A MERCHANT SHOT
CROONQUIST OF KENSAL SHOT BY A HOBO BUT MAY RECOVER
SHERIFF EDDY RETURNED WITH THE MEN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING.
Saturday night the town of Kensal was thrown into a state of excitement by the shooting of one of its oldest residents and merchants of the town, Mr. Croonquist. It is reported that two hobos got into some difficulty near the railroad stock yards and Croonquist, who was looking for the authors of an attempt to rob his store which had occurred during the week, went over to the scene of the hobo mix-up and in the scrimmage was shot in the neck by one of the men. The wound is said not to be a fatal one and it is expected that the merchant will recover.
A later report says that Mr. Croonquist was shot twice, one bullet taking effect in his lip and the other in the neck. In addition to this crime the gang held up a number of other men and relieved them of their watches and money. Croonquist's boy who had gone after a cow in the outskirts of town, was also robbed and it is reported that $7 were taken from the boy and the loss of this sum was what led his father to make a search for the men who had taken the boy's money and thus to get into the clutches of the toughest crowd that has visited the place for some time although the town is frequented by a rough contingent who drift along the Soo road. It is reported that 12 persons in all were held up and various sums taken from them by the same gang of outlaws. Four of those so robbed, only contributed 37 cents to the robbers.
Jamestown Weekly Alert, 9/29/1904
Merchant Croonquist of Kensal had the bullet of a highwayman cut out of his body and carries it for a pocket piece.
Emmons County Record, 10/14/1904