Dakota Datebook


Saturday, September 29, 2012


On this date in 1911, the local newspaper reported that two men there were arrested for fighting on Park Avenue in Sykeston, North Dakota.


The two men, Ernest Adams and Frank Howard, had been working on a threshing rig. The dispute arose after their boss paid them with one check, accidentally making it out to Frank Adams, the first name of one and the second name of the other.


Ernest Adams got hold of the check, cashed it, and spent it all—without splitting it with his partner: Hence the scrap.


In the end, Adams had to pay a $5 fine, and Frank Howard was released. The incident proved that when it comes to checks, especially in this case, two are better than one!


Dakota Datebook written by Sarah Walker



Sykeston Tribune, Sept. 29, 1911


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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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