25,000 Bushels of Oats on the Ground— George Elliott Has Narrow Escape from Running Grain

After a day or two of premoniary {sp} groaning and gracking the oats annex of the Golden Valley Independent elevator, containing about 25,000 bushels, collapsed Wednesday afternoon, releasing the grain in all directions and making one of the finest jobs imaginable.

The colapse {sp} was due to faulty construction, the building being merely tacked together at the corners. How it ever stood up under the last season's load is one of the mysteries.

Mr. Bakke immediately telegraphed for several thousand sacks and will gather up the breakfast food as best he can. The building will be demolished and a new structure erected in a workmanlike manner.

Geo. Elliot, who was in between the building and a big box car at the time of the wreck, had a narrow escape from death. As it was he was severely bruised. He may well be thankful that he escaped with minors {sp} injuries.

Golden Valley Chronicle, 4/22/1910

There was never a paper published in any locality that gave all the local news. It is often the case that some persons come and go that the reporters do not see or even know of. It may happen that the same family is missed several times and they get the impression that the paper does not care to mention them. It is a mistake. The best home paper has no ill feeling, no enmity, no spite against anyone, so do not be afraid to tell the reporter when you have friends visiting you, or that you have returned from a trip or are contemplating a visit. If you think the paper shows partiality, try to see if it does not treat you as well if you give it a chance.

Hope Pioneer, 3/20/1902


Private Jorgensen, Twelfth Minnesota, Sends a Bullet Through His Heart.

New Ulm, Minn., Oct. 27.—Private John Jorgensen of Company G, Twelfth Minnesota, committed suicide in his tent by placing the muzzle of his rifle to his heart and pushing the trigger with the ramrod.

Death was instantaneous, and no satisfactory explanation is offered by his comrades for his strange action.

Private Jorgenson was about 27 years of age and single. He enlisted at Austin, where he was working as a section hand at the time of the call for volunteers.

The bullet which killed him passed through several other tents and into the water tank several hundred feet away.

Jamestown Weekly Alert, 10/27/1898


Minot, March 22.—During the progress of the moving picture show at the Lyceum theater last Wednesday night, about 8:30 fire started in the fire proof machine booth of the place and in a few moments a thousand dollars' worth of damage was done.

J. E. McCutcheon, who was operating the machine, escaped death narrowly, but both of his hands were painfully burned.

The picture machine, valued at $175 was burned and about $500 worth of films went up in smoke within a few moments. These are a total loss as it is impossible to carry insurance on them. The building was damaged about $500, which was fully covered by insurance. The crowd walked out in very orderly fashion and no one was injured. The fire was confined to the booth and the actors did not know that anything unusual had happened until the fire was practically over.

The fire department was called out and extinguished the flames with chemicals.

The theatre fortunately had another picture machine, and the attractions are being given without interruption.

The fire may have started from a short electrical circuit.

Devils Lake Inter-Ocean, 3/22/1912



Charles Lee Blows Brains Out With Revolver Sunday Afternoon While Wife was Visiting in Granville—Was Despondent.

Charles Lee, who lived on a rented farm northeast of Granville, took his own life Sunday afternoon by shooting himself through the head with a 44 calibre revolver. The man had been despondent for several days, and on Saturday his wife noted that he was unusually so. She telephoned to Relatives in Granville, who went out to the farm Saturday evening, and Sunday morning they took Mrs. Lee to town. Lee then went to the barn and committed the deed. The remains have been shipped to the old home in Iowa. The man was about 35 years of age.

Ward County Independent, 5/25/1911


Clarence Jenson, son of John Jenson, was injured last Thursday afternoon when he fell in front of an auto. The car was driven by Mr. Dickenson and was near the post office at the time. The boys were coming from school and were running back and forth across the street. Several of them had crossed in front of the auto and this boy was one of them. After crossing in front to the east side he dodged back and when in front of the car stumbled. The car struck him but as it was going very slow he was not seriously injured. He was taken to a physicians office for examination however and then taken home.

Boys have a habit of running out in front of machines and then dodging back. It is possibly lots of fun and they never realize the danger until too late. They are all right until something happens as when this boy stumbled, then they are liable to be injured.

Williston Graphic, 9/23/1915

A man in Beach, in the Golden Valley of Montana {sp}, cleared a profit of over $30,000 for his season's planting in flax. His crop was 30,000 bushels, which he sold at an average of $1.50 a bushel, making a gross return of $45,000. Out of that came $11,000 for breaking, sowing, harvesting, thrashing {sp}, and hauling to market. The man started in with a $10,000 outfit of gasoline engines, gang plows, 12-foot sod crushers, 12-foot disk drills, binders, wagons, and separator.

He broke in 3,000 acres in the first year of his flax experiment. The flax yielded sixteen bushels to the acre, so the gross return was $24 an acre. This coming season he plans for 5,000 acres of flax.

In his experiment he took less chance than the average real estate investor in the Eastern States, and far less than an "outsider" in a stock deal.

Collier's, 4/16/1910

The story of J. R. Smith and his prodigious flax crop is still going the rounds, the latest publication to give it space being Collier's Weekly of April 16. Of course, Beach and the famous Golden Valley come in for a fair share of the advertising, which is the kind not to be despised by any region on earth. Mr. Smith and his accomplishment is probably as well and favorably known as the late Wm. Jennings Bryan.

Golden Valley Chronicle, 4/22/1910

Had Neck Broken.

Anamoore,{sp} N. D., Oct. 16.— Carl Doctor, aged 56 years and one of the prosperous farmers of this vicinity, was thrown into a ditch by a runaway team and his neck broken. His back was badly wrenched and he sustained internal injuries in addition, but remarkable vitality kept the man alive for several hours after he was discoverel {sp} by neighbors. He retained his consciousness and was able to direct the disposition of his business affairs before he died.

Bismarck Tribune, 10/17/1913

Marion. — A car loaded with cattle belonging to Ed. Peterson caught fire from a spark from the engine, as the train was running between Kathryn and Eastedge. Owing to the strong draft created by the moving train, the fire made rapid headway before it was noticed, and it was with great difficulty that Mr. Peterson, assisted by R. Bomberg, held the fire in control until the car could be cut off at the next station, and the flames extinguished.

Hope Pioneer, 4/15/1909