Sawyer Farmer Goes to Barn to Look After Stock, There Is Brutally Slugged by a Horse Thief.

Sawyer, N. D., Nov. 9.—Going to his barn in a semi-somnambulistic state to look after his stock which he had dreamed was out in a blizzard, Chas. Prine, a farmer who lives nine miles southwest of this place was assaulted and knocked unconscious by a blow over the head that was dealt by a man who was attempting to steal his horses.

Prine says that he was about half way awake when he reached the barn and seeing a man standing there he thought it was the hired man and spoke to him, receiving no response he moved toward him. The stranger dealt him a stunning blow on the head with a club. Prine does not know how long he lay unconscious, but he finally recovered his senses and crawled back to the house where he again lapsed into unconsciousness. It is not thought that he is fatally hurt.

Prine before losing consciousness stated that it was his belief that his dream had saved him from losing one or more of his horses.

Grand Forks Evening Times, 11/9/1906


Died from Self-Starvation

Jamestown — Starvation, exposure and exhaustion caused the death of John Mooney, a wealthy but miserly land owner of Stutsman county, was found dead beside an unfrequented road, fourteen miles northwest of Jamestown. Upon his person was found certificates of deposit representing $15,000.

Mooney was seen alive last when visiting the farmhouse of a renter on one of his own farms. He left there in the evening and was returning to his house when, overcome by weakness about a quarter of a mile from the house, he lay down near the side of the road and there miserably expired. When found the body was lying flat on its back.

Mooney was poorly clad. He wore an old, threadbare coat and a thin overcoat. His cap was lying a few feet away from the body.

John Mooney was a well known character in Stutsman and Sheldon counties, noted for his wealth and extreme penuriousness. He came in the pioneer days to Sheldon, working on the Fargo & Southwestern railway as a section laborer and there he got his start, saving nearly every cent he earned.

Later he came to Jamestown and accumulated money and land in the county, shrewd investments in mortgages bringing profits, but his expenses were on an inverse ratio to his income.

He spent last winter in a room over a store in this city and boasted that his expenses for food were less than 10 cents a day.

Hope Pioneer, 11/7/1907

Ed.: There is no Sheldon County, but there is a town called Sheldon in Ransom County. Also, 10¢ is about $2 in today's money.


Charged with having made of with the vital parts of one Buick touring car owned by F. C. Smith of Mountrail county, R. D. Hand and Ralph Johnstone are sought at Mondak, Mont., on a requisition issued yesterday by Governor Frazier charging grand larceny. The affidavit on which the requisition was issued charges that the accused drove from Sanish to the Smith farm, there removed the rear axle, differentials, boxing, springs, wheels and tires from the Smith touring car, and drove off with the aforesaid property in the tonneau of their car.

Bismarck Tribune, 11/27/1918


There were several Thanksgiving dinners given in the city, but the one at the Sheridan House was by all odds the most elaborate and complete dinner ever given in the northwest. Mr. Bly spared no expense to make this his chef d'aeuvre, and Mr. S. H. Emerson with the assistance of Mr. Fuller, bot au fait in the management of such affairs, did themselves proud in the arrangement of the delicacies and the serving of the guests. There has never been such a variety game dinner before given in the northwest, and it is doubtful if a better dinner was given in the east than that which greeted those who came to render thanks at the Sheridan yesterday. There were roasts of every nature, and among the game and fowl were wild and tame goose, turkey, chicken, all kinds of wild duck, tame duck, venison, elk, mountain sheep, buffalo, brant, antelope, etc., served in every concievable manner to suit the tastes of all. The list of delicacies, fruit, etc., was complete and too numerous to attempt a mention. Tempting Havana oranges peeped out from under clusters of Malaga grapes and lent to the tables a most enchanting magnetism.

Bismarck Tribune, 11/26/1880

A Painful Death.

P. M. Gustafson, a farmer who lived at Painted Woods, was killed Friday evening at 6 o'clock by falling beneath the wheels of a loaded wagon, while driving along the road about twelve miles north of Bismarck. The unfortunate man had been in this city during the day, in company with a man named Johnson, who also resides at Painted Woods, and the two were driving home with a heavy load of goods when the accident occurred. When Mr. Gustafson fell the team was moving along at a lively rate, and both wheels of the wagon passed over his right arm, and, running over his right side, broke several of his ribs. Johnson immediately discovered the painful condition of his companion, and hastened to a neighbor named Hitchcock, who assisted, in company with Peter Erstrom, Gustafson's son-in-law, who had been notified of the accident by a neighboring girl, in bringing the body to the city. The injured man survived until he was placed upon a bed in the wagon, when he died. His remains were brought to the city and the funeral will take place tomorrow.

Bismarck Tribune, 10/5/1883

P. J. Riley of Oberon lost a hand in pushing a loaded shotgun into a wagon.

Bismarck Tribune, 9/1/1899

The 10-year-old son of Tom Field of Aneta was knocked from a binder which he was driving and thrown in front of the sickle, receiving injuries which evidently caused immediate death. He was found some hours later by a neighbor.

The Hope Pioneer, 11/1/1900



William Meert Receives a Terrible Wound.

About 5:30 yesterday afternoon William Meert, who had been employed for some time past by Budde Bros., received a horrible wound on the top of his head at the hands of Arthur McGahey, a boy about 16 years of age. As near as could be ascertained last night the facts are these, though there are conflicting stories of the manner in which the affair happened. It seems that McGahey went to the Budde stable, by permission of one of the Buddes, to get an armful of hay. Meert, who was in the stable, told him he could not have it. What followed is not definitely known, but for some reason Meert chased McGahey to Christie's blacksmith shop, McGahey, it is stated, having thrown a stone at Meert in the stable. As Meert entered the shop McGahey struck him on the head with a horse-shoeing hammer. Tom Coghlin, who works with Mr. Christie, says the first he knew of the affair he saw Meert leaning against the wall and the blood running from his head.

The wounded man was taken to his quarters, the Nora house, near the passenger depot. Drs. Camp and O'Donnell were called, and an examination, revealed a fracture of the skull immediately beneath an ugly flesh wound in the shape of a T. Several pieces of the skull were removed and the wound was sewed up. Dr. O'Donnell was very doubtful of Meert's recovery, while Dr. Camp said the injury was not necessarily fatal.

McGahey had not been arrested at half-past 7 last evening, but will probably be taken into custody when the ponderous local legal machinery one gets a-going.

Devils Lake Inter-Ocean, 11/15/1884