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May 18 1903 Strange Woman Holds the Key
Indiana Murder Mystery Is Still Unexplained
Kokomo, Indiana May 17- The strange woman who holds the key to the Yeager murder mystery has not yet been found and but little progress has been made toward solving the problem. the county commissioners have been asked to post a $1,000.00 reward for the capture of the assassin. The Oakford people have raised a fund of $1,000.00 to employ detectives. The time and location of the killing have been established.

More Blood is found
More Blood was found in a wheat field near where several witnesses told of seeing Yeager and the mysterious woman in Yeager's buggy and where the shot was heard that killed Yeager. The scene of the murder was six miles south of Hemlock on the road dividing Howard and Tipton counties. The killing was at 2 o'clock Monday morning, four hours after Louis Yeager left the home of his bride to be, Myrtle Finley, at Hemlock.
The strange woman is described as beautiful and expensively dressed. Where she came from, how she fell in with Yeager and where she went after the shooting are circumstances that are engaging the attention of the officers.

Woman as a Decoy
It is the theory of the dead man's family that the woman was brought here by enemies to lure Yeager to his ruin and death. The man and woman who occupied another buggy nearby, when the killing was done, have not yet been found.
Logan Ingles and the two Eads boys now under arrest on suspicion of killing Yeager, will not be released without trial. The preliminary hearing is set for Friday. The coroner will resume the inquest Tuesday morning.

Kokomo Indiana March 23
Fox Henly, Luther Gullion, Morse McDowell, James Shuck, Guy Ollinger, Clement Johnson, Alta Halhorn, Forest Henly, Forest Ollinger, Perry Peters and Will Pyle, schoolboys from twelve to sixteen years old, were arrested and sent to jail by Sheriff Harness today for stealing  brass from factories and Mills in Kokomo, Greentown, Swayzee, Sims, Sycamore and other towns.
The officers say the boys who belong to prominent families, have sold $900.00 worth of brass from machinery. They damaged $50,000 worth of machinery by knocking off the brass parts. The stuff amounting to two carloads, was sold at a local junk shop. There are nine other boys in the gang, who will be captured later. They have been carrying on operations for months, the advanced price in copper and brass tempting them to commit the wholesale larceny.

Sept.26, 1899
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   Jesse Bird, son of a clay township farmer, accidentally shot himself in the leg yesterday with a revolver. The weapon, a 32 caliber, has been killing and crippling people in this county for years. Fifteen years ago a boy name Hanson owned it for 1 day and shot a neighbor. Nine years ago it came into the home of John Harrison, who dropped it while loading it and killed his bride of a few days. Young Bird got the same weapon Sunday and shot himself within 24 hrs. Today the lad’s father, Eli Bird, hammered it to pieces with a sledge.

Sept.29, 1899
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   Last Spring a brick house business now in Greentown, this county was destroyed by a natural gas explosion, with a loss of $30,000. A wrangle followed between the Insurance Companies and the gas company as to liability. The insurance, $9,000, was finally paid and the gas company was sued for that sum by the insurance companies, on the grounds of faulty piping. Today a compromise was effected by which the gas company paid the insurance people $3,070, and the suit was withdrawn.

Oct, 1, 1899
Kokomo, IN.   The local tomato packers are greatly disappointed over the tomato crop. The three establishments of this city are winding up business in that line an less than 1/3rd of the yield promised when the vegetable began to ripen. A peculiar blight attacked the tomatoes, which, together with the cold weather and frosts cut them alarmingly short.  The local canners had planned to pack 4 million quarts whereas the store-packers will now devote their attention to apples and pumpkins, of which there is an abundant crop.

Sept. 29,1899
Kokomo, IN.  Lieut. H.F. McFeely, a recruiting officer for the 42nd Regiment assembling at Fort Niagara, New York, has opened a recruiting office here. Before coming here he secured 30 recruits in Indiana towns, 21 at Marion, 1 at Warsaw, 2 at Columbia City, 2 at Bluffton, and 4 at Plymouth. The station here has been crowed with applicants only 4 have passed examination, Leonard McFarland, Omer Bowen, Omer Johnson, George De Lon, all of whom were in the Spanish-American War. Most of the failures were on chest expansion. “Only good expansionists can go to the Philippines” said the recruiting officer.

Kokomo, IN.   The finance committee of the City Council, which a few weeks ago purchased $30,000 government bonds, is negotiating for the purchase of $16,000 more of the
 3 ½ per cent government bonds. Five thousand of this investment is money accumulated in the cemetery fund, on which the city has heretofore realized no interest, and the reaming is cash laid aside for the purchase of water works when the franchise of the present company expires, 2 yrs hence.  At this time the fund will be about $70,000 which sum will be nearly, if not quite sufficient to build a water plant or purchase the one already in.

