Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happenings in October 1903 and 1907; Post Office Robbery

October 8, 1903 Lawrence County News
Born  to Mr. and Mrs. George H. Jacobs, Tuesday, October 6, a son. Dr. Bryant was the attending physician.  •  The new mail routes were opened Thursday: Joy Seed, carrier for Route No. 1, William Philbert No. 2, Nathan Baker No. 3, and C.E Harris No. 4.  •  O. B. Divilbiss died at his home in Russell Township Saturday at noon.  The cause of death was blood poisoning. Some four weeks ago, he was kicked by a mule, breaking his left leg in two places above the knee. The physicians in setting the limb did not discover but one break. For a time he seemed to be getting along nicely, but later developments showed blood poisoning and he passed away as above stated. He leaves a wife and mother.  •  Lawrenceville now has another restaurant. Ed Furrow took back a part of the fixtures and stock he sold to Dick Musgrave and opened a restaurant in the basement of the courthouse.  •  James Douglass committed suicide in Olney Friday afternoon by shooting himself. He left a letter to his mother that he was tired of life. The deceased is fairly well known in the city, having worked by the month for Thomas Whitaker this summer until the latter part of July.  •  Lawrenceville police and citizens landed four thieves in jail last Thursday evening. At about three o'clock that afternoon two strangers came into Gooch's Clothing store and one of them asked manager Bramble to see a pair of overalls. Bramble took him to the rear of the store and showed him the goods. He did not purchase anything however, and when he and Bramble came to the front of the store the other stranger had left. Nothing particularly was thought of this action, however, until the manager of the handle factory telephoned Mr. Bramble that four strangers had just left the factory and that they had tried to sell a pair of new trousers to some of his man at the very low price of $1.50. Marshall Daughtery was immediately notified, started pursuit and finally located the men, having with them two suits of clothes and a pair of trousers. They were locked up and given preliminary hearings.

October 15, 1903  Lawrence County News  
P. McCloskey, of Billett, died Monday. Old age was perhaps the cause of death. The remains were taken to Seymour Indiana for burial Thursday.  •  News was received here Sunday that Charles Barnes, a former Lawrence County boy, had committed suicide in Utah.  •  Mrs. Ed Crutchfield met with what might have been a very serious accident Tuesday afternoon. She was visiting her mother, Mrs. Gould, who lives near the schoolhouse, and when hitching up her horse to start home the animal became frightened at some schoolboys performing on a trapeze and ran away, circling around on the school grounds among 200 or more little children who were playing. Fortunately none of them were hurt, but Mrs. Crutchfield was thrown from the buggy and cut severely about the eye and hurt about the hip. The buggy was torn almost to pieces, before the horse could be stopped.  •  Mrs. A. M. Swinehart died in the family home on W. Sugar St., Monday morning at one o'clock. She was married first to a Mr. Lick; two children were born to them, one dying about 25 years ago.  She was then married to A.M. Swinehart. To this union three children were born; the husband survived her.  •  At 8:30 Wednesday evening at the bride's parents in the city, Miss Bertha E. Little and Mr. Medford Pifer of Palestine were united in the bonds of matrimony in the presence of the bride's parents and relatives. 

October 22, 1903 Lawrence County News
The Vincennes Commercial gives an account of the marriage of Louis H. Ruark and Miss Jenny Mills last Friday. Ruark is well known in the city, having formerly owned the Courthouse Barber Shop.  •    Jailer Gilbert saved another jail breaking Saturday. The two prisoners, who were given penitentiary sentences last week, tried to break out of jail. Sheriff Carr allowed them out of the cell a few hours Saturday for exercise. They managed to get hold of the heavy stick of wood and battered the window bar down where it had been broken some time ago, making a hole large enough for man to crawl through. They then broke the fastenings of the outside window screen. About this time jailer Gilbert entered the jail and, seeing the work, put them in a cell.   •  Sheriff Carr took Charles Reed and Arthur McLellan to the penitentiary at Chester Sunday. Joe Frye assisted him with the prisoners. They were both sent under the parole law.

October 29, 1903 Lawrence County News
 J. H. Ward is making arrangements to move into his new dwelling on E. Sugar St. next week. Mr. Warren has a beautiful new home. It is a two-story structure modern in every respect and contains all the modern conveniences.  •  The News last week, was misinformed as to the person in jail for bootlegging whiskey. The man's name is Alexander Crouch of Lukin Township. He was taken to Cairo for bootlegging whiskey and pled not guilty, claiming that he did not retail liquor himself, but sold it for other parties. He was fined $200 and in default was remanded to jail. He is laying it out in jail there.  •  Charles Perkins and Bessie Duke were married Sunday evening, Judge Madding officiating.  The happy couple will begin housekeeping near Pinkstaff.  •  Pearlie Jones, son of Steven Jones, died Sunday morning. Lung trouble was the cause of his death. He'd been sick for several months and for the past six weeks had been confined to his bed. He was a young man 24 years old and for several years had been in poor health.   •  Joe Zeilinger of Bond had the second stroke of paralysis about a week ago. The stroke this time affected the lower half of his body, he having no use of his lower limbs at all.

October 17,1907  
Born to Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Smith, South of town, Thursday evening, a baby girl.   •  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fish are the happy parents of a baby girl born Tuesday of last week.  •  Perry Lewis, who is attending the Wabash business college in Terre Haute Indiana was at home over Sunday. •  Dr. J. H. Penner, of South of town, is seriously ill with lung trouble and  little hopes of his recovery are entertained.   •  We had the first killing frost of fall, Sunday night. There is a good deal of corn in the low lands it was caught by the frost.  •  The post office in St. Francisville was robbed Monday night. $250-$300 in stamps and $1.50 in pennies were taken. The safe was blown with nitroglycerin and completely ruined.


Monday night's Historical Society Program will feature Phil Lewis  presenting a program titled -- 
The Quilts of the Underground Railroad.  
Don't forget to attend Monday Night October 27, at 7:00 pm at the museum.  
Come early to get a good seat!