This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: September 25

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Horace Goodhue Jr. opens a prep school in Northfield with twenty-three students. The institution is first known as Northfield College, but a generous donation from William Carleton of Charlestown, Massachusetts, inspired its later name, Carleton College.


Generals Oliver O. Howard, Daniel Sickles, Alexander Stewart, and Russel Alger speak against the silver standard, a Populist platform, and in support of William McKinley, to an audience of about 6,000 at St. Paul's Auditorium. On their speaking tour of the Northwestern states, the generals also stop in Le Sueur, Little Falls, Mankato, St. Peter, and Willmar.


Ironton thug John Henry Seadlund and accomplice James Atwood Gray kidnap Charles Sherman Ross in Chicago. The kidnappers demand a $50,000 ransom from their hideout near Emily, Minnesota. In the end, Seadlund murders Ross and Gray at a location north of Spooner, Wisconsin. Seadlund would be captured at a racetrack in California and executed by order of the state of Illinois in 1938.