The following articles concerning Jefferson Co., MO,
gleaned from newspapers across the
Transcribed by Lisa K. Gendron
Daily National Intelligencer, (
Niles' Weekly Register New Series No. 20-Vol. X, Vol. XXII-Whole No. 566. Pub. in Baltimore by H Niles. July 13, 1822
Shot (lead) is made in any quantity, at Herculaneum (MO), 30 miles below St Louis at about two cents above the price of lead, which is five cents a pound, and of a quality so superior to the English that it regularly commands a cent more per pound in the New Orleans market. At Herculaneum there are towers not made by the hands of man, but of perpendicular rock, from 100 to 300 feet high on the margin of the Mississippi, from the top of which the melted lead is poured, and taken up in shot at the water's edge and conveyed in boats wherever it is wanted,
Commercial Bulletin - September 14 1835 - St. Louis, MO
Died: On Sunday, August 30th, Mr. Alden HAMMOND, of Jefferson County, near Herculaneum.
Daily Commercial Bulletin - June 1 1836
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, Mo.
Married - on the 15th ult., at Big River Lead Mines, Jefferson Co., Mr. Joseph W. Walsh, of this city to Miss Elizabeth Eastwood, of the former place.
Daily Commercial Bulletin - June 13 1836
- St. Louis, MO
Monticello, the New County Seat of Jefferson County.
The sale of lots in this town will take place on the 21st day of June, 1836. It is in the heart of a mineral country. The district in which it lies is very well watered - the negro fork of the Maremech, called Big River and the Joachim and Platten creeks flow not far from it. It is on the direct route from St. Louis to Belleview or the Iron Mountain, and the rail road must pass immediately by it. This is a portion of that finely timbered mineral region, well adapted to the production of wheat and small grain, which is now attracting the notice of the community. As to the present mode of travelling there, a passage from St. Louis to Herculaneum of about three or four hours in a steam boat can be had any day of the week, from which a ride of fifteen miles will take the traveller to Monticello, which is the centre of the county of Jefferson. Monticello is in the vicinity of the Big River Lead Mines that now afford the finest prospects.
Daily Commercial Bulletin, St. Louis, MO - July 6 1836
We have seen a Mr. Jesse RAY, of Jefferson county in this state, just returned from a visit to Kentucky, who informs us that within a quarter of a mile of Paris, in Edgar county, Illinois, at the place where they had encamped, he saw twelve Indians who had been slain by the inhabitants of the town. The party, on their arrival at that point, consisted of 14 men, who had obtained whisky from the people of the town, and were intoxicated and noisy. In the attack, twelve of the number were shot, and the surviving two were pursued through the woods. The Indians, it seems, were going up the Wabash, and were all mounted, but had left their horses at the camp. We could not learn to what tribe they belonged. Our informant states that the number of white men assembled at the scene of slaughter was about 60; that they were mostly intoxicated and threatened a like fate to all Indians who should come to, or pass through their county.
Capt. Isaac Ross Makes Bequest to the Colonization Society.
It is stated that the bequest of Capt. Isaac Ross, of
Daily Missouri Republican, St. Louis - March 25 1841
Hillsboro, Jefferson County, Mo.
Messrs. Editors – Some time last winter I saw an account of a robbery and an attempt to murder a Mrs. VAN HARTEN in the county, and it may be that the public has a curiosity to know what has become of the perpetrators of the offence. Therefore, if you think the following statement of sufficient consequence you are at liberty to give it publicity in any manner you think proper. On Wednesday, came on for trial in this Court, State vs James TOY, Jr., on indictment for the murder of Jacob R. KINGER. The jury, after retiring from the box about three hours, returned a verdict of “guilty of murder in the second degree,” and sentenced the defendant to fifteen years confinement in the Penitentiary, Judgment of the Court accordingly.
Monday, 22d March, 1841. This day came on for trial, State vs. William JOHNSON and William ROGERS, an indictment for robbery and an attempt to commit murder (on Mrs. VAN HARTEN,) last January. The case was submitted to the jury, and after retiring for about twenty minutes, returned into Court with a verdict of “guilty of robbery in the first degree, and sentenced the defendant JOHNSON to imprisonment in the Penitentiary ninety years, and the other defendant, ROGERS, forty years.” The same defendants were indicted for stealing Mr. VAN HARTEN’s horse the same night – both found guilty by the jury and sentenced to four years imprisonment in the Penitentiary for the offence. There were a number of witnesses sworn and examined, and proved in substance that the defendants and a man who called himself John or George FRANCIS entered VAN HARTEN’s house on the 22d last January between 9 and 10 o’clock at night, after the family had gone to bed and asleep, armed with a pistol, dirks and clubs – went up to the bed where VAN HARTEN and his wife were sleeping, and with a lighted candle in the hand, opened the curtains, told them if they attempted to rise of make a noise they would be instantly killed, while one of the robbers went to the bed where the children were, and told them not to move or speak or they would be killed. Mrs. VAN HARTEN was so much alarmed she hallowed more than once in hope of being heard by some of the neighbors or some one else who would come to their assistance, upon which one of the robbers, while the other held the candle within the curtains, shot her through the breast nearest to the right shoulder, the bullet passing through her body and coming out below the shoulder blade. The robbers then plundered the house of some silver spoons, two silver watches, one taken from Mrs. VAN HARTEN’s bosom after she was shot, thirty dollars in silver and eighty dollars in bank paper. Several other things and the horse, saddle and bridle from the stable. After having torn up a table cloth and sheet and tied all the family with their hands behind them and their feet together, they left the house, and were apprehended in St. Louis, brought here and tried, as above stated. The ring leader and principal man among them has never been apprehended. It is supposed from rumor he has been apprehended in Illinois for robbery. From the investigation of these several cases, and the punishment inflicted – the good people of St. Louis and this State need not apprehend that the Criminal Law cannot be enforced in Jefferson County.
Attempt to Murder a whole Family Frustrated
A few days ago there was a daring attempt to murder a whole
Daily Missouri Republican, St. Louis MO - August 1 1849
On Sunday, July 21d at his residence near Herculaneum, Jefferson county, Mo., of the pestilence now prevailing, Dr. Lawson COOLEY, in the 47th year of his age, formerly of Harford county, Maryland. Baltimore papers please copy. This notice will grieve the hearts of many, and none is more grieved than the writer of this, who knew the deceased well, and loved him tenderly. Dr. COOLEY had lived in the neighborhood where he died for fifteen years, and has not departed without leaving a memorial behind him. As a citizen he was highly esteemed, as a neighbor, greatly beloved, as a friend tenderly cherished, as a husband and parent, he had the devoted attachment of those who were allied to him in those tender relationships, and as a physician, his work of charity among the poor will be ever remembered. The writer of this esteemed it a privilege to have been with him in his sickness and death, and to have followed his body in its burial. May Gods blessing rest upon his bereaved and weeping household.
