Saturday, August 5, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 5

August 5, 1914 – Mysterious “Fisherman John” Jeremy and his son Jack, two half-breeds from Stillwater, Minn., again did strange things in Lake Geneva, Wis. They arrived in Lake Geneva city at 1 p.m. to assist in the search for the body of Andrew Jank, who was drowned last week when he jumped from a burning motor boat. At 4 p.m. the two men had found the body.

No one but John and his son know where or how the work was done. That is their secret and their living.

Last year three girls were drowned in the lake and their bodies were not recovered for three months. They were found by John Jeremy and his son after a two week search.

Republican-Northwestern; “Half- Breeds Find Body. John Jeremy and Son succeeded in Finding Andrew Jank.”; Belvidere, Ill.; Aug. 11, 1914; p. 6.

The St. Charles Herald.; Hahnville, La.; Nov. 16, 1918; p. 6.

“Fisherman John” recovers drowned body in Lake Calhoun after park police could not; see Aug. 9, 2016 blog.  (Aug. 9, 1913)

“Fisherman John” and his son made good on their promise to recover the body of Elmer Carlson, who drowned in Lake Harriet one week ago this evening when his canoe upset; see Aug. 24, 2016 blog. (Aug. 24, 1912)


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