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Wife Murderer at Large
Chicago, Aug 12 - Michael Burns has shot and instantly killed his wife, Mrs. Mabel Burns, at the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Jordan.  The parents say Burns harbored no enmity against his wife, to whom he had been married less than a year.  The man had been drinking and it is thought quarrelled with his wife while under the influence of liquor.  He escaped and has not yet been captured.  [The Tennessean (Nashville, Tenn.) Saturday, 13 Aug 1904, p. 6, tr by KT]

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Lee shoots Rawson
Rawson May Recover
Chicago, Ill., Oct. 17. - Young Lee, who shot Banker Rawson Sunday, was arraigned in court this morning and held without bail to await the result of the shooting. The doctors now think there is a possibility that Rawson may recover. [Idaho News (Blackfoot, ID.), October 29, 1887, page 2, Sub by RL]
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Murder in Saloon Row
Chicago, July 21. - Last night in a saloon row Larry Coogan stabbed William Riley and Alexander Atwell. Riley died tonight, and Atwell is not expected to survive till morning. [Memphis Daily Appeal (Memphis, TN), July 22, 1884, page 1, sub by RL]
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Mrs. Mary Short, the Norwegian wife of a negro waiter of Chicago, who had just fallen heir to considerable property, was found murdered, and her husband is suspected. [The Indiana State Sentinel; (Indianapolis, IN) April 3, 1889]
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Lawyer charged with Forgery
Henry Gottlier, a Chicago lawyer, who is charged with forgery and perjury, was arrested at Windsor, Ont., last week. [The Indiana State Sentinel; (Indianapolis, IN) April 3, 1889]

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Pickpocket George Wells
At Akron, Ohio, George Wells, a Chicago pickpocket, was arrested while trying to get a lady's pocket-book and while going to jail, merely to keep his hand in, relieved the officer who escorted him of $10. [Source: "Minster Home Light," (Minster, OH), Oct. 13, 1888; tr. by GT Transcription Team]
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Chicago, Feb. 3 - "I am disgusted and disappointed by the failure of the police department to locate Walter Allen, the man who attempted to kill me. The situation handling the case has fallen down hard. I have taken it upon myself to apprehend Allen."
This statement was made yesterday by James J. Lake, who has been in the Swedish Covenant hospital since last Wednesday night, when he was shot in the leg by a man believed be Walter Allen. A tussle over a packet of photos in which Lake's wife was a conspicuous figure, was said to have resulted in the shooting.
Lake employed a number of private detectives yesterday and gave them orders to spare no expense in capturing Allen. He said he was tired of the "browbeating" methods of policemen working on the case and their failure to find a trace of Allen.
"Since the time I was placed in the hospital, detectives have constantly been 'strongarming' me in an effort to have me tell things about the case which I do not know," Lake said. "They have me tell things about the  case which I do not know," Lake said. "They have accused me of holding out information on them. I have told all I know. Now I have hired detectives to find my assailant."
"Lake should at least appreciate what the police have done in his behalf," Loftis said. "Detectives have worked night and day on the case. If Lake decided to uncover some of the facts in the case, we might be able to land Allen." [Rochester Daily Post and Record (Rochester, MN), February 3, 1920, page 3, Sub by RL]
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Chicago, Feb. 3.-A few minutes after the noon hour yesterday Clifford Little, a chief clerk in the offices of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad, met Bernard Donovan, a former fellow employee of the Pennsylvania lines. Donovan seemed excited. He showed Little a blackjack and a revolver.
"Do you see these?" he asked him. "Well, I'm going to take them both right up into that ___'s office and show him where to head in at. If the blackjack don't work, the revolver will."
Little detected whisky and suspected a joke in Donovan's conduct.
"Who are you going to kill?" he asked.
"Swegman, the claim agent for the Pennsy. He's been hounding me out of every job I've had since he fired me four years ago.
Henry T. Swegman was alone in his private office in room 152 of the Otis building at Madison and La Salle streets when Donovan entered a few minutes later.
What the two men said to each other only Donovan knows, but there was a sudden scuffle, and a call for help. Harry L. Clausen, a clerk in the outer office, came running. Swegman and Donovan were rolling on the floor, fighting for possession of the gun. Books and papers were littered on the floor. The carpet was torn up. Chairs were overturned.
Out of the scramble came two shots and Swegman collapsed. Donovan jumped up and, seeing Clausen, fired a bullet into his leg. As Clausen fell Donovan ran into the hall, hatless and with blood running from a cut in his head.
Frank Loesch, a lawyer on the fifteenth floor, and a clerk employed by the Lincoln Mines company, attracted by the shots, intercepted Donovan in the corridor.
"What's happened?" they asked.
"Oh, they tried to gas me in there," said Donovan, patting his revolver, "but I'm a tough bird and got away."
To Loesch he added: "I got the _____."
Later he surrendered. [Rochester Daily Post and Record (Rochester, MN), February 3, 1920, page 3]
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Bookkeeper by Day And A Butterfly By Night Case Is Found
Chicago, Feb. 3 - F. C. Biehl, leather dealer, announced today he will go to Winnipeg to induce his bookkeeper, Rose Schweizberger, to return to Chicago to face a charge of embezzlement. He and Joseph Haass, the detective who discovered the girl and Monda Rose, society butterfly, were one and the same, will go with papers to be used in the event the bookkeeper resists. Both girls disappeared at the same time. A few days later, a shortage in excess of $10,000 was discovered. Then it was found they were one person. [Rochester Daily Post and Record (Rochester, MN), February 3, 1920, page 1, Sub by R.L.]
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Woman Suspected of Poisoning Nine

Mrs. Louise Vermilyea Arrested in Chicago Following a Policeman's Death.
Seven in Her Family Dead
Two Husbands, Two Step-Sons, Two Daughters, and a Grand-Daughter, as Well as Two Boarders.
Chicago, Oct. 31. – After being placed under police surveillance for several days as the result of a series of revelations of suspicious deaths of persons with whom she has been closely associated, Mrs. Louise Vermilyea, 415 East Twenty-ninth Street, was placed under arrest today.  Mrs. Vermilyea was taken to a hospital under guard to await the final report of chemists upon the viscera of policeman Bissonette, the latest on the list of suspicious deaths. If poison should be found, several bodies will be exhumed.
On the list of those whose deaths have been under peculiar circumstances are Cora and Florence, Mrs. Vermilyea's children by her first husband. Died at the age of 8 years and 4 1/2 years, respectively. Harry J. Vermilyea, 31 years old, telegraph operator. Died at 395 West Diversey Parkway of heart failure, super induced by malarial fever. Death occurred on Sept. 30, a few days after he is said to have quarreled with his stepmother over the sale of a house at Crystal Lake, Ill. Lillian Brinkamp, 26 years old, granddaughter of Fred Brinkamp, first husband of Mrs. Vermilyea, died Jan. 21, 1906, at 2916 Groveland Avenue, of acute nephritis.  The other persons whose deaths are being investigated are: Fred Brinkamp, 60 years old, first husband of Mrs. Vermilyea, who died on a farm near Barrington, eighteen years ago. The widow inherited $5,000 worth of property.  Charles Vermilyea, second husband, 59 years old, who died at Maplewood two years ago, leaving $1,000 in life insurance.   Frank Brinkamp, a son by the first marriage, 23 years old, who died a year ago, leaving the widow $1,200. Richard T. Smith, a conductor, who roomed at the Vermilyea home.   Arthur Bissonette, policeman, 26 years old, died at the Mercy Hospital from convulsions, said to have been super induced by poison. The latter had been for some time prior to his death a boarder at Mrs. Vermilyea's house.
The police are also searching for a wealthy man who is reported to have been engaged to Mrs. Vermilyea at one time, but who, for some unexplained reason, failed to appear on the wedding day. He is believed to be in Chicago.  Mrs. Vermilyea, though greatly overcome by the reports following the death of Bissonette, declared she was not afraid of the result of the investigation. "They may go as far as they like," she said, "for I have nothing to fear. I simply have been unfortunate in having people dying about me. My first husband was a farmer and he drank himself to death, though I should be ashamed to admit it. After I was a widow for two and a half years I married Vermilyea and we moved to Chicago. He was on a train run to Jaynesville, Wis., when he became ill and after he was brought home I nursed him until his death." "My son had married a widow and divorced her before his death, so that explains how I came into possession of the $1,200 life insurance." Mrs. Vermilyea said Bissonette was to be admitted into the Home Guards, through her efforts, and that the insurance he was to carry was to be made out to her, while after they were married he was to be made beneficiary of the insurance she carried.
"We are going into every phase of the case, said Capt. Harding. "Mrs. Vermilyea was married twice, and both husbands died under mysterious circumstances. She has realized about $15,000 from the death of the nine persons, and it seems almost beyond belief that they should all have died in such a peculiar manner." According to information obtained at the Coroner's office, the Coroner now has in his possession nine bottles which he found in the home of Mrs. Vermilyea and which are expected to have considerable bearing on the investigation. "In my opinion we are on the verge of discovering one of the greatest poisoning mysteries in the history of Chicago." This was the declaration made tonight by Dr. Joseph W. Springer, Coroner's Physician, who with Dr. L. E. Lecount, toxicologist of Rush Medical College, is engaged in making an analysis of the liver of policeman Bissonette. "Do you believe that Bissonette died a natural death?" Dr. Springer was asked. "No, I do not," he replied. Coroner Hoffman made preparations to go tomorrow to Barrington, Ill., Mrs. Vermilyea's former home. It was rumored that he proposed demanding the exhumation of the bodies of her relatives buried there. "While my case is not complete, I believe Mrs. Vermilyea has many things to explain concerning these deaths," Coroner Hoffman said. "We have uncovered much evidence, and may form a definite conclusion within a day or so."  (New York Times, 01 Nov 1911, Transcribed by HEH)
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Murder Trial of Adolph L. Luetgert
Progress of This Noted Murder Case in Chicago Given from Day to Day.
Witnesses for the Prosecution Tell Some Startling Stories-Summary of Testimony Given from Day to Day.

Chicago, Sept. 6 - The strongest blow of the week was given the defense in the Luetgert trial Saturday. Mrs. Christine Feldt, in whom the state presents the motive for the alleged crime, took the stand for the prosecution and furnished the most sensational episode of the hearing. She related declarations made by the defendant which tended strongly to show that he purposed doing violence to his wife as soon as his business troubles were over and settled. She produced letters which he had written to her while in jail. They contained expressions of love, devotion and vows of fidelity. They informed the woman that if she would stand by Luetgert he would go away with her when the trouble was over and they would ever after be happy in each other's company.  

Contents in a Barrel
Chicago, Sept. 8 - In the Luetgert trial yesterday Nicholas Faber, an ex-employee of Luetgert, testified to having seen Luetgert and his wife enter the factory  on the night of May 1. Under cross-examination Faber was forced to admit that he did not know anything that happened on any other particular date near May 1. Fritz Figel, who worked for Luetgert May 4, told how he had emptied a barrel of ashes in the alley, and Officer James Smith testified as to having found particles of bones and two corset steels in a pile of debris where the ashes were emptied.

A Blood-Stained Knife.
Chicago, Sept. 9.-In the Luetgert trial yesterday a knife, on the blade and handle of which are stains that the state will try to prove are blood, was introduced by Mrs. Feldt. It is the property of the man on trial for the murder of his wife, and Mrs. Feldt swore that he gave it to her the day he was arrested, asking her to keep it for him. Dr. Charles B. Gibson told the jury about the solution in the vat and stated that it would have disintegrated a human body in 2 1/2 hours. Emma Schimpke testified to seeing the defendant in the alley back of the factory on the night of May 1, corroborating her sister and Nicholas Faber. The different finds made by the police were identified and introduced, then traced into the hands of the experts, who told of experiment made with them.

Expert Testimony.
Chicago, Sept. 10.- Both morning and afternoon sessions of court yesterday in the trial of Adolph L. Luetgert were consumed in taking expert testimony. Through chemical analysis the state must establish not only being dissolved by the action of caustic potash heated to a boiling point, but also to the fact that the bits of bone, hair and flesh and scraping of pinkish brown material from the interior of the vat in the sausage factory are portions of the body of a human being. Prof. Delafontaine said that the bits of flesh might be human, but they might also be the flesh of an animal. The bone, he was sure, were human bones, but regarding the flesh he was very guarded and careful in his statements. [Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN), September 14, 1897, page 2; Sub by Src #211]

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Instead of shooting a bowl from his head
While trying to emulate the example of William Tell, William Dougherty killed a saloon porter in Chicago, instead of shooting a bowl from his head. [Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN), January 4, 1905, p 2; Sub by Src #211]

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Bound and gagged...
Bound and gagged, A. G. Krogstad, a Chicago merchant, heard four thugs who had just robbed his store of $1,800 debate on killing him and finally decide to spare his life. [Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN), January 4, 1905, p 2; Sub by Src #211]
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Chicago Alderman Who Told About the General Electric Bribery
Said to Have Left Very Suddenly For a Wisconsin Summer Resort.
CHICAGO, July 21.- Alderman William Mangler, who stirred up a sensation a few days ago by relating a story of alleged attempted bribery in connection with the General Electric ordinance, had disappeared. The detectives sent to serve a subpoena upon him for appearance before the grand jury, searched the city in vain, and reported that Mangler had left the city suddenly for some lake in Wisconsin. Mangler voluntarily told the story of the alleged attempted bribery and promised to appear before the grand jury. Monday, in an interview with the state's attorney, Mangler expressed a desire to drop the matter, to which the state's attorney would not consent. The latter is said to be in possession of all the facts int he case, including the name of the alleged would-be briber, which has not yet been made public, but if Mangler succeeds in escaping service of the subpoena, it is unlikely that the present grand jury will take any action on the case. [The People's Press (Owatonna, Steele Co., MN) July 23, 1897, page 7]
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Burnham - Murphy Fire
The afternoon of the 19th Director of Works Burnham and Fire Marshall Murphy, who were held to await the action of the grand jury, charged with the responsibility for the catastrophe which attended the burning of the cold storage building, surrendered themselves to Coroner McHale, of Chicago, and gave bail in the sum of $5,000 each to appear for trial when wanted. [The Aitkin Age (Aitkin, MN) July 22, 1893, page 2]
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Judge Stewart of "speeders' court" says he will fine all auto speeders $50 this week, and increase each week until limit is reached. Eight took $50 and costs yesterday. Do your speeding now. [Source: "The Day Book," Chicago, IL, 20 June 1912; tr. by Src #211]
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Disinterrment to prove murder
Bodies of William and Alma Lindloff, husband and daughter of Mrs. Louise Lindloff, suspected by the police of being implicated in their deaths, disinterred by Coroner Hoffman. Examination will be made for traces of arsenic. [Source: "The Day Book," Chicago, IL, 20 June 1912; tr. by Src #211]

