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The Decade Was 1900's

1900 - Life expectancy at birth averaged 48 years for whites and 33 years for blacks.
1901 - Teddy Roosevelt is elected President.
1903 - Henry Ford founds Ford Motor Co.
1906 - 2,500 people die from an earthquake in San Francisco.
1905 - "In My Merry Oldsmobile" by Gus Edwards was a hit song.
1908 - Henry Ford makes his first Model T for $850.

The Decade Was 1900's

Various newspaper items concerning Boone County and its residents in the early 1900's. You'll find a bit of everything ... deaths, births, accidents, crime ... and even humor. All items are transcribed exactly as they appeared in the publication, so please bear in mind that it was a different time and sometimes those editors wrote with a bit of flair, and describing gory details seemed to be their specialty! Even if you don't find an ancestor or two among these pages, you'll still find it interesting to read the news of their day. And if you *do* find a relative in some of these news clips, you might turn up a real surprise or two!

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Jamestown Press
Jamestown, Indiana
Friday, 17, May 1901, page 2

John DAVIS, a brother of Lebanon, 40 years old, unmarried, was found beside the Big Four Railroad track, west of Lebanon, early Tuesday morning with both legs cut off and body bruises and a wound on the back of his head. He was unconscious when found and died at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon without regaining conscious. How the accident happened is unknown. He was drinking heavily Monday evening, but his brother, Jesse thinks there is likely to be other causes of his death when fully investigated.

Transcribed by: Janet Isley Price (no relationship to individuals) - October 14, 2007

Jamestown Press
Jamestown, Indiana
Friday, 15 June 1900, page 4

Boone County Deaths

Mrs. Margaret R. Hamilton, west of Lebanon, died last Friday, age 43 years.

Flora M. Brown, south of Lebanon, died Saturday, aged 45 years.

Wm. Harrison, Harrison Township, died Saturday, aged 77 years.

Mrs. Ellen Moran, Perry Township, died Saturday, age 68 years.

Transcribed by: Janet Isley Price (no relationship to individuals) - October 9, 2007

Jamestown Press
Jamestown, Indiana
Friday, 13 July 1900, page 2

Boone County Deaths

Nelson W. Weakley, who was agent at Thorntown, and one of the oldest employees of the Big Four Rail Road, died Monday night.

Transcribed by: Janet Isley Price (no relationship to individuals) - October 9, 2007

Jamestown Press
Jamestown, Boone County, Indiana
Friday, 29 June 1906, Page 1

Thomas MITCHELL, aged sixty, of Thorntown, was instantly killed Tuesday morning about 10 o’clock at the Big Four pumping station in Thorntown. Mr. MITCHELL was assisting in putting in a new boiler at the pumping station. The chain used in hoisting the boiler broke letting the heavy mass of metal fall to the ground. Mr. MITCHELL’s head was caught between the boiler and the wall and was badly crushed. Death was instantaneous.

Transcribed by: Janet Isley Price (no relationship to individuals) - October 9, 2007

Jamestown Press
Jamestown, Boone County, Indiana
Friday, 23 November 1906, page 1

Charles SLIDER, an engineer on a steam derrick train on Chicago division of the Big Four, was killed at Thorntown Monday morning. The train was crossing Sugar creek when Mr. SLIDER was struck by the side of the bridge and knocked from the engine, his body falling into the water below. He was thirty-three years old and leaves a wife and one child in Indianapolis.

Transcribed by: Janet Isley Price (no relationship to individuals) - October 9, 2007

The San Francisco Call
San Francisco, California
August 03, 1902


Hunted Ex-Convict Commits Suicide at Winnemucca.

WINNEMUCCA, Nev., Aug. 2.—The mystery veiling the suicide of the young musician at Golconda three days ago has been cleared by the finding of letters written by the deceased. The suicide, who during his short sojourn in this State was known as Humes, was really A. P. McMillan, a fugitive from justice. A note giving the history of his crimes is addressed "To whom it may concern." From his early youth he has languished in reform schools, jails and prisons, and his record throughout the State of California extends back over ten years. He deserted his wife, to whom he was illegally married, In Klamath Falls, Ore., and, with officers of the law closely on his trail and another term in the penitentiary staring him in the face, he resolved to cheat justice with suicide. In his letters McMillan bemoans his checkered career and counts as his final act of crime the ending of his own life. He took strychnine and his body was not discovered for several days.

