Tuesday, October 11, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 11

October 11, 1917 – The first arrests of “slackers” in Beltrami County took place this morning when Deputy Sheriffs Denley and Skinvik went to Turtle River and brought back two alleged offenders, one giving the name of Joe Lyons and the other Otto Hoffmeisterer.

The pair will be arraigned tomorrow, and in the meantime will occupy cells in the county jail.

Hoffmeisterer is of German parentage and was born and reared in the United States. He explained to Sheriff Johnson that the reason he had failed to register was because he had been told not to. He also made admissions that proved he was within the law as to age.

Lyons says he is a Canadian and didn’t have to register.

The sheriff’s office has been quietly getting a line on slackers in Bemidji and Beltrami County and is actively making personal investigations. Several people are under suspicion and being watched; more arrests are expected to be made.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “First Arrest of Slackers Made By Sheriff’s Office at Turtle River”; Oct. 11, 1917; p. 1.



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