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Arthur and Tillie Dinnetz

Seven Persons - Once Hundred Sixty Acres and a Dream
As the Story was Told

Arthur and Tillie took the homestead south of Andrew Edwardson's. Tillie was Alma's only sister. They, too, came from North Dakota. They had two children, Earl and Edith, who were born about 1909 and in 1911. Art had a harness shop, repaired leather goods and sold such items, too. His father worked with him. At that time there was much demand for their services. They were congenial people and were quite popular in the village.

Unfortunately there was a tragedy in their home in 1914, that somehow bears telling. Tillie had taken Edith with her for a visit to the States, and Earl was left with his aunt, Alma Edwardson. In a state of depression, Art asked to take his son home one night. There he shot the boy and then himself. What a shock the Edwardsons had when they went to the house to see why no one was about the next day. They found a note which said, "There is no home without a mother." The family and the whole community were saddened by this catastrophe.

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