Wednesday, May 31, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 31

May 31, 1905 – Harold Ray, nine years old, was thought to have been kidnapped by his father, Harvey Niccum, of Glencoe, Minn. The boy has been living in Minneapolis with his mother, and today he mysteriously disappeared.

Niccum and his wife were divorced some time ago, and she was allowed to take the maiden name of Ray. She was given custody of the child and was positive the father took the boy away. She asked the police to look for the two.

Thought to have been kidnapped by his father, Harold Ray returned home late the evening of his disappearance. His father, Harvey Niccum, had taken his son downtown Minneapolis after school and bought him a new pair of shoes. Niccum took the boy back after the two had seen the sights.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Harold Ray Missing. Mother Thinks Divorced Husband Took Her Little Boy.”; June 1, 1905; p. 4.

The Minneapolis Journal; June 2, 1905; p. 7.

Traffic congestion, corner of Sixth and Nicollet, Minneapolis, 1905


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