FARMER WHO TRIED TO CREMATE SELF DIES AT CROSBY
Crosby, N. D., March 20.—Ben P. Wallen, the farmer who attempted to cremate himself in his own home near Fortuna while in a demented condition and wishing to avoid arrest by the authorities, died in this city a few days after the ordeal. Everything possible to relieve the suffering of the man was done, but as he was 35 miles from a physician at the time he was burned and as it was necessary to drive that entire distance by team on a cold day before attention could be given him, he gradually grew worse until the end came.
Wallen was one of the early homesteaders in this county, and farmed extensively for several years. He was thought to be in fairly comfortable circumstances.
Grand Forks Herald, 3/20/1920