Bates County News



 

The Adrian Journal
Adrian, Bates County, Missouri

March 7, 1889 - December 26, 1889
 
 

Davis, baby girl
Born to the wife of J. W. Davis, on Sunday, March 3rd, an eight pound girl. All parties doing well. -- The Adrian Journal, March 7, 1889, Page 1 column 2, Birth
 

Howard, Mary
Died: Mrs. Mary E. Howard at her residence one and a half miles west of Altona, on Tuesday evening, February 26, 1889.  Yes, the great sting death, has again entered the household of one of our esteemed friends and sisters, and taken from among us a dear friends, and kind and loving mother.  Thus we are all to be taken away, we know not how soon, or at what time the everlasting arms of death will gather us in.  Be ye think not, the son of man cometh.  We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.  The remains were laid to rest in their last resting place in the Owens cemetery, on Friday. -- The Adrian Journal, March 7,1889, Page 4 Column 1, Death
 

Childs, Thomas W.
The facts in this sad killing as near at the Journal reporter is able to state as the present writing, are as follows:
It seems that Mr. Childs was in search of some papers and going to a desk in his implement house, unlocked a drawer, in which he kept his papers, etc. and among which was also a revolver and on so doing, evidently pulled the drawer out too far, causing it to drop to the floor and the revolver was discharged, killing him instantly.
It is sure a sad blow to his family and many friends, who will deeply mourn his loss.
Mr. Childs has been engaged in the hardware and implement business in Butler, for the past 12 years.  He was one of Butler’s most enterprising and successful businessmen, and one who has done much in the up building of that place. -- The Adrian Journal, March 14, 1889, Page 4 Column 2, Death
 

Hannon, Mrs. Maria
Died: Mrs. Maria Hannon, with paralysis of the heart, aged 76 years, at the residence of her daughter Mrs. Joseph Brown, about 4 ½ miles east of Adrian. Thus the old and aged are numbered with the young, and pass away where there is no more sorrow, no more care, but all is joy and love.  We extend to the bereaved family our sincere and heart felt sympathy in this, the hour of their deep sorrow and afflictions, and bid them, look forward to the meeting on the other side of the dark river, and remember Mrs. Hannon has only gone before to welcome them to that home where there shall be no more partings, no tears, no heartaches.  The remains were taken to Independence for burial. -- The Adrian Journal, March 14, 1889, Page 8 Column 1, Death
 

James-Hutnut
C. A. James made a most pleasant trip the first of last week to Deepwater, Mo.  He went to attend the marriage of his brother, Charley E. James to Miss Maggie Hutnut, both of Deepwater.  He returned on last Friday evening, accompanied by the bride and groom, who will spend a week or ten days visiting here.  Miss Hutnut is a amiable and highly accomplished young lady and well qualified to make happy the home of her husband.  Mr. James is an energetic young grocery man, of Deepwater, Mo., with good business qualities and well worthy the young lady chosen for his bride.  We bespeak for them a bright future amid a shower of kisses, loving words and best wishes, this young couple launched out upon the sea of married life.  We can only wish that the path which lies before them may be a bright and happy one and that true affection may flow in alpine torrents from each others hearts and their bliss may reach that realm where the rainbow never fades, where the stars will be spread out before them like islands that slumber on the bosom of the ocean.  May God’s good gifts and rich blessings crown all their future lives and may the peace of God rest visibly upon them. -- The Adrian Journal, March 14, 1889, Page 8  column 1, Marriage
 

Griswald, Thomas D.
Thomas D. Griswald died on the 15th day of March 1889, at his residence in this city, of general debility following an attack of pneumonia.  He was born in Virginia, July 7, 1823, came to Kentucky in 1826, where he lived until 1870, when he moved to Missouri, where he lived to the time of his death.  Thomas Griswald was a man of a noble heart ranking among the best of citizens in his native state.  He was industrious and strictly honest, marrying Elizabeth Osborn when quite young, yet by industry accumulated quite a fortune and when the war broke out he owned considerable land and negroes.  The negroes were liberated and securities coming in on him stripped of a great amount of his hard earned wealthy et true to his honor he never flinched, but price all demands no man can charge dishonesty upon him or anything unbecoming a gentleman of the highest and purest type.  May his children ever remember his sterling qualities and imitate his long and useful career of honesty and industry. -- The Adrian Journal, March 21, 1889, Page 1 column 4, Death
 

