Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 25

April 25, 1905 – Today Joseph Motte was awarded the custody of his 3-year-old daughter, who has been living with her foster mother, Mrs. Louise Allard, a woman of Corcoran Township, Hennepin County, who has some Indian blood in her veins. Motte, who is the father of six children, testified that the mother of his little daughter died when she was born, and he made arrangements with Mrs. Allard to care for the child and paid her a stated sum weekly.

When he wanted to take the little girl home, he was denied admission to the Allard house, and the town constable and his assistant departed after an exhibition of axes and guns was made by Mrs. Allard and her two sons. Deputy Sheriff Woodcock finally succeeded in serving papers in a habeas corpus proceeding and the matter was heard before Judge John Day Smith today.

He awarded the custody of the girl to her father, but the child, who had never known a mother other than Mrs. Allard, clung to her foster mother, and when she was turned over to the custody of her father, she burst into tears, and the woman who had been caring for the little one, wept. She kissed the girl repeatedly and finally rushed across the courtroom and threw her into the arms of her father.

The parties to the controversy are little versed in the English language, and it is expected this is the beginning of trouble between the two families, and the courts will be busy for some time to come.

The Saint Paul Globe; “Secures His Child. Joseph Motte Takes Her From Foster Mother”; April 26, 1905; p. 3.




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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 24

April 24, 1917 – Charles H. Hamilton walked 150 miles to get to the Duluth Naval Recruiting Office to enlist, according to Officer F. L. McClure, who received the young man’s application today. Hamilton was rejected on account of illness.

Hamilton started from Fort William, Canada, on foot for Duluth and walked to Cramer, Minn., about 150 miles. He was without food, and limped with sore feet over muddy and rough roads. One of his toes was sprained. He arrived supporting himself on a heavy stick.

When Hamilton found he could not enlist in the navy, he went to Superior, Wis., to secure work as a ship builder.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Man Walking 150 Miles to Enlist Rejected as Ill”; April 25, 1917; p. 2.



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Monday, April 23, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 23

April 23, 1912 – In a report filed by the State Board of visitors with Governor Eberhart today, J. C. Matchitt, secretary of the board, said the St. Peter Hospital for the insane is so crowded that patients have to climb over other beds to reach their own. The patients number 1,131. There is no available space for new arrivals.



St. Peter Asylum1

Extensive additions are being made to the institution and when completed, Matchitt says they will greatly relieve the congestion. The St. Peter asylum is one of the oldest institutions for the insane in the state. The floors are of wood and portions are declared unsanitary.

The board also visited the asylum at Anoka. The buildings there are of much later design and management was complimented on the way they are kept up. There were 240 men and 299 women inmates.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “St. Peter Asylum Crowded. Report of Board of Visitors Holds Institution Is Filled Up.”; April 24, 1912; p. 6.

1http://www.asylumprojects.org/images/e/e7/Pf052615.jpg
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 22

April 22, 1909 – “Not guilty,” was the verdict returned by the jury in the Royal M. Bly case at 9:10 this evening, after it had been out for more than 28 hours. Bly was indicted jointly with Dr. W. C. Van Damme, the charge against him being that he assisted in a criminal operation. The acquittal was the result of his second trial for complicity in the now famous “suitcase baby” case, the jury disagreeing in the first instance. Dr. Van Damme was found guilty and is now serving time at the Stillwater state prison, the sentence imposed on him being five years.


The defense was conducted by Louis Gjertsen, assisted by W. E. Hewitt. The prosecution was in the hands of the county attorney. Mary Leagh, the mother of the baby, and Dr. Van Damme were the star witnesses. The latter testified that Bly had received part of the money.

The innocent cause of the affair, who has become famous as the “suitcase baby,” has finally received a name of his own, and will hereafter be known as Belair Leagh. He was christened in the city jail today in the presence of the matron, several officers, his mother and his mother’s sister. The name selected by the mother is that of Patrolman John G. Belair, the man who saved the infant’s life by his prompt action on the morning it was found in the Blue Ribbon Saloon.

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Royal M. Bly Found Guiltless by Jury. Out for 28 Hours, Body Comes to an Agreement in Case. Charged With Complicity in Matter of ‘Suitcase’ Baby.”; April 23, 1909; p. 6.
Intoxicated doctor forgets he has newborn baby in his suitcase; see Feb. 24, 2018 blog.
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Saturday, April 21, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 21

April 21, 1918 – John W. Golden, 85 years, who marched with Sherman from Atlanta to the sea, and a resident of Minnesota for 71 years, died today at his home in Minneapolis.


