In May of 1912 there was a murder in Rail Prairie, Morrison County (now part of Scandia Valley Township). Here's the account of the murder from the
PJ article, May, 1912. Jeanette Page, 52, wife of Freeman Page, died on her way home from Sunday school that day a hundred years ago.
Later, in September, when the election for Sheriff was heating up, the incumbent posted this article in the Pierz Journal to refute what his opponent was saying about his extravagant ways with YOUR money.
Politics never changes, huh?
I'm posting the article not because of the murder, but because it's an amazing and unexpected snapshot of that point in time--how available the telephone was or wasn't, how much a hotel room and train travel cost, that 'livery' meant renting a car OR renting horses, and that bus routes existed in Morrison back then. It's interesting too that the sheriff's "aids" were paid $3.00 a day, including one Mack Rail, whose family the township was named after.