Shot His Own Son.

Long Prairie, Minn., Aug. 22.—Silas J. Davis, formerly sheriff of Todd county, accidentally shot his son George, aged 12 years, mistaking the boy for an owl on the fence. He shot him through the left side just above the heart with a 44-calibre Winchester. The boy still lives, but is in critical condition.

Bismarck Weekly Tribune, 8/24/1894
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Word was received here Sunday that Theodore Thompson and son Tillman who reside on a farm near Esmond, were killed by lightning during the thunder storm Saturday afternoon. Mr. Thompson is well known south of Churchs Ferry, having worked some five years ago for Geo. McDonell and Anton Blegen, and about that time was married to Miss Sarah Lundy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lundy. Mrs. Thompson was in Culbertson Mont., at the time of the accident and it was not until Tuesday that she could be located. It seems that Mr. Thompson and his son by a former wife were caught out during the storm and sought shelter in a neighbor's barn, and just as they entered the building the barn was struck, killing both of them and a horse belonging to the neighbor.

Devils Lake Inter-Ocean, 7/30/1909
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Stanley Man Was Crazy.

Axel Scramerud, a homesteader from seven miles south of Stanley, was picked up in an insane condition at the corner of Main and First streets early Sunday morning and taken to the county jail. He had $100 and a gold watch on his person. The fellow evidently had been using opium. He is getting better.

Ward County Independent, 7/12/1905
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Devils Lake—Edward Roch, a naturalized American, born in Germany, applied for enlistment in D company of this city, and later was held at Portal as an alien enemy when he was on his way to Canada to visit his relatives. Notwithstanding the fact that officials placed him in jail, after being released, he returned to this city and has enlisted in the company.

Grand Forks Herald, 7/31/1917
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A Gas Explosion.

Grand Forks Herald: The Baptist church this morning came very near being ruined and a young gentleman almost suffered annihilation. Last evening the chairs of the auditorium were being returned to their places, after the church had been painted and the walls and ceiling finished. When going home one of the men turned off the gas. The plumbers had neglected putting on a stop and the gentleman turned the valve to {sp} far, allowing the gas escape from the large gas gets {sp}. The windows were all closed and the church was pretty well filled with gas this morning when a young gentleman entered the building to procure a parcel he had left there. He got nearly to the middle of the church when he noticed gas was escaping. He thought to find out where the leak was, and lighted a match. The result was instantaneous. With a roar and loud explosion the gas took fire. Luckily the outside doors had been left open and the flames found an escape, carrying the gentleman along about fifty feet and landing him near the middle of the road. Had the doors not been open probably the wall would have been blown out. Considerable damage was sustained on the interior of the church. The chandelier was cracked and otherwise broken. In the large circular window every pane of glass was cracked. The door through which the flames found escape was scorched and burned, while the paint in nearly every part of the church was more or less blistered. It is a wonder the building did not burn. The noise of the explosion alarmed the neighborhood and people rushed from their houses to see if a cyclone was coming.

Jamestown Weekly Alert, 7/5/1888
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AUTO UPSET HURT 6 BOYS

Machine in Which Youngsters Were Riding Turned Over and Caught Joyriders.

Medina, N.D., May 27.—Late last evening a number of boys taking a joy ride were caught beneath the auto when it turned over and only for timely assistance would have lost their lives.

Having Fine Ride.

The ages of the boys ranged from 6 to 13 years and all were gaily riding about in Peter Kerner's auto when the accident happened. The little 6-year-old boy, when the auto turned over, was thrown clear of the machine and immediately stopped the engine, or the affair might have proven much more serious. Two of the joyriders required medical assistance.

Bismarck Tribune, 5/28/1914
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Master Randall Oard and Fred Clark are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Oard. Randall experienced a truly narrow escape during the recent storm at Balfour. He was busy milking, when the barn was demolished by the violence of the elements, killing the hired man, several head of cattle, including the cow little Randall was stripping.

Ward County Indepdendent, 8/10/1916
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An attempt was made Thursday to rob the money drawer at Way's shell and curio tent. A slit was cut in the tent and through this the robber reached and procured the money box. Mr. Way who was sitting in the tent grabbed his gun and gave chase. He fired at the robber at close range but unfortunately the gun was only a twenty eight and failed to do execution. The robber dropped the money and fled.

Devils Lake Inter-Ocean, 8/12/1904
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