- 1865 Illinois Census, Dunleith
Household headed by John M. Daggett. Household includes 3 males under age 20 (Walter Scott, Harry Bertram, William Smith); 3 females age 10-20 (Carmen Belmon and 2 unknown females); 2 females age 20-30 (unknown females); 1 female age 30-40 (wife Martha); and 1 male age 40-50 (John M.)
1870 Census, Town of Dunleith, County of Jo Daviess, State of Illinois
Household headed by John M. Daggett, 50 yo, Justice of the Peace, born in Maine. Matilda, 37 yo female. Carmine, 17 yo female. Harry, 13 yo male. Willie, 7 yo male. Wallace, 1 yo male.
1880 Census, West Point Township, District 113, Butler County, Iowa
Household headed by J.M. Daggett, 62 yo, RR Station Agent at Allison, born in Maine, father born in Rhode Island, mother born in Maine. Martha M. Daggett, 47 yo female, keeping house, born in Maine, both of her parents born in Maine. William, 16 yo male, Clerk in RR Station, born in Illinois. Wallace, 11 yo male, born in Illinois.
From The History of Butler and Bremer County, Iowa, page 766:
The Brass Band of Allison was organized in August, 1881, consisting of the following musicians: F.L. Dodge, leader, E flat cornet; G.L. Anderson, first B flat cornet; Henry Farnum, second B flat cornet; C.W. Lewis, first alto; Will Corwin, second alto; M. Weires, first tenor; Will Daggett, second tenor; W.E. Hyde, baritone; Ed. Lincoln, tuba; James Gillen, bass drum; Zena Thomas, snare drum...There has been but little change in the band, and its members have become very proficient in the use of their instruments.
- 1887 St. Paul City Directory
Wm. S. Daggett, tel opr St P M & M Ry, res e s Robert bet 8th and 9th
1888 St. Paul City Directory
Wm. S. Daggett, Clk C St P M & O Ry, rooms 600 Jackson
St. Paul Daily Globe, 22 Dec 1888
John Cook, the Minneapolis postoffice robber, who was tried in the United States district court about a month ago for being implicated in the Minneapolis robber in 1886, was taken by Deputy Marshal Daggett to Chicago last evening on an indictment found against him for having the stolen stamps in his possession in Illinois.
1889 St. Paul, Minnesota city directory
John M. Daggett, ins agt, res 265 W 5th
Wallace M. Daggett, clk C St P & K C Ry, bds 265 W 5th
Wm S Daggett, Dep U S Marshall, bds 265 W 5th
St. Paul Daily Globe, 29 Mar 1889
At about 11 o'clock night before last, Deputy United States Marshal Daggett, of St. Paul, and Detective Joe Lawrence, of the Minneapolis police force, arrested in his room, at 2000 Franklin avenue, a man who gave his name as Luther S. Brown. He is fifty-four years old, or more, married, and engaged in the silverplating business. The charge against him is that of manufacturing counterfeit money, and the evidence against him is apparently too conclusive to admit of doubt...A fact that lends additional interest to the case is that United States Commissioner R.R. Odell, of Minneapolis, and Deputy Marshall Daggett, of St. Paul, had a very spirited misunderstanding as to whether the man should be arraigned here or in the town down the river. Commissioner Odell held that the law was plainly to the effect that a person arrested by a federal officer on a government charge should be arraigned before the nearest commissioner. Mr. Daggett disagreed with him, and finally took the prisoner to St. Paul, where he will have an examination this morning.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 31 Mar 1889
Luther S. Brown, the counterfeiter captured in Minneapolis last Wednesday night by Deputy United States Marshal Daggett, was before Commissioner McCafferty yesterday afternoon for a preliminary hearing...For the benefit of R.R. Odell, of Minneapolis, who glories in the title of United States commissioner, and whose presumption impelled him on to an uncalled for and very unprofessional attack upon Deputy Marshall Daggett on the evening of the capture of Brown, the authorities at this end, the judicial seat of this district, feel called upon to show the folly of Mr. Odell in commanding the officer in the manner he did. It has been voiced in the various journals that Deputy Daggett, shortly after he arrested Brown, was met in Minneapolis by Commissioner Odell, and the latter learning that suchan arrest had been made, engaged Daggett into an argument as to what commission should hear Brown's case. Deputy Daggett was instructed by Marshall Campbell to arrest his man and bring him to St. Paul; so when Odell appeared upon the scene and tried to make the deputy believe that since the arrest was made in this (Odell's) district, the prisoner should be heard before him. Daggett declined to recognize Odell in the matter, and vowed he would bring his prisoner to St. Paul...[In a statement from Daggett's boss and the US District attorney]: "Deputy Daggett was directed to make the arrest, bring his man to St. Paul, where the district attorney could investigate the case...The district attorney is the only person who can exercise the power of issuing processes against United States prisoners..."
St. Paul Daily Globe, 7 Apr 1889
United States Marshal Campbell and Deputy Marshal Daggett have been doing some very effective work in hunting down the violators of Uncle Sam's laws. Only a few days since they invaded a counterfeiters' den in Minneapolis and captured the principal, and our local columns this morning contain the account of the clever capture of a clerk in the railway mail service who had been taking improper liberties with other people's letters on the route between this city and Council Bluffs. the services of such efficient officers are appreciated by the public.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 14 Jul 1889
(part of a long article in the Sunday paper about "personalities in shirts, and how various individuals express it")
Deputy Marshal Daggett has rented a shirt for the season. It looks a little fatigued now, but that is nothing, because the stripes run north and south and soon the garment will brace up on these.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 28 Aug 1889
A domestic scandal in aristocratic circles has been brought to light by the arrest of Mrs. John H. Willoughby, the wife of the well-known railroad agent. Monday night about 10 o'clock United States Deputy Marshal Daggett presented himself at Mrs. Willoughby's beautiful College avenue residence and placed the lady of the house under arrest. The warrant, which was sworn out by Mr. Willoughby's brother, charged Mrs. Millie Willoughby with violation of the postal laws by sending obscene letters and postal cards through the mails. The obscene matter consisted of certain letters written by Mrs. Willoughby to Mrs. S.E. Willoughby, her mother-in-law. In the letters Mrs. Willoughby attacks the moral character of her husband, and asserts that his depravity is partly due to the training of his mother.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 19 Oct 1889
Luther S. Brown, charged with counterfeiting, is on trial in the United States district court. He was captured by Deputy Marshal Daggett at Minneapolis last February. A coining mold and a quantity of spurious silver dollars were found in his apartments at the time of the arrest.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 3 Nov 1889
Maj. Daggett, the United States deputy marshal, formerly made his bread and butter while most people slept. He was one of the vast army of men who work nights in this Northwestern metropolis. In those days the major lived in a furnished room, and every morning about 8 o'clock, as he entered his apartment he found it in splendid condition. He lived contented in his bachelor way until one cold morning he went home unusually early and found his bed occupied. The intrusion somewhat exasperated the major. He was in a hurry to go to bed, but didn't like the idea of "doubling up" with a stranger. He gave the man in bed a sharp punch in the ribs which awakened him.
"What are you doing in my bed?" demanded the major.
But in reply the stranger simply stared at Daggett.
"Get out o' that. You've got lots o' nerve to come in a fellow's room and go to bed. Get up," shouted the major.
But not a word came from the stranger, who seemed just as astonished as Daggett. Finally the man got out of bed, took a pad of paper and a pencil from his coat pocket and wrote the following message to Daggett: "I'm deaf and dumb. Be merciful and don't scare me to death. You can have what little money I've got if you'll get out of my room."
Daggett read the message, shouted a few words which would melt these type, and wrote as follows to the mute: "You are mistaken. This is not your room. I've slept in this room for six months and paid the rent."
Quite a correspondence followed between the two. Both were obstinate. Both claimed to have paid the rent of the room, and both "kicked" for possession. Finally the landlady was called in to settle the dispute.