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What purports to be a terrible murder was the discovery at Chicago of the bleeding form of a young and handsome girl lying on the Grand boulevard near Forty-third street. The girl was insensitive and bleeding profusely from a dreadful wound in the back of her head. Physicians found that she had received a compound fracture of the skull, evidently having been struck with a blunt instrument. The deceased was neatly dressed, and from all appearances was a respectable sewing girl. [The Aitkin Age (Aitkin, MN), November 24, 1888, page 4]
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Assassination of Dr. Cronin
The identification of Martin Burke, the principal Cronin suspect, was fully sustained on the 12th in Chicago by Mr. and Mrs. Carlson as being the "Frank Williams" who rented the cottage in which Dr. Cronin was assassinated. Twenty-five thousand persons attended a Clan-na-Gael demonstration in Philadelphia on the same day and five thousand dollars were raised for the prosecution of the assassins. [The Northfield News (Northfield, MN) August 17, 1889, page 1]

The arraignment of Martin Burke took place before Judge Baker in Chicago on the 9th and a plea of not guilty to the charge of assassinating Dr. Cronin was entered. [The Northfield News (Northfield, MN) August 17, 1889, page 1]
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Edward McDonald
Edward S. McDonald, of Chicago the alleged county "boodler" and brother of M. C. McDonald, who has been in jail, in accordance with the ecision of the supreme court of Illinois reviewing the judgement of the Cook county criminal court, which sentenced McDonald to a term in the penitentiary. [The Aitkin Age (Aitkin, MN), November 24, 1888, page 4]
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Confidence Game
Charles Greenfield has been arrested in Chicago charged with obtaining $700 through a confidence game. [The Start Farmer (Renville, MN), October 1, 1903]
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Michigan Bank President Believed to Have Crossed Border.
Chicago - Warren C. Spurgin, fugitive president of the defunct Michigan Avenue Trust company, has been traced to Mexico, it was announced by the state's-attorney's office. A telegram announcing that a reward of $2,500 will be paid for the capture of Spurgin was sent to Marfa, Texas, and several towns in Mexico by the state's attorney's office. The shortage in the Michigan Avenue Trust company, of which Warren C. Spurgin was president, is $1,124,268.87 according to publication here of a statement purporting to come from Andrew Russell, state auditor. [Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN) August 5, 1921]
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Chicago, Aug. 3 - The seven former members of the White Sox ball club, acquitted of charges of throwing the 1919 world series, by a jury, were banned today from ever playing professional league baseball again.
Judge K. M. Landis, high commissioner of baseball, and Charles Comiskey, owner of the White Sox club, sealed the baseball fate of the acquitted men.
Comiskey said the seven men would never play on his team again. [Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN) August 5, 1921, page 1]

Verdict Reached After 2 Hours and 47 Minutes Deliberation.
Chicago - the seven former Chicago White Sox baseball players and two others, on trial for alleged conspiracy to defraud the public through throwing of the 1919 world's series games, were found not guilty by a jury. The jury took only one ballot.
The verdict was reached after two hours and 47 minutes of deliberation, but was not returned until 40 minutes later, Judge Hugo M. Friend being out of court when the decision was reached.
The defendants were: Buck Weaver, third baseman; Oscar Felsch, outfielder; Charles Risberg, shortstop; Arnold Gandil, first baseman; Claudie Williams and Eddie Cicotte, pitchers; Joe Jackson, outfielder-all former White Sox players-and Carl Zork of St. Louis, and David Zelcer of Des Moines.
Announcement of the verdict was greeted by cheers from the several hundred persons who remained in court for the final decisions and shouts of "hooray for the clean Sox!" [Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN) August 5, 1921, page 4]
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He Died Game
Chicago - Harry Lyons was hanged to-day for the murder on the night of Feb. 9 of Alfred B. Mason, a scenic artist. Lyons attempted to rob Mason on the street, and, during the struggle which followed, Lyons fractured the victim's skull with the butt of a revolver. He was nervy to the last. [Zumbrota Independent (Zumbrota, MN) October 17, 1895, page 2]
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Chicago - Fifteen warrants for the arrest of men said to have been associated with John W. Worthington in connection with mail robberies totaling more that $6,000,000 were issued by James R. Glass, United States Commissioner.
Reports were received of the arrest in New York of Arthur Goldsmith said to be a lieutenant of Worthington, and of the arrest in Detroit of "Lefty" Lewis, said to be another of Worthington's aids. [Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN) August, 5, 1921, page 4]
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Ex-Governor Acquitted
Ex-Governor Bebb, formerly of Ohio, now of Illinois, who was tried a few days since for shooting one of a band who were "charivaring" his newly married son, was acquitted. [Brookville American (Brookville, IN) February 19, 1858, page 3]
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Execution of John Stone
Chicago IL - On Friday, the 10th inst., at 14 minutes past three o’clock, John Stone, sentenced to death for the murder of Mrs. Lucretia Thompson, under the most aggravated circumstances, was swung from the gallows and died apparently without much struggling and without a single motion after two minutes. He remained on the rope about 18 minutes, when he was cut down, placed in a coffin and delivered to Drs. Dyer & Boone for dissection.
About one o’clock he was taken from the jail, clothed in a white shroud, and placed on board a stage with the Rev. J. Hallam, of the Episcopal Church, drawn by four horses, which took him to the gallows erected about three mile out of the city on the open prairie. The Sheriff took for the preservation of peace, about 200 armed horsemen and 100 footmen, who attended the stage to the place execution, and formed a circle around the gallows. There were many thousand people congregated of all classes, men, women and children of every condition in life. And there was not the least symptom of disorder on the occasion. From beginning to end a deep stillness and solemnity pervaded the congregation.
He walked from the stage coach up on the stand with the utmost composure, sustained by Deputies Lowe and Davis, where the appropriate service was performed by Rev. M. Hallam. He told the Sheriff to announce to the public his perfect satisfaction with his treatment whilst in jail, and, what astonished all, his perfect innocence of the crime alleged. This latter, we presume, not one of the immense crowd believed. And it is our candid opinion that, previous to his first sentence, he would have confessed the whole, had he not been informed there were chances of his acquittal by the Supreme Court.
The construction of the gallows, apart from the permanent stand and the usual frame-work to sustain the bean from which he was suspended, consisted of a small piece of board attached to the permanent stand by hinges, and sustained by a prop to which was attached a rope. After the sentence has been read by Mr. Lowe and Stone expressed a wish to say nothing further, the Sheriff drew the cap over his face and dropped his handkerchief, which was the signal for a negro to pull out the prop, which was done in an instant.
After he had hung a sufficient time, a wagon, containing the coffin, was driven under the boy and the rope cut. But, instead of falling into the wagon, he fell upon one of the wheels and then upon the ground, head first. Which was the only thing to be regretted on the occasion. The fall on the gallows was about four feet and apparently broke his neck. We noticed that he bled sufficiently at the mouth to stain through his white cap.
Stone was rising six feet high, would weigh about 200, was 31 years of age, born in Ireland and had been 21 years in this country. He had been in Auburn, N.Y., prison for horse stealing, in a prison in Canada fro a rape, and was one of McNab’s crew, which burnt the steamboat Caroline. He was educated an Episcopalian, but died an Universalist. – Chicago Morning Democrat. [The Illinois Free Trader, Ottawa, Ill, July 17, 1840]

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Masked Robber Killed
Chicago, Feb. 9. - A lone robber, well dressed, with money in his pockets and a silk mask covering his features was shot and killed in Woerner Park pavilion shortly after midnight by Frank Baram, a lawyer, and Edward Sommerfieldt, barkeeper for Woerner.  The body has not yet been identified.  (Pensacola, The Pensacola News, 09 Feb 1900, p1.  Tr. by #211)
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Saloon robbery
John Almen and wife were locked in the ice box of their saloon in Chicago by robbers, who escaped with $10, two watches, a revolver and several bottles of liquor. [Source:  Algonquin Herald (Algonquin, IL) March 13, 1902, page 8]
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Shoe Box Murder
A Man Killed In Chicago and His Body Shipped to Wallingford Chicago, Oct. 6. - The authorities of New Haven have concluded that the man whose body was found in Wallingford on August 9, was murdered in Chicago and shipped to the place where found. Two weeks ago a box containing human arm and leg bones was found near the spot where the body lay, and proved to belong to the body. The name on the shoe box was Charles Fills. A cutaway coat of a faded wine color has been now produced, in a pocket of which was a love letter addressed to "Harry Montague, post office box 40, Chicago." The man who had the coat said he obtained it from a stranger for whom he did some teaming, and who hired him to carry a box from Yatesville to an old house near Wallingford. A dispatch states that Coroner Mix, of New Haven, has gone to Chicago to solve the mystery. Chief of Police Ebersold said that if any officials had come from New Haven they had failed to visit police head quarters. [The Stark County Democrat. (Canton, Ohio), 07 Oct. 1886]

Mabel Preston released.
New Haven, Oct. 18 - Mabel Preston, the woman arrested in Hartford for complicity in the Wallingford shoe box murder, was rigidly examined by Coroner Mex. A two hours "star chamber session" satisfied that official that the woman could not throw any light on the mystery and she was released. [Daily Evening Bulletin. (Maysville [Ky.]), 18 Oct. 1886

[Today, the "Shoe Box Murder" remains unsolved. Both the identity of the victim and of the murderer are still a mystery. While the police continue to label it an open case, the prospect of any new information arising is too remote for the case to receive active consideration.]
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White Slavery
Cleveland: Oreste Fiovanelli, alias Ernest DuBall, 28, arrested on federal warrant from Chicago, charging white slavery.  [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 21 July 1914]
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Chicago, March 15.-Laughing boisterously six youthful masked bandits entered the big mail order house of the Hartman Furniture Company, held up three night watchmen, and after blowing the safe escaped with $15,000 in cash. They left $40,000 worth of money orders and negotiable paper scattered about the floor.
Joseph Goldstein, night watchman was in the rear of the store when he heard robbers make a noisy entrance through a window, all apparently drunk. They leveled revolvers at Goldstein and then carried him to the basement. John Brackett, a night watchman in the front of the building, received the same treatment, and Milton Bendixen, A.D.T. watchman, who investigated the noise in the basement, was lined up with the others. The wrecked safe contained a day's receipts and the weekly payroll. The police have no clues. [Willmar Tribune, [Willmar, MN] March 18, 1914, page 2; Sub. by R. Line]
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Another Confession by Woodruff
CHICAGO, June 16-All previous "confessions" of Woodruff the horse thief, who had been indicted for complicity in the Cronin murder were eclipsed this morning by an entirely new story. He contradicts and discredits every other statement made by him. He now claims to know a great deal more about the Cronin murder than he has heretofore admitted. His last story directly implicates Alexander Sullivan and other prominent citizens. [Mower County Transcript, (Lansing, MN) June 19, 1889, page 2; Submitted by Robin Line]
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A man calling himself Chas. J. Jacobs...
Chicago: A man calling himself Chas. J. Jacobs, approached a policeman, in Chicago, on the night of the 22d, and asked to be taken into custody, for the reason that he was a murderer. He says that a short time since, at a ranche near Bryan, Texas, he killed a man named Weathersby, but claims that he did it in self-defense. He claims that Weathersby had fired two shots at him before he returned the fire, which proved fatal. He felt so troubled in his mind about the tragedy that he could not resist the impulse to give himself up as a murderer. [Alpena Argus (Alpena, MI), June 29, 1871, page 2]
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Chicago, Dec. 21.- Gang guns have shattered Christmas for the two small children of Philip Lapaglia. Police found his body in an automobile last night. Shotgun and pistol fire by two assassins was directed at him as he sat in the car with Peter Miranda, a friend. His death was ascribed by police to a beer runner's dispute. [The Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, N. D.), Dec. 21, 1928, page 1]
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CHICAGO, July 6.- Charles Johnson, secretary-treasurer of the local Bricklayers’ union, was shot twice and probably fatally wounded early this morning by an unknown assailant.  Johnson has taken an active part in the labor troubles which have tied up the building industry in this city, and his death, it is believed, will hasten the settlement of the differences between the workers and their employers.[Alaska Citizen (Fairbanks, AK), July 12, 1915, page 2]
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Chicago - Walter J. Bauer, bridegroom of three weeks was bound and gagged today and subjected to a mutilating operation that was performed in a parked car with a pen knife without benefit of anesthetic. He died shortly thereafter in a hospital. Police suspect a former suitor of Bauer's bride. They said the operation was such as would only be incited by the bitterest jealously or hatred.  Bauer lived long enough after the tortuous ordeal to tell hospital attendants of his suspicion that a disappointed lover chose this merciless revenge when he found another had been successful in wooing the hand of the pretty Kirksville, MO., hospital nurse who became Mrs. Bauer three weeks ago. [Brainerd Daily Dispatch (Brainerd, MN), July 31, 1935]
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Bigamy Charge for Brown
W.H.A. Brown, of the Chicago board of trade, is under arrest on the charge of bigamy. [Little Falls Transcript (Little Falls, MN), April 10, 1885, page 3]
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Incest Charge for Fred Heldt
Fred Heldt, aged forty-years, a well-to-do resident of Milwaukee was arrested by Detective Keller in Chicago and brought to Milwaukee on a charge of incest. The alleged victim is his niece, Mina Heldt, and the complainant is the girl's brother, who lives at Clinton, Iowa. [Little Falls Transcript (Little Falls, MN), April 10, 1885, p 3]
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James Duffy shot and killed Antone De Mirsh
During a quarrel among Rock Island railway switchmen in their shanty in Chicago, James Duffy shot and killed Antone De Mirsh and seriously wounded Robert Markey and Charles Johns. Markey was the aggressor. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN), September 28, 1892, p 2]
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Franks Murder Still a Mystery
CHICAGO, May 28 - Two instructors in the private school attended by Robert Franks, the Chicago boy, slain while his parents waited to pay $10,000 ransom, have been freed on habeas corpus, after the police failed to file charges against them.  The police are now holding no suspects.  The crime is as baffling as it was a week ago, when the body was found in a swamp. [The Weekly Pioneer-Times (Deadwood (Black Hills) SD), May 29, 1924, page 1]
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Chicago, Feb. 21-William Rufus Edwards, millionaire lumberman of St. Paul, was placed on trial in Federal Judge Landis' court here today on a white slave charge. Edwards is accused of transporting his former stenographer, Miss Ada Cox, from St. Paul to Chicago.  She is a government witness.  The case has been continued a dozen times. Edwards is married and has a brand new baby boy at his home.  His wife has stood by him staunchly, and his trial was postponed several times before the child was born. [Greeley Daily Tribune (Greeley, CO), Feb. 21, 1916, page 1]
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Mute Boy's Dad to Pay Ransom
CHICAGO - Max Perrot, father of a four years old boy for whom police and aroused neighbors have searched for six days, said today he had "certain proof" that the child is in the hands of a kidnaper and will be returned. Perrot, superintendent of a tool making plant, said he received a demand for ransom yesterday. He would not reveal the amount nor the mode of transmission but said he would pay it
"I know my boy is alive and well," he said after a mysterious errand which kept him from his home until late last night. "He will be home by Saturday or Sunday possibly tomorrow"
Police Doubtful, But "Lay Off"
Police feared the ransom demand was the work of a petty racketeer or crank, but halted activities at Perrot's request. Since Perrot's son, Richard Max, disappeared last Thursday, they have twice dragged the north branch of the Chicago river near his home and have led posses of Boy Scouts, American Legionnaires and neighborhood residents into hundreds of vacant buildings and river house boats. The search yesterday revealed the body of Richard Hunt, Jr., four years old playmate of the Perrot boy, who fell into the river Tuesday.
Wife is "Afraid"
Perrot's young wife, under care of a physician, refused to share her husband's optimism.  "I am afraid," she said, crying the words repeatedly in an approach to hysteria. [April 11, 1935, The Evening Courier]
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ANOTHER WARRANT Sworn Out Against Theodore Stensland In Connection With Failure
Chicago Ill. Aug 9 -- Another warrant charging Theodore Stensland vice president of the defunct bank with receiving deposits after he knew the bank to be in a failing condition was issued today. The depositors of the bank will hold a mass meeting this afternoon with a view to securing from the receiver an early division from the visible assets.  [Palestine Daily Herald, Palentine Texas, Thursday Afternoon August 9 1906]
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Missing Cashier Will Surrender
Missing Cashier Will Surrender
Has Been Hiding in Chicago Since Monday Denies His Guilt and Blames President
Chicago IIL Aug 9 -- Edward W Herring the cashier of the Milwaukee Avenue State Bank who is being sought by the police all over the country announced during the night that he would surrender to the police this afternoon. He has been hiding in the city since Monday morning when he returned from a week end vacation on the lake. He denies the charges preferred against him In the warrant and denies that he had any part in causing the bank doors to be closed He blames President Stensland for overloading the bank with notes. Herring says he never profited one cent illegally in managing the bank that he merely executed Stenslands orders and that bad investments caused Stensland to Issue notes in the name of clerks Herring says the report that he owns race horses and spent money on fast women Is ridiculous. He says he will be glad to assist in straightening the affairs of the bank.
When Herring returned from his vacation Monday he saw a crowd about the bank and saw the notice on the door He promptly went downtown and tried to reach the bank by phone but being unable to get he then went to the home of a friend where he has been since. [c. Aug 1906]
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Police raid Clark street gambling house
When the police raided a Clark street gambling house in Chicago, a few nights ago, they found the card room deserted, but a suspicious snore directed attention to an adjoining sleeping apartment, and there the officers found four men in bed with their clothes and boots on. [28 March, 1888 "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL Newspaper - Sub. by source #23]
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    Having divided his time between two wives, neither of whom knew the other's existence, William NEUGRASS, of Chicago, now goes to Joliet eighteen months for bigamy, and will give his undivided attention to prison duties. The old Lothario is himself 53 years old, and his two wives were aged 50 and 52, respectively. [28 March, 1888 "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL Newspaper - Sub. by source #23]

