Dec. 6,1898. The fiancé committee of the City Council
today sold $20,000 of improvement bonds at a premium of
$1,262. Such a thing was never done before in Marion. Many
times the city has succeeded in selling its own city bonds at
an advance, but this is the first time that the
improvement bonds have brought a premium. The bonds nears 6
percent, and are redeemable after 10 yrs. There were 8 bidders
for the bonds.
Dec.7,1898. May Powell, aged 15, daughter of Frank
Powell, committed suicide today by taking Rough on Rats. Her
parents were divorced some time ago, and the father remarried
again. The girl made her home with her mother, whom she did
not like, and she then went to her father. She took suddenly
ill last night, and afterwards told her father what she had
done. The girl’s life had been very unhappy.
Dec.8,1898. Isaac Pennington, the Sims township farmer
who was on trial yesterday for embezzling $700 of his
daughter’s money, was sentenced to a yr in the Michigan City
Prison today. The defendant is 46 yrs old and has been one of
the most highly respected farmers in the county. Pennington’s
daughter pushed the case and was the most important witness.
Pennington has many friends in and about Herbst and the
Swayzee who are willing to stand by him. His oldest son
will have charge of his business during his father’s absence.
Judge Paulus showed signs of weakness while pronounced the
words that sent the defendant to prison. Pennington expressed
a desire to get away from Grant county as soon as possible and
Sheriff Bradford took him to Michigan City this afternoon.
Isaac Pennington, a prominent farmer, is on trial at Marion,
charged with embezzling $700, of his daughter’s money. Mr.
Pennington’s wife had left a farm of 40 acres to the daughter,
and Mr. Pennington was named as the guardian. The girl says he
sold the farm and appropriated the money for his own use.
Dec.9,1898. A few weeks ago Patrick Gillen, a laborer,
file suit for $10,000 damages against Max Berenstein, one of
the wealthiest business men of Marion, for alienating his
wife’s affection. A few days afterwards Berenstein filed and
affidavit against Gillens attorney, George mouser, and also
against Mrs. Gillen, charging blackmail. The damage suit was
to be called for trial Thursday, when Attorney Mouser asked
for a postponement. This the court refused, and he then made a
motion that the case be dismissed, which was done. Mr.
Berenstein, when asked what he would do with the blackmail
case, said it was a state case, and he was ready to testify
against them at any time.
Dec. 11,1898. There was a sensation today when it was
found that 41 arrests, growing out of grand jury indictments,
were made last night, most of them being saloon keepers for
violating the Nicholson law. Sheriff Bradford’s deputies
visited houses of disorder, and many inmates were brought in
late last night. The keepers were fined $10 and costs, and the
inmates $6 and costs. About 20 more are to be arrested
tomorrow. Several men were caught in the houses last night.
Dec. 30, 1898. Another wolf, supposed to be the mate of the
one killed last winter, has been seen several times by Eli
Rigdon, and others this winter near the old prairie. A hunt
will take place the first time a tracking snow falls. A good
many who live near the prairie think there was a litter raised
last summer on the prairie. These wolves are what is known as
the Michigan timber variety.
May 25, 1899. Hamilton Mercer, of the Morning news, will
soon go to Springfield, O. where he will serve as a member of
a committee of the mercer family to look up the family’s large
estate, in New York City and England. Later this committee
will report to a mass meeting of the Mercer heirs, to be held
in Chicago, June 25. The estate is valued at $200,000,000, and
consists of Mercer hall and lands surrounding the castle in
Scotland, a large amount of money in Bank of England, a large
amount of property on Mercer Street, New York City, and a
large tract of land in New Jersey.
Dec. 30, 1898, There has not been a game of poker played in
Marion since Wednesday noon. The sports are leaving town on
orders of police. Some expect to see the houses open up again
in a few days, but the most knowing ones say that it is all
off. Mayor Golding says that the order was not for a day or a
week, but for the rest of the time that he is to be mayor of
The Marion post-office during the last 4 months had done a
remarkable business, aggregating $8,832.27. The corresponding
4 months of the last year showed a total of $7,114.18. At this
rate the present year at Marion post-office will show and
increase of fully $5,000. This means that the total receipts
of the office for the year will be approximately $33,000
Aug.30,1899. A committee from Knightstown, composed of Mr.E.M.
