Wednesday, November 23, 2016

On this Date in Minnesota History: November 23

November 23, 1922 – State Marshal Rudolph Maurer, 35, was shot and killed early this morning by two hobos in Wright County near South Haven, Minn. Mauer had ordered the two trespassers out of the Soo Line depot earlier yesterday, but found them later that evening sitting around a campfire next to the railroad tracks, and attempted to arrest them.

After shooting the marshal, the hobos escaped and are believed to have boarded a train for the Twin Cities. Residents heard shots about 3 a.m., but paid little attention to them. Three hours later, the body of the marshal was found near the depot with a shot through his chest. In his hand he clutched an empty revolver.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “South Haven Marshall Killed by Two Hobos”; November 23, 1922, p. 1.


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