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Washington County, Illinois
Executions

 
Executions in Washington County
 
from : Before The Needles
by : Rob Gallagher
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CURRY, William       Male - for Murder - by Hanging on September 27, 1862
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DAVIS, Tom       Black Male - for Murder & Robbery - by Hanging on May 14, 1892
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DICKERSON, Henry       Black Male - for Murder & Robbery - by Hanging on May 14, 1892
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newspaper clippings
unknown date, from
The Nashville News
Nashville, Illinois
courtesy of Kathyrn Todd
Picture of Richview Murder Victim Found
photograph of Marcus Deitsch
Marcus "Mike" Deitsch
        One of the events recorded in the Washington County history issued in connection with the Illinois Sesquicentennial was the brutal murder of a Richview resident on December 26, 1891. The victim was Mike Deitsh, who made his home with Mr. and Mrs. James Newcomb of Old Town and peddled merchandise out of four suitcases with which he took off each Monday morning, returning home on Saturday.
      Noah Newcomb, then six years old, now a resident of Ashley, still remembers what happened to his parents' boarder. Deitsh had gone to the Richview Bank, apparently to deposit the cash receipts of the week, but the bank was closed. Two colored residents of Richview, Tom Davis and Henry Dickerson, were walking home with him in the evening when they reached a lonely spot and attacked him, beating him with clubs and taking his money.
      When they got back to town they feared Deitsh might not be dead and would recover and give them deep trouble, so they went back. Deitsh had revived and was crwling on hands and knees, so they cut his throat.
      The knife was found in the weeds near the murder scene and was identified as one sold by a Richview storekeeper. He recalled the purchaser and the latter said he sold it to another Richview resident. This man had traded it to one of the negroes and this led to the questioning that resulted in the murderers' confession.
      Constable John Newcomb arrested the negroes and the money was found in a glass jar under the floor in the home of one of the negroes. The two were hanged May 14, 1892, in the courthouse yard here.
      Mrs. Paul Briggs, daughter of Noah Newcomb, brought us the above picture of Deitsh, which her father has saved for all these years and which will be presented to the Washington County Historical Society.
      It will be noticed that the picture has deteriorated with age.
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photo of ticket to execution in 1892
This ticket admits the Bearer,
Wm. Lane,
to the Execution of Henry Dickerson and Thos.
Davis at Nashville, Illinois,
Saturday, May 14th, 1892, 10o'clock a. m.,
for the murder of Marcus Deitsch, Dec. 26, 1891.
           D. M. White
Not Transferable                 Sheriff of Washington County
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      The new Washington County Historical Museum will be privleged to display an actual ticket to the only that ever took place in Washington county. The ticket was found by Bill Seyler, building contractor who recently became a resident of Nashville with his mother the former Bertha Gorman, among some relics saved by his father, the late Roy Seyler.
      The two men executed had been found guilty of the murder of Marcus Deitsch, an itinerant peddler, who was murdered in the Richview area.
      the execution was carried out on a scaffold in the courtyard.

 

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