Saturday, September 13, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 13

September 13, 1977 – “Situated on a small bluff overlooking Loring Park, the Eugene Carpenter House at 300 Clifton Avenue,” was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on this date. “As it exists today, [the house] is the result of an extensive alteration. Prior to moving in Eugene Carpenter renovated the house from a Queen Anne style frame residence to a two-story Georgian Revival design. The architect, Edwin H. Hewitt, removed the wrap-around porches and multi-gabled roof and replaced them with a symmetrical fa├žade under a dormered hipped roof. The renovated home was occupied by Eugene J. Carpenter, a Minneapolis lumberman and prominent patron of the arts. He held an executive position with the Carpenter Brothers Lumber Company and was vice-chairman of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts until his death in 1922.”

Eugene Carpenter House

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Sept. 13, 2014, 
as long as acknowledgement included. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 12

September 12, 1848 – Stillwater [Minn.] is surveyed and platted by Harvey Wilson.”,_Minnesota_(2005_sign).jpg

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 11

September 11, 1901 – Father Vincent J. Flynn was born in, Avoca, Minn., on this date.

He was appointed President of the College of St. Thomas and St. Thomas Military Academy, following the resignation of Fr. James H. Moynihan in January 1944, and formally installed as president on April 27, 1944.

Father Vincent J. Flynn

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 10

September 10, 1934 – Roger Maris, an American baseball right fielder “who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball on four teams, from 1957 through 1968,” was born in Hibbing, Minn., on this date.

Roger Maris

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 9

September 9, 1878 – President Rutherford B. Hayes stopped in Hastings, Minn., on this date during his Presidential Midwestern Tour and had lunch with his Commissioner of Agriculture, William Gates LeDuc, and his family, in their home. 

President Rutherford B. Hayes1 

The LeDuc Mansion was named to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1970, and is now a museum available for tours and rentals for special occasions.

The LeDuc Mansion2


Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Sept. 9, 2014, as long as acknowledgement included.

Monday, September 8, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 8

September 8, 1921 – Hibbing’s Chief of Police Daniel Hayes, Detective Eugene Cassidy and Traffic Officer William Kohrt were shot to death in a gun battle on this date while attempting to arrest John Webb of Nelson, Minn. Webb’s 18-year-old son Leonard had alleged that his 13-year-old sister had been sexually assaulted by their father.

The three officers went to Webb’s home. As Chief Hayes opened the door, he was shot through the heart. Cassidy was shot in the shoulder, dying in a few minutes. Kohrt, who was also shot in the shoulder, was taken to the hospital where he died a few minutes later.

Webb fled toward Wilpen and a mob followed. In the meantime, 1,000 men have joined in the search, but have been unable to find him. They are instructed to shoot to kill.

Webb is a widower with six children. He is said to have been acting strangely of late and last night terrorized his family. The children spent the night in the woods.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Three Hibbing Police Killed in Gun Battle. Murderer Escapes and Had Not Been Found Early Today; Posse on Trail. Attempt to Arrest Nelson man is Fatal. Murderer Previously Accused By Son of Offense Against 13-Year-Old Daughter.”;  September 09, 1921; p. 1.

Chief Daniel Hayes

Detective Eugene Cassidy

Officer William Kohrt

Sunday, September 7, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 7

September 7, 1904 – A fatal collision occurred in Montevideo, Minn. early this morning. Passenger train No. 3, going west on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul road, with Michael Buckley, conductor, Kent Ferguson, engineer, and Dan Fillmore, fireman, ran into an extra freight on the main track, Patrick Clifford, conductor, and Dan Tyler, engineer.

Fireman Fillmore jumped from his engine and was killed, and an unidentified tramp riding on the blind baggage was also killed. Gust Backland, also on the blind baggage, was badly injured, but will recover. Both engines and their tenders and a mailcar were wrecked.

The collision occurred because the passenger train was late and the extra freight was attempting to run down the main track to get up on a siding. The freight engineer saw the express in time to reverse his engine, which prevented a more serious wreck. An inquest will be held this evening.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Trains Crash at Montevideo. Fireman Fillmore and an Unidentified Man Killed in a Wreck on Milwaukee.”; Sept. 7, 1904; p. 1.,_Milwaukee,_St._Paul_and_Pacific_Railroad#mediaviewer/File:Chicago_Milwaukee_St._Paul_and_Pacific_Herald.png