A Slick Rogue Signs Farmers Names to Checks and Gets Money
Rock Falls: Royal Coy and F. H. Gever and, perhaps others, are out between fourteen and fifteen dollars each by cashing forged checks Wednesday night, presented by a stranger, giving the name of Miller. The one cashed by Mr. Coy had the name of George Fields, while the one Mr. Geyer cashed had the name of Hermon Sturtz on it, Mr. Fields was interviewed last evening. He said that while he was loading a car of hogs Tuesday to take to Chicago, a good looking appearing stranger came to the car and said his name was Miller, and he had a large farm near Dixon and was looking up three-year old colts to put on the place next year, and asked Mr. Fields if he had any to sell. Mr. Fields showed him the ones he had with him and said he had a lot more at home on his farm west of town. The man said he would be there in two days to look at them. After this the gentleman assisted him in weighing the hogs and in other work around the car and went away. Mr. Fields stayed at home. The day appointed for him to come and see the colts, but no man came. Last night he was much surprised to learn that the man had obtained money over his forged signature and skipped out. Who he is, is a mystery. [Sterling Standard, December 11, 1896]
Stabbing - Father and Son
Father: James H. and Cager Benjamin Bailey his son
As a result of a stabbing affair which took place at the home of James H. Bailey, one and one-fourth miles east of this city, last Thursday evening, shortly after six o'clock, his son Cager Bailey, a young man of nearly thirty years, is confined to his bed at the Mansion House in this city suffering from several knife wounds received at the hands of his father, who was indicted by the grand jury last Saturday and who is now confined in the county jail. The trouble, which is generally regretted, was the result of a family conversation which took place directly after supper on the eventful evening. The young man came to this city for medical aid as soon as possible, Dr. C. N. Hazelton, assisted by Dr. C. J. Pearson, attending to his wants. It was found that he was stabbed three times, one wound over the heart being seven- eighths of an inch long; one under the right clavicle, two inches long, and the other in the right shoulder, seven-eighths of an inch long. He also received a bad cut on the left hand and one under the right ear, the left side of his nose being bruised. The marks on his coat and body however show that an attempt was made to stab him nine times. He arrived at the doctor's office about seven o'clock and was very weak from loss of blood which spurted from the wounds on account of the arteries being severed. Had the cut over the heart been a trifle straighter and deeper it would have killed him instantly. He is improving rapidly at present and if he does not have a relapse it is expected that he will be out of doors next week. Believing that an authentic account of the affair will be of interest, we give below the accounts of the struggle as told the Sentinel reporter by Mr. Bailey and his son.
Mr. Bailey's Statement: I live on the Sam Thomas place, about one and one-fourth miles east of Morrison, on the Sterling road. All of us went to Morrison that day and my wife said that she wanted to go home at four o'clock. We arrived about 4:30 p. m. and I did what chores I was able to do while my wife got supper. I had just about finished eating when Cager came home and got up from the table about a minute after he sat down. I then went to the pantry and got my pan, in which I keep bandages and other things with which to dress my limb, and placed it by the stove. After that I went out to get some coal, and when I came in my wife asked me if I was going to build a fire in the sitting room, and I said no, and that no fire would be built unless she or Cager did it. I then began to fix the bandages on my leg and placed my pocket knife on the stove hearth, later using it to cut the bandages. By that time Cager was through his supper and came around the end of the stove and stood by the window, and after a little while, said: "Pa seems to be a little offended at something!" and I said, "Yes, I am offended pretty bad." He then said "I don't see why, unless it is on account of the insurance policy" (which Cager had had made in his mother's name). I said, "You know what the matter is," and he then drew back his arm as if to strike, and I reached to get my knife from the stove and told him that if he hit me I would stick my knife in him if I could. Cager then said, "I'm going to have you arrested and put in jail for drawing a knife on me." With an oath he said that I had no business there, anyhow and picking up a chair said "I'm going to kill you." His mother asked him to put it down because I was crippled enough now, and from that time on I did not speak about striking him. Cager put down the chair and then raised it again, but my wife persuaded him to again put it down. I was still sitting in my chair by the stove when he says, with an oath, "I'm going to kill you, anyway," and by the time I got up he had raised another chair. I had my knife in my hand and my wife stood between us when Cager struck me down with the chair. She was hit also, and I think I fell on her just before Cage began to choke me. When I felt his fingers around by throat I began to cut him, but as soon as he let go I had no more desire to cut him. His revolver, with one bullet in, laid on the floor when he got up. He always carries one, but I don't know whether he tried to use it or not. Cager went out and came back after a while, then left for town, I think.
Cager Bailey's Statement: I went home that evening and said to mother that I was almost too late for supper, and she said yes. I took off my overcoat, washed, and then sat down to supper. Father was about through eating then and looked angry. He got up and set his chair by the north end of the stove and by the time I got through supper he had brought in a hod of coal. Mother asked him if he was going to build a fire in the sitting room and he said no, and that there would be no fire unless someone else built it. I then stepped to the window, west of the stove, near father's chair. Father began to dress his leg and cut the bandages off with his knife. I looked at him, and he looked cross, and I said, "Who insulted you today?" Father said that there had been enough carried on in his house to insult anybody. He looked at me and said, "You know what I mean," and I said, "Pa, that is all right, but if it had been another man I'd hit him." He put his knife over my heart and said, "Hit me if you dare," and then he took it away. I passed by him then; he was sitting down all this time, and mother told me what he meant, It made me almost crazy, and as he took his knife out of his pocket, I said, "Don't come at me with that knife, or I'll hit you with a chair," Mother ran in between us and when he came at me I raised the chair up and knocked him down, but not clear to the floor. I then held him and mother took the chair away and tried to pull me away also. The next thing I knew he had stabbed twice, and when he stabbed me the third time, it being in the right shoulder, I made up my mind that I had to protect myself, and I knocked off the next blow with my left hand which was cut some. I then grabbed him by the throat with my left hand and held him off until I got to the door, and then went over to Harry Anspach's about thirty-five rods distance, and called him out and told him that father had stabbed me two or three times. He didn't want to go alone, and so got his brother- in-law and came on after me, overtaking me in the front yard. Father came out of the kitchen when we got in the yard, and Mr. Anspach asked him what he had been trying to do, and father said, "Come in and see." He started and I followed, and when we got in father was sitting in the same chair and mother was standing by the table washing her hand, which had been cut. She said that two fingers of her right hand were nearly cut off. I then told mother to get ready, as I had to go to a doctor, and then I went to the barn to hitch up; I was not able to do it alone, so Anspach's brother-in-law helped me. We took the horse and buggy up to the house and in about two minutes mother came out and Mr. Anspach helped her in and we drove to Adam Kornhaus' where I went in and told them about it. Mother and my little sister, Agnes, who was with us, stayed at Mr. Kornhaus' and he and I went to Wm. Dillenbeck's. Mr. Kornhaus asked Mr. Dillenbeck to go to his home and stay until he returned, and we then drove to Dr. Hazelton's office where my wounds were dressed. [The Whiteside Sentinel 13 Jan 1898 Front pg.; Contributed by Marcia Sibley]
~~ James H. Bailey of Morrison, James Morrisey of Sterling, and Charles Hinkley of Tampico, having served their sentence in the county jail, were released by Sheriff Fuller, yesterday morning. [The Whiteside Sentinel 5 May 1898 Front pg]
The case of H.B. Boyer of Tampico, charged with shooting Thomas Merideth last Thursday was dismissed before Justice Caine in Tampico yesterday. States Attorney Stager, the prosecuting attorney, after hearing the evidence, said that there was no grounds for a case and asked the court to dismiss it. The Trial attracted much attention, and was held in a vacant store room. Mr. Boyer will not enter a suit against Mr. Meridith for assault and battery. It is rumored that another case may be brought against Boyer. [April 6, 1901]
OBEYS MOTHER'S ORDERS TO SHOOT
Illinois Boy Acts on Parent's Advice and Kills Well-Known Politician -- THOUGHT HE WAS A BURGLAR
Woman Had Been Made Nervous by Numerous Robberies Committed in the Vicinity and Was in Dread of Being Attacked.
Sterling, Ill., special: Harvey Conaway, a well-known contractor and politician of Coleta, Whiteside county, was shot and instantly killed Sunday morning at. 12:30 o'clock by Charles Herrick, 14 years of age. The shooting is of a peculiar nature and has caused tremendous excitement in the county. Sunday morning at about 12 o'clock or later Mr. Conaway went to the ice house of Hugh Shannon, in Coleta, and in company with William Geesey secured a cake of ice. Mrs. W. H. Herrick, who lives In a flat twenty feet from the ice house, imagined that robbers were entering or leaving the Shannon store, and securing a double-barreled shotgun she gave it to her son and advised him to shoot at the intruder, but told him to aim low.
Boy's Aim is True.
The boy shot, discharging the contents of both barrels in the back of Conaway on the right side, boring a hole through five ribs and tearing the lung and liver. Conaway fell forward with a cry and in an instant was dead. Five hours after the shooting Mrs. Herrick was notified of the result and she has since been prostrated. She takes the blame upon herself for the act of her son. Mrs. Herrick has been extremely nervous over numerous robberies that have been committed in this vicinity and she lived in constant fear that an attempt would be made to rob Mr. Shannon's store.
Never Sought Office.
