The Douglas County News, Thursday, August 16, 1883, p. 1, col. 2.
SHOT AND KILLED.
On Monday evening L. F. Kapphahn of Leaf Valley came to Alexandria and surrendered to the sheriff saying he had shot and killed a man the evening before in self defense. Coroner McEwan and County Attorney Jenkins started for the scene of the tragedy the next morning and upon arrival impaneled the following jury: J. H. Abbott, S. Blodget, C.S. Hoxie, L.D. Peck, C. Froeming and Has. West. As near as we can get the particulars they are substantially as follows: Sunday afternoon there was a gathering of neighbors at the house of John Lehan, and Samuel Thompson and Martin Niemvhenske, who was in the employ of Mr. Thompson, got into a dispute about Martin letting a team of Mr. Thompsonâ€™s run away a few days before. Martin threatened to kill Thompson and then Thompson went home and secured his Winchester rifle and returned. In the meantime Martin has disappeared. When Thompson started for home between six and seven oâ€™clock Arimont and Kapphahn went with him to protect him in case of an attack from Martin. When passing along the road about half a mile south of school house in the district 28, Martin sprang from from the brush flourishing a dirk knife and made for Thompson. Kapphahn stepped between them and struck Martin with his fist knocking him down. Martin then started for Kapphahn and he seized the rifle from Thompson and shot Martin in the breast. Martin turned partly around and reached behind as though to get a revolver and Kapphahn fired again killing him instantly.
After hearing the evidence in the case the jury returned the following verdict: â€œThat Martin Niemvhenske came to his death Aug. 12, 1883, between 6 and 7 oâ€™clock pm., about half a mile south of school in district No. 28, Leaf Valley, Douglas county, by being shot twice in the breast with a Winchester rifle by Louis Kapphahn of Leaf Valley, in self defense.â€
Very little is known of the deceased. On his person was found a policy of insurance for $4,500 in the Detroit Mutual Benefit Association, and a warranty deed for lot 6, block 15, in Avon, Minnesota, several tax receipts and a memorandum book. As the matter will probably be brought to the attention of the Grand Jury we refrain from any comments at this time.
Transcribed from microfilm copy of newspaper at Minnesota History Center,St. Paul, MN