The St. Louis Union related the following as a fact, singular as it may appear:
The town of
Daily Missouri Republican (St. Louis) - July 9, 1854 (transcribed by Larry Mears)
CELEBRATION OF THE FOURTH OF JULY AT INDIAN RETREAT JEFFERSON CO
Not withstanding the intense heat of the weather a large number of the citizens of Jefferson county assembled at a place prepared for their accommodation; on the beautiful grounds of the late Major B O’Fallon to celebrate the anniversary of our National Independence. The meeting was held in a bower made by the roadside in the forest, and opened in a few appropriate remarks by Mr. John O”Fallon, Jr. The Declaration of Independence was then read by Mr. Dunklin, of Jefferson county, after which Mr. Wm. G. Blackwood, Esq., of this city delivered an oration. It was not written, and all who are familiar with the production of its gifted author will appreciate the difficulty of an attempt to sketch it from memory. A fine commanding voice accompanied with harmonious, expressive gesticulation, the calm and firm manner of intellectual strength exerted without effort, a deliberate but unfaltering use of language, clear and vigorous thought graced with imagery of peculiar freshness and beauty, were distinguishing marks of the address of which only a bare and disjointed sketch can be presented to the reader. The speaker commenced with an allusion to the character of the day, and the sublime fact that it was kept as the Sabbath of Freedom by the whole people occupying so large a portion of the habitable globe as that which stretches from the Aroostook to the Rio Grande and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It was a matter of pride and joy to be the citizen of a country whose power was symbolized in a domain so vast, and whose condition was signified in the festivals which were being held thoughout its entire extent to celebrate the day which gave birth to the liberty its people enjoy. In this connection a happy contrast was drawn between our own country, filled with the notes of rejoicing, and the old world resounding at the very hour with notes of preparation for deadly strife and the horrid din of battles waged to increase the power and enlarge the area of despotism. The speaker then reviewed the history of the Revolution and the present federal government, chiefly in its moral aspects. He maintained that both were the development and practical application of principles that were formed and cultivated in the bosoms of our fore-fathers, long before the principles had acquired such strength that resistance to them was intolerable, or the organized expression of them possible. The war of the revolution was one to which nothing less powerful than inveterate habits of thought and feeling would have driven the colonists. It had no allurements for them but the hope of securing rights of which they were as conscious as to the existence that they periled in their defense. Comparatively few in number and feeble in material force, our fore-fathers had no armies of long ranks, gorgeous in scarlet and gold to face the magnificent arrays of the gigantic power which they had challenged, and privation and destruction forced them at every step in the contest. But it ended fortunately and its close left them in exigencies which called into still further exercise the spirit and principles by which they were actuated. A Government was formed over Colonies distant from one another in geographical position, and in the circumstances controlling their respective interests and sentiments, and absolutely independent in their political relations. The grand truth that civil liberty does not consist of concessions, exhorted by the desperation of oppressed subjects, from a reluctant government, or of concessions gained in any way from say earthly power, but from the original, inherent rights of human beings living in a political corporation organized by themselves solely to protect and serve them, and deriving all its powers from them, was the rock on which the sway of England had been broken, and it was the cornerstone of the Federal Constitution. Self-government was the supreme idea. The States were united under a compact which left them still sovereign, except as in specific powers delegated to the Federal Government , and limited by the specific purposes of its establishment. In congeniality with that ruling idea followed the policy of non-alliance with foreign States., through which the management of our own domestic concerns was exempted from extraneous interference, however contingent, indirect or remote. Mr. Blackwood proceeded from this point to make a eloquent demonstration of the moral connection notwithstanding the political disconnection, of the United States with the rest of the world. He portrayed the conquest of our victorious example over those nations which had been moved to meliorate their constitutions conformably to ours, and other whose people, though crushed now under the power of tyranny, are daily acquiring a free spirit, which will sooner or later triumph. He closed with a notice of the danger which threatened the destruction of the Union, whose formation and value he had depicted, and exhorted his hearers to obviate that danger by observing the great principle which lay the foundation of the constitution- self-government, unconstrained by foreign intervention. Let this be done, said he and we may look forward to the realization of the Republic of which Plato, the first and best of Philosophers, dreamed. After the honors of the occasion had been performed, the audience, comprising ladies and gentlemen, partook of a generous barbecue dinner, and amused themselves with the sylvan dance during the remainder of the afternoon. A large portion of them were entertained in the evening at the hospitable mansion of Mr. S. O’Fallon. Long will that day be remembered in Jefferson county.
Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield IL) May 22 1861
The Missouri Republican of yesterday, announces the demise of
this distinguished resident of that state, on Sunday night last, at his family
home at Selma, Jefferson county. The Republican closes its notice with the
following in memoriam:
Col. KENNETT was always known as a prominent member of the democratic party. He represented St. Louis county in the legislature for one term and took a leading part in its proceedings. Afterwards, he was elected president of the Bank of the State of Missouri, and made himself exceedingly popular in that capacity. When the Mexican war commenced, he was among the first to volunteer, and was elected major of the St. Louis battalion and continued in service until discharged. A truer friend, a better man, is rarely found, and we mingle our regrets with those of his family and friends for his too early death."
From the Eighth Regiment,
Messrs. Editors: Thinking the
friends of Company G, 8th regiment, would like to hear how they are
getting along here, I write you again a few lines. The health of the regiment
is much better here than it was at Pilot Knob. But one man has died at this
post since we have been here, and he belonged to the 11th regiment.
I have but three men now in the hospital; A. Paul, James Smith and P. Anderson.
I have increased the number of my company to 84 men, besides three transferred
to the band. I would say for the benefit of friends at home that my company
stands second to none in the regiment. The men are well drilled, and we get our
new uniforms the 1st of January. We are to have blue coats and
pants, the regulation but with feather and bugle. Our pay rolls are being made
out, and expect to get paid soon. My wife and daughter are here with me in
camp. Two of our companies, I and K, are on the bridges 25 miles south of here.
We have a splendid view of the river. A large number of gun boats have passed
here the last two weeks; 21 mortar boats passed in one fleet a few days ago.
The gun boat
W.B. Britton, Capt. Co. G, 8th
From the Eighth Regiment,
Messrs Editors: I informed you a few
days ago of our having orders to leave for Cairo by boat; the large steamer
Continental with the 7th Iowas on board, which was to take us on,
now lies on a bar blocked in with ice here. She lies
about ten rods from shore crosswise the river. They have been workign to get
her off for the last forty-eight hours without any success. Fears are
entertained for her safety; she has, besides troops, a large amount of
ammunition, three large 32 pound siege guns, several large mortars, some 20
brass field pieces, and a large amount of stores on board. Should she go to
pieces the guns probably will be lost, for it is impossible to land them here
without great expense. We have just received orders to bo
by rail; the men are now loading the baggage on the cars, and we leave here in
the morning for
Britton, Capt. Co G, 8th Reg.,
The New York Times –
John A. Harrington, of Jefferson Co.,
The New York Times –
Two men named Charles
Bigford and James Quick, charged with murder, were taken from the jail at
Hillsboro, Jefferson Co.,
The recent furious floods sweeping down the Plattin river, in Jefferson county, Mo., cleaned thousands of acres of their just cut wheat crop and lodged it at a bend of the river, making a bridge, as the waters subsided as high as a house. The loss is estimated at over $10,000.
Remarkable and Sudden Death
A Young Lady Found Dead in Bed
One of the most startling
occurrences that has taken place in this county for many days occurred in the
vicinity of Rush Tower, on the Mississippi, some eighteen miles from Hillsboro
last week. A young lady from
Jefferson Democrat, Hillsboro MO May 1872
We have heard many complaints last week from citizens of Rock Township of the carelessness with which those infected with the smallpox act, by which the disease is communicated to their neighbors. We were informed that the Priest, Father BROCKHAGAN, positively assured the people that there was no danger of contracting the disease in a holy place like the Church and while attending to their religious ordinances, and that the corpses were brought to the Church and the rites performed in the presence of the congregation and school children, and that people attended the Church with their faces covered with scabs. If any person thinks himself wronged by the above statement we are ready to give our informant. We are not prepared to take anything back, for we think it time that people guilty of such inexcusable negligence or foolishness should be handled without gloves. If a pastor is so ignorant as to mislead, or so depraved as to delude his congregation, or the people so infatuated as to believe such nonsense, they need exposing; while, if such is not the case, they can easily produce the evidence.
St. Louis Post Dispatch -
March 10, 1876
A Father Accomplishes the Ruin of His Own Daughter.