Mr. Conway has been a resident of Coleta for about half a century and has been prominently identified with politics in his home town and Whiteside county, although he never sought office for himself. He was widely known throughout this section of the county. The coroner's inquest was held Sunday afternoon and the case is being thoroughly sifted by State's Attorney H. H. Waite, it being necessary to adjourn the inquest. Neither Mrs. Herrick nor her son has been arrested. Mrs. Herrick is a prominent church woman and is liked by the entire community. What action the authorities will take is not known. [Bureau County Tribune, Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, Friday, August 11, 1905, p. 2]
FACES GRAND JURY - Sterling woman was arrested by Sterling police late Saturday and charged with driving while intoxicated and transporting liquor with the seal broken. Lena Pearl Brown, 404 Woodburn Ave., was bound over to the grand jury by Justice Frank W. Eberhardt Sr. Unable to post $500 bond, she was taken to the county jail. [Sterling Gazette 06 March 1956- Contributed by Georgi DiBartolo]
Wild Auto Chase
Police arrested three area youths here Friday after a wild chase on the First Avenue Bridge and in the downtown Sterling district. The three were Melvin G. Burger Rt. 1 Rock Falls; Warner Baxter 711 10th Avenue Rock Falls and James Anspach Sterling. Burger was bound to a grand jury on a reckless driving charge: Baxter was fined $10 after he pleaded guilty of disorderly conduct and Anspach's case was continued after he pleased not guilty to reckless driving. Police said they started chasing the trio when they saw two cars racing across the bridge into Rock Falls. (Dixon Evening Telegraph 24 February 1951)
The Crump service station on East Fourth street at Nineteenth avenue and Watson's service station on East Fourth Street and Twelfth avenue were broken into Friday night, but little loot was obtained. At the Crump station, entrance was gained by breaking a hole in a window on the west side and lifting the latch. The safe was considerably damaged. The combination was broken-off and the pins were taken out of the hinges. A screw driver, knife and a few other tools owned by Mr. Crump were used. Failing to get into the safe the robbers took some cigars, cigarettes and candy. Entrance to Watson's station was made in a similar manner. A fountain pen and a few pennies in the change were taken. The police investigated but were unable to find any clues. [Sterling Gazette 12 February 1938]
Charles Deets was fined $2 and costs by Justice Weaver Tuesday [07/04/1911] for assaulting Deiterick Reents. Reents, it appears, made a slanderous remark regarding Mrs. Deets, whereupon the irate husband gave him all that was coming to him. Reents swore out a warrant and the fine followed. Mr. Deets states that he is not yet through with the matter and will appeal it to the city court. ([Daily Gazette - 05 July 1911; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
Elsie Deets was fined $3 on assault chages. The complainant was Miss Elizabeth McGrath. [Sterling Gazette, 03 February 1923; Sub. by Larry Reynolds]
Henry Deets, who resides south of Rock Falls, and Frank Zouskie, an employee of the Dixon cement works, got soused here last night. They were arrested by police and this morning both were fined three dollars and costs. Deets paid his fine, but the other fellow was without funds and he will board out his fine. (Contributed by Larry Reynolds) [Sterling Daily Gazette 22 April 1910]
Murder or Not?
State's Attorney L.L. Winn, of Whiteside county said today that Lyle Dingman, 31, Prophetstown veterinarian was being held in technical custody of Sheriff Roy Crook after he had changed his story of events surrounding the mysterious death of his 28 year old wife early Sunday. Winn said Dingman had admitted he had quarreled with hiswife in the bedroom of their home, after both had been drinking for several hours and that she fell over a bed and out an open window. At an inquest Monday, Dingman testified he had found his wife's body, fully-clothes except for shoes, when he went out into the yard Sunday morning. At the inquest he said he could ascribe no motive for her death. The inquest was to be resumed today, having been continued pending a report by Dr. W.H. Palmer, Rockford patholigist who analyzed the contents of the woman's stomach. The prosecutor said a lie detector was used yesterday in questioning Dingman, who accompanied officers to his home for an inspection of the grounds where his wife's body was found. Later, Winn stated, Dingman volunteered to tell his story to the prosecutor and Deputy Sheriff Charles Westendorf. Dingman's latest version of events leading to his wife's death were told by Winn. He said the Dingmans had been drinking at a tavern Saturday night. Before leaving the place about 2 a.m. two unidentified friends of the couple said they would follow them home. Dingman, however, when driving home turned on to a side road to evade the pursuing machine. When they reached home they went to their bedroom and continued drinking. A car drove up to the house and when his wife wanted to respond to the knock on the door, he protested. He turned off the lights in the bedroom and attempted to prevent his wife from going downstairs. A quarrel followed and Mrs. Dingman fell backwards over a bed and out an open window to the ground 14 feet below. Dingman went downstairs and into the yard calling for his wife but when he did not get a response he returned to the house and retired. He discovered his wife's body when he went into the yard Sunday morning. Funeral services for Mrs. Dingman were to be held today. She was married to Dingman in 1930. [From the Freeport Journal Standard 22 March 1939] [The case went to the jury on April 28, 1939 and he was convicted of manslaughter on April 29th. Various reports continued while the case was being appealed and he was out on bond during this time. Finally on November 2, 1940 the charges were dropped. The prosecutor admitted there was a lack of evidence. Mr. Dingman was a free man... Laura is buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown.. Lyle Dingman is the son of Richard G. & Martha Dingman of Prophetstown. Lyle is on the 1930 Census living on Market with hi parents. His father is also a Veterinarian in Prophetstown.]
Two Rock Falls men are being held here (Elkhorn, Wisconsin) in connection to swindling farmers in Lee County and others in a five state area, of $10,000 to $20,000. Charles H. Dooley 31 and Charles W. Helsey, 23 are being questioned by Walworth sheriffs officers in connection with passing bad checks to farmers for produce. The Swindle is believed to have been worked on farmers near Dixon and Rock Island; Maquoketa and Muscatine IA; Ft. Atkinson WI; and in Indian and Michigan. A Walworth county farmer whom they alledegedly bilked for $410 spotted their trucks on Rt 51 near Beloit Saturday night and called authorities. The trucks were loaded with potatoes and cabbage which authorities charged had been purchased from farmers near Plainfield and Almond Wisc., with bad checks for $470 and $600. FBI agents have been called in to determine whether the two men have violated federal laws in the alledged check passing spree. The two also will face fraudulent checks in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas according to sheriff's men. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 28 October 1952]
~~ Sheriff Charles Redebaugh said today he is attempting to implicate two men held in Elkhorn Wisconsin with recent fraudulent checks passed in Lee County. The two held in custody for similar check charges are Charles Dooley and Charles Helsey both of Rock Falls. [27 October 1952]
~~ Charles Helsey, Rock Falls, being held in an Elkhorn Wisc. jail on fraudulent check charges, signed a confession yesterday that he passed four bogus checks in Lee County. The checks totaled $278.06. Sheriff Charles Redebaugh and Chief Fred Tyne were in Elkhorn yesterday for the questioning. [30 October 1952]
Dick Eberley and Charles Robinson were arrested Friday night by local officers on a charge of driving a car through Central park from the east to the west. This morning Eberley paid a fine of $25 and costs to Justice O.P. Castendyck. He took the entire blame for the prank. [Sterling Gazette 06 July 1936 - Contributed by Georgi DiBartolo]
Thomas Fletcher of Morrison was much relieved Monday evening to have returned to him by Joseph Port of Genesee avenue a grip containing silverware, jewelry and a number of valuable papers, which were stolen from the home of his sister, Mrs. Phebe Stapleton where he resides. Mrs. Stapleton is absent from the city and Mr. Fletcher did not discover his loss until Sunday evening. A search of the house failed to reveal that anything else had been disturbed, although a partially opened window and the fact that the front door had been tampered iwth showed that an intruder had been there. The grip with its contents intact was found by Mr. Port Saturday night, lying in the road in front of the John Renkes home on Portland avenue where it was evidently either lost or thrown from a car by someone who feared detection. Mr. Port held the grip over Monday thinking that an ad in the paper might furnish a clue to the owner. None appearing he opened the grip and found documents with Mr. Fletcher's name, which established its ownership. Mr. and Mrs. Port at once took the grip to the home, and as they approached heard Mr. Fletcher telling his tale of woe to a friend over the telephone. Needless to say he was greatly relieved at its return. [Daily Gazette Sterling June 25, 1931]
Paul Flynn, aged 13 years, of near Coleta, who was arrested on two warrants charging larceny, was given a hearing before Judge Mitchell Monday [02/23/1931] afternoon. He was bound over to the action of the grand jury under bonds in the amount of $1,500 each. Being unable to furnish bonds he was returned to the county jail at Morrison. The young man was arrested at the home of relatives in Fairbury, Neb., and Deputy Sheriff Roy Crook went to Fairbury and brought him back here Saturday [02/21/1931] evening. George Heide of Coleta testified as to the loss of a shot gun by theft, and J. C. Cartwright of Coleta testified as to the loss of some shot gun shells, three watches and about $2 from a small bank. The men signed the complaints against the young Flynn. State's Attorney V. A. Bell prosecuted the case. He is carrying on an investigation which it is expected will be far reaching before the matter is finally settled. (Sterling Daily Gazette 24 February 1931; Contributed by Larry Reynolds)
ROBINSON CAR STOLEN
Branding the story told by Guy Freas regarding how he came to be in possession of the T. E. Robinson Ford sedan, five miles east of Rochelle early Sunday [12/26/1920] morning, as a wild fairy tale, and after both he and State's Attorney R. W. Besse had given Freas ample opportunity to tell all the facts regarding the matter, Judge I. L. Weaver bound Freas over to the action of the grand jury under $3,000 bonds, in the preliminary trial held in his court on Monday afternoon. Until noon today he had been unable to furnish bond. On Christmas night the T. E. Robinson sedan was left near the moose Hall on West Third street by his son, Revoe Robinson, who was attending the dance. When he went to get the car about 12 o'clock it was gone. Phone calls were put in to the surrounding towns giving a description of the car and the police at Rochelle remembered the car had just passed thru that city. The sheriff was summoned and a car was secured from the garage and started in pursuit. The sedan was overtaken about five miles east of Rochelle, the pursuit car passing around the sedan and blocking the way. Freas was driving the sedan. He was taken back to Rochelle and lodged in jail and the police here were notified. Mr. Robinson and son went to Rochelle and secured their car on Sunday and on Monday G. Haglock went to Rochelle and brot Freas back for trial. When he appeared in court he asked for a continuance in order that he might secure several persons whom he named, whereby he could prove that he was about the city until after midnight, and that it would have been impossible for him to have stolen the car. Judge Weaver stated that he would continue with the case and that if Freas could show where a continuance was necessary he would grant it. When asked how he came to be in possession of the car Freas stated that on Christmas night he had gone to Dixon with a party of young men in an Oldsmobile. He had known the young men, who were from Dixon, for three or four years, but did not know the names of any of them. He met t hem in a local restaurant and said he would ride t o Dixon with them, which he claims he did. He asked that Chester Edwards, night clerk at the Sterling Inn, be placed in the stand to prove that he was in the hotel after midnight and that he had informed Mr. Edwards that he was going to Chicago on an early train. This Mr. Edwards stated was a fact. After arriving in Dixon he states that he went into a restaurant there and got something to eat and then went out and walked down the street in order to kill time before the train arrived. He says he noticed two cars in front of a Dixon hotel, one of them a Ford touring car with wire wheels and the other a sedan. Before he got to the two cars he claims that the men who were around the car ran and jumped into the touring car and drove off. He walked up and looked at the sedan and believed he recognized it as the car owned by T. E. Robinson of this city, so he says he got in it and started out after the other car, and that he never got much closer than a block of the touring card any of the time and a number of times the other car was out of sight. He said that he lost track of the other car he claimed he was pursuing at Rochelle. When asked why he didn't turn around and come back he exclaimed, "That's It." State's Attorney R. W. Besse informed him that he had given him more time than was usually given persons in his position to tell a straight story, but that if he did not wish to do so, he would be given the opportunity of telling the grand jury. Freas insisted that he was telling the truth about the matter. [Daily Gazette, 28 December 1920, Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