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The SNELL murder

    It is stated by the police that the young man supposed to be the murderer of Millionaire SNELL is named William B. TASCOTT, and that he is the son of J. B. TASCOTT, a house painter, residing at No. 140 Ashland Avenue. Young TASCOTT is clearly implicated in the murder by the discovery in his room at a lodging house on Madison street of fragments of a check stolen from SNELL's safe on the night of the murder. He disappeared the morning after the murder, but is believed to be in hiding in this city. The police are confident they will secure him within a day or two...**the article goes on, but it wasn't copied past this point. [22 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL Newspaper - Sub. by source #23]

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Dashed Infant Against Walls of Cell, Says Matron
A mother who beat her fifteen-months old baby on numerous occasions was sentenced to serve a six months' term in the Bridewell by Municipal Judge Graham yesterday.  She is Mrs. Sophia Sospah, 4971 South Honore street, in the stock yards district.  The complainant was Miss Eleanore McGoorty, a juvenile officer.  Mrs. Ella Shanahan, matron at the stock yards police station, testified that the woman dashed her baby against the walls of her cell Friday night.  Judge Graham ordered the baby place in St. Vincent's Orphanage. [Chicago Examiner, Chicago, IL, Sunday, May 24, 1914; Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Staff]
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William L. Goodman, who for a year has kept out of the jurisdiction of the County Court, was yesterday sentenced to ninety days in the county jail by Judge John E. Owens for failure to contribute to the support of his three children.  The order was entered over a year ago. [Chicago Examiner, Chicago, IL, Sunday, May 24, 1914; Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Staff]
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First Conviction in Gunmen's Court
Otto Schultz, head of a sash and door firm at Crawford and Elston avenue, was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury in Judge McDonald's court.  It was the first conviction in the newly established "gunmen's court." Assistant State's Attorney Stephen A. Malato conducted the prosecution.
Schultz was charged with shooting Otto Schaffner, his partner, in their place of business on December 30, 1913.  Schultz claimed that Schaffner committed suicide in his presence, but the state introduced evidence showing that the bullet which caused death entered the left temple and that the victim was right-handed.  Other witnesses for the prosecution told of the revolver having been found to the right of where the body lay. [Chicago Examiner, Chicago, IL, Sunday, May 24, 1914; Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Staff]
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Arthur Dismissed On Larceny Charge
L. L. Arthur, this city, arrested in Chicago several days ago on a charge of larceny preferred by C. W. Motz, was released this morning, when arraigned before Justice of the Peace Clarence J. Schroeder. The state made the motion for dismissal, lack of evidence it is said, being the cause. Source: Rock Island Argus, (Rock Island, Illinois) Monday, August 24, 1914,  tr. by: D. Oberst]
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Brown arrested
A man named J. N. Brown was arrested to-day at the Union stock yards, on a charge of stealing 15 head of cows from the pasture of Jas. Porter, of Bloomington, Ill.  The cows were found in Brown’s possession at the yards, by Mr. Porter who had come here in search of them. [Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Tuesday, September 21, 1869]
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Murray Stabbed
Chicago, Sept. 20 – Robert Murray and John Mullins got into a quarrel in a saloon on Clark street about 1 o’clock this morning, when the latter drew a knife and stabbed Murray, inflicting probably fatal injuries. Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Tuesday, September 21, 1869
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Horse Thief
– A fellow named Patrick Welsh was arrested on Sunday last by one of the constables for stealing a horse that was fastened at the corner of one of the streets of this city.  He was arrested at Stores’ tavern, nine miles out on the Western road and was brought to this city and imprisoned. – Chicago Advocate [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 10, 1845]
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Body Found; Hunt Slayer
The body of a man believed from a letter found in his pocket to be W.O. Brown, a railroad conductor, was found in a sewer excavation at 5156 West Twenty-fourth street. Scenting a possible murder, Inspector P.D. O'Brien went to Lawndale with a corps of detectives to take personal charge of the investigation. The man's neck was broken and his body was lacerated. [Urbana Daily Courier, August 30, 1909]
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Unique Bigamy Charge

Mrs. Augusta Kelly has sworn out a warrant in Chicago for the arrest of her husband, Frank P. Kelly, on a unique charge of bigamy. She alleges that Kelly brought a former wife to the house and introduced her as his sister. The two women became great friends, and affairs in the Kelly house ran pleasantly until, as the wife learned, after five years, during all of which time the two women had lived in the same house, that the sister really was her husband’s wife. [Sycamore True Republican, April 11, 1900]

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George H. Painter Twice Hanged
The Rope Breaks On The First Trail And The Fall Apparently Kills Him, But He Is Sent Through The Drop A Second Time
CHICAGO. Jan. 27.—George H. Painter was hanged in the corridor of the county jail at 8:03 a.m. Friday for the murder of Alice Martin. The execution was marred and delayed by an unfortunate accident. At the first attempt made to carry out the sentence of the law a t 7:59 the rope broke, carrying the condemned man to the floor with a heavy crash. Blood streamed from a wound in his head and dyed the white shroud in which his form was enveloped with deep crimson stains.
A Horrible Scene.
The spectators—there were not many of them—jumped from their benches and chairs as the body struck the floor. Dr. Fortner and the other physicians and jail officials hurried to its side, but there was not a movement to indicate that life still existed. While the shroud-enveloped and bloodstained body lay a one side of the scaffold with the physicians hovering over it, the drop was put back in place and a new rope was strung. Then the body was dragged to the drop again, while suddenly cries from the prisoners in other parts of the jail broke in upon the almost deathlike stillness. They had in some way learned that the drop had fallen. The cries and shrieks were taken up from cell to cell, and from tier to tier until pandemonium seemed to have broken loose. The bailiffs were sent back to stop the thrilling clamor.
Hanged a Second Time. There was a pause in the proceedings until the cries could be stopped, and then the body was placed a second time under the rope. It was a difficult task to fix the noose, and the scene was revolting. Blood had trickled to the bottom of the shroud and the hood was saturated. The neck had been broken in the first fail and the head had to be held up while the noose was put over it. Then it was found that with the body flat on the drop there would be almost no fall, and it had to be pulled back to the inner edge, where it could be supported in a sitting position by one of the jail officials standing on the more solid part of the scaffold. It seemed a long time, but in reality it was only four minutes from the time the drop fell t h e first time until Jailer Morris gave the signal and it again fell. It was 8:03 o'clock when Painter's body straightened out at the end of the rope after the second fall and at 8:18 he was pronounced dead.
Courageous to the Last,
Painter kept up his courage to the last. He had taken liquor to strengthen him before beginning his march to the scaffold. He walked to the platform without a tremor. On the scaffold he made a brief speech, concluding as follows:
"If I killed Alice Martin—the woman I dearly loved, the woman I loved so much that I would have almost committed a crime for her, I pray this minute—my last minute on earth —that the Eternal God will put me Into eternal hell. Look here, gentlemen, if there is one man among you who Is an American, I say to you on his soul—on his soul, I Bay, see that the murderer of Alice Martin is found. Good-by."
Painter's Crime.
[Painter's alleged crime for which he suffered the penalty of death was the murder of Alice Martin, In her room at 86 Green street, about midnight May 17, 1891. A man named Truesdale and a woman named Morris also lived In the house. A few moments before 12 o'clock they heard quarreling in the room of Alice Martin, followed by sounds as if blows were being struck and a fight was In progress. A few moments later they were startled by the appearance of Painter, who rushed Into their room crying out: "Alice has been murdered." His coat, they declared, was somewhat bloody and he was greatly excited. They followed him back to the room where they found the lifeless body of Alice Martin lying across the bed and evidence of a terrible struggle. Painter gave the alarm to the police. He was subsequently arrested and at his trial was convicted. An unsuccessful appeal was made to the supreme court. Then Gov. Altgeld was called upon for executive clemency. Twice he granted a respite, but finally refused to Interfere further, and the law was allowed to take Its course.]
[Elkhart Weekly Truth Thursday February 01, 1894 column 3]
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Murder of Maggie Guggan
GUGGAN - Maggie Guggan, fifteen years of age, was assaulted and murdered and her body concealed in a closet in Green Bros.' boot-heel factory, Chicago.  Seph Davis, a mulatto, 22 years old, is supposed to be the murderer.  He left the store before the discovery of the body, and has not yet been found.  The girl worked in the factory, and it is supposed that she reached there about half past six.  Davis at that time was there alone, and it is supposed he criminally assaulted and murdered her with a hatchet, her skull being beaten to pieces.  The clothing and body gave evidence of the girl having made a desperate struggle. [East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) - Thursday, March 1, 1888 - Sub by Src #187]
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Convicts Stage Riot on Way to Federal Prison
CHICAGO, June 19 (AP) — Eight rebellious convicts, subdued by their five, guards in a riotous battle aboard a speeding train, were whisked off to the Leavenworth   penitentiary today.
The felons, seven of them narcotics law violators, were en route from Toledo, Ohio, to the Federal prison last night when they  suddenly rose in mutiny.
They screamed demands for drugs, fought their warders, hurled glasses and tables, shattered windows and wrecked the interior of their private Pullman car before they were forced into submission.
Notified of the outbreak, 25 Chicago detectives, government narcotics agents and Dr. Leonidas Barry, police surgeon, raced to the La Salle Street terminal. But the mutineers were hand-cuffed and under control when the train arrived.
Chicago police named the convicts as Henry Hacker, Jerry Mullaney, Harry Luzny, Otto Dusing, Alfred Erueyor, Ralph Johnson and two Negroes, Richard Smith and Harry Haley. Haley, they said, was a convicted counterfeiter.
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 1937   Paper: Riverside Daily Press (Riverside, CA)   Page: 1
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Chicago Minister Arrested
A Chicago minister named Strechfus, was arrested on the charge of insulting young girls on tbe street. [The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Ky.), February 19, 1890 - Sub by K.T.]
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Man Murdered --- 7 Purses in his Pocket.
A well dressed man, about 30 years old, was  found  stabbed  to  death near St. Mary's church, in South Wabash avenue, early this morning. The police believe the man to be a thief who was killed in a fight with companions over the division of their loot. The body was found against the fence surrounding the parish house in Ninth street.   In the man's right hand was a razor. Over his heart was a fatal stab wound, evidently inflicted with a small bladed knife. In the man's pockets the police found seven pocketbooks. One contained a card bearing the name of Harry Dupree, a member of the window washers' union and a member of the Eagles lodge. This convinced the police that the man was a pickpocket and detectives at once began seeking the persons whose names were stamped on the purses with the view of discovering whether they had been robbed. Whether or not the victim was Harry Dupree of the window washers' union the police were not able to determine after several hours.   The body was taken to Ball's undertaking rooms at 502 South Dearborn street. [Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1916 - Contributed by source #6]
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Community News from March 1917
  • Six hundred engineers attended convention of American Railway Engineers' Ass'n at Congress hotel.
    Laundry Owners ass'n elected officers at Hotel Sherman today.
  • Chief of Police Schuettler and Capt. Morgan Collins in Springfield lobbying for increases in police pensions.
  • Leak at West Taylor st and river threatened to fill Illinois tunnel system. Stopped.
  • Work again begun on Union station after lapse since July because of union labor difficulties.
  • Judge Landis may run Kohlsaat restaurants unless he gets a better bid than $25,000 for them.
  • Mayor Thompson threatened to shut off water of Oak Park if city supply was not sufficient.
  • Stink bomb thrown into Oak Park Y. M. C. A. by ousted former member.
  • Three leaseholders at 6001 S. Wabash av. refused to pay rent when negroes moved in over them.

