Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24, 1882: Charles Thurber

Today we travel to a lynching in the Dakota Territory in 1882. This lynching i brought to us through the pages of the Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye (Burlington, Iowa) dated October 26, 1882:

The Outrages of a Beastly Black Brute.

Chicago, Oct. 24.—A Grand Forks, D. T., special says:  Yesterday Charles Lurbane, a negro barber, met a Norwegian girl on the road and ravished her in the most brutal manner. He rode on about a mile, entered the house of Conductor Sam Burbank, of the Manitoba road, and outraged Mrs. Burbank. A party saw the first deed, and started in pursuit. At Burbank's house they killed his horse, but the black brute escaped, flourishing a knife. Two parties are now in pursuit. The negro undoubtedly will be lynched, if caught.


Grand Forks, D. T., Oct. 24.—Charles Thurber, the negro who outraged Mrs. Burbank and the Norwegian girl near Norton, Dakota territory, yesterday, was taken from jail to-day by a mob of two thousand strong and lynched.

I originally found this lynching through I went in search of it through papers afterwards. If you would like to read the article where I first found this lynching you can find it here.
Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder. 

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