But WHY are we fixated on them here on HH?
Well, partly because they were written up in the Little Falls Herald and Transcript in those years and we can't RESIST any possible connections--to wit, another article from 1906 involving our old friend John Heach*.
But first, there was this article in the Herald--George (the elder bro) illustrated a couple pages for "Browning's Magazine", but all I could find was Browning's Industrial Magazine. I flipped page by page thru October, 1906, and there were no poems or interpretive drawings, just schematics and diagrams of machines. Sigh! If the right magazine is ever digitized, we'll add the drawings here for sure. Don't hold your breath.
*In the meantime, LOOK at the mystery we discovered:
"The old picture drawn by a few of our local artists, of John Heach, when he defeated a LaFond mob in Bares saloon on September 28, 1900, is again on exhibition in one of our lower town [Pierz] saloons. The picture was drawn right after the battle and beautifully framed and placed in Bares saloon at that time. Later it was placed in the American House [hotel] in Little Falls for about two years, after which it was again taken back to Pierz. Mr Heach thinks a great deal of the picture and will not allow the saloonkeeper to dispose of it for any money."
Yes, I can hear you thinking "fer dumb"...but isn't it kind of mystically providential that we discovered unknown (to us) artists in LF and then a mention of John Heach and a drawing of him that could still be around? Ok, ok, that's a real long shot, but wouldn't it be COOL if it was rolled up or among other pictures at the Weyerhaeuser, or in someone's attic or (horrors!) at a Pierz garage sale? It's possible, IF it's still around, that the owner has no idea what it depicts. We already have the staff at the Morrison County Historical Society alerted, and they're looking....cross your fingers, ok?
We'll post their answer and anything else we hear about it ☺, promise.