Dec 10,1899
Kokomo, IN. .   Kokomo merchants and business men will call a public meeting to devise means to protect themselves against what they term the unjust exactions of solicitors. They claim they are paying more than they should to charities and church work, and that they are the common prey of committees representing church societies. Some merchants declare that a refusal to give all the solicitors ask for is followed by a boycott on their stores by the members of the church or society, and that trades people generally are at the mercy of the committee asking for aid. They have been compelled to subscribe to a building fund for a church in another county under threat of loss of trade. The merchants say they are willing to give all they can afford toward worthy objects, but they object to being “held up” and compelled to pay immediately to every solicitor who calls on them.
Kokomo, IN,

Oct. 5, 1897.   Last evening Messrs. Hollingsworth and Smith, of Greenlawn, in giving veriscopic exhibition at Young America, were terribly injured by a gasoline explosion. Hollingsworth was filling the saturating tank when the fluid exploded, destroying all machinery, films and electrical apparatus. The tents, personal effects and everything connected with the show was destroyed, nothing being saved except the cooking tent. Both proprietors were dangerously burned. Hollingsworth may not recover.

Kokomo, IN.
May 27, 1899.  The best-conducted co-operative factory in the West is the Indiana, Goblet and Tumbler Company, of Greentown, this county. The workmen, 300 in number, own the factory and there are no other stockholders. Every stockholder is an employee and almost every employee is a stockholder, the only exceptions being a few boys known as sand haulers, and some of them own shares of stock. There are no strikes, no trouble of any kind. If an employee becomes dissatisfied with management come one lese buy his stock and business goes on the same as ever. When the men want to see a ballgame they close down and go. On Memorial Day and other holidays it is the same way. They began business 9 yrs ago in a moderate way and have several times enlarged the capacity of the plant. Table glassware of all kinds is made and the superior quality is due to the great care taken in its manufacture by men financially interested in the welfare of the concern. They never have any summer shut-downs, but work every week in the year

Kokomo, IN.
Aug. 30,1900.  The reunion of the 75th and 101st Indiana Regiment Associations has been changed to Sept. 27 & 29, for which great preparation had been made. H.M. Sailors is president and N.D. Stanior is secretary of the association.

Kokomo, IN.
Sept. 3,1899. Worley Leas, a pioneer of this city and one of the first millers in northern Indiana, died at his home here last night, age 77, of dropsy. For the past 20 years he has been proprietor and manager of the Windsor hotel. He built the first flouring mill in the city, but retired from that business 30 yrs ago, when his mill was destroyed by a boiler explosion, killing 3 men and injuring several others. He was born in Preble County, Ohio, Oct., 17, 1822. His son Harvey Leas, a well known Kokomo druggist died recently in the Klondike.

Kokomo, IN.
Feb., 24,1898. Samuel Brannen, of Greentown, this county, Republican candidate for sheriff, wrote President McKinley a few days ago, offering to raise 1000 men to fight in case war be declared. The president answered the letter, stating the offer had been referred to the War Department. The war feeling is very strong in this locality, and a regiment could be raised in short order.

Kokomo, IN.
Feb. 24, 1898. Hon. S.E.Nicholson will not be alone in the congressional race at the Republican primary election in this county march 8. Congressman Steele has decided to accept the peculiar conditions exacted by Mr. Nicholson, and his name will be on the ticket. Unlike Nicholson, Steele does not ask the name the congressional delegates, and in the event of Steele’s carrying the county he will convey that power back to the people of the several precincts, who will then choose their won delegates, Steele was here today and consented to that arrangement, carding the local papers to that effect. The Nicholson plan of allowing the candidate to choose the congressional delegates is unpopular here. The Steele people will fight the battle on this issue, and if they win the contest will be gone over again in precinct conventions-the regular way of choosing delegates. Mr. Steele returned to Washington tonight.

Kokomo, IN.
Feb.22,1896. It is claimed by horticulturists that the largest pear orchard in northern IN. is owned by I.N. Hollingsworth, of Sycamore, this county. His orchard contains 2,600 pear trees. 800, plums, and miscellaneous varieties bring the total to 4000 trees.

Kokomo, IN.
Feb.22,1896  the Republican precinct convention in this county today were of a kind to inspire confidence in victory this fall, the attendance being very large. McKinley was the favorite candidate for President. A congressional delegation favorable to the re-nomination of Steele was elected, though there is a friendly feeling toward Stutzman.

Kokomo, IN.
Feb. 20,1896. Several days ago the statement was made that S.E. Nicholson, author of the temperance law bearing his name, might not be a candidate for re-nomination for the legislature from this county on the Republican ticket. Since that time Mr. Nicholson announced his candidacy and he had made arrangements to remain at home and to make a personal canvass. Since the adjournment of the General assembly last spring Mr. Nicholson has been constantly in the employ of the Good Citizen’s League, of which he is State President, traveling all parts of the State, organizing auxiliary leagues. The date of the primary has not been fixed, but it will be a short campaign, not to exceed four weeks. O.A. Somers, one of the oldest, strongest and most popular Republicans in the county, will contest the nomination of Mr. Nicholson.

Kokomo, IN.
Aug. 15,1897.  S.E. Nicholson, of this city, author of the Nicholson temperance law, has authorized the announcement that he will be a candidate for Congress from this district to succeed Major George W. Steele, the present incumbent.
Kokomo, IN. Aug. 12,1897. The prolonged struggle over the post-office appointments in this county, that has given Congressman Steele so much tribulation, came to an end today. Taylor T. Whitaker was the lucky aspirant in Kokomo and George W. Price was given the Greentown office. In both towns the Republicans had primary elections for postmaster last winter, and Whitaker and price were the winners. Through and impression that Congressman Steele would disregard the election, other candidates spring up. Today Mr. Steele ended the fight by announcing that he would appoint Whitaker and price. The choice is generally regarded as a wise one.

