Fourteen head of horses and eighteen head of cattle perished in a burning barn on the N.C. Jenson ranch, about six miles north of Wyndmere, W.B. Summer was in charge of the ranch and was awakened about 3 a.m. by the glare of the burning building. By the time the men reached the scene the walls were falling in and nothing could be saved. Besides horses and stock, all the harnesses and a quantity of feed, including thirty tons of hay, were destroyed. The barn was 40x80 feet in size and was practically new, having been completed last fall. The total loss is estimated at $10,000' with no insurance except a small amount on the barn. The origin of the fire is a mystery.

The Wahpeton Times, 2/20/1908


North Dakota Fake Wrestlers Get Very Busy.

Winnipeg Free Press: Winnipeg people have been bitten several times by the so-called professional wrestler, and that the bunch that have been here lately are in the fake class, was suspected, and is now proven by the following letter to the Free Press from Charles Moth, an old-time artist himself, who is now residing at Berthold, N.D. According to information received Root and Downs are brothers and they all travel together fixing up deals. Mr. Moth writes:

Sporting Editor of Leading Paper, Winnipeg, Man.

Sir,—Enclosed you will find a clipping which will explain the methods of the gang of confidence men and fake wrestlers that are now visiting your city, as I saw by an item in the Fargo Call. The man that poses as the "Human Derrick" is a resident of Norwich, N.D., and he has a reputation everwhere he wrestled as a fakir. The man that poses as Downs is a resident of Glenwood, Minn. is right name is Al. Hallett, but he has a name for eevry {sp} town he visits. He is the chief fixer. He also has a brother, Frank Hallett, also of Glenwood, Minn., alias Jack Root and other aliases too numerous to mention. He generally is the manager of the "Human Derrick." Another member of the party is Mr. Bert Shores, of Mankata, Minn. He is easy to identify as he acts when he talks as if his throat is affected when talking. I do not know what name he used there but you will find him there.

This gang operated through parts of Minnesota, and I am not in sympathy with anything that tends to degenerate athletic sports I advertised them and now they are practically barred out of most of the towns through that section. Hoping you will find space in your valuable paper for these few lines and co-operate with me in elevating athletic sports and thanking you in advance for the favor, I am , yours respectfully.

chas moth.

The clipping to which Mr. Moth refers is from the Fargo Call and a similar expose is made by him in Olson.

Grand Forks Evening Times, 2/23/1906


A New Trial Granted in the Famous Peter Brannigan {sp} Murder Case—A Brief History of a Remarkable Trial.


Peter Bannigan, on Dec. 25, 1876, at Bismarck, Dakota Territory, in an affray which occurred at Bannigan's saloon at that place, shot and killed John D. Massingale, a soldier in the United States army. For this homicide Bannigan was indicted for murder and had a trial in Bismarck in the latter part of February, 1877. He was found guilty of the charge of murder on the jury trial, and sentenced to be hanged on the 26th of April following. Geo. P Flannery, E. A. Williams, and H. M. Davis, Esquires, of Bismarck, defended the case at the trial. In March, after the trial, Bannigan, by the aid of Fitz. Fitzgerald, who once kept a gaming resort in St. Paul, and Charles Driscoll, a saloon keeper in Bismarck, bribed the jailor in the absence of Alex McKenzie, the noted officer of Bismarck, to unlock the doors and let Bannigan escape. The plot was carried out, and Bannigan, mounted on a good horse, left Bismarck for White Earth Reservation. A few miles from Bismarck he was overtaken by a "blizzard,' in which he froze his feet and face, and became totally blind. Desperate and alone on the terrible prairie, Bannigan gave his horse freedom to go where he chose, and for forty-eight hours he sat doggedly, until the swelling had so subsided that he could see a little out of one eye. He saw a light in the distance, and riding up to it, found himself in the village of Audubon, Minn., about 25 miles east of the Red River, having been carried by his horse over 200 miles from Bismarck. He was obliged to rest, and while resting, he was recaptured by John Haggerty {sp}, sheriff at Fargo, and conveyed back to Bismarck. Later, in April, he telegraphed Messrs. Erwin & Griffin, of St. Paul, retaining them to renew the battle in the courts. Mr. Erwin, with the local attorneys for Bannigan, obtained, only a few days before the day set for Bannigan's execution a stay of the proceedings and the allowance of a writ of error to the supreme court. In June last Mr. Griffin argued the writ of error before the supreme court of Dakota, at Yankton, and later, in December, Mr. Erwin again re argued the case, the attorneys for the Territory claiming the record as incorrect. The attorneys were highly gratified on receiving from Hon. B. S. Williams, clerk of the supreme court, late yesterday, a telegram that "judgment of the court below in Bannigan's case is reversed, and the cause remanded for a new trial." Bannigan will be again tried in May next at Bismarck.