Shurburn, superintendent of the water works in that city, and
Messrs. Zion St.Clair, and Applegate, members of the Town
Council, were in Fairmount Tuesday studying the municipal
ownership plan for electric lights and water works. Las June
the Town Board of this city purchased the city electric light
plant from Gilbert LaRue and it has been proving very
Sept. 1,1899. The 69th Indiana Volunteers took the town this
week. Both the city and the Soldiers’ Home were turned over to
them. Governor Chapman, of the home, made a very interesting
address, but Colonel Perry, of the regiment, of Indianapolis,
delivered the principal address of the reunion. Connersville
was selected as the place for holding the next meeting. The
old officers were re-elected as follows: Colonel, Oran Perry,
Indianapolis, and L.M. Lacy, secretary and treasurer.
Congressman Steele was present at the exercises and responded
to a flattering demonstration with an impressive talk. The
campfire last night was most interesting and largely attended.
H.O.P. Cline, state commander of the Sons of the Veterans,
made an address at the campfire. Only 2 deaths have occurred
in the regiment during the past year.
Feb.5,1898. This afternoon was the appointed time for the
Grant Community Populists to elect delegates to the state
convention. Chairman I.M. Miller was at the Superior Court
room, but the Populists failed to materialized, and after an
hour’s gloomy wait the chairman adjourned the convention.
Feb. 28,1898. the chase after the wolf, after continuing
2 days, had to be abandoned on account of melting snow, making
it impossible to track him further than the prairie. Tom
Smiley shot him 3 times with 400(?) shot, knocking him down
many times. There were eleven shots fired into him altogether
without bringing him down. Joel littler, an old hunter, says
it is a genuine gray wolf.
Feb. 25, 1898. Though there is no extraordinary
manifestation of the war spirit in Marion, yet the officers of
Company A, 4th Regiment, are disposed to take advantage of the
feeling aroused by the recent developments with a view to
placing the company in the best possible condition for any
demand that may be made on it. A meeting was held at the
armory tonight for that purpose. There are now about 65
members, and in their physical condition as well as to their
moral character. There is no excitement, but simply a
dispassionate survey of the situation with a determination to
put the company on the best possible footing. The purpose is
to increase the membership to the full limit of 83.
Feb.24, 1898. A wild animal, supposed to be a large fox, has
been killing sheep for a great many farmers south of town.
Yesterday the Smiley boys instituted a hunt and found the
track on the Crow farm. The corralled the animal in a pond,
surrounded by a thicket, near the Black factory. Charles
Smiley passed the point to the animal’s entrance to the pond
seventy yards when he heard the animal making the brush crack
coming out. As it came in sight he fired 2 shots at it, but
failed to bring it down. The saw that it was not a fox at all,
but a grey wolf, and proceeded to trail it into the prairie
about 2 miles. It was growing dark, and they gave up the chase
for the day. A large party is being made up and will give
chase tomorrow. The party will be headed by Joel Littler, and
old wolf and deer hunter.
Feb. 20, 1896. The Fairmount Academy was gutted by fire
this afternoon at 3 o'clock. The fire was discovered by one of
the students and in an hour the pretty college building was in
ruins. The library of about 2000 volumes was taken from the
building in comparatively good shape. The desks in the
commercial department were also saved. With the exception of
these everything else was burned, including the library of the
Auroro Literary Society, which contained over 600 hundred
Feb.20,1896. A disastrous fire occurred here about 2 o’clock
this morning, resulting in a heavy loss to W.C.Smith, shoe
dealer, and to the New York Dry Goods company. The fire is
supposed to have come from an overheated furnace under the dry
goods store. During the early part of the night the Howard
Wall Comedy Company gave an entertainment in White’s Hall on
the 3rd floor of the same building with an audience of several
hundred present. The loss on the building, owned by Wm. White,
is trifling, but Smith’s loss is roughly estimated at $16,000,
and that if the New York Store at $15,000
Nov. 29,1898. The State Bank of Jonesboro
has gone into voluntary liquidation. E.L. Zeis, the cashier
and manager, has been contemplating retiring from business for
some time and today notice was posted on the door. They will
not receive any more deposits and will pay all obligations as
fast as possible. The will keep the bank open for 6- to 90
days in order to collect loans and to wind up the institution.