Haas, baby girl
Henry Haas is undoubtly the proudest man in Mound township and we do not wonder at it for  it is an extra fine girl and tips the beam at 10 pounds.  Yes Henry, we always smoke. -- The Adrian Journal, March 21, 1889, Page 4 Column 2, Birth
 

Noble, Mrs. Peter
As we go to press we learn of the sad death of Mrs. Peter Noble, living in the country.  It seems as though Mr. Noble was away from home at the time and on his return was sorrowfully surprised to find his wife lying at the foot of the bed dead.  We could not learn all the particulars but understand a post mortem examination will be held over the body. -- The Adrian Journal, March 21, 1889, Page 5 column 3, Death
 

Davidson-Satterlee
Married:  On Wednesday afternoon, March 27, 1889, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Satterlee, corner of Virginia  Ave., and First streets, Mr. Robert G. Davidson of Fredericksburg, Mo., and Miss Lizzie Satterlee, of this city.
At 2:30 o’clock the happy pair entered the cozy parlor, which was handsomely decorated, and the nuptial knot was tied by Rev. Everett, pastor of M. E. church, of this place, in a  neat and impressive ceremony, in the presence of quite a number of relatives and personal friends of the bride and groom. After congratulations the dining room doors were thrown open and the guests invited to enter.  Now our pen fails and words prove inadequate to describe the elegant supper spread on such an occasion, suffice to say that it was all that one who has an eye for the beautiful and a taste for the good could desire.
We will not attempt to describe the bride’s dress, but will say both bride and groom looked splendidly lovely as they passed from the single state to that of double joy and happiness.
Miss Lizzie is an amiable, intelligent and accomplished young lady, and has a host of warm and loving friends in this city, who will ever miss her from among them, as she was one of the bright stars in Adrian’s society circle.
Mr. Davidson is an energetic young man with good business qualities, and one of Fredericksburg’s most prominent young men.
May the future for them hold in its chalice, naught but the choicest treasures, and when the coronal of age shall hollo their brows they will look back with joy the eve that saw them embark silkened-sailed and golden-oared out on the rolling sea of matrimony.  From the rose bud garden of girls Mr. Davidson has gathered one of the loveliest blossoms, and none of the radiant daughters of Adrian society was more of a general favorite than Miss Lizzie.
May good gifts and rich blessing crown all their future lives and may the peace of God rest visibly upon them is the sincere wish of the Journal.
The happy couple left on the 4:12 passenger rain for their future home at Fredericksburg, Mo. -- The Adrian Journal, April 4, 1889, Page 4 column 2, Marriage
 

Zimmerman, Joseph
Joseph Zimmerman, aged 35 years, was run over and instantly killed by a Fifth street cable car in Kansas City last Sunday evening. -- The Adrian Journal, April 18, 1889, Page 5 Column 2, Death
 

Moudy, John
Died: at the residence of Henry Moudy in this city, on Sunday morning, May 12, 1889, John Moudy, aged 65 years.
Ed. Journal-We have laid our beloved father and husband in his final resting place; he is free from aches and pains, free from the turbulent storms that frequent the abode of mortal beings. While it is hard to give him up and it is to us a great bereavement, yet we are not like those that have no hope.  His life was of such as to justify us in the belief that his spirit that is freed from its mortal incumbrances has leaped safely over the cold Jordan of death and is now lairing in the soft balmy breezes of a fairer and purer region that this. Father died of cancer of the face which was slow in its action inflicting upon him constant and severe pain.  Yet in his long suffering he murmured not, but with Christian fortitude her bore it all, ever keeping his eyes on Jesus as the great physician in whom he trusted and to whom he looked for deliverance.  He was born in Shelby county, Ky., on Feb. 16,1824, moved to Indiana in 1835, thence to Missouri in 1856, settling in Deer Creek township, where he lived till now, and under the sod of this township his mortal remains will rest till awakened by the triumph of God forever.  He was a member of the Baptist church for 42 years, living strictly in accordance with his faith, kind and tolerant to all Christians, yet firm and unyielding in his church views.  He had also been a Mason since 1872, being the first Mason ever made in Crescent Hill lodge, and was a member of said lodge at the time of his death.
Father leaves us a record of which we are not ashamed, a record we all should imitate; his loss to us is irreparable, his place in our family can never be filled. We feel the loss keenly and deeply, but the will of God must be done.  He has crossed over the river, he can not come to us, but let’s strive to go to him.  We avail ourselves of this opportunity to express our gratitude to our neighbors and many friends who aided us and comforted him during his long suffering, and assisted us in conveying him to his last resting place.  Language cannot express our good feeling to everyone, but our grateful hearts beat with gratitude strong and pure.  Again friends and neighbors, we thank you, ten thousand times for your kind treatment towards us in our distress and our dear father in his sad affliction.
Mary Moudy, Henry Moudy and wife, Nelson Moudy and wife, Alfred Moudy, Austin Moudy, Charles Moudy, W. B. Ewing and wife. -- The Adrian Journal, May 16, 1889, Page 1  Column 5, Death
 

