William Langer



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In this letter, dated February 25, 1919, from North Dakota Attorney General William Langer to Judge W. J. Kneeshaw, Langer replies to Kneeshaw's letter of February 20 and accepts Kneeshaw's conclusion.

Langer elaborates that Attorney [E. E.] Fletcher of Langdon has informed Langer that "they" (Sarles, ND Village Marshal Alvah Phillabaum, Ernest D** and Matilda D**, according to a letter from Phillbaum linked below) are taking steps to have Mr. [Hiram] Stepp arrested again, and that Cavalier County, ND State's Attorney G. Grimson would issue a warrant. Langer writes that he told Fletcher that Kneeshaw's conclusion would be the final word, but that he had not yet heard from Kneeshaw. Now that Kneeshaw had replied, Langer says he will agree to Kneeshaw's conclusion and regard the case as closed.

See also:

Letter from Attorney General Langer to G. Grimson Regarding Stepp Case, February 24, 1919

Letter from Sarles, ND Village Marshal Phillebaum to Langer Regarding Hiram Stepp Flight Risk, February 24, 1919

Date of Work



State v. Stepp, rape, statutory rape

People Referenced

E. E. Fletcher, Hiram Steppe, W. J. Kneeshaw, G. Grimson, William Langer


Political History | United States History


Please note that information related to the identification of the underage victim in this case has been redacted from the digital collection per library policy. The original documents are available to researchers at the Chester Fritz Special Collections Library.

Letter from Governor Langer To Judge W. J. Kneeshaw Regarding Kneeshaw's Conclusion Regarding Stepp Case, February 25, 1919