"Why Mr. Daggett," she said, "it's just this way. You're never in your room nights and I didn't think you would care if I let this man sleep here at night time. We always have the bed made up before you come in. But, of course, if you have any ---"
"Oh, you're making too much money out of rooms," murmured Daggett as he started out to look for new quarters.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 18 Dec 1889
Deputy Marshal W.S. Daggett did not go to Minneapolis yesterday to appear before the district court in answer to the charge of larceny of two pictures; and it is doubtful if he will ever be expected to do so. Attorney General Miller has instructed District Attorney Baxter to do what was necessary to defend Daggett in the case, as he had merely acted in accordance with instructions of the government in seizing all evidences that could be used for the purpose of identification, when arresting a person on the charge of counterfeiting. The seizing of Browns' pictures, it is claimed, was justifiable; and it is, probably, owing to the fact that one of them is among the collection at the rogues' gallery, which causes the action by Brown in preferring the charge of larceny. It is thought that, since the government has taken hold of the defense, that the prosecution will go no further.
1890 St. Paul city directory
John M. Daggett, ins agt, 155 E Congress
Wallace Daggett, clk C St P & K C Ry, bds 155 E Congress
Wm S Daggett, dep U S Marshall Custom House, 155 E Congress
St. Paul Daily Globe, 10 May 1890
Herbert C. Stout was brought from Rochester, where he was discharged from the insane asylum on Thursday, by Deputy Marshal Daggett, at 7:30 o'clock yesterday morning and lodged in the Ramsey county jail.
- In 1890, there was a fierce competition between Minneapolis and St. Paul as to which city had the greater population. This wasn't just for bragging rights -- there were financial and political implications -- and census takers (aka "enumerators") were not above cheating. Things came to a head in June 1890, when St. Paul officials learned from an informant named Mason that the Minneapolites were indeed cheating on the census. From American Heritage Magazine, July/August 1990:
On June 17 William Pitt Murray, a St. Paul census official who had long tried to discredit the population count in Minneapolis, [swore] out a complaint against a score of [the] enumerators. That evening Deputy U.S. Marshal W. S. Daggett and Mason set out for Minneapolis to nab the malefactors.
Once across the river, Daggett and Mason walked to the Vanderburgh Building, where Mason had worked. The deputy marshal left Mason to guard the head of the stairwell, knocked on the door of Room 22, and asked to see Ben Aarons, one of the enumerators whom Mason had charged with fraud. Aarons identified himself. Daggett produced the warrant for his arrest and read the charges against him.
"Aaron[s], who is very lame, did not make any especial demur," the St. Paul Daily Pioneer Press reported, "and Daggett read the names of the others wanted." Suddenly their boss, Edward Stevens, appeared. "Then matters assumed a different phase," the newspaper continued, "and the eighteen or twenty men in and about the rooms... commenced to mutter and talk about resistance."
Daggett stepped outside to whistle for help from Mason. "As [Daggett] attempted to re-enter the room Ed Stevens pushed the door violently and tried to shut him out." The door's glass window shattered and cut Daggett's head. Drawing his .42-caliber pistol, Daggett "leveled it at Stevens and the others in line with him, saying: 'I'll put a hole through the first man who attempts to move through that door!'"
Naturally, the version of this encounter that circulated in Minneapolis was far different. "After violently breaking in a door," says the report of the Business Men's Union of Minneapolis, "[Daggett] found several enumerators at work checking over their lists with the names collected by the citizens' committee... Not withstanding their surprise, the men quietly prepared to accompany the officer, but that official produced a revolver and subsequently boasted of his valor in making the arrest."
Four Minneapolis policemen, ignorant of the charges against the men, packed seven enumerators and six sacks of evidence into a wagon. They dropped off their entire load, including Daggett and Mason, at the rail station, where Daggett led his prisoners onto the nine-thirty train to St. Paul...
St. Paul Daily Globe, 18 Jun 1890
(excerpts from very long article about the arrest of the Minneapolis census enumerators)
...Acting on instructions, United States Marshall Daggett went to Minneapolis yesterday afternoon, and, in company with Detective Mason, made the arrests...The men were arrested...and were brought to St. Paul by Deputy Daggett and the detective last night on the 9:55 train...Deputy Daggett went to Minneapolis early last evening, and called at police headquarters, where he chatted pleasantly with Capt. Heim for a few minutes. As he was about to leave he remarked: "By the way, captain, I will have several United States prisoners when I leave, and I would like to use your patrol wagon to take them to the union depot."
"All right, you can have it," answered the captain. An hour later a call was rung in..and seven men and six large bags filled with paper were found in the custody of the deputy marshal. Without the policemen making any inquiry the men and bags were hustled into the patrol wagon and driven to the union depot...Marshal Daggett said that when he went to serve the warrants some of the men resisted him, and one of them struck him on the forehead, cutting it slightly. He drew his revolver, and afer that he had no more trouble with them.
St. Paul Globe, 19 Jun 1890
The retrenchment and reform administration is coming in for its share of the general denunciation. the failure of the police force in not divining at once the purpose of Marshal Daggett's visit to Minneapolis is attributed to stupidity and incompetence. Capt. Hein's graceful tender of the user of the patrol wagon to cart the arrested enumerators and the return to the depot to be carried to St. Paul has been roundly denounced as a crime amounting to treason. Sergeant Kirkham's accomodating kindness in guarding the prisoners while the marshal and his assistants went back after the bags of census blanks is cited as another instance of lamblike simplicity that was taken advantage of by the St. Paul wolves...Kirkham was summoned before the business men's union in the afternoon, and although he protested he was no mind-reader and could not, therefore, anticipate Marshal Daggett's fell intentions, was subjected to a tongue lashing that he will probably remember. His discharge from the police force is likely to be called for.
St. Paul Globe, 19 Jun 1890
To say that Minneapolis is stirred up, wild with excitement and indignation concerning the arrest of the seven census enumerators who were arrested at the rooms in the Vanderburg block Tuesday night by United States Marshall Daggett upon a warrant sworn out by William Pitt Murray, of St. Paul, and taken to St. Paul, where they were arraigned before United States Commissioner J.J. McCafferty, but feebly expresses the situation...All sorts of wild rumors were afloat last evening...[One was that] Marshal Daggett is to be prosecuted for forcible entry...The impression generally entertained, which is created by the speeches at last evening's meeting, is that there is no case whatever against the arrested enumerators; that the whole matter is a trumped up charge made to reflect upon the Minneapolis census, to simply gratify St. Paul hatred for its sister city...
Omaha Bee, 19 Jun 1890
Minneapolis, Minn., June 18 -- A party of officers armed with search warrants went to St. paul this morning to recover the census records confiscated last night by Deputy Marshal Daggett. they were driven out of Commissioner McCafferty's office at the muzzles of revolvers. The city is in a state of wild indignation over the high-handed and irregular proceedings. Neither United States District Attorney Hay nor Supervisor Davenport were parties to the proceedings.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 20 Jun 1890
At the overflow meeting held outside Armory hall, Minneapolis, Wednesday night, some of the speakers took occasion to roast the police, particularly Capt. Hein and Sergeant Kirkham, because the patrol wagon was called out for Marshal Daggett, and some officers were allowed to assist him in taking the seven arrested enumerators to the depot Tuesday night. The police feel that they have been unjustly treated in the matter. They assert that they knew nothing about Daggett's presence in the city until they were called upon for assistance, that they were ignorant of his mission until they arrived at the Vanderburg block and found that he had arrested some census enumerators. Even then they knew not what was the charge against the men, and, having been called upon by a United States officer for assistance, were in duty bound to render such assistance. They think that they did nothing for which they should be censured.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 20 Jun 1890
(excerpt from article about Minneapolis reaction to the arrest of the census enumerators)
...Everywhere was denunciation of William Pitt Murray, Commissioner McCafferty and Marshal Daggett. It will be a long time ere the names of those three men will be with equanimity heard mentioned in Minneapolis. They are all three cordially hated by almost every man who calls Minneapolis his home...
