Monday, July 4, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 4

July 4, 1912 – Martin Jenson from Stephens, who was celebrating the “Fourth” after a quarrel with his pal Vic Wickstrom in Howard Worlis’ saloon in Crookston, Minn., was found dead in the toilet room with a bullet in his right temple this afternoon around 4 o’clock. It was believed he took his own life, but Wickstrom was arrested.

Officer Godbourn was in the saloon when the shot was fired, but everyone assumed the noise was made by a loud firecracker. Dr. H. E. Nelson, deputy coroner is investigating. The victim was 20 years of age, and his home is said to be in Hendrum, Minn.

Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “’Fourth’ Celebrator Killed. Body of man Found in Crookston Grogshop With Bullet in Brain.”; July 5, 1912; p. 1.


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