McMillan came to this place about two weeks ago and seemed to be a man of more than ordinary intelligence. He was loth [sic] to talk about his past, and, being unable to obtain other employment, took a job playing the violin in a local saloon. He was an excellent musician and master of several instruments.

On last Saturday night he complained of being ill, and after retiring for the night disappeared as mysteriously as he had appeared in the locality. On Wednesday word came from Golconda that the man's body had been found in a room In the Golconda Hotel, where it had lain three days. Clutched in one hand was a box that had contained stychnine. [sic] It was clearly a case of suicide.

The case was one of mystery for two days until the letters were found In the room formerly occupied by the suicide in this city. They were as follows:

No doubt when this is found and read I will be no more. I am not exactly crazy, but I am determined to put an end to a worthless renegade. Ever since I was six years of age I have done nothing but pile one wrong on top of another. When I was thirteen years old my father put me in the reform school at Plainfield, Ind. I was there until I was eighteen, when I escaped, and came to California. Then I got in trouble and went up to the Arctic on a whaler to escape punishment. When I got back I went down into Monterey County, Cal., and served
six months and was sent from Hollister to San Quentin in '96. I got out in '97 and four months afterward married in Mariposa County, Cal. After seventeen months I deserted my wife and child and went to Ukiah under the name of Blake. I stole a bicycle and went to Hanford, was arrested there and sentenced to four months for embezzlement. I was taken from there back to Ukiah and sentenced to six months for the bicycle theft. I did thirty days and escaped and went to Crescent City. I got into trouble there and had to leave a few months later. Then I wandered down into Placer County, at Ophir, under the name of E. Selma and left there owing about $300 and took a cornet and a violin. Then I went to Klamath Falls, Or., and married. I made many friends in Klamath Falls. I lived with my wife two months when I had to leave to evade officers. I had very little money so appropriated other people's coin and a wheel. I have been chased to this place.

Now I am sure no one will blame me for taking my own life under these circumstances. I try constantly to reform, but to no avail. It is utterly impossible for me to avoid these spells, for I am only a criminal by fits and when I get those fits I am helpless. I have concluded to commit one more and quit for always—that is, kill myself. Hoping the victims of my mania will in a way forgive me, I will now administer final punishment.

A. P. McMillan.

P. S., Please notify my wife, Mrs. Edna McMillan, Klamath Falls. Or.; also my father, A. McMillan, at Lebanon, Boone County, Ind.

To whom it may concern: My name is A. P. McMillan. I have been playing violin in Winnemucca for W. J. Bell under the name of Humes. I have a wife living at Klamath Falls, Or., Mrs. Edna McMillan. In case of my death, please notify my wife, also my father, at Lebanon, Ind., A. M. McMillan.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - September 17, 2007
Repository: The Library of Congress

Blue Grass Blade
Lexington, Kentucky
Sunday, April 30, 1905


Stabbed One of His Flock In Argument Over a Negro

LEBANON, IND., April 15 -- A sensation was created here today when Rev. John Dodge, pastor of the Holiness Church, was arrested, charged with having stabbed Oscar Johnson, a member of his congregation, during a quarrel at a meeting which was being held to consider the advisability of allowing a negro to preach to the congregation.

During a heated argument between Miss Mamie Chambers and the pastor the latter slapped the preacher's face. The act angered the pastor's wife, who engaged Miss Chambers in a physical encounter. At this juncture it is alleged that Oscar Johnson took part In the encounter and almost instantly he was attacked by Rev. Dodge. Johnson received a serious knife wound in the back. Rev. Dodge was released under bond. Johnson will recover.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - September 17, 2007
Repository: The Library of Congress

The Central Record
Lancaster, Kentucky
June 03, 1910


Mrs. Fannie Bryant left Friday for an extended visit to her sister, Mrs. Margaret Parr, at Lebanon Ind.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - September 17, 2007
Repository: The Library of Congress

Unknown Boone County Newspaper
July 1900


Miss Mary Griffith, Disappointed
in Love, Commits Suicide.

Broken-Heated [sic] Girl Confesses Cause of Her Act to Physician -- Her Lover Charles Smiley, Weds Another.

[see original news clipping for complete story]

Note: Per Indiana death records, Mary Griffith died July 21, 1900, Marion Twp., Boone County.