New York Times
St. Paul, Minn., June 20 -- The trial of the seven arrested Minneapolis census enumerators came up before United States Commissioner McCafferty in this city this morning. They were arrested by United States Marshal Daggett on warrants sworn out by William Pitt Murray of this city, alleging fraudulent actions in connection with their census labors. The warrants were served on them in Minneapolis, Tuesday night, while they were engaged in comparing their own returns with those of the Business Men's Union, by whom an effort was being made to prevent the overlooking of any residents of Minneapolis. It is alleged that false returns were being made, and a mass of documents seized at the same time has been held as evidence in the case...The citizens of Minneapolis have been greatly aroused, and have secured lawyers for the defense of the seven arrested enumerators. Every little point in the history of the case has been greatly magnified and the consequent indignation at what was considered improper and outrageous interference in Minneapolis affairs by the city of St. Paul has been intensified..."
St. Paul Daily Globe, 24 Jun 1890
Deputy Marshal Daggett read the "hop" story in the Minneapolis Tribune yesterday with disgust. With its customary disregard for truth, that paper published an alleged sensational chase which Mr. Daggett led a reporter in Minneapolis on Sunday. Up one street and down another, out on the motor and back on a street car, into stables and by-ways, the paper represents to have chased the detective like the shadow of an avenging angel, and all this time Mr. Daggett was at White Bear lake with a lady. Such was the "tale of woe," and it is reported that the opium joints have been driven out of Minneapolis.
(ed. note: White Bear Lake was a popular resort town about 20 minutes from St. Paul by train.)
St. Paul Globe, 24 Jun 1890
"I guess the government don't want Ed Stevens," said a Minneapolis man to a Globe reporter. "If they want him he can be very easily found," he resumed. "I saw him this morning, and he said he was coming to St. Paul this afternoon and deliver himself up to Marshall Daggett if he wants him," but Mr. Stevens did nothing of the sort. When told of this Mr. Daggett said he did not want Stevens. "If I had wanted him I would have found him," he continued warmly. "One would think the government had tried in vain to arrest half the people of Minneapolis if there was any credence to be placed in the screeds of the papers of that city."
St. Paul Daily Globe, 26 Jun 1890
Yesterday morning at ten o'clock a very pleasant wedding took place at St. Francis de Sales church, nuptial high mass being celebrated by Father Stariha. The contracting parties were John J. Ryder and Miss Minnie Gies, Will Daggett and Miss Annie Ryder officiating as groomsman and bridesmaid...
St. Paul Daily Globe, 29 Jun 1890
United States District Attorney Hay had very little to say yesterday about the census imbroglio. He still feels highly aggrieved at the representations made by the St. Paul press, impugning, he says, his intentions as prosecuting officer...During the forenoon Mr. Hay had a consultation with Deputy Marshal Daggett, but the result was not made public...Deputy Daggett shortly after left the federal building on official business, and remained out the later portion of the day. It is not presumed, however, that he is engaged in securing additional evidence for the proposed conspiracy case...
St. Paul Daily Globe, 19 Jul 1890
It was stated that Detective Mason and Deputy Marshal Daggett were unusually busy and that wherever either of them went a dark figure slunk after them. Daggett came down out of the Germania bank and went into the custom house, and one of the figures furtively eyed him and then took up a position near the stairs. When Mason went to lunch an unknown man was at his heels, and when Daggett went home at night his footsteps were stealthily dogged. Mason strolled down street after supper, and a strange man strolled fifty feet behind him. Of course both Mason and Daggett were aware of this espionage. They knew that Minneapolis detectives, two relays of them, were shadowing every movement, but they enjoyed it. The note books of these detectives must make interesting reading.
The Daily Critic, Washington City, D.C., 19 Jul 1890
Minneapolis, Minn., July 19 -- On instructions from Superintendent Porter, Special Agent Boudinot yesterday gave out the official census returns of Minneapolis as 180,175. The returns made by Supervisor Davenport's enumerators footed up 191,691, but the recount in eleven districts made it necessary to deduct 11,517. The original schedules of three of the arrested enumerators -- Errin, Krap and Plummer -- are in the hands of United States officials at St. Paul. Marshal Daggett and Special Agent Boudinot were in conference yesterday and it is reported many arrests for conspiracy to pad the census are to be made Monday.
Daily Yellowstone Journal, Miles City, Montana, 23 Jul 1890
Minneapolis, July 21 -- United States Marshal Daggett today arrested Ed A. Stevens and T.S. Dickey for connection with the alleged census conspiracy. Assistant Attorney General Cotton, District Attorney Hay and Assistant District Attorney Baxter were in the government building when the cases came up before Commissioner Morey, of Winona, this afternoon. Both the defendants wanted the case continued till next Monday, but it was finally set for Thursday afternoon. The men furnished $8,000 bail each and were released.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 22 Jul 1890
Deputy U.S. Marshal Daggett was around Minneapolis last evening, and there was considerable alarm manifested on the part of several of the members of the so-called "Business Men's union," which had charge of the census padding annex...
St. Paul Daily Globe, 5 Aug 1890
Duluth, Minn. -- Deputy Marshal Daggett, of St. Paul, was in the city yesterday, in search of one of the numerous census enumerators who are missing from Minneapolis. He would not tell the name of the man wanted, but said he was positive the fellow had been in Duluth, and was, probably, being kept in hiding by some of his friends. Another enumerator who will be wanted when the cases come to trial was reported to be working in a restaurant here, but Daggett could not find him.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 10 Aug 1890
(excerpt from long article about U.S. Circuit Court in Minnesota)
J.C. Donahower is the efficient and accommodating marshal of the district. He has only been in the office since June 1, but has become familiar with all the duties. His deputies are: Col. Sheehan, Maj. Brackett, W.S. Daggett, T.H. Beaulieu, E.L. Warren and William Bircher of St. Paul; Maj. A.A. Whitney, of Melrose; Oliver Peterson, of Waseca; J.W. Howes, of Thief River Falls, and a number of other special deputies assigned to secret service. The duties of the marshal and his deputies are to summon the jurors and witnesses, make arrests, pay the fees of jurors and government witnesses, and be in attendance at all the courts to preserve order, take charge of the juries, etc.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 13 Aug 1890
The long-sought Ben Aarons is found. that member of the Minneapolis Name Manufacturing company who jumped his bond the day after the memorable raid by the United States authorities, has baffled the skill of the United States marshals for weeks, but he was captured yesterday afternoon by Deputy Marshal Daggett, near Beardsley Station, Big Stone county, Minn., a little station about ten miles east of Brown's Valley. Special deputies have been on his track for some time, and last Saturday Deputy Marshal Daggett left St. Paul. the arrest was made on the original warrant for eleven men, of which seven were captured. Marshal Daggett will arrive in St. Paul this evening with his prisoner over the Great Northern road.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 14 Aug 1890
Ben Aarons, the Minneapolis census enumerator whose arrest at Beardsley was mentioned in yesterday's Globe, arrived in St. Paul shortly after 6 o'clock last evening, in custody of Deputy Marshal Daggett...On Saturday Marshal Daggett and Detectives Mason and Turner went up to Beardsley station. they were not able at first to locate their man. Any approach of strangers was communicated to Aarons by persons on the look-out. He fled to the fields when he learned that strange men had arrived in the vicinity of the farm house where he boarded. this house is near the Dakota line and about a mile from the railroad station of Beardsley. After some search Aarons was finally found and arrested in a field of oats, where he was in hiding. A Great Northern train was boarded at 5 o'clock yesterday morning by Marshal Daggett and Aarons. they arrived here last evening looking dusty and tired. They went direct to the federal building, and a messenger was dispatched to hunt up Special District Attorney Baxter. In the meantime Daggett and the prisoner went to the Clarendon and took supper.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 21 Aug 1890:
W.S. Daggett has tendered his resignation as deputy to United States Marshal Donahower, to take effect as soon as a selection can be made to fill his position as office clerk. Marshal Donahower has tendered the position to a young man now engaged in one of the St. Paul banks, and the probabilities are he will accept and enter upon the duties within a few days. Mr. Daggett stated that he has accepted another position, but said he did not care to make its nature known at present. It is understood, however, that he will take a position on the corps of a detective agency.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 27 Aug 1890
