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LaPorte Argus-Bulletin, Tuesday, 16 December, 1902
A Falling Piece of a Sausage Grinder Inflicts Wound Which Causes Death
Coroner Bowell is holding an inquest this afternoon on the body of Peter Gunness, who died about 3 o'clock this morning from an injury on the head which he received about 11 o'clock last night at his home about a mile north of this city.

Gunness, according to the story of Mrs. Gunness, who is a bride of but a few months, went into the kitchen at the hour above named, to get his shoes that he might go out of doors. The shoes were close beside the kitchen range. In stooping down to get the shoes a heavy piece of metal, the knife attachment of a sausage grinder, fell from the shelf of the stove striking him in the back of the head, producing an ugly wound. The piece of metal in falling overturned a receptacle filled with boiling water, and in addition to the wound in the head Gunness was burned about the neck.

Gunness did not lose consciousness and he was able to go back to bed, and making but little complaint the wife and family were in ignorance of the gravity of the case. Several hours after the accident it became apparent that Gunness was dying and a messenger was dispatched to the city for Dr. Bowell. He was dead when the physician arrived.

Gunness was married to his present wife in April of this year, Dr. Moor officiating. He came here from Minneapolis.

Coroner Bowell's postmortem will likely throw light on the sudden death.

Wanted, at Once, Girls For Wives
Five hundred girls from this vicinity are wanted in North Dakota. They are promised first-class homes, first-class husbands--supplied on a moment's notice--and a happy life.

The offer is now open and the early birds will make the best catches. By the middle of the winter all of the handsome young men will be taken, and there will remain only the "picked over lot."

The above word comes from J. R. Walters, who went to North Dakota about a year ago. In a letter written home he says that everyone up there is prosperous, money can be made fast, life is comfortable, but the young bachelors with large farms, find great difficulty in finding housekeepers.

Mr. Walters says among other things:

"To the working man wages are good here and there is plenty of work to do. We want more American citizens and we can use more American ladies also. The bachelors told me to write for 500 Hoosier girls. They all have farms and want housekeepers and I guess they are telling the truth, for I have talked with a great many of them since I have been here."

LaPorte Argus-Bulletin, Thursday, 18 December, 1902
The Funeral Is Postponed
The funeral of Peter Gunness was not held this afternoon. This morning the decision was reached to change the hour to 10 o'clock tomorrow morning at which time Dr. Moor, who officiated at the marriage of the couple last April, will conduct the services at the home north of the city. Burial will take place in Pine Lake cemetery.

Coroner Bowell also reached the decision not to hold the inquest today. He will take evidence tomorrow but his finding will not likely be made a matter for publicity until the day following. There is a disposition on the part of the authorities to make thorough inquiry into the manner in which Gunness received his injuries, with a view of rendering a finding that will be in accord with the facts as revealed by the evidence adduced at the inquest.

The replies to telegrams sent to brothers of Gunness living in Wisconsin indicate that they will arrive here tonight.

There is more than passing public interest in this case with its strange features and the opinions of physicians in regard to the injury received by Gunness.

LaPorte Argus-Bulletin, Friday, 19 December, 1902
Coroner Bowell Holds the Inquest in the Case of Peter Gunness
Dr. George C. Moor, who spoke the words which united in marriage Peter Gunness and Bella Sorenson on the first day of last April, this morning conducted the last earthly rites over the body of Mr. Gunness. The funeral service was held at 10 o'clock at the family home over which the pall of gloom and seeming mystery was thrown in the early hours of Monday morning.

Coroner Bowell began the taking of evidence last evening. The inquiry into the cause of death and the circumstances surrounding the accident was exhaustive and . . .

Michigan City Evening Dispatch, Thursday, 4 March, 1909
A Gunness Egg.
O. E. Bosserman of Laporte has a hen's egg on exhibition in his window which weighs 6 ounces and measures 7¾ inches in circumference one way and 8½ inches the other way. The hen that laid the egg is owned by Wm. Diesslin, but was formerly owned by Mrs. Bella Gunness.

     No, these are by no means meant to put forth any meaningful picture of the Belle Gunness case. These are simply several short articles which I happened across while looking for material on other historical topics.
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