Monday, October 30, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 30

October 30, 1921 – Harry R. Williams, manager of the Fort Wayne Engineering and Manufacturing Company, who has been missing from his Minneapolis home since Oct. 17, was reported found today in Los Angeles, Calif., suffering from memory loss.

Williams was found yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Waldren, friends of his who are visiting Calif. When they ran into each other, however, Williams failed to recognize the Waldrons, but agreed to accompany them to the Los Angeles Receiving Hospital for an examination.

During the examination Williams said his name was Harry R. Watson and that he could not remember any incidents prior to leaving Chicago 10 days ago.

In his pockets, however, were found papers that definitely identified him.

Mr. Waldron told Det. H.M. Slaughter of the Los Angeles police department that he induced Williams to consent to the examination because he was convinced that his friend was suffering from memory loss.

At home this evening, Mrs. Williams said she had received a telegram from Mr. Waldron that told of his finding her husband.

Minneapolis police have been searching for Mr. Williams since he was reported missing. They were able to trace his movements as far as Chicago, but that was where the trail ended.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Minneapolis Man, Missing Two Weeks, Found in West. Henry L. Williams, Victim of Memory Lapse, Recognized By Friends.”; October 31, 1921; p. 1. 

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 2, 2016, as long as acknowledgement included.


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