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Newspaper Gossip and Other News Items
for Cook County Residents

©unless otherwise noted, transcribed by Kim Torp



1863

Infant Asking For A Divorce Harriet A. McLaughlin, of Chicago, asks for a divorce from Henry H. her husband. She is only eleven years old, and has been married for a single month. [The State Republican (Eugene City, OR) Saturday, March 28, 1863 - Sub. by Src #187]


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.



1870

"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




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)


1887

The Death Order The Document Handed Down by the Supreme Court of Illinois The Day Fixed for the Anarchists Execution Chicago, Ill., Sept., 24 The death order to the Sheriff of Cook County in the anarchist case was handed down by the Supreme Court this morning and reached the sheriff later in the day. The following is the order:              At the term of the Supreme Court held at Ottawa on Tuesday, 6th day of September, A. D. 1887, within and for the Northern Grand Division of the State of Illinois, present Benjamin R. Sheldon - Chief Justice, John M. Heath - Justice, John H. Mulkey - Justice, Simon R. Hope - Justice, Alfred M. Craig - Justice, Benjamin P. Magruder - Justice, George Hunt - Attorney General, L. Morrisey - Sheriff, Alfred H. Haylor - Clerk; Wednesday, Sept. 14 , present the full bench except Mr. Justice Scott. Be it remembered, to wit: On Sept. 14, A. D. 1887, the same being one of the regular days of said term of court, the following proceedings were by said court held and entered on record, to wit: August Spies, Michael Schwab, Samuel Fielden, Albert R. Parsons, Adolph Fischer, Gerge Engle, Louis Lingg, and Oscar Neibe vs. the People of the State of Illinois, error to Criminal Court of Cook County. On this day came again the said parties, the court having diligently examined and inspected well The Record and Proceedings aforesaid as to matters and things therein assigned for error, and being not sufficiently advised of concerning the premises for that, it appears to the court how here that neither in the record and proceedings aforesaid is there anything erroneous, vicious or defective, and that the record is no error; therefore it is considered by the court that judgment aforesaid to be affirmed in all things as to each and everyone of said plaintiffs in error, and it stand in full force and effect, notwithstanding the said matters and things therein assign for error, and it is further ordered by the court that the 11 day of November, A. D. 1887, be and the same is hereby fixed as the time when the sentence of death pronounced on said plaintiffs in error. August Spies, Michael Schwab, Samuel Fielden, Albert R. Parsons, Adolph Fischer, George Engle and Louis Lingg, by the Criminal Court of Cook County, Illinois, shall be executed and its is further ordered by the court that the Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, be and is hereby ordered and directed to carry into execution the sentence by the Criminal Court of Cook County, Illinois, on the defendants. (Dallas Morning News 9-25-1887 Submitted by Dale Donlon )

 

July 27, 1887 - The Newton Press [source #6]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, submitted by K. Torp]


1888

 

 

 

Jan. 18, 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL Newspaper [source #23]

"Old Hutch," the Chicago speculator secured revenge and "vindication" for his recent debarment by having his son elected president of the Board of Trade.

The new seven-story brick building, Nos. 298, 300 and 302 Fourth avenue, Chicago, owned by John C. DALE, of Chicago and S. E. HART, of Marietta, Ohio, was burned a few evenings since, causing a loss of $250,000. patent medicine, bookbinding and printing firms were the principal occupants, and their inflammable stock fired so easily that nothing could be done except try to save adjoining structures. The building was worth $115,000, and is nearly a total loss. It was insured for $40,000

Mrs. Ida MACAULEY, who killed her husband recently in Chicago, waived preliminary examination and was held for trial.

David BURNSTEIN, who was said to have been murdered by Jack HOBSON, a Negro, in Chicago is not dead at all. Another sensation spoiled.




January 25, 1888
The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL Newspaper [source #6]

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.

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.

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.

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.





1 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL Newspaper [source #23]

Forty people narrowly escaped being burned to death in a fire in a big apartment house in Chicago a few night ago.

 "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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



15 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL Newspaper [source #6]

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 tot he county hospital. There his wound was pronounced not dangerous, as it had missed the jugular vein.

A Chicago woman has been arrested for highway robbery. No proper young man now ventures to appear on Chicago streets without a chaperone.

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.

Samuel DEBOW, general manager of the California Freight Line, with headquarters at Chicago, died in that city suddenly, a few nights ago, from an attach of rheumatism of the heart. Deceased was widely known in railway circles, and was highly esteemed.


