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Missing McCord Found


An escaped patient of the North Dakota State Asylum was found on this day in 1916. The patient, Clarence McCord, escaped from the asylum five months earlier during a severe blizzard, and was believed to have frozen to death after a search party did not find him. Grand Forks County Judge was therefore surprised after receiving a call from Iowa informing him that McCord had been found in his childhood town months earlier. Since McCord escaped without any money in sub-zero temperatures, authorities could only guess how he managed to travel to Iowa. A couple weeks after arriving in Iowa, McCord caused a scene in Iowa during a fit of insanity and was sent to the Iowa State Asylum. Turns out, this was McCord’s second successful escape from the asylum; he escaped to Fergus Falls the previous summer for a few months.

-Jayme L. Job


Fargo Forum and Daily Republican. May 6, 1916: p. 2.