The Daily Register - Saturday, January 24, 1914
John SPROUSE, charged with an assault to murder the family
of Frances RIGHTNOWER by dynamiting their home, was found
guilty of the charge by the jury that had his case. The jury
was out only a short time and it is reported that a conviction
of the charge was reached on the first ballot.
The evidence showed that the home of Frances RIGHTNOWAR, in
McClellan Township, was blown up by dynamite on August 28, 1913.
It was also brought out that the defendant had on numerous occasions
made threats against the RIGHTNOWER family. Frances RIGHTNOWER was
the father-in-law to SPROUSE, and because his daughter got a
divorce from the defendant he seemed to be very much put out
over the affair.
When the jury brought in their verdict the defendant sat
unmoved when he learned what it was and he was absolutely emotionless.
The evidence upon which a conclusion was reached was circumstantial.
His attorney made a motion for a new trial which will be disposed of later.
The Daily Register - Wednesday, January 28, 1914
PUBLICATION NOTICE - State of Illinois, Jefferson County, as, County
Court of Jefferson County to the March Term A.D. 1914.
B. W. G. ELKINS, Administrator of the estate of Martha CALDWELL Deceased,
vs. John PUFFER, Wallace PUFFER, Samuel PUFFER, Mary PUFFER RILEY, Eddie
PUFFER, Jane WATTS, J. Leaton BATES, Mary Rose NEWBY, Laura J. JACKSON,
Rachael M. HARGRAVE, Francis M. BATES, Sarah HART, John W. BATES, Sidney
CROZIER, Elizabeth FAULKNER, Geneva KIMMEL, Charles E. CURRY, Hazel MOONEY,
Goodman CALDWELL, Emon M. STOVER, Kindred STORMENT, Edna ROUPE, Sumner STORMENT,
Walter LAIRD, S. F. LAIRD, Ross SHELL, Pearl I. GLASS et al - Petition to
sell Real Estate to pay debts.
Affidavit of the non-residence of Ross SHELL one of the defendants above
named having been filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County Court of
Jefferson County, notice is hereby given to the said Ross SHELL that the
said Plaintiff B. W. G. Elkins administrator of the estate of Martha CALDWELL
Deceased has filed his petition in the said County Court of Jefferson County
for an order to sell the premises belonging to the Estate of the said deceased,
or so much of it as may be needed to pay the debts of said deceased and described
as follows, to wit: North half lot No. 3, and the South half of lot No. 4 in
Block No. 4 in the village of Rome, in the County of Jefferson and State of
Illinois and that a summons has been issued out of said Court against you,
returnable at the March term A.D. 1914 of said Court to be holden on the 2nd
day of March A.D. 1914, at the Court House in Mt. Vernon in Jefferson County
Now, unless you, the said Ross SHELL shall personally be and appear before
said County Court of Jefferson County, on the first day of a term thereof,
to be holden at Mt. Vernon in said county, on the 2nd day of March 1914, and
complainant's petition filed therein, the same and the matters and things
therein charged and stated will be taken as confessed, and a decree entered
against you according to the prayer of said bill.
Dated at Mt. Vernon, Illinois, January 27th, 1914
John G. YOUNG, Clerk.
The Daily Register - Wednesday, January 28, 1914
P. K. CROSNO of Arthur, visited his son Ed CROSNO and family a part
of last week. G. G. DALBY Jr., is building a new addition to his house.
Wm. JUMPER is building a new barn. Mrs. Henry LEONARD is finishing winter
term of school in the Dareville District. Valentine ALLEN has been writing
for the court this past week. Wm. DALBY is doing the carpenter work on
his brother Gabe's home. Harl HILL has moved his saw mill on the WILBANKS
land and is sawing lumber for them. W. K. DALBY, tax collector, has the tax
books and is now ready to gather in the taxes. The DOBBS brothers have been
threshing peas here the past week. Eld. Marion BOWLES preached at the Oak
Grove School-house Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis MILES are here from South Dakota where they have been
working in the asylum since their marriage a few months ago. Mrs. MILES
was formerly Mable MANEECE daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George MANEECE.
Chas. WINN and wife who he shot and killed and then committed suicide in
East St. Louis last week were brought here last Saturday and buried in the
Old Baptist Cemetery near Winfield in Horse Prairie. Mrs. WINN was formerly
Miss Lizzie DUDLEY and was raised near Sheller where her parents still live
but she has lived in East St. Louis since her marriage.
I notice in last weeks Register that people had forgotten the name of the
man that was condemned to be hung and the scaffold built in Mt. Vernon so
long ago and a kindred rode to the capitol and got a pardon for him. Your
correspondent having lived all her life in less than a mile of the place
where the murder was committed can give you the names. The man that was
to hang was named BRADLEY and the man he killed was named King BRADLEY.
He rode up in front of King's home and called him to the door and shot
him as there was no cemetery near, KING was buried in the woods on the
William ABNEY farm. He was the first person buried in what is now the
beautiful Abner Cemetery which is a large well kept burying ground with
a neat steel fence around it and many nice monuments placed over graves.
The forest has all been cleared away. Just on the north side stands the
Elk Prairie town house.
The Daily Register - April 1, 1914
LOGANSVILLE - Antonio ANTONOVINSKY, Michael MOR___NEISKI, Josef JAYJENJAWJIMSKI,
Martin ___AJAMBOLINSKY and several others who have unspellable and unpronounceable
names are becoming alarmed over the immigration bill.
SHILOH - Mr. and Mrs. Edward HOLMES, who have been visiting here for two weeks,
left Monday and will visit in Mt. Vernon, Benton and Bluford till April 15 when
they will go to Quincy, where they will enter the Soldier's Home for an indefinite
period. Miss Amy CATES, of Keens, is the guest of her uncle, D. P. EGBERT.
BLUFORD - Helen BARTON spent Saturday with her grandparents, Mt. and Mrs.
W. H. BARTON. Mrs. R. C. CRAWFORD, of Champaign, is visiting her sister,
Mrs. J. W. BARTON.
The Daily Register - April 24, 1914
GOOD HOMES FOUND FOR JACKSON CHILDREN
Through the aid of the newspapers of the city, P. W. WHITE, administrator
of the Oliver JACKSON children, good homes have been found for the five children.
The 4 year old girl and the 6 year old boy were taken to Mr. and Mrs. M. M. STANLEY
in Dodds Township; and the 9 year old boy was taken by Ben ADAMS in the same neighborhood.
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. RICE, of this city, have taken the 9 year old girl; and the
14 year old boy is living with Frank AYERS of Iuka. The children seem to be well
satisfied and if everything is satisfactory they will be legally adopted by the people
who have taken them.