Surnames in article: Griffith, Griffiths, Davenport, Smiley, Padget, Padgett, Hendricks.

Submitted by: Julie Townsend - September 7, 2007

Coshocton Daily Times
Coshocton, Ohio
Monday, May 3, 1909

Fred Graves, prosecuting attorney of Boone county, Ind., was drowned when his canoe was swept over a dam near Lebanon.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - August 20, 2007

The Nebraska State Journal
Lincoln, Nebraska
Friday Morning, July 24, 1908
Page 5


Friends of Judge Samuel R. Artman, of Lebanon, Ind., are booming him for the prohibition nomination for president. He is a circuit court judge of Boone county, Ind., and gave a decision against the constitutionality of licensing saloons on February 13, 1907. According to the decision the state of Indiana had no more right to license liquor selling than to license gambling, being dangerous to public morals and public safety. The decision supported the claims of the anti-nuisance league of Indiana and was hailed by prohibitionists as affording a means of combating liquor selling throughout the nation. Since the decision Judge Artman has been in demand as a lecturer for prohibition.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - August 20, 2007

The Newark Advocate
Newark, Ohio
Wednesday Evening, February 5, 1902

Death Bed
Gift Leads To A Remarkable Discovery.

Man for 25 Years Recognized Two
Wives in Different Cities -- Affecting Scene

Chicago, Ill., Feb. 5 -- A death-bed gift has led to the discovery of a remarkable story of two homes maintained by one man.

Mrs. Sarah A. Wright and her daughter, Mrs. Lillie Felmlie, have just returned from Whitestown, Ind. where they secured proof that Wm. Wright, their husband and father respectively, had for a quarter of a century recognized two wives in different cities. Wright, a respected wagon maker of Whitestown, died a month ago. At that time he gave out the information which led the wife with whom he was living to find the wife he had deserted after she had borne him six children.

Wright was married to his first wife in 1865, and lived with her until 1874. At that time trouble caused the couple to part and Wright drifted to Indiana from Chicago. Two years after he arrived at Whitestown he married his second wife. This was twenty-one years after his first marriage. For years Wright did not visit his first wife in Chicago, but finally the longing became so strong to see her that he came. After that he visited here frequently.

She refused to live with him because her family by that time became able to support themselves and her at the same time. Just before his death Wright told his Whitestown wife of a son, Charles Wright, who lived in Chicago, and requested that his gold watch be sent to him.

After the funeral the Indiana wife wrote to Charles Theodore Wright of this city and the correspondence which followed proved to her that the first wife of the man to whom she supposed she had been legally married for twenty-five years was still living and that consequently she had been living with a bigamist.

Mrs. Sarah Wright of this city, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Lillie G. Felmlie, went to Whitestown a few days ago and the scene between the two wives was affecting.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - August 20, 2007

The Newark Advocate
Newark, Ohio
Tuesday Evening, November 10, 1903

Like Baggage Because He Could Not Talk -- Strange Malady of an Indiana Man.

Crawfordsville, Ind., Nov. 10 -- W. T. Lawell of New Rose, [sic] Ind., has just passed through the unique experience of traveling all the way from Texas like a piece of baggage.

He stepped from a Big Four train bearing a tag which read: "This is W. T. Lawell. He cannot talk. He is going to New Ross, Ind."

Without a word of warning he appeared at his home and only after hours of labor was able to make his family understand his strange dilemma. He was at work in Texas for a big lumber company and was injured in some mysterious way. The wife tried in vain to learn his trouble, but the man seemed dazed and has not sufficiently recovered to explain his condition. Lawell is suffering from paralysis of the brain, caused by a blood clot. He cannot talk and his mind is a blank. With a moan he points to his head, indicating that he has been badly injured. Not one word to solve the mystery has been received from the Hildergard Lumber company of Laurelia, Texas, by whom he was employed. He will probably die.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - August 20, 2007

The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois
May 30, 1901


James Weatherly has just returned from Boone county, Ind., where he has purchased a farm.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - August 20, 2007

The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois
February 28, 1908

M. L. Deck and Miss Cora Deck have been called to New Ross, Ind., on account of the death of Mrs. Deck's mother Thursday. Mrs. Deck went to New Ross last week and was with her mother at the latter's death.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - August 20, 2007

Portsmouth Herald
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
October 27, 1902