Bismarck Tribune, 2/14/1878

Henry Daniels had the misfortune to break his right leg toward the ankle last evening, about 7:30 o'clock. It seeme {sp} he had his team in front of the post office and had gotten his mail, but did not get seated in his wagon before his horses started and threw him out, breaking his leg square off. Mr. Daniel's {sp} however did not fall from the buggy till the horses turned on Fourth street and had gotten along near to Sitar & Hupperler's hay scales, three or four rods from the starting point, when he fell. Mrs. Vinnie Meeker had happened along and noted the whole proceeding and immediately went to the unfortunate man's assistance. She found his leg broken square off and the foot turned up along the side of the leg. She at once straightened out the leg and called for assistance. Mr. Barrie came and soon their {sp} were plenty of assistants. Dr. Devine was called and the patient was taken to the hospital and is doing as well as could be expected.

The Wahpeton Times, 2/28/1901

Three Chinamen who started from Altona, Manitoba, near Gretna, walked across the boundary line in the night to Grafton, arriving there nearly frozen. Immigration Inspector Eyford has them in charge and confined in Grafton jail. They will probably get a passage home to China at the expense of the United States.

Pembina Pioneer Express, 2/22/1901

A.J. Brunner of the Kulass Lumber Company, who has been down with small-pox, is able to be out again. Mr. Brunner had an unusually long seige of the disease, being quarantined for over twenty-five days. He did not go to the pest house, but quarantined in his shack on his homestead, a short distance from town. An Independent representative met Mr. Brunner on the street yesterday, he was carrying a large small-pox sign and a yellow flag, when asked what he was going to do with those things, he said, "I am going to nail them to my shack, and I'll see whether any one steals it or not." This happy thought of Mr. Brunner's may be followed to an advantage by other homesteaders, and the shack with the small-pox sign nailed to the door will probably be safe from the depredations of the miserable shack thieves.

Ward County Independent, 2/25/1903


The seven months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Knoots died Tuesday night and will be buried this afternoon. The little one was one of twins, one of whom lived to be only a few days old and the other one had not been well since birth.

Grand Forks Evening Times, 2/23/1906

Joseph Primeau and a detachment of Indian police went down to Moreau river a few days since in quest of men who were cutting wood on the Sioux reservation, and on Tuesday arrested a party of choppers with their teams. The prisoners have been ordered here for examination before United States Commissioner Stewart. The Indians say the woods look like beavers had been cutting in them. and Agent McLaughlin is determined to put a stop to the work.

Bismarck Tribune, 2/15/1884

A Thoughtful Engineer.

What might have been a serious railroad smash-up, was averted Monday by the thoughtfulness and presence of mind of Engineer Frank Gish, of a freight train bound for Bismarck. It seems that when a few miles east of Sterling, the engineer of the freight suddenly noticed the caboose of a work train on a curve, only about five car lengths ahead of them. He supposed the work train was backing up, but it seems it was standing still at that particular time, although previously the conductor hearing the freight, supposed it was stuck in the snow, and was backing up to meet it. A flagman was out, but the curve was so short that Engineer Gish did not see him in time to avert the danger. The instant he saw the caboose, he reversed his engine, pulled open the throttle valve and shouted to the fireman, Cornelius Buckley, and the head brakeman, who were in the cab with him, to "jump for God's sake." This they did, the train running at the time at the rate of about twenty miles an hour. The engineer and brakeman received no serious injuries, but the fireman selecting a bad place to ump, fell on a pile of railroad iron and had both shoulders dislocated, and received several ugly gashes on the head and face. Luckily the engine stopped within about five feet of the caboose, and cegan {sp} the backward move. Conductor Dr. Huntington, of the freight, took in the situation and ran over the cars to the engine and stopped her backward course. The injured fireman, was picked up and brought to Bismarck arriving here in the evening. He was taken to the Custer house, where he was placed under the medical charge of Dr. Porter, who set the injured man's shoulders and dressed his wounds. At last accounts he was doing well.

Bismarck Tribune, 2/2/1883