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.

22 Feb. 1888  The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL Newspaper [source #23]

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.

The New Commander

The new department commander, Colonel James A. SEXTON, was born in Chicago on the 5th of January, 1844, and is, therefore, forty-four years of age. At the first call for three months' volunteers he enlisted as a private soldier, and at the expiration of his term of service re-enlisted for three years and was promoted to a lieutenantcy. At the call for 800,000 men in 1862 he was tendered and accepted the captaincy of a company recruited under the auspices of the Young Men's Christian Association, and assigned to the Seventy-second Illinois Infantry Volunteers. He served with this regiment, participating in every battle in which it was engaged, and during the battles of Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville led the same as Captain commanding the regiment, receiving slight wounds at both the last named battles, and also at Spanish Fort in April, 1865. After the closing of the Nashville campaign, he was attached to the staff of Major General A. J. SMITH, Sixteenth Army Corps, as acting assistant provost marshall, and when the war was over received the brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel of United States volunteers. While in the service he had purchased a plantation in Lowndes County, Ala., and lived on it for two years after the war. Upon his return to Chicago, in 1867, he established the firm now known as CRIBBEN, SEXTON & Co., at the same time carrying on his plantation in Alabama until 1869. At the last presidential election he was an elector on the Republican ticket. He has been appointed a member of the board of Lincoln Park commissioners and holds the rank in the Illinois militia of Colonel and aide de camp on Governor Oglesby's staff. He is a member of the following soldier societies: Grand Army of the Republic, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Chicago Union Veteran Club, Veteran Union League, Army of the Tennessee and all the Masonic bodies.



28 March, 1888   "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL Newspaper [source #23]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

About two years ago a daughter of Peter KESSLER, a Chicago merchant, eloped with "French Fred", a somewhat noted character. They were married in Canada, but when she found that he already had a wife, she left him and procured a divorce. He subsequently returned and got a divorce, and now the runaway pair are again married. In the meantime she has inherited a part of her father's estate, valued at $85,000, and her latest move is to get possession of it.

It is to the credit of Chicago to have contributed nearly one third of the money sent from all quarters to the relief of the Mount Vernon sufferers. The cash donations thus far reported from Chicago close upon $28,000.

Robert BUCHWAULDT, of the cigar firm of BUCHWALDT & SUES, Chicago, died of heart disease in his store a few days ago. He had been sitting in a chair several minutes when the book keeper saw that he was dead. Mr. BUCHWAULDT had been in this country fourteen years and was well known among German-Americans.



4 April 1888 "The Newton Press" Jasper County, IL Newspaper [source #6]

Judge COLLINS, of Chicago, refuses to hear any more divorce trials on Saturday.

Footpads are growing bold in Chicago. They waylay citizens and strip them of their clothing when nothing of greater value is to be found.

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.

August KRAKOW shot and instantly killed his wife at Chicago, a few days ago. He then fatally shot himself, dying in a few hours.

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)


Saturday, April 14, 1888 - The Peoria Daily Trans.

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. [source #22]

April 18, 1888 - The Newton Press
[source #6]
J.F. WOLCK, an alleged whisky-trust spy, narrowly escaped lynching in Chicago.

Catherine V. WAITE, of Chicago, is president of the Women's International Bar Association.

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.

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.

All the way fro 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.

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.

 

The Daily Northwestern Oshkosh, Wis., Tuesday, July 17, 1888 column 3 CHEWED HIS NOSE 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.  (Submitted by Diana Morse)

 The Daily Northwestern Oshkosh, Wis., Tuesday, July 17, 1888 column 1 CHICAGO WATER WILL BURN 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 flames from the more valuable property, but not until the $500 worth of dockage had been destroyed.  (Submitted by Diana Morse)


1890



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]

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, Illinois.... Friday, September 19, 1890

Vere V. HUNT, a Chicago lawyer, has embraced Judaism, taking the name of Israel Isaac OSTENHEIMER. He will marry a Jewess. The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, Illinois Friday, September 26, 1890

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, Illinois... Friday, October 10, 1890

Miss SWIFT, daughter of G. F. SWIFT, and Edward MORRIS, son of Nelson MORRIS, were married in Chicago. The affectionate fathers are wealthy porkers, the wealth of the father of the groom being estimated at $20,000,000 and the father of the bride at $10,000,000. The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, Illinois... Friday, October 10, 1890


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]

