A 14-year-old son of Thiel Kaiser, of Valley City, was run over by a load of hay recently. Aside from having an ear torn off, his nose split, both eyes closed and several hundred bruises, the boy is doing well.

Bismarck Weekly Tribune, 8/11/1893


A popular young Sheldon chap stole another fellow's girl, for an auto ride in the balmy evening air. He paid too much attention to the girl and not enough to the car, and the machine pointed its radiator toward a telephone pole, and attempted to climb the obstacle. No one seriously hurt, but it cost the young man a tidy sum for repairs, and his friends are not letting him forget the incident.

Bismarck Tribune, 7/14/1914


Devils Lake, N.D., July 31.—A message was found in a bottle on the shore of Devils Lake by Captain Ford, dated August 17,1913, which read as follows:

"This is to say goodbye. I am weary of this world since the only girl I ever loved has gone to the beautiful beyond and I have gone to join her. I say farewell, beautiful world."

Whether the note is really a farewell of some heart broken youth before he ended his career by drowning in the lake or whether it was the prank of some picnic party, hoping to cause some excitement, cannot be definitely determined.

The only clue so far disclosed is the fact that August 17, 1913, was a Sunday and a day for picnics at the lake. The empty pickle bottle and the wrapping paper, on which the note was written, also lead officials to believe that it was the prank of some picknickers.

Grand Forks Herald, 7/31/1917


Drops Clarinet in Flight When taken for Woman—Prowling Thru Halls.

When Harry Carr, clarinet player with the Kilties band, wended his way homeward last evening after a strenuous day at the Grand Forks fair, and also a strenuous evening, for it was not early, he entered what he thought was the residence where he roomed and stole quietly up the stairs. His valuable clarinet was left in one of the halls on the second floor and he proceeded to a room, determined to enjoy a well earned rest.

He quietly opened the room door and was about to enter when he noticed that the bed which he expected to occupy already harbored a sleeper. The next room was also filled, and stealthy steps could be heard in other sections of the house.

When the creak of a door sounded through the gloomy halls, Carr became suspicious and within less than a moment, concluded that he was in the wrong house. A hasty retreat was made and even the clarinet was forgotten.

An alarm was sent in to the Grand Forks police station from North Seventh street, declaring that a strange woman was prowling through a residence and that she had dropped a clarinet in making a hasty flight. Sleuths were placed on the trail and the owner of the instrument was discovered this morning, one block further up the street, worrying about the loss of his clarinet, but fearing arrest for house breaking.

Carr appeared at the police station this morning to recover the instrument. He succeeded in describing it to the satisfaction of Desk Sergeant Schuyler but explanations were necessary, and the Kiltie clad musician was profuse with the details.

"How did the woman get your clarinet?" asked the sergeant.

"I don't know, the last I saw of it was when I dropped it in the hall on my way out," claimed Carr.

Details were threshed out, and it finally dawned upon the desk sergeant that the Kiltie uniform had been mistaken for a skirt.

Grand Forks Herald, 7/28/1916

The Parachute Jump.

Prof. Le Roy made his parachute decension from the Northern Pacific elevator company's building Tuesday before a crowd of four or five hundred people. Had the professor been able to find a higher building to jump from, the effects of the descent would have been more satisfactory to the spectators. This evening the professor will give a tight rope and trapese {sp} exhibition. He is said to be one of the best men on the rope living and his exhibition will be well worth seeing.

Jamestown Weekly Alert, 7/5/1888

Broke Into Two Homes

A young Norwegian fellow, who claims that he was drunk, broke into the residences of Miss Thornton, a school teacher, and a Mrs. Rebrud, at an early hour Sunday morning last week. In both cases he entered thru {sp} a ʍindow {sp} by breaking the glass.

Miss Thornton was arroused {sp} from a sound sleep and was frightened to see a man standing by her bed. The fellow struck a light, and when he saw the woman was awake, he made a hasty exit out of the window.

At the Rebrud home, he frightened Miss Christine Rebrud nearly to death. The young woman jumped from her bed and when she saw the fellow walking towards her and tried to jump out another window. In so doing she broke the glass` cutting her hand badly. The fellow also made a quick get-away from the Rebrud home thru {sp} the window. He came around next day and settled for the glass.

Ward County Independent, 7/12/1905

Vilot Anstrom, 5-year-old, of Wilton, was instantly killed last Wednesday when the automobile in which she was riding turned turtle near Wilton. Her mother was dangerously injured and may not live. Miss Hannah Dickson was driving the car, which was going down a hill about four and a half miles east of town, when the accident occurred. It struck a rut and in trying to get out of it in some manner the car turned over, making two complete somersaults. The little girl was crushed and her death was immediate. Miss Dickson had a leg broken. The mother received bad fractures and internal injuries.

Ward County Independent, 8/10/1916




We are in receipt of a communication from August Piper, of Penn, relative to a large snake seen on his place recently. It seems that this reptile is considerably out of the ordinary in this locality. The letter follows:

Editor, Inter-Ocean, Dear Sir:—

On July 19, as I was haying on my new farm, I seen a snake such as I never saw before in my life. It was white with yellow spots along its back. I could not tell the length of it because I could not see the whole snake, as it got into the high grass. I seen about four feet of the tail part but I could not see the head. It measured about six inches through the body and the end of the tail was about two inches thick at the end and as square as if it had been cut off.

I don't think the snake seen me or it might have killed me, as I did not have a thing in my hands. The next day I took the gun and went looking for it but could not find it. I also seen a young black snake this spring on the same farm.

Truly yours,

August Piper, Penn, N.D.

Devils Lake Inter-Ocean, 7/30/1909

Editor: Sounds like it could be an albino bull snake or albino rattlesnake, which are native to western North Dakota and can both get to be five to eight feet long; the square ends sounds more rattlesnakey.