...The matter before Commissioner Odell was the examination of the six census enumerators arrested last week...all of whom sat in a semicircle around their attorneys...Special Attorney Baxter, grave as a sphinx, sat alone on his side of the table, while Deputy Marshal Daggett flitted hither and thither, apparently unconscious of the angry glances of the Minneapolitans who gathered about, glaring in hatred at him...Mr. Baxter drew some papers from his inside pocket, handed them to Daggett, and the latter went to each of the enumerators with the command, "Follow me." Everybody arose and began to depart, thinking nothing more would come up that day, when the trumpet tones of William Henry Eustis were heard from the hall shouting: "Stop that elevator! Bring those men back here! You can't do that!" Instantly the room was in an uproar. Daggett had the men in the elevator on the way to St. Paul under a new warrant. Threatening cries arose from all parts of the crowd massed about the elevator, and it looked as if Daggett would be assaulted. A moon-faced real estate man named Wolverton was particularly loud in his cries of "Give it to him in the neck!" at the same time keeping a safe distance between himself and Daggett. Amidst the turmoil Daggett and the six prisoners went back to the court room, William Henry occasionally trumpeting: "You can kidnap in the dark, but you can't do it at 4 o'clock in the afternoon." A demand was made that Daggett shown his authority for making his rearrests, and he read the warrant, which was precisely similar to the warrant already in force, with the exception that it was made returnable to Commissioner Morey, at St. Paul...Odell...ordered Daggett to make the warrants returnable to him. "This warrant will be returned only to commissioner Morey, to whom it is made returnable," replied Daggett. "Deputy Marshal Hoy, see that those men are in court in the morning at 10 o'clock," commanded Odell. "Mr. Hoy is not a deputy marshal," said Daggett. It seems that Hoy never has received a commission, although Marshal Donahower has employed him to serve papers, but it is promised that he will have a commission now...Odell then ordered Daggett to produce the prisoners this morning at 10 o'clock, and court adjourned. there was a great deal of commotion afterward, Wolverton again being the noisiest in his demands for the use of tar and feathers, although but little attention was paid to him...Denunciation of the attempted arrest was rife, but the crowd soon dispersed, and Daggett went back to St. Paul without his men.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 28 Aug 1890
The examination of the census enumerators before United States Commissioner Odell attracted quite a throng of spectators...at Minneapolis yesterday afternoon. the excited talk at the attorneys the day before, when Marshal Daggett undertook to rearrest the men upon other warrants, and the talk of violence, had created the impression that there was likely to be some more excitement, and everybody seemed to be on the qui vive. Marshal Daggett appeared at the head of five deputies, and there were also a number of police present to put down any incipient riot. So affairs were given quite a warlike aspect, although the developments were rather tame. The situation presented was a rather strange one, bordering on the ludicrous. Special United States Attorney Baxter desired to secure the discharge of the prisoners so they could be rearrested and brought before another commissioner...Commissioner Odell refused to grant a continuance. At this point, Marshal Daggett approached Attorney Baxter, and, when stooping over to deliver a message in his ear, the crowd caught the outline of a huge revolver in each hip pocket, and a pleased ripple of laughter went round the room as they thought of yesterday's proceedings.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 30 Aug 1890
Deputy Marshal Daggett received a large envelope yesterday bearing the postmark of Minneapolis, and directed to "United States Marshal Daggett, St. Paul, Minn." He opened the envelope and found a scrap of paper bearing the following: "Minneapolis, Aug 28, 1890 - Mr. Daggett. We wish you would resign, to take effect: next Saturday. We don't think you know enough to fill that position. We have ordered you out of office any way. What will you take for your guns?" The anonymous note did not disturb Mr. Daggett, as he is not susceptible of being guyed to any considerable extent. He tendered his resignation some time since to accept another position and is only waiting until his services in connection with the census cases will permit him to withdraw from the office and accept his new position.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 2 Sep 1890
W.S. Daggett has severed his connection with the United States marshal's office as deputy. He went to Indiana yesterday on business for a few days.
New Ulm Review, 3 Sep 1890
(under a section called "Sins and Sinners")
At the examination of the arrested census enumerators in Minneapolis, Special United States Attorney Baxter and Marshall Daggett are nearly mobbed and threatened with coats of tar and feathers.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 6 Sep 1890
There were no sensational developments yesterday in the census cases either before Commissioner Odell or in the United States court...Ex-Marshal Daggett, who was reported as having gone South, turned up in the court room, and was a sort of curiosity on exhibition. He was not questioned by the court concerning his service of the subpoena upon Detective Mason...
St. Paul Daily Globe, 23 Sep 1890
...A curious outcome of the whole imbroglio is that five of the enumerators whose arrest and abduction by Marshal Daggett and his crew last June caused the row, were not indicted...
- 1891 St. Paul Directory
John M. Daggett, 155 E Congress
Wallace Daggett, bds 155 E Congress
Wm S Daggett, dep U S Marshall Custom House, 155 E Congress
St. Paul Daily Globe, 15 Feb 1891
Ex-Marshal Daggett has left for Dallas, Tex., to engage in business with his brother at that place.
12 Oct 1891, Minnesota marriages index
William S. Daggett, born in Ramsey, Minnesota. Spouse Anne Ryder, born in Ramsey, Minnesota. Marriage place St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota
St. Paul Daily Globe, 13 Oct 1891:
William S. Daggett and Miss Anne Ryder were united in marriage at the cathedral yesterday at 3:30 p.m. by Rev. Dr. Heffron, the pastor. The occasion was a very quiet, but happy, one, attended by a gathering of the immediate friends of the young couple. After receiving the congratulations and good wishes of those in attendance, Mr. and Mrs. Daggett left immediately for White Earth, where they will at once settle down to housekeeping. Mr. Daggett is at present connected with the Chippewa Indian commission.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 1 Jan 1892
W.S. Daggett, secretary of the Chippewa Indian commission, came to the city yesterday from his post at White Earth on official business. In speaking of the statement in a morning paper yesterday to the effect that there is great excitement in the reservation...over the Jane Waldron case, he said the article is misleading and erroneous...The decision in the Jane Waldron case is to the effect that a halfbreed follows the line of inheritance of the white father...There is no anxiety about the matter at White Earth among the mixed bloods, as they are of opinion that former treaties give them equal rights with the full blooded Indians. It is true that a large sum of money is being collected but the real object is to send Indians to Washington to find fault and complain about the inactivity of the Chippewa commission in moving Indians on to the reservation as they were furnished means to do...The fact is the Indians are getting more land than the stipulations call for...Mr. Daggett said that about $30,000 has been disbursed on the reservation in the past few days, and as a consequence the Indians have plenty of money. Asked if the Indians are not great poker fiends, Mr. Daggett replied in the affirmative, and said it was a common sight to see twenty games going on at once in a tepee or house. The men sit on the ground and play on blankets. Some of the Indians are experts at the game, and the most of the money soon finds its way into the hands of the few. When this happens, the games are fewer and the stakes are large. The ante among these is often $5 or $10, and hundreds of dollars are won and lost at a single sitting.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 17 Oct 1892
(excerpt from article about the disappearance and recent reappearance of Minnesota secretary of state Brown):
The order of the court is in the hands of W.S. Daggett, who kept the secretary under close surveillance during the day. He approached him in the afternoon, and, after informing him of his mission, desired to know if the secretary of state would waive the legal formality and accept service Sunday, but the official declined, saying he would appear in court at the proper time. After what has occurred the court officer would take no chances, and kept Mr. Brown under close surveillance during the day. Like a shadow, he was right after him -- not offensively, but always in sight -- and from breakfast until wrapped in slumber the secretary of state was "the man who was watched."