White, Mrs. James
A sad suicide occurred at the mines, shaft No. 13 Sunday evening.  Mrs. James White, a young married woman with a child seven months old, took strychnine and died soon afterward. She was a married to a man about 40 years old, herself not over 18.  White had not conducted himself properly, wrecking her young life, and heartbroken she plunged into the dark abyss by the strychnine route.  The cause is sad to contemplate, the fruits of disobedience to moral law which will not suffer transgression with impunity.-Rich Hill Review -- The Adrian Journal, May 16,1889, Page 5 Column 2, Death
 

Woods, Saphronia
Died: On Friday the 17th day of May, 1889, Mrs. Saphronia Woods, at her residence ten miles east of Adrian, of information of the brain.
Mrs. Woods was well known in and around Adrian, and was loved by all. She was in her 85th year, and was apparently in good health up to within a few days of her death, taking sick on the 14th and the dark arms of death carried her away from her beloved ones on the seventeenth. She has crossed over the dark river where there is no sickness or sorrowfulness, but all is joy, peace and happiness.  She leaves seven children, three girls and four boys to mourn her loss.  Words are but empty things at best.  She has gone but they may yet hope to see her again. Where there is darkness there is light beyond, and as she has escaped the struggles of this chequered life, who shall say, heavy laden though we be, is it not better so? That a higher power may console you, lamented children, in your deep sorrow, is the earnest prayer of your many friends.  The remains were laid away in their last resting place in the Altona cemetery on the 18th. -- The Adrian Journal, May 23, 1889, Page 4 column 2, Death
 

Soldiers buried in Crescent Hill
The following is a correct list of the soldier buried in the Crescent Hill cemetery, furnished by Mr. A. M. Young of this city.
Wm. McCraw, Abraham Hendrie, Howard Nichols, Thos. Nichols, Wm. Williams, O. P. Mitchell, C. H. Potts, S. M. Sanders, W. B. Stanton, B. Halamey, W. B. McRoberts, Eli Sullens, J. P. Wells, M.H. Stanton, R.Curry, John Adams Sr., Joseph Keefer, Peter Black, M. H. Norris, J. I. Tuttle, Jas. Smotherman, M. S. Miller, J. P. Melton, A. J. Roskins, T. B. Reese, John Moudy. -- The Adrian Journal, June 6, 1889, Page 8 column 1, Burial
 

Kizer, S. A.
Drowned while bathing in the Kaw River on the 26th inst., S. A. Kizer, aged about 25 years, formerly of Adrian, Mo.  Mr. Kizer was in the employ of the U. P. railroad as special police, and while serving in that capacity had gained the confidence and esteem of his employers.  He was a young man of good character and excellent habits and was beloved and respected by all who knew him.  He leaves a host of friends who deeply regret his sad and untimely end.  His railroad friends and associates extend the hand of sympathy to the parents and relatives in their sad bereavement.  His remains were conveyed to this place and interred in the Crescent Hill cemetery last Saturday. -- The Adrian Journal, July 4, 1889, Page 5 Column 2, Death
 

Spaw, Mrs.
Old Mrs. Spaw who had been afflicted for several years past with the dropsy, died on last Sunday and was buried on Monday at the Nichols graveyard.  Peace be to her ashes. -- The Adrian Journal, July 11, 1889, Page 2 column 2, Death
 