Kokomo, IN.
Aug.11,1897. Samuel S. Wilson, a character of the town for 50 yrs, died this morning, age 83. He was born in Fayette County, Kentucky, in 1841, and came here in 1839. He was a soldier in the late war, being a member of Company L. 12th Indiana Cavalry. At one time he was quite wealthy, but lost his fortune in unfortunate business ventures. He was a prominent figure in the early history of Kokomo, and though eccentric to a remarkable degree, had not an enemy in the world.

8-19-1897 Indiana journal.
The St. Andrews Episcopal Chapel, at Kokomo, was destroyed by fire yesterday, the flames starting from machinery in the basement, the bare walls and roof alone standing.

8-19-1897 Indiana journal
A.B. Armstrong, of Kokomo, has received notice that he has been appointed district deputy of the Order of Elks for Indiana, a position formerly held by Joseph T. Fanning, W.E. English, and Charles L. Jewett.

Kokomo, IN. June 21,1898..
Frank N. Stratton, of this place, was nominated for prosecuting attorney at the Republican convention at Tipton today, winning on the 48th ballot.

Kokomo, IN. June 21, 1898.
Walter Shores, the Elwood bartender, on trial here for killing Taylor Endricks in Knott’s saloon, 3 months ago, was convicted by the jury today and will be given an indeterminate sentence for involuntary manslaughter. Bartending was new business to him and on the 1st day he clubbed  Endricks with a billy for declining to pay for a drink.

Kokomo, IN. Sept.11,1898.
Ex-Judge James O’Brien, aged 70, one of the best known men in northern Indiana, died at his home in this city early this morning of heart trouble. Deceased was a prominent Mason and that order will conduct the obsequies. He was also an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having been a delegate to the General Conference. The funeral will be held on Wed. morning.

Kokomo, IN. Sept,7, 1898.
 A.J. Haworth, a dry goods merchant of Greentown, was victimized by sharpers today. Two strangers drove up in a buggy and alighting, entered the store. One of them made a purchase, and in paying for it gave a bank note, which compelled the merchant to open his safe to make change. The second man then engaged his attention and made a purchase during which time the 1st man rifled the safe of $180. The loss was not discovered until both men had made good their escape. Officers and a posse of citizens are in pursuit.

Kokomo,IN. Sept. 10,1898.
Sixteen years ago Howard Johnson, the 18 yr old son of Jonathan Johnson, a prominent hardware merchant of this city, in a fit of anger left home, saying he would never return, and from that day to this he had not been seen or heard from by his relatives. Yesterday a letter was received from Omar Maris, formerly editor of the Kokomo Gazette, now in Alaska, saying he had met the long-missing boy in that country. Maris Johnson told the strange story of his life. After leaving home he went to Mexico, thence to South America. Later he went to sea, made 2 journeys around the world and was twice shipwrecked. In Chile, South America, he married a beautiful Spanish woman, who is now with him at Dawson City. He has prospered in the gold country and is now wealthy, He said nothing about coming home. His parents now live at Carmel, Hamilton, County.

Indiana Notes.9-14-1898
John Oglebay, of Tipton, was nominated at Kokomo, Saturday, for prosecutor for the judicial district embracing the counties of Howard and Tipton.

Indiana Notes.9-14-1898
The order of Modern Woodmen of Northern Indiana will hold its annual log rolling in Kokomo, Wednesday of this week, and 7000 members of the order are expected to be in line. The manufacturers and merchants of the city will participate in the industrial parade. The principal speakers will be Lieutenant Governor W.A. Northcott, of Illinois, and State Deputy Avery, both prominent members of the order. Prizes will be given in band contests and to the largest visiting delegations. There will be balloon ascensions and log rolling contests in the evening at the city park.

Kokomo, IN. Sept.24,1898,
Bert Lewis of the United States artillery, who was arrested yesterday and taken to Frankfort on the charge of burglary, was not identified as the burglar and his release followed. The goods in Lewis’s possession were taken for a debt from a show company, Lewis says. He is an aeronaut and is to make an ascention at the Crawfordsville fair next week.

Kokomo, IN. Sept. 23,1898.
The Indiana glass company has just completed a large addition to the works that doubles the output. Four hundred men are now employed. The enlargement was made necessary by the increased demand for glassware, particularly beer glasses, made to hold less beer under the new revenue law. All the saloons are demanding a glad that seems large as formerly, yet greatly reduced capacity, one that will deceive the drinker.

Kokomo, IN. Sept. 23,1898.
Private Bert Lewis, of Battery K, 5th United States Artillery, who was with his regiment at Santiago, is in jail here, charged with burglary. He came home on a furlough, and was married to Miss Maud Harrison, of this place. Lewis, who is well known aeronaut, is accused of several robberies in Howard and Clinton counties, and many articles believed to have been stolen were found in his wife’s trunk. His bride of a few days has applied for a divorce.

