Friday, May 11, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 11

May 11, 1898 – James O’Rourke, who has caused the health department so much trouble by reason of his alleged repeated violation of a quarantine placed upon his home, got himself into another difficulty today through failing to appear for trial in the police court. An attachment was issued for the offending engineer returnable tomorrow, and unless O’Rourke can give some substantial reason for ignoring the court, as he is said to have done the health department, he may be summarily dealt with.

Some weeks ago several members of the O’Rourke family were ill with diphtheria and the house was quarantined. O’Rourke, it is alleged, refused to recognize the restriction and tore down the contagion signs as fast as they could be put up. He was finally arrested and, when arraigned in the municipal court, was released upon his own recognizance.


His trial was set for today, when he failed to appear.

The Saint Paul Globe; “Engineer O’Rourke Finds More Trouble With the Court”; May 12, 1898; p. 6.


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