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The Daily Commonwealth, Covington, Kentucky
Saturday, August 21, 1880
- Death: Mrs. Bridget Burns who resided with her husband
and three children at No. 111 East Third Street, was accidentally
drowned yesterday afternoon in the cistern in the rear yard
of her home. One of her sons on returning from work in the evening
missed his mother, but thought she was at a neighbor's, until
about six o'clock when he instituted a search for her, and mechanically
looked into the cistern, when he was horrified to discover her
dead body floating on the water. The alarm was given and Chief
Gore and the Hook and Ladder Company came promptly to the spot
and recovered the body, which had apparently been in the was
several hours. Coroner DeGruyter held an inquest when it was
discovered that about about four o'clock Ed Thornton, the son
of a neighbor, had heard her cries, but could not discover whence
they came, as they were muffled in the cistern. The supposition
is that the unfortunate woman fell in the cistern while drawing
a bucket of water, as the top was low, the cistern full, and
the rope short. The verdict of the Coroner's jury was in accordance
with the above facts. Deceased was 55 years of age.
- Cynthiana-August 20: Miss Amanda Fisher of this county, aged
40, was married to a Mr. Andrews, aged 18 years.
- Lines written in the death of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. H. Wilkinson.
TOO LOVELY FOR EARTH
An angel in the Book of Life
Wrote down our darling's birth,
Then added, ere, he closed the page
Too lovely for earth.
And when death passed by
He read the words and smiled,
Then elapsed in his ___ hands
Our darling little child.
The parents wept, but angels sang
In soft and sweet accord,
And welcomed the lovely flower
To the garden of the Lord.
Their parents wept, they will not weep
When all their days are run,
And at the gates of Heaven
They meet their darling one.
- Another Pioneer Gone: Mrs. Marie Koch, a highly esteemed German
lady, was buried this afternoon at the Mother of God Church.
Mrs. Koch was born in Hanover, Germany, and at the time of her
death, which occurred at her residence on West Sixth Street,
Thursday evening, from dropsy, was 61 years of age. She came
to America over thirty years ago and lived for a while in Memphis
where she married Mr. Lorenz Koch who died several years ago.
Mrs. Koch had lived in Covington for over thirty years. She
leaves to mourn her loss one son who is married and one unmarried
daughter. Mr. John Koch, the son, buried three children within
a week about a year ago, and this blow is a sore affliction
to him and his family.
1. Martin [no last name given], aged 50 years, died of sunstroke
at his home on Delhi Pike, near the River Road, yesterday afternoon
2. Mr. John Schnell was arrested yesterday and locked up in
the Central Station until a bondsman appeared and gave security
for his appearance, in answer in the Police Court this morning
to the charge of shooting with intent to kill his wife.
3. Last night Sophia Shappell of No. 362 Liberty Street died
from the effects of poison by paris-green, taken with suicidal
intent. The deceased was about 35 years, the mother of eight
children, six of whom are living. Mr. Shappell was let to take
the rash step by the tattle of a neighbor woman who induced
her to believe that her husband was unfaithful.
1. Mr. John Biehl, an estimable young man, died early yesterday
morning at the residence of his brother,Fred W. Biehl, No. 118
York Street. The fatal disease was consumption.
2. Mrs. Frederick Korse, the victim of the disastrous runaway
Thursday morning, died yesterday morning from the effect her
injuries, at the residence of Mrs. Weise on Jefferson Street.
3. In the Chancery Court last evening, Henry M. Young filed
a petition for divorce from Carrie T. Young. The ground for
separation is that the defendant was pregnant, a fact unknown
to her husband at the time of their marriage, giving birth to
a child three months and five days afterward. The father of
the child plaintiff never learned.
4. Coroner Schoolfield yesterday morning held an inquest on
the body of old man Rackers of Dayton. The verdict was death
from injuries of the head caused from a blow by the hands of
his young son Hermann. The charges against young Rackers has
been changed to "murder" and his bond increased to
- Frankfort, Kentucky-August 20: The physicians pronounce Mrs.
Berry much better today, and in a few days she will be able
to be out, when the case against George Berry for assault and
battery upon her will be tried.
- Additional News Notes:
1. At Louisville last nigh, Cash Palmer, while drunk fell into
a privy vault and was suffocated.
2. Mr. Hiram Berry of Frankfort has instituted suit for divorce
from his wife, Mollie. he alleges that the "marriage was
obtained from him" by fraud", and at a time when he
was of unsound mind.
- Murfreesboro, North Carolina-August 20: A three-year-old child
of Mr. Spence Winborne was yesterday drowned in a mud-puddle
three fee deep, around which she was playing in the yard.