The St. Paul Directory for 1892-1893 lists William S. Daggett as a detective.
6 Jan 1893 -- son Paul Edwin born
24 Nov 1893, Grand Forks Herald
Fred Schindler, deputy United States marshal, has won high enconium from his superiors, for the energetic, fearless and persistent way he has attended to his duties. Marshal Price, who is ever on the alert and Deputy Daggett speak in high praise of Fred's sleepless service...
24 Jan 1894, Bismarck Tribune
Ed Anderson of Dickinson was arrested by Deputy Marshal Daggett last week for selling liquor without a license.
6 Mar 1894, Bismarck Tribune
Deputy Marshal Daggett came in from Fargo today, and is busy looking after the needs of the United States court. Mr. Daggett has changed in appearance since he shifted his beard from the Maratta cut, and he now has just a suspicion of a goatee which is -- well, bewildering to say the least.
15 Mar 1894, Bismarck Tribune
The Plaindealer says Mr. Cronin will qualify as United States marshal on Saturday, and that he will retain Deputy Daggett of Fargo.
28 Apr 1894, Grand Forks Herald
Devils Lake -- Marshal Cronan lost his head today and became unnecessarily excited...The deputies, with the exception of Schindler, realized no occasion for alarm and did not make any fuss. Deputies Daggett, Woods and others were perfectly cool...
3 May 1894, Grand Forks Herald
Devils lake -- The railroad and roundhouse presents a deserted appearance. The engineers and firemen have united in support of the A.R.U. and absolutely refuse to work. W.L. Chilcott, restaurant keeper, was beaten almost into insensibility. It is reported that he was overheard giving United States Deputy Marshal Daggett the names of strike leaders.
The Washington Times, Washington, D.C., 13 Jun 1894
Fargo, June 12 -- Deputy Marshal Daggett has subpoenaed forty men and will leve at once for Bismarck to aid in dispersing the Coxeyites who refuse to allow trains to run through on the Northern Pacific. He has orders to clear the track of all obstructions, and the men are armed to the teeth. The situation is reported as critical this afternoon at Bismarck.
(ed. note: In 1894, the United States was in the middle of a four-year economic depression. A populist named Jacob Coxey led a protest march of unemployed workers to Washington, D.C. in May 1894, and the term Coxeyite came to be used for militant unemployed men of the time, many of them former railroad workers.)
Salt Lake Herald, 13 Jun 1894
Fargo, N.D., June 12 -- Deputy Unites States Marshal Daggett left for Bismarck today with sixty deputies. Others will be picked up and his force will number 150 when Bismarck is reached. Judge Caldwell has ordered a large force to be sworn in. United States officers here have received word that the Coxeyites are piling obstructions on the track to prevent trains from running by without stopping as the through passenger did today. Other trains are held west of Bismarck to prevent falling into the army's hands.
13 Jun 1894, Bismarck Tribune
...Deputy Marshal Daggett, who is one of the best officials in the state and who has had his share of experience with troubles and disturbances of the kind, was with the men...
Salt Lake Herald, 14 Jun 1894
Bismarck, N.D., June 13 -- The Coxeyites succeeded in getting out of town on stolen handcars, fitted up with platforms made of stolen lumber. The cars were found near Steele today, but the wealers had fled. An army of 400 is being mobilized here and at Mandan. United States Deputy Marshal Daggett has arrived with a force of deputies and trains are being sent out under armed protection.
Little Falls Weekly Transcript, 15 Jun 1894
Fargo, N.D., June 13 - Deputy Marshal Daggett has subpoenaed 40 men and will leave at once for Bismarck, to aid in dispersing Coxeyites, who refuse to allow trains to run through on the Northern Pacific. He has orders to clear the tracks of all obstructions and the men are armed to the teeth. The situation is reported critical. Deputy Marshal Daggett left for Bismarck with 60 deputies. Others will be picked up en route, and his force will number 150 when the capital is reached...
The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Kentucky, 16 Jun 1894
Fargo, N.D., June 16 -- Marshal Daggett started east from Bismarck yesterday afternoon in pursuit of the train captured by the Coxeyites at Dawson. E.S. Miller of Jamestown was wired to secure a force of deputies and start west to secure the stolen train. The Coxeyites were surrounded by deputies near Jamestown, abandoned their engine and fled to the woods and underbrush. The deputies followed them, and at latest reports had the men surrounded in shape to effect their capture. All the men will be taken back to Bismarck and held for trial.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 18 Jun 1894
Jamestown, N.D. -- The shooting at Dawson by Coxey men occurred yesterday. One deputy had a ball sent through his clothing, but was uninjured. Another deputy, F.N. Stacy, was slightly burned in the back by a rifle ball passing through his clothing. Another deputy was hurt on the head by a fish plate. Eight men, charged with stealing a Northern Pacific engine and train, were captured here today and taken to Bismarck tonight by Deputy Marshal Daggett.
20 Jun 1894, Bismarck Tribune
Some new developments have arisen in connection with the trouble at Dawson last week, and last night, several of the citizens of Dawson were arrested by Chief Deputy Marshal Daggett, and were brought to this city this morning. It is charged against these men that they invited the Coxeyites to board the train, after the men had been warned off by Marshal Reagan's forces...
The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Kentucky, 21 Jun 1894
Bismarck, N.D., June 21 -- Chief Marshal Daggett came in from Dawson yesterday with J.P. Werner, J.E. Colter, E.W. Wise, W.H. France and J.J. Kokey, all business men of Dawson, charged with conspiracy in aiding the Coxeyites who stole the northern Pacific train last week. Their examination will be had tomorrow.
The Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, 20 Jul 1894
Mandan, N.D., July 9 -- Six deputy marshals were subjected to indignities by a mob, in which an alderman was conspicuous. It was supposed that they had with them the non-union engineer who took out the first Northern Pacific coast train since the blockade. Marshal Daggett has arrived with a posse to arrest offenders.
11 Sep 1894, Bismarck Tribune
United States Marshal Cronan and Deputy Marshal Daggett came in on this morning's train, to wind up some United States court business...Deputy Marshal Daggett is looking after the payment of bills incurred in the Coxey troubles, today, and says the total expense in the state from the invasion of the army will run up to about $11,500.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 18 Sep 1894
Fargo, N.D. -- A Fargo attorney, Taylor Crum, today swore out a warrant for the arrest of Deputy United States Marshal W.L. Daggett on the charge of criminal libel. the two have been at loggerheads some time, and, in the Sunday Argus, Daggett, replying to an attack by Crum, styled the latter as a deadbeat and a blackmailing apology for a lawyer. Crum waives other assumptions, and bases his complaint on the charge that he is a blackmailer. Daggett is in Minneapolis, but papers will be served immediately upon his return.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 26 Sep 1894
Fargo, N.D. -- The action for criminal libel brought by Attorney Taylor Crum against Chief Deputy United States Marshal W.S. Daggett was heard before Judge Geary today. Daggett, replying in the Argus to an attack of Crum's, styled the latter a liar, shyster and blackmailer. The defense today endeavored to prove the charges. The evidence was highly sensational. Several weeks ago a detective named Appo...made complaints against a dozen blind pigs. Crum appeared as counsel for several of the piggers. It appeared in the evidence that Crum had shown Appo around and gained him admittance to places, and then defended the proprietors when arrested. The defense produced evidence endeavoring to prove that Crum had made a false affidavit in court; that he had altered a judgment after it was signed; that he had caused the disappearance of a portion of the transcript of the court records, after swearing the transcript was complete, and other testimony in justification of Daggett's charges. At the conclusion of the hearing the case was dismissed.