S. B. Moss, Sheriff of Jefferson County, this state, arrived in the city yesterday morning with a warrant for the arrest of John Rainer, charged with committing a rape on his own daughter, aged sixteen years. Rainer is a resident of Hillsboro, and is aged about fifty years, being the father of a large family, the youngest of whom is the daughter he so heinously assaulted two weeks ago. The charge upon which the unnatural father was arrested yesterday by Sheriff Moss was preferred directly by the daughter, who has used the most persistent efforts to have him apprehended. She told a plain story to the sheriff, embellishing no portion nor tried to aggravate the crime beyond what it merits. She said that her father had often importuned her to get the part of a wife, her mother having died some years ago, and had tried to accomplish her ruin by reasoning that such an act would be perfectly proper and scriptural. She had always expressed her contempt for such unnatural proposals, and threatened to leave his house if he persisted in asking her to become his wife or mistress. He always approached her in a tender and affectionate manner, and did also on the night the crime was perpetrated. She occupied a room by herself, in the second story, and it was here that the father gratified his beastly desires, by overpowering and forcing her to yield to his lust. The sheriff returned to Jefferson county last night, with Rainer, whose trial will doubtless go hard with him; he may consider himself fortunate if more summary justice than the law will give is not dealt out to him by an exasperated community before being arraigned.
Helena Independent, (
An old row boat floated down the
Here is the complete article from the St. Louis Post Dispatch
Andrew Wilson of
Another shooting affair took place at Tanglefoot, near this place, last night, about 7 o'clock. A white man named VAUGHN had a difficulty with a colored man named WHITENER, at one of the stores at that place. They stepped outside, drew their revolvers, and VAUGHN shot twice and WHITENER once. The colored man died this morning at 9 o'clock. VAUGHN is not expected to live.
Jefferson Democrat - April 19, 1881 (transcribed by Tom Fea)
DE SOTO ITEMS - De Soto, Mo., Mr. James FEA, formerly of Potosi, but for sometime a resident of this place, met with a painful accident Sunday night. There were no witnesses, but the supposition is that Mr. FEA, having been out in town during the evening, was on his way home, about 8 o'clock p.m., and in attempting to cross the main track at the depot, he was knocked down and run over by engine No. 38, which was switching in the yard at the time. The coroner's inquest elicited nothing in addition to this. During his residence here, Mr. FEA had made many friends. He was married here last fall to a Miss SILVERS, who deeply mourns his loss. The remains were taken to Potosi yesterday for interment--under escort of Industry lodge, No. 2517, I.O.O.F., of this place of which he was a member. The I.O.O.F. lodge of Potosi met the funeral cortege at the depot of Potosi, and participated in the last sad rites. The turn out of the citizens of Potosi was unusually large, showing with what respect Mr. FEA, was held by his former fellow townsmen.
The Marsden Gang of Hog Thieves
A Crazy Man’s Deed
St. Louis, April 9 – Michael Hoffman, an old bachelor living a short distance from Hillsboro, Mo., set his house and barn on fire about 12 o’clock Saturday night, and then killed himself with a Winchester rifle. He had no relatives, and was considered insane.
Marsden, the Hog Thief Reported Lynched Still in the Land of the Living
While returning home
from church in
St. Louis Post Dispatch -
September 25 1883
DeSoto, MO., Sept 24.
County Collector Douglas is in town collecting taxes
Thos. Davis, who was shot on last Tuesday morning, is very low.
Prosecuting Attorney Green was in town today attending the trials of Rooker and Donaldson for grand larceny.
Jos. C. Fox is quite sick at Fredericktown.
Mr. George Hamel's daughter Emma died on last Friday. Miss Emma was 17 years of age and was a truly pleasant young lady.
Mr. Ed. Madison is here on a visit. He reports business lively in Montana.
The DeSoto Gun Club captured the first prize at Fredericktown last week.
Col. Fletcher's new hotel is nearing completion. It will be an ornament to the north end.
Circuit Court will be in session this week.
Sheriff Weaver will start for Jefferson City this week with four or five criminals for the Pen.
We are informed that Louis Schiller has given up the idea of taking the opera house.
Business in our city is picking up.
The New York Times –
Ex-State Senator J.H. Morse was appointed Postmaster at
Morse’s Mills, Jefferson Co.,
The New Era (
Wm. H. Moon died at
his residence near Humiston,
St. Louis Post Dispatch - December 22
Rev. Dr. J. H. Foy arrived in the city this morning and brings particulars of a horrible murder that has wrought up the inhabitants of the little town of Crystal City, in Jefferson County, eighty miles south of St. Louis. The first intimation of the crime was received when the dead body of a man was found in the woods just back of the village school house yesterday noon. Examination of the remains at once proved them to be those of Martin Thorpe, a trusted, sober employee of the Crystal Plate Glass Company and well-known in the community. The murdered man was last seen Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and it is presumed that he was on his way home from the village of Festus, a mile distant, when he was set upon and killed for the purpose of robbery. The head had been crushed in as with some blunt instrument, and other marks of violence were visible on the corpse. A valuable gold watch had been taken, and the pocket-book of the victim was found at some distance in a rifled condition. Thorpe was in the habit of carrying considerable money on his person, and this is supposed to have been the exciting cause of the murder. The deceased left a wife and child in Bethlehem, Pa.
Could Not Wait for Justice
St. Louis, May 17 – The circuit court room at Hillsboro, Mo., the county seat of Jefferson county, was the scene of a bloody affray. Several weeks ago B.B. Bird, a farmer, was arrested for making a criminal assault on Mrs. Kevins, wife of another farmer. The case was set for trial Saturday. After a long legal battle a continuance was granted. Immediately after the judge’s ruling Kevins left the court and stationed himself in the corridor outside. Bird was among the last to leave and when he stepped into the corridor, Kevins drew his revolver and began firing. As Bird fell Kevins stooped over him and sent another bullet into his body. The slayer then walked into the clerk’s office with his smoking pistol in his hand and said: “I want to give myself up. I killed that d__n ___ __ __ ___ as I swore to.” Although shot through the head and twice through the body, Bird is still alive, but not expected to live many hours.
St. Louis Post Dispatch
- May 26 1886
DeSoto, May 26. James DAWSON, alias "Electricity Jim," who was indicted for offenses during the strike, escaped from jail last evening.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - November 19 1886
DeSoto, Mo., November 19.
Samuel LaTurno was drowned last evening in the Big River near Byrnesville in attempting to ford it with a two-horse team.
Louis Post Dispatch - November 22 1886
Reports from Tenbroeck, Jefferson County, about ten miles below Carondelet, say that the wife of William Richardson, a well-to-do farmer, committed suicide by drowning herself in the Meramec River early Saturday morning. The cause of the deed is supposed to be insanity. The body has not been recovered.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - March 1 1887
DeSoto, March 1.
Patrick Lynch was found dead in an orchard yesterday. He had fallen from his horse under the influence of liquor.
St. Louis Post Dispatch -
May 14 1887
Hillsboro, May 14.
The jury in the case of Garrett P. Whelehon and wife accused of the murder of a little girl by whipping and cruel treatment generally, returned a verdict last night finding Whelehon guilty of manslaughter in the fourth degree and assessing his punishment at three months in jail and a fine of $100. Mrs. Whelehon was acquitted.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - July 20 1887
Hillsboro, July 20.
Jacob GROGAN, an old man of 70, was found dead yesterday in a fence corner. He was a heavy drinker and it is supposed that he was overcome by the heat.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - July 25 1887
Kimmswick, Mo., July 25.
