Harry Bushman Drowned.

The people of Bismarck were shocked Sunday afternoon by the report of the drowning of Harry Bushman, one of the city's most popular boys. He was bathing in the Missouri with a number of playmates and was carried out by the current into deep water. Being unable to swim he went down and the boys who were with him were small and inexperienced and did not dare attempt to swim to him.

Their cries for help attracted Paul Grover, who was fishing near by, and he hastened to the spot, stripped as rapidly as possible and swimming to the point where Harry disappeared, dove to the bottom and found the body, which he returned to the shore. There were faint symptoms of life but they soon disappeared.

The deceased was fifteen years of age and was one of the most intelligent and promising of Bismarck's boys. He was popular among his associates and every citizen mourns his loss. To the bereaved father this is a severe and crushing blow, and to him the heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended.

Bismarck Weekly Tribune, 8/9/1889


serious accident happens to two boys

Tolna, N. D., July 14.—Clifford Breckheimer and Harold Anderson, two young boys, were examining a revolver. It was accidentally exploded {sp}, the bullet going through Anderson's hand and into the abdomen of young Breckheimr {sp}. It is thought he will recover. Young Anderson was so frightened he ran away and hid in a pasture and his hand was in a bad shape by the time he was found.

Bismarck Tribune, 7/15/1913


Mandan, N. D., July 14.—D. S. Parkhurst, who had been the guest of his daughter, Mrs. John Pollard, is missing. He is 73 years old and very heavy. For some time he had been ill and very absent-minded. It is presumed he wandered away and forgot his address. Searching parties failed to locate him and it is thought probably he might have wandered as far north as Oliver or Mercer county, as he was north of the city some distance when last seen.

Bismarck Tribune, 7/15/1913



Staale Hendrickson, district game warden, caused the arrest of a number of Crosby nimrods last week for net-fishing in Long creek. Among them were Postmaster H. M. Parson and Paul Togstad. Each of them contributed a little over twelve dollars to the state. Staale's business is not only the protection of the human family by means of life insurance—but the protection of the feathered and anny {sp} families against those guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct.

Ward County Independent, 6/15/1911

Andrew Anderson of Towner, an unmarried man, quarreled with his brother's wife and then blew his own head off with the charge of a shot gun.

Pembina Pioneer Express, 6/12/1896



Evidently Had Been Mysteriously Murdered and Thrown Into the Water

Was Devoid of Any Clothing and Any Identification Was Impossible

Coroner From Linton Viewed the Remains and Ordered Body Buried

A nude body of a man was found on Monday afternoon on the shores of the Missouri river near Peter Shier's ranch, about 35 miles south of Bismarck, and about 16 miles west of Linton.

Parties finding the body immediately notified the coroner of Emmons county, who went immediately to the scene, and after examining the remains ordered them buried in a nearby cemetery.

The body was absolutely devoid of any clothing and identification was utterly impossible, though the authorities have started a thorough investigation.

There was a bullet hole through the body, the man having been shot in the chest, and the bullet had left the body at a point under the left shoulder blade.

The man had evidently been in the water about ten days, but as there was no water in his lungs, it was thought that he had been killed and then thrown in the river to dispose of the remains.

It is thought he must have been killed at a point near where the body was washed ashore, for no body could have washed any great distance in that length of time.

He was a man between 50 and 60 years of age, weighed about 180, and had a rather heavy mustache, though that had been torn some by the water.

When the news was first brought to Bismarck it was thought the remains might have been those of Brakeman Rutherford, who so mysteriously disappeared from a freight train while his train was crossing the river last April, between Bismarck and Mandan, but this man was too old to have been Rutherford.

Another theory that was advanced by people down along the river was that the body might have been that of Fred Hammond, a restaurant keeper, who mysteriously disappeared from Washburn about two weeks ago, but information from Washburn last night stated that Hammond had been last seen at Turtle Lake, that he afterward took a train from Carrington, and is thought to have left the state.

The case is one of deep mystery, but the authorities of Emmons county hope to soon have a clue.

Bismarck Tribune, 7/15/1913


Milton, N.D., July 10.—Milton's ma {sp} of mystery, who has been terrorizing residents in the vicinity of a coulee east of town, is still at large. Each day when the men folk are away he is said to venture forth to nearby houses with a demand for food, for which he always is ready to pay. Then he disappears, and although Sheriff Thompson and a posse have scoured the coulee, they have been unable to discover his hiding place.

Grand Forks Herald, 7/10/1917

The mystery of the disappearance of William Cullen of Ashton has been solved. Cullen's body was found on Sunday in the James river near where he lived. His arms were tied behind his back, his feet tied together, and a heavy stone tied to his neck. James Thomas, suspected of his murder, has fled to Arkansas.

The Wahpeton Times, 5/23/1884

Ran Car Over Woman Whose Hand He Asked; Simple Assault

Dickinson, N. D., July 14.—Fred Dubeau, a farm hand who so loved his wealthy widowed employer, Mrs. Ernest Forrester, proprietress of a ranch near Belfield, that when she would not give him her hand he beat her over the head with an automobile spring, threw her from the car in which they were riding, drove the car up and down over her prostrate body, then proceeded to her home and set the ranch on fire, was found guilty in district court at Beach, of assault and battery. The assault was made May 23, 1918. Mrs. Forrester recovered from her injuries, which it seemed at first must be fatal. Dubeau's defense was that the woman shot him prior to the assault.

Bismarck Tribune, 7/14/1919