The capitol stock is $10,000, held by the Zeis family and a
Mr. Curtis, of Rochester.
Dec. 1,1898. Major Steele has been in consultation with
Governor Chapman, of the Soldier’s Home, in regard to the
location of the new chapel, which is to be built next Summer.
The plans have been approved and the contract will soon be
let. Major Steele is making an effort to get a separate
building for the nurses employed in the hospital, and will
make a strong plea for this building, as well as a building
for the electric light plant, at the meeting of the board in
Washington next week. Increased appropriations for the purpose
of beautifying the grounds will be asked for.
Nov. 30,1898. Deputy Sheriff Pierson today levied on the stock
of the Andrew J. Conroy installment Company, in this city. The
company has branch houses in many IN cities, the local branch
being under the management of C.E. Tait. The stock was levied
on to satisfy a judgment for $10,000 in favor of James A.
Ross, of Evansville. There is a lien of $5,000 for attorney’s
fees in favor of J.E. Williamson and A.L. Doss of that city.
The deputy sheriff secured 1,285 leases on goods that has been
sold to the people of Marion, but which had not all been paid
Dec.2,1898. Last spring, while Mr. & Mrs. David Highly, of
Richmond township, this county, were driving in a storm at
night across a bridge near Mier, the horse took fright and
leaped from the bridge, dragging the occupants of the buggy
into the swollen stream. Mr. Highly caught on one of the
abutments and save himself, but his wife was carried down
stream lodging in a thorn bush. Highly hurried to Mier, where
he secured the assistance of a half dozen men, who rescued his
wife from her perilous position.
Now the 2 of the men threaten suit against Mr. Highly for
$1,000, claiming he offered them that sum if they would rescue
his wife. Mr. Highly claims he did nothing of the sort, and
intends to fight the case. Mr. Highly is one of the wealthiest
and most influential farmers in the county.
Dec. 1, 1898 G.C. Harwood and Charles G. Barley, of Marion
have leased the old cracker factory in that place and will
engage in the manufacture of iron and brass besteads with a
force of 60 men. This is the 3rd factory of its kind in
Gas City, IN.
Oct. 11,1899The feeling between the 2 factions of the city
Council has become so bitter that no meetings have been held
for some time. Last night only 4 members were present at roll
call. The mayor issued warrants for all members not present
and a quorum was secured at 10 o’clock, when the committees
for the coming year were appointed. The factions are wrangling
over sidewalk improvements which are badly needed.
Oct. 12,1899. A number of farmers living south of Marion are
discussing the project of uniting for the formation of an
association to preserve game birds that fly over their land. A
large number have been approached, and it is thought that at
least 6000 acres can be secured. The farmers agree not to
shoot the birds themselves and to keep off the farm any who
would shoot them, and to prosecute anyone who shoot the birds
out of season. They think that only in this way can the game
birds be preserved to this section of the State. The present
game laws are not enforced and the game is rapidly
Oct. 13,1899. Thomas Alford of Sistersville, West VA. Who has
created quite a flurry of late in the Indiana oil field by
buying in so many leases, today made another big deal through
his attorney, W.H. Trook, of this city. Mr. Alford, together
with Archie W. Thompson, of Sistersville, and R.J. Heald, of
Marietta Ohio, purchased 350 acres of leased oil territory in
Van Buren Township, this county, from Eugene H. Fishburn of
Chicago, Richard L. Dezeng of Cincinnati and Elsworth L. Fee
of Warren IN. the land lies about directly south of Van Buren.
It has not been developed to any great extent, there being but
2 small producers on it at the present time. By the deal Mr.
Alford comes into possession of 7/16ths of the land.
Mr. Heald the remaining 2/16ths. It is the intention of the
gentlemen to begin developing the property at once and if the
fluid is found in paying quantities the drill will be worked
to the utmost capacity.
A Remarkable Engine.
Fairmount, Ind,, July 24.
Engine 1 on the C, L & E. Railway has an unusual
record. It was in the path of the famous
Johnstown flood and was swept from the tracks and
buried in the sand for several months. When taken out it was
covered with rust and mud, but was sent to the shops and given
a thorough overhauling. Later it was sold to the Chicago,
Indiana & Eastem, where it now makes daily the run from
Matthews to Swayzee twice each day.
