If It Sounds Too Good To Be True… – This Week in History

Maybe Mrs. Frank Turner is pictured in this photo of the East Kleskun Ladies Club Aid c.1915

Maybe Mrs. Frank Turner is pictured in this photo of the East Kleskun Ladies Aid Club c.1915

The Kleskun Lake News in the June 10th, 1924 paper reports that a local resident was one of the 400 beneficiaries in a $500,000,000 estate. But there was nothing in later papers about a new local millionaire. What happened? Interesting to note that just the week before this item was printed, there was an ad entitles “Heirs Wanted”, where by sending $1.00 you could receive a book of missing heirs. This was a more complex scheme, but scheme it was. It was the “Springer Hoax” which had started in the mid 19th century and was around off and on until at least the 1940’s.

Grande Prairie Herald ~ June 10, 1924

Grande Prairie Herald ~ June 3, 1924

Grande Prairie Herald ~ June 3, 1924