Wednesday, November 7, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 7

*November 7, 1919 – John Meints was the principal witness in his $100,000 personal damage suit against 32 Luverne citizens in the U. S. District Court in Mankato today. Aug. 19, 1918, the defendants appeared at his home near Luverne and ordered him out of the state. While en route to the South Dakota border, the Rev. W. H. Bedford, Leo Connell and Carl Ihlen, all of Luverne, attacked him and applied a coat of tar and feathers near Bowe, S. D., claiming that Meintz was disloyal (by not supporting war bonds) and that there was a strong feeling against him in the community.

T. E. Campbell, Department of Justice, testified that Meints came to St. Paul two days after the alleged tar and feathering and made a complete report to him. Campbell said that Meints was still wearing the coat of tar on his back when in his office. Photos taken of Meints back at that time were introduced.

The Daily People’s Press; “32 Citizens of Luverne Sued for $100,000”; Owatonna, Minn.; Nov. 8, 1919; p. 1.

John Meints

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