Saturday, November 26, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 26

November 26, 1905 – J. E. Faitz, 25-years-old, thought he would create a sensation in Minneapolis this evening by walking down Washington Avenue N. in female attire.

He was smiling happily to himself over the attention he was attracting when he was stopped by a big policeman and taken to the North Side station. There is an ordinance requiring men to wear certain models of clothing but Faitz didn’t know it and he thought he was having a great time with the boys.

The next day, he told Judge Waite in police court that he had attended a masquerade ball, but his excuse was not sound in the eyes of the court and he was fined $10 for his fun.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Wears Female Garb in Public; Pays $10”; Nov. 27. 1905; p. 6.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain November 26, 2016,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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