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Pure Oil fuel station scene of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota murder
Pure Oil fuel station scene of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota murder
TitlePure Oil fuel station scene of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota murder
Date of Original1954-12-19
CreatorOlson, Cal, 1924-2009
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionExterior of a Pure Oil automobile service station, taken in winter with snow on the ground. Gasoline pumps are visible in the foreground, and Christmas trees are lined up along the side of the building. Several men are standing beside the gasoline pumps.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectCity & Town Life
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Automobile service stations
Gasoline pumps
Christmas trees
Organization NamePure Oil Company
LocationPelican Rapids (Minn.)
Otter Tail County (Minn.)
United States
Item Number2098.s629
Negative Number2098.s629
Format of OriginalAcetate negatives
Safety film negatives
Dimensions of Original6 x 6 cm.
Publisher of OriginalForum Publishing Company (Fargo, N.D.)
Place of PublicationFargo (N.D.)
Transcription"Scene of tragedy - This Pure Oil filling station in Pelican Rapids was the scene of a double crime Saturday night, when its co-owner was killed and the money till robbed of $195 and a $5 check." - caption with image published in The Fargo Forum, December 20, 1954, p. 6.
NotesTitle supplied by staff.
Biography/HistoryRodney Gilberts, a Pure Oil filling station operator in Pelican Rapids, Minn. was gunned down on December 18, 1954, by Donald Lee Fruhrman, during robbery. Fruhrman made off with about $195 from the cash register. Shortly after the robbery Gilberts body was discovered by a trucker, Calmer Kjono. Upon approaching the station, Mr. Kjono had noticed a young man leave the station and get into a Cadillac automobile parked nearby. Mr. Kjono's approached the car, and as he reached for the door a shot rang out and Mr. Kjono was wounded in the left hand. Mr. Fruhrman then sped off in the car, shooting at Mr. Kjono as he drove away. Mr. Kjono then summoned authorities who formed a posse, and Donald Fruhrman was captured three hours later on a road five miles northwest of town where he had run out of gas.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionCal Olson Photograph Collection 2098
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2098.s629)
Rights ManagementCopyright held by Institute for Regional Studies.
Digital IDco000194
Original SourceNegative
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