Thursday, October 12, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 12

October 12, 1905 – In the room from which his pardon was issued, John Hebard of Redwood Falls was reunited today to his faithful wife. Hebard was technically, but not morally, guilty of bigamy, as he supposed a divorce had been granted to his Indian wife he had married in his boyhood, at the time he wedded his Redwood Falls sweetheart.

The young woman’s father was intensely opposed to their marriage, and on investigation found that the divorce decree had not been entered until after their wedding, so he had Hebard arrested for bigamy. He pleaded guilty and was given a year in prison, but the county attorney appeared to urge pardon, and only six months of the time were served.

The pardon was granted on condition that Hebard and his second wife should be remarried, and that condition was fulfilled this afternoon. The father of Mrs. Hebard, it is claimed, tried to persuade her not to remarry her husband. The couple met by appointment this afternoon in the governor’s office, and received the good wishes of Governor Johnson as they started for the courthouse to cement their union again.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Bigamist Pardoned Remarries Wife No. 2”; Oct. 13, 1905; p. 4.
Photo credit: Doug Wallick / / CC BY-NC-SAWinona


Makes me wonder how the Holidays went for this family! 


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