Saturday, April 1, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 1

April 1, 1913 – F. C. Johnson took office today as mayor of Little Falls, Minn. His first act was to appoint three policemen. F. D. Leblanc was made chief and a demand was made by the new mayor that W. T. Tourtillotte, chief under the previous administration, turn over his star. This he refused to do, but filed with the city clerk a protest to the council against the appointment of Leblanc on the grounds that he did not comply with the provisions of the charter as outlined in section 40 of title 4.

Mayor Johnson stated that if the star is not turned over in ten days, Tourtillotte will be prosecuted under section 34 of title 4 of the charter and that he may be arrested before that time for impersonating an officer.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Mayor Takes Quick Action. Newly Elected Executive Demands Little Falls Chief Turn in ‘Star’ at Once.”; April 2, 1913; p. 1.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain April 1, 2017,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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