General William Tecumseh Sherman1



Sherman’s March to the Sea2 

A native of Ireland, Golden came to America in 1834 when a year old with his parents. His parents moved to Minn. in 1847, settling near Rice Lake in Anoka County on a farm.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Golden enlisted with the Fifth Minnesota Infantry, afterwards the Seventy-seventh Infantry. He served in many of the historic battles of the war. After the war he returned to Anoka County, where he continued farming until he retired nine years ago and came to Minneapolis, where he has resided since.

Golden is survived by his widow and five children.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “J. W. Golden, One of Sherman’s Men, Dies. Veteran Had Been Resident of State 71 Years—Funeral Services Tuesday.”; April 22, 1918; p. 6.

1http://www.mshistorynow.mdah.ms.gov/images/2.gif

2https://www.civilwar.org/learn/articles/scorched-earth

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Friday, April 20, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 20

April 20, 1982 – This Small French Second Empire frame residence was built in Stillwater, Minn., in 1868 for lumberman and surveyor Ivory McKusick. His home was added to the National Register of Historic Places on this date.

http://nrhp.mnhs.org/NRDetails.cfm?NPSNum=82003077




Ivory McKusick Home

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain April 20, 2018, 
as long as acknowledgement included.  
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 19





April 19, 1920 – Knocked down and robbed by two bandits this evening at the Interior Elevator, St. Louis Park, Elmer Chapel, 56 years old, night watchman, summoned aid by crawling to the boiler room and pulling a cord that blew a fire whistle on the building.

Several St. Louis Park residents responded. When they arrived they found Chapel lying on the boiler room floor, exhausted. He was taken to his home and a physician called. Examination showed Chapel received a bad scalp wound when struck with a blunt instrument.

Chapel, according to the story he told a. C. Kach, A. D. Erkel and F. Bretz, deputy sheriffs, was alone at the elevator when two men approached him. When he refused to let them in, one of the men struck him over the head. Fifteen minutes later, when he regained consciousness, his wallet containing $3 in cash was gone. The men got away before Chapel turned in the alarm.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Victim of Bandit Crawls to Bell Cord. St. Louis Park Elevator Watchman Blows Fire Whistle After Robbery.”; April 20, 1920; p. 1.




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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 18

April 18, 1895 – “The announcement in the telegraph dispatches of today that Chas. Willoughby, of San Francisco, had just perfected a system for telegraphing pictures and the Daily Call of that city had successfully received a picture by it from Los Angeles, attracted the attention of W. H. Lowd, train dispatcher of the Northern Pacific, and he has written Willoughby to inform him that he is infringing on a copyright secured by Lowd several months ago and warning him to desist. Lowd’s plan, however, appears to be considerably better than Willoughby’s, from the published descriptions and requires much less work on the part of the operator.”

Minneapolis Journal; “Willoughby
Must Desist, A Minnesota Inventor Who Holds the Right on Telegraphing Photos”; Minneapolis, Minn.; April 19, 1895.




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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 17

April 17, 1911 – On the way to a dance this evening at St. Mathias, Bertha Jordan, aged 14, was shot and killed by her jealous lover, Charles Kunde, aged 21 years.

In the buggy were seated Bertha, her brother Otto Jordon, aged 18, and Kunde. Near the farm of David Wickham, Kunde quarreled with Bertha and threatened to shoot her. The brother attempted to wrest away the revolver and was thrown out of the buggy by the infuriated man. The first shot at the girl missed her. Kunde fired two more and struck her in the temple. The murderer then leaped out and a few minutes later the brother, Otto, who had been injured in the encounter, heard a shot in the bushes and found that Kunde had killed himself, the bodies of the girl and the lover lying 300 feet apart.

The mother of the girl was absent in Brainerd and the father took a lantern and near midnight found his little girl cold in death, her little Easter cloak smeared with her blood. Bertha and Kunde have been keeping company for two years, and it is said she did not care to receive his attentions any longer as he was so jealous. The parents of both are well known farmers.

The Duluth Herald; “Shoots His Sweetheart; Kills Self. Double Tragedy Occurs on County Road Near Brainerd. Charles Kunde Murders Bertha Jordan in Fit of Jealousy. Brother Attempts to Protect Her But Is Thrown From Carriage.”; April 18, 1911; pp. 1 & 6.