[Source: The day book., March 21, 1917 -- Sub. by Janice Rice]

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For the Eight Months Ending August 31

The Losses Were Enormous

Chicago, Sept 24. The Railway Age says: Of 120 roads in the United States and Canada reporting only thirteen show an increase in earnings for the past eight mouths ended August 31, compared with the same period in 1893. The increases aggregate only $1,059,365 while the decreases amounted to $49,566,654. The comparative losses of some of the roads were enormous. For instance, the Santa Fe, $5,908,000; Northern Pacific, $4,284,000; New York Central, $3,807,631; Milwaukee and St. Paul, $3,260,000; Illinois Central, $3,392,000; Missouri Pacific, $2.276,000; Grand Trunk system, $2.221,000; Canadian Pacific, $1,931,000; Rock Island, $1,741,000; Great Northern, $1,687,000; Wabash, $1,599,000; Louisville and Nashville, $1,508,000; Denver and Rio Grande $1,149,000; C, C.,C. and St. L., $1,031,075.

["Guthrie Daily Leader", Sep 25 1894. Transcribed by Tonya Neuweiler]

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Crime News from March 1917
  • W. J. Campion, 803 Tower bldg., lost $34 to pickpocket working in loop.
  • Jos. Strauss,' butcher, 874 E. 63d st, held up and robbed of $100 as he closed shop and started home.
  • Att'y Chas. Erbstein asked that subornation of perjury case be taken from Judge Pam.
  • Frank Ondrowicz, Leo Zevnik and Jos.Jurkas, La Salle. Ill., fined $50 and given day in Jail for fraud in getting citizenship papers.
  • David Davidson, 2648 N. Rockwell, had $19 stolen from him by pick-pocket while in loop.
  • Albert Brasius and John McGowan arrested in loop as short change experts.
  • Eli Stephens and brother. Brooks, of Buffalo lost $250 to holdup men at stockyards.
  • Mrs. Helen Lash. 2511 Southport av.. sued Att'y Wm. Bums for $10,000, charging attack in courtroom.
  • Mrs. Bertha Schon, 1452 E. 63d, fined $25 and costs for selling liquor in candy store.
  • Henry Landwirth, 1046 N. California a--? in morals court because of his Ideas on love and marriage. Hearing set for March 27.
  • Stephen Zore, 2316 Wentworth av., freed on charge of kidnapping Minnie Mitrovic when Judge Fisher heard they were happily married.
  • Mrs. Hattie Lindner sued for writ to get child, held by relatives of husband at 1918 S. Ashland av.
  • Axel Jensen, 7 W. Division, arrested in loop for flirting. Mrs. Amelia Terbe, 1327 N. Dearborn, says he followed her, but did not speak.
  • Rob't Pitte and son Hugo held to grand jury in connection with breaking of bank.
  • Seven arrested in Room 206 at 184 W. Washington st. Handbook also taken.
  • Sam Manzella held for investigation after stepfather, R. Manzella, was found dead hanging in his home at 1214 Larrabee.
  • Nathan Marriott of Duluth, formerly of 3325 Eastwood av., held to grand jury for misuse of $11,000 of his employers' money.
  • Thos. Gebhardt. 19, killed; Verney Malloy wounded and Salvatore Sartoralli captured by Policeman Wm. Mullane in chase after stolen auto.
Source: The day book., March 21, 1917 - Sub. by Janice Rice
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Kidnapping of Florence Hinkley

Mrs. Eugenia Hinkley, of Chicago, arrived at Independence a few days ago, and through the instrumentality of Chief of Police Hulz, gained possession of her 18 months old daughter, Florence, who had been kidnapped from her a week previous at Chicago. William Hinkley had it in his possession, and readily gave it up when the officer found him with it.  [Source: The Cole County Democrat, Fri. 22 April, 1887, p1 c5. Typed by Joanne Scobee Morgan]

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C. G. Flood went to Chicago...

C. G. Flood went to Chicago, Monday evening. He was called there by the serious illness of his nephew, Emil Manaton. C. G. sent a dispatch to his wife that Emil was dead.  [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 26 Mar. 1891; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

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No operation for Andrew Oleson
Chicago Jan 21 -- Preferring to let him die a painless death than to spend the rest of his life a hopeless maniac, county jail physicians today recommended that no operation be performed to remove a bullet from the brain of Andrew Oleson alleged wife murderer. Olson shot himself in the head following the murder of his wife. An examination convinced the surgeons that use of the knife would leave his mind a blank forever, Unless Sheriff Zimmer overrules them, Olsen unconscious on a prison cot, will be allowed to sink away.
[Jan 21 1914, Fort Wayne News - Sub. by Erica Beatty]
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Mrs. Cottier Must Tell

Mrs. Cottier Must Tell

Judge Payne Orders Her to Disclose the Whereabouts of Her Daughter

Chicago, July 6. – Judge Payne to-day ordered an attachment to issue for Mrs. Lizzie D. Cottier, the Washington stenographer, as she again failed to comply with the court’s order upon her to disclose the whereabouts of her child.

An appeal was taken and Mrs. Cottier’s attorneys promised to have her in court next Monday, when it is probable that she will tell the present whereabouts of the daughter, whom, it is said, she has been hiding from her husband since 1883.
(Source: The Morning Times, July 7, 1895,pg 1, transcribed by Nancy Overlander)

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Johann Hoch hearing denied

The supreme court has denied a rehearing in the case of Johann Hoch, sentenced to be hanged in Chicago February 23 for wife murder.   [c. 1906]


Johann Hoch :  Johann -- born John Schmidt at Horweiler, Germany, in 1855 -- tallied an spectacular string of 55 marriages resulting in at least 15 deaths. Known as the "Stockyard Bluebeard," Hoch emigrated to the United States as a young child. As an adult he preyed on widows accross the country who he met through "lonely-hearts" columns in newspapers. By the time of his death Chicago police dubbed him "America's greatest mass murderer," even though there's no true body count on his activities. Johann, who enjoyed adopting the surnames of his latest victims, was arrested in Chicago for a minor swindling charge. When a picture of Hoch came out in the paper an attentive reader linked him to a man called Jacob Huff who had suspiciously lost his wife and dissappeared. As police widened their investigation of the former stockyard worker they uncovered a series of suspicious marriages in which the wives were fleeced and/or abandoned and/or killed. None of the murder charges against him stuck and he was sentenced for a minor fraud charge. Once he was free again he started operating too quickly for his own good. In 1904 he married Marie Walcker who dropped dead a month after the wedding. Not one to waste time, he proposed to her sister, Amelia, the day of her death. Six days later they were married. She handed $750 to her new husband who promptly disappeared. Amelia then ordered an autopsy of her sister's body. Arsenic was found in her stomach, thus finally giving the police the necessary evidence to build a case against him.

Police circulated pictures of the killer in the national press. He was spotted in New York City and picked up on a train on its way to Chicago. During the trial Johann repeatedly stated that he was innocent despite overwhelming evidence against him. On February 23, 1906, Johann was hanged for his crimes. Up to the last moment he maintained his innocence cryptically stating as he mounted the gallows: "I am done with this world. I have done with everybody."

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Shot His Wife.
Chicago, Jan. 19.—Thomas Buckley, a blacksmith living: at 197 North Halstead street, shot and probably fatally injured his wife Sunday morning;. Shortly afterward a policeman visited the Buckley home and found Buckley in bed, half clothed, and his wife sitting In a chair a short distance from the bed, apparently stupefied with drink. Buckley sprang at the officer and attempted to shoot him, but was knocked down and overpowered on the arrival of other officers.
[Date: 19 Jan 1891; Paper: Repository]
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Sentenced for Murder

Ignatz Habryleuicz, of Chicago, was given twenty years in state's prison for the murder of Karol Patryon on Dec 20, 1888

Wisconsin State Journal September 17, 1889 - Sub. by K.T.

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A Private Killed by a Guard (Thomas Coffee)

Chicago, Sept. 10 – Private Thomas Coffee of the Fifteenth regiment, U. S. A., was shot and killed by Sentinel J. M. Cross at Fort Sheridan today while attempting to escape from the guard house. (The Langston City Herald, Langston City, O. T. September 21, 1895 - Sub. by Dale Donlon)

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Awful Warning to Book Borrowers

Quarrel Over a Borrowed Book Ends In a Killing

Chicago, Ill., Nov. 30 – A quarrel over a borrowed book is the probable cause of a murder last night when George Johnson shot and killed Robt. Newitt, his life long friend.   Mrs. Johnson is authority for the statement that the shooting came on the heels of a quarrel over a book.  The police found in Newitt’s pocket a photograph of Mrs. Johnson, which gave rise to the theory that jealousy might have been the underlying cause of the quarrel. Both men came from the same town in England and both are 50 years of age.

The Guthrie Daily Leader; Guthrie, OK; November 30, 1901

Transcribed as Written by D. Donlon

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Murderous Husband’s Deed

Chicago, Ill., July 18 – Because his wife gave evidence that her love for him had waned while he spent seventeen months in prison for burglary, Wm. Nelson shot and killed her at their home in Englewood today, and the shot himself but not fatally. Their baby was the only witness to the tragedy.

The Guthrie Daily Leader; Guthrie, OK; July 18, 1902 - Transcribed as Written by D. Donlon

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Storm kills 5
Chicago. March 24 1913 — Five persons were killed, fifty Injured, thirty-two buildings were wrecked and scores of structures damaged by a storm which swept over this city and its suburbs early Monday morning.
Date: 25 Mar 1913, "Hobart Republican" - Sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy
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Chicago, July 17 - a boy's curiosity "to see if it would burn" yesterday set the Chicago river on fire. It occurred near the stock-yard where the river has long ceased to be water and is in reality nothing but grease and animal fats which have found their way from the slaughter houses. A lighted match thrown into these ingredients soon had the river blazing for several blocks and the fire boat and two locomotives succeeded in keeping the glames from the more valuable property, but not until the $500 worth of dockage had been destroyed.

The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, Wis., Tuesday, July 17, 1888
column 1 - Submitted by Diana Morse

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Chicago, July 17 - Con Sullivan, a burly teamster hailing from "the patch," was in a saloon at the corner of Wabash avenue and Eighteen street yesterday when Martin E. Ryan and George Hayes, a cripple, entered. Sullivan, who is about six feet tall, began to abuse the cripple, and when Ryan took the defenseless man's part Sullivan jumped at him and catching Ryan's nose in his teeth, began to shake him as a terrier would a rat. The horrified spectators interfered, but were obliged to choke Sullivan until he was black in the face before he would release his hold. Ryan, on his way in search of a physician, met Officer Conick, who took him to a physician, and then arrested Sullivan. Several stitches were taken in Ryan's nose, which was almost bitten off.
The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, Wis., Tuesday, July 17, 1888, column 3 - Submitted by Diana Heser Morse
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Mrs. J. McNealy
Mrs. J. McNealy of Chicago, who has been visiting Mrs. A.A. Cotton and Mrs. J.C. Broyles, returned home last Saturday. [The Appeal. (Saint Paul, Minn.), September 09, 1916]
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Mrs. John B. French
Mrs. John B. French of Chicago is in the city visiting her son, Dr. J.R. French. She is the guest of Mrs. C.E. James. [The Appeal. (Saint Paul, Minn.), September 09, 1916 - Sub. by Src #6]
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Potter visiting

Dr. and Mrs. E.L. Potter arrived home Sunday from their trip to the Orient Mrs. Buell, who accompanied them on the trip, remained in Chicago, where she will visit for a few weeks.  The party travelled a distance of over 28,000 miles visiting China, Japan, the Hawaiian and Phillipine Islands.  It is needless to say  that they enjoyed the trip and were very much interested in the countries they visited.
[The Daytona Gazette-News. (Daytona, Fla.), August 22, 1903]

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Assault on Miss Kruse
Jesse Kilpatrick, Negro who assaulted a lady near Holly Hill last spring was tried by the Criminal Court at DeLand last week and sentenced to twenty years in the convict camp.  It will be remembered that this is the same brute who assaulted Miss Kruse of Chicago on Port Orange road about the same time.  Miss Kruse refused to appear and give testimony and thus no doubt the Negro's neck was saved.
[The Daytona Gazette-News. (Daytona, Fla.), August 22, 1903]
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Ruger visiting
Mr. and Mrs. William Ruger and daughter, Miss Minnie, left Tuesday for Chicago, where Mr. and Mrs. Ruger will visit for a couple of months.  Miss Ruger will enter Rockford College next month.
[The Daytona Gazette-News. (Daytona, Fla.), August 22, 1903]
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L. Lemos buys land
Bought Large Tract of Land
Santa Ana, Cal, Dec 13 - Arden, the mountain home of Mme. Desant, has been sold to L. Lemos, of Chicago.  The property is 12,000 acres, largely mountainous.  [The Ocala banner. (Ocala, Marion County, Fla.), December 15, 1905]
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E.E. Starkey visiting
E.E. Starkey was shaking hands with Daytona friends Thursday.  He came down from Chicago to be present at the Post trial in Jacksonville. [The Daytona Gazette-News. (Daytona, Fla.), December 12, 1903]
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Auto Struck By Train; Woman Hurt
A Joliet woman was injured Monday morning when the car she was driving smashed into the side of a train at the Penn Central railroad tracks at Harlem avenue south of Route 30. Marjorie Falconer, 48, of 8 Dante court, was taken to St. Joseph's hospital, where she was treated for contusions and abrasions and released. Sheriff's police said an auto driven by the woman was south-bound on Harlem avenue about 9:30 a.m. when it struck the side of a railroad train engine operated by Gerald Dowling of Niles, Mich. She apparently tried to swerve around the train, but struck the side of the engine after going off Harlem avenue and onto an embankment.  [The Star Newspaper, Chicago Heights, IL,Oct. 17, 1968, pg 8 - Submitted by Source #134]
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Killed with an Umbrella
Albany, N. Y., March 26 - Tuesday night Thomas Williams, a peddler living in Chicago, was brutally assaulted and was picked up by the police and taken to the hospital. There the physicians found what they supposed was a wound caused by a kick and which had knocked his eye out. Today he died and an autopsy was held. When the cap of the skull was removed it was found that an umbrella point had been jabbed in the eye and the ferule had come off and was imbedded in the brain. One of the assailants, John Murphy has been arrested but claims he only struck Williams 
(Kansas City Times, March 27, 1891, page 4 - Submitted by Peggy Thompson)
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Goodman missing

Jacob E. Goodman, until recently cashier of the Cook county treasurer’s office, is missing and his accounts show a shortage of $6,500.

Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois) March 6 1889 - Submitted by Src #25

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The Chicago grand jury failed to find an indictment against Editors West and Dunlop of the Times for criminal libel on Messrs Bonfield and Schaack.

Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, IL) March 6 1889 -Submitted by Src #25

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Chicago Tribune History

Benjamin Lundy's Paper at Lowell

Having friends in Putnam county, this state, and almost destitute of mean, he came to Illinois to be the successor of Lovejoy.  In 1838, his paper was issued, dated at Hennepin, but really printed in Lowell.  The sanguinary proprietors of that town (Lowell) had commenced the improvement of the water power of the Vermillion and hoped, as the name indicated, to make a large town there.  They wanted a printing press to aid them in that great work and so encouraged Lundy to cast in his lot with them by the gift of sundry village lots and signing notes with him for the purchase of worn out printing presses and type at Ottawa.  In the fall of 1838, the paper was issued from Lowell, a small printing office having been erected by standing plank up endwise for a frame.  The next spring he was joined by a young printer and journalist for Massachusetts, Mr. Z. Eastman.  Mr. Lundy died very suddenly on the 22d of August, 1839, leaving his paper in the hands of Mr. Eastman, whom he had requested to succeed him. 
In 1840 the paper was resumed by Mr. Eastman, under the title of “Genius of Liberty.”

This paper by request of a committee in Chicago was removed to that city in 1842 and was continued by Mr. Eastman, till 1855, as the “Western Citizen,” when it was purchased by Mr. Medill, and became the weekly circulation of the “Chicago Tribune.”

[Source: The Past and present of La Salle County, Illinois, 1877. Page 289-290 - Submitted by Src #25]

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Dr. Thomas S. Crowe , of Chicago official physician of Cook County, Illinois, advocates a law that would force landlords to provide screens for all doors and windows .

[Paragould Daily Press - September 21, 1911  Submitted by Tina Easley ]

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Frank Pool and wife are in the city (Henry).  Mr. P. is a Chicago merchant in management of a prosperous business. [The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois August 31, 1882 - Submitted by Src #25]

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Anti-Mormon Meeting

Some 200 citizens, of Chicago, have signed a call for an anti-Mormon meeting Monday night. It is intended to make a strong protest to congress against allowing polygamy and longer to disgrace American civilization.

Portland Enterprise, Thursday, January 26, 1882

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Recently, Mr. William Peters and his wife Johanna (nee Schwenk) celebrated their Golden Anniversary surrounded by the family, relatives and lots of friends in the North Center Hall, 1940 Irving Park Road.  He came in the year 1882 from Stettin in Pommerania to Chicago.  In the same year, his future wife also arrived in Chicago from Ulm, Wurttenburg.  In the year 1890 the two young people pledged their vows to be united through Pastor Schwieger who married them.  Out of the fortunate marriage came four children, two daughters and two sons.  They were all able to celebrate with their parents at their Silver Anniversary, but only two children (one son and one daughter) are still alive to celebrate the Golden Anniversary.  The family is happy to announce that they have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  People from the Schwabische Frauenverein took part in the celebration of the Golden Anniversary.  Also there was the Big Park Lodge #9 of the Hermannschweistern (Hermann Sisters), the Big Park Damenherin (Ladies Club) and the Ladies Republic Club of the Ward.  They all brought flowers and other beautiful and expensive gifts.  Guests from a far distance were from:

Los Angeles, CA, St. Paul, MN , Pekin, IL,  Hampton, IA and many more towns and villages in Wisconsin


They got gifts and congratulations from all of the above. 

Speeches were made by Pastor Pankartz, Mrs. J. Iberle, the president of the Schwabische Frauenverein Club, Mrs. Frieda Helm from the Big Park Lodge #9 and also Mrs. Sophie Schlichting from the Big Park Damenherin club for which Mrs. Peters is a member for over 25 years.  Understandingly, there was nothing more to wish for because there was adequate provisions in the kitchen and the wine cellar.  There was enjoyable dancing which brought the beautiful party to an unforgettable end.

 They lived at 1756 Cornelia Avenue.

[Translation from the German newspaper article - Sub. by Src #32]

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Burglars in Chicago
How they catch Negro Burglars in Chicago
Trouble sure enough when whole family Sits on him until police arrive

Chicago Ill. Feb 26 A Negro burglar was taken prisoner here early today by an entire family sitting on him.
George A. Schmidt, Jr. entered his home after attending a dance. He saw the intruder dodge behind him a portiere in the parlor. He grappled with him and when he raised a cry his father, mother, and sister cam to the rescue. Father and son succeeded in felling the burglar, and then all aided in holding him on the floor. Miss Rose Schmidt left long enough to call the police by telephone. She opened wide the door and then took her seat again beside the rest of the family on the Negro.
"Is there trouble here?" asted a husky police sergeant a few moments later, " I should say dar be trouble: please get me out of this dicament" came the Negro's husky voice
The family explained and the Negro was locked up.
2/27/1912 Macon Weekly Telegraph -
Submitted by Src #121
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Railway Head Is Killed By Robber
Pinkertons Claim Murder.
positive assertions for the first time by the Pinkertons that they have gathered sufficient evidence to prove tot he Coroner's jury Wednesday night that Ira G. Rawn was murdered by a burglar and the announcement by illinois Central attorneys that Mr. Ranz's death will not stop exposures in the Illinois car fraud probe, if he was guilty were the principal developments Sunday in the Winnetka tragedy.
The Pinkertons claim that not alone is there no evidence of the Monon president having taken his own life, but there existed absolutely no reason for him to commit suicide.  They announced that they had conducted an investigation of their own into the Illinois Central car frauds and were satisfied that Mr. Rawn was not implicated and had no reason to fear, nor did he fear, either civil or criminal action.
Coroner Hoffman has announced that he has received information that led him to believe that Ira G. Rawn was murdered for revenge.  Hoffman announced that there would be an arrest before night.
"I have obtained  a new clew," said Hoffman, "and the information looks good.  There is also information concerning the identity of the alleged slayer but I do not care to make that public until I confer with acting chief Schuettler." The Bourbon news, Paris, Ky, July 26, 1910
July 20, 1910
Racine Daily Journal
Railway Head Is Killed By Robber
Chicago, July 20—Ira G. Rawn, president of the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville railway (the Monon route) was shot through the heart and instantly killed at 1:30 this morning by a burglar who entered his summer home in Winnetka, a suburb 15 miles north of Chicago....
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A Chicago Man Fatally Stabbed

A Chicago Man Fatally Stabbed by a Negro

Chicago, September 3. – Fred Curtis, 28 years old and living at 363 South Clark Street, was fatally stabbed by a Negro named Henry Mivens last night.  Curtis was walking with his wife when Mivens passed and made an insulting remark to her, when her husband pushed him into the gutter. The Negro drew a long knife and sprang upon Curtis, stabbing him eight times, five in the back and three in the left side.  The wounded man was taken to the county hospital, where the surgeon pronounced the wounds fatal.  Mivens was arrested just as he was stepping on a train to leave the city.  He is an ex-convict and bears a bad reputation generally.

Times Picayune – September 4, 1890

Transcribed and contributed by:  Frances Cooley

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A Drunken Gardner Runs Amuck and Finally Shoots Himself

A Drunken Gardner Runs Amuck and Finally Shoots Himself

 Chicago, September 3 1890. – Crazed by liquor Wm. Sigert, a gardener, near Cross Park, put a tragic end to his existence tonight after terrorizing the entire neighborhood.


For several years Sigert has been a gardener and lived with his wife at the corner of Horn Avenue and Addison Street. This morning he visited the city as usual to sell vegetables.  He returned in the evening gin an intoxicated condition.  During the day he had bought a revolver, and with the weapon in his hand he entered his home and stood before his wife, who was holding her baby in her arms, raising the weapon to her breast, he was about to take her life, when Bertie Wilwack, the servant, came between them.


Being a buxom girl and possessed of nerve, she grappled with the infuriated gardener and succeeded in taking he weapon away.

Sigert then seized a butcher knife, which lay near, and holding it menacingly over the girl, he demanded the return of the pistol.  Brave as the girl was, she threw down the revolver and ran screaming from the house.


The cries of the girl were heard by several men who were passing, and they hurried to her assistance.  With bloodshot eyes, the madman stepped from the door of his cottage, and, with an oath, leveled his weapon at the breast of the foremost man.  Three shots in quick succession were fired, one of the bullets passing through the coat sleeve of George Schultz.  The sudden appearance of the gardener and his war like actions frightened the men who had come to the girl’s assistance, and they fled in every direction.


A great crowd had now gathered at a safe distance from the house, and the maniac quietly looked at them with the smoking revolver in his hand.  Some one had taken the precaution to send in a call for the police.  A few moments later the loud ringing of the gong was heard and the patrol wagon dashed through the crowd.   Sigert watched the approach of the horses, and, raising the weapon above his head, he darted behind the house.


As the wagon stopped and the officers leaped to the ground, they heard a sharp report, and Sigert’s dead body rolled out at their feet.  He had stood closed against the house on the opposite side from the direction in which the wagon was coming, and had sent a bullet through his brain.  The police picked up the dead body of the gardener and carried it into the house.  While at work in his garden about six weeks ago, Sigert had been prostrated by the heat, and has shown signs of it since.


Times Picayune – September 4, 1890

Transcribed and contributed by:  Frances Cooley

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Ironing a pair of circa-1917 pantaloons and dusting off an antique high chair kept Nora Busse plenty busy last week as she prepared a personalized exhibition of memorabilia to display at the 150th anniversary of the Busse family Sunday in Grayslake. [click below to read rest of story]

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Indian Cuts Throat
Chicago, Jan. 3- Chief Ogallala Fire, ninety-year-old Indian who fought with Sitting Bull, slashed his throat with a white man's razor last night in the home of his grand-daughter, Mrs. Harry Little Bear, here. Physicians today said Chief Fire probably would recover. [Logansport Pharos (Cass County, Indiana) - Reporter Jan 3, 1916 - Submitted by Linda Dietz]
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Runges Climb Gold Ladder to 60th Wedding
Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) December 20, 1953
Runges Climb Gold Ladder to 60th Wedding
Four generations of the Runge and Landmeier families will be among the guests this week celebrating the 60th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Runge of Arlington Heights. The couple will be guests for a family dinner today in an Arlington Heights restaurant, and on Tuesday, the couple will hold an open house from 2 to 4, and 7 to 9 p.m. in their Dunton av. home. [click more to read rest of story]
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Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) January 30, 1949
Sons, Daughters at Dinner
 Relatives and friends at a dinner in St. John's Evangelical and Reformed church in Arlington Heights recently celebrated the 55th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Runge, native residents of the northwest area. [click more to read rest of story]
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Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) October 6, 1905
Quaint Ceremony Makes Miss Martha Busse A Bride.
Customs of Fatherland Observed in Celebration of Her Marriage to Albert F. Froemling--More than 1,000 Guests Present, Including Members of County Board and Prosperous Farmers Living in the Vicinity of Her Father's Residence.
 Miss Martha Busse, the 18 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Busse, Mount Prospect, was married yesterday noon to Albert F. Froemling, a prosperous farmer of Elk Grove. Every feature of the German Lutheran wedding celebration was included in the day's program, from the breakfast of German sausage, beer, and cheese, to the revelry and dancing in the open pavilion in the evening.
 Guests were present from Chicago and the surrounding townships of Schaumberg, Maine, Wheeling, Hanover, Barrington, Palatine, and from Du Page county. They comprised 1,000 influential and wealthy farmers of the vicinity and prominent county officials.
 After the breakfast, which was served on the lawn under a canopy laden with autumn leaves and bright decorations, the whole company, led by the Elk Grove band and the bridal party, proceeded to St. John's Lutheran church, where the ceremony was performed by the Rev. Julius Drexler. The Lohengrin wedding march was played by the band.  [there's more to this story, click "read more" underneath]
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County Ticket is Nominated
Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) May 13, 1900
County Ticket is Nominated
For County Commissioners (Country Districts) -
Henry J. Beer, Blue Island. Peter M. Hoffman, Desplaines. Joseph Carolan, Proviso. William Busse, Elk Grove. Alfred Van Steenberg, Harvey.
[Submitted by Source #96]
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Pease Makes Appointment
Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) December 12, 1894
Pease Makes Appointment
Sheriff Pease made the following appointments yesterday: Deputy Sheriffs - A. C. Boeber, Worth; William Busse, Elk Grove.
[Submitted by Source #96]
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$100,000 Memorial to Cleveland

Alma, Wabaunsee County, Kansas October 23, 1908 Page 2
$100,000 Memorial to Cleveland.
Chicago.—Definite action was taken here Thursday for the erection In Chicago of a $100,000 memorial to the late Grover Cleveland. The Cleveland memorial association announced that within a few days Incorporation papers would he filed and that the necessary fund was practically assured.

[Submitted by Source #82]

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Two Anniversaries, A Birthday, Combine To Make A Big Month
Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) June 30, 1949
Two Anniversaries, A Birthday, Combine To Make A Big Month
 June is a big month for Mr. and Mrs. Alf C. Ohlendorf, 2737 Sunnyside av. They celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary June 9, their daughter's 20th wedding anniversary yesterday, and today Ohlendorf will be 80.
 A party at home for family and friends will combine the birthday and anniversary observance tonight. The Ohlendorf's celebrated their own anniversary by going out for dinner. They have one daughter, Mrs. Carl B. Ullrich, with whom they live, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
[Submitted by Source #96]
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Chicago Daily News (Chicago, Illinois) September 9, 1932
 Three gunmen entered the Waller hardware store at 1415 Fullerton avenue last evening and after tying up and torturing the manager, Paul Thies, of 305 Cuttress place, Park Ridge, fled with $87.
 Thies and a clerk, Alfred Ohlendorf, 237 Linden avenue, Wilmette, were forced by the bandits into a rear room. There they surrendered the money. The three men were not satisfied and one of them bared Thies' back and cut him several times in an endeavor to make him tell where more money could be found.
 Two customers who entered the store at about the same time were put with the other prisoners in the rear and were also bound. Shortly after the trio departed Ohlendorf freed himself and notified the police.
[Submitted by Source #96]
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Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) January 21, 1915
  Mrs. Emma Nancy Ohlendorf Proves She Needs More Luxuries then She Has Been Enjoying.
 Mrs. Emma Nancy Ohlendorf got a divorce decree and permission to resume her maiden name of Emma Nancy DeSpain in Judge Sullivan's court yesterday on her testimony that her husband had failed to supply her with "the comforts and luxuries to which she was accustomed."
 When the Ohlendorfs were married the husband had a drug store at 3902 Evanston avenue, now Broadway. That was in 1910. Two years later, it is alleged, he went to Florida, leaving Mrs. Ohlendorf behind.

