On the next day, the questioning continued. Mr.Schwartz reiterated he could recall nothing in the Oswald file about North Dakota. 
Note: J.G. Sourwine died July 22, 1986.
Interview with William Henry Timmer
William Henry Timmer was interviewed on October 27, 1994, by John Armstrong.  This was apparently the second time he had been contacted by anyone researching the assassination since he had been interviewed by the FBI in 1963.Thefirst time occurred sometime in the 1960’s by the BBC; that interview has as yet not been made available to the public.  Timmer confirmed his original statements made to the FBI in 1963, adding a few previously unreported details. Timmer said that Oswald’s father, whom he never met, was reported to have been working in the oil fields. Oswald was remembered to be about 6-7 inches taller than Timmer in the summer of 1963. Timmer was 12 at the time, and perhaps smaller than his contemporaries. Timmer’s adult height is 5’7″. Timmer had a heart problem that kept him from activities like playing baseball. In the interview, Armstrong gave two instances of Oswald saying he had moved to North Dakota, one in the article by Aline Mosby, and the second in Oswald’s telling Lt. Francis Martello after his arrest in New Orleans for the disturbance related to distributing the Fair Play for Cuba leaflets. Timmer apparently has tired of talking to JFK assassination researchers. Timmer has refused to talk about the events in North Dakota to both of these writers, most recently November 19, 1999.
Interviews with Alma Cole
Two interviews were held with Alma Cole, mother of William Henry Timmer.  Several significant points were raised. First, Mrs. Marguerite Oswald was said by Cole to be living in Stanley for the duration of time Lee Harvey Oswald was in North Dakota. She was pointed out to Mrs. Cole in a Stanley dress shop by Cole’s cousin Frances Jellesed, who had seen Mrs. Oswald at her restaurant in Stanley. Mrs. Oswald was loud and wanted everyone to know she was from Texas. Mrs. Oswald was described as having grey hair, glasses, and was at most, 5’3″ tall. Also, Cole indicated that her son had told her that the boy wanted to be called “Lee Harvey” rather than just “Lee”. Her son was with Oswald when he stole the book by Marx from a small library in a room of the Memorial Building in Stanley.
Interviews with Jerry Evenson and Lane Evans
Jerry Evenson has kept in touch with Bill Timmer and had visited him in the summer of 1999. Timmer has never talked about the Oswald incident to Evenson. Timmer is not a “bullshitter” in Evenson’s view. Evenson has thought often about the FBI interview 36 years ago. Evenson’s FBI interview took place at the Mountrail County Courthouse in Stanley. The only person present other than Evenson and SA Fred Harvey was Sheriff Ralph Hamre. 
Lane Evans does recall a fight on the south side of Stanley where the present swimming pool is. The fight involved an out of town person. Evans cannot recall who was present. The FBI did not tell him not to talk about the interview. Evans was acquainted with Timmer, Jellesed, Evenson, Jack Feehan, Lyle Aho and Vern Buehler  for the significance of the last two persons named, see Part II.]
Interview with Jack Feehan
Jack Feehan was scheduled to be interviewed by the FBI. The FBI spoke to his mother, Mrs. Elmer Nelson; they then decided it was not necessary to speak to Feehan himself. We contacted Feehan through his son Greg. Jack Feehan said that he had never discussed the Harvey Oswald experience with Timmer, though they have remained in contact. Feehan had no recollection of Harvey Oswald himself.  In a more recent interview with Greg Feehan, it was related that Jack Feehan called Timmer (after the 10/3/99 interview with Gary Severson) and asked about the Oswald circumstances. Greg Feehan was told by his father that Timmer denied knowing anything about the Oswald events. .
Interviews with Keith Schulte and Russel Kilen
Keith Schulte, States Attorney for Mountrail County, 1947-1957, and 1960-1975, had never heard of the FBI coming to Stanley regarding investigations of the Kennedy assassination. He thought that Sheriff Hamre and Mayor Will would surely have told him about being interviewed by the FBI.  Similiar views were expressed by Russel Kilen, editor of the Mountrail County Promoter, 1946-1979.  In that both these gentlemen expressed friendships with the sheriff and the mayor, their expectations of communications in these matters were not met. Dan Will, son of ex-Mayor Bud Will, said that his father never mentioned being interviewed by the FBI in regard to an investigation of the assassination. 
What is to be Made of the Harvey Oswald-North Dakota connection?
