Thursday, April 30, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 30

April 30, 1910 – Police of half a dozen cities tonight are searching for Miss Lillian Neuman, Appleton, Wis., 19-years-old, and Miss Sylvia Grimes, Grimes, Ohio, 17-years old, and persons who are said to be holding them captive. The girls, who are members of good families, were kidnapped from Milwaukee 10 days ago by alleged white slavers.

Detectives learned today that the girls and their alleged captors were at International Falls, Minn., and were on the way to Canada. A letter bearing the name of Miss Grimes but written in a man’s hand writing, was received today from International Falls, saying that the girls would be taken across the border into Canada at once.

At Milwaukee, according to the detectives, the party was joined by an elderly man and a gray-haired woman who furnished railroad tickets for the pair to Duluth, Superior, St. Paul and International Falls.

Prominent Appleton citizens are interested in the affair. Miss Neuman was prominent in church work. News of the disappearance was suppressed until today in the hope that the girls could be located without publicity.

Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Police Have Trace of Stolen Young Girls; Two Young Ladies Believed to Have Fallen Into ‘White Slavers’ Hands.”; April 30, 1910; p. 1.


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