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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thriller Thursday ~ Watchman Shot With His Own Gun

My great great uncle George Day was shot while on duty as a watchman on the Duluth docks here in Minnesota. This took place October 26, 1928.

I knew about his tragic death from family history and a distant cousin of mine had found one article at the Minnesota History Center which she shared on ancestry. I have been spending some time at the library to find newspaper articles about the shooting.

Duluth Minn Friday October 26 1928
Duluth Herald
Dock Watchman Slain Defending His Charge
George Day Murdered in Early Hours
On D., M. & N. Coal Dock
   George Day, aged 59, night watchman at the D. M. & N. coal dock, Twenty ninth avenue west and the bay front, was killed early this morning by bandits, who attempted to rob the tool house in the plant transformer building.
   Day was either shot in the left temple or clubbed to death with a large file in a desperate fight, which resulted in the apparent wounding of one of the bandits, who left blood trails over the dock. Two empty chambers in Day's gun gave evidence of his firing on the bandits in his attempt to drive them from the dock. Two empty chambers in Day's gun gave evidence of his firing on the bandits in his attempt to drive them from the dock.
   Evidence collected by the police indicated that Day surpised the bandits after they had broken the lock to the transformer shed and had removed a number of tools.
   Blood trails over the dock indicate that the things made their escape in a boat which evidently had been left by them at the end of the dock to be used to carrying away the loot.

   Police Find Clues

   Definite leads that may result in arrests were announced by police with the finding of two caps evidently lost by the bandits during the fight with the watchman; part of the rope which was used to tie the getaway boat to the dock a large heavy file and the right shoe of one of the bandits. The shoe covered with blood was further indication police believe, that Day succeeded in wounding one of the assilante. The rope was cut, giving indication of a hasty getaway in the boat.  
   Authorities are combing the water front seeking a boat with blood stains and other indications that may assist in locating the killers.

In Early Hours
   The murder of the night watchman occured some time between 3:30 and 4:30 o'clock this morning . Day had pulled his Western Union patrol box at 3:30 o'clock. When he failed to make his 4:30 pull Ray Murray, roundsman for the Western Union went to the dock and found Day's dead body lying near the transformer house.
   Joseph Kreisel, another watchman in the vicinity of the office buildings heard nothing of the fight or shots. He was informed of the death of Day by Murray after the latter had investigated.
   The murder and attempted robbery is believed by police to be the work of the same gang that robbed the tool house at the Elliot Packing company yesterday morning.  That the gang consisted of two or more was evidenced by signs left following the killing of Day.
   Dr. C. P. McComb, county corner, who investigated the murder this morning said that he could not determine whether Day had been shot or clubbed to death. The body was taken to Crawford mortuary pending an investigation. Dr. McComb was of the opinion that an inquest would not be necessary.
   The dead watchman had been employed on the coal docks as a watchman for ten years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters who make their home in St. Paul, and one son Curtis Day, employed as a craneman at the plan of the Minnesota Steel company in Morgan Park. For several years he made his home at the Western hotel, West End.

Come back to read other articles about my great great uncle George Day that I will be sharing in the days to come.
Thanks for stopping by.. Grace


TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY ~ Family Photo Of President John F Kennedy

For treasure chest Thursday I am sharing a family picture of President John F Kennedy that was taken in Duluth, Minnesota while he was campaigning for President. He visited Duluth in September 1960.
My family would of voted for President Kennedy and one of them took this picture.
I do not know who the other gentlemen are in this photo.
I found this picture among the family photos and know have it displayed among other family photos.

Hope that you enjoy seeing this great casual photo. Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Monday, April 11, 2011

Amanuensis Monday 06 Thomas Millsap 1746 Proclamation Issued By Lord Fairfax

Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch. Amanuensis Monday is a blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts.

8th December 1746 Augusta Co. Virginia
" Lord Fairfax issued a proclamation encouraging those persons who had settled upon his lands to continue thereon, and that they should have 400 acres for each settlement. A survey for Thomas was recorded 8th of December 1746 for 400 acres on a branch of Smith Creek.  Thomas received a land patent on the 5th September 1749 for this 400 acres from King George the 11 for which he paid 40 shillings. The land was located on a branch of Smith Creek in Augusta County, ( present day Rockingham County, Virginia), about 2 miles south of the present day town of New Market. The closest town during the time to Thomas' land was Tenth Legion about five miles to the south, with Staunton being about 15 miles to the south"
The following is the patent which was granted to Thomas Millsaps.
George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith-- TO ALL WHOM these Presents shall come Greeting. Know Ye that for divers good causes and considerations, but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of FORTY SHILLINGS of good and lawful money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia. We have given, granted, and confirmed and by these presents for us our heirs and successors do give grant and confirm unto Thomas Millsaps one certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres lying and being in the county of Augusta on a Branch of Smith Creek and bounded as followeth, to wit, Beginning at three Hiccory Saplins in a line of the land of Benjamin Borden and with the line of the same North twenty degrees east to two white oaks and north east one hundred poles to the dividing line between us and Lord Fairfax and with the same north forty six degrees west two hundred and forty poles to three pines. Thence south west two hundred and fifty poles and south forty six degrees east three hundred and twenty poles to the Beginning. With all woods, underwoods, swamps, marshes, longrounds, meadows, feeding and his due share of all veins, mines, and quarries as well discovered as not discovered within the bounds aforesaid and being apart of the said quanity of four hundred acres of land and the rivers, waters, and watercourses therein contained together with the privileges of hunting, hawking, fishing, fowling, and all other profits, commodities and hereditaments whatsoever to the same or any part thereof belonging or in anywise appertaining. To have, hold, possess and enjoy the said tract or parcel of land and all other the before granted premises and every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Thomas Millsaps and to his heirs and assigns for ever.  To be held of us our heirs and successors as of our manor of East Greenwich in the County of Kent in free and common soccage and not in Capite or by Knights Service yielding and paying unto us our heirs and successors for every fifty acres of land and so proportionately for a lesser or greater quantity than fifty acres the fee rent of one shilling yearly to be paid upon the feast of Saint Michael the Arch Angel and also cultivation and improving three acres part of every fifty of the tract above mentioned within three years after the date of these presents provided always that if three years of the said fee rent shall anytime be in arrear and unpaid or if the said Thomas Millsaps his heirs or assigns do not within the space of three years next coming after the date of these presents cultivate and improve three acres part of every fifty of the tract above mentioned then the estate hereby granted shall cease and be utterly determined and thereafter it shall and may be lawful to and for us our heirs and successors to grant the same lands and premises with the appurtenances unto such other person or persons as we our heirs and successors shall think fit. In witness whereof we have caused these our letters patent to be made: Witness our trusty and well beloved Thomas Lee, Esq. President of our Council and Commander in chief of our said Colony and Dominion at Williamsburgh under the seal of our said Colony the fifth day of September one thousand seven hundred and forty nine in the twenty third year of our reign.

Thomas Millsaps is my 6 x grandfather on my father's side. I will be sharing other records of Thomas in the future..