Tuesday, August 23, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 23

August 23, 1928 – Shortly after midnight on this date Marshall Eurastas Robert Henderson of Frazee, Minn., died instantly after being shot in the forehead by one of two male suspects he was attempting to arrest for robbing a filling station in Detroit Lakes earlier the day before.

Henderson had lived with his wife and five children in Frazee for the past 16 years; he was named village marshal in 1925.

Posses from Detroit Lakes and Frazee combed Becker County for the two men for two days. “Five hundred men were said to have participated in the hunt aided by scouts, an airplane and bloodhounds.”1 The search was abandoned on Aug. 25, in the belief that the two men had escaped the area.


 Faribault Daily News
; “Bandits Murder Frazee Marshall. E. R. Henderson Is Shot to Death When Attempting to Arrest Robbery Suspects.”; August 23, 1928; p. 1.

Austin Daily Herald; “Marshall Slain in North State”; Austin, Minn.; Aug. 23, 1928; p. 2.

1Faribault Daily News; “Abandon Hunt for Henderson Slayers”; Aug. 25, 1928; p. 1.

The Frazee Weekly Press
; “City Marshall Laid to Rest. Frazee Pays Final Tribute to Officer Who Was Slain by Bandits While Enacting Duty.”; Aug. 30, 1928; p. 1.

The Detroit Record; “Pair That Murdered E. R. Hendrickson (sic) Escape All Posses”; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Aug. 31, 1928; p. 1.


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