New Head of Sons of Veterans Youngest Man to Hold That Office

Frank Martin the new commander in chief of the Sons of Veterans, is the youngest man ever elected to the position and the only one ever chosen without opposition. Mr. Martin is a native of Lebanon, Ind., and is now in his thirty-second year. He has been prominent in the affairs of the Sons of Veterans for several years and in 1895, while still in college, was elected state commander of the order in Indiana, holding the office for two terms. For eight years he has been deputy auditor of Indiana.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - July 17, 2007

Freeborn County Standard
Albert Lea, Minnesota
July 11, 1900

Sarah Place celebrated her one hundredth birthday in Lebanon, Ind.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - July 17, 2007

Des Moines Daily Leader
Des Moines, Iowa
December 8, 1901

Shot Father and Himself

Lebanon, Ind., Dec. 7 -- Arthur Gobble, aged 24, after shooting and seriously wounding his father, John Gobble, 55 years old, a farmer, today, went home, told his mother of his deed, fired a shot into his head and fell dying at her feet. The old man was working in a field when Arthur approached and demanded that his father collect a bill that was due him. Upon the old man telling his son that he would attend to his own affairs without advice, the boy drew a revolver and fired three shots. The old man was seriously injured but will recover.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - July 17, 2007

Coshocton Daily Age
Coshocton, Ohio
May 17, 1907
Friday, Page 1 and 7


Coshocton Man Admits Bigamy Charge in Indianapolis Court -- Sentenced Today

Indianapolis, Ind., May 17 -- (Special) -- Dawson was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to six months in the county workhouse at 3 o'clock this afternoon.


Indianapolis May 17 -- "Mon Cher Minette: They can't hang me darling. They can't kill me. And they can't keep me in prison all my life. And when I do get out we two will live together in a nice little country[?] home where life will be one long sweet song.

"A thousand kisses for yours."

The note, rich in sentiment, ___ scribbled on very plain paper that was supplied to Leslie Dawson by an attaché of the Marion County jail [?] was addressed to Mrs. Minnie Dawson, No. 2. It was read in evidence in Criminal Court, this afternoon, where Dawson was on trial, charged with bigamy.

He Pleads Guilty

Judge William Irvin, at the conclusion of the hearing of the case, indicated that he would find the man guilty of bigamy today, but he said he wanted time to consider what proper punishment would be in the case. John W. Kern, the bigamist's lawyer, pleaded guilty for his client but said much at the close of the case about "mitigating circumstances" which lawyers for the state and others about the court room thought were mythical.

Poor Memory

Dawson was on the witness stand. He admitted that he married Minnie Kinney -- she who received the note and the thousand kisses -- without knowing that Mrs. Minnie Dawson of Coshocton, O. had been divorced from him. He said he had heard through a friend that she had applied for a divorce, but his memory was rather hazy about this.

The Ohio Minnie Dawson was here to testify against her husband and she told how he had deserted her and their three little children at a time when she was ill and could do nothing toward her own support.

It was shown how Dawson had been arrested here for deserting his former wife a short time after he had married the second time and how his Ohio wife learned, through her inquiries about him here, that he had married another woman. He succeeded in avoiding the embarrassment of letting Minnie Kinnie Dawson know he was a bigamist until the Ohio wife caused his arrest here a short time after he had given bond [?] at Coshocton to support his wife No. 1 and his three little children.

The Second Wedding

Mrs. Dawson No. 2, who appeared to have a real affection for her husband -- she to whom he sent the kisses -- told how she had come to Indianapolis from her home near [?] Zionsville and had found employment in an Illinois street boarding house where Dawson was manager. They loved and they wedded three months after her arrival from the farm. And she said they were happy until the law placed a barrier of iron between them.

Mr. Kern told a joke about a man who was charged with bigamy and otherwise seemed not to regard the

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offense particularly seriously. He said a certain man was charged with bigamy and that the judge when it came time to rule on the case, declared that since the man had seven wives, he was not guilty of bigamy at all, that he was "guilty of pleurisy."

Attorneys for the state and others in the court room, including Judge Irvin, smiled. Mr. Kern laughed, Dawson smiled. She of the thousand kisses laughed quite heartily. But she of the three little children at Coshocton, O., did not smile. The whole procedure appealed to her as being a very serious matter.

