Saturday, November 28, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 28

November 28, 1892 – First settled in the spring of 1892, “Mountain Iron, Minn., was incorporated as a village [on this date].”  Its name came from the Mountain Iron mine, the earliest mine in the Mesabi Range to ship ore (August 1892).

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

Upham, Warren; Minnesota Geographic Names, Their Origin and Historic Significance; Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, Minn., 1969); pp. 486.




Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Nov. 28, 2015,
as long as acknowledgement included.
 
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Friday, November 27, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 27

November 27, 1912 – This morning while H. Sand, clerk for W. G. Schroeder of Bemidji, was cutting bananas, he discovered a tarantula and had a very narrow escape from being bitten. The tarantula clung to Mr. Sand’s finger but he shook it off before it could bite. It was immediately put into a glass jar and put on exhibition in Schroeder’s store.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Discovers Big Tarantula”; Nov. 27, 1912; p. 1.




http://www.abouttarantulas.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Brazilian-Black-Tarantula.jpg
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 26

November 26, 1880 – On this date, Mary C. Weishar was found guilty of the first degree murder of her husband this past April in Kasota, Minn. The Le Sueur County jury was out only three hours before they brought back their verdict, which was contrary to general expectation, but at the same time, said to be satisfactory to the public.

Mary’s claims of innocence, attributing her husband’s murder to the secret work of his personal enemies, were contradicted by a neighbor’s daughter who told the sheriff that she was visiting the Weishars on the Sunday of the murder, and that Mary proposed to her to go +off together and start a house of ill fame; that she said she was tired of living with her husband, intended to kill him, and for that purpose had bought a pistol, which she showed to the girl, saying that she had tried it on a board; she also said she would have killed him the preceding Saturday night, but two of her children were awake. The girl said that on the Sunday she was at Weishar’s, Mary gave her a bottle and money to get some whiskey at Smith’s nearby, but she was ashamed to ask for it and broke the bottle on her way home.

When confronted with what the girl had said, Mary is claimed to have sworn fearfully, called the girl a vile epithet, and said she would like to slash her. Mary admitted she had said some of things related by the girl, except where it implicated herself.

The board at which the girl said Mary fired was subsequently found, and had two holes made by pistol balls.

Mary was sentenced to the State penitentiary for life. “Until the establishment of the Shakopee State Reformatory for Women (1920) the Stillwater prison received female as well as male convicts.”1

New Ulm Weekly Review; “Mrs. Weishar Convicted.” Dec. 1, 1880; p. 2.

The Northern Pacific Farmer; Wadena, Minn.; December 02, 1880; p. 7.

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; “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 4, 1880; p. 4.

1http://libguides.mnhs.org/content.php?pid=483891&sid=3966450




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

Murder of Mary Weishar’s husband; see April 11, 2015 blog

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 25

November 25, 1980 – The brick Hotel Glode, built in Eveleth, Minn., in 1904, was placed on the National Register of Historical Places on this date. It was the Mesabi Iron Range’s leading hostelry, and a major stop on Mesaba Railway’s interurban trolley line.

http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=80004346



Hotel Glode
Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain November 25, 2015,
as long as acknowledgement included.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 24

November 24, 1966 – “A highway patrol car, its spotlight aimed skyward on a dark and snowy night, successfully guided an icing airplane to the Sauk Centre airport. Then the drivers of about 20 cars used their headlights to outline and illuminate the runway. The pilot, a Fargo man, set the plane and its three occupants down safely.”

The Sauk Centre airport was not designed for night use, and had no lights.

St. Paul Sunday Pioneer Press; St. Paul, Minn.; November 27, 1966; p. 1




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

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Monday, November 23, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 23

November 23, 1914 – Mrs. Charlotte Sharpless’ attorneys, John P. Nash and A. C. Finney, announced today that two insurance policies totaling $5,000 on the life of her dead husband Leaming Sharpless have been found, both of which name his wife as the beneficiary.


Leaming Sharpless*

Mrs. Sharpless told her attorneys that her husband had a strong box in which he kept his valuable papers. This box was not found. The policies were found among other papers in the couple’s apartment.

Her trial for the murder of her husband has been set for Dec. 2.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Sharpless Had Insurance. Two Policies for $5,000 Make Wife Beneficiary.”; Nov. 23, 1914; p. 7.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Sharpless Trial, Dec. 2. Trial of Woman Charges With Husband’s Murder Set for That Date.”; Nov. 24, 1914; p. 12.


*The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; Nov. 18, 1914; p. 1.

Leaming Sharpless murdered by saber; wife in next room hears nothing; see Nov. 14, 2015 blog.

Blood-stained imprint of fingers on the sword that killed Leaming Sharpless may be the principal means of determining the murderer; see 
Nov. 15, 2015 blog.

Mrs. Sharpless indicted by the Hennepin County Grand Jury for murder in the first degree in the killing of her husband; see Nov. 17, 2015 blog.


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 22

November 22, 2002 – Eleven-year-old “Tyesha Edwards was the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting next to her south Minneapolis home. She was doing homework in her dining room when a bullet penetrated an outer wall and struck [and killed] her.”

http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/26_hughesa_arrests/




Tyesha Edwards
http://lifeinlegacy.com/2002/1130/EdwardsTyesha.jpg

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