Crawford County, Illinois
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Reni Cardot, a young man about 20 years old, who was in Robinson visiting his sister, Mrs. Nathan Hall was shot at the Big Four depot last Thursday by Leander Walls, a colored man, from lawrenceville, and now lies at the home of his brother in law, with but slight hopes of recovery.  Leander Walls was at once arrested and committed to jail.  [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois) 25 Jan 1900]

Geo. W. Ford, of Crawford county, charged with poisoning his wife, was tried in the Richland Circuit Court, and acquitted.
[The Newton Press, (Jasper County, IL) Thursday, Nov. 25, 1875]

William Forsyth, the murderer of Robert Ashmore, in Crawford county, Ills. in 1855, is to be executed on the 29th inst. He is sixty years of age.  [The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Ind), January 14, 1858]

Crawford County is full of horse thieves. On Thursday night the 11th inst, two horses were stolen from the barn of Peter Henry, living six miles northwest of Robinson. A reward of $175 is offered for the horses and thieves, but we haven't a description of either.
[The Newton Press, (Jasper County, IL) Thursday, Nov. 25, 1875]

A big sensation has been created at the little town of Moren, Crawford County, by some citizens finding a lot of goods concealed in a barn that were supposed to have been burned some time last spring when a store building was consumed by the fiery element. Patrick Seamy is the man! The community sympathized with him and thought Pat had met with a great misfortune, but they congratulated him when reminded that there was considerable insurance on the stock that was supposed to have been burned. To make a long story short Pat had set fire to the building himself, hid the goods in order to have them left and get the insurance, too. Fortunately, however, the insurance company had not yet paid off the policy. Pat has lit out for parts unknown.
[The Newton Press, (Jasper County, IL) Oct. 7, 1875]


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