Grundy County, Illinois
W. L. Barnett, of Chicago, Kills His Wife Near Mazon, Illinois - Put Two Bullets In Her Brain
Morris, Illinois, October 5. -- Word was received here about 6 o’clock from Mazon, a small town about ten miles from here, stating that a murder had been committed there and asking for the Sheriff and Coroner. W. L. Barnett, a mount stout 35 years of age, shot and killed his wife about 5:30 p. m. today at the home of her mother. Barnett is employed in an electrical concern in Chicago and lives there with his wife. She came to visit her mother who lives about four miles northwest of Mazon about a week ago and today Barnett came down from Chicago arriving at Mazon about 3 o’clock this afternoon and hired a team to drive to his mother-in-law’s where his wife was. She was alone in the house at the time with the exception of her aunt and a colored domestic. He went immediately to his wife and shot her twice both bullets taking effect in the brain, killing her instantly. He then attempted to kill himself by firing two shots into his own body, but failed, and after having set fire to the house he walked to the pond near by and tried to drown himself, but did not succeed. Farm hand saw the flames and extinguished them, and they noticed Barnett crawling back to the house. He was taken care of and brought into the house and a guard placed over him. They have been married four or five years and have two children, the eldest of whom is about 3 years old, and the youngest about three months. The direct cause of the deed is not known, but it is said that his wife deserted him about a month ago. The family of the murdered woman are well known and highly spoken of in this vicinity. [Tuesday, October 6, 1891, Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill) Volume: XX Issue: 196 Page: 3, Transcribed by: Frances Cooley]
John FLODIN, a bachelor 30 years old, is missing at Joliet and it is feared he has met with foul play as he always carried money with [Source: Grundy County Sentinel, Jan 7, 1901 - Sub. by Debby Volpe]
Clyde McCloskey escaped from Grundy county jail. Arrested as suspect here (Chicago). Will be returned. [The Day Book.(Chicago, Ill.) , February 23, 1914]
Disturbance on the Canal
Mr. W. D. McDonald of Morris, Grundy Co., a canal contractor and respectable citizen of that place, was attacked some time last week by the hands that had been in his employ. It seems that Mr. McD. fell short by a considerable amount of having funds enough at the late estimate to pay his workmen and they seized him, threatening to take his life if he did not pay them. He was confined in a shantee for several days without any means afforded him of complying with their demands. Gen. Fry, with his accustomed promptness, onhearing of the disturbance immediately repaired to the scene of difficulty, succeeded in effecting a compromise between the parties and then discharged from the line all the workmen engaged in the affair. – Joliet Signal. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, May 15, 1846]
3 Bank Robbers Wounded in Fight
Mazon, Illinois, Dentist With Rifle is An Effective member of Posse
Two Men With Booty Escape
Five Yeggmen Get $1,200 by Dynamiting Coal City State Bank and Battle Follows In Another Town – Much Shooting
Joliet, Illinois, April 8 – Three men were shot, one fatally, in a fight at Mazon, Illinois, following the robbery of the Bank of Coal City, Illinois, by five masked yeggmen, who fled with $1,200. Three wounded men were later arrested at Verona, Illinois. The three wounded men deny that they participated in the robbery, but the police at Morris, Illinois, where they were taken, are holding them on the robbery charge. The five yeggmen entered Coal City at midnight, bound and gagged W. Srye, an electrician, and John Gippo, the night watchman at the bank, and dynamited and looted the bank’s safe. At 1:30 they boarded a south bound Santa Fe Train, and the authorities at Mazon, Illinois were notified.
Dentist Aids Marshal
Dr. E. D. Watts, a dentist of Mazon, who participated in the battle with robbers, tells a thrilling story of the fight at Mazon. He was at the Mazon railway station with Eugene Miller, a night watchman, when word came from Coal City that the bandits were approaching on a Santa Fe Train. Watts got a repeating rifle and Miller two revolvers,and they summoned several other men to their assistance. As soon as the Coal City train stopped, said Watts, five men leaped off and fled into some shrubbery at the side of the tack. Watts and Miller discovered three of them and called on them to surrender, when the three opened fire. The fire was returned and 25 shots were exchanged. The train started again and the five men leaped back on it and distanced the posse. The Mazon posse notified Sheriff Steele at Morris and he organized another posse, which pressed several automobiles into service and started down the road paralleling the Santa Fe tracks to meet the train. The posse met the train this side of Verona and opened fire on several black figures on top of the cars.
Three Wounded Men Found
At Verona the train stopped and Sheriff Steele searched the cars. In an empty box car he found the three wounded men. They offered no resistance and were taken to jail at Morris. It is believed two bandits, with the $1,200 loot, leaped off the train outside of Verona. The three prisoners are mere boys. They gave their names as John Hovatski,22; Roman Tomazewski, 20, and Joseph Krolik, 19, and said they all lived in Chicago. [Friday, April 8, 1910, Belleville News Democrat (Belleville, IIl) Volume: 55 Issue: 81 Page: Five, Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
Mystery At Braceville
Body of a Man Found—Foul Play Is Suspected
Braceville, Illinois, September 10. -- The body of a man was discovered last night two miles south of here. From all appearances it looks to be a case of murder. The body was covered with brush and dirt when found. Near the body was a pair of boy’s pants. The body had probably been there two or three weeks. It is thought that the unfortunate stranger is W. A. Wells, who got a package out the express office here on August 14. The wrapper of the same package was found near the body. A boy was with him at that time and the pants correspond with those that the boy wore. Wells was a peddler and might have been murdered by tramps. The coroner took charge of the remains today. [Monday, September 11, 1893, Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.) Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
Inquiry In Deaths Of Brothers Stalemated
Braceville, Illinois, November 12. -- Sheriff Irvin Kay of Grundy County reported the investigation into the unusual deaths of Oscar and Victory Peterson at their separate farm homes was at a standstill today while pathologist in Chicago made an examination of the vital organs. Dr. William McNally of the Rush Medical School in Chicago said his report on the examination of the organs would not be available until Wednesday. [Sunday, November 13, 1938, Morning Star (Rockford, Ill) Page: 7, Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
KILLS SWEETHEART AND SELF.
Wealthy Chicago Board of Trade Operator Was Jealous.
After mortally wounding Miss Jennie Page, aged 20, of Pontiac, Albert Tweeth, aged 20, formerly of Morris, said to be a wealthy Board of Trade operator, ended his own life. The shooting occurred in the parlor of the Kaiserhof hotel in Chicago. It is believed to have been caused by jealousy. Tweeth came to Chicago six months ago. He became infatuated with Miss Page and lavished expensive jewels upon her. When the girl's body was found more than $800 worth of jewelry was found upon her person. Miss Page had been infatuated with a circus performer, it is alleged that Tweeth became jealous because the woman pawned some of the jewels which he gave her, and gave the money to the rival. [The Ashton Gazette 3 May 1906; Sub. by Pam Geyer, who adds this Note: Mr. Tweeth is buried at West Lisbon Lutheran Cemetery, Kendall County, Illinois]
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