Saturday, September 09, 2006

News from the Past

I must say that hours and hours can be spent before you know it, perusing Google's newly released newspaper archives!

Below is a snippet of the news of St. Vincent and Pembina many years ago...
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The Alexandria Post
Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota
Saturday, January 13, 1872, page 4, col. 2

A soldier from Fort Pembina, a short time ago followed a deer track, accompanied by a musket and a bottle of whiskey. A party from the fort found the soldier next day, and he will keep anywhere hung up on a peg until the ground thaws so they can dig a grave.

[Transcribed from microfilm copy of newspaper at Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN]
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The Freeborn County Standard
Thursday June 02, 1881
Albert Lea,Minnesota

Name Changed Alice, Kittson county, to Northcote.
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The Freeborn County Standard
Wednesday, January 7, 1885
Albert Lea,Minnesota

Dr. G. Demars has held an inquest over the remains of Henry Eustrom, who under a spell of temporary insanity, shot himself through the left lung under the nipple. The diseased was the son of Capt. Eustrom, auditor of KITTSON COUNTY. He was manager of the large Kelso farm, twentv-seven years of age, sober, honest and respected by all. On January 6th he was to prove up his land, on the 7th he was to get married to a charming voung lady, Miss Christie Murray. He seemed to be happy, and no other cause but temporary aberration of mind can be ascribed for the sad deed, which he committed on the 27th day of December 1884.
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The Freeborn County Standard
Wednesday, January 14, 1885
Albert Lea,Minnesota

- Henry Eustrom, son of Capt. Eustrom, auditor of KITTSON COUNTY, was accidentally shot by his own revolver while cleaning it at St. Vincent. He was twenty-four years old and unmarried.

- Charles Fox, deputy clerk of Clay county, skipped suddenly from Moorhead and was arrested at St Vincent He is charged with official crookedness.
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The Standard
Thursday January 04, 1883
Albert Lea,Minnesota

Peter Johnson, a respected farmer living near Two Rivers, KITTSON COUNTY, started home from Hallock. His horses returning home without him, excited suspicion concerning his safety, and his family started in search of him. As the night was stormy and cold they did not succeed. All neighbors in the locality were soon on the search for the missing man, and not until Monday was he found. It seems he had been walking behind his team to keep warm, when the horses, being very spirited, took fright and left him too far behind to find his way on a night so cold and stormy a night on a pathless prairie. His dead body was found by Mr. Sniet not far from his home.
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The Decatur Morning Review
Tuesday, August 26, 1884
Decatur,Illinois

ST.VINCENT, Minn.: An August severe frost visited this part of KITTSON COUNTY on Friday night, and did considerable injury to beans, peas, and in a few instances to potatoes. The most minute inquiry failed to learn whether any inquiry was done to wheat, corn or oats.
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The Freeborn County Standard
Thursday December 24, 1885
Albert Lea,Minnesota

John Burnett was arrested at St Vincent of horse stealing. John Burnette was arrested by Sheriff [Taistrum?] of St Vincent on a charge of stealing a horse about a week ago.
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The Democrat
Tuesday March 13, 1883
Olean, New York

The House bill to create three additional land districts in Dakota passed. Also the bill making St. Vincent, Minn., a port ot entry instead of PEMBINA. [NOTE: Now I wonder if St. Vincent ever really was a port of entry, or if it just was in name only for a time, then it permanently went to Pembina where it has been since I ever knew...]
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The Manitoba Daily Free Press
Thursday February 21, 1884
Winnipeg,Manitoba

Lost in the Storm. St. Vincent, Minn., Feb. 20. News was just received today of two young men, named Bernard Hault and Thomas Tuffault, being badly frozen, near Pembina, D. T. On the night of the 18th they started for their homes, six miles from PEMBINA, but being overcome by the storm, which was very severe, lost their way and were badly frozen. When found yesterday evening Hoult was conscious, but his comrade was not. Fears are entertained that they will not recover.
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The Freeborn County Standard
Thursday April 12, 1883
Albert Lea,Minnesota

Mr. Lockwood, deputy commissioner of customs says that Joseph Bookwalter of St. Paul, the recently appointed collector for the new St. Vincent custom house, has filed his bond at the department, but no information has yet been received that Mr. Bookwalter has entered upon the duties of his new office. The office will pay the collector, in salary and fees. About The old office at Pembina is of course, to be abolished. Mr. Lockwood says that the principal import of this point is wheat, which is brought to this country to be ground, and is then exported by way of Montreal and Boston. The facilities for shipment are believed to be better than they were formerly at Pembina.
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The Manitoba Daily Free Press
Monday June 28, 1880
Winnipeg,Manitoba

On Saturday afternoon two freight cars ran off the siding to the steamboat landing at St. Vincent and dumped in the river. One car contained general merchandise and the other was laden with agricultural implements, and both are now lying in thirty feet of water.