Hall, Johnnie
Johnnie Hall, son of Dr. W. P. Hall, formerly of this place, but late of Harrisonville, was drowned at that place on last Saturday night between 10 and 11 o’clock in the old creamery pond lying in the north part of town.  It seems as though Johnnie and his companion had gone there to bathe, as was their usual custom, and attempted to swim across the pond which is quite a distance; in doing this he either took a cramp or gave out and sank.  His room mate did not know what had happened until he swam to the other side, and on turning around he saw Johnnie sinking for the last time.  He made an effort to save him but could not do it, as the water was very deep.  As soon as he found he could render no assistance he gave an alarm and the place was soon surrounded with sympathizing friends who soon recovered the body from its watery grave and properly cared for it.  All efforts to restore his body to life were fruitless.  Dr. Hall was immediately sent for and came to the scene, and on Sunday morning his remains were taken to Butler, accompanied by a large number of friends from Harrisonville and this place.  Johnnie was well and favorably known here and was a general favorite with all.  He was a young man possessed of good business qualifications, bright intelligent and worthy the esteem in which he was held so high  He was a Christian boy and had destined to make a mark in older days that would reflect honor and credit on his aged father and mother who had reared him in the righteous path he was pursuing .  The heartbroken family has the sympathy of the journal and all Adrian in this sad misfortune. May the angels of peace guard Johnnie through the pearly gates of heaven, where he will some day meet his father, mother and sisters, when all will be rejoicing for God doeth all things well.  His remains were followed to their resting place by a large concourse of friends at Butler, Mo, on last Sunday evening. -- The Adrian Journal, July 11, 1889, Page 2 Column 1, Death

 
Snyder, Frank
At the residence of Bart McRoberts in this city, of consumption, Mr. Frank Snyder.  Bro. Snyder was a member of the Crescent Hill Lodge No. 368 A.F.& A.M.  He was made a Mason in that lodge in 1872, and retained his membership here till the time of his death.  Bro. Snyder was a true Mason in every sense, living up to every rule and regulation of the order, practicing all those noble virtues which should distinguish a Mason from the outside world. His life and character was such as to endear him to all who knew him as a Mason and citizen. -- The Adrian Journal, July 18, 1889, Page 2 Column 2, Death
 

Howard-Brown
Married on last Sunday evening at the residence of the bride’s father, Miss Nettie Brown of Mound township to Thos. Howard, of the city of Adrian. The groom pluck from our midst one of the fairest flowers, and we hope it may never have cause to fade under his fostering care,  Here’s our hand, Tom, and may prosperity and happiness attend you all down life’s rugged pathway, is the wish of the writer. -- The Adrian Journal, July 25, 1889, Page 1 column 4, Marriage
 

Huges, baby boy
Born to the wife of  L. S. Hughes last Thursday week, a fine boy.  All parties doing well, and General feels too big for his breeches. -- The Adrian Journal, August 15, 1889, Page 5 column 2, Birth
 

Moulton, Cecil
Died in this city on last Saturday, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Moulton, of cholera-infatum.  “Its brief sojourn amist life’s dark and tangled maze was a bright and rare flower which blooms in the morning yet withered before the  bright and refulgent rays of the noonday sun; the little one brought gladness and left sorrow; it was a bright and beautiful star which is concealed by the aimless drifting cloud” “Baby is dead!” This doleful cry has gone up from that one happy home; death has darkened the door of the fond parents with a grim and silent step and snatched away their golden haired darling.  We must give thee up darling one, but we hope to meet you in a better land.  Mr. and Mrs. Moulton have the heartfelt sympathy of the community.
Cecil, infant daughter of R. H. and Allie Moulton; died August 10, 1889, aged 6 months. -- The Adrian Journal, August 15, 1889, Page 5 column 3, Death
 