Date: July 26, 1899 Location: Indiana Paper: Indiana State
Marion, Ind.. April
20.—The trustees of the factory fund last night contracted
with Franz Klein, of St. Mary's, O., for the location here of
a factory for the manufacture of all kinds of chains, hames,
neckyokes and whiffletrees. The factory is to
employ 200 hands, has a capital of $90,000 and will be located
on the lands of the Marion Real Estate Company.
Indiana Journal April 28 1897
MARION, Ind. Aug.
19.—The twenty-fourth annual camp meeting of the Seventh-day
Adventists of Indiana was formally opened this evening by Rev.
John W. Watts, of Indianapolis, president of the Indiana
Conference. Rev. .J. H. Morrison, of
Lincoln. Neb. preached the evening sermon. The camp meeting
proper has been preceded by a six days workers meeting, the
object of which is the preparation of the camp for the
ministers and lay delegates. The camp is held this year in a
pretty shaded wood Just north of the National Soldiers' Home
Here has been erected in military style almost one hundred
family tents and eight or ten large tents. The pavilion has a
seating capacity. of two thousand.
Indiana Journal June 26, 1896
MARION, Ind., Aug.
21—About one year ago there was born on the farm of Jesse
Carey, living in Liberty township, this county, a pig
with six perfectly formed feet, the two extra feet being
attached to the pig's front legs, the animal walking on
the full six feet without any seeming inconvenience. In due
time a hog was bred to him, and recently seven small squealers
came. On examination it was found that out of the seven six of
them had six feet apiece, formed as were their father's,
while the seventh, to keep account of the number of his birth,
carried seven feet instead of six. This seven-footed pig was
prized by the owner and was tenderly cared for. It was the
fond hope of Mr. Carey that the pig would live and in time
be bred and by so doing create a new species of hogs, not that
an eight-footed hog would be any finer than the ordinary
four-footed animals, but they would be odd. People are looking
for something odd now, and the meat from an eight-footed hog
would taste better than If from the ordinary. It was not the
will of the elements that the seven-footed pig should live
When the cloudburst came the other night it caught this little
pig from under cover and he was drowned.
Indiana Journal June 26, 1896
BIGAMIST BAKER AT
MARION, Ind., Jan. 27. - Ex-Senator Baker came to Marion
last night from Indianapolis, for the first time since it was
made public that he was the husband of
two wives. He first went to the Elks lodge, of which ho is a
member, and made a full confession, it is said, before the
members present. Then he went to the home of his
wife and family on West Second street where .he remained over
an hour; then returning to the Spencer House, where he
remained, over night. He would not talk, to reporters, but to
a friend he talked quite freely. He told him of his
relations with the Gountess of Nazimow. He said, however, to a
reporter that his meeting with his wife and family was a very
friendly one considering the circumstance under which it was
made. He said he had been corresponding with his wife here
to his visit last night. He says he intends to stand by his
wife and family here and will probably return to them soon. He
says however, that he will not make his future home here as it
would take too long for his scandal to wear off, but thinks he
will probably move to Indianapolis where people are not so
bitter against him. It is said that Baker seems to be very
much worried as to how he will get loose from the countess as
she is in love with him, writing him quite often and
addressing him as her dear husband. He hardly thinks, however
that she will file bigamy charges against him.
The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wed., Feb. 1,
1899 - Submitted by Candi
Will Horn, a Panhandle employee at Marion, has fallen, heir to
$15,000 in cash by that death of; an uncle in Pittsburg. He
received a telegram Monday announcing his good luck and
resigned his position at once and left for Pittsburg. He was a
poor boy of good habits.
The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wed., Feb. 1,
1899 - Submitted by Candi
Thomas UTTLEY, the Herculean negro, in jail at Marion for the
alleged murder of Col. PAUL, during a riot at Fairmount,
attempted suicide with morphine, and with difficulty his life
was saved. Uttley claims to have been simply a spectator of
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 13
December 1890 Page 6 Columns 5 and 6
FIVE GENERATIONS ATTEND A
Mrs. Susie Miller of Coles, Ind., was very pleasantly
surprised by her children and grandchildren on her 84th
There were five generations represented. There were
forty-one present, eight of whom were her children. A
bountiful dinner was served.
