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Bob Lind, Published July 04 2012

Lind: Star-crossed lovers’ tale of woe in ND ends in murder

Once again, Forum readers have come through. This time it’s in response to a Neighbors item requesting information about an incident that occurred in 1897 in Inkster, N.D.

The story said Mary Luxton and Ole Halverson, both of Inkster, were going together but broke up, and one day Mary shot and wounded Ole.

A clipping about it from an old newspaper was sent to Neighbors from someone wondering what happened to these two.

Two readers, Jackie Marler, Fargo, and Brittany (Hage) Hatting, Vermillion, S.D., came up with the answers.

Researching old newspaper files on the Web, they found that Ole died from his wounds.

Mary went on trial for his murder, but was acquitted.

The newspaper story said that Mary was “very ill,” adding that, “her condition since her trial has amply sustained the decision of the jury that, at the time the terrible deed was committed, the girl was deranged and was irresponsible for her acts.”

Mary, who was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1873, lived with her sister, Emma (Mrs. Andrew) Morgan, in Hope, N.D., after the trial.

The story also says, “One of the pathetic features of the case is the fact that, during her illness, she (Mary) has been nursed and carefully waited on by Mrs. Halverson,” the mother of Mary’s slain boyfriend.

Mary eventually returned to Ontario to live with her mother.

Thanks to Jackie and Brittany for researching this.

Brittany, by the way, writes that she has “been intrigued by the articles regarding the star-crossed lovers from Inkster.”

Brittany, a law student at the University of South Dakota, grew up in Colfax, N.D.


A more upbeat story carried here concerned Roy Pedersen’s man-on-the-street program for WDAY Radio years ago.

Ron Fredrickson, Roseville, Calif., and formerly of Alice, N.D., writes that Dave Henley also hosted a man-on-the-street program for WDAY in the early 1940s.

Dave interviewed people in front of the Greyhound bus depot on NP Avenue, Ron says.

The last Neighbors heard, Dave was living in Bozeman, Mont.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to (701) 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com