Jacob Schinler, a farm hand, came across the river on Saturday night with John Rochelle, after being paid off, and they spent the evening at various saloons. After closing hours they walked to the brow of a hill north of the town and fell asleep. A train passing in the morning aroused Rochelle, who discovered that he had been robbed. He found Schinler's dead body 100 yards away. He had been murdered for his money. An inquest was held in the afternoon, and the body buried in Kimmswick Cemetery. There is no clew to the murderer.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - August 1
1887 - St. Louis, MO
About 10 o'clock this morning Constable John DAVIS of Joachim Township, Jefferson County, ran down and arrested Ellis Westover, colored, alias Claiborne Sanders, who is wanted at Kimmswick, Mo., for the murder of Ellis Bouser, also colored, at a colored picnic held at the above place on August 4, 1886. SANDERS was seen by DAVIS this morning on Michigan avenue and Stein street with a satchel containing a heavily loaded revolver and other deadly weapons. He was immediately put under arrest and taken to the police station whence he was removed to the Four Courts. The full details of the murder were published in the Post-Dispatch on that date. The killing originated over a fight for a woman, supposed to have been Westover's wife, when the latter pulled out a revolver and shot Bouser twice, inflicting wounds that terminated fatally almost immediately.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - October 28 1887
Otto Blank, a farmer, residing in Jefferson County, near the Meramec River, was thrown from his wagon, while out riding yesterday, and dislocated his neck, causing his death instantly. Blank was well known in this portion of the city. He had just passed his 26th birthday, and was comfortably situated at the above place. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - February 15 1888
Mo., February 15
Landy VINYARD, the boy who struck Sam STROUP in the head with a club on Sunday last at Victoria, was captured at Knobel, Ark., yesterday by John STROUP, brother to Sam, and brought back to Hillsboro, the county seat. STROUP will likely recover.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - March 11 1888
De Soto, Mo., March 10.
The remains of Mr. Henry EULER, who was formerly a prominent citizen of this place, arrived here today. Mr. EULER went to California last summer with a view of regaining his health. He will be buried tomorrow.
The remains of Miss Carrie WILLIAMS, who left here some time ago to seek better health in the climate of California, are expected to arrive here tomorrow. She was a daughter of the late ex-Collector John WILLIAMS, an educated and accomplished young lady, and her many friends will be pained to hear of her early demise.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - June 8 1888
De Soto, June 8
Samuel POST, a carpenter at work on a roof yesterday afternoon, was killed by a stroke of lightning.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - June 10 1888
A Widow's Misfortune. Robbed by a Man and Woman She Had Taken in - A Moving Tale.
Mrs. Eliza Walters, an aged widow, residing on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern road between DeSoto and Victoria stations, called at the Four Courts last night and made a report of a robbery that is strikingly said in its particulars. She owns a farm down there on which she lives, and it is all the world she possesses. Last year was a very bad one with her. First her crops failed, then the railroad company destroyed her fences, and the old woman met with one misfortune after another until she was in most straightened circumstances. To purchase food and sustain life she had to mortgage her farm. Matters went better with her this year and she managed to save $400. In addition to this she still had $110 of the mortgage money which she had not used as she had exercised the strictest economy. This money, $510 in all, she kept in the pocket of her dress. She wanted to sell her farm and in case she failed to do this intended paying off the mortgage with the money. A couple of weeks ago there came to her place a man and woman who wanted to work. She told them she had nothing for them to do, but they said they had walked all the way from St. Louis and must have something to do and somewhere to stay. They would remain with her and do what work they could and sleep in her barn. Mrs. Walters had no employment for them and consequently they would be of little use to her. They said they had been sick and told such a sad story that her pity was enlisted, and as they were determined to stay anyhow, she would not hear of their sleeping in the barn, but insisted they must sleep in the house while they remained. Their clothes were ragged and they looked like tramps. The man said his name was Peter Engel. He was a German about 23 years of age and could scarcely speak any English. His wife gave her age as 20 years, and said she was born in St. Louis of German parents. Her maiden name, she said, was Lily Deitenbroch, and her family resided on the St. Charles Rock road, St. Louis. The woman claimed her father was quite wealthy, owning the St. Charles Park, as it was called, and other places. An Uncle of her owned a lot of property out there. She had not been well treated by her father, and worked in restaurants. It was thus she met Engel, who was then a soldier. Last summer they were married, he playing off lame and sick, so as to secure his release from the army to marry her. Her story completely won over Mrs. Walters. The old lady permitted them to remain at her place, feeding them all the time, though they did what little work they could to help her. Yesterday morning about 10 o'clock Mrs. Engel told her she was going to DeSoto where she had a promise of employment. Both she and her husband left. In the afternoon about 3 o'clock Mrs. Walters discovered that her $510 had been stolen from the pocket of her dress which she had carefully left in her room under her pillow. She realized immediately that Engel and wife had taken it. She went to DeSoto, where she learned Engel had purchased a new suit of clothes and he and his wife had taken the train for St. Louis. She followed them there, and was referred by the depot police to the Four Courts. At the Chief's office she made a full report of the matter and gave a description of the parties. It is believed they have given her bogus names, as their names cannot be found in the City Directory. The old lady is very disheartened as she will now be unable to meet the mortgage falling due on her farm, they having taken every dollar she had in the house. The money with which she came to St. Louis in pursuit of them was borrowed by her for the purpose.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - August 11 1888
Found Dead in Bed.
DeSoto, Mo., September 11.
This city was this morning thrown into a great excitement by the announcement of the sudden death of one of DeSoto's most prominent business men, Mr. Otto Rohlfing. Mr. Rohlfing was with the parade last night, and retired at about 12 o'clock in his usual good health. He was found dead in his bed this morning, having died presumably with heart disease.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - September 10
Crystal City, Mo., September 10.
A Frenchman named Jean Baptiste Deutch, who has been in the employ of the Crystal Plate Glass Co. for several years in the smoothing department, dropped dead in Sween's saloon at North Crystal, Saturday night, from heart disease. He was unmarried, and had recently had considerable property left him by the decease of a relative in France.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - September 12
Bade His Friends Farewell. August Barxell, a Swiss, Commits Suicide at Crystal City.
Crystal City, Mo., September 12.
A Swiss, named August Barxell, had been missing since midnight Monday, when he bade his landlord, C. Guiot, good-bye, and gave his trunk to a fellow-boarder, stating that he would not need it any more, but as he was intoxicated no attention was given the matter. His coat and vest were found on the river bank yesterday, and today his body was found a few feet from the bank. He had been working in the neighborhood for some years, but latterly had been drinking hard.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - October 1 1888
Violent Death in Hematite, Mo.
Hematite, Mo., October 1.
Mrs. Peter Guthrell of Pevely was yesterday thrown out of a buggy and badly hurt, and Joseph Govereau in attempting to stop the frightened horse at the railroad track was run over by the cars and killed.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - October 18
A Fatal Chill.
DeSoto, Mo., October 18.
Wm. Brown, who lives near Hematite, this county, came to town Tuesday afternoon and became intoxicated. In starting for home, about 6 o'clock, in company with his son, a lad of 15 years, they stopped at the creek near town to water their horses. Brown stepped out on the tongue of the wagon to let the reins down for the horses to drink when one of them became frightened, throwing him into the creek and trampling on him. He finally, with the boy's assistance, got in the wagon. The boy drove on home, thinking his father would be all right. In an hour after reaching home he took a chill and died in a few moments. Brown was about 45 years old, and had been a resident of the county for a number of years.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - November 19
A Tale of Woe. The Story of a Young Girl Who Wanted to Commit Suicide.
Police Matron Harris today took Annie McKeever, the girl who approached Officer Basquil on Fourth street and Washington avenue, at 12:30 this morning, and inquired the way to the river. When asked by Basquil why she wanted to go to the river, she burst into tears and said she wanted to drown herself. She was taken to the Chestnut street station and this morning was forwarded to the Four Courts. There she was placed in the hands of Police Matron Harris. Annie McKeever is a 19 year old girl, who came to the city from her home in Burnsville, Jefferson County, Mo., some three years ago. Her story is the old one of woman's trust and man's perfidy. She went to live at Mr. Gilly's residence, No. 1215 Clinton street, where she met a young man, a driver for a wholesale grocery house. Four months ago he, under promise of marriage, she claims, betrayed her. At 4 o'clock yesterday she met him by appointment at the house of George Elbreck on Montgomery near Sixteenth street. At 10:30 o'clock last night they left to go home. He told her he had to go to North St. Louis Turner Hall after his sisters and left her to return home by herself. His action made her despondent. She had read of Sara Stewart's suicide and thought how similar was her own case. Then she determined to end her life, too. She started for the river to drown herself, but must have weakened somewhat in her purpose, as she stopped to inquire her way of a police officer and told him her story. The girl is in a delicate condition. She says her father, Thomas McKeever and her five brothers live at Burnsville. Lately she has been stopping with friends, the family of John Shaughnessy, 2717 Dickson street. A young lady cousin of hers called to see her this morning and remained several hours with her. The McKeever girl at first agreed to enter the White Cross Home, but afterward refused to do so. She will be held until her parents can be heard from concerning her.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - January 13
Shot at Sulphur Springs. The Town Up in Arms Over the Killing of a Citizen.
