Saturday, September 9, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 9

September 9, 1911 – Early this morning burglars broke into the saloon of Albert Jance at Fisher, 14 miles west of Crookston, blew the safe door completely off and got away with about $250, without leaving a trace except some automobile tire tracks not far from the depot, which cannot be accounted for except on the theory that the burglars had a vehicle to get them away. No one heard the explosion. It was evidently a clean job by professionals.

The Great Northern Depot window was also broken, but the burglars took nothing from there and it is believed they were frightened away.

The job was not discovered until the bartender went to open up at 6 this morning.

Four men who arrived at Fisher on the 7:45 train last night from Grand Forks are believed to have done the job. Deputy Sheriff Kelly is at Fisher working on the case.

The burglars cast aside about $100 in checks that they found in the cash drawer. They carried the cash drawer to the railroad yards before removing its contents. The saloon was badly wrecked.

The Duluth Herald; “Yeggs Blow Saloon Safe. Get About $250 Out of Burglary at Fisher, Minn. Do Clean Job and Get away in Automobile, Unnoticed.”; Sept. 9, 1911; p. 1.


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