Morton, Eliza
On August 30, 1889, Eliza A. Morton, of alveolar disease of the heart, at her residence in Adrian.
Mrs. Morton was born on the 16th day of January, 1822, in Washington county, Ind., was married at the age of 16 to her husband J. M. Morton.  They moved from Indiana to Cass county, Mo., in 1867.  Mrs. Morton was a member of the M. P. church and lived a consistent member for many years and, in the end, she rested her hopes in the bosom of Jesus.  As she grew older her hopes grew brighter and her faith stronger in the cleansing power of the blood of the blessed redeemer.  She was a great sufferer for many years yet she bore it with Christian fortitude never complaining but always reconciled to the will of God, and while we are bereaved and lamenting her loss here, yet we have a bright hope cheering our souls that  she is now a white plumed angel, winging her way sweetly across the balmy plains of heaven, and mixing and mingling with the redeemed who have gone up through great tribulations.  We hope to meet her on that bright shore when we are done with the trials and troubles of this life. We feel grateful indeed to our many friends who assisted in our great trial and sad affliction; those who stayed with us and watched over the extinguishing vitality of our dear mother and comforted us with their presence, help and council to the last.  May God in his infinite love bless them, for we thank them ten thousand times from the inmost chambers of our harts.  Pray that should the shades of death hang over their families, that kind friends gather there to cheer them as they did us in our sad afflictions. -- The Adrian Journal, September 5, 1889, Page 8 column 1, Death
 

Strain, Sofrano
Died-Sept. 17, 1889, Sofrano, wife of Harvey Strain, after a long suffering with that slow but sure disease-consumption.
The deceased maiden name was Nichols; she was born in Saline county, this state and was 35 years old.  She married Harvey Strain in 1886.  Two years ago during the protracted meeting held here by Elder T. G. Mahan she united with the Christian church organized here at that time by him, having belonged to the Baptist church.  She remained a devoted member till death separated her from her suffering.  Funeral services were held at her home by elder Steer of the Christian church, who is here now holding a meeting. -- The Adrian Journal, September 19, 1889, Page 1 column 5, Death
 

Reid-Prine
Married at the residence of the bride’s parents Mr. and Mrs. D.  J. Prine, in this city Tuesday Sept. 17, 1889, Mr. B. F. Reid, of Kansas City, and Miss Kate Prine, of this city, Rev. Everett officiating. The ceremony was appropriately and impressively delivered in the presence of a few friends.  May their love ever remain as pure as hen they pledge it before the hymeneal alter and grow stronger when there are silver threads among the gold. -- The Adrian Journal, September 19, 1899, Page 4 column 2, Marriage
 

Benson, Jane
Died- On the 30th day of August 1889, at the home of her son Mr. Jeff Meade, 2 miles east of town, Mrs. Jane Benson, of inflammation of the bowels, aged 80 years.  Mr. Meade extends his heartfelt thanks to the many friends who assisted them in the hour of need. -- The Adrian Journal, September 19, 1889, Page 5 column 3, Death
 

Tuttle, Mary Jane
Died: Sept. 14, 1889, of cholera infantum, Mary Jane, infant daughter of John and Hattie Tuttle, aged 1 year and 4 months. -- The Adrian Journal, September 19, 1889, Page 8 column 1, Death
 

Hardman, baby boy
J. H. Hardman is the happy father of a fine boy. -- The Adrian Journal, September 26, 1889, Page 5 Column 1, Birth
 

Hogan, baby boy
Born to the wife of Jeff Hogan on the 23rd, a fine 9 pound boy.  All parties doing well. -- The Adrian Journal, September 26, 1889, Page 5 column 2, Birth
 

Fir, Margaret
Margaret Ann Lyon was born on  April 4, 1836, in Morgan county, Ohio, and died Oct. 20, 1889, at her home in  Bates county, Mo.  In October 1856, she was married to Frederick Fir, in Vinton county, Ohio.  They moved to Bates county in 1881, where Mrs. Fir has since been known as a noble Christian woman.  By her death the community has lost a most worthy member.  But while we mourn for her we so much loved  let us remember that our loss is her gain.  I know thou art gone where thy forehead is starred with beauty that dwelt in thy soul, where the light of loveliness cannot be marred, not thy spirit fleeing back from the goal. Funeral exe3rcises at the family residence on Tuesday, October 22, at 10 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Stillwell, of Kansas, after which the remains were interred in the Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, November 7, 1889, Page 1 Column 5, Death
 

Carrithers-Glessner
Hagedorn-Schroeder
E. S. Carrithers and Miss Kate Glessner, also Chas. Hagedorn and Miss Mary Schroeder, all prominent Butler people were married last week. -- The Adrian Journal, November 7, 1889, Page 5 Column 3, Marriage
 

VanSant, child
Last week while Frank Van Sant and his wife, of Bates county, were gathering nuts in the edge of Henry county, their little two year old child wandered off unnoticed by them for a few minutes, when search was immediately made, and it was found dead in a pool of water about a foot deep. -- The Adrian Journal, November 14, 1889, Page 5 column 3, Death
 

Quisenberry, Mary
Died-At her home in this city on last Thursday evening, November ---Miss Mary Quisenberry of consumption.  Funeral services were held at the family residence on Friday and her remains were laid to rest in the Crescent Hill cemetery.