Kokomo, IN. Nov.30,1898.
Ex-county Recorder Sam Ricthey, of Cassville, this county is having a lively tilt with the lake Erie & Western Railway, which road runs along side his farm. For a month Mr. Ritchey has been busy building a fence along the right of way, and the section hands have been just as busy tearing it down. Monday the road officials sent down a wrecking crew and with a locomotive chained to the fence tore out 30 rods of it. Yesterday Ritchey replace the fence, and after completing the job erected a platform commanding the range of contest ground, on which, with a Winchester rifle, he is standing guard, with the avowed purpose of shooting the first man who attempts to again remove the fence. Ritchey also planted a high pole at the edge of the platform, from which proudly and defiantly floats a large American flag. So far the road has not tried to pull the last fence, and Ritchey and his Winchester is master of the situation. The company threatens to take out the switch, leaving the village without a station. Ritchey has but one arm. He lost the other in battle during the Civil War.

Kokomo, IN. Oct.14,1899.
This morning a country woman sold a South side grocery a lot of comb honey that she has just taken from the hive. The bee followed the woman swarming with them, driving customers and proprietor into the street. When the bees departed in the evening, the store keeper found the combs empty, the bees having carried the honey back home with them…

Kokomo, Oct. 11, 1899.
A new church society was organized here this week, styling itself “The Church of the Soul” Rev. W. H. Morris is pastor. The new sect take the position that dancing is not only proper, but a necessary practice in the observance of the divine will. Arrangements have been made to give a dance each week in one of the largest halls in the city, the proceeds of the entertainment to go for charity. In faith the members do not differ materially from the Spiritualists, with mind reading and palmistry. The new church has about 30m members.

Kokomo, IN. Oct. 12, 1899.
The Magnett feud has broken out in a new place. The latest development is a grand jury indictment against John Magnett, Jr. and wife on the charge of forgery, for which they are now under arrest. It is alleged the defendants changed the reading of certain legal instruments and property conveyance by which alterations they hoped to benefit. At a recent session of the Howard Circuit Court John Magnett, Sr. after 20 years litigation, dispossessed his son, John Magnett Jr. and wife of a 50 acre tract, which was claimed as a wedding present. The younger Magnett resisted eviction, and a fight followed which put father and son in bed for several weeks. In addition to the arrests for assault and battery, the elder magnet went before the grand jury and has his son and daughter-in-law indicted for forgery. The forgery cases are expected to come to trial the present term of court. The parties live near the Howard-Tipton county line.

Kokomo, IN. Oct. 12,1899.
Since she was 8 yrs old Miss Edna Osborn, of this city, has been an invalid, a sufferer from spinal trouble, walking only with the aid of crutches during the past 12 yrs. During recent months she was confined to her bed, and was not expected to live. Monday it was thought she was about to die, and the family assembled at the bedside, expecting every moment to be the last. As the family wept, and prayed, the supposed dying girl suddenly raised from the bed and stood on here feet unaided on the floor. The astonished relatives, believing this to be only the violent strength of a death struggle, attempted to place her  back on the bed, but she assured them she was cured of the disease, and demonstrated the fact by walking around the room. Though still weak, she continues to improve, and has the full use of her limbs. She has been under medical care, but her father declares her sudden recovery is the result of faith and prayer. Miss Osborn is the daughter of Rev. W.H., Osborn, who was recently assigned the M.E. charge at new Waverly.

Howard County Oct. 18, 1899 The post office at Greentown, Howard County, has been raised to the presidential class: the rise carrying with it a substantial increase in salary and an allowance for the clerk hire.

1897-03-17 The Indiana Journal
Kokomo Indiana March 15
Tom James, one of the notorious James gang, wanted for mobbing Panhandle Conductor Tim Coughlin, at Galveston, was arrested here tonight by Detective Matt Moore. A brother, Jesse James, escaped. They are cousins of the old Jesse James, of the train robber gang, and are bad characters. Tom James will be taken to Logansport tonight and grave fears are entertained that the gang will try to rescue him on passing Galveston, where they live. Friday night the three brothers who boarded the train here refused to pay their fare. Jesse James struck the conductor with his fist and the others threw bricks. Charles Buck, a stockman, was badly hurt by flying rocks, and others were slightly injured.

Kokomo, Ind., Oct. 10 - Special Telegram -
John Grim, of this county, was arrested today upon a charge of bigamy.  A few weeks ago he married Nancy Weaver, of this city.  Word was received the fore part of this week from wife No. 1, who resides in Muncie.  He was placed under $1,000 bond, a default of which he was lodged in jail.

The Daily Messenger. Canandaigua, NY. Jan 14, 1922

Announcement is made here of the marriage at Kokono , Ind., on December 31, of Miss Lela Long and George Cade, both of Munice, Ind. Mr. Cade is a former resident of Canandaigua and a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Cade of Gibson street. Mr. and Mrs. Cade will make their home in Munice.
{Contributed by Melissa}

March 18 1896 Kokomo Ind. March 10
An unusual surgical operation was performed by the physicians here today, the subject being a three month old child of David cummings. The child was perfectly formed at birth, but developed a cancerous tumor on the right hand, the growth being several times the size of the other hand. The member was amputed today to save the infant's life.

