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Testifies for Husband in Divorce Suit Then Attempts to Murder the Wife.

Bismarck, N. D., July 1.—After appearing against her in a divorce suit which resulted in a verdict for her husband in McLean county district court at Washburn last week, Bob Carson of Washburn forced his way into Mrs. J. H. Graham's home in south Bismarck Monday evening, and finding her in the backyard, drew a revolver and shot her three times before the wounded woman's son could wrest the gun from him.

Following the shooting Carson was overpowered, the gun taken from him, and a police call sent in. When the officers reached the scene they found Mrs. Graham unconscious from wounds, and Carson with his face beaten almost to a pulp as the result of the rough handling received from Harry Barker, the woman's son, and Ames Olson, a neighbor. Carson was removed to the county jail, while Mrs. Graham, in a serious condition, was taken to the hospital. She was shot through the back, one arm, and in her neck.

Mrs. Graham's husband secured a divorce in McLean county district court last week. Seen in the cell at the county jail Monday night, Carson stated he had testified for Graham, having been subpoenaed by the latter. He stated that he had known Mrs. Graham from childhood, their friendship beginning years before her first marriage when she was Miss Eva Webber.

Grand Forks Herald, 7/1/1919

Carson Commits Suicide in Cell

washburn man who pleaded guilty to assault on mrs. graham dies

Bob Carson of Washburn, awaiting sentence in the Burleigh County jail on his plea of assault upon Mrs. Graham, with a deadly weapon, hung himself with a towel to the door of his cell between breakfast and dinner time Monday August 4th.

Carson was his usual self at breakfast time. His body, stone cold, was found hanging to the door of his cell when Sheriff Welch went into call him for dinner. Two other men occupying the same block, knew nothing of the tragedy until the Sheriff's discovery was made. Welch at once cut the man down and called Dr. C. E. Stackhouse, County physician. but life was extinct.

was old love affair

According to Carson's confession made the night of June 20, following his assault upon Mrs. Graham, the attack grew out of an old love affair. Carson, who had known Mrs. Graham since girlhood, had only a week before testified for her husband in a divorce action which resulted in a verdict for the latter. When Carson came to Bismarck to call upon Mrs. Graham, she turned him away from her door. Carson then purchased a 38 calibre revolver from a Bismarck dealer, went to the Graham home south of the tracks, forced his way past Harry Barker, the woman's son by a former marriage, and discovering Mrs. Graham in the back yard opened fire on her. Three shots had taken effect before Barker overtook his mother's assailant and felled him. Badly beaten Carson was taken into custody by police and imprisoned. Mrs. Graham was removed to a local hospital, where she still remains. It was owing to doubt as to her ultimate recovery that Judge Nuessle upon accepting Carson's plea last week with held sentence.

Carson had been a model prisoner, but Sheriff Welch states that he brooded much over his act and that he was apparently wrecked with remorse and fears that his victim might not recover. He seemed, it is said, to worry less over the penalty which he must pay should Mrs. Graham die than over the pain which he had caused her, apparently he was deeply infatuated with the woman, whom he had known for years at Washburn, during her residence with her former husband, Barker, following the divorce from him, and as Mrs. Graham.

"Carson was a frequent caller at our house when I was a boy," said Harry Barker recently. "I always liked the fellow. He was the last man in the world I would have expected to shoot anyone, least of all my mother."

Mrs. Graham is not yet out of danger. Three bad wounds were inflicted in her neck, back, and one shoulder, and complications have prevented a speedy recover. Mrs. Graham is slowly improving.

Washburn Leader, 8/15/1919

A "deaf and dumb" fakir got an overdose of booze at Bottineau and talked like a sewing society.

Bowbells Tribune, 6/15/1906

Accidental Shooting

Mrs. Simon Lookingback of Little Eagle, was shot in the back accidentally during an early morning parade incident on the two day Fourth of July celebration Saturday. The injured woman was rushed to the hospital in Mobridge, and reports are that she will recover. The shooting was purely accidental, and there will be no prosecution.—McLaughlin Messenger.

Sioux County Pioneer, 7/17/1919

Misses Rowena and Melina Arnette, the little daughters of Hon. F. G. Arnette, are mourning the death of a very faithful riding pony. The little girls, dressed in Indian costume rode the pony in the parade the Fourth of July. It had been a gift from Mr. John Archer, a well known old-timer.

Grand Forks Herald, 7/13/1916

Drank Poison.

Tuesday afternoon about 3, a stranger was found dead in a box car near the depot, and about 8 another, also unknown, was found dead in Ward's barn. Coroner Baker and undertaker Washburn took them in charge awaiting identification.

Later: Coroner Baker gained information that one of the unfortunates is John McCarthy, who came over with Mr. Kingsman's horses from Hillsboro, as an attendant. He was about 28 years old and his home is in New York City.

The other's name is Harry Moore who came over with Mr. Champline's horses from Langdon. He was about 40 years of age and little is known of him; residence unknown.

It appears that the two men were old cronies, and had not seen each other for several years. When they met here a reunion was on tap. Hope being a "dry" town they could get nothing to drink, so helped themselves to a bottle or two of wood-alcohol and witch-hazel, a mixture prepared to bathe their horse's legs, and very poisonous. They no doubt were ignorant of this fact.

Their funerals occurred at 9 o'clock yesterday morning.

Hope Pioneer, 6/28/1900

Crazed Over Religion.

Crazed over religion, Mrs. Sarah Allen, wife of John Allen, residing at Grand Forks, threatened the life of Mrs. J. Wagar. Armed with a big butcher knife, she chased Mrs. Wagar to her home. Mrs. Wagar barricaded the doors and called the police. Mrs. Allen was taken in charge and at a hearing was adjudged insane. She was taken to the asylum at Jamestown, accompanied by Sheriff Hanson and a daughter of the unfortunate woman. Mrs. Allen is sixty-two years old.

Golden Valley Chronicle, 6/6/1907

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