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Hilton Sherman Norwood

Male 1904 - 2003  (99 years)

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  • Name Hilton Sherman Norwood 
    Born 10 February 1904  Murray, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 May 2003 
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      Minnesota Birth Certificates Index
      Norwood, Hilton Sherman
      Date of Birth: 02/10/1904
      Mother Maiden Name: Holliston
      certid# 1904-16949
      County of Birth: Murray
      1910 USA census - Murray, MN:
      Name Birth Year Birthplace Relation
      H Norwood abt 1873 Minnesota Head
      Beatrice Norwood abt 1880 Minnesota Wife
      Sherman Norwood abt 1904 Minnesota Son
      Maurice Norwood abt 1906 Minnesota Son
      Virgel Norwood abt 1907 Minnesota Son
      Marine Norwood abt 1832 Mother
      1920 USA census - Lyon, MN:
      Name Estimated Birth Year Birthplace Race Relation
      Hilton Norwood abt 1874 Minnesota race Head
      Beatrice Norwood abt 1878 Minnesota race Wife
      Sherman Norwood abt 1905 Minnesota race Son
      Maurice Norwood abt 1906 Minnesota race Son
      Virgil Norwood abt 1907 Minnesota race Son
      Isabelle Norwood abt 1913 Minnesota race Daughter
      Lyndon Norwood abt 1915 Minnesota race Son
      Althea Norwood abt 1917 Minnesota race Daughter
      1930 USA census - Lyon, MN:
      Name Estimated birth year Birthplace Relation
      Sherman H Norwood abt 1904 Minnesota Head
      Florence I Norwood abt 1905 Wife
      Ronald S Norwood abt 1926 Son
      Muriel E Norwood abt 1927 Daughter
      Social Security Death Index
      SHERMAN NORWOOD 10 Feb 1904 17 May 2003 (V) 56258 (Marshall, Lyon, MN) (none specified) 472-42-7089 Minnesota

      Whitesville's Last Jail Escape !

      Sometime in 1920

      Whitesville was once a thriving little city in the 1800's, with stores, hotels, carriage factories, and stage lines. The town also had a rowdy reputation; as the people traveled trough the town they bought supplies as well as wet their whistle at one of several saloons. So this leads me to believe the town must have also had a jail and peacekeepers.

      The story, I will soon tell was told to me while I was cooking bar-b-que for our Fire Department's annual fundraiser. It was early morning with a long day coming ahead. We had sat out by our fires most of the early morning. With me that morning was Mr. John Norfleet, Mr. Ralph Griggs, and Mr. Sherman Norwood. One of the things I loved to do on these occasions was to ask the older residents about what they knew or heard told about old Whitesville. Mr. Griggs and Mr. Norwood were prime candidates for my questions, both of them are older Black men that were raised near here and still live here in Frog Alley off Whitesville St. (I still don't have an answer to the origin of Frog Alley, it's always been called that!)

      Here is the story they told--It seems it was a Saturday night and big Bo, a distant cousin, had been drinking shine with some of the boys he cut timber with. Bo and the boys were in Frog Alley having a good old time after work. As the night went on big Bo got more and more rowdy (he likes to fight when drunk); we begin to worry, as his wife don't allow him to drink and he has forgot he should be home. We decided we should fetch Bo and get him to leave the group of now drunks. What can we do with him, we can't take him home in his condition and he will be angry when he realizes he has left the drinking, he is too strong for us to handle. At 6'4" and 285lbs, he is a big young man. We thought a few minutes and remembered a short walk away was the old jail cell. The building wasn't much just a steel bar cage with a wood top and floor. Three sides had bars and one a bar door. It was sitting on a rock foundation like old houses sit on (stacked rock on the 4 corners).

      The cell was about 8x8 square and 8ft tall. We put him in the cell and laid him down thinking he will sleep it off and we can get him home in the morning no trouble! We got a lock from home and a blanket for him to sleep on. It was a warm summer night and not far from Ralph's house, if he gets loud Ralph can calm him down. The next morning we got the shock of our lives; the jail and big Bo were gone. We found them down the road near his home. Big Bo had rocked the jail off the rocks, put his legs trough the bars and toted the jail off with him, headed home to the wife he feared and loved.
    Person ID I10067  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 12 September 2007 

    Father Hilton Norwood,   b. about 1873, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 October 1931, Swift, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Mother Beatrice (Jennie) Holliston,   b. 1877, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 February 1932, Swift, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Family ID F1884  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Florence Irene Castle,   b. 5 April 1904, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 April 1979, Lyon, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
     1. Ronald Sherman Norwood,   b. 22 June 1926, Lyon, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 July 2000, Lyon, MN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. LIVING
    Family ID F3355  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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