February 25, 1896 Kokomo Ind. Jan, 9
The children's practice of "hopping bob" received a set back here yesterday. during the good sleighing every farm sled that appeared on the streets had been loaded down with a swarm of youngsters of all ages. Thursday Ben Tate, a farmer who had been annoyed by the horde of "brownies" came to town with a wire stretched around the sled bed connected with an electric battery concealed in the hay under the seat. the wire was heavily charged and all touching the cled were given a hard shock. the contrivance left a double row of discomfitted juveniles in its trail as the sled and grinning driver continued through the streets. The farm sleds have not been molested since then.

Kokomo, Ind., June 11.—Saturday night Constable O'Neal was given a warrant to search the Italian fruit house of Chelsa Brothers for a purse that had been lost by a woman customer. Under the impression that they were being robbed the Italians assaulted the officer, kicking him into the street and gave him a terrible pounding, cutting numerous gashes in his head. O'Neal drew his revolver, but It was taken from him. Two of the proprietors, Joseph Cheisa and Louis Faelugo, were arrested for resisting the officer and gave bond for trial Tuesday. The purse was not found.
Source: Indiana State Journal June 17 1898

Kokomo, Ind., July 8.—Judge Mount today granted a divorce to Rev. Cyrus M. Baugh, pastor of the Christian Church, West Middleton, this county, the wife of the minister consenting to the decree. Both are nearly seventy years old and have
grandchildren, grown. A feature of the case is that the parties have had no quarrel nor unpleasantness of any, kind. They mutually agreed to separate. They were married six months ago, the bride being a Mrs. Elizabeth Cunningham, a wealthy widow and pioneer refluent of the county. On separating each gave the other a written certificate of good character.
News Of the Week Current Events (News Article) Date: 1897-07-14; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Fort Wayne News January 15, 1896 Kokomo, Ind- Jan 9.
The Howard county Republicans made an early start in the coming campaign, by organizing a Republican club of seventy-five charter members last night, with Frank N. Stratton president and EL C. Davis secretary. The club membership will be increased to five hundred.

Indiana Journal January 15, 1896 Kokomo, Ind, Jan. 12.
The Kokomo plant or the plate glass combine will resume operations in all departments Monday morning after a close-down of three weeks, on the order of General Superintendent George F. Neal, who is here from Pittsburg. Mr. Neal has resigned his position, to take effect Feb. 1 It is understood that each of the nine factories will be controlled by local managers hereafter.

Indiana Journal January 15, 1896 Kokomo, Ind. Jan. 10
At the lunacy trial of Joseph Calkins the Russiaville man who did such bloody execution  among the officers with an axe,a shocking story came out. Shortly before the officers entered the house Calkins roasted a lot of pet birds on the red-hot stove, burned the feathers from the beds and pillows, and was about to place his six-month-old baby on the stove as a sacrifice, saying that must be done to drive out the evil spirits. Calkins's sixteen-y ear-old son aided him. When the officers burst in the door the boy attacked them with a club, while the maniac father swung his axe. Calkins was brought to this city on the cars, and the boy followed on foot, reaching here late at night, and asking to be locked in the cell with, his father. Calkins moved here only recently, having been wealthy at one time, but lost his fortune in speculation. He formerly trained animals In Chicago.

Kokomo, Ind., Sept. 28
Prof. George E. Thome, principal of the Third ward school, this city, brother  of ex-Mayor Thome, received notice from the War Department to-day of his appointment as second lieutenant in the regular army. He was ordered to report for duty to the commanding officer of the Twenty-second Infantry, at Fort Crook, Nebraska. He pasted the examination several weeks ago.
Source: Indiana Journal Oct 5, 1898

Kokomo, Ind., Sept. 29.—Greentown, nine miles east of here, on the Clover Leaf Railway, had the biggest fire in its history this morning. The flames started in a shed at the rear of Paddock, Hodge & Co.'s elevators, and the breeze carried the fire to the main buildings. Greentown has no fire protection. The Corona mills, which adjoin the elevator buildings, were also destroyed. A number of smaller buildings, including stables and lumber sheds, were burned, together with contents. The elevators were filled with wheat and other grain, and the loss is estimated at $75,000. The loss to the Corona people, manufacturers of hominy and other cereal products, will reach $20,000. The total loss will aggregate $100,000, with total insurance about $40,000. The fire is supposed to be of incendiary origin.
Source: Indiana Journal Oct 5, 1898

Russiaville, Ind., Sept 25.—The friend and neighbors or John Hughes were very agreeably surprised this morning when he stepped from the 7.30 o'clock train. His name had been in the list of killed in the reports of the memorable battle at Santiago and his brothers and friends mourned him as dead. He served in the regular army. First Cavalry, stationed In Arizona, two years and three months and re-enlisted at Indianapolis In the Sixteenth Infantry, Jan. 3. and was sent to Idaho. He went from there to Florida, leaving Tampa June 4 and arriving at Santiago June 25, where he was in all the engagements. He stricken with yellow fever and was three weeks in the yellow fever hospital at Santiago. He was then removed to Montauk, where he spent two days, and was again removed to the Pennsylvania Hospital at Philadelphia, where he received excellent treatment nine days, at the end of which time he started for his Indiana home. He is in a very weakened condition. He says his treatment In the hospitals was fully as good as he could expect under the circumstances
Source: Indiana Journal Oct 5, 1898