(Note: The obituary was torn as it was on the edge of the page.  There was a second obituary printed below but was torn to badly to type.) -- The Adrian Journal, November 14, 1889, Page 8 Column 1
 

Fox-Black
There was a wedding in town on Thanksgiving day.  Mr. Alphonzo Fox and Miss Maggie Black being the parties most interested. -- The Adrian Journal, December 12, 1889, Page 4 column 2, Marriage
 

Clatworthy-Adams
Mr. Thos Clatworthy and Miss Nettie Adams were united in marriage on Nov. 28,1889.  The Journal together with their host of warm friends, wishes them much joy and happiness. -- The Adrian Journal, December 12, 1889, Page 5 Column 1, Marriage
 

Holloway, Maud
On Saturday night, Dec. 1st of spinal affliction, little Maude Holloway aged 11 years and 10 months.  Maud  was sick only a few short weeks, but her sufferings were intense.  The little patient bore her pain heroically and with the patience that was pitiful to see in one so young.  On Wednesday morning she went into a comatose state from which she never rallied, but gently passed away as if she ere going to sleep.  The bereaved family have the sympathies of the entire community in this their first great sorrow, for Maud was a favorite with all.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lewis and Sage on Tuesday with burial immediately after. -- The Adrian Journal, December 12, 1889, Page 8 Column 1, Death
 

Estep, Bessie
(Note: The edge of the paper is torn, this is the best I could figure out.)

 Died:  Bessie Estep, Dec. 4, 1889, aged three years and three months.
Little Bessie was a pet of everyone and once seen was not likely soon to be forgotten, for she made a sweet picture to “hang on memory’s walls,” with her deep blue eyes, rosy cheeks and crown of silken curls.  Her bright shy was attracted one to her and her very reticence charmed you in an effort to gain her love and confidence.  She was a child of much promise, and the Great All Father has taken her into His blessed service…ove, before the stain of sin and soil-….her pure soul; before the barren perils of life or the little heart knew the bitter thirst for love denied.  He took her home to roam with kindred …ris in the green fields and by the ….ing waters.  Her little playmates …friends will miss her, but most of all the father and mother,
Sister and brothers, whose darling and pet she was.  The them the Journal extends our heartfelt sympathy, and may the tender love of the One who has smit…them in kindness and the patience of hope, sustain them in their home…desolute by this sad loss.  But by the Grace of God we’ll meet you, Bessie, on fair Cannaon’s happy shore. And there we’ll part O’ never more. -- The Adrian Journal, December 12, 1889, Page 8 Column 1, Death
 

Sartin-McCraw
Mr. James Sartin and Miss Eulia McCraw, were united in marriage at the residence of the bride’s father Mr.  Jas. McCraw, in this city on last Wednesday evening.  Rev. Bowman officiating.  The bride is one of Adrian’s most charming and accomplished young ladies. While the groom is a young man of good business qualifications and a son of Mr. C. J. Sartin, one of Bates county’s prosperous farmers. -- The Adrian Journal, December 26 1889, Page 5 column 4, Marriage
 