There are several hypotheses that could be made about these Oswald sightings in North Dakota:
1. Lee Harvey Oswald did in fact spend part of the summer of 1953 in Stanley, ND.
2. An imposter impersonated Oswald in Stanley, ND.
3. A coincidence occurred where a person innocently was mistaken for Oswald.
4. The report was a figment of the imagination of the reporters, perhaps as a way of gaining the spotlight.
5. The reporters were part of a process of building a “legend” for Oswald.
Testing the Hypotheses Regarding Harvey Oswald
Hypothesis three is the most easily discarded. It is most unlikely that a person would be named Harvey Oswald, be from New York City, be Lee Harvey Oswald’s age, and be spending the summer in Stanley, ND, and not be in any manner related to “the” Lee Harvey Oswald. The fifth hypothesis, building a “legend”, is improbable as well. Alma Cole was a legitimate Stanley-vicinity resident for much of her life prior to moving to Yuma, Arizona (probably around 1959) where she lived at the time of writing her letter to President Johnson. Her husband apparently worked in construction both before and after the summer of 1953; nothing in their background is suggestive of a clandestine nature. Bill Timmer hasbeen a barber throughout his life. These are not the sort of people who are likely to attempt to create a legend. The fourth hypothesis has little to recommend it either. Publicity seekers don’t just tell their story to the FBI and then sit on the story for over thirty years. (There is the exception that Timmer spoke to the BBC in the 1960’s in the still unpublished interview.) Timmer seems to be a very private person who avoids media contact; his recent denial to Jack Feehan can be interpreted in several ways. Our interpretation is that he wants to be allowed to live his life without revisiting the past. Alma Cole also has not attempted to seek circulation for her story. That leaves us with hypotheses one and two. If Oswald did in fact visit Stanley, ND in the summer of 1953, and proclaim that he would someday kill the president, then the government has long suppressed evidence that Oswald had a lifelong dream of being an assassin. The more dangerous hypothesis to the Warren Commission’s findings is hypothesis two, an imposter was the Harvey Oswald in Stanley. Were hypothesis two true, then the developing of a legend seems to be the likely rationale. We assert that, with present evidence, either hypothesis one or hypothesis two is most likely. Either Oswald was physically present in North Dakota in 1953, or someone impersonating him was in Stanley.
1. Mosby, A. (1963). Oswald Interview Recalled: UP! Reporter Talked to Defector in Moscow. UPI report; copy in Lee Harvey Oswald Sightings (1999). Dal las, TX: JFK Lancer.
2. Lee Harvey Oswald Sightings (1999). Dallas, TX: JFK Lancer.
3. WCE XXII:701 -71 0.
4.Cole letter to President Johnson, Dec 11, 1963. FBI file Minneapolis 105-2564; Dallas 100-10461. Re-printed in Robertson, J. (1999). Denial #2. Volume Two. The John Armstrong Research. Lafayette, IN: Author.
5. FBI Interview of William Henry Timmer by SA Donald H. Head. FBI file SE 89-47. Seattle, WA.
7. F3l report from SAC, Minneapolis to FBI Director, & SACS in Dallas and San Antonio, 12/21/63. FBI file Minneapolis 105-2564; Dallas 100-10461.
8. FBI Interview of Mary Wurtz by SA Fred Harvey in Stanley, ND 12/23/63. FBI file Minneapolis 105-2564; Dallas 100-10461.
9. FBI interview of Jerry Evanson by SA Fred Harvey in Stanley, ND 12/23/63. FBI file Minneapolis 105-2564; Dallas 100-10461.
10. FBI interview of Bud Will by SA Fred Harvey in Stanley, ND 12/23/63. FBI file Minneapolis 105-2564; Dallas 100-10461.
11. FBI interview of Lane Evans by SA Fred Harvey in New Town, ND 12/23/63. FBI file Minneapolis 105-2564; Dallas 100-10461.
12. FBI Interview of Delvin Douglas Jellesed by SA Douglas H. Smith in Stanley, ND 12/21/63. FBI file Minneapolis 105-2564; Dallas 100-10461.
13. FBI report from SAC, Minneapolis to FBI Director, & SAC’s in Dallas and San Antonio, 12/21/63. FBI file Minneapolis 105-2564; Dallas 100-10461.
14. FBI Interview of Ralph Hamre in Stanley, ND 12/21/63. FBI file Minneapolis 105-2564; Dallas 100-10461.
15. FBI Interview of Walter Poulson in Stanley, ND 12/21/63. FBI file Minneapolis 105-2564; Dallas 100-10461.
16. Letter of FBI Director, 12/20/63. Record Number105-82555-1226.
18. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, 1963-65,1232-1233.
19. Interview of William Timmer by John Armstrong 10/27/94; copy from J. Armstrong.
20. Interview of Mrs. Alma Cole by Gary Severson, 9/24/99.
21. Interviews of Mrs. Alma Cole by Gary Severson, 9/8/99, 9/24/99.
22. Interview of Jerry Evenson by Gary Severson, 10/3/99.
23. Interview of Lane Evans by Gary Severson, 10/3/99.
24. Interview of Jack Feehan by Gary Severson,10/3/99.
25. Interview of Greg Feehan by Gary Severson, 12/7/99.
26. Interview of Keith Schulte by Gary Severson and John Williams, 8/2/99.
27. Interview of Russel Kilen by Gary Severson and John Williams, 8/2/99.
28. Interview of Don Will by Gary Severson, 9/22/99.