Well Known Colored Porter Dies of Exposure at Fargo.
Fargo.—The body of Bill Ford, the colored hotel porter and well known about the city for years as one of Fargo's familiar characters, was found frozen to death about 100 feet south of the old waterworks station in Island Park.
The old fellow, who was about 65 years old, had been missing for four days from his customary haunts and in his clothes was found a bottle of whisky. It is believed he had been on a four days' drunk and fell down in the park where he was frozen in a drunken stupor. The chief besetting sin of the old man was too much drink and his habit was to absent himself for several days at a time when on one of his debauches.
Turtle Mountain Star, 12/19/1912