Monday, November 23, 2015

Murder of Johnson by Graham over Woman 1891

Robinson Constitution Researched by D Foote

MARCH 29, 1890
States Attorney Tohill was up from Lawrenceville on legal business last Thursday and Friday.
Al Norton and wife of Russellville visited Larry Duncan Monday at Duncanville. Gladys Pettyjohn, little daughter of Sheriff Pettyjohn of Lawrence County is visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Rachel Baker of Heathsville.

APRIL 5, 1890
Mr. Harris, of Christy, Ind., and Fred Correll of Chauncey were interviewing the farmers in this locality in the interest of the Deering Machine Co.

JAN 7, 1891
Henry Irwin, of Chauncey, is visiting his brother at Flat Rock. John McGaughey, an attorney of Lawrenceville had business in Flat Rock last Wednesday.
Mr. Noah Tohill and Miss Fannie Barnes were married Sunday evening at Flat Rock. Rev. Halton, of Lawrenceville officiated.
Gabriel Tugaw, a prominent  farmer of Denison township, Lawrence County, committed suicide one day last week, by shooting himself through the head; caused by financial difficulties.
G. Gordon, of Lawrenceville, takes the place of H. Bovell, as traveler for the Illinois Printing Company.

JAN 28, 1891
Dr. Dailey, of Allison, called on friends in Heathsville last Wednesday.

FEB 4, 1891
Mrs. O.C. Piper, of Sumner, is visiting her son A.G. Richardson in this place. (Flat Rock)

FEB 11, 1891
George Pepper of Chauncey was in the city Thursday (Flat Rock). Ben Wallace of Lawrenceville visited his friends in Flat Rock last week. Jesse Weger visited a relative, Miss Nora Fife in Lawrence County Sunday.

FEB 18, 1891
Miss Perma Klingler of Birds visited Flat Rock friends a few days last week.
W.D. Cochran, Sheriff of Lawrence County, was in the city Friday after a young man by the name of Hughes that was wanted in his county. A.B. Houston had the young man in the county jail awaiting Mr. Cochran.

FEB 25, 1891
The Peace boys had their trial at Lawrenceville some few days ago and were fined twenty-five dollars each. They are now in jail at that place.
James Skaggs of Sumner spent several days in Flat Rock last week.   J.R. Short of Flat Rock purchased two carloads of corn at Billet Station Friday.
W.A. Delzell, lawyer, late of Flat Rock, still practicing law at Lawrenceville, writes us from Sedgwick, Kansas. Bro Delzell has located there to practice his profession.
We have received a program for the Farmer's Institute meeting to be held in the court room at Lawrenceville, for the Sixteenth Congressional District, Tuesday and Wednesday March 3rd and 4th.

MARCH 4, 1891
Mr. Samuel Swearingen and wife were called to Birds Saturday to the bedside of Mrs. Swearingen’s  sister, Mrs Dollahan.
A.N. Little of Lawrenceville was in Flat Rock Thursday. Leonard Lackey of Pinkstaff has purchased property in Flat Rock and will probably run a restaurant.

MARCH 25, 1891
Riley McColpin visited relatives in this area last week. Mr. Salesman has purchased the Dollahan farm which is situated near the county line, paying $1,800.00.
Mrs. Sarah Catlett, Heathsville, is at Russellville with her father, Grandpa Trombly, who is seriously ill and not likely to recover.
Several young men from around Heathsville, went to Vincennes with a raft of logs last week. The River is pretty high and it is a good time for this work.
Jim Blair moved to the farm of E.J. Jenner south of Lawrenceville.

APRIL 1, 1891
John C. Reynolds of Birds did business in Flat Rock Tuesday. Harvey Irwin, of Sumner spent a few days in Flat Rock last week.

Another murder made news:  

The Robinson Constitution reported: on Feb 4, 1891
Dr. Maxedon of this place (Heathsville) was called to Russellville to assist at the postmortem held over the body of Duane Johnson, last Tuesday, by Coroner French. The doctor reports the evidence as strong against the man, John Graham, who did the cutting. John Graham, whose mother resides in Montgomery Township, is languishing in the Lawrence County bastille on a charge of murder. P.G. Bradberry is attending Circuit court at Lawrenceville this week. Mr. Bradberry is assisting in the prosecution in the Graham-Johnson murder case.

The InterOcean, a newspaper in Chicago, reported on February 13, 1891:  
John Graham, who killed Duane Johnson, a merchant of Russellville, two weeks ago, and pled guilty at the Lawrence County Circuit Court today, and was sentenced to thirty years in the penitentiary. He stabbed Johnson with a knife, and ten days later the victim died. Graham was an unsuccessful suitor for the lady who became Johnson's wife, and in revenge he slew his rival.

Ed Note:  Duane Johnson was a son of Pleasant Johnson and Rachel Cullop Johnson. Duane was born about 1866 in Illinois. Duane's parents and several of his siblings are buried in the Tewalt cemetery at Russellville. Illinois marriage records indicate that Duane Johnson married Louisa Simmons in Crawford County on May 9, 1889. No further information has been found on Louisa. No record of Duane's or Louisa's burial have been found.
Thanks to K Borden and J King for their research.  Rumor has it that all this murder/manslaughter research will eventually result in a book.....Any wanna be detectives want to assist?

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