Kokomo, Ind April 22.—The officials of the Pittsburg Plate Glass Company deny the statement that wages have been reduced in the factory here. They say there has been a "readjustment" in some departments. but no reduction. The pay roll
shows tho same expenditure now as .before for the same work.
Indiana Journal April 28 1897

Kokomo, Ind. April 21.—Willie Hudson, the boy who disappeared from here eighteen years ago and who was long ago given up for dead by the distracted parents, returned home yesterday. The lad after having been nearly all over the civilized world, decided to return home and surprise his relatives. He was himself surprised to learn that his father had died two years ago.
Indiana Journal April 28 1897

Kokomo,  Ind, April 21.—Benjamin Tate, who left here last July and bought a big tract of land in Arkansas, near the Mississippi levee, returned this week. He was one of the flood victims. All of his property was swept away, including his
colored help. Mr. Tate was on the roof of his submerged house when the relief boat came to his rescue. His farm was on both sides of the levee. He will remain here.
Indiana Journal April 28 1897

Kokomo, Ind. Aug. 13.—In the winter of 1893 there was a fatal case of diphtheria in, the family of S. C Moore, this city. The lounge on which the child died was stored away and forgotten. A few days ago Mrs Samuel Sipe, of Pittsburg, Pa. with her small children, came to visit Mr. and Mrs. Moore, her parents. The lounge was brought out for the children. And two of them are now down with diphtheria contracted from the lounge on which a diphtheria afflicted child died more than three years ago.
Indiana Journal June 26, 1896

Kokomo, Ind., Aug. 20—This place was the scene of an extraordinary elopement yesterday. For some time Alva Kessler, of Waupecong, aged eighteen, and Ida Kendall, daughter of a prominent farmer of Liberty township, have been wanting to get married, the girl being only fourteen years old. The Kendalls forbade young Kessler the house and the youngsters planned to run off. Monday night after the family had retired the girl tossed her clothing out of the second story window, then, climbing to the ground on a grape-vine, joined her lover, who was waiting with a buggy. Accompanied by a neighbor, W. L. Myers, the lovers drove to this City, arriving here at daylight. They were waiting at the courthouse steps when the clerk opened his office, the girl being closely veiled. Myers signed the affidavit that the parties were of legal age and ten minutes later they were pronounced husband and wife by a justice of the peace. The girl was not missed until called for break-fast next morning. Later in the day two big brothers of the child bride came to town in search or the fugitives, but failed to find them.
Indiana Journal June 26, 1896

Kokomo, Ind., April 11—Dr. A. C. Freeman, of this city, and Caleb, Jane and Walter Jackson, of Howard township, were arrested Saturday for the crime of abortion on Mrs. Rosa Hahn-Jackson. who recently married Walter Jackson. To Prosecuting Attorney Harness the girl told a revolting story of cruelty at the hands of her young husband and his parents, alleging that they held her by force while the operation was performed.
Indiana Journal April 14, 1897

Girl Wife Asks Divorce. Kokomo. April 14.—In a complaint for divorce. Mrs. Nealie Brown sets up that she was but thirteen years and ten months old when she married Clifton Brown on June 15, 1908. and that she will not be sixteen years of age until August 5 of the present year. She asks that the marriage contract be set aside.
Logansport Weekly Reporter | Logansport, Indiana | Tuesday, April 19, 1910 | Page 5 (Contributed by Janice Rice)

Kokomo, Ind., Jan. 26 - The Great Western pottery works, the largest plant In the West engaged In the manufacture of sanitary and plumber's earthenware, suffered a fire loss of $50,000 this morning, three of the seven brick buildings being
entirely destroyed. Falling walls damaged two other structures. The contents of the engine and packing rooms were saved, but everything else, including finished ware, material, molds, patterns, kilns, saggers and appliances were destroyed. The company had just received a lot of new patterns for special orders for goods to be shipped to Edinburgh. Scotland. Two hundred skilled potters are thrown out of work. It will take six months to rebuild the plant and replace the patterns and molds. The loss is covered by $30,000 insurance. In the following companies:—The Lloyds. $27.500: the Mutuals. $20,000; Phenix of Brooklyn, $3,500; Lancashire, $1,500; Royal. $2,500; Springfield. $2.500; Mutual Fire of New York, $10,000, Pennsylvania. $3.500; Northern Assurance. $9,000 The fire started from a stove in the glazing room.
Indiana Journal February 3, 1897

Russiaville, Ind., Jan. 26.—For several years the capon industry has been rather on the decline on account of a decline in the price. The failure of wheat, oats and rye. the price of corn and the scourge of hog cholera that has prevailed in this
section more or less for two years has caused the farmers to direct their attention to capon raising once more, and as a result the industry has been increased to its old time importance. When the price was 12 1/2 and 10 cents per pound there were thousands shipped from this point every year. This year O. S. Martin, a local grocer, opened up the market at 10 cents and partially dressed the poultry, hanging them up head down and inserting a Knife into the back of the head, severing the spinal chord and at the same time severing a blood vessel. The feathers were then picked - the bird still hanging - leaving feathers on the tips of the wings, legs and neck and without disemboweling they were packed and shipped to Chicago dealers. Several thousand capons were thus disposed of. but last week about twenty thousand live birds were shipped, the farmers receiving from $10 to $150 for their young caponized roosters, according to the number brought in. If they had fattened them with equal care and not had them caponized they  would not have realized one-fourth the amount
Indiana Journal February 3, 1897

