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The Murder of William Olson
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Chapter XXXIX
p. 1242

William Olson, a transient laborer, was shot in a holdup in a box car at Bird Island, Sept. 4, 1913. With two other laborers he was aroused from sleep and his money demanded. Details of the affair are lacking except that Olson was shot twice from the effects of which he died a short while later. Night watchmen at the depot followed a retreating figure, but he escaped in the darkness. The murderer has never been apprehended.

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