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Monday, April 16, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 16

April 16, 1918 – The mystery of the disappearance of James Edward Marple, the Minneapolis compositor who has been missing since 1 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, has been solved with the discovery this morning of his body in the Mississippi River three and a half miles north of the Crow Wing station.




The floating remains were discovered by a river driver in the employ of the Mississippi and Rum River Boom Company. Coroner Gibson ordered the body removed to Brainerd where Jay henry Long, a brother-in-law of the deceased, positively identified the body at 10 this evening. Identification was only made possible by a ring, which was a wedding gift from his wife, and by the general appearance of the remains, which were badly bloated and gave evidence of having been in the water for several weeks. The ring bore a part of an original inscription that read “From Glory to Eddie. Sept. 24, 1905.” The words “To Eddie” were obliterated in the repairing of the ring, which was accidentally broken a year or two ago.

The generally accepted theory both at Brainerd and in Minneapolis is that Marple boarded a train in Minneapolis with the intention of going to Brainerd to visit his sister, Mrs. Long. He went to Staples and there caught the Northern Pacific Duluth train for Brainerd. Trains entering Brainerd from the west must cross a bridge that spans the Mississippi inside the Brainerd yard limits.



Brainerd Railroad Bridge1

Coroner Gibson believes that the train may have stopped on the bridge, being blocked by a switch engine or a freight, and that Marple thinking he was at the depot, alighted from his coach and fell into the river; a drop of about 30 feet. The theory of foul play is given no credence from the fact that the body bears no marks of violence and from the further fact that in his pockets when the remains were recovered was $13 in cash. A book of rules of Minneapolis Typographical Union No. 42 was also found in the clothing.

Since the disappearance of her husband, Mrs. Marple has been failing in health and when news of Mr. Marple’s remains was given to her this evening, it resulted in her almost total collapse. Both she and her husband have been employed in the mechanical department of the “Minneapolis Journal” for the past 11 or 12 years, she as a linotype operator and he as a compositor. They have no children.

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Marple’s Disappearance Solved by the Discovery of His Body. Corpse of Missing Printer Found in Mississippi River Near Crow Wing Station, and Is identified by His Brother-in-Law—Man Mysteriously Left Minneapolis on Jan. 14th—Believed to Have Stepped Off Train to Fall Into the Water—No Indications of Foul Play.”; April 17, 1918; p. 1.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 15

*April 15, 2000 - Cal Ripken of Baltimore got his 3,000th hit on this date in the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

http://sabr.org/bioproj/park/b6255f4d




Cal Ripken

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 14

April 14, 1915 – After an eight-day search extending over the entire Northwest, the police found Grace Fuda, 17-year-old girl from Duluth’s Italian colony, at Brainerd, Minn., this evening.



Reports that a girl answering her description had been in Brainerd were verified over the telephone this afternoon by Chief of Police C. H. Troyer, and at 7:15 p.m. F. Fuda, the father, left for Brainerd. After a short search, aided by the Brainerd authorities, he discovered his daughter in a hotel there, and will return to Duluth with her tomorrow afternoon.

Motives for the girl’s flight from home have not been learned by police, as no reports have been received other than that she had been found.

Grace was well known in New Duluth, being the belle of the Italian colony. She left home about noon on April 7, and after visiting a school nearby, went to the New Duluth public library. She left there about four p.m. and was not seen after that.

At the time of her disappearance she was wearing about $100 worth of jewelry, which encouraged a theory of foul play. She is believed to have pawned some of the jewelry to secure money for railroad fare.

After police verified reports of her presence in Brainerd, they learned from Mrs. Fuda that a Northern Pacific time card, with the name Brainerd written along the margin, had been found in the girl’s room the morning after she disappeared.

Waitresses in a Brainerd hotel were attracted by the unusual amount of jewelry worn by the girl, and when reading newspaper accounts of Grace’s disappearance a day or so after she had worked with them, notified the police.

The Duluth Herald; “Girl Found At Brainerd. Grace Fuda Is Returning to Duluth With Her Father.”; April 15, 1915; p. 11.
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Friday, April 13, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 13

April 13, 2013 – Louise Erdrich became the first author to win five Minnesota Book Awards on this date. “She was honored in the fiction category for ‘The Round House,’ her National Book Award-winning novel about a teenage boy on a North Dakota reservation who tries to solve the mystery of his mother’s brutal rape.”

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/books/202879531.html



Louise Erdrich

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/erdrich/erdrich.htm

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