A SCARED FAMILY -- Villianous Hobo Threatens Fry Family
A desperate and dirty hobo, after being refused permission to remain overnight at the home of John R. Frey on the Pennington road Wednesday evening, drew a large and ugly looking revolver and threated to annihilate the entire family. The members of the family were so badly scared that they scattered in all directions, and it was several hours before they ventured to return to the house. Mr Frey, while the tramp was still flourishing the revolver, succeeded in getting into the house by a rear window, and got his shot gun. The tramp evidently knew what was going on, for when Mr. Frey appeared at the door with his gun, the tramp was making a fast line toward the north. While this part of the program was being enacted, a son of Mr. Frey hurried to the hoome of John Hoover, about a half mile south and telephoned to this city for the police. Constable Gould responded, and hurried to the scene. When he arrived, the tramp had made good his escape. Mr. Gould tracked the hobo about two miles, and lost trace of him at the Kapp school house. Here is is supposed that the tramp took to the fields, or went east to the banks of the Elkhorn. The action of the desperate hobo badly frightened the family, and they have not yet fully recovered from the shock. [Unknown newspaper/date, Contributed by Jean Portner]
C.L. Funderbergh 45, was arrested on a charge of arson today, accused of setting fire to a vacant residence and several buildings on the estate of his late father. Sheriff Boyd Kimmel quoted Funderbergh as saying he was angry because he didn't get what he considered was his share of his father's estate.His father, C.F. Funderberg, died about a year ago. The property was left in the name of his widow Mrs. Grace Funderbergh. Funderbergh had been living with a sister Mrs. Roy Blaisdell on an adjoining farm a mile east of Fenton in Whiteside County. The fire destroyed the residence and four buildings which were being remodeled for the prospective tenant. Funderbergh was held in jail unable to furnish $15,000 bond. [Sterling Daily Gazette 02 November 1948]
MRS. BEN HENDRICKS TRIES TO KIDNAP HER DAUGHTER
Mrs. Ben Hendricks of Genesee tried to kidnap her daughter, Mrs. Ida Reiglin, of Rock Falls. The people of First avenue, Sterling, were treated to a novel sight this afternoon about 2 o'clock. they saw two women in a buggy driven by one while the other was whipping the animal and making it go faster. There was quite a din caused by this affair. Both of the women were screaming as loud as they could. One to have some one stop the horse and the other to let it go faster as her cuts on the animal's back testified. The mayor of the city, A. J. Platt, happened near the city hall at this time and he rushed out heroically and stopped the mad career of the horse. He is said to have been in great personal danger to his honor. J. P. Overholser, head of the department of safety and public health hove in sight at this time with the assistance of Samuel Wetzel and the others, the ladies were quieted somewhat and alighted to the ground while the rig was taken to a feed shed. The older woman was loud in her denunciation of her daughter, and the girl sobbed as though her heart would break, but bent on having her own way. The two were German and it was somewhat difficult for one to understand the cause of the racket they made on the street. Mr. Henry Cassens came along at this juncture and between them all the following facts were brought out: The woman was Mrs. Ben Hendricks of Genesee. She is the mother of this comely daughter, nineteen years of age, named Ida, who had been working in the city here for some time. She had met and loved a Mr. Reiglin of Rock Falls and a week or two ago the couple obtained a marriage license and were married. The old folks knew nothing o the affair at all until a few days ago. Then the fun began. The old folks were very much offended at the elopement and were not going to stand it. A separation was talked of by the parents, unknown to the girl and her loving husband, who have been living a blissful married life for a few weeks. It would seem by the talk that this afternoon the old lady had evil designs in her eye and started at once to put the ideas into tangible shape. It was to kidnap her daughter and take her home where the worst was yet to come. The mother went to the home of her daughter and making loving remarks to her, inveigled her into getting in the buggy, to come to Sterling to buy her something. The daughter fell to the soft words of her mother and slicked up a bit and went with her parents. They came to Sterling and instead of stopping as she was told they would by the mother the horse was put into action and attempts made to get out of town to take the girl back to the farm. Now the girl had no intention of going back to the farm and leaving her husband alone for there would be no one to get his supper tonight when he came back from the factory, and there she rebelled. Her ire arose and she took the lines from her mother and attempted to hold the horse back while the mother with all the strength in he put the “bud” to the old nag and here is where the mayor of Sterling came into prominence and hung on to the horse, although endangered of being trampled upon by the animal. The matter was adjusted by the mother going back with the married daughter to her home in Rock Falls and talking over the situation in a cool fashion. The girl is of course over eighteen years of age and can get married if she so chooses, and it is thought all will be right and the girl will be at home tonight to get her hubby's supper just the same as usual. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Daily Gazette 15 July 1915]
Fred Hendricks, of East Fifth street, east of 19th avenue, Sterling, was arrested for probation violation. [Sterling Gazette 7 Jun 1930]
Harrison S. Hendricks was bound over to the action of the April grand jury Saturday morning under $1,500 bond, which he furnished. He was charged with keeping for sale, selling and disposing of intoxicating liquor in violation of the prohibition law. He was given a preliminary hearing before Judge H. J. Folkers. The police have been watching the Hendricks home, which is located on Miller street, for some time past. Friday evening Officers Ben Reel and F. J. Hemminger were at a place of vantage near the house when a taxi drove up and Swan Erickson got out and went into the house. He came out shortly afterwards and got in the taxi and just at that time the officers ran up to the taxi, Erickson threw a quart bottle of moonshine out of the car, but the officers saw him throw it and got it out of the mud where it landed. The bottle was not broken and on account of it landing in the mud the neck of the bottle was filled with mud and the moonshine did not run out. Erickson testified in court Saturday morning that he purchased the liquor of Hendricks for $4 and told of throwing the bottle away. [Sterling Gazette 25 March 1922; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
William House & C. Varner Charged
Wm. House and C. Varner, Both of Sterling, To Be Returned for Trial: William House, 22 and C. Varner, 17 both of Sterling, charged with stealing two motorcycles, one in Morrison and one in Sterling, have been apprehended in Crown Point, Ind., through the efforts Sheriff P.A. Whitney. The two young men, it is said, have agreed to return here to face charges against them without requisition papers. Deputy Sheriff Johnson has gone to the Indiana city to bring the two arrested men back to the county. House and Varner one day last week went to Morrison and approached a young man by the name of Lyon relative to the purchase of the latter’s motorcycle. After dickering for some time two Sterling men, Mr. Lyon left them and went into the house. Shortly afterwards he returned to get his motorcycle and it had disappeared. He notified the officers at Morrison, stating that he suspected the two Sterling men. On the night of the same day a motorcycle belonging to Oscar R. Capp was stolen from his home and clues led to the suspicion of William House as the guilty culprit. It was learned the two young men, who were suspected of the motorcycle belonging to Oscar R. go to an Indiana city to accept employment in a factory and messages were sent out by Sheriff Whitney to the officers of several cities in Indiana asking that they be on the lookout for the two young men on the machines. Wednesday a telegram was received from Crown Point, Ind., stating that House and Varner were in custody and were being held for the Whiteside county sheriff. [Sterling Daily Gazette, 30 June 1921; Contributed by Georgi DeBartolo]
Harry G. Howe, age 26, was charged Saturday with reckless driving. (Sterling Gazette 22 May 1930; Contributed by Larry Reynolds)
Keith Hubbard, 17, of Como in Whiteside County was being held in the Lee County jail today while an investigation was under way covering the automobile tire thefts in Dixon which have been reported since August 5th. At noon today the sheriff's office reported that Hubbard had admitted having taken not less than 17 tires from cars in Dixon since the early part of August, many of the thefts not having been reported. In many cases he stole them from the trunks, dismounted the tires and threw the wheels in ditches along the road between Dixon and Sterling while in some cases the wheels were thrown into the Elkhorn creek. Hubbard was taken into custody by the Whiteside County sheriffs office Sunday when it was reported that he was dealing in "hot" tires. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 01 October 1945]
It all started when grocer Clyde Huggins of Albany told Eugene Runyan he had no cigarettes to sell him. Then, Sheriff Charles Westendorf related, Runyan became violently angry, was expelled by Runyan, from the store and later fired a shotgun blast through a window in Huggins home. Runyan, 22, was held in county jail on a charge of malicious behavior. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 10 July 1945]
Suffers a Guilty Conscience - Raymond Hurless
Suffering from a guilty conscience, causing him much discomfort, Raymond Hurless returned to Sterling Saturday [05/08/1920] morning and threw himself upon the mercy of the court after roaming about the country for nearly a week to avoid arrest on a charge of stealing chickens, he being implicated with Roy W. Barker in the looting of the hen roost of Mrs. Nellie Schroeder of near Sterling on last Saturday night. Hurless was arraigned before Judge Weaver Saturday morning where he told a straightforeward story of the stealing of the chickens, the sale of them to the Reitzell poultry house, the cashing of the checks in payment for them by Roy Barker and of the subsequent division of the proceeds. Hurless also admitted that another hen roost was robbed on the same night by Barker and himself. After hearing the young man's story, Judge Weaver bound him over to the action of the October grand jury, fixing the bail at $1,500.
