Wednesday, September 6, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 6

September 6, 1904 – Rev. Father Matzursky, pastor of the Catholic Church of North Creek, Wis., while deranged, undertook to take his life in a sensational manner this evening at Weaver, Minn., a short distance from Wabasha.

He started from Winona for St. Paul, but left the train at Weaver and went out a short distance until the work train approached from the other direction, when he deliberately walked to the middle of the trestle and waited for the train to run him down.

Engineer Adams guessed his intention and slowed down. The priest, seeing he would not be struck, then jumped from the trestle into the stagnant water 15 feet below. The trainmen went to his rescue, found him lying face down under the water and pulled him out in time to save his life. He was taken to the Wabasha Hospital, afterwhich he will be sent to some Catholic institution. He is 39, has been at North Creek nine months and before that filed charges in North Dakota and Duluth.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Insane Priest Courts Death. Matzursky Planted Himself in Front of Approaching Train at Weaver, Minn.”; Sept. 7, 1904; p. 1.


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