A gentleman who left Sulphur Springs, Mo., on the 5:40 o'clock train yesterday evening informed a representative of the Post-Dispatch that shortly before the above time a man named Alexander was shot and mortally wounded by some unknown man who quarreled with him over a trifling offense. The unknown individual after the shooting made good is escape. Sulphur Springs, Mo., is a little town abut twenty miles south of St. Louis, on the Iron Mountain Railroad. The gentleman said that he was attracted to the scene by loud talking, and, while walking slowly to the place where the men were standing, saw one man pull out a revolver and fire. As the train for which he was waiting was approaching, he got few particulars. Some of the bystanders said that Alexander was shot because he informed the officials of the town that his assailant was conducting an illegitimate business. Later reports were to the effect that the townsfolk were up in arms endeavoring to find Alexander's assailant. Sulphur Springs cannot be reached by telegraph after 6 p.m.
Semi Weekly Age (
residence of Judge Newcomb of Kimmswick,
St. Louis Post Dispatch - September 13
A Fatal Affray. Bud MEDLEY Stabs His Cousin Will in Festus, Mo.
Festus, Mo., September 13.
A serious cutting affray took place in this vicinity between Will and Bud Medley, cousins, aged respectively 19 and 16 years. The quarrel was the result of a family feud, extending back some two years. Will Medley was stabbed in the side by the younger Medley and died from the wound at 1 o'clock Thursday morning. The constable went to Rush Tower and brought Bud Medley to this place on a State warrant issued by Justice M. C. Jennings. The Coroner, Dr. Bruce, held an inquest yesterday afternoon. The funeral of Will Medley took place at 12 o'clock today.
following queer marriage notices have been culled from old newspapers published
within the last hundred years. Some of them seem, it must be admitted, to have
been made up for the occasion, and we do not vouch for
the fact that any one of the notices is genuine, except the first (not included
here) which reports the marriage of one of the most famous
From sweet flowers the busy bee
Can scarce a drop of honey gather
But, oh, how sweet a flower is she
Who turns to Honey altogether!
The Jefferson Democrat, Hillsboro, MO May 1 1890
Mr. Walter BURPEE and lady arrived in our town last week. Mrs. BURPEE is a sister of Mrs. W. T. MOCKBEE, whom she had not seen for 16 years. We believe they intend to make this their future home. They came from Glen's Falls, N.Y.
Fort Wayne Sentinel,
Some Little Known Religions
Seven Communistic Societies
There are seven
communistic societies in the
The Sumner Press -
of the 11th
The Weekly Herald Despatch (
Loss of the
The Boat Cut Down by the Ice and Sunk
The Weekly Herald Dispatch (
The body of the
suicide found in the Meramac river near Pacific,
New York Times
C. F. Schmidt,
President of the Colorado Mining Stock Exchange, died at
Cow Causes Fatal Train Wreck – Hematite, M., Feb. 7
A cow derailed
the north bound train on the
Remains of Giants
St. Louis, Nov. 19 – C. W. Beehler, a farmer living near Montesano, Mo., forty miles south of this city, has discovered the fossil remains of three enormous human beings who apparently existed in a prehistoric age. The bones were dug up at a depth of forty feet, in a rock formation, which had preserved them probably many centuries. The skulls are much larger than those of present generation of men, and it is calculated that if the bodies were in the same proportion, these giants must have been nine or ten feet tall.
The Sunday News Tribune (
He Brained Them. Confession Made of Double Killing in
On the night of the murder Daniel entered Mrs.Uren's room, according to the confession, and found the woman sitting on Meloy's lap. In a fit of rage Greenhill grabbed a hatchet and sank it first into the skull of Meloy, after which he brained his sister. He then took a revolver from Meloy's pocket and fired into the wounds he had inflicted with the hatchet. After the confession a warrant was sworn out for the arrest of Calip Andrews as an accessory and he was arrested. The confession does not implicate Andrews, but intimates that he was a witness to the murder. The Greenhills and Andrews are heavily guarded tonight against any attempt at lynching. The trio will be taken to
The News (
Mrs. Habersham of
The Marion Daily Star (
On Trial For Most Revolting Murder
Big Fortune Awaits Heirs -
valued at $1,500,000 awaits the heirs of Samuel L. Hicks, who died fourteen
years ago at
The Daily Review (
World’s Fair Excursion Strikes an Open Switch With Frightful Results
Among the injured are Express Messenger DeGroat, fatally; B.G. Grant, J. Casey, Rev. W.E. North, Edward Besibarth, Harry Hamel, A.K. Vick, all of DeSoto.
The Penalty Was His Life
Eight Persons Are Killed
Failed to Reduce the Speed of His Train As it Passed From Main Track to a Siding.
James Bailey, engineer
Al Gumpert, fireman
A.E. Taber, master mechanic
Express Messenger Groat
Three unidentified passengers.
The injured: J.C. Austin,
Rev. W.E. North
A.J. Dick, all from
William Leavitt, Chicago
Fred Ross and
All of the above were more or less
hurt. The indirect cause of the wreck was the breakdown last night of a journal
on a freight car of a fast freight train on the main line between the two
switches of Wickes siding. It was necessary to leave it on the track, the
freight preceeding southward. All trains had to take the siding at Wickes as
the main line was blocked. Five trans safely passed
the obstruction between the time the car was abandoned and the arrival of No.
Shot in Dispute over “Lid”
St. Louis, Aug 29 – In a dispute
yesterday as to whether the “lid” is on in the small town of Kimmswick, Mo.,
Lewis Hall, who is postmaster and justice of the peace, shot and probably
fatally wounded Chief of Police Henshel of that place. The shooting followed an
argument started by a publication in a
Dastardly Act in
Festus, Mo., Dec. 27.--The community is greatly excited over the fact that Miss Bessie Neisler, 18 years old, was taken from her escort, Mervin George, at the point of a revolver, by four men last Saturday night as the couple were returning from a Christmas Eve entertainment, forced to go into the woods, where she was assaulted and then allowed to go home, arriving almost unconscious. Four men have been arrested on warrants. One is a nephew of Miss Neisler's uncle, whom she has been visiting for three months.
Anxious Mother Asks News of Boy
Eight years ago he was stolen by Miner and all efforts to find him have been fruitless
Back in Horation,
Mrs. Hughes states that her boy was stolen from her home in
Horation about eight years ago by Hurley, who sought revenge on the child’s
father. Hurley and the boy were traced to
John Hurley, according to a description furnished by Mrs. Hughes, is about 58 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 169 pounds. He has light blue eyes, and dark hair, mixed with gray.
The Humeston New Era (
Mrs. C. A. Sanford
Mrs. C.A. Sanford passed away at her home in Humeston, Monday morning shortly after , after an illness of several months duration. While she was afflicted with that dread disease, cancer, she seemed to be getting along nicely, being able to be up most of the time, but a change for the worse came Sunday night and she gradually grew worse until the end.
Clara Ann Bates was
Mother Sanford was a woman of deep christian character and her life was full of goodness, kindness, and thoughtfulness. She was a noble mother, a true and helpful friend, and within her great tender heart there was always room for all. Her death has caused the deepest sorrow in the heart of everyone who knew her.
were held at the home Tuesday, conducted by Rev. G.H. Putnam of the
Congregational Church, and the remains were taken to
Seek Drowned Man’s Relatives
Two pictures found in the possession
of Henry Clark, of
A St. Louis Man, Who Had Been Shot Twice Had His Assailant Arrested
Heirs Struggle for $500,000 Estate
A contested will case in which Samuel S. Dickinson of
Already more than $100,000 worth of property in
Henry C. Schargtzer, F. Henry Williams and George W. Wilson,
of San Francisco representing the contesting heirs, and David Fanning, a
Mrs. Dickinson died in
John W. Patterson, Samuel C. Patterson, Mary J. Mason, Eliza A. Woodard and Ellen D. Clark, brothers and sisters of the deceased at once filed a contest. The case came on for hearing last year and the lower court ordered the will probated. An appeal was taken and the will was set aside, any counsel for the heirs, the property being ordered divided as if Mrs. Dickinson had died intestate.
