October 11, 2000 – “The Wild played their first ever home game on [this date] against the Philadelphia Flyers and skated to a 3–3 tie. Minnesota native Darby Hendrickson scored the first-ever home goal for the Wild.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Wild
10, 1969 – Hennepin County District Court Judge Douglas K. Amdahl denied a new
trial for T. Eugene Thompson, “a former St. Paul lawyer serving a life murder
sentence for the 1963 death of his wife.” Thompson’s appeal attorney, Ronald
Meshbesher, “could appeal the decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which
has already upheld Thompson’s conviction and expressed impatience at the ‘legal
games’ his attorneys have employed under the state’s post-conviction remedy
The Minneapolis Tribune; “Judge
Rejects Thompson’s Try for Another Trial”; October 11, 1969; p.9.
T. Eugene "Cotton" Thompson (right) being arrested
believed to have been worn by Carol Thompson’s murderer found; May 9, 2013 blog
Suspect in Carol Thompson’s murder confesses, implicates T. Eugene Thompson;
see June 20, 2013 blog
T. Eugene Thompson’s role in wife’s murder revealed to public; see June 22,2013 blog
Minn. Supreme Court affirms T. Eugene Thompson’s conviction; see Jan. 7, 2014blog Minn. Supreme Court denies
T. Eugene Thompson’s attempt to collect wife’s insurance death benefits; see
Feb. 10, 2014 blog
9, 1900 – “One of the largest explosions ever occurring in
the state: seven thousand five hundred pounds of dynamite in the powder
magazine at the Spruce mine, about half a mile from [Eveleth], blew up about
5:30 o'clock. A hole 100 feet square and 25 feet deep marks the spot where the
magazine stood. The force of the explosion was so great that there is not a
piece of glass over a square within a radius of two miles of the mine.
Practically every window and mirror in Eveleth was broken, while in saloons all
bottled goods were demolished in addition. The loss in the city is estimated at
$30,000. The damage done to the Spruce mine was about $3,000, the mine
laboratory and warehouses being totally wrecked.”
October 8, 1918 – The first of the
September 12 WWI registrants were called to the colors on this date.
In a telegram from Gen. Crowder, federal provost marshal, to Adjt. Gen. Rhinow,
Minnesota was called upon to entrain 6,750 registrants during the five day
period beginning Oct. 21. The call fulfills Gen. Crowder promise that
registrants of the new class would be called to service in Oct.
While many of the men to be taken in the two parts of the call will be
21-year-olds who registered June 5 and Aug. 24, 1918, there are not enough of
these youths left to supply such a large number of men.
The call is for 3,500 men to entrain to Camp Forrest, Lytle, Ga., and 2,250 to
Camp Cody, Deming, N, M. Minnesota never before has sent drafted men directly
to these camps, although, many Minnesotan draftees were transferred to Camp
Cody from Camp Dodge earlier this year.
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “First
Call Is Issued Under New Registry: 6.750 From Minnesota”; Oct. 08, 1918; p. 1.
Major General Enoch Herbert Crowder, Judge Advocate General of the United States Army, WWI
7, 1910 - A fire that had already consumed the communities
of Williams, Cedar Spur, and Graceton three days earlier approached Baudette
and Spooner [Lake of the Woods County, Minn.] during the evening hours. “As the
towns rapidly became furnaces of flames; citizens gathered at the depot for
safety. Victims of a typhoid epidemic were evacuated by train before a
whirlwind of flame swept away the two towns and the bridge over the Baudette River
that connected them. Before morning almost everything at Baudette was leveled,
leaving what one survivor called "a desolate plain" covered by
charred ruins. Only the sawmill at Spooner remained standing. Forty-two persons
lost their lives in the Great Fire of 1910. About 300,000 acres were burned in
ten townships, including much valuable timber and many homesteads and
6, 1903 – Peter O. Elliott, the Minneapolis religious crank who
was arrested yesterday after trying to secure an audience with President Theodore Roosevelt, has subsequently been found insane and taken to the government
Persons charged with insanity in the District of Columbia must be formally
committed to an asylum after an examination in open court, and this method will
be pursued in Elliott’s case.
In his talk at the police station Elliott declared he went to the White House
because the President asked him to come and see him. He said he carried a
pistol to protect himself and did not intend to do any harm to the President. Among
Elliott’s possessions were numerous clippings describing and relation to
incidents in the life of President Roosevelt and cards of the Minneapolis
Patent Company of Minneapolis.
Elliott has been a resident of Minneapolis for 15 years, and believed by
acquaintances here to be a harmless visionary. He spent most of his time on
patents that he was perfecting, and was a well-known figure in South
Weather permitting, Elliott was known to address anyone who would listen on
topics such as economics, sociology and politics until his audience grew tired
or hissed him off the street.
In these speeches, which were little more than tirades against existing
conditions and institutions, Elliott more than once suggested his intention of
harming the President, while in private conversation he said he was going down
to Washington and that if Roosevelt would not see him, he would force the
President to grant an interview.
Apparently, Elliott wanted a federal appointment, and his grievance against the
nation’s chief executive was that an appointment was not given to him. He also
claimed that he was going to marry Alice Roosevelt.
Minneapolis Journal; “Elliott is in
an Asylum. Minneapolitan Who Tried to Call on Roosevelt Is Declared to Be
Insane. He made No Resistance When Taken to the Asylum—Friends Are Silent.”;
Oct. 6, 1903; p. 1.
5, 1903 – Shortly before noon today, Peter O. Elliott, a Swede
from Minneapolis, attempted to make his
way into the White House to see President Theodore Roosevelt, saying the
President had sent for him and he wanted to see him. Elliott, who was told the
President was engaged and could not see him, then tried to force his way in and
was overpowered by officers on duty and carried to a police van. Seeming to
realize then for the first time that he was under arrest, Elliott began a
furious struggle with his captors, trying to escape.
He drew a revolver from his right trouser pocket and attempted to shoot Officer
James Cissell. The officer grabbed his hand and wrenched the weapon from his
grasp. Elliott’s struggles were so
fierce, however, that the two officers in the cramped quarters of the van were
unable to subdue him. Officer Cissell then drew his revolver and fired two
shots to attract attention. Attracted by the shots, Chief Usher Thomas Stone
and Officer Parker of the White House force, who had assisted in carrying
Elliot to the van, rushed back to the vehicle and aided in overpowering him.
In the struggle within the police van, Elliott broke a glass panel with his
head, severely cutting his head and face. Officer Cissell sustained a serious
cut on his right arm, two inches of flesh being cut out of the fleshy part of
his arm. He suffered considerably from loss of blood, but his injury is not
Elliott was taken to the emergency hospital where his wounds were dressed. From
there he was taken to the first precinct police station and incarcerated in one
of the detention wards. An official examination as to his mental condition will
be held very soon.
This was Elliott’s second attempt to see the President. The day before, while
Roosevelt attended morning services at Grace Reformed Church, Elliott appeared
near the entrance to the church and made an effort to speak to the President,
but he was foiled in his endeavor by secret service officers. At that time the
man showed no symptoms of insanity and quietly left the vicinity of the church
when ordered to do so by the officers.
Minneapolis Journal; “Armed Madman
Seeks President. Peter Elliott, Whose Home Is in South Minneapolis, Arrested
While Trying to See the President. He Fought Fiercely When Hustled Into a
Police Van and Two Men Could Not Subdue Him—Carried a Revolver and Tried three
Times to Get at the President—Is Now in the Emergency Hospital, His Head Badly
Cut.”; October 5, 1903; p. 1.