The two-year-old daughter of James Sutherland of Fargo fell from a second story window and broke a leg and loosened several teeth. It is thought she will recover.

Bismarck Tribune, 4/25/1900


Attempted Suicide.

Fargo, N.D., March 17.—Josephine Balke, a domestic, attempted suicide by drinking carbolic acid at the Flamer house last night. The doctors are uncertain as to her recovery. She claims that Carl Rudd, an engineer, betrayed her and upon her upbraiding him for not marrying her, he told her that she had better take poison. This she did, Rudd making no effort to prevent her. Rudd will be held by the police for further developments. He denies the woman's statements.

Jamestown Weekly alert, 3/23/1899

Carl Rudd, of Fargo, the alleged betrayer of Josephine Balke, who attempted suicide with carbolic acid, has skipped the town, a day or two before he was to have married the girl.

Bismarck Tribune, 3/30/1899



Kensal, N.D., April 13.—O. B. Johnson, 67, was burned to death when trapped by a fire which destroyed the Kensal livery barn.

aMrtin {sp} Christensen, proprietor of the barn, narrowly escaped death, being awakened by the movements of a frightened cat which was trying to get out of the office where he slept.

The loss, estimated at $10,000, is partially covered by insurance.

Bismarck Tribune, 4/13/1921



Walks Half a Mile With a Scantling Among His Ribs.

Sandstone, Minn., March 20.—John Whittaker walked half a mile from his mill to his home with a piece of scantling three feet long sticking through his side. The scantling was thrown against a circular saw and hurled back against him, the end striking him above the third rib and piercing his side, without fatal results.

Ward County Independent, 3/25/1903



Salesman Dies Suddenly.

J. B. Silver, traveler for a cigar factory, died suddenly last Saturday while in a sleigh en route from Grano to Lansford.

A young woman school teacher from Grano, bound for Minot, was in the sleigh with Silver and the driver. The men had been drinking. Silver suddenly lurched forward and fell out upon the snow dead.

The driver took the man's body to the side of a shack and drove on to Lansford, spreading the news. Silver's body, cold in death, was soon taken to Lansford.

The man had taken the place of Mr. Davies, who died suddenly at Crary only three weeks ago. Both men were well known in Minot.

Ward County Independent, 3/14/1907



Margaret, 4-year-old daughter of Carl Dessinger, head miller of the Hebron Roller Mills, is dead from burns sustained when her clothing caught fire, according to information reaching here today.

She was visiting her grandmother Mrs. Hauser, several miles northwest of Hebron, and while watching men burn off the stubble field, got in the path of the flames. Her clothing caught fire. Her grandmother rushed to her rescue, and was badly burned in the attempt, but will recover.

The little girl's body was horribly burned. She lived for two days after the accident, suffering terribly.

Bismarck Tribune, 4/8/1921


"Wrinkle Meat" Nearly Killed Fred Willman 31 Years Ago

Fred J Willman informs the Independent that he was well acquainted with John N Smith, known as "Wrinkle Meat," the aged Minnesota Indian who died recently. Smith was credited with being 132 years old at the time of his death, tho good authority it was learned that he was probably less than a hundred. "Wrinkle Meat" once came near killing Mr. Willman, who was employed as a guide for Chicago parties at the lakes in Northern Minnesota. Mr. Willman and a friend where coming around a bend in the lake in a birch bark canoe at dusk and the old Indian was on the bank, looking for deer. He saw the canoe and at first thot {sp} it was a deer, He pulled up his rifle and was about to shoot when he heard the men talking. This was 31 years ago and Mr. Willman said the old man appeared to be about 70 years old at that time.

Ward County Independent, 3/9/1922


Joseph LaPorte Instantly Killed.

About 11:30 today Joseph LaPorte was killed in the G.N. yards, near the passenger depot. Mr. LaPorte had stepped down to the station to mail a letter on an east bonnd {sp} train and was crossing the main line track at the time of the accident. Passenger train No. 3 west bound was considerably late and was just pulling into the station, the pilot of No. 3's engine caught him and drew him under the wheels, killing him instantly. The head of the unfortunate man was nearly severed from the body and he was otherwise frightfully mangled.

Mr. LaPorte was a prominent business man of Minot, and had held several good positions in the government service. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was a kind father and loving husband. It is understood from reliable authority that Mr. LaPorte carried an insurance policy of $2,000 in the New York Life.

Acting Coroner Judge Murry impalled a jury and held an inquest over the remains this afternoon but up to going to press no verdict had been rendered.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 9:30 from the Catholic church under the auspices of that denomination.

Ward County Independent, 3/28/1903


Suicide Near Fergus Falls.

Fergus Falls, Minn, April 6.— Henry Arola, living near New York Mills, committed suicide by hanging himself to a tree. Arola was a Finlander aged 27 and a brother of the one who killed his father a few years ago while insane. Henry Arola was to have been married in a week and his affianced was the first to discover his body hanging.

Bismarck Tribune, 4/7/1892