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Tango Troubles


There’s always been something to blame for our marital problems. In the Garden of Eden, it was a juicy red apple, and later another fruit – the fruit of the vine – became the downfall of many-a-poor-marriage.

A while back, a Jamestown man decided the problem was something else. On this date in 1914 the Hansboro News reported, “The tango and other newfangled dances are blamed by Martin L. Whitney...for his family troubles, which include the mysterious departure of his wife from the town of Ypsilanti, and the arrest of Fred Jorgenson, who was bound over to district court to await trial on charges preferred by Whitney.”

Source: Hansboro News. September 4, 1914.

Dakota Datebook written by Merry Helm