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John Limbaugh Biography
Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

Cape Girardeau Co Mo
John Limbaugh
  • Article from OLD BOLLINGER, compiled by
    Cletis R. Ellinghouse, Editor
    Volume 9, pages 31 & 32
    They Resisted Arrest

    John Limbaugh, better known as Cooch, and Lewis Ates, both Cape county young men, are in jail at Fredericktown as a result of resisting arrest and for other things. The former will serve 66 days and the latter 22. They were taken up Tuesday by Constable Slinkard.
    About four months ago Limbaugh went to Sedgewickville and rode through the streets at a very rapid gait. He was not arrested at that time. Rudolph Conrad, who is mayor of Sedgewickville, issued a warrant, however, and with Deputy Sheriff Pressnell went to the picnic at Patton Saturday last. He gave the warrant to Constable Slinkard of this place to serve, at the same time pointing out Limbaugh who was on the rotary swing with a young lady. As the swing was stopping the constable informed Limbaugh that he had a warrant for him, and declared him under arrest. Limbaugh made an effort to draw a pistol from his right pants pocket, but was seized and held in the seat by the constable. In the struggle Conrad and J. D. Hahn were assisting the constable to handcuff Limbaugh. John Watkins rushed out of the crowd with an open knife, apparently intending to stab some of the officers. Conrad commanded him to stop, and as Watkins continued to advance Conrad shot him, the ball striking him in the arm above the elbow, ranging upward and lodging in the shoulder. At last reports the ball had not been removed.
    As the pistol was taken from Limbaugh's pocket it was knocked by him over the constable's shoulder onto the swing platform. It was picked up by Wiley Neff, but was surrendered to the constable on demand.
    After Limbaugh had been secured he was forced by several officers to Heitman's store. At this place Lewis Ates attempted to rescue Limbaugh from the officers, striking one of them. He was ordered placed under arrest by constable Slinkard, and after resisting was arrested. The two were guarded in Heitman's mill until Monday, when they were arraigned before Justice D. F. Bollinger of German township.
    Limbaugh was charged with carrying a pistol, with carrying knucks and resisting officers. Lewis Ates was charged with disturbing the peace and resisting officers. They both pleaded guilty and were brought here Monday night by constable Slinkard, Deputy Eldracher, J. D. Hahn and Charles Sharrock.
    Limbaugh is a man of very dark complexion and powerful build, and Ates is a smaller man. It had been reported at Patton that Limbaugh and a number of his followers were coming that day with the avowed purpose of breaking up the picnic.
    Marble Hill Press
    July 26, 1894

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