Those present were:
Mrs. Sarah J. Wright, of Herbst
Mr. Adam Miller
Mr. Ephraim Miller
Mrs. & Mrs. Jordon Miller and sons Earnest and Claud
Mrs. George Leon and grandson RusseI
Mrs. and Mrs. Vinton Miller and son Guy, of Swayzee
Mrs. Humphrey Gaunlt, of Elwood
Mrs and Mrs. Lewis Wright
Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Nesbitt and daughter, of Swayzee
Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Sharp, of Marion
Mr. and Mrs. Ertie Wright and son, Robert
Mrs. Elmer Wilson and daughter. Edith, of Kokomo
Mr. & Mrs. Earl Rybolt and sons, Kenneth and Gerald, of
Mr. & Mrs. Pierce Beal and son, Charles, of Gary. Ind.
Miss Rose Parker, of Crotterville. Ind.
Mrs. Lipton Davis, of Herbst
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Addington and grandson, Simeon, of Elwood
Mrs. Sarah Jones, of Marion
Mr. Amos Miller and daughter, Iva.
Marion Chronicle, 8 August 1911, p.7
Postal Telegraph Extension
MARION. Ind., Jan.
9.—Sheriff M. D. Moore, of Anderson, Attorney Charles
Baggatt, counsel for the Postal Telegraph Company, and
a jury of six men from Elwood, were in Marlon to-day to
assess the damages to the Big Four Railroad Company by the
Postal Telegraph Company being allowed to erect and maintain
a telegraph system on their right-of-way between this city
and Anderson, The jurors are Messrs.
Charles Whitehead, Louis Allen, James Wells, Ollie Frasier.
Herman Harvey and Jack Applegate. The Postal Company
endeavored some time ago to secure privileges to erect a
line between the cities in question, but the Western Union
Telegraph Company claimed the exclusive right to operate a
telegraph system on the right of way of the Big Four, Suit
was brought and a strip on the east side of the track
between Marion and Anderson was condemned and the Postal
Company allowed to erect its poles by paying damages ;to the
railroad company. The object of the jury is to determine the
amount of the damages. The Postal Company will extend Its
line to Union City after completing its Manon and Anderson
Paper: Indiana State Journal
Iron and Brass Bed Trust.
MARION. Ind., Jan. 9.—And
now the Iron and brass bedstead manufacturers are forming a
trust to regulate the sale of the out put of their
factories. It Is not called a trust, but it Is to be known
as an "association." G. C, Harwood and Charles Michaels,
representing two of the bedstead factories in this city,
have attended two of these meetings, but have not joined.
Nussbaum Bros., proprietors of the other factory of this
city, while having been Invited to attend the meetings, say
that they nave not joined, and It is not their intention to
do so. The Eastern manufacturers have united, and their
association is working well. It is understood that there are
now eighteen of the Western manufacturers united to regulate
the prices. The starting up of several new factories has had
a demoralizing effect on the trade.
Paper: Indiana State Journal
Taking His Time For Breakfast
MARION, Ind., March 9.—On
Tuesday, Feb. 23, M. B. Knapp, a Marion real estate man,
left his rooms In the Odd Fellows' building in this city to
go to his breakfast. Since that time he has not been heard
from. He has been in hard luck for some time and the day
before he disappeared he threatened to commit suicide. The
river banks have been searched for some trace of the man but
none has been found. It is thought he went to Illinois,
where he has a woman friend with whom he had corresponded.
Word is expected from that place to-morrow. Knapp had paid
some attention to a Marion young woman, but It was said she
had not accepted his favors for some time, and the fact is
said to have added to his troubles.
The Indiana Journal March
Marion Canning Factory Burned..
MARION, Ind.,. March 9.—The
Marion canning factory was destroyed by fire last evening.
It was owned by Edwin H.
Martin and Is thought to
have been burned by incendiaries. The insurance of $1,000
will not cover the loss. Fourteen people are thrown out of
The Indiana Journal March
Christian Church Dedicated.
Ind. March 9.—The new Chrlstian Church at this
place was dedicated yesterday. The veteran dedicator
of the Christian church. Rev. I. L. Carpenter, of Wabash,
preached the sermon. He raised double the amount of money
that was expected.
The Indiana Journal March
The public schools at
Marion, Ind., have been closed for a week on account of the
prevalence of diptheria. About a dozen deaths have
occurred. (grant county)
Newark Daily Advocate (Newark, Ohio) Tuesday, 24 Sep
Submitted by Cathy Schultz
Marion, Ind.— 35 Poles
are under arrest here as result of free-for-all fight that
begun at a christening ceremony.
