Exhibit A has a real meaning for five New Bremen teenagers who thought the Hallowe’en season a good time for upsetting 21 corn shocks on the Howard Wiehe farm east of here.
New Bremen police made an investigation the following morning and within a few hours the youths were going through an embarrassing session in the court of Mayor Souders.
Three times they were given a chance to come clean with the officials and as many times they chose to deny, collectively and individually, any involvement in the affair. Their attitude brought on an impasse which threatened to continue indefinitely until Police Chief Wehrman introduced his now famous Exhibit A-a billfold belonging to one of the boys and found by him in the Wiehe corn field. Shamefacedly, then, they admitted their guilt.
After being lectured by Souders, the pranksters were escorted to the farm to put the shocks back into place. They were escorted by Wehrman, who, remembering that he, too, once had been a boy, jumped in and helped them. Deputy Sheriff Art Lawler, called here for the court hearing, watched from the sidelines. (New Bremen Sun 10/29/1954)
Left by Pranksters, Upended Corn Shocks, Solved by Clue
March 10, 1949. Mollie Wehrman removing snow.
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