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Boys will be boys


On this date in 1909, three Ramsey County boys between the ages of 12 and 15 decided they had enough of living at their parents' farms.

They headed out from Grand Harbor, loaded down with blankets and shot guns, and traveled as far as Churchs Ferry. However, the town marshal, warned of their approach, threw the three boys in jail to teach them a lesson. To top it off, he took them home as soon as possible...leaving at three o'clock the next morning!

It was reported that the boys seemed glad to be back after their ordeal...although they were still waiting to find out if they would end their worldly travels, and their trip to jail, with a tanned hide.

Dakota Datebook written by Sarah Walker


The Daily Journal, Monday, September 27, 1909