Morgan, J. H.
Willis, J. P.
MURDER             
Another Bloody Tragedy at Butler
Marshall Morgan and Deputy U. S. Marshal Willis Die From the Effects of the Wounds
S. S. Price an Accessory, is in Jail Under Heavy Guard.  Some Threats of Lynching
Both Men Will Be Buried Today
One of the most horrible double murders that has ever taken place in the history of Bates county occurred last Tuesday night at Butler, 10 miles south of this city, in which city marshal, J. H. Morgan, and Deputy U. S. Marshal J. P. Willis lost their lives.  The prime cause of the shooting as near as we could ascertain was about as follows:  It seem as though Willis had been on a spree and on Monday evening had a slight altercation with Capt. J. W. Hannah of that city, in which he (Willis) received a caning.  A few minutes later as Willis was going down the east side of the public square he was met by Marshal Morgan who told him he must keep quiet and go home or he would be compelled to do his duty.  This Willis refused to do, whereupon Morgan took him to the calaboose and locked him up, which Mr. Willis considered a great indignity and made many threats of vengeance against Morgan.  Mr. Willis was released from the calaboose a few hours later and requested to give bond in the sum of two hundred dollars to appear for trial next Saturday morning, and Morgan said he intended to hold his bondsmen to it if Willis should disturb the peace before that time.
Tuesday morning Mr. Willis, accompanied by S. P. Francisco, went up to Kansas City and swore out a warrant for Morgan’s arrest, claiming that he had interfered with him in the discharge of his duties.  We were also informed that Mr. Francisco warned the District Attorney not to give Willis the warrant, as he and Morgan were enemies and it might result in a tragedy.  The attorney gave him the warrant, however, and Willis, accompanied by S. S. Price, who claims that he was deputized to assist in making the arrest, took the evening train for butler where they at once preceded to the residence of marshal Morgan to make the arrest.
The proceedings as near as we could learn, which corroborates with the statement made to us by Mrs. Morgan, are about as follows:  As soon as Willis and Price arrived at Butler they went direct to Morgan’s house and knocked on the door.  Mr. Morgan responded to the call, but thinking all was not right he went back and got his revolver and again returned to the door and opened it.  Willis told Morgan that he could consider himself under arrest and he wanted him to go with him.  Morgan asked if he had the necessary papers, and Willis replied: “By G-d I don’t need any papers; I can take you without them.”  Both men grabbed Morgan and dragged him out into the yard and in the scuffle Morgan got hold of his pistol and shot Willis in the abdomen. Willis then fired four shouts at Morgan, the first one striking him in the lower part of the bowels, one in the left leg just below the thigh and the other two wounds were on the fleshy part of the right leg between the knee and thigh.  The ball that struck Morgan in the bowels and passed through his body and came out above the hip bones.  There was a small hole over Morgan’s left eye and a large hole in the back of his head, also a gash several inches long across the top of his head; all the upper front teeth were knocked out and his lips badly mashed.  It is supposed that these wounds were inflicted by Willis pounding him over the head with a pistol.  Willis’ wound was just below the naval. Will Tucker was the first man on the ground and Willis gave him his pistol.  Tucker in company with Price then took Willis by the arms and started to walk home with him, and when near the Presbyterian church he fell to the ground.  In a few moments a large crowd had gathered and Willis was put on a stretcher and taken home.  Morgan was picked up and taken into the house where he died at 1 o’clock yesterday evening.  He was in his right mind long enough to make a complete statement of the tragedy.
When the two men dragged Morgan out of the house he said to his wife; “They did not come to arrest me, they came to murder me.”  Mrs. Morgan screamed “murder!” do spare my husband.”  At this point Price said to her “go in the house g-d d-n you, or I’ll shoot you.”
Several Butler people were on the south bound train and in one car and Willis and Price in another, and the porter hearing a part of their conversation, did not think that everything was going right, so he tried to get word to Morgan, but the news came too late. The porter said from what he heard he knew somebody was going to be killed, and he knew that they were after the city marshal.
It is reported that when Morgan released Willis from the calaboose Monday night, he remarked that revenge was sweet, and he would have it.  Little did marshal Morgan think at that moment that in less than forty-eight hours he would be a corpse.
Col. Gages stated that he knew nothing of the warrants that were issued against Marshal Morgan and Capt. Hannah until this morning, but they were genuine, not knowing anything about the merits of the cases.  He said that Price had never been a deputy, and if he assisted Willis he did it as a bystander.
Willis lingered until 4 o’clock yesterday when he called his wife and three children to his bedside and bid them a last good bye.  It was but a short time then until he died.  A few hours before Willis died Drs. King and Smalley, of Kansas City, cut open his abdomen and took out about 5 feet of entrails, but could not discover where the bullet had perforated the intestines, yet a large quantity of clotted blood was taken out.
