Saturday, December 28, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 28

December 28, 1901 - Bernard Schickling, 22 years of age, was arrested by Detective Rowlin near the Ducas street police station about 7 p.m. this evening for attempting to pass a $1 note which had been raised to $10. When searched at the central police station the police found one more raised bill on his person. He will be turned over to the federal authorities.

Schickling has been boarding at 27 Thompson Avenue for the past two months, and has been in St. Paul for about a year. About 7 p.m. this evening he went into the confectionery store on South Robert Street near Isabel Street. He bought a few small articles and handed Mrs. Spencer the raised bill. She saw that it was counterfeit and notified the police. Detective Rowlin was sent after Schickling, but upon seeing the detective he ran and gave his pursuer a short chase before he was captured. During his flight he dropped a false mustache, which he was wearing to disguise himself.

The St. Paul Globe
; “Tried To Pass Bad Bill, It Had Been Clumsily Raised From One to Ten Dollars.”; Dec. 29, 1901; p. 3.

Friday, December 27, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 27

December 27, 1919 – “The North Dakota Training School [in Mandan] is perhaps the only reformatory in the country with a voluntary inmate—a sixteen-year-old boy committed by his own request. A chance to earn an honest living—to specialize in a trade—was what this orphaned boy from Cass county [Minn.] wanted. His only opportunity seemed to be the industrial school of the state reformatory and he sought admittance through the juvenile commissioner. His plea was granted and he was enrolled, the term to expire at any time he wishes.”

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; Bemidji, Minn.; December 27, 1919; p. 1.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 26

December 26, 1979 – The Kline Sanatorium, Anoka’s first hospital, was built in 1902 and operated by local physician Dr. James Franklin Kline. The sanatorium had fifty-four rooms, all adequately heated by steam and lighted with electricity. “In fact, one of Dr. Kline’s specialties was the treatment of nervous disorders through the use of electricity.”*

“Anoka became famous as a place to seek restored health. Patients came from all over Minn., Wis., Mont., and the Dakota and Iowa to receive treatment for various ailments at the Sanatorium.”*

After a tornado hit Anoka on June 18, 1939, the Sanatorium housed 23 families who had lost their homes until further arrangements could be made.^ The building was listed on the National Register of Historical Places on this date, and is now used as apartments.

*Minnesota History; by Mary Ann Kiefer; Research Paper; Nov. 14, 1989; located at Anoka County Historical Society.

^The Anoka Herald; Former Kline Hospital is Mecca for Homeless Following Tornado Disaster;” Anoka, Minn.; July 5, 1939.

Kline Sanatorium, Anoka, Minn.
Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 26, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 25

December 25, 1855 – Frederick Greiner was born on this date in Chaska, Minn. Greiner was Chaska’s mayor from 1892 to 1898; proprietor of Chaska House, the community’s first hotel, and engaged in the manufacture of brick and tile (Greiner & Corning) from 1882 to his death in 1910. His cream-colored brick home in Chaska built ca. 1870 was named to the National Register of Historical Places on Jan. 4, 1980.

 Frederick Greiner's House, Chaska, Minn.
Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 25, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 24

December 24, 1902 - With his face almost completely hidden from view by the bandages and absorbent cotton, which he said were necessary to protect the wounds they concealed, Joseph Vallerio appeared in police court today to answer to a charge of disorderly conduct.

The charge had been made against him by Antonio Lagoni, one of his fellow countrymen, who said Vallerio had shot holes through the roof of the Lagoni home at 379 Rosabel Street, Sunday night.

Rosetta Pinnochi, a pretty Italian girl, is said to have been the cause of the trouble. Both Vallerio and Lagoni love the girl, and Sunday evening, when Vallerio appeared at the Lagoni home and asked for the girl, he was told she wasn’t there. Vallerio called his rival a liar and the latter inflicted the damage to Vallerio’s face which was the cause of the bandages.

After Lagoni had finished with his caller he shut the door in his face, whereupon Vallerio is said to have pulled a gun and fired a few shots through the door and ceiling of Lagoni’s home. Vallerio says Lagoni attacked him with brass knuckles, and that he fired the shots to scare him. Vallerio was allowed to sign a peace bond, and upon his promise to remain away from Lagoni’s home, was permitted to escape a workhouse sentence.

St. Paul Globe; “Lovers Fight Over a Beauty Court Hears Their Troubles and Demands a Peace Bond.”; Dec. 25, 1902; p. 2.

Monday, December 23, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 23

December 23, 2007 – “High wind and ice coated power lines blacked out tens of thousands of people in the Midwest. The storm was blamed for at least 22 deaths. At least 8 people in Minnesota, 5 in Wisconsin, 3 each in Indiana and Wyoming and one each in Michigan, Texas and Kansas were killed in traffic accidents.”

Sunday, December 22, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 22

December 22, 1968 – In the first playoff game in franchise history, the Colts defeated the Vikings, 24-14, in the Western Conference Championship Game at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. Minnesota trailed 21-0 in the 4th quarter but a late rally fell short.”