According to Hurless' story, he was approached by Barker on last Saturday afternoon with a proposition to steal some chickens at the home of Mrs. Nellie Schroeder. Agreeing to the proposal, Hurless procured the automobile of his father and in company with Barker went to the Schroeder farm and stole a coop of chickens. From the Schroeder home they went to another nearby farm where another lot of chickens were appropriated. Returning to Sterling, the two coops of chickens, Hurless states, were placed in the Reitzell barn, which Barker had rented for the keeping of his horses and wagon. On Monday morning, Hurless says, he employed Arthur Burrows to drive to the barn and haul the two coops of chickens to the Reitzell poultry house, where they were disposed of, receiving three checks. One of these checks, amounting to about $6, he said, was made payable to him. This check he admits cashing himself. The other two checks, for $78.44 and $1.70, according to Hurless, were made out to Fred Barker. He states that the reason he failed to have them issued to Barker's correct name — Roy — was due to the fact that he really did not know his first name and thought "Fred" would serve the purpose. The two checks, totaling $80.14, were turned over to Barker, who in turn cashed them at the bank, Hurless states, and a divvy, 50-50, was made.
On Monday evening Hurless says that he was approached by Barker and informed that the police were wise and that he had better get out of town. Barker gave him $5, he said, and told him to "beat it." "I left on the 8:18 train and went to Ames, Iowa.” Hurless states. "that night my conscience began to hurt me and I couldn't sleep. The whole thing has been on my mind constantly and I don't know when I ever felt so uneasy. I finally decided to unburden myself and return to Sterling and fix things up the best way I can. This is the first time I was ever in a scrape like this and it's going to be the last. If I can fix everything with the people from whom the chickens were stolen and with the Reitzell poultry house I am willing to do it." Hurless' story is quite in contrast with the tale told by Barker in Judge Weaver's court on last Tuesday when he so stoutly denied any knowledge of the theft of the chickens and of having anything to do with the money obtained from the sale of the fowls. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, May 8, 1920, page 1, column 1; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
Adon Johnson was fined $17.50 at Fulton on a charge of speeding through the streets of that city on Sunday evening. [Sterling Gazette 04 Oct. 1921; Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen)
The Murder of 5 year old Warren Paul Snyder
Warren Paul Snyder was a congenial boy with a captivating smile, well-known and well-loved in the small river community of Fulton, Illinois, in which his family had deep roots that dated back nearly one-hundred years. At five years old, Warren was the youngest of the four children of Earl and Helen Snyder. Sister, Joan, 16, and brothers, both members of Fulton’s Boy Scout troop, Gregg, 14, and Clif, 12, were all old enough to be in school on November 3, 1941. Not unlike most young children, Warren had some boundaries, but he was allowed to go to the corner of his own block at lunchtime to visit with the student-crossing guard. When lunchtime was over, the crossing-guard went back into school. A local businessman driving by the corner, noticed a tall young man casually talking with Warren, but didn’t think much about it - after all, Fulton is a town where people tend to know each other, and are wont to stop and chat. [unknown newspaper, c. Oct/Nov 1941]
IOWA EX-CONVICT ADMITS KILLING BOY WITH RAZOR
Trapped by Pencil, Tells Improper Advances.
Fulton, Ill., Nov 4 – Two splintered pieces of pencil that fitted together perfectly today trapped the slayer of Warren Paul Snyder, 5 years old, whose body was found last night after a hunt in which half the populace of this city participated. An ex-convict, Leo Jordan, 23, of Fulton, who had spent all but eight years of his life in Iowa correctional institutions, confessed that he slashed the boy’s throat with a razor blade yesterday afternoon. He said he had made an improper suggestion to the child and killed him in the fear that he would tell. Jordan, who was released from Anamosa, Ia., reformatory last Aug. 11, maintained vigorously during several hours of questioning that he had nothing to do with the crime, although he and the boy had been seen together.
Tell-Tale Clue Beside Body: Then police confronted him with a broken piece of pencil found beside the child’s body. Quickly they searched the ex-convict and found in his pocket a short length of pencil, also broken. Jordan paled and trembled as they put the broken ends together and found that they fitted exactly. Then he admitted the killing. Jordan said he was standing at a street corner about 1 p.m. yesterday, waiting to ride to his work in Clinton, Ia., across the Mississippi river from here, when he noticed the Snyder boy playing nearby. He talked to him and finally induced him to walk to a wooded lot where he cut his throat and left him to die.
When word was circulated that the boy was missing, hundreds of townsmen joined county officers and Boy Scouts in a prolonged search. A Boy Scout found the body.
Transferred for Safe Keeping: Following the confession, feeling ran so high against Jordan that Sheriff Roy Crook removed him to an undisclosed place for safekeeping. Only two weeks ago Jordan was arrested on a rape charge involving a young girl, but was exonerated. His long police record began with his entrance to the state juvenile home at Toledo, Ia., in 1926, as an incorrigible. Two years later he was transferred to the Boys’ Training school at Eldora, Ia., where he remained 10 years, during which time he escaped and was recaptured several times. Within six months of his release from Eldora, he was committed to the state reformatory at Alamosa, Ia., on a five year sentence for attempt to break and enter. He was released on August 11 of this year on a good behavior credit. (unknown Fulton paper Nov 4, 1941; Contributed by Corkey Waite & Clifton Snyder)
Alleged Slayer Indicted
Morrison, Ill., Nov 8: Leo Jordan, 23, a surly ex-convict, faced a five count murder indictment today for the confessed razor blade slaying of five year-old Warren Snyder of Fulton Monday. The Whiteside county grand jury, recalled in special session, deliberated less than two hours before returning the indictment yesterday. Judge A. J. Scheineman ordered the prisoner held without bail at the Oregon, Ill., jail where he had been moved as a precautionary measure against possible violence. (Edwardsville Intelligencer Nov 8, 1941)
Man Sentenced to Die
Morrison, Ill., Jan 17: Leo Jordan, 23, Fulton, confessed slayer of five year-old Warren Snyder last November 23, today was sentenced to die in the electric chair on March 14th in the Joliet State Prison. Sentence was passed by Judge J. A. Scheineman, before whom Jordan pleaded guilty last week. The convicted man was taken immediately to Joliet. (Edwardsville Intelligencer Jan 17, 1942)
Joliet, Ill., May 13; Leo Jordan, 23, who spent 15 years in correctional institutions, died in the electric chair at Joliet penitentiary early today for the murder of five-year-old Warren Snyder of Fulton. (unknown paper; May 13, 1942)
A tipoff to the Sheriff's office by a Dixon resident Friday led to the arrest of a 27 year old Amboy man and the solution to an unsolved Whiteside county theft. Robert Kenney, Amboy, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Friday and brought in for questioning by Deputy Sheriff John Stouffer in connection with a stolen wristwatch in his possession. Under questioning, Kenney admited that he had stolen the watch from the Kenneth Fulf home north of Sterling when he was repairing a furnace some time ago. He was turned over to Whiteside County late yesterday and will probably be booked in a larceny court. In 1948 Kenney served 18 months in jail for the theft of some diamond rings from an Amboy home. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 27 Sep 1952]
Tavern Operator Gets County Reprimand - A Sterling tavern operator has been reprimanded by the county liquor board after he was fined for a violation of the liquor code. Lowell King, operator of a tavern at the east edge of Sterling, was fined 50 after Sheriff Boyd Kimmel said he found liquor being consumed after the midnight closing hour. Floyd R. Black, chairman of the county board of supervisors and head of the liquor committee, announced following a meeting Monday that King had received a reprimand and warned that his license would be suspended for a second offense. The liquor board announced they had adopted a "get tough" policy against tavern owners who fail to comply with the law. [Sterling Gazette 06 March 1956- Contributed by Georgi DiBartolo]
James Linton, Sterling bricklayer, was found guilty of driving while intoxicated by a county court jury this week which fixed punishment at 10 days in jail, a $100 fine and revocation of his driving privileges for 30 days. On February 6, 1953, Mr. Linton had been arrested by state officer Herbert Spealman after his truck and one driven by Arthur Johnson of Rock Falls were involved in an accident on Route 88, south of Rock Falls. He pleaded innocent to the charge and asked for a jury trial. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 24 July 1953; From Larry Reynolds]
Emery Lounsbury, 39, Sterling is in the State Prison today, his future assured for at least the next 27 years after being sentenced to life imprisonment in Morrison yesterday as an habitual criminal by Judge Ray I. Klingbiel. The judge also sentenced the dapper ex-convict to two terms 20 - 25 years each for burglary and larceny which are to run consecutively. The best the Sterling machinst can hope for is release on parole at the end of 27 years. He was paroled from prison last year after serving a term for automobile theft. Prior to his sentencing yesterday, Lounsbury changed his original plea from innocent to guilty. Lounsbury had been indicted on 5 counts of burglary, larceny and violation of the habitual criminal act. Judge Klingbiel told Lounsbury yesterday he was unable to find a reason why a man who is a fine mechanic and electrician and able to make a good living saw fit to prey upon property of other people in Whiteside and neighboring counties. The chunky machinist who had appeared nervous at his recent arraingnment in Dixon broke into tears when Judge Klingbiel pronounced sentence. He was taken to Joliet last night by Whiteside County oficials. Lounsbury was arrested early Sept. 9 in Sterling after a tip authorities reportedly received from a jealous woman friend led them to the home of another friend Mrs. Carol MacBeth in Sterling where they recovered loot valued at more than $10,000.