Mayor Hickman said to a Journal representative who went with him to view the body of Morgan: “There lies more protection for the widows and orphans of this city than will ever b e found in 100 other men.”
It was thought that S. S. Price, who is still in jail, would be lynched, and a heavy guard was stationed at the jail.  Up to the hour of going to press no violence has been done, and it is hoped that the la will be permitted to take its own course.  Excitement has been, and is still, at a high ebb, and squads of men could be seen on all the streets discussing the affair, and the frequency of which Butler indulges in these bloody tragedies of late.  Butler is getting to be a noted place for homicides.
There is said to have been an old grudge between Willis and Morgan growing out of the Stanley shooting affair in 1832, which our readers will remember; although Marshal Morgan said on Tuesday that Willis was very friendly with him on Monday until he arrested him.  Willis knew that Morgan had a warm spot in his heart for McVeigh.
P. H. Holcomb received the following for G. A. Neal, U. S.  District attorney, at 2 o’clock p.m.; “Wired Gats at Butler not to serve warrants. Writs were taken against positive instructions.”
The following is the true statements as got by the Journal reporters:
C. A. Vantrees stated:
I life just across the street from Mr. Morgan, on the opposite corner.  I had just made preparations to retire when I heard some at Morgan’s house.  I stepped to the door to see what was up, supposing there was a row up town and that someone had come after Morgan.  I then saw Willis and a stranger walk up on Morgan’s porch and saw the door open.  Just at this time I heard two shots from pistols, being so close together that I could hardly distinguish that there was but one shot.  When the shots were fired Willis and the stranger caught hold of Morgan and the three scuffled out in the yard and Morgan went down with Willis on top of him.  While they were on the ground I heard the stranger say to shoot him again, and the pistol fired.  By this time Mrs. Morgan came of the house in her  night clothes and screamed frantically.  Stranger said something to her, but could not understand what he said.  I then went over to Morgan’s house and helped carry him into the house.  Morgan’s pistol was picked up off the ground and there was but one chamber empties.  This about all I know about the affair.
Statement of H. H. Nichols
I am a neighbor to Morgan, live just across the street.  When the first shot was fired I had just retired up to bed, and before I had time to get up two more shots were fired.  I opened the door and ran into the yard in my night clothing.  I looked over to Morgan’s house and saw two men on the ground and one standing up.
Heard licks which sounded like they were hitting each other. The man standing up seemed to be about ten feet from the men on the ground.  I then heard someone say “shoot him again”.  Then two more shots were fired.  From the blaze the shots seemed to go down as if the party doing the shooting was either standing or in a stooping position at the time.  I then started to go over and when I got to my front fence I saw to the south of me a little way a man or an object that I took to be a man. The thought then struck me that the object might be a guard, and being in my night clothes, I concluded to return and put on my clothes, which I did.  I then ran over to Morgan’s. When I got to the house someone had John Willis by the arm and was leading him away.  I went to Morgan’s assistance, and found his clothing on fire at the wound in the hip and I put it out.  Then with the assistance of someone that came up, carried him into the house and laid him on the bed.  Morgan was in his night clothes at the time I think. Mrs. Morgan was frantic but I do not care to repeat anything she said.
S. S. Price Statement
I was deputized as a U. S. Marshal to assist Willis in the arrest of Marshal Morgan and Capt. Hannah. We arrived in Butler on the 9:30 train and after stopping at the Laclede hotel, went direct with Willis to Morgan’s house. When we arrived at the house I stopped in the yard and Willis went up to the door to make the arrest.  Morgan came to the door and the shooting began.
We also learned that Mrs.  Morgan makes the statement, that when the shooting occurred and she ran into the yard, toward her husband, Price threw a pistol in her face and threatened to shoot her if she did not go back in the house.  There are many rumors afloat and we know not how true the latter statement is, but give as true and correct a statement as possible.  Excitement runs high.
Both Willis and Morgan will be buried today.
Mr. Morgan has been marshal of Butler for a number of years, and has the confidence and good will  of the majority of the people.  He was an ever faithful friend to the poor and needy, an din his death they lose true friend and the city one of its most valuable citizens, faithful and without partiality in the discharge of his duties.  The deceased leaves a wife and three small children to mourn over his untimely death.  Mr. Willis also leaves a wife and three promising children to mourn his loss.  Both families are highly respected and the unfortunate affair is deplorable in the extreme.  We indeed extend the bereaved families our heartfelt sympathy.
No Inquest
Was held over the bodies at the time of writing; it was though to be unnecessary as everybody knew so did the shooting, and all the incidents connected with it.
The above statements and testimony is given in a condensed form and is the very latest news concerning the shooting. -- The Adrian Journal, December 5, 1889, Page 5, Death


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