The complaint filed by the attorneys for the plaintiffs sets forth the former proceedings and asserts that an Appellate Court of Missouri has decreed void the will on which the husband relies. After a preliminary injunction shall have been obtained, the case will come up for hearing.
Love's Patience in Vain. A
St. Louis, July 24.--An engagement that lasted seventeen
years is recounted in a breach of promise suit filed by Miss Lucy Maupin of
Valley Park, St. Louis County, against Richard Marsden, postmaster of
Hillsboro, Mo. Miss Maupin sues for $15,000, which is $1,000 a year from the
date which, she says, was fixed for the wedding when she and Marsden became
Miss Maupin has turned over to her lawyer a package of letters she received from Marsden in the last seven years, that is, since she moved away from
Marsden, who has had the office of postmaster at
"I had know Dick Marsden about three years and we had been good friends," Miss Maupin told a reporter. "Then he asked me to marry him. We became engaged
"He had no regular occupation at that time, and he told me he expected to run for county recorder of deeds in November, 1894. He intended to run on the Democratic ticket and felt sure of being elected, he said, telling me that when he had the office he would be in a position to take care of a wife.
"I told him I would wait willingly. He got angry at the Democrats, though, and became a Republican before the time when he was to have run for office.
"Nobody ever had more faith in another person than I had in Mr. Marsden. The knowledge that he had married another girl after keeping me waiting for seventeen years was the greatest shock of my life. He has not written to me or communicated with me since the marriage, not have I with him.
"Last spring, when I was house cleaning, I burned up a lot of letters he had written to me, but I kept a lot, too, for I had many."
Miss Maupin refused to say whether her motive in filing suit was to punish Marsden or whether she thought that she should have some recompense for her seventeen years of waiting.
The Kohlers moved to
“Why, Ida, you are not going to get up so early, are you?”
“I am never going to get up again, mamma,” replied the young woman.
Mrs. Kohler, unable to mover hand or foot, saw her daughter take a bottle from under her pillow and place it to her mouth. Ida fell back on the pillow and said; “I have taken acid.”
Mrs. Kohler’s cries attracted other members of the family and Ida’s brother, Ollie, called Drs. Urban and Herchenroeder.
Though the young woman at times spoke to her relatives while the physicians vainly tried to save her life, she would not answer their questions as to her motive. Members of the family say she had been melancholy since she was 5 years old and that she had frequently threatened to take her life. Some of these threats were made in the last few days.
After coming to
Valley Mines & Cadet
Four negroes are known to be dead, a number injured, one seriously and three missing, following a tornado which wrecked the town of Valley Mines, Mo., forty miles southwest of here, at 2 o’clock. The dead are A.C. Baker, Mrs. A.C. Baker, a daughter of the Bakers and her husband. The injured include Postmaster Buncie, who will die. The Bakers, their daughter and son-in-law were killed when the Valley Mines postoffice and general store crashed in upon them. Postmaster Bunce, who is believed to have been the only other person in the place was taken from the debris by rescuers half an hour after the storm. He is said to be dying.
News of the storm which damaged
much property, paralzyed wire communication and blocked railroads,
was received first at
Think Dead Man Lived Here
Police authorities yesterday afternoon received a communication
from Dr. O.E. Hensley, coroner of
Believes Dead Man Cromley
Frank D. Sackett Say
If the conclusions
of Frank D. Sackett,
San Antonio Express (
This Murder Trial Promises Sensations
Mrs. Annie Hunning and Jospeh Seidl
jointly charged with the murder of Martin Hunning, the woman’s husband, on
their farm near
Sent to Prison For Life
Postal Sleuth Traps Yeggs
Five alleged yeggmen suspected by local postal authorities
of having blown numerous safes and terrorized the residents of many
Post office inspector A. D. Bunson, who caused the arrests, declares that the gang is a dangerous one, has blown many post office safes, escaping with several hundred dollars, and has terrorized railroad detectives and sheriffs in many parts of the state.
The men are specifically charged with robbing the post
office at Pevely,
The men arrested are; Frank Cole,
Inspector Bunsen charges that the men are representatives of an outlaw gang that has for many years terrorized residents of the southern portion of the state, and that they have been implicated in many robberies.
He states that in the two robberies with which they are charged the alleged yeggs removed the safes from the postoffice building and carried them several blocks away where they were blown and looted. The men deny that they are guilty. The hearing is set for next Monday.
The Humeston New Era
Funeral of Humeston Pioneer Held Saturday at Methodist Episcopal Church
William J. Wood, aged 77, and one of the pioneer residents
of Humeston, died at
Thursday night. He had been in ill health for several months and his condition
was critical for several weeks. Mr. Wood was born in
His life was modeled on strictly moral lines and he held strong religious views. He was a man of high ideals, quiet tastes and peculiarly fond of his home life and unselfishly devoted to his family. His many friends remember him as a kind, courteous, and friendly man.
He is survived by a wife, seven children, two sisters, and
eight grandchildren. The children are; Katherine of
The funeral services were held at the M.E. church at Saturday afternoon, conducted by the Masonic order. Rev. M.B. Wilson preached the sermon. The pall bearers were H.M. Hart, A.D. McCullough, A. McCabe, J.K. Young, R.L. Bott, and J.L. Irwin. The Masonic and Eastern Star orders attended in a body. Many friends paid last honors to the good man. Burial was made at Humeston cemetery.
Woman Finds Her Son After 55 Years Search
She Also Discovers That Her Brother Long Thought Dead Is Still Living
Belleville News Democrat, (
Files Suit to Divorce Wife he Married Twice. Henry Feist States That Wife and Child Have Disappeared
In the Circuit Court, Henry Feist has brought suit to
divorce his wife, Margaret Feist, charging desertion. He states that he was
married to the woman twice, the second time being
Woodland Daily Democrat (
Mrs. Torrence, Woodland Hotel Proprietor, Is 81 Years Old Valentine Today
Woodland has a living Valentine in Mrs. E. Torrence, for the
past 41 years proprietor of the Capital Hotel, First and Main streets, over the
“I am nearly a hundred year old valentine,” said Mrs.
Torrence this morning, in talking over her active life with the “Democrat.” She
was born in
Mrs. Torrence is one of fifteen children, fourteen of whom are living and respected in their various residences. In the family there were eight girls and six boys, one being the toll of nature.
She came to
Incident to the observance of the occasion, Mrs. G. H. Hollingsworth, daughter of Mrs. Torrence, is giving a birthday dinner late this afternoon with Mr. E. Clark, also a Missourian, and cousin of Mrs. Torrence, as special guest. Many pretty little surprises are planned for both Mrs. Torrence and her cousin during the function.
Find Negro Exhausted – Lynching Party Feared
Vineland, Mo., August 11 – The unidentified negro who attempted to attack 12 year old Gertrude Wilson of this place last Wednesday and who had since led posses a chase of more than 100 miles was found exhausted and wounded four miles from the scene of the crime today. It was feared he would be lynched.
Investigation Started – All Hands Point to Dead Engineer as Chief Blame for Killing of 38 Persons
Sufferings Described –
Eye witnesses were summoned today
before a coroner’s jury at
Coroner Elders promised a thorough investigation of the disaster, the worst train wreck in the history of this part of the country. While Matt Glenn, dead engineer of the fast train which ploughed through four coaches of the local train near the station, was blamed for the accident, according to John Gannon, assistant general manager of the road, relatives of the dead and injured joined in demands for a thorough inquiry. The crews of both trains were summoned by the coroner to testify. Officials of the road declared the block signals were found to be in order after the crash occurred, and all asserted that Engineer Glenn did not heed the warning signal.
