Crazed Dakotan Fires Many Shots Displaying Remarkable Tenacity.

Linton.—Eleven bullets were fired by Louis F. Foell, aged 62, into his head in a suicide that indicates remarkable tenacity of purpose. With a 22-caliber repeating rifle Foell had pulled the trigger 10 times after the first bullet entered his head and shortly afterwards his dead body was found by his son. Seven of the bullets had passed entirely through his skull.

County officials conducting an investigation found evidence of suicide conclusive despite the remarkable number of bullet wounds. A letter written several hours before, though rambling, indicated his intentions. Within the past week Foell also had arranged for the division of his property after his death.

Pembina Pioneer Express, 2/20/1914

At Ray a man employed on the reservoir was hit in the face with some dynamite. Unlike some people, his face didn't hurt the dynamite, and he's in the hospital.

Pembina Pioneer Express, 3/2/1906

The second wife of Anton Besold, who killed his first, is suing for a divorce from her husband, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for his crime. Besold formerly resided at Hankinson, but the crime occurred at Los Angeles, Cal.

Wahpeton Times, 3/21/1907


Investigation of Accounts Shows Shortage of Cash on Hand.

A United States postoffice inspector has been at work in the Tolna post-offices, on application of one of the bondsmen for the postmaster, to straighten out and look over the accounts of the office. The bondsmen became suspicious of the doings of Edward Hollander, the postmaster, some time ago, when the latter exchanged a box containing 250 stamped envelopes in one of the local stores for some clothing. As was anticipated, a shortage of $466.75 was found by the inspector, which the bondsmen, of course, are required to pay. Theodore Duhr was appointed temporary postmaster in place of Edward Hollander , who of course, was requested to resign by the inspector. The bondsmen are T. O. Lundaby, Harry L. Knaus, Nels Halverson, Leon Turcotte, M Gutting. Mr Hollander could not give any definite reason for the shortage in his office, claiming at one time he was sick and did not know, and again that his assistants were not careful enough. Mr. Hollander is in a pitiable condition, being 66 years old and so crippled up that he cannot walk unless aided by a crutch. He is a bachelor and alone in the world, and it is not supposed that the bondsmen will commence any prosecution against the lonely old man.

The Wahpeton Times, 2/20/1908

"Quaker Girl" Married in Moorhead

Those who attended the Quaker Girl performance the other evening will be interested in knowing that two of the members were married in Moorhead a day or two after leaving this city. Harry McDonough, Jr., who played the part of "Jeremiah," the young Quaker, was married to one of the chorus girls, Miss Annette L. Ferry.

The Ward County Independent, 3/18/1915

Divorced For An Hour.

Crookston special, 24: Judge Watts of Crookston yesterday granted a divorce to Al. Gates from his wife on the grounds of desertion. While the case was up for hearing, Velmer Gates, a brother of the plaintiff, slipped up into the clerk of court's office, procured a marriage certificate, and an hour after the separation was legalized Mrs. Gates again became Mrs. Gates. She is now her first husband's full fledged sister-in-law, and the wife of her former brother-in-law.

The Wahpeton Times, 2/28/1901


Gasoline is Tinder.

Explosion in Stove Hurls Man Across Room.

Mistaking gasoline for kerosene, Thomas Bell, living near Willow City, had a narrow escape from death by the explosion which followed the ignition of the fluid.

Bell was starting a fire in the kitchen stove and poured a cupful of fluid from a can supposed to be kerosene. He emptied this upon the kindling in the stove and applied a match. There was a terrific explosion and the man was blown across the room, striking against the outer wall of the house. His face was scorched and his hair and beard burned off, but it is not believed that he sustained any serious injuries.

It appears that the family had occasion to use gasoline for cleaning purposes and forgot to inform Bell that the cans had been changed.

Wahpeton Times, 3/14/1907


DeWitt, the Youthful Shooting Artist Gives Confession and Biography

Minot, N.D., March 1.— Young Jow DeWitt, who is charged with attempt to kill John Larson near Coteau where he broke into the house and stole an overcoat and other articles of clothing, is now in the Ward County jail awaiting his trial in the district court.

He was given a preliminary hearing at Bowbells and was bound over. He is a young man and claims that he did not intend to commit murder or to kill the man at whom he shot.

Deputy Sheriff Dick Steinhofer brought him to Minot and recovered all of the goods that he had stolen except a few handkerchiefs and some underclothes.

Among other things relative to his past life, he said: "I know nothing of my real parents. As far back as I can remember, I was in an orphan's home in Minneapolis when Louise DeWitt took me to Jamestown, N.D., when I was 4 years old. Later we came to Williams county and I lived with them on a ranch about six years. I went to school at Jamestown for a short time, but never since.

About two years ago I left home because I had to work so hard, taking care of a bunch of horses and cattle. I came to Bowbells and worked for a while then went to work for Billy Hughes south of Coteau. The reason I left there was because I had nothing but pancakes to live on and had to get my own meals, and I got tired of that and went to Coteau Saturday night and met John Larson and I said to myself. 'I am going to do something dirty tonight' and I went back and put on some of his clothes, and when I got them on I heard some one in the shed say 'Is there anyone in there?' and I was so scared I didn't know what I was doing and fired. I had no intention of killing him. I was not after money, only clothes. I should have come to town instead of going to old man DeWitt's, nineteen miles west of Ambrose, where the officers came for me. I did not try to get away; I knew I couldn't. My true name is Joseph Buckley, and I don't know anything of my real parents and I don't know what became of them."

Grand Forks Evening Times, 3/1/1909

Edwin Sether died at the St. Francis hospital last Friday morning. While working in Mr. Baggs elevator where he was employed, he had the misfortune to have his arm torn off. He was taken to Breckenridge and lived until Friday morning. The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sether of Mooreton, and was about twenty-five years of age. He leaves a father, mother, sister, two brothers and a large circle of friends and other relatives to mourn his departure. The funeral was held in the Norwegian Lutheran church, Sunday afternoon, and the remains were laid to rest in the churchyard. The family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Wahpeton Times, 2/20/1908