[Submitted by Source #96]

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Trio Sues Brother to Force Sale of Property
Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) July 30, 1918
Trio Sues Brother to Force Sale of Property
 Suit to compel the sale of real estate valued at $112,000 was filed in the Superior court yesterday. Caroline E. Maack, Alfred C. Ohlendorf, and Henry C. Ohlendorf are the complainants, and their brother, William C. Ohlendorf, who is the trustee of their late father's will, is the defendant.
 The properties are located at Fifth avenue and Harrison street and at Broadway and Harrison street and at Broadway and Irving Park boulevard. Each is said to be worth more then $50,000. According to the provisions of the father's will, the proceeds from these properties are to be divided equally among the children and their heirs.
 The complainants assert that they are in poverty stricken circumstances, while their brother, who is a well to do druggist and physician, can afford to wait for a rise in realty values.
[Submitted by Source #96]
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A Congressional Candidate Arrested
A Congressional Candidate Arrested.
Chicago. III.—Dr. Charles McCormick, an Independent candidate for congress in the First district (Chicago) was Indicted Wednesday for criminal libel on complaint of Fred A. Busse, mayor of this city.
[Alma, Wabaunsee County, Kansas October 9, 1908 Page 2 - Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]
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Robber Gets $700
Robber Gets $700,
Chicago, Ill.—Concealing himself In the vault of the office of the W. D. Allen Manufacturing company Tuesday, a thief stole $700 after commuting a murderous assault on Henry Gibbs, the superintendent.  [Alma, Wabaunsee County, Kansas October 9, 1908 Page 2 - Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]
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Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) May 12, 1936
 Arthur C. Mesenbrink, president and cashier of the State Bank of Bellwood, a suburb just west of Maywood, was kidnaped yesterday by two armed men who threatened to bomb his home. He was freed unharmed by the abductors after they delivered the threat.
 Neither Mesenbrink nor the police could offer a reason for the mysterious abduction.  [click below to read more]
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Patrick John Shipbaugh Killed
Window Washer is killed, another hurt in 14-floor fall
One window washer was killed and another injured Monday morning when their scaffold fell from the 17th floor at 253 E. Delaware Pl. The scaffold fell 14 floors to the roof of a three-story garage adjoining the Delaware East Apartments. The cause of the accident wasn't immediately determined. The dead man was identified as Pat Shipbaugh, 25, of 3026 S. Kenneth Av., according to the county medical examiner's office.  [click more to read rest of story]
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Everett Clarke Murdered by Paul DeWit
The following notes are from The Chicago Tribune articles which ran from September 11 through November 19

September 12, 1980
...Police records show DeWit was arrested for prostitution last April 8 and placed on one-year court supervision after pleading guilty July 1. According to police reports, he was arrested by an undercover vice detective after offering to perform a sex act for $50. The detective reportedly went to DeWit's eighth-floor Lake Shore Drive apartment in response to a classified ad in a gay men's newspaper.
 Police said DeWit, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds, has no visible means of income and lives alone in an expensive apartment across North Lake Shore Drive from Belmont Harbor.  [click below to read more of story]
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Uni Theater Plays Weekly At Hilltop Farm
The Roselle Register (Roselle, Illinois) August 2, 1940
Uni Theater Plays Weekly At Hilltop Farm
 "Pretty Pickle" is a light comedy written by Director Everett Mesenbrink in collaboration with Hinsdale Authoress Margaret Oleson, will be Uni-Theatre"s third week presentation at its Hilltop Farm theatre on Route 20, it was announced today.
 The play will be given in the huge and airy barn four miles west of Medinah Country club Wednesday, Aug. 7, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. It was taken originally from Dellamy Partridge's novel of the same name, and is the story of the son of a wealthy pickle manufacturer who wants to be a slogan writer in opposition to his father's efforts to have him enter the business. Partridge is also the author of "Country Lawyer," a popular biography of his father.
 "Murder Has Been Arranged" is being given this week, July 31, August 2, 3, 4.
 Slated for roles in "Pretty Pickle" are John Cosgrove, Marian Hyett, Harold Lind, Barbara Collins, Bobbe Avery, Dorothy Franklin, Dorothy Tate, Ed. Allison and two newcomers, Toby Evans of Hinsdale and Barbara Graham of Maywood.
 Mesenbrink and Co-Director Nathan S. Caplow plan two more weeks of summer plays after this one at Hilltop Farm. A feature of the evening's program is a combination dinner and theatre ticket for $1.00. Tickets for the play alone are 50 cents.
(Submitted by Source #96)
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Albert Maack News item
THE TIMES-MAIL, Bedford, Indiana
February 27, 1979
                         McKinley era coat given to museum
 Dr. Donald M. Kerr has given the Lawrence County Historical Museum the swallowtail coat and vest his grandfather wore as a member of the electoral college that elected President William McKinley.
      Kerr drafted the following letter about the black coat and vest:
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Inquest for Hermann Maack
Hermann Carl Wilhelm Maack
Inquest No. 7520, upon the body of Herman W. Maack
County of Cook, State of Illinois, on the 29th day of August 1896 at 168 Hastings Street in the City of Chicago
Verdict: The said Herman W. Maack lying dead at 168 Hastings St in said City of Chicago County of Cook state of Illinois came to his death on the 29th day of August AD 1896 from hanging himself with a rope in a barn rear of 168 Hastings St with suicidal intent August 29th 1896 while despondent.
Names of Jurors. R. Perry (Foreman), George Johnson, D. R. Camp, C.Hall, William Heine, James Price.
Witnesses: Albert H. Maack, residence 1463 34th Place, Occupation: Agent; Thomas Fahy, 620 25th St., Occupation: Police Officer
(submitted by Source #96)
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Chicago Tribune, December 20, 1926
     Mrs. Elizabeth Fessett, 21 years old, 1720 West 34th street, was shot and instantly killed last night by her husband, Jerry, from whom she had been separated, as the two walked quarreling down Archer road in the village of Willow Springs, southwest of the city.  The husband, as his wife fell, fired a bullet into his own brain and dropped dead beside her.  [click below to read rest of story]
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Charles Sallidger killed

A citizen of Chicago, named Charles Sallidger, was run over on Wabash avenue in that city a few days ago, by a run-away team, and so badly injured that he died in a few hours.

[Edwardsville Intelligencer, March 31, 1870 - submitted by K. Torp]

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Frank B. Williams murder
YAKIMA W(ashington) — The bullet-punctured body of Sgt. l.C. Frank B. Williams, 37, Yakima Firing Center soldier who was reported missing Oct. 4, was discovered in a Yakima River flume near Union Gap Sunday. The Chicago soldier had been shot in the head and chest. Williams, Chief Criminal Deputy Harold Guthrie said, was the soldier sought since Warren W. Schoel, 36, told authorities he had shot and thrown a soldier into the river Oct. 4 after finding the man with Schoel's wife. Schoel, a Yakima camera salesman, told authorities he had fired a .22 caliber gun at the soldier, Guthrie said. Dr. Ralph Shirey, Yakima County coroner, said Williams was dead when he entered the water. The soldier, Shirey said following an autopsy, was slain by .22 caliber bullets. Schoel is being held at the Yakima County jail. Williams, whose body was found by a duck hunter, was serving temporarily at the firing center with Battery C. 20th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Bn.. from Vashon Island. His widow lives in Seattle and a son lives in Chicago.
[Longview Daily News, 22 October 1956 - Transcribed by K. Torp] 
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Druggist, Robbed, Shoots at Bandit as He Flees (ZOUB)
Druggist, Robbed, Shoots at Bandit as He Flees
After a bandit had robbed him of $60 last night in his drug store at 1359 North Maplewood avenue, Emanuel Zoub seized his revolver, ran to the street and fired five shots at him. He thinks he hit him, as the man staggered as he rounded a corner.
Chicago Tribune (Illinois) December 26, 1930, Page 3
Submitted by Src #96
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Seize 'Skyscraper Burglar' on Con Game Charge - REEVES
Seize 'Skyscraper Burglar' on Con Game Charge
Melville Reeves, known as the skyscraper burglar, was locked up in the Evanston jail last night on a confidence game charge. Evanston police arrested him at his home in Glenview on a warrant obtained by Miss Gertrude Kroger of the Kroger furriers, 701 Main street, Evanston, charging that he had defrauded the house of $62.50. Reeves is alleged to have put 1 $100 government bond as security for a cleaning bill. Returning the next day, he took the bond to get it cashed, saying he would return, but he did not keep his word, police said. [Chicago Daily Tribune, March 2, 1933, pg. 11 - Submitted by source #96]
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Francis Weymouth Captured
Elkhart, Ind, July 10.— Francis Weymouth, the photographer who is wanted in Chicago for his connection with the attempted assassination of Nelson, which has recently created so much of a sensation, was captured here to-day as he stepped from a train by Officer Shafer of the local force. The Chicago chief of police was notified and Captain Shippey came after the prisoner. While here Shippey questioned Weymouth very closely and said he is convinced the man has a guilty knowledge of the affair. He took Weymouth back to Chicago this afternoon. [Indiana State Journal, 14 Jul 1897 - Submitted by Src #82] 
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Trouble with three women -- two of whom love him, while the third emphatically does NOT -- brought about the arrest today of Frank HEALEY, 25, of 6848 Fullerton av.
Of those who love Healey, one is his wife, Marie, a dozen years his senior. The other is Irene DO BROCK, 17, of 2242 N. Western av., who used to have a job in a factory where Healey was an inspector.
The third woman is Irene's mother, Mrs. Louise Do BROCK, who attacked him twice in the presence of the police, grabbing his nose with one hand while she clawed his face with the other, drawing abundant blood. Mrs. Do Brock afterward signed a complaint charging Healey with contributing to Irene's delinquency. Mrs. Do Brook (sic) said: "This man has been posing as single and making love to my daughter. He took her out New Year's Eve and did not bring her back. When I telephoned his home I found out for the first time that he had a wife."
While he was facing only one of the women, Irene's mother, he seemed almost calm. To the police he said:
"This is a simple case. I love Irene and intend to marry her. She''ll be of age on February 7. I'll get a divorce and marry her then. There won't be any trouble about the divorce because my wife and I made an agreement when we married that she would give me a divorce whenever I wanted one."

But Healey's calm did not last long, for there was a telephone call to the station from his wife, who said: "I'm coming. Don't let him go till I get there." When she arrived she denied there had been any agreement for a divorce. Meanwhile Irene was brought in from a hotel where she was registered with Healey as his wife. At sight of the girl Healey's wife burst into tears and threw her arms around Irene, pleading: "Won't you give me back my husband? You can't possibly love him as I do." Irene whispered, "I can't - I won't give him up. We're in love and we're going to be married." rest of story missing..... [Sub. by source #24] (this is the same date as the above story - c. 1930?)
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Sylvia DOSTALEK gets probation
Blonde, convicted by Jury, Gets Probation
Miss Sylvia DOSTALEK, 23 year old blonde of 629 Onwentsia av., Highland Park, found guilty by a jury a month ago of reckless driving and driving while intoxicated, was given six months' probation by County Judge Albert C. ISLEY today. On December 9 Judge Isley had set aside the conviction on the intoxication charge: ruling that the evidence of a "drunkometer" test was inconclusive. Miss Dostalek was arrested after she crashed into two parked automobiles in Skokie blvd., near Northbrooke, at 4 a.m. [Sub. by source #24]

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Union Boss's Wife YOUNGBLOOD Shot in Mystery
Shot and severely wounded shortly before midnight last night while walking in front of 2202 Jackson Blvd., Charles YOUNGBLOOD, business agent of Painters' union, Local No. 147, and his wife, Lorette, are in the Norwegian American Hospital.
Two policemen are guarding them, with orders to prevent any unauthorized person from seeing or talking to them.  [click below to read rest of story]
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Traffic Policeman Joseph Fitzpatrick, 42 years old,was shot and fatally injured yesterday by five bandits who attempted to hold him up in front of the Hayes hotel, 6345 University avenue. He died late last night in St. Bernard’s hospital. Fitzpatrick had just gotten out of his car to visit a sister, who lives in the hotel, when the bandits appeared and ordered him to “stick ‘em up.” Instead he drew his own gun and fired three shots before he was felled by a bullet which struck just under his heart.
Fitzpatrick lived with his wife and daughter, Marie Leona, 8 years old, at 907 West Garfield boulevard. He formerly was assigned to traffic duty at Market and Madison streets for years and lately has been at Monroe and Dearborn streets where his sunny disposition won him the friendship of hundreds including many notables in financial and business circles who knew him as “Fitz.”
Woodlawn police investigating the slaying late last night found a brown overcoat with a pistol in the pocket which had been discarded between buildings at 6401 Woodlawn avenue. The gun is believe to have been used by one of the killers and has been turned over to ballistics experts. [Unknown Data - sub. by source #6]
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NORGAR SEEKS PARDON: Fred Norgar, 36 years old, of 525 Surf street, Chicago, who was recently convicted in the St. Joseph county court at South Bend of involuntary manslaughter in the killing of an 8 year old girl when she was struck by his car in Mishawaka, asked the board for a pardon. As his commitment papers had not yet reached the prison, the board suggested that Norgar appeal to Gov. Harry G. Neslie. Norgar, accompanied by the president of the O'Connel & Co. municipal bonding house of Chicago, said that they would go to the capital Monday.
"I am intimately acquainted with eleven governors, know Gov. Emmerson of Illinois, and in my business of meeting state and city executives, can't afford to be an ex-convict," Mr. Norgar told the board members. He said he had settled with the family of the dead girl for $1,000, which he borrowed from his employer.
PRESENTS RECOMENDATIONS. Norgar had a sheaf of recommendations to present to the board, including one from Father John Cavanaugh of Notre Dame university, and others from Indiana and Illinois bankers and government officials in Washington, D.C. He said he had gone to Paris with Newton D. Baker.
"I'm broke," he said. "This accident has cost be (sic) $2000, and now my attorney, Floyd O. Jellison of South Bend, demands $500 cash before he files a bill of exceptions in my case."
[Chicago Tribune, April 26, 1930. -Sub by source #6]
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Ivor Szrkerson
Ivor Szrkerson, 54 years old, 4348 Ellis avenue, a carpenter, was fined $100 yesterday for trying to dismantale a news stand he had erected for John Stacher, blind newsboy of 4317 Drexel avenue, at 47th street and Drexel avenue. Szkerson said Stacher would not pay him a $5 balance.
[Chicago Tribune, April 16, 1930. - sub. by source #6]
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Judge Asa Adams fines crowd
Friday the 13th
Sad Day For Court Fans
Chicago, Jan. 13 – Hoodoo Day was unlucky for court fans. Judge Asa Adams got tired of seeing the same crowd who came every day to absorb divorce scandal. He called them before the bench and fined them half of their loose change.
[The Daily Messenger. Canandaigua NY. Friday, Jan 13 1922 - submitted by Source #78]
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Pardons from governor
Springfield - Governor Dunne, acting on the recommendation of the state board of pardons, commuted the sentence of S. McIntyre, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1906 in Warren for the murder of Luella Merrill, following an alleged attack. The authorities have since become convinced that the death of the girl was due to appendicitis. Applications for pardon were denied in the following cases:
James Morin, Cook county, murder; Thomas Flynn, Cook county, murder; Jerry Moulton, Cook county; Philip Mernaugh, Madison county, and Charles Butler, Jersey county.
[The Sainte Marie Tribune, Jan. 23, 1914- Sub. by Src #6]
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Frank Smith Murder
Sees Son killed
Chicago - The first 1914 murder in Chicago occurred at 146 West 37th street. Frank Smith, 23, was shot through the heart by William Valentine. Valentine escaped and detectives are searching for him. Mrs. Anna Smith said she saw Valentine draw a revolver and kill her son.
[Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL, January 9, 1914- Sub. by Src #6]
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Charles S. Cutting appointed to state board
Springfield - Former Judge Charles S. Cutting of Chicago was appointed by the Supreme Court as a member of the state board of law examiners, in place of Russell Whitman of Chicago, who resigned.
[Ste. Marie Tribune, Friday, Jasper County, IL, December 19, 1913 - sub. by Src #6]