[The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), November 05, 1912 - sub. by
MARION, Ind., Aug.
11.—The Westerman Natural Gas Iron Company, of this city, will
go Into the hands of an assignee within the next day or two.
The failure is precipitated by the hard" times t and the
Inability to realize on the accounts due the company. A few
Cays ago one of the companies that has been supplying the
factory with scrap Iron got panicky and attempted to force the
payment of some paper, with the result that It went to
protest. This resulted in a general onslaught of creditors,
clamoring for the settlement of claims for scrap, Iron
aggregating about $50,000. Attorney A. T.
Wright has been agreed upon for the assignee. The assets of
the company are in the neighborhood of $130,000, with
liabilities placed at $100,000. The Westerman mill was put In
operation about six years ago, and has been one of the best
plants that natural gas brought to the city. It gave
employment to 170 people, who were paid about $1,700 a week.
Last year it paid in wages $90,000.
Date: 1896-08-19; Paper: Indiana State Journal
Marion, Ind., May 31 .—William and John Church, brothers,
lived in Indianapolis. The two young men courted and married
young ladies who were friends. The young lady that married
William became infatuated with his Brother John before the
wedding and the young; lady that married John was in love with
William. This fact developed after the weddings of the two
brothers, but they lived with their respective wives for a
number of years and children were bom. A separation followed,
and both brothers secured divorces from their wives. They then
married their first loves, who were their sisters-in-law. The
wives took the children and their uncles became their
William Church came to Marion and embarked in business and
John went to Peru, Last Saturday Mrs. William Church left her
husband in, his city, took her children and went to Peru. It
is now alleged that she has gone back to her first husband,
who is her brother-in-law, and has taken his own children, who
had become his niece and nephew, and also her children, born
to her second husband
The Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel Wed. June 5 1901
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Saturday Morning February 25, 1905; pg1
A HUNTINGTON WOMAN CHARGED
Mrs Skinner Said to Have No
Right to the Name
HUNTINGTON, Ind., Feb 24 -
Mrs Marcus Skinner was arrested today and is in jail on a
charge of bigamy preferred by her former husband, William
Hardman, of this city. While they lived together Hardman and
the woman both tried several times to get a divorce, but the
court never would grant one, as their charges were
insufficient. They separated, however, the woman leaving
town. Recently Hardman wanted to get married again and
made another effort to be released from his marital ties,
but without success. Then he learned that his former wife
was living with Marcus Skinner, at Marion, and today he had
her arrested for bigamy.
Substantial Dower in the Shape of a
Land Claim Will Go to Every Bride of a Cowboy
TOPEKA, Kas.. May 14.—Good news for the widows and
marriageable maidens whose affinities have kept out of their
way comes from Grant, county. In the southwestern part of this
state. They are invited to form a colony there as a lure
to impressionable young ranch-men. The country is so sparsely
populated that T. M. Henthorn, one of the principal land
owners, has decided something must be done to add to its
attractions and encourage settlers. He has hit on the idea of
getting some unattached women and locating them in Grant,
county. He believes they will draw farmers, cowboys, and
ranchmen from all parts of the state, who, will choose wives
from among: them and. with a gentle feminine hand to guide
them, settle down to the raising of cattle and the cultivation
of the land.
The first step has been marked with no little success.Henthorn
has found thirty-eight women who are willing to take a chance
and, rather than remain spinsters at home, go out in the wilds
and see what fortune will do for them in the way of
husbands.Whether the few men in Grant county will look with
favor on the land and a comely wife offer which Mr. Henthorn
is preparing for them cannot be determined until spring. By
that time the little colony will be established near Ulysses,
the county seat, and if the brave prove brave enough they will
find the fair waiting for them.
The population of Grant county is less than four hundred, and
nearly all is centered in and close around Ulysses. It is a
wise precaution that has led Mr. Henthorn to plant his colony
where it will be within reach of civilization if his plans
miscarry, for if the women are un-wooed, in spite of their
having come to the place with the object of tempting suitors,
they will be able to return from their Adamless Eden to haunts
where they can be sure of finding: them.
