Monday, February 1, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 1

February 1, 1897 – Mrs. John Spafford, who left Redwood Falls for Houston, Texas, about a week ago, is reported to be violently insane in Kansas. Mrs. Spafford’s intended trip was for the purpose of regaining possession of her three children, who were kidnapped from her on the farm of Charles Zuberbier, in Redwood County, by her husband and two unknown men sometime last summer.

She had a considerable amount of money when she left Redwood Falls and her friends believe that she was robbed while en route, and that on discovering that her money was gone, she became insane. On her clothes was found a letter from John Lind, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota’s 2nd District, to leading attorneys in Houston, but only a few small pieces of money.

Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “A Woman’s Sad Case.”; Feb. 2, 1897; p. 2.
Photo credit: Doug Wallick / / CC BY-NC-SA


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