- Milwaukee-August 20: Albert Huxley of the tow of Clayton,
Winnebago County, a respected farmer, aged 78 years, was shot
this morning by his son-in-law, Torris Emmons, who lived with
him. Emmons then shot himself, both dying within a hour. It
was understood that the fatal act was the result of family and
- State News:
1. Robert W. Price of Columbia who was born in 1798 celebrated
his birthday on the 11th. The celebration took place in his
home in which he was born and has since resided.
2. Louisville Commercial: Eugene, a nine-year-old son of Addison
Kelley, died at his father's residence in Warren County Sunday,
and was buried the same day. Rev. Clay Proctor officiating.
He had a dropsial affection and as his body was being prepared
for burial he opened his eyes and said: "Mother, do no
cry, this is God's purpose" and reclosing his eyes gave
no further signs of life.
3. Courier Journal: A remarkable family of fat children reside
in Barren County. The father, Smithland Chambers, weights 180
pounds, and his wife only 112, but a six-year-old daughter weighs
230 pounds. The latter is as about as tall as other girls her
age, but measure eighty-four inches about the waist. A son died
a five years weighing 200 pounds, and some younger members of
the family manifest a tendency to take on flesh rapidly.
4. Glencoe-August 20: Mr. James Davis and Miss Lizzie Roberts
of Owen, eloped to Vevay, Indiana and returned yesterday as
man and wife.... Mr. Lewis Littrel of this county, and Miss
Lizzie Deatheridge, of Carroll, formed an eloping party to Cincinnati
last night, and returned this afternoon two hearts as one....
Owen County furnished the parties to a romantic party yesterday
in the persons of Mr. Daniel Beatty, 22 years of age, and his
cousin, Miss Margaret Beatty, 42 years of age.
- Crimes and Casualties:
1. Yesterday at Greenville, Ohio, Monroe Roberson was hanged
for the murder of Wiley Coulter, his brother-in-law. The murder
was a result of an old grudge. On the scaffold Roberson confessed
to many other crimes as well as the murder.
2. Corsicana, La. August 20: Geo. Doran was hanged today for
the murder of Joe Fitzzimmons, June 1, 1879. The execution took
place in the jail yard. Only those allowed by law were present.
The prisoner said he would prefer to be shot or gullitoned.
3. New Orleans-August 20: Edwin C. Mix Jr. was killed today
by three DERANCE brothers, Ferdinand, Armand and Henri, aged
25, 20 and 18 respectively. The Derances were imprisoned. They
declared that Mix had flirted with their young sister, and,
although warned, had not desisted, but continued to follow the
- The Arnold Murder Case-Nicholasville, Kentucky-August 20:
Joe. S. Bronson, Mrs. Mollie Rice, Dennis McQuinnay, N. B. Dethridge
and C. A. Partella were the witnesses examined by the prosecutors
in the Arnold murder case this morning. There was nothing elicited,
but all the evidence heretofore given was corroborated by these
witnesses. Pat Riley, J. W. Seper, G. L. Little, C. G. Miler
and W. O. Cunningham testified for the prosecution this afternoon,
their stories being the same as the preceding witnesses. Then
the Commonwealth rested. W. C. Werritt, for the defense, then
testified to seeing Arnold put on his overcoat that morning,
take a letter out of the desk and go out. About ten minutes
afterward the firing commenced. He saw Little on the pavement.
Arnold did not shoot or attempt to shoot after Little fell.
His testimony contradicts several witnesses for the prosecution
and tells of Little cursing and threatening Arnold in Arnold's
Store over some paper. Henry Clay, the most important witness
for the Commonwealth, has disappeared. Clay saw the whole difficulty.
He was breaking rock in front of Little's door, and looking
directly in when the shooting commenced. His evidence, it is
claimed, would have been very damaging to the defendant. Arnold
and friends are in good spirits and seem confident of getting
a hung jury, and possibly winning the fight; while the prosecution
say it is impossible to acquit. They say the only question for
the jury to decide will be as to his punishment.
- Obituary-At Boston Station, July 31, 1880, of quick consumption,
Mrs. Mary F. Wagoner, wife of Mr. George Wagoner, and daughter
of Richard Manning, Esq., of Pendleton County. Deceased, at
the time of her death, was on a visit at the home of her parents
near Boston Station. She connected herself with the Christian
Church at Morgan Station less than a year ago, and bore her
suffering with a true Christian fortitude; every one acquainted
with Mollie can testify to the purity of her life. In February
of the present year she united in marriage to Mr. Geo. W. Wagoner,
of near Levengood, and now scarcely six months have elapsed
and she has bid adieu to her husband, mother, fathers, brothers,
sisters, and friends, and gone to her rest. As the hour of death
drew nigh Mollie, in a calm voice, gave sweet counsel to those
around her dying bed, then closed her eyes in death.
Transcribed by Jeannie