Under the law, the man might be fined in any sum not exceeding $1,000. To this might be added imprisonment of not to exceed six months in jail. Or, he may be sentenced to from 2 to 5 years in the state prison.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - April 14, 2007

Transcriber Note: Indiana marriage records show that William L. Dawson married Minatta L. Kinney on 21 November 1906 in Marion County, Indiana. Source: Marion County Indiana Index to Marriage Records 1906 - 1910, Book: 43, OS Page: 519. On the 1910 census, Minnie Kinney is shown as single and living in the home of her parents, Jeremiah and Margaret Kinney in Eagle Twp., Zionsville, Boone County, Indiana.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne, Indiana
November 25. 1908


LEBANON, Ind., Nov. 24 -- At the home of David Slayback, a bachelor who was found dead near Lebanon Saturday, the neighbors yesterday found in a pile of corncobs an even $2,000, all in gold. The money had originally been tied up in paper, but rats had been at work and the coins were well scattered through the pile of cobs.

Mr. Slayback drew $4,700 in cash from a Lebanon bank last spring. He was eccentric. A few years ago he was worked for $3,000 by sharpers who sold him some worthless paper.

Two years ago he built a church at Rosston for the congregation there paying all of the expenses himself.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - March 11, 2007

Decatur Herald
Decatur, Illinois
November 10, 1905


M. L. Deck Will Meet With Relatives
at Whitestown, Ind.

M. L. Deck left Tuesday for Whitestown, Ind., where he will attend a family reunion. There he will meet his sisters, Mrs. J. A. Dishner of Tennesee[sic], Mrs. William Harr of Whitestown, and his brother, Joseph Deck of Urbana, Ill, The reunion there is the first time that they have been together in thirty-five years. M. L. Deck has met his brother and sisters several times during those years, but it was only recently that Mrs. Dishner and Joseph Deck met for the first time in thirty-five years, and now they have arranged for a meeting before Mrs. Dishner returns to her home in Tennessee.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - 1/20/2007

State Social and Personal News

The Indianapolis Star
Indianapolis, Indiana
October 31, 1909


Bert Aldridge was home from Indianapolis Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Stall were in Chicago Saturday and Sunday.

Mrs. E. A. Godley and daughter Caroline have returned home from a visit at Winamac, Ind.

The Over the-Teacups Club was entertained at the home of Miss Jeanette Jaques Monday evening.

The Wild Cats Club will give a Halloween party Monday evening at the home of Miss Hester Seawright.

Mrs. M. O. Wallace, Mrs. M. E. Cahill and P. J. Wallace, who have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Johnson, returned to their home in Milwaukee Friday.

Miss Gladys La Rue, a student and a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority at De Pauw, was home Sunday. She was accompanied by Miss Inez Gass, also a member of the same sorority.


Mrs. Ivory C. Tolle was hostess to the Magazine Club Thursday afternoon.

Mrs. Ruth Dame of Franklin was the guest of Mr. And Mrs. H. G. Brown Sunday.

Mrs. Salome McCain of Crawfordsville was the guest of Mrs. C. P. Rodman Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry O. Thomas of Toronto, Canada, are the guests of Lebanon relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Whitaker were guests of their daughter, Mrs. W. E. Dutchie, at Indianapolis Monday and Tuesday.

Mrs. Ella and Lizzie Hoffman, Mrs. Harry Hicks and Mrs. Frank Hicks of Indianapolis were guests of Mrs. W. C. Halfman Sunday.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - December 26, 2006

Social Side of City

The Indianapolis Star
Indianapolis, Indiana
December 30, 1909

Mrs. S. R. Artman gave a pretty Christmas frolic for the members of her Sunday school class of the Central Christian Church yesterday afternoon from 2 to 5 o'clock. The rooms were trimmed with ropes of holly and laurel and Christmas bells. During the afternoon a delightful musicale was given by the Misses Elsie McKee, Bonnie Ralston, Minerva Searles and Gretchen Spegg. Among the guests were the Misses Lillian and Corrine Stevenson and Carrie Martin of Lebanon, who were formerly members of Mrs. Artman's class at her old home in Lebanon, and Miss Helen Monjan of Rushville, Ind. Mrs. Arthur Carr gave several monologues.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - December 26, 2006