15 Dec 1894, Grand Forks Herald
Chief Deputy Daggett went to Mandan last night with the five Russians who plead guilty and were sentenced by Judge Thomas yesterday.
1895-1896 Fargo and Moorhead Directory
Wm S Daggett, dep US marshal, res 110 Broadway
St. Paul Daily Globe, 21 Jan 1895
In going through the hotels Saturday evening I noticed three men who were at one time very prominent participants in the greatest census fight ever known, in the Northwest at least. Sitting at a writing table in the Windsor was Ed Stevens, the cleverest worker Minneapolis could find to manage her famous private census bureau. He had the bureau systematically organized and "planted" on the top floor of a big building. But Uncle Sam's officers were given a tip, and Deputy United States Marshal W.S. Daggett was sent over to capture the plant. He did it quickly and successfully, and had several sacks of names hauled to St. Paul before the Minneapolis managers knew the raid had been made. Daggett, who is now assistant marshal of North Dakota, was standing talking with a group at the Windsor counter while Stevens was writing, and not far away was the ex-best mayor, Eustis, in earnest conversation with one of the Washburn pushers. It was after Daggett had seized the census that Eustis came into the noted case as attorney for Minneapolis and defender of her right to make a census to suit herself. Incidentally Eustis was moved along the slippery pavement several feet, as he alleged, by the applied shoe leather of St. Paul policemen. After many years fate had thrown the two Minneapolis stars into almost elbow contact with the man who once they most heartily and cordially denounced for executing his duty. Yet no word passed between them, for time has rubbed out the memory of those exciting days of the Twin City census fight.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 1 Feb 1895
Assistant United States marshal W.S. Daggett, of Fargo, passed through St. Paul yesterday on his way home from Washington. He expressed the opinion that the appointment of W.M. Campbell as marshal will be confirmed. "There is only one charge made against Marshal Campbell," said Daggett, "and that has been badly garbled, I believe. He will have no trouble in meeting and refuting it when he is granted a hearing before the committee. I feel pretty sure from recent conversation with well-posted people at Washington that the report in the Globe is correct, and that campbell will be confirmed next week. If by any possibility he should not be, then Richard T. O'Connor will very likely be the man to succeed him."
5 Feb 1895 -- Daughter Martha Joyce born
26 Mar 1895, Bismarck Tribune
Chief Deputy marshal Daggett, who of late has laid some claim to being a mind reader of the Bishop or Johnston class, came in from Fargo on this morning's train.
27 Apr 1895, Grand Forks Herald
Jamestown Alert: A gentleman recently from Bismarck states that the United States court has tired of the orchestra attachment and that the obliging deputy marshal, Daggett, has made arrangements for subpoenaing Sam Jones for the May term at Fargo, when revival services will be held each evening during the session.
Salt Lake Herald, 6 May 1895
...Red Thunder made a desperate resistance when arrested, attacking Deputy Daggett with his knife, and it took three men to handcuff him. He is 87 years of age, but is almost crazy, and possesses much strength...
St. Paul Daily Globe, 19 May 1895
...Daggett was loath to speak about the recent Indian trouble, but did finally talk. He said that the Langans and Demarais are educated men who have misled the ignorant breeds by making them believe they are fighting for their homes and rights, when in fact they have no rights at all. "While all that land is open to settlement," said he, "the ignorant breeds, inspired by unscrupulous leaders, refuse to allow white settlers to remain there. The Langans, Demarais, and in fact all of them, refuse to take land legally, because that would sever their tribal relations. While they were cutting and shipping out wood that properly belongs to legitimate settlers, those who were not in with them found it necessary to buy wood to bring in. And this is but one instance of the high-handed methods adopted by those people." Concerning the capture of the breeds, he said: "It was a mean report to send out that the marshals were trying to swell their fees, when we were forced to strip for what we expected to be a fight for life and shoulder winchesters to serve civil papers. It was simply a question of whether those chaps were to be allowed to stand off United States officers or not, and Marshal Cronin determined to serve the papers and get his men. As a matter of fact we only had warrants for three leaders -- the two Langans and Demarais -- but the impression prevailed that we had warrants for every man in Langan's fort. That Sunday morning when we surprised them by making a detour and coming on them from a direction they did not expect, our party consisted of about forty men. Most of them were stripped to an undershirt and pantaloons. Under his arm each man had strapped a belt of Winchester cartridges, and around his waist another belt with two revolvers and cartridges for them. Besides, we carried spades to make breastworks; and if any one supposes that soldier duty is agreeable for civil officers, even to swell fees, as alleged, he is very badly mistaken. Had the besieged been Sioux Indians it is almost a certainty that every man of the posse would have been killed. But the breeds lost all desire for fight when they realized that the marshal meant business."...
25 May 1895, Grand Forks Herald
Marshals Daggett and Loomis returned yesterday from Woods, but without their man. DeLoss evidently was onto them and he is in hiding somewhere, for the marshals scoured the country over in the icinity of Woods. DeLoss was waiting trial for sending obscene letters through the mails and became insane. So Marshal Daggett took him to Washington last winter and he was committed to the national insane asylum. A telegram was received yesterday from Washington stating that DeLoss had escaped from the asylum on Feb 22 and could never be found...
30 Aug 1895, Grand Forks Herald
As intimated in yesterday's Herald, the Dobmeier brewery was formally seized by Deputy Revenue Collector Lieber and turned over to Deputy Marshal Daggett, who remains in charge until an adequate bond is furnished and approved by the revenue department...
18 Sep 1895, Grand Forks Herald
Deputy Marshal Daggett: What do you think of leaving a town like Fargo and coming to Grand Forks to see a street fair.
- 1896-1897 Fargo and Moorhead Directory
Wm S Daggett, dep US Marshal, res 605 Broadway
22 Apr 1896, Bismarck Tribune
A capture of no small importance to the government, and one which is especially interesting since it is the first of the kind ever effected in this country, was made yesterday by Deputy Marshals Daggett and Livermore, Revenue Collector Lieber and Special Agent Burrows of the revenue department. It was the seizure and destruction of an illicit still, or moonshine whiskey making plant.
24 Apr 1896
United States Attorney Bangs received a telegram yesterday from Chief Deputy Marshal Daggett that he had arrested three "moonshiners" in the Missouri country and would take them to Mandan for hearing before United States commissioner on the charge of conducting an illicit distillery...The authorities received an intimation some time ago that regulation moonshiners were operating in the vicinity of the Missouri river and some distance from any town. Deputy Daggett has been on the lookout for them with apparent success at last.
St. Paul Daily Globe, 30 Apr 1896
Fargo, N.D. -- P.J. Berquist, a grocer of this city, was arrested tonight by Deputy United States Marshal Daggett on the charge of selling liquor without a government license. Two dozen bottles of blueberry brandy were found in his store, and upon test it was found that it contained 44 per cent alcohol.
1 Jun 1896, Bismarck Tribune
Deputy Marshal Daggett and Revenue Collector Lieber of Jamestown, and a posse of deputies, were up in the hills of Sargent county recently to round up a gang of illicit whiskey distillers. Nothing suspicious could be found, or any signs of "moonshiners". It is claimed, however, that they are there, and another excursion may be made later.
St. Paul Globe, 18 Sep 1896
Fargo, N.D. -- H.L. Blout, a prominent cigar and tobacco dealer of this city, was arrested today by United States Deputy Marshal Daggett on the charge of violating the government revenue laws. He will have a hearing on Saturday before the United States commissioner.
St. Paul Globe, 24 Sep 1896
Fargo, N.D. -- Heinsfuster & Daggett, of this city, the firm who have contested the patents of the Centaur company, of New York, on the Castoria medicine, have made arrangements to incorporate, with a capital of $50,000, to manufacture Castoria. The factory will be located in Fargo. Twin City capitalists are interested.
10 Jan 1897, Grand Forks Herald
Deputy Marshal Daggett has won his fight in the United States court and will commence to manufacture Castoria right away. The other Castoria people will appeal the case.