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, Illinois... Friday, October 10, 1890

Arthur ENGLISH and Mrs. Lucy B. ENGLISH, of Chicago, were married at Bloomington the other day. They were divorced several years ago, but recently became reconciled. Mrs. ENGLISH is the daughter of Kate TEMPLE, and first married an Iowa man, who left her a widow. She then married a Chicago lawyer, but secured a divorce from him. then she married ENGLISH, was divorced, and is again married to him. The Ava Advertiser, Ava, Jackson County, Illinois... Friday, October 24, 1890

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, Illinois... Friday, October 31, 1890

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 b 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, Illinois... Friday, October 31, 1890

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, Illinois... Friday, November 7, 1890

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, Illinois... Friday, November 7, 1890

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, Illinois... Friday, November 7, 1890

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

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, Illinois... Friday, November 14, 1890

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, Illinois... Friday, November 14, 1890

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, Illinois... Friday, November 14, 1890


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]


1893


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]

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. source #6

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 brining 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. [source #6]

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]


1897

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

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. WINSTON will sail tomorrow for America.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 9, 1897, submitted by source #27

Mrs. Arthur EDDY, who has been in Philadelphia for some time, will return tomorrow.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 9, 1897, submitted by source #27

Miss Florence CLARK is visiting in New York.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, April 9, 1897, submitted by source #27


1903

Chicago Policeman 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. One 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. When she objected he apologized, bought 5 cents worth of candy, offered her some and went away. Next day Selser returned, chatted about the weather, and again made an amatory and amateurish attempt to hug her, she says.

Poor Attempt at Kissing.
He tried to kiss me, the witness said, but he only succeeded in touching my cheek and putting his lips on my upper lip.
Bungler! groaned Chief O Neil, who was present.
An amateur, whispered Commissioner Meier to Inspector Wheeler.
He ought to be discharged, muttered Inspector Wheeler, who is an old time bachelor.
I was very angry, the witness continued.
You had a right to be, said the members of the board under their breath.
He bought 5 cents worth of candy and offered me some, but I wouldn t take it.
I never offered you candy, interrupted Selser.

Candy an Extravagance.
Think of this extravagance, Chief O Neil said. Selser, how often have you been buying candy there?
I don t eat candy, the patrolman asserted. Once in a while I go in there to buy a paper or get a cigar. I was not on duty.
And then, Miss Hoppe continued, today he came to me and asked me not to prosecute him, and offered me money. He had a five-dollar bill and some more. Selser again denied.
Did anybody see this? President Powell asked.
My employer did, the girl answered.
The case was continued two weeks to give Miss Hoppe a chance to bring her employer as a witness.
[From: The Evening Herald, Bellingham, WA., October 12, 1903 Submitted by Source #79]


1906

 

Missing Cashier Will Surrender
Has Been Hiding in Chicago Since Monday Denies His Guilt and Blames President
Special to the Herald
Chicago III 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. ANOTHER WARRANT
Sworn Out Against Theodore Stensland In Connection With Failure
Special to the Herald
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 (Submitted by Barbara Ziegenmeyer)

 

 


 

1910

The Chicago Record-Herald, Wednesday, November 16, 1910.....

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. [source #1]


LIFE REBATES ARE ATTACKED IN FOUR SUITS

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]



ADAM KOCH, "CITIZEN AND TAXPAYER,"  ASKS COURT TO ENJOIN BOARD 

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.   [source #1]


FORMAL APPEAL OF UNITED CHARITIES FOR ASSISTANCE... (on their letter head along with signatures at the bottom of the letter)

United Charities of Chicago, A Union of the Chicago Relief and Aid Society and the Chicago Bureau of Charities

Charles H. Wacker, President
Granger Farwell, First Vice-President
Mrs. Rotter Palmer, Second Vice-President
Ernest A. Hamill, Treasurer
Leverett Thompson, Secretary
Dr. Charles R. Henderson, Chairman Executive committee
Frank O. Wetmore, Chairman Finance Committee

Jane Addams, Charles L. Allen, Mrs. Emmons Blaine, Mrs. Joseph T. Bowen, Walter S. Brewster, Benjamin Carpenter, R. T. Crane, Jr.,  J. J. Dau, Marvin A. Farr, Arthur L. Farwell, Granger Farwell, Henry B. (or D.) Favill, M.D., Mitchell D. Follans_ee, David R. Forgan, Ernest A. Hamill, Charles R. Henderson, H. _. Higb (or s) ie, W._. Jackson, Frank S. Johnson, M.D., Arthur Meeker, Adolph Nathan,  Murry Nelson, Jr. , Mrs. Potter Palmer, Potter Palmer, JR. , Charles A. Paltzer, Juliius Rosenwald, Howard Shaw.
Sherman C. Kinglsey, General Superintendent
James Mullenback, Asst. General Superintendent [source #1]