Mrs. MacBeth is scheduled to stand trial before Judge Klingbiel in Morrison Nov. 8 without jury, charged with burglarly, larceny and concealing stolen property. She is free on $5,000 bond. Mrs. Velma Wallace, 28, of Sterling known as the "mystery woman" in the case has also been arrested and faces grand jury action in Bureau County, where two burglary victim have identified her as the woman who assisted Lounsbury in crimes committed there. She is free on $3,000 bond. After his capture Lounsbury told authorities of his forays in Lee, Whiteside, Bureau, Ogle and Rock Island Counties. He had admitted officials said, burglaries of the Bontz grocery, Smallwood Hardware store, Behrandts Hardware, and Considines tavern in Harman as well as the Tyclub west of Dixon. When arraigned Lounsbury pleaded Not Guilty on all charges. Ogle and Bureau Counties are undecided on their plans for prosecuting Lounsbury. Meanwhile and valuable stamp and coin collection which Lounsbury reportedly gave Mrs. MacBeth was seized yesterday by Whiteside Co. Authorities after Raymond Graham, Deer Grove tavern operator who lost $2600 in cash filed suit and received a writ of attachment for any personal property Lounsbury might possess. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 19 October 1948]
Mrs. Carol MacBeth, arrested in a raid on her home in Sterling Wednesday, pale and haggard after two sleepless nights, was removed from the Lee County jail at 10 o'clock this morning by Sheriff Boyd Kimmell of Whiteside County to be taken to the Morrison jail. It was indicated that she was to be arraigned today in Morrison where bond had been sent at $25,000 and attorney Robert Besse of Sterling had been retained to defend both the woman and Emery Loundsbury, parolee. During questioning yesterday afternoon the woman was said to have given no information which would shed any light on the series of robberies which have taken place in at least five northwest Illinois counties over a period of two years, or explain the presence of thousands of dollars worth of loot found in her home. The cache was said to be the largest ever recovered in a single raid in this section and took sheriffs from several counties to Sterling throughout yesterday who sought to identify property reported to have been stolen in the past several months. Mrs. MacBeth, former time keeper at the Green River Ordance Plant was reported to have spent two very restless and almost sleepless nights since being brought to the Lee County Jail Wednesday night to be held for Whiteside County authorities. She conversed little when questioned and her answers were said to have been evasive. She expressed a desire to talk to Loundsbury before next Tuesday it was reported. Yesterday afternoon States Attorney Morey Pires and Chief Deputy Sheriff Charles Redebaugh of Lee County went to Sterling where they conversed briefly with Loundsbury. Today Redebaugh stated that the prisoner and ex-convict talked freely of robbing four places in Harmon last April. These were the Considine Tavern where Loundsbury emphatically stated that he took no liquor, the Berhandt Hardware Store, Smallwood Implement Store and the Bontz confectionary and grocery store. All of these places he stated he robbed alone with no accomplices. He also admitted robbing the Ell road house west of Dixon on the Lincoln Highway a few weeks ago. Questioned about other robberies in Dixon and other Lee county towns he denied having been implicated in them. He is being held on $25,000 bond. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 10 September 1948]
The Illinois Supreme Court reversed the conviction of Carol MacBeth of Sterling who received a 2 to 5 year sentence on a charge of receiving stolen property. The court said it does not believe she was proved guilty as required by law. She was sentenced in March 1949 by the Whiteside County circuit court on charges of receiving a portable typewriter, a cash register, and a pen type tear gas gun, articles valued at $285. The supreme court said the articles were found in her house but that evidence failed to disclose beyond a reasonable doubt she knew the property was stolen or was receiving it for her own gain. The 37 year old McBeth woman formerly was employed by the Illinois Public Aid Commission at Morrison and by the U.S. Treasury Department. The tribunal remanded the case to the lower court, leaving any further action up to that court. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 March 1950]
VISITORS BREAK THE CITY'S PEACE RECORD
Prophetstown's record as a peaceful hamlet was shattered twice during the week-end. Old John Barleycorn was responsible in both cases and in both cases the stimulant brought outsiders into conflict with sober, peaceful local citizens and landed the offenders in Justice A.C. Sturtevant's court.
Saturday evening Edison Mathis, Hooppole young man, created a disturbance in the foyer of the Town Theatre and was taken in tow by Policeman Rex Lawrence. He was smoking in the foyer and when requested to desist by Manager Kermit Reinboth he left the building. Kermit went to the auditorium to check on the heat and upon his return found Mathis again smoking in the foyer. Requested a second time to put his cigar away or to do his smoking outside, he refused to do so and became aggressive with the result that Officer Lawrence was called. in makin his exit from the lobby Mathis swung the door so violently that glass on the bottom of the ticket booth wa broken. Taken before Justice Sturtevant he plead guilty to a disorderly charge and was fined $10 and costs, also agreeing to pay whatever sum the repairs to the theatre amount to.
Sunday Evening just after Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Urick and Mr. and Mrs. M.P. Brewer arrived home from a visit with the latters son Buel at the Moline hospital the second disturbance occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Urick had left the rewers at their home and drove down Washington Street to Short Street where Jess turned left to park in front of their flat. A car was coming behind the Urick car and when the Uricks alighted from their machine a man called from the other car, which had stopped, and asked Jess where in ---- he learned to drive a car. With a record of 24 years' driving without an accident, Jess thought this was an undeserved reflection on his ability as a drive and he rtorted with a "who in -- wants to know?". Immediately four men were disgorged from the other car and one of them proceeded to interrogate Jess more closely and seized the front of his clothing. Seeing three others coming, Jess went into a clinch and the two went down on the bricks. Jess lit underneath, but turned his opponent and sat astride him when the others arrived. Upon their promise to take care of their friend, he let him up. Mr. and Mrs. Urick retired to the entry of their flat and started to close the door. One of the men stuck his head in the doorway and blamed Mr. Urick for the trouble, embellishinghis remarks with a name which propmted Jess to reply with a back-handed slap. The other two men joined in and the melee was resumed in the entry with Mrs. Urick assistingher husband. City Marshall Ralph Sibley was called and broke up the party, ordering three of the men to proceed to the city jail. When they demurred and wanted to argue the matter Ralph pulled his trusty "Hog-leg" and they accompanied him to the lockup without further protest. Taken before Justice A.C. Sturtevant, they gave their names as George Aschenbrenner, the principal contended, Eugene Brooks and James Allen all of Dixon. A fourth member of the part took no part except as a peacemaker and was not arrested. Each of the trio was fined $10 and costs, making a total of $11.40, which they paid. After the hearing the young men admitted that among them they had consumed a pint of hard liquor and its potency was responsible for their predicament. [Prophetstown Echo January 26, 1938]
Floyd Maxwell was fined Thursday $25 and costs for speeding in Coleta. - [Sterling Gazette, 22 May 1924; Sub. by Larry Reynolds]
Larry McCray, 41, formerly employed by Weeks Fuel Corp, left with his family last winter and moved to Nebraska. He was a W. P. A. worker. He was beaten to death and robbed of $12 in Lincoln, Neb., about 10 days ago. He leaves a widow and several small children. [Sterling Gazette 27 June 1938; From Larry Reynolds]
Forrest Miller and Mason Hacker are being held by police officers as suspects in the theft of an automobile at Polo (Ogle County) last Wednesday evening. Miller was taken into custody by Sheriff Shiley and held at Mt. Carroll from where he will be taken to Oregon for the preliminary hearing. Hacker was taken directly to the jail in Oregon. The automobile was stolen at Polo and was driven to a spot just outside the city where it was stripped of its accessories. It is said that a spotlight belonging to the car was found in Miller's possession when he was arrested. Hacker, who is on parole at the present time as a result of some trouble last summer lives with his parents on a farm in Whiteside county. [Thomson Review 24 Sep 1931]
City Employee Is Fined After Row
Omer Morrow, an employee of the City Street Department, was fined five dollars and cost Saturday on a charge of using profane language on a public street. A warrant was served on Mr. Morrow after Mrs. William Ritenour had signed a complaint against him. She was the principle witness against him at a hearing before Justice of the Peace Robert W. Lockhart. The complaint was signed after an incident which occurred near the Ritenour home in North Fulton last week. The Ritenours had complained that the street near their home needed attention. Mayor Hill instructed Mr. Morrow to dump a load of road rock on the street. Mrs. Ritenour testified that she was walking across the yard at her home while Mr. Morrow was working in the street and that he called to her and said " I don't think this damn street is any worse than the rest of them" or some such remark. Mr. Morrow entered a plea of not guilty, but after considerable testimony had been taken he was found guilty and given a minimum fine possible under the terms of the City's ordinances. He objected to the costs of more than five dollars in addition to the fine and informed by Justice Lockhart that he could have an itemized statement of the costs. [Unknown newspaper, c. 1952; Contributed by Bonnie Pillers ]
Gene Munz, 24, Route 2, Sterling and Homer Pearson 25, 604 11th Ave. Rock Falls, reported to police at 12:15 a.m. Sunday they had been beaten up on the 300 block of first street. Munz was bruised about the face while Pearson suffered several deep cuts on the face and head. Officers Steinberg, Chapman and Kelcher accompanied the men to KSB hospital where their wounds were dressed. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 20 Jun 1947]
The lurid tale of being taken for a ride by a cousin and two women companions, drugged, robbed and left unconscious by the highway east of Morrison, as told to Sheriff Kelly Friday [08/22/1930] morning by James O'Day, last of East Moline, has been substantiated. The bill fold, which O'Day claimed contained $175 in cash and valuable papers, was found Friday by Ross Bogott, who is employed by the Smaltz brothers' plumbing firm, back of the Smaltz garage on Portland avenue. The case was missing, but a note and other papers connected it up with the story which the one-armed young man told to the officials of his experiences of Thursday night. O'Day went back to East Moline Friday hoping to obtain through California relatives, some clue to the whereabouts of the faithless cousin, Pat O'Hara, who hailed from Los Angeles. The bill fold and contents were turned over to the officers, who mailed it to O'Day at East Moline. The locality where the pocketbook was found would indicate that the holdup party might have gone out on Route 3.(Contributed by Larry Reynolds) [Sterling Gazette 25 August 1930]
B. R. Olmstead of Prophetstown was arrested for driving under the influence Wednesday [03/18/1931] evening with A. G. Thompson at the Rock Island Arsenal. [Sterling Daily Gazette - March 20, 1931; Contributed by Larry Reynolds)
Lloyd Olson of Lanark and Albert Mundt of Sterling were released from the county jail Saturday after having served 30 days on charges of drunken driving. [Sterling Gazette 24 January 1938]
Joe O'Neil Murder Trial
Joseph O'Neil was executed in the courtyard of the county jail in Mount Carroll for his crime of murder. Seriff George P. Sutton erected the scaffold just north of the old courthouse and the yard was enclosed in a temporary fence. Roofs of nearby buildings and houses "were black with people" determined to see the execution. When the trap was sprung one of two triggers failed to respond but the sheriff sprang it with his foot and the hanging went ahead. O'Neil came near escaping from jail. He removed a flagstone from the run outside his cell and worked each night tunneling under the floor using his bare hands and later a tin cup. The dirt was put in a pillow case and carried to his cell for hiding under the bed. The sheriff reportedly discovered dirt trickling from under the bed only one day before the prisoner would have emerged outside the wall and escaped.