30 Jan 1897, Grand Forks Herald
Chief Deputy Marshal Daggett was in town yesterday, accompanied by his old-fashioned smile.
6 Mar 1897, Bismarck Tribune
Deputy Marshal Daggett and Jake Heinsfurter are making Castoria at Fargo and have made their first shipment to eastern parties.
"The Spatula: An Illustrated Monthly Publication for Druggists", Mar 1897 issue. (The below appears in the magazine; it looks like a full page ad.)
Important Notice Relative to Castoria
New York, 6 Mar 1897
Gentlemen: Our attention has been directed to the fact that a company calling itself "Castoria Company," of Fargo, North Dakota, is offering to the public an article under the name, "Castoria." Jacob Heinsfurter and William S. Daggett have informed us that they, as partners, constitute the Castoria Company. On March 28, 1896, these parties wrote us, asking what our "prices would be for bottles, labels, etc, complete in quantities of ten thousand each, F.O.B. at New York," wherein to put up and sell a preparation of their own make. We declined to countenance any such proposed fraud upon the public.
They then compounded an article and placed the same in bottles bearing the title "Castoria" and with labels materially differing from our own, stating that the preparation was made by Heinsfurter & Daggett, at Fargo, North Dakota. We thereupon brought suit against them in the District of North Dakota, to prohibit the use of the word "Castoria".
At the trial of this suit the District Judge held that, inasmuch as Heinsfurter & Daggett had so clearly distinguished their compound from that put up by us, by marks of conspicuous dissimilarity in form, in print, in naming the place of manufacture, and the firms name of Heinsfurter & Daggett, as makers, they did not thereby infringe any of our rights; and while, upon this state of facts, the lower Court decided against us, we still claim the exclusive right to the word "Castoria" as a trade mark; and to vindicate that right have appealed from the decision of the District Court, and shall carry the case to the highest tribunal.
We feel confident of ultimate success in this litgation, in which event we shall suppress all infringements of our rights and shall hold all who have so infringed liable in damages. But, since the decision of the District Court referred to, Messrs. Heinsfurter & Daggett, under the name of "Castoria Company," have changed their label into a close imitation and similitude of our label, which makes an entirely new cause of action. For this we have instructed our counsel to bring immediate suit against Heinsfurter & Daggett and all others dealing with or through them, and shall vigorously press such proceedings.
We mean to maintain our rights and the good reputation and favor of the remedy we have manufactured and given to the public during so many years, and we feel assured that the public, appreciating the character and value of the remedy, with the caution which we have given, will not rashly encourage competition with us by novices in the manufacturing art, or feel disposed to aid experimenters by incurring litigation at our hands.
The Centaur Company
Chas. H. Fletcher, President
St. Paul Globe, 3 May 1897
United States Marshal Daggett, of North Dakota, arrived in St. Paul yesterday afternoon, having in custody Charles Desjarlais, a half-breed Chippewa Indian, whom he is taking to the government reformatory at Golden, Col....Marshal Daggett and his prisoner left for Colorado on an evening train.
20 May 1897, Grand Forks Herald
Millionaire Daggett is the way a Denver paper speaks of a popular deputy marshal
Deputy Marshal Daggett recently took an Indian boy named Desjailas to the National reform school at Golden, Col. A Denver reporter wrote up the story and told in graphic language how the young Indian was being sent to the school of mines. His expenses were being paid by Mr. Daggett who was a North Dakota millionaire and very much attracted to Desjailas.
There was no doubt about Daggett being attached to Desjailas. He had the Indian boy handcuffed to him when he left Fargo. Instead of the brave red man going to the school of mines he will serve three years for swiping a broncho and as to Daggett being a millionaire -- well he will be if Castoria orders keep on piling in so thickly, and the new marshal requires his services for the four years of his term.
21 May 1897, Grand Forks Herald
Jamestown, N.D., May 20 -- Deputy United States Marshal Daggett passed through here today en route to Fessenden to serve notice of injunction granted by Judge Amidon against the railroad commissioners of the state for further attempting to enforce the scale of railroad rates adopted recently. Notice will be served upon Commissioner Walton and also upon the newspaper publishing the official notice of the proposed rates.
1 Jul 1897, Register of Civil, Military and Naval Service
William S. Daggett, Chief Office Deputy, born in Illinois, "whence appointed" Cass County, North Dakota. Employed at Fargo, compensation $1800
13 Jul 1897, Bismarck Tribune
The Castoria company of Fargo has been granted articles of incorporation. Jacob Heinsfurter, Angelletta Heinsfurter, William S. Daggett and Anne Daggett are the incorporators. Capital stock, $10,000, divided into 500 shares of $100 each.
15 Jul 1897, Grand Forks Herald
The Fargo Castoria company has been organized with a capital of $50,000. W.S. Daggett, the popular deputy marshal, is president.
29 Aug 1897 -- Daughter Marion born
St. Paul Globe, 23 Sep 1897
The case of the Centaur company against Jacob Heinsfurter and William S. Daggett was taken under advisement in the United States circuit court of appeals yesterday. This action was brought up on an appeal from the United States circuit court of the district of North Dakota, and it involves an alleged infringement of the trademark on a patent medicine known as "Castoria." The lower court found for the plaintiff company on every count but one.
24 Sep 1897, Bismarck Tribune
Deputy Marshal Daggett of Fargo is still fighting the old Castoria company, relative to the use of a name for the product of the Fargo factory, and in the meantime the sales of the medicine are on the increase.
1898-1899 Fargo and Moorhead Directory
Wm S Daggett, pres Castoria Co, res 605 Broadway
1898-1899 Fargo and Moorhead Directory
Castoria Co, WS Daggett, pres, J Heinsfurter sec and treas, mnfrs Castoria 624 2nd ave N
11 Jan 1898, Bismarck Tribune
An interesting case has been decided by the United States court of appeals in the matter of the contest as to the right to use the name Castoria, in the making of patent medicine. The parties interested are Deputy United States Marshal Daggett and Jake Heinsfurter of Fargo, and they have been doing quite a business in the way of making this medicine. As there is a big demand for it, and they can put it on the market cheap -- there is big money in it. The Forum of yesterday says: The two happiest men in Fargo this afternoon are Jake Heinsfurter and Deputy Marshal Daggett. A telegram was received from the clerk of the U.S. court of appeals at St. Louis this afternoon stating that the decision of Judge Lochren in their favor was affirmed. This was handed down by Justice Brewer, who is considered the ablest man on the supreme bench, and no wonder the partners feel good. This gives them the right not only to manufacture the medicine and use the word "Castoria" but also to use the word "Pitcher's" as well.
The decision has been hanging fire since last September, and while the gentlemen have always been rather confident of winning, they are glad to have it decided so favorably.
A location has been secured, conditionally, on the west side in Chicago, and the plant will be removed there, probably within the next month and the work started on a larger scale. The material has to be shipped here and as the bulk of the trade is in the east there is a double freight rate. The Chicago location will be a much better one.
25 Jan 1898, Grand Forks Herald
J.E. Cronan is still U.S. Marshal, as Mr. Haggart did not qualify yesterday, owing to the non-arrival of Judge Amidon. There is considerable speculation as to who the new deputies will be. Clark Haggart, the new marshal's brother, seems to be considered a likely candidate for the office of chief deputy, though there are those who believe that Deputy Daggett will be reappointed.
3 Feb 1898, Bismarck Tribune
Jake Heinsfurter and W.S. Daggett of Fargo will move their Castoria plant from Fargo to Chicago.
