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While Bobert {sp} L. Fraser was down in the Bad Lands near the Missouri river, his dog, Nord, which was following along, was bitten by a rattle snake and at this writing is in a very serious condition. The report of rattle snakes being seen on this side of the river is a surprise but they are becoming considerably more numerous than formerly. It is only late years that a rattler has been seen on this side at all.

Bismarck Daily Tribune, 8/2/1910

Mathias Podbieski was drowned in Forest river near Minto. He took his employer's children to the river for a swim and to show them how he could swim plunged into the water from the bank. Then his hand appeared above the surface—a slight commotion—and all was still—and he did not rise again. The boys reported the fact and next day the body was found nearly upright in five feet of water where he had plunged in. He had recently arrived having served in the Russian army in China.

Bismarck Tribune, 8/6/1901



Edwin, the 11-year old son of L. E. Heaton of Logan township, had a narrow escape from death Sunday night. He had been to church at McKenzie, and was on his way home on horseback. He had to cross the railroad track three miles east of McKenzie village. While crossing he was struck by the No. 3 passenger train. The horse was killed and the boy escaped death with a compound fracture of the leg and some bruises about the head. He was brought to the city and is now in the hospital.

Bismarck Tribune, 8/4/1908


No Politics Whatever in Bowen Tragedy, Says Eye Witnesses.

Beach, N. D., Aug 2.—Beach is much incensed today over alleged efforts to make political capital from the killing of M. K. Bowen, at his farm eighteen miles south of Beach, by E. W. Taylor, a constable of the same neighborhood, during an altercation of the replevening of cattle owned by D. R. Offley, a nearby rancher, which had been taken up by Bowen. Bowen was a prominent leaguer in the southern part of Golden Valley county, and Socialist agitators here are alleged to be endeavoring to make it appear that Bowen was murdered because of his politics. There are open threats of a necktie party, in which Taylor, who is confined in the county jail here, will feature, and promises of what Governor Frazier will do.

The Story.

The story as related by eyewitnesses of the shooting, D. R. Offley, owner of the cattle, and John Stark, a township constable, was to the effect that the party visited Bowen's place Thursday evening to recover some cattle which Bowen had taken up and which Offley had replevined. There were some words, it is said, over the condition of the cattle. Bowen, it is alleged, started for the barn in a high rage, in spite of efforts of Taylor and Stark to detain him. When he reappeared he was, it is alleged, pumping shells into a Winchester.

Constable Taylor swears that Bowen was aiming at him when he (Taylor) whipped an automatic and fired two shots at Bowen. This failed to stop Bowen, and, as he came on, Taylor, it is alleged, fired a third time. All of the shots, it was later discovered, took effect, but the third shot evidently was the one which caused Bowen's death.

Attracted to a window in her home by the shooting, Mrs. Bowen, it is said, began to fire upon Offley, Taylor and Stark with a rifle. The trio then took to their heels, and as rapidly as possible proceeded to Beach, where they reported the tragedy. Sheriff John Piersina and the county coroner went to the scene of the shooting late last night and made as thorough an investigation as possible. This afternoon an inquest is being conducted, at which Mrs. Bowen and neighbors and witnesses of the shooting will be called upon to testify.

There has been bad blood for some time, it is said, between Bowen and Offley and other of his neighbors. The affair has created intense excitement here, and the killing is fast developing into a bitter partisan issue, although friends of Taylor insist that he fired only in self-defense and that his act had no political significance.

Grand Forks Herald, 8/2/1919


MOTT, N. D., July 3.—While bathing in the Cannon Ball river, Lloyd, the 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Van Houten, was drowned, after being seized with cramps. The boys were too frightened to give the alarm promptly and ilt {sp} was nearly a half hour before the body was recovered. For a time it was not learned who the boy was and when it was rumored that the boy in the water was Lloyd, his mother was taken to where his clothing lay. She took one look and fainted.

Devils Lake Weekly World, 7/5/1912

Hobos are foaging {sp} in the houses about Fargo. A party of them captured a calf and held an old fashioned barbecue.

Bismarck Tribune, 8/1/1902

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