BENTON COUNTY, INDIANA
NEWSPAPER ARTICLES


5-07-1911

MURDER MYSTERY ON FARM IN INDIANA:
FARMER CONFESSES AND SON FINDS BODY.
John Poole & Emory Poole.
Fowler, IN. has a murder mystery which may develop sensations. Joseph Kemper, a farm  hand, disappeared last December. Elmer Poole, son of John Poole, wealthy farmer, found a dismembered body in a shallow grave on his father’s farm that proved to be Kemper’s. John Poole was arrested and confessed that he accidentally killed Kemper. He says he feared public sentiment and dismembered and buried the body. Search is being made for other bodies which some think may be on the farm.



Fowler, IN. Feb.1,1898.
Lewis Atkinson, a juryman, was held up on his way home east of this city at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Atkinson was in a buggy, and overtook a man leading a horse. The man asked to ride, and when Atkinson stopped the fellow shoved a revolver in his face and demanded money. Atkinson hit him across the face with his whip, and his horse lunged forward at the same time. The highwayman fired into the rear of the top buggy, and the bullet barley missed Atkinson head. The robber’s horse this morning was located in the livery barn at Oxford, ten miles away, but the man is not to be found.

James Fisher, while threshing wheat near Richland, had his separator destroyed by dynamite, A dynamite stick had been placed in a wheat shock.
Date: July 26, 1899 Location: Indiana Paper: Indiana State Journal

FOWLER, Ind., Nov. 6---The official vote in Benton county follows: McKinley, 1,977, and Bryan, 1,531: Mount, 1,977, and Shively, 1,531; Crumpacker, 1,971, and Krueger, 1,584.
Submitted by Tam Inman

Date: 1898-01-05 Paper: Indiana State Journal Page: 4
Assuming it to be settled, as it seems to be, that James Kirby, late treasurer of Benton county, committed suicide, the case
presents the remarkable feature of a person firing three bullets into his head, of which one .made a scalp wound, another
shattered the skull and punctured the brain tissue, and the third went clear through the head. This does not show remarkable
vitality so much, as it does remarkable nerve and persistence. Each of the first two shots must have caused quite a shock, one of them a very strong one, yet the man had sufficient self-control and determination to continue firing till he accomplished his purpose The case is probably without a precedent
Submitted by Tam Inman

Date: 1914-10-14 Paper: Elkhart Daily Review Page: 3
John Bower of Benton county, progressive candidate for state treasurer, is a most successful farmer. He is a man of unusual efficiency and learning. He «is not only a success as a scientific farmer and as a business man. but he has made himself an authority on modern agriculture.
Mr. Bower has never been in politics. He is not a politician. Formerly he was a democrat.
John Bower was born in Chicago in 1860. He came of German parentage. He was reared in poverty and could not speak the English language until he was thirteen years old. At twelve years of age, .Mr. Bower came to Newton county, Indiana. After three winters' schooling he took up his life's work. At this time he owns 2.000 acres of Benton county land. His country home is a model of convenience and comfort. Mr. and Mrs. Bower have fourteen children. Their household is a high-grade industrial academy with the father and mother as the faculty.
Mr. Bower is a deep student of economic conditions and the larger problems of conservation. His idea is that a continuous prosperity can only come when the tariff is taken out of politics altogether and with the tariff the transportation problem, conservation of the soil and the rivers and drainage problems.
Mr. Bower takes his stand with the progressive party to take these vital issues out of the hands of politicians and to place them under the control of expert commissioners. All under a strong centralized efficient government.
John Bower typifies the growing and intelligent discontent among the educated farmers of the country. He offers his services to the people not as a politician now as an office-seeker but as a citizen-farmer equipped for duty by deep study and long experience, volunteering to do some of the things that the farmers and the common people want to have done.
With Mr. Bower as the candidate for treasurer of state the progressives find their ticket is greatly strengthened, especially among the
thoughtful farmers. Mr. Bower has shown not only a sincere purpose but he has proved to be practicable and effective wherever he has appeared. As indicating the character of the man. at the same time is the guardian for fifteen other children. He is exactly the kind of man who is chosen out of a community to care for the fortunes and welfare of the helpless. No better tribute could be paid to any
man.
Submitted by Tam Inman

Date: 1921_09_09 Paper: Fox Wayne News Sentinel Page: 3
TRAIN HITS AUTO; BENTON COUNTY ASSESSOR KILLED
(By United Press)
LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 9---Louis Evans, Benton county assessor, was killed instantly and his grandson, Chester Louis Evans, perhaps mortally injured when their car was struck by an eastbound Lake Erie and Western passenger train at Oxford, 25 miles from Lafayette. Witnesses said Evans drove squarely on the tracks in front of the approaching train.
Submitted by Tam Inman

Date: 1922_10_20 Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel Page: 1
TWO TAKEN FROM JAIL AND ARE SHOT TO DEATH
(By Associated Press)
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 20---Two men recently convicted of manslaughter in Benton county last February were taken from the county jail at Camden early this morning and shot to death in a vacant lot, two hundred yards from the jail.
The prisoners, Ed Hartley and his son, were held in connection with the murder of Connie Hartley, nephew of Ed Hartley.
Submitted by Tam Inman

Tuesday, May 8, 1877  Elkhart Daily Review (Elkhart, IN)  Page: 1
—Sunday week ago Mr. Matthias Krick's barn in Richmond township, Benton county, was burned including four horses, five sets harness, two reapers, four cultivators, 100 bushels oats, sixty bushels seed corn, hoes, shovels, etc. Loss $1,500.
Submitted by Tam Inman

Saturday, August 20, 1881  Paper: Elkhart Daily Review (Elkhart, IN)  Page: 2
STATE NEWS
The prairie-pigeon, a new game bird has appeared in Benton county, in large numbers.
Submitted by Tam Inman

John W. Poole Getting Tired of Jail Life.
Attorneys Ask that Hearing Be Set for November—Accused Man Remains Confident.
Submitted by Tam Inman

Lafayette, Ind., Sept. 28. — An important matter was brought up in circuit court, when Prosecutor Frank Kimmel, Assistant Prosecutor Grant Hall of Benton county and Elmer Barce, an attorney from Fowler, asked Judge DeHart to set the case against John W. Poole, charged with first degree murder, for trial some time in November. Poole, who is charged with killing Joseph Kemper at his farm near Swanington, more than a year ago, admits the killing, but says it was accidental and that he buried the body because he was afraid people would think he murdered Kemper. Poole is still confined in the county jail here. Grant Hall has been appointed by the Benton county circuit court to assist Prosecutor John J. Hall of the Benton-Warren circuit in the prosecution. Elmer Barce will defend Poole. Poole is anxious to have the case come to trial. He says he is tired of jail life and expresses confidence that he will be acquitted.,
Submitted by Tam Inman