This case came up from Whiteside county on a change of venue. Jos. O'Neil and his brother, Tommy, a dwarf, were indicted for the murder of a man named Rexford, in September, or October, 1872. The murder occurred at a house on an island in the Mississippi river below Fulton. The crime grew out of jealousy over a woman. A newspaper reported there was a house of prostitution on the island. On the day of the murder, the O'Neils got a boat and rowed to Clinton, Iowa, bringing Rexford back to the island on the pretext that he was needed to do some painting. Rexford had just commenced work when he was assaulted with a heavy piece of wood by Joe O'Neil who crushed the victim's skull. The circumstances of the murder were extremely brutal and caused great excitement in the vicinity. The case was prosecuted by Volney Armour, Carroll county state's attorney, with D. McCartney, Whiteside county state's attorney in the April, 1873 term of court. The defense was conducted by E. F. Dutcher of Ogle County by appointment of the court. Proof of the murder was clear and certain. The Jury found both defendants guilty, and Judge Heaton sentenced Joe to be hanged and Tommy to 15 years in the state penitentiary. Tommy got a new trial and the second jury gave him 14 years. The public hanging on May 16, l873 carried out by Sheriff George P. Sutton on the courthouse lawn, Mt. Carroll Was the first and last public execution to take place in the county. Just before the hanging the sheriff thwarted an escape plan. O'Neil had burrowed under the jail almost to freedom. One legend was that the Catholic priests who attended O'Neil and prepared him for death cursed the two poplar trees north of the courthouse where the hanging took place so that they failed to leaf out and later were cut down. The historian who recorded the event said a more likely story is that the trees being on the north side of the courthouse hadn't leaved out yet because of the cold, hard winter but would if they had been given a few weeks more time for the ground to thaw. O'Neil's remains were taken to Clinton, Iowa and buried there. [Source: A Goodly Heritage Carroll County
A. Potts was fined $5 and costs yesterday by Judge W.A. Stoeckle on a charge of being intoxicated. he was arrested by the local police. [Sterling Gazette 31 Dec 1928]
ALBERT ROSENBUSH MYSTERY
ROSENBUSH EFFECTS FOUND UNDER CABIN
Receipts books and other articles reported to have been the property of Albert Rosenbush, cattle buyer, who was well known in the vicinity of Dixon, and who is believed to have been murdered near Sterling early in the spring of 1939, have been recovered. Sterling police, while searching a cabin along Rock River where articles taken by a gang of boys from that city from cars recently, made the discovery Tuesday. The effects were found beneath the floor of the cabin which at the time of Rosenbush's disappearance, had been occupied by a suspect who was questioned about the stock buyer's death and later released. Rosenbush was reported to have stayed in the cabin during his operations in Sterling. He disappeared in April 1939, and later an arm and parts of a leg were found on the gratings of one of the dams at Sterling. Many persons were questioned but no evidence was uncovered as to whom might have killed him and dismembered the body. The crime is one of Whiteside counties unsolved mysteries. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 1 May 1947]
L. A. Seloover, Dixon was bound over to the Whiteside County grand jury yesterday by Justice R.W.E. Mitchell Sterling, on a charge of drunken driving, and released under $500 bond after being picked up by two state highway police officers Tuesday night at the edge of Sterling. Hobart Johnson, Sterling, who was with Seloover at the time was fined $50 and costs on a charge of being drunk on the highways. The two men were picked up by officers William Hamilton and George Kiner at the east edge of Sterling where they waited for them after receiving a radio call from Dixon. [Sterling Gazette 8 Jul 1944 from Sue Nesland]
CHARGED WITH MURDER - Miss Maude Shirk who made her home in Morrison during her childhood was held to the grand jury in Chicago last Thursday charged with the killing of Felix Rachbauer, wooer and business partner of her sister Mrs. Pearl M. Pein in the Dells at Niles Center Road House west of Evanston. The two sisters Mrs. Pein and Mis Ruth Shirk in company with Mr Rachbauer spent several days in Morrison visiting relatives and friends and attending the fair. The woman fired ostensibly to save her sister from Mr. Rachbauer's wrath aroused by Mrs. Pein's order to stop gambling in the roadhouse. He was shot three times through the breast. [The Thomson Review 2 September 1922]
Miss Alice Smith, aged 19 years, daughter of Mrs. Sadie Smith of East Third street, Rock Falls, disappeared from her home at an early hour this morning and has not been found. The family began searching for the girl along the canal after they had been to a fortune teller, who told them she had wandered to the canal. It was reported that Miss Smith was fully dressed when she left home and took a suit case with her. Chief of Police A.E. Berlin of Rock Falls was notified of the girl's disappearance and investigated the case. No reason for her disappearance is given by the family, who are very anxious to learn of her whereabouts. [Sterling Daily Gazette 24 June 1931]
Silas Stern, of Morrison, was turned over to Jackson County authorities Tuesday morning by Sheriff A. E. Hamilton to face a charge of confidence game. [Daily Gazette Sterling January 25, 1938]
Robert Stutler Murders Wife in Neighbors Home
Morrison, September 5 (1944): Robert Stutler, 44, East Lynn, who shot and fatally wounded his wife and then shot himself at 8:15 p.m. Sunday at a neighbors home, was bound over to the Whiteside County grand jury on a murder charge. At an inquest into the death of Mrs. Stutler, called by Dr. C.M. Frye of Rock Falls, Whiteside county coroner, the jury returned a verdict of death as a result of gunshot wounds and recommended that Stutler be bound over to the Grand Jury and charged with the murder of his wife. Stutler who suffered serious face wounds in the shooting, is in "fair" condition at the Morrison hospital. According to witnesses, Stutler went into the residence of Harry Laurence, a short distance of East Lynn and found his wife standing in the kitchen. He fired at once and the shot struck Mrs. Stutler in the chest. Laurence who was in the room at the time the shooting occurred, told authorities he ran upstairs after Stutler had fired the shots at his wife. After Stutler left the house, Laurence said he went to the home of a neighbor and telephone police. Meanwhile Stutler returned to his home in East Lynn and called the office of Whiteside County Sheriff Charles Westendorf and reported " I went over to kill my wife and I did it ". When authorities arrived at the Stutler home, they found Mr. Stutler lying on the floor he had apparently fired three charges from the shotgun, police officers said. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 05 September 1944]
Harry Terpenny, the Coleta man who got into trouble in Dixon for shoplifting, Friday [01/26/1900] afternoon at 4:30 o’clock pleaded guilty to one of the indictments against him and was sentenced by Judge Crabtree to the penitentiary for and indefinite term. The specific charge to which the man pleaded guilty was that of stealing twelve yards of silk, valued at $2 a yard, from the store of Mrs. Anna Gelsenheimer in Dixon last October. The man was also indicted for burglary, but this case was dismissed by States Attorney Brewster, upon the confession of the other crime. Terpenny was mixed up with the woman, Alma Alton, who was a short time ago brought back to Dixon from Chicago, on the charge of shoplifting. It is said that the two had a [line unreadable] city, which was fixed up at the expense of not less than $2000 since the pair left Dixon last October. The woman was caught by the Dixon officials without trouble, but Terpenny had escaped. He was finally found in an Indiana town and brought home. Arriving in Dixon Terpenny broke down and did a tall lot of crying. His parents in Coleta were sent for and have been with him all week. W. H. A. Renner of Mt. Carroll was secured as his attorney and on Friday morning he made a desperate effort to have the case continued until Monday morning. This the judge refused to do. The woman in the case appeared before the judge this morning and gave bonds for $1800 to appear at the April term of court. The case has attracted a good deal of interest in this vicinity. Terpenny comes from an excellent family in Coleta. [The Daily Gazette, 27 January 1900; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
Russell Tilman, 34, Coleta IL, was fined $10 and costs by Justice Lawrence E. Boos after he pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct Friday. Tilman was arrested by Sgt. Earl Kelchner and officer Edward Trotter following a complaint from the O'Malley Service Station that Tilman was intoxicated and a nuisance. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 11 November 1954]