"Victim of Chicago Thugs
Kokomo, Ind.. Jan, 27.—A. B. Treyer, of this city, while in Chicago Sunday, on his way to Galena, Ill., to claim the body of his son, John Troyer, killed by the cars, was held up and robbed by thugs on the lake front. He was enticed to a dark
quarter to see the result of a supposed natural gas explosion, and was there set on by his guides, who took all his money, $45, leaving him without means to continue the journey. .This caused a twenty fours' delay of the funeral.
Weekly Indiana State Journal January 29, 1896

Riot In  Court.
Kokomo, Ind., Feb. 87.—A riot broke up a court here yesterday. An injunction case was being heard by Judge Kirkpatrick, the litigants being D. E. Downey and Elias Lowery. Frank Wyatt. a witness, was attacked by two sons of Downey and kicked downstairs. On the street they fought with knives, stones and clubs, inflictlng serious Injuries. All were arrested. Lowery. who has heart trouble, thought his witness was killed, fainted and was taken home unconscious.
The Warren Republican February 28 1895

Kokomo,  Ind., Jan. 20.?John S. Peters, a well-known resident of this city, is in trouble, confessing the charge that he has one too many wives. The plurality of wives was brought to light Saturday in an application by the husband for a divorce from wife No. 1, who is a resident of Vigo county, near Terre Haute. Peters was in court with both wives Saturday evening, but failed to get the divorce. Judge Mount dismissed the case. Twenty-four years ago Mr. Peters was married to Maggie J. Peters in Vigo county, but after eleven months of wedded life the couple separated, neither getting a divorce. Six years later Mr. Peters, laboring under the mistaken impression that two years' separation was in itself a divorce, married a Champaign county (Illinois) girl, with whom he is now living, they being the parents of seven children. The first wife  has a daughter eighteen years of age. Wife No. 1 never remarried. It was not until a few days ago that Peters learned he was a bigamist. He immediately applied for a divorce from No. 1, but on the day set for hearing she appeared in court with an attorney to resist the petition. She wants alimony, and declares she will have it or prosecute Peters for bigamy. She won in the preliminary skirmish.  Judge Mount dismissed the divorce action, and now the husband is preparing to defend himself on the bigamy charge.   The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wed., Feb. 1, 1899 -
Contributed by Candi Horton

Kokomo, Ind., Jan. 28. -Sheriff Harness received a letter to-day from the commander of the Soldiers' Home at St. James, Mo., describing an inmate of the home who had escaped last July. Hearing of the wild man captured in this county last week, and believing the latter to be the missing soldier, he wrote here for further particulars. His description tits the curious looking object in jail here and there is little doubt that he is the long missing veteran. The man is as wooly as a goat and when discovered in a rural church was walking on hand and knees almost entirely nude, the frightened worshipers thinking him some wild animal. His name is Charles Jacobson.  His mind is entirely gone, though physically he is a giant. He fought like a demon on being captured and six strong men were required to tie him and bring him to jail. He is nearly ninety years old. The sheriff is well pleased over the prospect of getting rid of him. 
The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wed., Feb. 1, 1899  Contributed by Candi Horton

Kokomo, Ind.,  Jan. 28.-The Kokomo street railway was sold at receiver's sale to-day for $9,000. the purchaser being W. P. Stevens, of Detroit. The company will be reorganized at once and the line will be extended and improved, making it practically a new system.  The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wed., Feb. 1, 1899 - Submitted by Candi

Kokomo, Ind. Feb. 2—Through the death of her daughter. Mrs. Susan McDaniels, Mrs. Mary Bryan Cobb, the oldest living daughter of the revolution, is alone in the world. At 100 years of age she is left, having outlived all of her family and near relatives.
Mrs. Cobb is a step-great-grandmother of Colonel W.J. Bryan, her first husband being Louis H. Bryan, a soldier of the war of 1812 and the Mexican war.
She is a grandaughter of Rev. John Gano, brigade chaplain in the revolution, and a daughter of Stephen Gano, also an officer in the continental army.
Mrs. Cobb is still in good health, she draws a pension as a daughter of the revolution and Mexican war widow. Her daughter of 82 years old died of old age.
Shelby Democrat, 6 February 1902.


Thirty years a grave-digger and almost 80 years of age is Mark McTigue of Kokomo. He knows the bones that lie in every one of the 4,000 graves he has dug. He has been digging in the Crown Point Cemetery for thirty years. 10 December 1896.

Dr. W.H. Martin and wife, of Kokomo, spent Christmas in this city, the guests of the former's father-in-law, Mr. John Christman. 31 December 1896.