But, judging from the interest which the project has aroused
among the Kansas ranchmen who hitherto have gone fancy free,
the settlement will have no lack of visitors after the
colonists arrive. The fact that a substantial dower, in the
form of a claim of land, goes with each bride is likely to
prove an additional inducement to cowboys who are tired of
bachelor life and want to set up homes of their own. Careful
measures have been devised to protect members of the colony
from the designs of wooers who would take advantage of their
Garden City on the Arkansas river, is one of the principal
places from which recruits have been drawn. It is in Finney
county, adjoining Grant, and the women there are well enough;
acquainted with condition in southwestern Kansas to know what
they are being called upon to face. Most of Grant county
is barren of the Cimarron river and one or two smaller streams
run through it, irrigation is necessary in most sections
before the country can be of great value even for grazing
From the days of the pioneers it has been left alone, for, in
addition to its natural difficulties, it was exposed to
Indian, raids long after the center and eastern parts of the
state were settled. The Kiowas. Comanches and Southern
Cheyennes infested its boundaries, and it was through here
that their line of march lay when they set out north on the
warpath or on raiding parties. Custer finally beat the Indians
back on this side, but for years after they were supposed to
be concentrated in their reservations in what is now Oklahoma,
these southwestern prairies were their continual ranging
ground. Grant county has many stories of rights within its
limits, but, though the tales made it a picturesque field for
the historian, they served to keep settlers away for many
years after real danger from the Indians was over.
It is this bleak country that is to be the scene of wholesale
wooing which, for all its business like atmosphere, is not
without romance. Woman, in some way or another, is at the back
of every enterprise, but this is the first time she has been
asked to lead the development of a new country by setting
herself up as the prize.
Henthorn's idea has received coming on elation in many
quarters and among those who are not interested in it except
as it may prove to be of general advantage. Protests have been
heard, however, from some misogynists who make no secret of
the fact that they have wandered so far from the ordinary
walks of womankind largely with the object of avoiding the
sex, and these say it is tempting. Providence to conspire for
the marriage of men who are well enough satisfied with their
L Henthorn is an optimist. He expects to have his first batch
of thirty-eight married.off before the colony is a month old.
and as soon as allotments of land are made to them be will
have a second and larger contingent of eager would be brides
ready to follow in the footsteps of the pioneers of his
Date: Monday, May 15, 1905 Paper: Evansville
Courier and Press (Evansville, Indiana) Page:
Marion, Ind. - Jan 22 —The first
common law marriage contract over made in Marion was signed by
Arthur M. Peters, of Indianapolis, and Miss Lora Kepler, of
this city, on Jan. 9. Peters and Miss Kepler have lived
together as husband wife since that date and this, they
declare, is the fulfillment of their contract and makes
it binding. They have announced to their friends and the
public that they are husband and wife. The cause of this
extraordinary marriage contract was the objections of the
parents of Miss Kepler, she being 17 years old, and it being
impossible for her to get a marriage license in Indiana
without the written consent of her parents.
Went to a Lawyer About It.
Peters and Miss Kepler were determined to marry, but Miss
Kepley would not consent to elope to some other state.
Peters consulted Alfred Henry, an attorney. The attorney
suggested the common law marriage and I'eters told Miss Kepler
about it. The young people asked the attorney to draw up a
contract that would be legal. The attorney read all the
authorities on commond law marriage's and the decisions of the
supreme courts of Ohio, Illinois and Missouri on the subject.
The contract was then drawn and signed by the contracting
parties and George W. Salmon and Eli Jones as witnesses
Found Supreme Court Authority.
In citing supreme court reports in. the case Attorney Henry
referred to the 101. Indiana reports, weore a common marriage
was held valid with-out any form of ceremony. In the
twenty-third American state reports, in. the case of the state
vs. Bitrick the supreme court of Missouri held that the common
law marriage was legal and reversed the decision of the lower
Just Set Aside the Law.
In reference to marriage by contract in this case the supreme
court said: A valid marriage exists between the parties where
a man and a woman under 18 years of age, whose mother refuses
consent to her marriage making it impossible to procure a
license, mutually agree to marry and publicly announce
themselves as husband and wife, and this is followed by
cohabitation and holding themselves out publicly as husband
Date: Tuesday, January 22, 1907 Paper: Elkhart
Daily Review (Elkhart, Indiana) Page: 1