All day yesterday rescuers removed
bits of wreckage in their search. A ghostly slence hung over the scene and was
broken only by the muffled grind of the wrecking crews cranes. Tales of many
miraculous escapes were repeated, mingled with stories of pathos and horror.
Stories of young girls offering their assistance in caring for the injured and
dead were numerous. Some were seen hurrying from one victim to another,
bandaging their injuries, washing their wounds and giving what assistances they
could. The impact hurled two of the local coaches down a fifty foot embankment
and telescoped four other coaches, crushing a number of passengers to death in
their seats. Both trains were behind time, the fast passenger running from
Ghouls appeared on the scene shortly
after the crash and robbed the dead and dying. Only one was arrested and he
said he was William Halt of St.Louis. Several pieces of wearing apparel taken
from the unfortunate were found on his person and a bible was in his waist. The
bible, it was said, had been the property of the Rev. V.O. Pensley, of Desoto,
one of those killed. The dead and injured were spread over an area of several
city blocks and chicken crates, automobile cushions, baggage, and the railroad
tracks constituted their couches. This little village of village of 150
inhabitants was unable to care of the injured and they along with the dead were
One of the saddest cases reported
was that of the Degonia family of
The railroad tracks parallel the
List of Identified Dead
A.E. Dynan, Isabelle Howe, Milda & Mildred Robey, W. Ward, Dr. Charles A. McClellan, Sam Davis, Eugene Clemens, a boy scout, Mrs. E. Degonia and four children, and Engineer Glenn, all of St. Louis
Rev. V.O. Pensley,
William Goeff, Cadet,
Among the injured
Carlisle Hann, (negro)
A. B. Anderson, (negro)
Bernice and Mary Campbell,
Mrs. Essie Wilson,
Obi Anderson (negro)
Matthew & John Pink,
(For a photograph and more info on this wreck, please visit the St. Francois Co. Genweb site.)
The Davenport Democrat and Leader,
(Davenport, Iowa) - April 2, 1922
Potosi, Mo - A mistrial was declared this afternoon when the jury announced it inability to agree, in the case of Otto and Jesse Thomas, brothers, of Festus, charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of Andrew Deck of Herculaneum, alleged prohibition informer.
Seward is Denied Writ by
Is Second Futile Attempt Made for Slayer of Prohibition Officer, First Was By Sen. McCrawley
Seward Dodges Noose Until
Hanging Set For Today At Hillsbor Is Halted
James H. Seward, sentenced to be
hanged today at
Say Police Chief Aided Bank Robbers
Man is Killed As Cars Collide
Crystal City, Mo., Oct. 10 – Roy J. McKee, of Festus, Mo., was killed here Shunday night in a collision between his automobile and another car driven by Col. G.D. Eaton of Western Military Academy, Alton, Ill. Five occupants of the Eaton car suffered minor injuries. A coroner’s verdict of accidental death was returned.
Woman Held in Bank Robbery
St. Louis, Mo. Oct. 21 – Alice
Weingartner, 26 years old, was arrested at her home here last night and will be
taken to Hillsboro, Mo., to answer to an indictment charging her with being an
accessory in the $26,526 robbery of the Citizens’ Bank of Festus September 25,
1926. Following the robbery, Roy Schooley,
The Washington Post, Dec 8, 1928
A warrant charging second degree murder was sworn out today against Sol Hohenthal, 59, wealthy, retired merchant, in whose bachelor apartment Pearl Potoskey, 25, St. Louis beauty shop proprietor, was found dead Sunday night. Hohenthal surrendered and was released on $10,000 bond.
Faces Hearing; In Slaying. De Soto, Mo., Dec. 8, 1928
Sol Hohenthail, wealthy retired merchant, will be given a preliminary hearing tomorrow, morning on a charge of second degree murder, growing out of the finding of the body of Miss Pearl Potoskey, St. Louis beauty shop operator, in his St. Louis beauty shop operator, in his bachelor apartments December 3, Prosecuting Attorney McCormick of Jefferson county said today. Hohenthal has been free on a bond of $10,000.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York), Thursday, December 6, 1928, Page 5
It was at Hohenthal's bachelor apartment in De Soto, Mo., that Miss Potosky, a beauty shop owner, was found dead Sunday. Her skull had been fractured and there was a bullet hole in her head. Hohenthal said she killed herself. Relatives have requested an Investigation. No explanation of the arrest was made other than that Hohenthal, a wealthy retired merchant, was carrying a concealed weapon.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) Dec. 7, 1928
RETIRED MERCHANT ACCUSED OF MURDER - Sol Hohenthal Arrested in Death of Beauty Shop Operator, Found Slain in His Apartment. De Soto. Mo.,
Sol Hohenthal, 59 years old, wealthy retired merchant of this city, was arrested and released on a $10,000 bond today, on a warrant charging him with second degree murder in the death of Pearl Potoskey, 25, St. Louis beauty shop owner, found slain in his bachelor apartment last Sunday, a bullet through her brain and her skull fractured in three places. Hohenthal has asserted Miss Potoskey, with whom he associated for nine years, ended her own life but her sisters and mother testified he frequently had threatened to kill her. Prosecuting Attorney George V McCormack of Jefferson county swore out the warrant after hear ing some of the testimony when the inquest was resumed today at the De Soto city hall. He took the action without waiting for the coroner's jury to return a verdict. Open Verdict Returned. The coroner's jury returned an open verdict finding that Miss Potoskey died from a gunshot wound inflicted by "person's unknown to this body." A preliminary hearing will be held December 9 before Justice of the Peace H. W. Harris here. Second degree murder is punishable by inprisonment for ten years to life. A statement from two police firearms experts at St. Louis, who examined the rusty pistol found beside Miss Potoskey's body and reported that iT could not be operated because of rust and disuse, caused the prosecuting; attorney to issue the murder warrant. He said he had delayed action pending receipt of the experts' report. The inquest was reopened before a crowd of curious people in the council chamber of the city hall. Smoking black cigars, Hohenthal, who with his late father- conducted a prosperous dry goods business here, walked up and down Main street while the crowd was gathering. Mrs. Joseph Potoskey, mother of the slain girl, testified of her experiences with Hohenthal. "They came to the house Saturday night about 11 o'clock," she said. "His face was red and angry and he looked like he wanted to kill her or punch her. He told her, 'If you go to the Coronado dance, I will shoot you." Begged Her Not to Go. "I told Pearl not to go with him but she said. 'I'm going to get my cat at De Soto. Don't worry, I'll be right back." I begged her and begged her and begged her not to go with him. That was the last. Mrs. Potoskey testified that a little more than a year ago Hohenthal "wanted to kill Pearl, but she took the gun away from him." "She told me to hide the gun," she said, "and I've got that gun yet. About a year ago they had a fight and split, but they got together again about three months ago. 'My God, don't do that,' I said to her. I would do anything to stop them from getting together again I said, 'Don't go back to him, because an old man is jealous of a young lady.' Mrs. Marie Johnson, a sister of the girl, testified that Hohenthal had made several threats to kill her sister.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) Nov 1, 1929
EFFORT TO SHOW THAT GIRL KILLED HERSELF defense of Hohenthal Is Expected To Rely On His Original Story
