Saturday, April 11, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 11

April 11, 1880 - This evening Mary C. Weishar’s husband was shot and killed in their home near Kasota, Minn. Mary ran to a neighbor’s house and told them that two men were robbing their house and she feared for her husband’s life. When the neighbor returned home with Mary, they found her husband dead from two shots to his heart.


http://www.kasotamn.govoffice2.com/

Mary C. Weishar was 28 years old with four children, 11-, 10-, 8- and 3-years-old. Her husband, whose first name is never mentioned in any newspaper accounts, was said to be a stolid, mercenary German, 10 years older than she, and between the two there existed a wide difference of temperament. Their marriage was neither based on attraction nor love, and these wanting, a union of poverty and dislikes engendered the germ of hate. The Le Sueur Sentinel says her husband was known to be part of a gang of horse and other thieves that had infested the Southeastern part of Le Sueur County, and expressed some sympathy for her situation.

The lot of this woman from infancy was unhappy. She came from Penn. when she was five years old and has resided most of her life in Kasota. Her protection, or lack of protection, was a scapegoat brother, the notorious and desperate Tom Ferrier, whose conduct has much to do with the marriage and unhappiness of his sister. She drudged her way to womanhood and married for a home while yet a girl. The family occupied forty acres of land in Kasota township. Here they existed in the most abject squalor and poverty.

Desperate over her poverty, neglect, ill treatment and lack of affection, Mary admits that she and her husband had a fight on the evening of his death, but denies her guilt, attributing the murder to the secret work of her husband’s personal enemies.  Though the evidence was all circumstantial, she was arrested and charged with the crime of first degree murder.

Weishar’s defense attorney asked that she be held in the Blue Earth County Jail in Mankato, where there were accommodations for female prisoners and where she could communicate with her children. Her trial is expected to take place this fall when the District Court next meets.


Blue Earth County Jail, Mankato, Minn.

http://aytch.mnsu.edu/Minnesota/Mankato/Mankato%20MN/Mankato%20history/B%20E%20County%20Jail.jpg



Daily Globe; “The Kasota Murder. Arrest of Mrs. Weishar on Suspicion of Having Killed Her Husband.”; St. Paul, Minn.; April 28, 1880; p. 1.

Daily Globe; “Crimes and Casualties. A Woman of Le Sueur County on Trial for Murdering Her Husband”; St. Paul, Minn.; November 25, 1880; p. 1.

Daily Globe; “Two Lifers. A Man and Woman Each Convicted of Murder in the First Degree—They Pass Through St. Paul En Route to Stillwater—A Call Upon Them at the Depot.”; St. Paul, Minn.; December 04, 1880; p. 4.

The Le Sueur Sentinel; April 29, 1880; p. 4.

The Le Sueur Sentinel; Dec. 2, 1880; p. 4.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 10

April 10, 1990 - Duluth Police Sergeant Dale Gary Wilson was shot the day before and died on this date after he responded to an armed assault call.

He and six other officers went to a local hotel to arrest the suspect. Whey they knocked on the door and announced themselves the suspect immediately opened fire with a .30 caliber military rifle. Officer Wilson was struck twice by rounds which were shot through the hotel wall. Another officer was also wounded during the shootout. The other officers returned fire and wounded the suspect before taking him into custody.

The subject who shot Sergeant Wilson was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. He died of natural causes while in prison on December 9, 2011.

Sergeant Wilson had served with the Duluth Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and parents.

http://www.odmp.org/officer/44-sergeant-gary-dale-wilson




Officer Wilson

http://www.odmp.org/officer/44-sergeant-gary-dale-wilson

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 9

April 9, 1891 – “Heavy snow is falling with northerly wind [in Sauk Centre, Minn.]. The snow commenced about 4 this afternoon. Over four inches are on the ground now. Last night there was a thunderstorm and high wind. The roof was taken from the Avalanche Building and cornices and chimneys carried away.”

St. Paul Daily Globe; St. Paul, Minn.; April 10, 1891; p.1




http://www.saukcentre.govoffice2.com/index.asp?Type=GALLERY&SEC=%7B19D74ADA-87F8-47DA-A99B-774964A25816%7D


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 8

April 8, 1883 - Frank Mars was born in on this date in Hancock, Minn. He learned how to hand-dip chocolate candy as a child from his mother Alva, who hoped to entertain him as he had a mild case of polio. In 1920, he moved to Minneapolis, where Mars founded Mar-O-Bar Co. and began to manufacture chocolate candy bars. The company later incorporated as Mars, Incorporated.

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


Frank Mars 

Frank Marshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Franklin_Clarence_Mars.jpg
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On This Date in Minnesota History: April 7

April 7, 1994The Saint Paul Civic Center is announced as the new home for Minnesota's IHL expansion team, the Minnesota Moose. A three year lease is signed with the 16,000-seat arena. The Moose were an ice hockey team (1994-1996) in the International Hockey League (IHL) and the first pro hockey franchise in the state since the North Stars of the NHL moved to Dallas in 1993. The team was named the "Moose" after the St. Paul Pioneer Press conducted a "name-the-team" contest.”

http://www.vintageminnesotahockey.com/minnesotamoose.html


http://history.vintagemnhockey.com/page/show/815316-minnesota-moose-1994-1996-

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Monday, April 6, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 6

April 6, 1978Edwin Hawley Hewitt (born in Red Wing, Minn., 1874), a prominent local architect in Minneapolis, Minn., designed this house at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Stevens Avenue in 1906. The house is within the Stevens Square neighborhood, and is now a funeral home. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on this date.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_H._Hewitt_House


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Hennepin_County,_Minnesota




Edwin H. Hewitt House

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain April 6, 2015,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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Sunday, April 5, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 5

April 5, 1858 – “The Village of Winsted, [Minn.,] was founded July 30, 1857, by Eli Lewis who purchased the land north of Main Avenue from Baptiste Campbell, a half Sioux Native American.

Lewis was originally from Winsted, CT and named the city after his hometown.

The name of Winsted was officially given to the town on [this date] by the County Commissioners after a vote was taken in the township.”

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




Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain April 5, 2015,
as long as acknowledgement included.

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