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Democrats Wanted Batesville Batesville Indiana May 4 This has been the most closely contested election in the history of Batesville. The Democrats have used every effort and have brought in votes from outside the corporation, and even brought in R.E. Bragg, of Washington, D.C. and young men from over this State, Illinois and Ohio, but Republicans elected the full Council and treasurer. Democrats elected clerk and marshal. [Date: 1896-05-06; Paper: Indiana State Journal ]


FIRES

Batesville Burned up the Town Practically Destroyed
Batesville, Dec. 28, 1874 Again the fire demon has visited our town, and destroyed H. Schrader & Co's Furniture Factory, the American Express Office, J.F. Hammerle's Grocery, the stove and the ware store of J. H. Severinghous, and F. Messlemaker's Grocery and the fine residence of F. Steigelmyer. the fire was discovered in the fourth story of the factory, used as a varnish room, and spread so rapidly that nothing could be saved. Three cars belonging to the I.C. & L.R.R. Co. were burned, and it was with great difficultly that their depot and telegraph office was saved.  H. Schrader & Co. estimate their loss at $100,000 and about $30,000 on outside buildings and cars. Batesville, we may say, is dead, for both our furniture manufactories have been destroyed in the short time of seven weeks, and most of the inhabitants depended on them for a living, and many that lost their tools have  no means to start out again. Mr. Schrader resides in Cincinnati, to whom the news was telegraphed immediately. J.F. Rolph [Date: 1874-12-29; Paper: Indianapolis Sentinel ]

Batesville, Indiana Dec. 11 Two barns belonging to Jacob Cramer, a farmer, living near Peppertown, with a large corncrib, partly filled, thirty-two tons of hay and 150 shocks of corn, were burned Friday night. the fire is said to have been set and an arrest was expected to have been made today. this is the second time Mr. Cramer's barns have been burned, and on the former occasion, when he lost, in addition, thirty -five head of sheep, the incendiaries robbed the house of money and jewelry while the family were at the fire. Several other incendiary barn fires have occurred in that section of the county in the past months, usually coupled with robbery or attempted robbery, and the farmers are now guarding their property with arms in their hands. [Date: 1899-12-13; Paper: Indiana State Journal ]


GENERAL NEWS

Brookville bakers have entered Into an agreement to sell two loaves of bread for 5 cents, loaves to weigh one pound. [The Warren Republican February 28 1895]

The sale of the personal property of Enoch McCarty dec.d., which took place on Monday last was largely attended and every thing sold brought a good price. [Brookville American (Brookville, IN), February 19, 1858, page 3 . Submitted by Robin Line]

Leander Ward, proprietor of the White Water Valley Mill, above Fairfield, has failed and made and assignment for the benefit of his creditors to Wilson Price. We have ascertained nothing as to his liabilities. [Brookville American (Brookville, IN), February 19, 1858, page 3 . Submitted by Robin Line]


CRIME NEWS

The trial of Samuel Fields for the murder of Robert Murphy, a constable of Franklin county, came on at Brookville on the 24th ult.  The prisoner on being arraigned plead not guilty.  After the examination of witnesses and pleadings of counsel, the jury retired and after the space of about an hour returned with a verdict of guilty.  On the next morning the Judge pronounced the sentence of the law upon the prisoner.  He is to be executed on Friday the 27th of May next.  The Editors of the Brookville Enquirer in concluding an account of the trial, remark – “Good God! What must be the spectacle, a man rising eighty-five years of age, whose head (comparatively speaking,) “rivals in whiteness the driven snow,” suspended between the Heavens and Earth, there to struggle, agonize and die an ignominious death.”  Ib. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)  May 4, 1825 Contributed by Nancy Piper]

John Bright, a young man residing some three miles from town, and as we learn respectably connected, was arrested on Thursday of last week for passing, at the store of Tyner & Kimble and to Mr. Adam Feltz of this place, two five dollar counterfeit bills of the Farmers Bank of Kentucky.  He also gave to Mr. Lowry Lynn of this place another of the same stamp, who at the time of the arrest had gone to Cincinnati. Upon search, another bill of the same character was found in his possession, as also two spurious two and a half dollar gold pieces. It is stated that a few days previous to his arrest he was seen to have a large amount of money which no doubt, was equally as bad. He was brought before Justice Kilgore of this place and held to bail in the sum of five hundred dollars, his father Mr. Ezekiel Bright entering upon the bond, for his appearance a the next term of Court [Brookville American (Brookville, IN), February 19, 1858, page 3. Submitted by Robin Line]

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