Name: Peter Lutnes


Age/DoB: b. 1895


County of Conviction: Sheridan


Judicial District:  17th


Case No.: 249


Date of Conviction: July 9, 1918


Sentence: $200









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Allegations: Three counts of sedition, all for same couple of sentences.  On May 13, 1918, he allegedly said: "The Kaiser [thereby meaning the ruler of Germany] is as good as President Wilson [thereby meaning the president of the United States].  President Wilson is a no good son of a bitch."


Case Details: None


Personal information: Born in Minnesota. Parents born in Norway. Came to Montana abt. 1912. Just 23 when convicted, possibly the youngest of this group. Joined Army for one year in1918. By 1930, Peter was 35, living in Sheridan, working as a farmer and not married. Worked in the Seattle shipyards during World War II. According to his nephew, Lutnes was very politically active, who liked to play the fiddle and entertain people who came to visit.  His wife’s name may have been Lillian.  Farmed near Wolf Point until 1968, then moved to an old folks home in Minnesota. Relatives in North Dakota.


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