Western Druggist (Chicago), Feb 1898
In June 1896, the Centaur Company, claiming the exclusive right to the use of the word "Castoria," brought suit against Heinsfurter & Daggett, the immediate predecessors of the Castoria Company, to restrain them from using the word "Castoria" to designate their preparation. the suit was brought in the United States Circuit Court. In January 1897, after hearing the evidence and argument, the court decided against the Centaur Company, holding that the word "Castoria" had been used as the name of the preparation itself, and that at the expiration of the patent, when the right to manufacture and vend the article became public, the name by which alone the preparation would be known or recognized by the public passed also to the puglic, and the patentee and his assigns could have no right to appropriate such name as a trade-mark.
Bismarck Daily Tribune, 26 Feb 1898
Ex-Deputy Marshal Daggett reports that his Castoria plant will be running full blast in Chicago by the middle of next month.
Bismarck Daily Tribune, 20 Apr 1898
The Chicago Sunday Chronicle has an elaborate article descriptive of the experiences of "Big Joe" Cronan and Deputy Marshal Daggett in the railroad strike at Devils Lake. The two men are pictured as fire-eaters of the most approved description, and the article is illustrated with a picture of Cronan and some of the thrilling scenes of that strike. In view of the fact that Daggett has gone into the patent medicine business in Chicago, we must give him credit for working up some desirable advertising.
25 Aug 1898, Jamestown Weekly Alert
Heinsfurter & Daggett, the North Dakota firm, got a judgment for damages against the manufacturers of Castoria. The latter enjoined the Dakota men from manufacturing the article but the injunction was dissolved. The suit for damages was referred to Attorney Watson and has been pending since last spring. The amount is said to be a good round sum.
The Canadian Pharmaceutical Journal, Feb 1899
The Truth About Castoria
The people who make Fletcher's, otherwise known as the "original" Castoria, are flooding the drug and lay journals with accounts of a few lawsuits that they have successfully conducted against imitators of their product. Some inquiries have reached us on this point, as evidently some do not clearly understand the grounds on which the decision of Justice Brewer, adverse to the Centaur Company, and favorable to Heinsfurter & Daggett, was rendered last year. It was simply this: That Cstoria being a patent medicine on which the patent had expired, the judge held that anyone who so desired could make it, and as there was no other name by which it was known, the preparation made by the patented formula was entitled to be called Castoria. So much for this. There has been no imitation of Fletcher's Castoria by that firm, and they have not attempted to sell their remedy for anything but what it actually is, so far as we know.
1900 St. Paul Directory
Wm S Daggett (Carbol Chemical Co), r 862 Lincoln av
8 Feb 1900, Bismarck Tribune
W.S. Daggett has retired from the Castoria Company, Chicago, having disposed of his interest to Messrs. Heinsfurter and Hazen. Mr. Daggett will return to North Dakota and enter the law business of Tracy Bangs of Grand Forks.
1900 US Census
household at 862 Lincoln Avenue, St. Paul (rented)
William S. Daggett, born Jan 1864, 36 years old, married 9 years, born in Illinois, both parents born in Maine, occupation "Mftr."
Anna R. Daggett, born Feb 1870, 30 years old, married 9 years, mother of 3 children, all living. Born in Canada, both parents born in Ireland, immigrated to the U.S. in 1885.
Paul E. Daggett, born Jan 1893, 7 years old. Born in Minnesota, father born in Illinois, mother born in Canada.
Martha Daggett, Born Feb 1895, 5 years old. Born in North Dakota, father born in Illinois, mother born in Canada.
Mary R. Daggett, born Aug 1896, 3 years old. Born in North Dakota, father born in Illinois, mother born in Canada.
21 Jul 1900 -- Daughter Dorothy Ann born
1901 St. Paul City Directory
Wm S, r 862 Lincoln av.
1902 Minneapolis City Directory
Wm S, detective, r flat 2 12 Grove
17 Sep 1902 -- Daughter Helen Mae born
1903 Minneapolis directory
John M. Daggett, b flat 2 12 Grove
Wallace M. Daggett, trav agt Washburn-Crosby Co, r Louisville, Ky
Wm S Daggett, detective, r flat 2 12 Grove
1904 Minneapolis directory
John M. Daggett, b flat 2 12 Grove
Wallace M. Daggett, trav agt Washburn-Crosby Co, b West Hotel
Wm S Daggett, detective, r flat 2 12 Grove
1905 Minnesota Census
household at 12 Grove Street, Minneapolis
W.S. Daggett, born in Illinois, both parents born in Maine. 41 years old. Occupation: detective.
Ann Daggett, born in Canada, both parents born in Ireland. 34 years old. Occupation: housewife
Martha M. Daggett, born in Maine, both parents born in Maine. 73 years old. Retired.
Paul Daggett, 12 years old. Born in Minnesota, father born in Illinois, mother born in Canada.
Martha Daggett, 10 years old. Born in North Dakota, father born in Illinois, mother born in Canada.
Marian Daggett, 8 years old. Born in North Dakota, father born in Illinois, mother born in Canada.
Dorothy Daggett, 5 years old. Born in Minnesota, father born in Illinois, mother born in Canada.
Helen Daggett, 3 years old. Born in Minnesota, father born in Illinois, mother born in Canada.
1905 Minneapolis directory
Wm S. Daggett, r flat 2 12 Grove
27 Aug 1905, Grand Forks Herald
(In an article about the recent death of ex-U.S. Marshal Price, the newspaper printed the following letter from W.S. Daggett)
Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 24, 1906
P.W.Hennessey, Esq., Grand Forks
My Dear Hennessey: I am most deeply grieved to inform you that Marshal Price died at St. Barnabas hospital in this city at 3 a.m. Monday, August 21, after an illness of but a few hours.
The marshal had been in perfect health during his entire visit and had planned to go to North Dakota Sunday. He was, however, taken sick, removed to the hospital at 10 p.m. Sunday, dying a few hours later, and the saddest of all, dying alone in the midst of his friends. The body was taken to his home at Fremont, Ohio, last night.
During his stay of seven weeks the marshal never tired of talking of the loyalty of the "old guard" and his most prized possession was the watch the boys gave him. When taken to the hospital he clung to the watch, leaving all else behind. He looked forward with the keenest anticipation to his visit to North Dakota when he could again be with you and talk over the years spent together in service.
With the most profound sorrow at the loss of one who was so loyal and true a friend, I am, yours very truly,
8 Feb 1909
Minneapolis court enjoins W.S. Daggett from using quotations of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce on ground that same are private property.
4 Aug 1909, Evening Times
Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 4 - William Daggett, Minneapolis grain commission man, who at one time lived in St. Paul, and Mrs. Daggett, are now the happiest couple in the Mill City, just having located their 14-year-old daughter, Martha, who was lost en route to Fargo, Friday last.
Mrs. Daggett sent the girl to Fargo for a visit at the home of Mrs. James Grady. She placed her on a Great Northern train instead of the Northern Pacific as arranged. Later, a telegram notified Mrs. Daggett that her daughter had not arrived and for hours the mother was distracted. Another telegram followed, however, this informing her that the girl had finally reached Fargo.
The Daggetts live at 3505 Third avenue south, Minneapolis.
1910 Minneapolis city directory
Martha M. Daggett (wid John) b 3505 3d ave S
Wm S Daggett clk L H Cella & Co r 3505 3d av S
1910 Census, 13-Wd Minneapolis, District 202, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Household headed by W.S. Daggett, 46 yo male, born in Illinois, both parents born in Maine, grain merchant. Wife Anna, 39 yo, immigrated to U.S. in 1886, mother of 5 children, all of them living. Son Paul, 17 yo, born in Minnesota. Daughter Martha, 15 yo, born in North Dakota. Daughter Marion, 12 yo, born in North Dakota. Daughter Dorothy, 9 yo, born in Minnesota. Daughter Helen, 7 yo, born in Minnesota. Mother Martha, 79 yo, married for 53 years, born in Maine, mother of 5 children, 4 of them living.
1912 Minneapolis directory
Wm S. Daggett, died Apr 2d '12 age 48
His death certificate shows that he died on April 1, 1912 of "chronic nephritis". His occupation is given as "grain broker".