C.E. TRUMP Arrested -- FACES TROUBLE FOR SELLING SIX MORTGAGED CARS
C. E. Trump of Superior Motor Car Co. Is In Serious Financial Tangle.
Charges of selling six new automobiles, against which mortgages totaling $7,200 are held, will likely be faced by C.E. Trump of the Superior Motor Car company in case he is apprehended. Mr. Trump left Sterling a week ago last Monday and it is generally believed that he has made his getaway, fearing prosecution, although his wife is of the opinion that he has met with foul play. Last October Mr. Trump obtained six new Oldsmobile automobiles, for which he has been the agent in Sterling. Shortly afterwards he obtained a loan of $7,200 for these cars, a chattel mortgage being given on them as security. Investigation following his continued absence from the city has revealed that all of the six cars, which were mortgaged, had been sold without the knowledge of the mortgagee. None of the purchasers were informed of the mortgage against the car, each believing they were buying a clear title to the machines. The last two of the mortgaged cars were sold in Chicago last week by Mr. Trump, who took them to the city, together with an Overland. The cars were valued at $5,000 and it is understood that all three of them were sold for $2,100. These cars were driven to Chicago last Monday, Mr. Trump being accompanied by his wife, Wilber Hoover and George Hunt. Mrs. Trump remained in the city with her husband until Tuesday evening when she returned to Sterling, expecting her husband to follow in a day or two. She went to the home of her Mother in Tampico and on last Saturday when she had heard nothing from her husband, she became worried and came to sterling to ascertain if any of the employees of the Superior Motor Car company had heard from him. Finding that no word had been received from him there, Mrs. Trump, accompanied by Wilbur Hoover, an employee of the Superior company, went to Chicago Tuesday to see if anything could be learned of her husband’s whereabouts. They went to the hotel at which she and Mr. Trump had stopped the week previous and there it was learned that he had checked out of the hotel on the same day that she had returned to Sterling. Mr. Trump had checked his handbag at the check room of the hotel just before his wife left the hotel to come home and inquiry there disclosed that he had not returned to obtain the bag. Identifying the property, it was turned over to her. She examined the contents of the traveling bag and noted that none of the contents had been disturbed. Mrs. Trump returned to Sterling that night firm in the belief that her husband had met foul play by thugs and robbed him of the large sum of money which he had on his person. There are those however, who believe that Mr. Trump has mad good his getaway, knowing that his illegal deals would soon come forward and his arrest was inevitable. There are many angles to the financial tangle, all of which surely will come to light as legal proceedings are instituted in efforts to straighten out the mix-up. [Sterling Daily Gazette 1 April 1921, 30 June 1921, 2 November 1921; Contributed by Georgi DeBartolo: Mrs. Amy Irene (Brown) Trump was the daughter of Willis L. Brown & Minnie Lorette Badgley]
TRUMP, ARRESTED IN N.Y., WILL BE RETURNED HERE
Furniture Sent To Fugitive By Wife Gives Clue Leading To Arrest
C. E. Trump, under indictment for confidence game and disposing of chattel mortgaged property, who has been a fugitive from justice for the last three and one-half months, has been apprehended in Owego, Tioga county, New York, where he is being held pending the arrival of Sheriff P.A. Whitney, of Morrison, who has started to that city. Petition has been made to Governor Small for requisition papers upon the Governor of New York for permission to bring Mr. Trump back to Whiteside county to face charges preferred against him. Mr. Trump, who conducted the Superior Motor Car company in Sterling and acted as sales agent of Oldsmobile automobiles, is alleged to have sold six new automobiles, against which mortgages totaling $7,200 are held. In October of last year, Mr. Trump obtained six new automobiles at his place of business in this city. Shortly afterwards he obtained a loan of $7,200 on those cars, a chattel mortgage being given on them as security.
Sells Mortgaged Cars: About the middle of last March, just before the note he had given became due, Mr. Trump left the city. Investigation following his continued absence from the city revealed that all of the six cars which were mortgaged had been sold by Mr. Trump without the knowledge or consent of the mortgagee. None of the purchasers were informed of the mortgage against the car, each believing they were buying a clear title to the machines. It was learned that the last two of the six mortgaged cars were sold in Chicago the week previous to his getaway from here. The two mortgaged cars, together with a used Overland, said to be worth about $5,000, it is reported, were sold for $2,100. At the time of his departure from Sterling, an air of mystery was lent to the case by the belief advanced by his wife that he had met with foul play in Chicago and had been robbed of the large sum of money which he had on his person. There were few, however, who held to this supposition, most believing that Mr. Trump had improved his opportunity to make his getaway knowing that the illegal deals would soon come to light and that his arrest was inevitable.
Tampico Clue Leads to Arrest: A clue that led to the arrest of Mr. Trump was obtained in Tampico a week ago last Thursday night when an official of that village saw a large moving van from Clinton, Ia., back up to the home of Mrs. Trump in Tampico, at which time the van was loaded with furniture. The moving van returned for another load of furniture on the following Saturday night. The conversation overheard by the village official led him to suspect that the goods were being prepared for shipment to Mr. Trump. Shortly after the furniture had been transported to Clinton, Ia., it was learned that Mrs. Trump had left Tampico.
Goods Billed to Owego, N.Y.: As the result of the Tampico official’s aroused suspicions, the sheriff’s office at Morrison an investigation. Deputy Sheriff Berry went to the freight depot in Clinton and ascertained that the furniture and household goods had been billed in the name of the moving company to Owego, N.Y. Firm in the belief that the furniture was being sent to Mr. Trump at that city, Sheriff Whitney telegraphed the officials there explaining the charges against Mr. Trump and asked them to watch for the arrival of the shipment of furniture and if Mr. Trump should call to claim the goods to place him under arrest. Three days later a telegram came to Sheriff Whitney announcing that Mr. Trump was under arrest and was being held pending the action of the local officers. This message indicated Mr. Trump would return to Whiteside county to face the charges preferred against him without requisition papers and added that the accused man admitted everything.
Ask Requisition Papers: State’s Attorney R.W. Bessee, who has co-operated with Sheriff Whitney in the apprehension of the fugitive, however, did not desire to take any chances of Mr. Trump changing his mind about returning here without the requisition papers and petition were made to Governor Small the first of this week for the papers. Sheriff Whitney left on Wednesday for Springfield to obtain the requisition papers and from there he will proceed to Owego, N.Y. to present the papers to the governor of New York. No trouble is expected in having the chief-executive of the Empire state honor the requisition. A warrant will be issued for the extradition of Mr. Trump and in all likelihood the accused man will be returned to Whiteside county by the latter part of this week. Three true bills, including seven counts, were returned against Mr. Trump by the grand jury at the April term of court. The indictments are for perpetrating a confidence game and for disposing of chattel mortgaged property. Conviction on any count carries a penalty of from one to ten years imprisonment.
NOT GUILTY IS VERDICT OF JURY
Clayton E. Trump Is Cleared of Charge of Confidence Game In Court
After being out less than an hour the jury returned a verdict of not guilty in the trial of Clayton E. Trump on a charge of confidence game. The case was a hard fought one and the trial took three days. Trump is still under $6,000 bonds on two indictments of the grand jury on the charge of selling chattel mortgages. The defense contended that there had been no confidence game in connection with the transactions between Mr. Trump and the First National Bank and that the bank had full knowledge of everything that was going on. The defense pointed out to the jury and court that to prove confidence game there must be a swindle in connection with the obtaining of the money and that in this case there had been no swindle. According to the defense, Mr. Trump had secured the money from the bank, the amount being in the neighborhood of $7,200 and had given a mortgage on the cars, they being the only thing he had to give the mortgage on. In order to pay off the mortgage he would have to sell the cars and there had been a number of bills of sale introduces as evidence to show that Trump had the sanction of the bank to sell the cars, and that he did business with the bank for several months after the offense of confidence game, is alleged to have been committed. The drop in the price of automobiles was claimed to have been the cause of Mr. Trump’s failure and some of the cars brought less than what was paid for them and he finally lost out entirely.
