A sad accident occurred near Miller, Hand county, recently. It appears that a little child ran out to meet a wagon loaded with wheat which was approaching. The driver did not notice that the child was near until he heard it scream, and, looking down, he found to his horror that one of the wheels had passed over the upper portion of the child's head, crushing it to a jelly.

Emmons County Record, 9/24/1884



And Seriously Annoyed Fellow Sojourners.

Some outsiders handed whiskey through the bars to the inmates of the Williston jail, on which the insiders got busy and also got drunk. And there seems there was a Chinese inmate who had provided himself with delicacies, which the hilarious ones proceeded to consume and also to punch the face of the celestial. And as a result of all there is a Ye Wah in the hospital, an attorney drawing fees, and the county may find it necessary to provide separate quarters in the jail for the prisoners.

Grand Forks Evening Times, 8/30/1906


man is probably fatally injured and horses are drowned

Tearing through the heart of the city and dashing across the Northern Pacific tracks just at the edge of Central park, a farm team hitched to a load of lumber yesterday plunged over a forty-foot bank into Red Lake river, both horses drowning. The water was twenty-five feet deep, and after swimming nearly across the river the team swung around, the load of lumber floating behind them, and attempted to swim back, but sank in the center of the river. Joseph Gauche, a carpenter, who was holding the team, was hurled from the wagon and probably fatally injured.

Grand Forks Evening Times, 8/28/1913

Father Should be Hung.

Judge Pollock, of Fargo, annulled the marriage contract of Joseph Gosselin and Nellie Bowman, who were married last April. The woman's story was presented in court is a revoting {sp} one. Last winter she met young Gosselin, while on a visit to Iowa, and he accompanied her to a number of parties. In April she and her father appeared at the Gosselin home near Grandin and by means of a shot gun compelled young Gosselin to marry the girl to save her honor. He did so, but refused to live with her and was arrested for non-support. Finally the case was compromised and he lived with her. To a lady friend she confided the story that her own father was responsible for her condition and that she had never been intimate with Gosselin. So soon as this was known to Gosselin's friends they instituted proceedings to have the marriage annulled. The woman swore to the story in court.

Ward County Independent, 9/23/1903


Is Claim of Northwood Woman Adjudged Insane by County Board.

Claiming that she had been hypnotized in St. Paul by a woman, who exercised a baleful influence over her life, Mrs. Mary Taylor Brown, formerly of Northwood, today underwent an examination at the hands of the county insanity board.

The board decided that she was insane, and she will be taken tonight to Jamestown, and placed in the state insane asylum.

She told the insanity board today that she had been employed while in St. Paul recently, by a woman who had hypnotic powers. This woman had, she declared, hypnotized her, and had tried to force her to do all manner of terrible things. So far, however, she said that she had so far succeeded in resisting the evil influence.

Mrs. Brown was turned over to the local board by the authorities by the Hennepin county insanity board, she having been found insane while in Minneapolis.

She had lived in Northwood for many years. Two years ago she was brought before the county board, but was at that time adjudged sane. Since then she has spent a large amount of time in the Twin Cities.

She is not thought to be dangerous, although it is known that for some time she carried a bottle of carbolic acid around with her, and from that fact it was feared that she might be contemplating suicide.

The unfortunate woman was brought to this city this morning from Minneapolis in charge of a nurse from Rochester, Minn., insane asylum.

Grand Forks Daily Herald, 9/18/1914


Valley City, N. D., April 3.—Earl Ployhar, age 8, jumped into the Sheyenne river this afternoon and saved Winton Wold, age 5, from drowning. The boys were shooting arrows near the river. One landed on the river ice. Wold went after it and fell through. Ployhar held his chum to the surface until help came.

Bismarck Tribune, 4/4/1915


Valley City, N. D., April 8.—A movement is on foot here now to secure, if possible, a Carnegie hero medal for little eight-year-old Earl Ployhar, who last Saturday was instrumental in saving the life of a five year old companion who almost lost his life by drowning in the icy waters of the Sheyenne. Both the boys are well as ever again, and this fact is due to young Ployhar's presence of mind when his companion went under the ice. Earl is a son of Frank Ployhar, president of the Valley City Gas company and one of the leading lights of the house of representatives of the last session.

Bismarck Tribune, 4/9/1915

A widow near Bottineau worried so much over the plan to build a road across her farm that she became insane.

Golden Valley Chronicle, 9/5/1907


A harvest hand named Verge Nye, a man apparently about 25 years of age, was riding from Wahpeton to Fargo in an empty freight car on the Milwaukee freight train that arrived in Fargo about 11 o'clock Friday night. When the train reached the Sperry siding where there is only an elevator, two men got into the car where the man was and shot him five times in the breast and body, robbed him of his money and threw him out of the car. The wounded man, thought suffering untold agonies, made his way by crawling and walking at intervals to the Sperry farm which he reached Sunday morning. He was driven to Abercrombie as soon as possible and was given medical aid, but he had lost so much blood and his wounds were of such a character that death soon came to his relief.

Bismarck Tribune, 9/5/1898