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Packey McFarland boxing match
Chicago - Packey McFarland outpointed his old enemy, Jack Britton, both of Chicago, in an unsatisfactory 10-round no-decision boxing contest before 6,500 spectators in Milwaukee.
[Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL, Friday, December 19, 1913 - sub. by src #6]
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Willie Hoppe, the balk-line billiard champion of the world...
Willie Hoppe, the balk-line billiard champion of the world, has been challenged for the 18.2 title by George Sutton of Chicago. [Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL, Friday, December 19, 1913]
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A.J. Gladstone Dowie Ordained
Chicago - A.J. Gladstone Dowie, son of John Alexander Dowie, founder of Zion church, was ordained a minister of the Protestant Episcopal church at Chicago.
[Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL, Friday, December 19, 1913 - Sub. by src #6]
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Patient escapes
The unidentified patient, an Englishman, who has been at the county hospital in Chicago since Nov. 21, unable to tell his name or home, leaped from a window of the hospital and fled.
[Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - Friday, December 12, 1913 - sub. by src #6]
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Arrests in Charles Hoenicke murder
Chicago - 4 attendants at the Chicago state hospital for the insane were arrested after the death of Charles Hoenicke, an insane patient.
[Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - November 28, 1913 - Sub by src #6]
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Helen Struck- operating a confidence game
Chicago - Mrs. Helen Struck, a divorcee, who says she receives alimony of $7000 a year, was arraigned in Judge Mahoney's court, Chicago, on a charge of operating a confidence game. The case was continued until Dec. 3.
[Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - November 28, 1913 - sub by src #6]
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L. Grossman robbery
Cedar Rapids, Ia - L. Grossman, a Chicago diamond merchant, has reported the robbery of $35,000 worth of diamonds from his Pullman berth between Davenport and Minneapolis, and all special agents of the Rock Island have been ordered to hunt for them.
[Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - Friday, Nov. 21, 1913 -s sub. by src #6]
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Clarence S. Funk
Clarence S. Funk of Chicago has issued a statement offering $5000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the men who instigated the plot to defame him, following his testimony in the Lorimer senatorial investigation.
[Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - Friday, Nov. 21, 1913 - sub. by src #6]

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Capt. James Gleason appointed chief
Capt. James Gleason of the Shakespeare avenue police station, Chicago, was appointed chief of police by Mayor Harrison, succeeding John McWeeny, who resigned a short time ago because of friction in the department over the handling of the vice problem.
[Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - November 14, 1913 - src #6]
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Will of Hugh McBirney Disposes of Huge Sum in Personel Property!
Hugh McBirney, who died Nov. 8 at his home, 1736 Prairie avenue, left an estate valued at $1,520,000, according to a petition filed yesterday in the Probate Court.  The personal estate is estimated at $1,500,000. Among the beneficiaries of the will is the Second Presbyterian Church, Twentieth street and Michigan avenue, to which is bequeathed $5,000. The bulk of the estate goes to the widow, Isabella McBirney, and the two sons, Hugh Johnston McBirney and George Day McBirney.  Relatives, friends and former servants also are remembered. The will was dated Sept. 27, 1909, and the widow and sons were named as executors.  Mrs. McBirney has declined to serve and the estate will be administered by the sons. [Sub. by source #1 - unknown newspaper]
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The bill declares that the order of Judge Rinaker entered Sept. 22 was void and beyond his powers, and that he had no power to determine what territory should be included in the intended forest preserve, and that he has no power to hold a public hearing for that purpose, and no authority or power to order such question submitted to the voters of said forest preserve district. It contends that Judge Rinaker in ordering such election did not proceed according to law. The attorneys of record in the case are  McGoorty & Pollock, Ross C. Hall and Mayer, Meyer, Austrian & Platt.   [Sub. by source #1]
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A secret investigation of alleged insurance premium rebating, involving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and directed against practically every mutual like insurance company in Chicago, came to light yesterday afternoon with the filing of four suits in the Municipal Court by State's Attorney Wayman. The legal actions are to recover "fines" of from $500 to $1000, assessed under the law for rebating on life insurance premiums. One suit is directed against the Illinois Life Insurance Company and P. J. Kane, an agent, and three are directed against the Hartford Life Insurance Company, and  H. P. Johnson, manager in Chicago, and  L. P. Hazen, an agent. It is charged that agents of the two companies gave 25 per cent rebates on policies sold by them [source #1]

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CUP OF TEA, $1,000; AIDS CRIPPLED TOTS - One cup of tea sold in Chicago last night for $1,000.   What the brand of the tea, whether from old Ceylon or one of the many varieties of oolong, was not revealed. Sufficient on that score is the fact that it was good tea and that the purchaser was satisfied and the seller delighted.  The latter was Mrs. Graeme Stewart and the purchaser was Thomas A. Griffin, president of the Griffin Wheel Works.  Those who will benefit from the sale, and from many others of other delicious beverages and of articles of merchandise made last night, are the destitute crippled children of Chicago.......the tearoom at the bazaar arranged by leading women in Chicago's society circles to aid the Home for Destitute Crippled Children.  Orchestra Hall, where the bazaar was held, buzzed with pleaded comment immediately after Mrs. Stewart had received Mr. Griffin's personal check for the $1,000.
[The Chicago Record-Herald, Wednesday, November 16, 1910..... sub. by source #1]
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Chicago Policeman Edward Selser “Foozles” A Kiss
Makes Bungling Attempt to Steal One From a Candy Store Girl, and is Now Sorry.
Chicago, Oct. 12- Edward Selser, a patrolman of the West Chicago avenue station, is a good policeman and a handsome man, but a novice at kissing. Because he bungled an osculation feat he was brought before the police trial board yesterday. On Selser’s beat, at 277 Grand avenue, is a candy store, and Miss Martha Hoppe, a prepossessing maiden of 18 summers, is a clerk. Selser entered the store on Sept. 14, Miss Hoppe says, and put his arms around her. [click below to read rest of story]
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Florence CLARK travel
Miss Florence CLARK is visiting in New York.
[CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 9, 1897, submitted by source #27]
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Mrs. Arthur EDDY travels
Mrs. Arthur EDDY, who has been in Philadelphia for some time, will return tomorrow.
[CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 9, 1897, submitted by source #27]
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WINSTON travel
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. WINSTON will sail tomorrow for America.
[CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 9, 1897, sub. by source #27]
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KEEP / BEACH visiting
Miss Frances KEEP, No. 387 Dearborn avenue, and her sister, Mrs. BEACH of New York, have gone abroad.
[CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 9, 1897, submitted by source #27]
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Simon WEISE murder
Simon WEISE was found in the lake at Chicago with a bullet hole in his head. It is believed he committed suicide. Newton Press, July 13 1893. [source #6]

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BULKLEY suicide
Miss Mary BULKLEY, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Justin Bulkley, pastor of the upper Alton First Baptist church and President of Shurtleff College, died at a sanitarium at Berwyn from injuries which were self-inflicted. Two months ago Miss Bulkley was forced to abandon the study of music and return to Upper Alton much broken in health. It was evident that intense application to her work had affected her mind, and she was sent to a sanitarium, but without benefit. Then she was taken to Berwyn in the hope of bringing about a change for the better. Miss Bulkley procured a lancet in some way, and opened the veins in her left wrist in two places. It was some time before she was discovered, and then the loss of blood had been so great that the physicians could do nothing for her, and she died in 18 hours.
[Newton Press, July 13 1893. - sub by source #6]
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Assaulted by Chas. NORDRUM
At different times within the past few years Chicago has had upon her police force a man named Chas. NORDRUM, who has gained an almost national reputation for brutality. He has been suspended numerous times, and it was during one of these terms of temporary retirement that he appeared at the head of a band of Pinkertons at Homestead, in the famous battle July 6, 1892, and distinguished himself by a lack of bravery. He returned to Chicago, and until he got a position at the Fair grounds and was again suspended for brutally clubbing a prisoner, he did nothing to attract attention particularly. The other day, however, he broke loose again; he assaulted a man 65 years old, and pursued him into a police station where Sergeant Bender was in charge. The latter attempted to protect Nordrum's victim, and was himself assaulted. Here is where Nordrum made the mistake of his life. When Bender got through with him, the ruffian looked as if he had been in a collision with a cable car. He lost several teeth, suffered the fracture of three ribs, had both eyes blacked, his scalp peeled open, and was confined to his bed for a week.
[Newton Press, July 13 1893, sub. by source #6]

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Fritz MEYER murder
In a scuffle with Charles DASURBA in a packing house at Chicago, Fritz MEYER was accidentally stabbed to the heart. [Newton Press, July 13 1893. source #6]

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Colonel Florence Ziegfeld anniversary
A SILVER MILE-STONE - There was a surprise party, and a happy one too, at the rooms of the Chicago Medical College yesterday. The good people who compose the faculty of that prospering institution remembered that the genial President of the college, Colonel Florence Ziegfeld, was a married man and that his felicity as such had measured just a quarter of a century. It was a surprise to many that Colonel Ziegfeld overlooked the customary invitations to friends to come and make merry, but his friends at the college knew what a modest man he was, and forgave him. They also remembered that the Colonel was so engrossed with the affairs of the Second Regiment that he possibly overlooked his own happiness in that of the military organization whose interests he has helped so greatly to advance. So the faculty summoned both Colonel and Mrs. Ziegfeld to the college rooms yesterday noon on some apparently important pretense. When they arrived Mr. Louis Falk made an appropriate speech and presented a handsome silver tea service to Colonel and Mrs. Ziegfeld. Both recipients were taken with that surprise that melts away in tenderaces and gratitude and then the gallant Colonel made one of his characteristic short but clever speeches that betokened full appreciation and sincere gratitude. The liquids will be passed around later. [The Inter Ocean, May 17, 1890 - submitted by Source #72]

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Michael SULLIVAN died
Michael SULLIVAN, who settled in Chicago when that city was a village, and who once owned a farm on Division street, died the other day, aged eighty-two.
[The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, IL... Friday, November 14, 1890 ]
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Charles PARKER Robbery
Charles PARKER, a Chicago saloonkeeper, sold his place for $2,000, and during the evening was robbed of every cent. No trace of the robbers has been found.
[The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, IL... Friday, November 14, 1890]
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In Chicago, A. C. GARNER, a colored theological student, recovered before Judge BAKER for $211 against Mark SMITH for the latter's refusal to serve the plaintiff in his restaurant on account of color.
[The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, IL... Friday, November 14, 1890]
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The body of Melvin FIELD arrived in Chicago...
The body of Melvin FIELD arrived in Chicago the other day and was placed in the vault in Graceland Cemetery. Melvin FIELD was the son of Eugene FIELD, and died recently in Hamburg, Germany, of peritonitis. The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, Illinois... Friday, November 14, 1890
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CALVERT suicide
William H. CALVERT, of Vane, Calvert & Co., St. Louis, suicided at Chicago on the night of the 30th, with a revolver. He had been staying in a sanitarium, under treatment, it is said, for insomnia. [The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, IL... Friday, November 7, 1890]
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Norman WALCOTT murder
Norman WALCOTT, who was slugged, robbed and placed on the railroad track at Chicago, where he was found dead, has been identified as of Trenton Falls, NY.
[The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, IL... Friday, November 7, 1890]
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William MOTLING and wife were found dead...
William MOTLING and wife were found dead in bed at their boarding house in Chicago. They had been asphyxiated by gas. A hole in the elbow of the main pipe leading from the street filled the room with poison while MOTLING and his wife slept. Before retiring the couple had tightly closed every door and window for fear of taking cold.
[The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, IL... Friday, November 7, 1890]
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Thomas and Mary Grace "marriage"
A Chicago jury decided in the case of Thomas and Mary Grace, that a clergyman was not needed to solemnize a marriage ceremony. The woman claimed that they entered a contract to live as man and wife, and that GRACE afterward introduced her as his wife. The man was killed by a Wisconsin Central train last November, and the woman desires to prove her marriage in order to claim damages from the company.
[The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, IL... Friday, October 31, 1890]
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Mrs. Jacob OSTERLING, a German woman residing at Roseland, a Chicago suburb, has become a mother for the eighteenth time during a married life of fourteen years. Mrs. OSTERLING is but thirty-three years of age, and of robust constitution. Her husband is a mechanic, a sturdy man of thirty-five. Mrs. OSTERLING first became a mother ten months after marriage. Then followed twins and triplets at appropriate intervals. She is the mother of five sets of twins and one of triplets, and of the eighteen children, fourteen are yet alive. The four who are dead were not the victims of constitutional weaknesses, but went down before the ills that trouble little ones.
[The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, IL.. Friday, October 31, 1890]
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Rev. W. T. MELOY robbery
While Rev. W. T. MELOY, of Chicago, was occupying his pulpit thieves entered his house and stole several hundred dollars' worth of property.
[The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, IL... Friday, October 10, 1890 ]
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Edward Morris death
Edward MORRIS, head of Morris & Co., beef packers, died at his home in Chicago. He became ill as a result of the strain attending the trial of the packers on a charge of violating the criminal clause of the Sherman anti-trust law and never recovered.
[November 14, 1913 - Ste Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL]
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Theodore FERSTENBERG suicide
Theodore FERSTENBERG jumped into the river at Chicago, intending to commit suicide. Bridge-Tender McGRAW jumped in after him and made a heroic attempt at rescue, but the desperate man fought so hard that MCGRAW was forced to leave him to his fate, and he was drowned. A large crowd witnessed the struggle in the water.
[The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, IL... Friday, October 10, 1890]
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KARPEN brothers vs. LENNON family
The nine KARPEN brothers, of Chicago, have organized a baseball team, and the mother is announced as their mascot. They have challenged the LENNONS, a family team from Joliet, whose dad is a crack umpire.
["The Ava Advertiser", Ava, Jackson County, IL.... Friday, September 19, 1890 ]
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Jerry SHEA is in Chicago....
Jerry SHEA is in Chicago, called there by the death of his brother's wife -
[FEB 2 1890 THE QUINCY DAILY HERALD - Submitted by Src #83]
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Thomas E. CLARK - Embezzlement
Thomas CLARK, the ex-superintendent ? telegraph construction of the Santa Fe Railway Company, was held to the Criminal Court in Chicago in $8,000 bonds, on a charge of embezzlement. Clark practically waived examination and put in no evidence in his own behalf. The only witness was George HUNTER, an official in the engineering department. He testified that for a year past he had honored Clark's drafts for money to be used in telegraph construction. At the end of the year, when the vouchers were checked up, it was discovered that Clark had drawn $7,700 more than the bills amounted to.
[April 18, 1888 - The Newton Press - source #6]
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Countess de VEULLE divorce
All the way from Paris came a pretty Frenchwoman, the Countess de VEULLE, to get the benefit of the Chicago courts. The lady owns real estate in Chicago, and has acquired a residence sufficient for the purposes of the law. Her case was strong against a dissipated and unfaithful husband, and a decree of divorce was granted by Judge COLLINS.  [April 18, 1888 - The Newton Press - source #6]
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Dr. C.W. CHASE suicide
Dr. C.W. CHASE, once a popular and respected physician of Chicago, and widely known as a specialist for nervous diseases, strung himself up by the neck in a cell at the Central station a few days ago, and was cut down dead.
[April 18, 1888 - The Newton Press - source #6]