Shelburne Reunion

The Indianapolis Star
Indianapolis, Indiana

September 8, 1908
Society Women Section, page 7

Mrs. L. S. Kean, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Shelburne and Mrs. O. Baker of this city and Mrs. M. Baker of Stinesville will leave Wednesday morning for Whitestown to attend the reunion of the Shelburne family.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - 9/2006


The Indianapolis Star
Indianapolis, Indiana
Wednesday, October 28, 1908
Indiana News

Skeleton of Indian Goliath Found Near That of Small Animal In Shallow Gravel Pit at Whitestown

Whitestown, Ind., Oct 27 -- While a number of farmers were loading gravel at the gravel pit on the farm of Rhenus Isenhour, three miles north of Whitestown, Monday, they found a human skeleton of great size at a depth of about four feet. A slight cavein [sic] from the side of the pit revealed the skeleton, which lay in a horizontal position. David Neese and Linsey Hine, supervisors of the roads north of Whitestown, directed the men to remove the bones carefully, and they succeeded in exhuming them practically intact. Resting beside the skeleton were the bones of a smaller animal, resembling those of a dog.

The skeleton was removed to Whitestown and Dr. P. B. Little pronounced it to be that of an Indian of immense stature. The bones forming the lower half of the skull are very large, especially the jaw bones, which contain perfect sets of teeth. The skeleton was left at the office of Dr. Little, where it has been viewed by great numbers of people.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - 9/2006

The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Tuesday Morning, January 14, 1902


WASHINGTON - Jan. 13 - The president to-day named the following postmasters for Indiana: Chauncey D. Sherwin, Goshen; Albet S. Peacock, Attica; Elliott E Barnard, Delphi; Andrew Laird, Frankfort; Andrew M. Willoughby, Greensburg; Ellis G. Darnell, Lebanon; William C. Vance, Noblesville; Andrew Morrissey, Notre Dame; William H. Mallory, Veedersburg; William O. Protsman, Vevay; Robert S. Potts, Thorntown; B. W. Scott Wiseman, Culver.

Charges of an unimportant character were preferred against Sherwin, of Goshen, and there was local opposition to Protsman, of Vevay, and Willoughby, of Greensburg. The senators stood by their original recommendations in every instance.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - 10/2006

The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Sunday, February 2, 1902, Page 8, col 3


On Monday evening the Rev. J. O. Rose, of Lebanon, state superintendent of the good citizenship department of the Christian Endeavor society, will address the Union Christian Endeavor meeting at Plymouth church.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - 10/2006

The Indianapolis Star
Indianapolis, Indiana
October 25, 1908
Page 17, For Sale - Miscellaneous

FOR SALE -- Piano purchasing coupon for $78.50, issued by the Story & Clark Piano Company; will take $25 cash. Address EDWIN M. HOBBS, Zionsville, Boone County, Indiana.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - 10/2006

The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Thursday morning, March 11, 1909


CHICAGO, March 10 - Judge A. B. Anderson who presided at the retrial of the celebrated Standard Oil case, was born in Zionsville, Ind., February 10, 1857. He was graduated from Wabash college in 1879 and then studied law at Crawfordsville and Indianapolis. He was admitted to the bar in 1881 and began the practice of law at Crawfordsville. He was a prosecuting attorney for Montgomery county, Ind., for three years, and since December 18, 1902, he has been United States district judge for the district of Indiana. His home is in Indianapolis. Another famous case at which Judge Anderson presided was that against John R. Walsh, former president of the Chicago National bank, who was found guilty of misapplying the funds of the bank and was sentenced to serve a five years' term in prison at Leavenworth, Kas. Walsh's case is now pending in the court of appeals.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - 10/2006

The Weekly Sentinel
Fort Wayne, Indiana
January 24, 1906


Prevented by illness from attending church services, Miss Ara Vaught, by means of telephone arrangements made expressly for her benefit, was enabled last night to hear the entire revival service at the M. E. church. Miss Vaught has been an invalid for several years and has not been able to attend church. She is a devout Christian. Miss Vaught recently expressed a desire to hear the pipe organ in the new church and yesterday the Lebanon Telephone company made arrangements whereby her wish could be gratified. A megaphone attached to a telephone was placed in front of the pulpit in such a way that every word uttered by the pastor, the Rev. Tillotson, and every note of the pipe organ was caught up by the megaphone and transmitted through the telephone. It was a rare treat for the invalid and was deeply appreciated by her.

Transcribed by: T. Stover - October 30, 2006