Saturday, March 30, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 30

March 30, 1920 – “From all parts of [Thief River Falls] reports are trickling in of a strange man who hides behind trees and jumps out at the ladies as they go by, oftentimes grabbing them and kissing them before they fully realize what the man is about. The police have been constantly on the job trying to catch the man but so far have failed in their efforts to locate him.”

The Tribune; “Strange Man Kisser is at Large in City”; Thief River Falls, Minn.; March 30, 1920; p. 1.

Friday, March 29, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 29

March 29, 1984 – The log Catholic Church of Saints Joseph and Mary (also known as the Sawyer Log Church) in Perch Lake Twp., Carlton County, Minn., was put on the National Register of Historic Places on this date. It was built in 1884 by Ojibwe parishioners.

St. Joseph & Mary Church, Mission Road,
Cloquet, Carlton County, MN. – May 1990,_Mission_Road,_Cloquet.jpg

Thursday, March 28, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 28

March 28, 1870 – “Elizabeth Cady Stanton, abolitionist and women’s rights activist, visited St. Cloud,” Minn. She “delivered a speech on women’s rights titled ‘Open The Door.’  Stanton persuaded that many doors be opened: ‘the church door, the door to all employments, the door to equal wages, the door to the ballot, and so on.”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

One hundred and forty-two years later, women are still looking for equality.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 27

March 27, 1937 – Professional wrestler Kenny Benkowski, also known as "Sodbuster" Kenny Jay or The Very Capable Kenny Jay, was born on this date in Holdingford, Minn.  When he wasn't performing in the wrestling ring, Kenny ran a landscaping business in the Twin Cities, which is how he got the name "Sodbuster."

Professional Wrestler Kenny Benkowski

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 26

March 26, 1920 - This Side of Paradise, the debut novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald, was published on this date, and written while he lived in St. Paul on Summit Avenue.

This Side of Paradise book jacket

F. Scott Fitzgerld's home on Summit Ave., St. Paul, Minn.
Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain  March 26, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Monday, March 25, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 25

March 25, 1971 – The body of 18-year-old Susan Poferl was found around 9 a.m. in the “icy waters of Otter Tail Creek along the Moorhead Road about three miles southwest of Cloquet. Authorities said the frozen body was discovered by a school bus driver” as he drove his route through the area. A nylon stocking was around her neck, and her “nude body was found about 10 feet from the edge of the creek embankment.”1

Cloquet police and the Carlton County Sheriff’s Dept. had been searching for her since she was reported missing March 21. 
Poferl’s car was found parked near the Cloquet Labor Temple, where she was last seen at around 12:45 Sunday morning, March 21, having drinks with friends.2 Her glasses and most of the clothes she had been wearing were found in her car.3
Duluth News-Tribune; “Autopsy Slated Today on Body of Cloquet Girl”; March 26, 1971; pp. 1 & 11.
Duluth News-Tribune
; “No Trace Found of Cloquet Girl”; March 23, 1971;
p. 9.

3The Pine Knot; “Army of Searchers Continue Seeking Clues of Missing Girl”; Cloquet, Minn.; March 25, 1971; p. 1.


Cloquet Labor Temple

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain March 25, 2013, 

as long as acknowledgement included.  

Murder of Susan Poferl; see March 21, 2013 blog
Thomas Joseph Williams indicted for Poferl murder; see April 29, 2013 blog

Thomas J. Williams acquitted of the first degree murder of Suan Poferl; see November 24 2013 blog

Sunday, March 24, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 24

March 24, 1953 – Stand-up comedian Louie Anderson was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on this date.

Comedian Louie Anderson