 persons lost their lives and 700 were saved from graves in the Atlantic.



The Titanic1

Mrs. Douglas, who had made a wonderful show of courage throughout the ordeal, was near the point of physical collapse when her train reached Minneapolis. The strain was proving to be more than she could stand. None of her friends were allowed to see her at the station and she was hurried into a waiting automobile.


Accompanied by her stepson, George C. Douglas, her sister, Mrs. G. A. Goodell and her maid, Mrs. Douglas was taken to Waldon, the summer home of the Douglases on Lake Minnetonka, where a physician was called.

The last time she saw her husband, he told her she should get into a lifeboat, where it would be safer for her. According to Mrs. Douglas, she pleaded with him to come with her, but he replied,” I can’t do it. I would not be a man or a gentleman if I left the Titanic while there was a woman or child on board.”

Mrs. Douglas said she spoke with everyone on the Carpathia, the ship that picked up the Titanic survivors, to find out if they had seen Mr. Douglas after she left the Titanic. Each one said they had seen the Minneapolitan working with other male passengers as they assisted the crew in lowering the boatloads of women and children.



Mr. and Mrs. Douglas2



Mr. and Mrs. John Pillsbury Snyder’s arrival today in Minneapolis marked the end of their honeymoon trip. They were married Jan. 22, and had been traveling since that time.




Mr. and Mrs. John Pillsbury Snyder3


Mr. Snyder denied many of the quotes attributed to him by East Coast reporters, and was particularly emphatic in denying a story that three men in their lifeboat were shot by an officer and their bodies thrown overboard.

“I have no idea where this absolutely false story could have originated,” said Mr. Snyder. “The spreading of such tales does injustice to the seamen who manned our lifeboat. In the first place, there was no officer in the boat. One claimed to be a ‘crow’s-nest’ man off duty and the other two appeared to be common sailors. The three knew how to handle a lifeboat perfectly and we did not have the least trouble. All the men but one took turns at rowing. This one was a German whom we came to know on the Carpathia as ‘the baron.’ He thought rowing would be ‘beneath him.’”


The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Titanic Passengers Reach Minneapolis. Mrs. Douglas in Physician’s Care at Lake Minnetonka Home. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder Arrive Weary, but Otherwise Unharmed. Thrilling Story of Rescue From Doomed Ship is Detailed.”; April 22, 1912; pp. 1&2.

1http://www.rd.com/culture/13-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-titanic/

2http://www.brucemore.org/history/people/douglas/

3http://stmedia.startribune.com/images/snydersTitanic1912d.jpg