Name: Ernst Axel Tunander or Thunander

Age/DoB:  Feb. 20, 1887

County of Conviction: Custer

Judicial District:  16th

Case No.:  891

Date of Conviction:  Jan. 3, 1919

Sentence:  $500









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Allegations: On Sept. 24, 1918, said at Hobo Jim's (Holler & Osborne's) saloon in Miles City that he would not fight for U.S. and that he would fight for the Kaiser; that he would go to jail before he would fight for the U.S.


Comments:  Witness said another man hit him with a spittoon. Defendant said he was drunk. Witness said defendant told him his girl in Michigan said if he fought against her mother country she would never love him anymore.


Personal Information: Born in Hjulsjo, Orebro Lan, Sweden, one of six children. Arrived in Boston on May 21, 1913, aboard the Laconia from Liverpool. Went to Iron County, Michigan. Worked in Crystal Falls, Minneapolis and Dickinson, N.D. before arriving in Custer Co. Had been working for a farmer at time of his arrest. Later married and had three children. Son Elton killed in action in Korean War. Ernst died in August 1979 in Alger Co, Mich., at age 92. Relative in Utah.


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