LEAVES ESTATE OF $1,520,000
Will of Hugh McBirney Disposes of Huge Sum in Personnal 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. [source #1]


1911

 

CHICAGO, ILL Hunnewell Mayoress to Lecture Chicago, Ill. The Job of Being Mayor will be the subject of an address at the art institution here by Mrs. Ella Wilson, mayor of Hunnewell, Kan. Mayor Wilson will be accompanied by her chief of police and chief clerk.  (Wichita Searchlight, October 7, 1911, page 2 Submitted by Peggy Thompson)

 


 

1913

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)

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 (src #6)

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 (src #6)

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 (src #6)

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 (src #6)

Several women fainted and others became hysterical and fought policemen in the raiding of a Chicago gambling house conducted by women for women. Slips showing that more than $500 had been bet on horse races in the afternoon were confiscated. Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - Friday, December 12, 1913 (src #6)

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 (src #6)

Chicago - A near-tragedy in the life of R. Bruce Watson, Chicago architect and politician, has turned into a romance. Mr. Watson has married the woman who two years ago shot him twice and chased him through streets with a revolver. Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - Friday, December 12, 1913 (src #6)


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 (src #6)

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


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

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


1914

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]

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]


1922

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]


1930

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. [source #6]

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. [source #6]

Other Woman Causes Wife's Divorce Plea Suit was filed during the week by Mrs. Anna Gebhardt asking a divorce from William Gebhardt, whom she wed in Cook County, Ill., on September 25, 1915. The complaint states the couple separated last Saturday. Grounds upon which the action is based include allegations that Gebhardt falsely accused her of keeping company with another man, that he returned home drunk at intervals and that he kept company with "an un- married woman." Thirty-five dollars a month and the custody of their minor child is asked. [Mountain Democrat 2/21/1930. Submitted by El Dorado County Genealogy Trails.]


1935

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 Doubtfal, 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 (Source #6)



Newspaper Stories from Unknown Dates



BANDITS SLAY POLICEMAN IN HOLDUP ATTEMPT

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.
[source #6]


Union Boss's Wife 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.
Youngblood insisted to police he had no idea who them or why they were shot. The business agent and his wife had just left a building at 2222 Jackson Blvd. where they had been inspecting a remodeling job for the owner and their friend, Mrs. Marie RUDDER, who is out of town.
Herbert DRAIN, 36, of 3344 Ogden Av., and Verne STYCK, 38 of 4917 Altgeld st., linoleum layers, had finished work there and were waiting in their car to take the Youngbloods home. As the couple approached, Youngblood carrying a vacuum cleaner, a black sedan containing two men drew ___ to the curb, and one m___ a half dozen shots.
Although Youngblood, who is 48, and lives at 2227 W. Monroe st., declared there was no trouble within the union, police recalled that he was questioned in connection with the murder, August 8, of James DUNGAN, his friend and associate, business agent of the Painters Union, Local 191, and has been involved in various union troubles.

Capt. Martin MCCORMICK, of the Warren Av. police, sent Sergt. James FANNING to question Arthur WALLACE, international secretary and treasurer of the painters; union, at 1446 W. Adams st., headquarters of District Council NO. 14, but Wallace is in Florida. Other officials of the union were questioned by Capt. McCormick, who said:
"There is no doubt that this shooting resulted from internal troubles in the union. Youngblood is not only business agent for Local N. 147, but is chairman of the business agents - sixteen of them in Council No. 14. As such, he is in a 'hot spot'.
"A meeting of the business agents was scheduled for 11 a.m. today at headquarters, and it's possible somebody was determined to keep him from attending. On the other hand, one official expressed an opinion that outside gangsters are trying to 'muscle in' to the painters' union."

Dungan was the sixth person whose murders within the past eight years were attributed to painters' union troubles. Youngblood has a police record that includes a robbery term in Joliet." [source #24]



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. [source #24]

HAS WOMAN TROUBLE --- WITH 3 WOMEN
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..... [source #24] (this is the same date as the above story - c. 1930?)

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