A woman who law enforcement officials of this area refer to as "Velma Wallace" has been questioned in connection with a series of burglaries and two unsolved murders in this area, it was revealed today. Taken to the crime detection bureau in Chicago yesterday, she refused to submit to a lie detector test Chief Deputy Sheriff Willard Buright of Oregon stated this morning. Velma and Emery Lounsbury were taken to Chicago by Sheriff Boyd Kimmell where they were questioned in connection with the Mary Jane Reed and Stanley Skridka double murders near Oregon last June. The Wallace woman was reported to have appeared in the picture prior to the raid on the home of Carol MacBeth. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 September 1948]
Clyde Wells of this city was bound over to the action of the grand jury on a charge of driving while intoxicated and taken to the county jail. He was arrested Sunday evening at 8 p.m. by Hwy Officers Mahan and Flack, following an accident with a car driven by Malcom Rice. The accident occurred on the Lincoln highway just west of this city. Sam Henwood, a passenger in the Wells car was fined $5 and costs on a charge of being intoxicated on the highway. The hearing was before Justice R.W.E. Mitchell. State's Attorney L.L. Winn prosecuted. No one was injured but both cars were damaged. [Sterling Gazette 24 January 1938]
Barney Wetzel was charged with larceny on Monday. He is accused of taking fixtures from a garage he had rented from Charles F. Brandt. [Sterling Gazette,12 August 1930; Sub. by Larry Reynolds]
The visit of Harry Winters to the home of his affianced wife, Leona Boyce, nee Beghtod, and the consequent celebration including buying beer in a pail in the Wallace lodge lead to the incarcation of Winters in the city jail with a $15 fine for disturbing the peace. Henry Hanson a brother in law of the Boyce woman swore out the warrant for Winters who was brought into Justice Weaver's court with blood oozing from a bad cut across the first two fingers of the right hand and a wound in the right cheek both caused by a butcher knife. Winters says that the Boyce woman cut him on the hand with a butcher knife while they were scuffling. The woman left Chief Haglock, swearing she was going home and lick her brother in law. [Daily Gazette - 11 March 1912; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
Andy and Chris. Yeakle were fined $3 and costs each on Monday, by Justice Smith, for pounding another young man during a spree in which a keg or two of beer cut a large figure. [Sterling Standard 26 Sep 1883 - contributed by Sue Nesland]
Sterling, Rock Falls and Fulton all figured in raids on liquor law violations made Saturday [08/31/1929] night, closing the month of August with a successful effort to tighten law enforcement in Whiteside county. Three men and one woman were arrested and taken to the county jail at Morrison by Sheriff Jerry W. Kelly and his deputies, who conducted the raids, with the assistance of Sterling and Rock Falls police. The following were arrested on charges of violating the liquor laws: Clifford Curley, of Fulton; Mrs. Etta Bruns, 501 Third avenue, Rock Falls; Ray Hurless, 407 Wallace street, Sterling, and Guy Jones, 609 Avenue L, Sterling. Pearl Williamson of Rock Falls, apprehended by the raiding party at the Burns home, managed to escape. Several parties presumed to be liquor customers were found at the Hurless place were not arrested. In all of the places raided evidence of liquor law violation had been previously reported to the sheriff's office by investigators who were working on the cases, and in the course of the raid further evidence was secured in the form of alcohol and intoxicants of various kinds, which were added to the considerable quantity already stored in the county jail storerooms. On the basis of evidence secured by investigators, State's Attorney Vincent A. Bell filed informations in the county court and capiases for all the men who were apprehended were issued by County Clerk Joseph Mann, on order of Judge O. M. Grove of Mt. Carroll, county judge of Carroll county, who was called by County Clerk Mann at the request of State's Attorney Bell. A capias is the same as an indictment, and with these and search warrants, the raiding parties were prepared to meet any argument as to their legal right to search the premises they raided. The bail of each person arrested was fixed at $2,000 by Judge Grove.
Fulton Raid Made First: Sheriff Kelly and Deputies Louis W. Harrison and Martin Bielema of Morrison started the night's work about 8 o'clock by going to the bungalow of Clifford Curley, a mile and a half north of Fulton on the west side of the Thomson road, said to have been a beer joint. Curley evidently had a hunch that a raid was impending when he saw the car approaching, and started to destroy evidence. The raid was a â€œdry haulâ€ as far as any stock of liquor was obtained, but the officers reported evidence of recent destruction of intoxicants. Mrs. Curley was at home at the time and demurred against furnishing a light for the officers to search the premises. The sheriff and his Morrison deputies then came to Sterling-Rock Falls. Sheriff Kelly, Deputy Charles C. Siddles, Chief Albert E. Berlin and Officer George Frye of Rock Falls and Chief Curtis Bucher and Officer Soren Hansen of Sterling went to the residence of Mrs. Etta Bruns in Rock Falls at 10 o'clcok, and found the place dark. Deputy Sheriff Harrison and Chief Bucher then went to the Hurless place on Wallace street in Sterling, where they were joined by Chief Berlin and Officer Frye. At the same time, shortly after 10 o'clock, Deputy Sheriffs Siddles and Biejema and Officer Hansen went to the Guy Jones place on Avenue L. Sheriff Kelly went from the Hurless place to the Jones place in time to take part in both raids.
Find Liquor Under Walk: The sheriff and the officers first named then returned to the Bruns place in Rock Falls about 11:30 o'clock. It was still dark, but they saw, by the use of flash lights, that it was occupied, and when Sheriff Kelly rapped on the door, Pearl Williamson, who lives there, let him in. The search warrant and capias were read and no resistance was offered. Williamson was in his night clothes and began to dress, which gave him an opportunity to apparently hunt about for his clothes. While doing so, he dodged through a door into another room and escaped, probably through a window. A new place for hiding liquor was found by the officers at the Bruns home. A cement walk leads from the rear door, and under the walk a cache was hollowed out in which the searchers found a gallon can of sugar alcohol and six half-pint bottles of alcohol. Weeds along the walk helped conceal the hiding place. Mrs. Burns was arrested on a warrant charging her with possession of intoxicating liquor. The residence is rented in her name.
Find Men at Hurless Place: At the Ray Hurless place Deputy Harrison rapped on the front door while Chief Bucher guarded the back door. As the door was not opened, Deputy Harrison forced an entrance. Half a dozen men were in the place but they piled out windows and any way to get out, the officers being intent on securing Hurless. Sheriff Kelly and Officers Berlin and Frye arrived a few minutes after the first two, having come over from the first Rock Falls visit, and they stopped a man with a load of watermelons, who said he was from Harmon, as he was backing his car away, but they let him go as he was not intoxicated. Judging from their activity in getting away, none of the men in the place were drunk. While efforts had evidently been made by Hurless to destroy evidence, a pitcher still containing a little wine was found, the main contents having been dumped out of a window, judging from the smell of the wet grass. Wine glasses were found on a table and two pint bottles of moonshine and one pint of alcohol were found in the yard, apparently having been thrown from a window.
Find Booze at Jones Place: It was at the Guy Jones place that most of the capured liquor was found. No resistance was offered to the raiding party, though Mrs. Jones was inclined to argue with Sheriff Kelly when he arrived with Chief Berlin and Officer Frye of Rock Falls soon after Deputy Harrison and Chief Bucher had entered the place. The officers are inclined to think that Jones had a few minutes warning of the raid, as they found indications of efforts having been made to conceal evidence of liquor possession. The haul at the Jones place reported by the officers consisted of four gallon jugs of moonshine and synthetic wine, some full and some partly emptied, two pint bottles of alcohol, two one-half pint bottles of alcohol, two pint bottles of moonshine whisky, two other pint bottles of moonshine partly full, one pint of blackberry wine, one pasteboard carton of empty half-pint whisky bottles, four full cases of beer, 24 bottles to the case, three partly full cases of beer, and a gallon glass jug containing a quantity of uncut alcohol. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jones were up, but there were no others found there. A case against Jones, appealed to the appellate court from the April term of the Whiteside county circuit court is still pending, according to State's Attorney Bell.
Good Cooperation Shown: The raids were carried out without a mishap of any sort, with the exception of the escape of Williamson, who is still a fugitive from justice. The officers feel that they laid their plans and carried them out successfully and they are receiving many congratulations. Sheriff Kelly stated that the public little understands the difficluties in the way of a successful raid in liquor violation cases, and he believed it better not to raid at all than to meet with defeats in plans and thus encourage liquor law violators in the mistaken notion that they can continue to get by with it. State's Attorney Bell is highly pleased with the splendid cooperation shown by the sheriff's office and the police forces of Sterling and Rock Falls. He was told by Chief Bucher there are much fewer indications of bootlegging in Sterling now than there was some months ago, comparatively few cases of drunkenness being discoverable. Chief Bucher is of the opinion that drinking is noticeably on the decline here and successful raids on suspected places certainly tend to discourage those who believe there is big money to be made in the violation of the liquor laws. [The Sterling Daily Gazette, September 3, 1929, page 2, column 1; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
Rock Falls Grocery Store Held Up - Golder Pippert Robbed
A lone bandit held up a Rock Falls grocery store operator Thursday night for the second time in four days and escaped with an undetermined amount of cash. Golder Pippert, operator of the Stop and Shop Grocery told police he was alone in the store Thursday night when the bandit jabbed him in the back with what Pippert thought was a gun and said "this is a stickup". He ordered Pippert to give him the money from his cash register and also took the merchants wallet. Pippert said today he does not know how much money he gave the bandit but his wallet reportedly contained a "considerable" amounty. The merchant said the man covered his face, was tall and thin and wearing a gray jacket or sweater with a blue stripe. He was hatless. The circumstances of the robbery were were almost the same as in a holup in the store Monday. At that tiime Pippert said he lost about $560 to a bandit he described as 6 ft tall, 20-25 years old, slim, light complexion and light straight hair. He wore blue jeans and a blue sport coat. Police followed the bandits tracks in fresh snow but they disappeared a short distance away where he apparently got into a car. Official said there is little doubt the same man robbed the store both times. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 28 January 1951]
More than $1000 in fines were accessed Wednesday against operator and 13 patrons of a gambling house following a poker raid by county and local authorities. The raid was staged in the basement of the Miami Hotel Building. Fred Lang pleased guilty to being a keeper of a gambling house. Whiteside County Sheriff Boyd Kimmel, Deputies Henry Hamilton and Ed Loftus, and Sterling Chief of Police Edward Ohda staged the raid. The fines were accessed by Justice of the Peace Charles Speaker. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 10 November 1955]
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