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A drunken Chicago teamster named DOOLEY...
A drunken Chicago teamster named DOOLEY took possession of a Chicago & Northwestern switch engine in the downtown yards a few days since. Pulling the throttle wide open, he started west on his career as an engineer. At Halsted street the jolting threw him off, and the engine continued its way until Western avenue was reached, when it collided with another engine, the crew of which, seeing the danger, jumped and saved their lives. Both engines were completely wrecked. [April 18, 1888 - The Newton Press - source #6]
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Catherine V. WAITE of the Women's International Bar Association.
Catherine V. WAITE, of Chicago, is president of the Women's International Bar Association.
[April 18, 1888 - The Newton Press - source #6]
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J.F. WOLCK, alleged whisky-trust spy
J.F. WOLCK, an alleged whisky-trust spy, narrowly escaped lynching in Chicago. 
[April 18, 1888 - The Newton Press - source #6]
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Rev. John P. BRUSHINGHAM case
Jury Disagreed- Chicago, April 13 ---- The jury in the BRUSHINGHAM case, after making a night of it finally disagreed. The Rev. John P. BRUSHINGHAM, who was defendant, is a Methodist clergyman and has charge of the Ada Street Church. He was charged by Eva PACKER, a 16 year old girl and a member of his congregation, as being the father of her child which was born last January. The case has been on trial for over a week before Judge GRINNELL, and the court room was crowed daily. The jury stood ten for conviction against two for acquittal. [Saturday, April 14, 1888 - The Peoria Daily Trans. - source #22]

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Thomas E. CLARK - Embezzlement
Thomas E. CLARK, the ex-superintendent of telegraph construction on the Chicago, Santa Fe & California railway, was taken before Justice Smith in Chicago a few days ago. It was charged that Clark had embezzled $5,000 of the funds of the company by making false vouchers of ...... (rest of article missing) [4 April 1888 "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL Newspaper - source #6]
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August KRAKOW shot wife
August KRAKOW shot and instantly killed his wife at Chicago, a few days ago. He then fatally shot himself, dying in a few hours. [4 April 1888 "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL  - source #6]

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Patrick DALEY shot by H.W. THORMAN
Patrick DALEY, aged 23, was shot and instantly killed a few days since by H.W. THORMAN, during a drunken quarrel in Chicago. Thorman is from Minneapolis.
[4 April 1888 "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL  - source #6]
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Judge COLLINS, of Chicago, refuses to hear any more divorce trials on Saturday.
[4 April 1888 "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL  - source #6]

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Mr. and Mrs. Uriah HAIR celebrated their golden wedding
Mr. and Mrs. Uriah HAIR, of Chicago, celebrated their golden wedding a few evenings since, surrounded by their children and grandchildren. The residence was beautifully decorated in honor of the event, an interesting programme of personal reminiscence and literary and musical features arranged, and a large company gracefully and hospitably entertained.
[28 March, 1888   "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL - source #6]
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will of Rev. Dr. William Henry RYDER
The will of Rev. Dr. William Henry RYDER has been probated at Chicago. The estate is valued at $750,000. The only heirs, his widow and daughter, who receive the bulk of his estate.
[28 March, 1888   "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL - source #6]
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The verdict in the cases of Mrs. HERMAN, Charles BUSSE and William SIGMUND
The verdict in the cases of Mrs. HERMAN, Charles BUSSE and William SIGMUND, at Chicago, will meet with general approval. The woman carried on the nefarious business of a procuress under the cloak of an intelligence office, and the two men were among her patrons. Herself and BUSSE each got five years in the penitentiary, and SIGMUND's term was fixed at four years. [28 March, 1888   "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL - source #6]
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Michael O'SHEA - "Q" Striker
Michael O'SHEA, one of the "Q" strikers, was put under $3,000 bonds at Chicago to answer to a charge of malicious mischief. O'SHEA dropped a huge rock from the Center avenue viaduct on the top of the cab of a Burlington engine passing beneath him. The stone broke through the roof of the cab, but did not injure the engineer or fireman. The stone missed the engineer by but a few inches, and was heavy enough to have instantly killed him.
 [28 March, 1888   "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL - source #6]
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William NEUGRASS bigamy
Having divided his time between two wives, neither of whom knew the other's existence, William NEUGRASS, of Chicago, now goes to Joliet eighteen months for bigamy, and will give his undivided attention to prison duties. The old Lothario is himself 53 years old, and his two wives were aged 50 and 52, respectively.
[28 March, 1888   "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL - source #6]

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The SNELL murder
It is stated by the police that the young man supposed to be the murderer of Millionaire SNELL is named William B. TASCOTT, and that he is the son of J. B. TASCOTT, a house painter, residing at No. 140 Ashland Avenue. Young TASCOTT is clearly implicated in the murder by the discovery in his room at a lodging house on Madison street of fragments of a check stolen from SNELL's safe on the night of the murder. He disappeared the morning after the murder, but is believed to be in hiding in this city. The police are confident they will secure him within a day or two...**the article goes on, but it wasn't copied past this point.
[22 Feb. 1888  The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL - source #6]
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Joseph C. MACKIN pardon
The Governor is receiving a great many communications of the subject of a pardon for Joseph C. MACKIN, the Chicago election crook. They are on both sides of the question, and it would seem that many of the dissenters are ignorant of the fact that Mackin is undergoing punishment for perjury instead of ballot-box stuffing. 
[15 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL  -source #6]

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CORNWELL divorce
After 36 years of married life, Mrs. Hannah CORNWELL, of Chicago, aged 60 years, sued for a divorce from her husband, who is ten years her senior, on account of his drunkenness and cruelty.  
[15 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL  -source #6]
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E.L. SPENCER Suicide attempt
E.L. SPENCER, a book-keeper, and formerly auditor of the American Express Company at Chicago, made an attempt to end his own life a few days ago by taking laudanum and stabbing himself with a pocket knife. Mr. Spencer said that he had been unable for four months to find work. He was taken to the county hospital. There his wound was pronounced not dangerous, as it had missed the jugular vein.
 [15 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL  -source #6]
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RAWSON shot, wife arrested
Mrs. Meckie L. RAWSON, wife of the banker, Stephen W. RAWSON, who was shot by his step-son, has been indicted by the grand jury of Cook County and arrested as an accessory before the fact to an attempt to commit murder. [1 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL - source #6]
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Mike PARKINSON, George PARKINSON, John SHEEHAN and Mike VAN SLACK, pickpockets, caught recently in the vestibule of the Second Baptist Church, Chicago, while attempting to pick pockets, were fined twenty dollars each by Justice LYONS and sent to the Bridewell.
[1 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL  - source #6]
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James W. SYKES on trial
James W. SYKES, until recently a well known seed merchant in Chicago, and proprietor of a large warehouse, was placed on trial a few days since before a jury, the charge being the issue of fraudulent receipts. The amount of money said to have been obtained by the crime is $110,000, of which, $90,000 was from the Merchants' Loan and Trust Company and the remainder from the Hide and Leather Bank.
[1 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL - source #6]
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James Wiley Dying
James WILEY is said to be dying in Chicago from the effects of the gunshot wound in his hand inflicted by David SCHOLL last Christmas. The assault was the result of a dispute about a dog. Justice C. J. WHITE has placed SCHOLL under $10,000 bond.
 [1 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL - source #6]

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Peg-Leg Jones Arrested
"Peg-Leg" JONES has entered upon his second term at Joliet for burglary. When arrested he had a kit of burglar's tools and a bottle of whisky concealed in his wooden leg.
[1 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL - source #6]
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Fire Story - 1888. (No surnames)
Forty people narrowly escaped being burned to death in a fire in a big apartment house in Chicago a few night ago. 
[1 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL  - source #6]
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Henry A. BLAIR robbed
The residence of Henry A. BLAIR, on Michigan Avenue, Chicago, was robbed of diamonds and jewelry of the value of $2,000 a few evenings since, while the family was at dinner, and from the manner in which the job was done it is thought that the perpetrators could not have been in the house more than ten minutes. The property was taken from the bed chamber of Mr. and Mrs. Blair. A number of valuable articles were left untouched, although they were in sight.
[January 25, 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL]
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Adam OCHS vs. the People
A move was made a few days ago in the Appellate Court at Chicago, which is intended to send the convicted boodlers down to Joliet on short order. The State's attorney filed a motion to quash the writ of error in the case of Adam OCHS vs. the People, and to dismiss the case for want of equity. Wednesday, the 25th was fixed by the court for hearing the arguments on the motion. [January 25, 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL]
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Louis STEIN was convicted in the Federal Court at Chicago of altering and passing railroad tickets issued to the Home for Disabled Soldiers. He moved for a new trial. January 25, 1888 [The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL]

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Henry McCABE
The jury in the case of Henry McCABE, at Chicago, charged with the killing of Lawyer HOWARD, of Valparaiso, Ind. rendered a verdict of guilty, and fixed the penalty at 8 years imprisonment in the penitentiary. His attorney entered a motion for a new trial.
[January 25, 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL]
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David BURNSTEIN, who was said to have been murdered by Jack HOBSON, a Negro, in Chicago is not dead at all. Another sensation spoiled. 
[Jan. 18, 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL]
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Mrs. Ida MACAULEY, who killed her husband recently in Chicago, waived preliminary examination and was held for trial.  [Jan. 18, 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL]
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"Old Hutch"
"Old Hutch," the Chicago speculator secured revenge and "vindication" for his recent debarment by having his son elected president of the Board of Trade.
[Jan. 18, 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL]

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George BUCKINGHAM (alias George Smith)
George BUCKINGHAM, alias SMITH, sentenced for 15 years for burglary at Chicago in 1884, was released a few days since, his sentence having been commuted to a four-year term by the Governor. Buckingham was sent down with Alexander EWING and James SHEA, alias CONNORS, alias KELLEHER, habitual criminals, who received 20 years each. Ewing recently died at the prison.
[The Newton Press, Jasper Co., IL July 27, 1887]
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Adam RACKE and his son Henry
Adam RACKE and his son Henry were arrested by Captain Porter, of the United States secret service, in Chicago, a few days ago, for passing counterfeit silver. A complete counterfeiter's layout was found at Racke's house in the town of Lake, and quite a sum of bogus silver coins. 
[July 27, 1887 - The Newton Press ]
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Charley MEYERS
Charley MEYERS, a noted Chicago and St. Louis burglar, completed a fifteen-year term at Joliet recently. His brother, the notorious Harry MEYERS, alias "MULDOON," is still in prison for the Fairbanks robbery, serving a 14 year sentence.  
[July 27, 1887 - The Newton Press ]
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Albert Cook
Albert COOK, who two years ago lived in Chicago, has been arrested at Minneapolis for the murder of his wife and mother-in-law at Compton, Kane County, this State, October 6, 1885.
[The Newton Press]
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Officer HALLORAN killed in line of duty
Officer HALLORAN, who was murdered in the discharge of his duty in Chicago by Michael LYNCH, an ex-convict, leaves a wife and four children, who will receive $2,000 from the Policemen's Benevolent Association and $1,000 from the Foresters.
[July 27, 1887 - The Newton Press]
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Small Pox - 1887
A lively stampede was produced at a Chicago police court a few days since by the discovery that a witness in one of the cases was suffering from small-pox. He was removed to the pest-house.
[July 27, 1887 - The Newton Press ]
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The First Wedding in Chicago
Taken From the Henry Republican
August 25, 1881
The Old Settler's Reunion - The Oration by Hon. G. O. Barnes
"The first wedding ever celebrated in Chicago was Col. Hamilton's, a son of the great federalist, who was stationed at Fort Dearborn, where Chicago now stands. Chicago had not been born then, nor for seven years after. Col. Hamilton wanted to marry a daughter of the commander of the fort, Col. McKinzie, and the old Colonel was willing, and what was of greater importance the girl was willing. "But true love never did run smoothly" and Col. Hamilton and his would be bride had their troubles. There was no clergyman, justice of the peace, or other person authorized to solemnize marriage within 200 miles of where Chicago now stands, and the nearest place that a license could be had was at Fulton county down southwest of Peoria. There were no stages much less railroads.

The young folks as usual were "just dying" to get married all winter. Along in May a party of gentlemen from Fulton county started to explore the country north of Chicago, and up to Green Bay, Wis. Among them was that old pioneer, John Hamlin of Peoria, lately gone to his rest. He then lived in Fulton county and was a justice of the peace. The young folks long watching for someone to make them happy, found Hamlin, and they wanted his help, in fact were anxious about it.

But there was no license, and there was a law in force imposing a $1000 fine for joining a couple in marriage without a license. The bride's father was willing to risk it. But Squire Hamlin refused; he was afraid of the fine. So it was agreed that Hamlin should go on to Green Bay, and on his return should stop, and in the meantime a messenger should go to Fulton county, 200 miles away, and get the license. Hamlin started north with his party, and a messenger started for Fulton county. Hamlin got back to Chicago and was the guest of Col. McKinzie for a week before the messenger got back from Fulton county. But the license came at last and I am real glad to tell these interested and attentive young people that the marriage then immediately took place."
(source #25) 
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Mrs. B.F. Lauterman
In Chicago on the 11th, Mrs. B. F. Lauterman and her two children, aged 2 and 9 years, were so badly injured by the explosion of a can of gasolene, with which the mother was attempting to light a fire in a gasolene stove, that they will all die."
[Newton Press, Jasper County, IL, Jan 28, 1870]
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Cholera - 1866
"About a dozen deaths a day from cholera were reported taking place in Chicago last week."
[Newton Press, Jasper County, IL, Sept. 7, 1866.]
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