Sol Hohenthal, 59 year-old retired De Soto merchant, testifying today in his trial on a charge of murdering his sweetheart, Miss Pearl Potoskey, St. Louis beauty shop owner, denied he killed the woman and the defense contention that she shot and killed herself. Hohenthal admitted he had quarreled frequently with Miss Potoskey during the years of their acquaintance, but denied he had threatened her or had abused her. Miss Potoskey was found dead in Hohenthal’s apartment at De Soto last December 2, a bullet wound In her head. Asked by one of his lawyers, 'Did you kill Pearl Potoskey or did you have anything to do with her death? ’ Hohenthal replied; "‘Not any more than Judge Dearing (the presiding ---) --- yourself letters purported to have been written to him by Miss Potoskey in which she Indicated a morose and despondent temperament. He related that he and Miss Potoskey arrived at his De Soto apartment about 2 a.m. December 2, having driven from St. Louis. I read my mail while Miss Potoskey lit the stove, he said. “Then we sat around drinking beer and I went to bed about 6 a. m.’ He said he awakened that afternoon to find Miss Potoskey’s body on the living room floor and concluded she had committed suicide. After failing to get any response in telephoning three physicians, Hohenthal said he went to a corner poolroom where he reported her death and was accompanied to the apartment by an officer. ---- death he Is now on trial on a first degree murder charge in circuit court here, ---committed suicide, it was Indicated by the opening statement late yesterday. Hohenthal, a wealthy retired bachelor merchant from De Soto, Mo., declared he found Miss Potoskey’s body in his apartment on December 2 last, dead from a self-inflicted bullet wound. E. C. Edgar of DeSoto, one of Hohenthal’s lawyers, began a lengthy opening statement following the overruling of a defense motion to squash the Indictment, made as soon as the state concluded its testimony. Edgar told the jury the defense expects to show Miss Potoskey threatened to commit suicide on November 16, when drinking beer with Hohenthal in his apartment. He also declared the girl obtained poison and that Hohenthal knocked It from her hand as she attempted to take It, that she turned on him and began attacking him with a shoe. In defending himself, Hohenthal pushed her against a bedpost and in a fall both her eyes were blackened, Edgar said, explaining bruises on Miss Potoskey’s face. Edgar also said the defense would introduce letters written by Miss Potoskey in which she threatened to commit suicide. The first witness called by the defense was Dr. W. E. Gibson, of HILLSBORO, Mo., Nov. 1.—The defense Is expected to rely on Sol Hohenthal’s original story that Miss Pearl Potoskey, St. Louis beauty parlor owner, and for whose De Soto, Jefferson county coroner, who declared he performed an autopsy on Miss Potoskey’s body immediately after the inquest and before one performed by physicians who testified for the state. Dr. Gibson’s testimony was in conflict with that given by state witnesses. Dr. Gibson declared fractures of the skull had been caused by the firing of a revolver at close range although Dr. William Winn, autopsy surgeon for the St. Louis coroner, had testified blunt Instruments had caused at least three of eight distinct fractures of the skull that he found. His testimony was corroborated by Dr. Edwin VIit, of St. Louis, who was present. The defense expects to take all of today in examining witnesses. The case will probably go to the jury sometime Saturday afternoon.
Jefferson County, MO Record March 14,
Missouri Mother Hangs Her Son And Herself
Imperial, MO. March 8th
The bodies of Mrs. Blanche Frederitzi, 32 and her 9 year old son, Herrill were found hanging on the premises of the confectionery operated by the Frederitzi family here late today. It is believed the mother, deranged from an unknown cause, hanged the boy and then committed suicide. The boy's body was discovered when the father, Otto Frederitzi, returning home at 6 o'clock tonight, found the front door locked. He went to the rear and opening the basement door, found his son's body suspended from the ceiling. Justice of the Peace C.H. Clement was summoned and an inquest was about to be held when friends found the mother's body in a similar position in the garage in the rear. She evidently had suspended a rope from a rafter, tied it around her neck and jumped from a truck parked in the garage. Both had been dead several hours. Neighbors said they last saw Mrs. Frederitzi about 10 o'clock this morning. The confectionery, which stands on the town's main street had been closed since about the middle of the forenoon. The family lived in the same building that housed the confectionery. Frederitzi collapsed when the discovery was made. He could assign no reason for the act. (Globe Democrat)
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Arrested For Murder
Hillsboro, Mo., Sept. 16 – Clarence Cook, 27, was held in Jefferson County Jail here today charged with first degree murder in the fatal shooting of Russell Becker, 26, his brother-in-law, during a quarrel at the Cook home at Hematite, near Festus, Mo.
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Slayer Gets 3 Months
Hillsboro, Mo., Jan. 31 – Miss Helen Vachua, 20 year old roadhouse proprietor at Imperial, Mo., today was sentenced to three months in jail and fined $100 by a circuit court jury after convicting her on a charge of slaying her stepfather, William Zaruba. The girl testified she shot Zaruba because he had knocked her mother down and threatened her.
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Woman Carrying $800 In Purse Found Slain
Fredericktown, Mo., May 7 – A body
believed to be that of Mrs. Emma Cole, 59, the wife of a variety store owner of
Peverly, Mo., who left her home last Feb. 24, with more than $800 in her
pocketbook to visit relatives near Fredericktown, was found wrapped in a
blood-stained blanket in a junk heap near here today. The body was found among
some abandoned automobiles and was covered with automobile fenders. It was
discovered less than a quarter of a mile from the abandoned Catherine mine
shaft, where clothing was found Fe. 28, which was identified
by the husband as belonging to his wife. Coroner C.U. Davis said the
clothing on the body was similar to that worn by Mrs. Cole when she disappeared.
Mrs. Cole left Pevely with her 19 year old cousin, Amos Lewis, to visit
relatives here. She began the trip in a rented automobile hired by young Lewis,
and has not been seen since that time. Lewis also is missing, and Sheriff Clark
Angler 90 Years Old
Hillsboro, Mo., Aug. 7 – B.F. England, 90 years old, who has bought a hunting and fishing license every year for 25 years, recently made a catch of nine trout.
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J.F. Cunningham, 74, widely known attorney and former state
representative, died here early today. He had been ill since September. The
funeral will be held from his home tomorrow evening. Cunningham had been a
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Lad Faces Shooting Officers With Father
The Lead Belt News - Flat River, MO Aug. 12, 1938
STEWARTS Bought Festus Newspaper
The old Festus News, which a year or so ago was renamed the Jefferson County Jeffersonian, on last week again went into new hands. This week it will resume the former caption. The News at one period in the history of Festus was an outstanding paper, but has changed hands several times in the past decade. The new owners are Paul, Jess and John STEWART, who also publish the Bonne Terre Bulletin. We quote from an editorial which the Festus News will carry this week:
"Mr. Frank SHEIBLE, former owner of the Jeffersonian, has sold this newspaper to the STEWART brothers of Bonne Terre. The new owners took charge last Friday and will continue to publish it henceforth each week. We have decided to change the name back to the Festus News, with the Jeffersonian as a sub-title. The father of the young men who are to edit the paper will continue his regular work in the ministry and the publication of the Missouri Methodist, a semi-monthly church publication for Missouri. We wish Mr. SHEIBLE success in whatever plans he may have for the future." (Tri-City Independent.)
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Missouri Hills Yield Culture 500 Years Old
Add Fish Stories – Timepiece Turns Up
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Laredo Officer Shot to Death
Deputy Constable John Novoa was shot fatally Saturday as he
attempted to arrest two men who were near a filling station here about 2 a.m.
Police Chief Dave Gallagher said that one man, resisting arrest, fired shots at
Novoa at close range, that both men fled, and were alter caught. He identified
the two as seamen and said that in signed statements they told of being AWOL
Gun Discharges, Boy Killed
Civil War Vet Dies At 101
Dies With Hand on Throttle
The twisted wreckage of an AT-6
attack bomber is hauled aboard the Coast Guard cutter Poplar from the
Takes Day to Free Dog Trapped in Fox’s Den
A mongrel dog that wandered into a
fox’s den was free today after 28 hours of hammering and chiseling by twenty
volunteer workers. Farmer Charles F. Williams heard the dog’s barks on his farm
Student Found Dead
Farm Wife Shot and Killed Husband
New York Times
Richard M. Thomas, a retired
GI Once Reported Killed Is Alive – Wife, Who Refused to Believe He Would Not Come Home, Learns Of His Liberation
Judge Obliges Man’s Unusual Plea For Term