Saturday, May 20, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 20

May 20-21, 1927 – Minnesota native Charles A. Lindbergh made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on [these dates]. Other pilots had crossed the Atlantic before him. But Lindbergh was the first person to do it alone nonstop. Lindbergh's feat gained him immediate, international fame. The press named him ‘Lucky Lindy’ and the ‘Lone Eagle.’ Americans and Europeans idolized the shy, slim young man and showered him with honors.”

“On May 20, Lindbergh took off in the Spirit of St. Louis from Roosevelt Field, near New York City, at 7:52 A.M. He landed at Le Bourget Field, near Paris, on May 21 at 10:21 P.M. Paris time (5:21 P.M. New York time). Thousands of cheering people had gathered to meet him. He had flown more than 3,600 miles (5,790 kilometers) in 33 1/2 hours.”

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Friday, May 19, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 19

May 19, 1906 – Solemn and mysterious burial ceremonies were performed by two well-dressed men and a woman over a dead body that was supposed to have been buried in secret at early twilight today in a vacant lot near Forty-fourth Ave. S. and Forty-third Street, and the police worked far into the night over the bewildering case.

Had not a workman witnessed the entire proceeding, the mystery might never have been solved. He was working on a building some distance from the field when he saw the three people drive into the open area. The men alighted and after helping the woman out, carried a white plush casket from the carriage and set it carefully on the ground. One of the men soon made a grave, and the casket was carefully lowered, while the woman covered her face with her handkerchief and apparently wept. The men then began to fill the grave.

Fearing a crime had been committed, the witness ran to the nearest telephone and called the police.

Captain Henry Getchell of the fifth precinct station and two detectives hurried to the place and searched the field for some time without finding trace of the grave. Then they found the man who had witnessed the burial and he guided them to the place.

Every means had been employed to remove traces of the grave. The surplus dirt had been taken away and the grave covered with brush. The police had worked but a minutes with a spade before they uncovered the casket and raised it. As cautious as the men who buried it, the policemen removed the lid, and the air was filled with the smell of roses. A body lay wrapped in the white fabric and it barely filled the coffin. The costly covering was tenderly removed and when the body was exposed the policemen stepped back speechless.

There, with head resting on a pillow and paws neatly crossed, lay the body of a large pug dog that had evidently died of asthma, the disease so common to his kind.

When those who stood about the exhumed body had regained their composure, the casket and contents were again lowered and the grave filled.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Secret Burial in Lonely spot. Little White Casket Interred Mysteriously by Two Men and a Women.”; May 20, 1906; p. 1.



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Thursday, May 18, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: may 18

May 18, 1914 – Warden Wolfer of the state penitentiary at Stillwater today notified the federal department of justice in Washington, D. C., that the institution will no longer be available for federal prisoners. The prison is filled to capacity and the warden holds that outsiders cannot be handled safely any longer.

There are now about 245 short-term federal prisoners, mostly Negroes brought from the D. C. area. The state receives 40 cents per day for their care and the right to employ them in the prison.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “No More Federal Prisoners. Warden Wolfer Says State Prison Is Full to Capacity.”; May 19, 1914; p. 5.






Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 21, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.
 


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 17

May 17, 1901 – The Norwegian Independence Day festivities in Bemidji today ended with a terrible accident. A lot of fireworks on the steamer Shadow exploded while taking part in a pyrotechnic show, and out of 24 people on board, five small boys and several men received potentially fatal burns.

The accident occurred about 9:30 p.m. The steamer, which carried about one-fourth of the entire supply of fireworks, was leaving to take part in the show on Lake Bemidji, and when about a mile from shore, the fireworks exploded. Few people on the boat escaped unscarred, and those whose clothes were afire jumped into the lake to put out the flames.  Immediately after the accident, the boat was taken to shore and 11 people were attended by physicians.

Three boys and one man were drowned. Several other passengers later died of their burns in the hospital.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Death on a Boat at Bemidji”; May 18, 1901; p. 1.

The Bemidji Pioneer; “A Crown of Horror”; May 23, 1901; pp. 1 & 2.




Beautiful Lake Bemidji

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 16

May 16, 1910 – The construction of the Duluth, Missabe & Northern depot in Chisholm began today. W. H. Hoyt, assistant chief engineer, and E. J. Sponkeg, roadmaster, are here, and inspected the fill at the Pearce mill close to where the road approaches the depot. The building will be completed within a month and train service will begin immediately. So far as can be learned a stub train will be run from Chisholm to Wilpen Junction, a distance of five miles, to connect with the main lines.

The Duluth Evening Herald; “Start Chisholm Depot. Missabe Road Has Started Actual Work Upon Building.”; May 17, 1910; p. 4.




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Monday, May 15, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 15

May 15, 1918 – Fishing in Red Lake today, Roy Bailey thought he had hooked a submarine, but when he finally landed the inhabitant of the lake, he had a sturgeon weighing 189 pounds.

Shortly afterward another fisherman brought in a sturgeon weighing between 160 and 170 pounds.

The catches were made while the men were at work under the state game and fish commission.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “189 Pound Sturgeon Caught in Red Lake”; May 16, 1918; p. 1.




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Sunday, May 14, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 14

May 14, 1913 – Alleged to have set fire to the Gedney Pickling plant in Plainview, Minn., on April 26, George Cramer of Minneapolis today entered a plea of guilty to arson in the third degree in district court in Wabasha.

J. S. Gedney, owner of the plant, was also indicted. He plead not guilty, and will go to trial.
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On May 19, Gedney, 42, was sentenced to an indeterminate term in the state prison at Stillwater; Cramer, 27, was sentenced to an indeterminate term in the St. Cloud reformatory in district court in connection with the burning of the Gedney Pickling plant in Plainville last April 26.



Factory employees fill bottles with vinegar at a Gedney pickling plant
in the 1900s.
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 The jurors had been summoned and the court was ready to begin the trial that promised sensational developments, for the prosecution had worked up what they declared to be convincing proof of the statement contained in Cramer’s confession.


Through his attorney, Gedney changed his plea to guilty. The defense asserted the evidence was too great to warrant the holding of a trial.

Both men said drink was directly responsible for their downfall. Gedney’s attorney explained that his client had financial reverses at Minneapolis, his home, in connection with a brokerage firm, and concocted the arson plot as a means of settling with creditors.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Pleads guilty to Arson. Cramer Admits setting Fire to Pickling Plant at Plainview, Minn.”; May 15, 1913; p. 1.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Minneapolitans Sentenced for Firing Pickling Plant. J. S. Gedney and George Cramer Given Indeterminate Terms, After Pleading Guilty. Jurors Had Been Selected and Trial Promised to Be Sensational.”; May 20, 1913; p.  1.

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