KOKOMO, Ind., Jan. 19. 1896 – Yesterday Mesdames Judge Lindsay, G. W. Ross, H. L. Dawson and Miss Minnie Trueblood, a committee from the Kokomo Equal Suffrage Club waited on Mayor Kirkpatrick, asking that the Pingree plan be adopted in this city – that of donating the vacant suburban lots to the poor for cultivation of potatoes and other vegetables the coming season. The scheme is looked on with favor by Mayor Kirkpatrick, and he agreed to appoint a committee of the Council Monday night to co-operate with the ladies in the furtherance of the plan.
Contributed by Laudi (Albers) Culbertson

KOKOMO, Ind., Jan. 17. 1896 – The $10,000 damage suit brought against the Pennsylvania Railway Company by the administrator of the estate of the late Oscar Romack, tried in this court on a change of venue from Logansport, resulted in a decisive victory for the widow, the jury, after twenty hours’ deliberation, awarding her $7,600 [$7,500]. Romack, who was an employe of the Adams Express Company at Logansport, was killed by the cars while loading express, in December, 1894. The verdict was a special finding of facts, the jury answering all of the 155 interrogatories in plaintiff’s favor.
Contributed by Laudi (Albers) Culbertson

KOKOMO, Ind., Jan. 19. 1896 – Dr. Buck, of this city, holds the local championship as a rat catcher. Friday night the Doctor set a trap in his barn for rodents, that he knew to be plentiful. On going out in the morning he found the trap so full it would hold no more, being twenty-six full sized rats in captivity.
Contributed by Laudi (Albers) Culbertson

KOKOMO, Ind., Sept. 1.—The Home Building and Loan Association of this city has decided to quit business and has begun the process of winding up its affairs preparatory to retiring. Early in June the association ceased to pay withdrawals on demand, and sfrice July I has accepted no deposits. The embarrassment was in a large measure brought about by demand for the withdrawal of $16,000 in one lump by ex-State Auditor J. O. Henderson, of this city, who is now in Europe with hts family. This week the association issued a 5 per cent, dividend to shareholders and depositors. The management hopes to pay out dollar for dollar, but admits that if matters are forced it will not pay to exceed 60 cents on the dollar.
Date: 1898-09-07; Paper: Indiana State Journal

RUSSIAVILLE, Ind., Dec 1.—The saloon war is on again in this town- Notice appeared in the Kokomo papers several weeks ago of the application of three saloon men, J. R, Mason, Dennis Kindrick and Benjamin Bond, for a license, Mason already holds a retail license, and Kindrick is his bartender, so that the three applications are really for two saloons. Remonstrances, with a large majority of the voters of the township, have been filed, and all three of the applications will be defeated under the Nicholson law. Quart shops will, more than likely, be the result.
Date: 1897-12-08; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Kokomo, IN- September 10- Sixteen years ago Howard Johnson, the eighteen year old son of Jonathan Johnson, a prominent hardware merchant of this city, in a fit of anger left home, saying he would never return, and from that day to this he had not been seen or heard from by his relatives.  Yesterday a letter was received from Omar Maris, formerly editor of the Kokomo Gazette, now in Alaska, saying he had met the long missing boy in that country.  To Maria Johnson told the strange story of his life.  After leaving home he went to Mexico, thence to South America.  Later he went to sea, made two journeys around the world and was twice shipwrecked.  In Chile South America, he married a beautiful Spanish woman, who is now with him at Dawson City.  He has prospered in that gold country and is now wealthy.  He said nothing about coming home.  His parents now live at Carmel, Hamilton County.
Submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay
From the "Indiana State Journal" dated September 14, 1898

Married – Ploughe --- West – At the home of the bride’s parents, October 10, 1877, by Rev. C. Martindale, Miss Alice Ploughe, of this county, and Mr. Harvey West, of Kokomo, Indiana.  
Hutchinson News (Weekly) Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas Thursday, October 18, 1877 page – 3 *** column – 3  
Contributed by Rose Stout

KOKOMO, Ind., Aug. 12—"Cal"  Armstrong, the gay young Tipton county deputy treasurer who was convicted or getting away with 543,000 and blowing it in on the race track, has served his three-years and is again a free man. He was brought from Michigan City last night by Sheriff Sumption and released at the door or the Howard county jail. He was convicted in this county Feb. 10, 1894, and earned six months good time. At the urgent request of young Armstrong the return home was conducted secretly, he being anxious to avoid meeting any of his acquaintances, especially the Indignant Tipton county bondsmen and taxpayers. *Cal* was met here by a. trusted friend and the two Immediately left the city, their destination being unknown. It is thought that "Cal" will soon join his father, James K. Armstrong, In Tennessee, where the latter went at the expiration of his term in prison.
Date: 1896-08-19; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Kokomo. Ind., May 31,—Mrs. Augusta Schmidt, the wealthy and eccentric German baroness, who ten years ago killed her tenant. Oscar Walton, and who a few weeks ago was released from the woman's reformatory, became violent here yesterday. terrorizing the neighborhood. She went around carrying a flag in one hand and a club in the other. A lunacy trial will be held today. Since serving her term, Mrs. Schmidt, whose fortune was eaten up in attorneys' fees in an effort to escape punishment for killing Walton, has lived in seclusion on a little farm near this city. '
The Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel Wed. June 5, 1901

Kokomo Woman, Leas Than Twenty Years Old Wedded at Age of 15, Is Plaintiff In Court,
KOKOMO, Ind., Nov. 20.—Thrice married and twice divorced, Mrs. Flossie Randolph, less than 20 years old, is before the Circuit Court asking for a third divorce.
Her first marriage took place before she was 15 year's old to a man thrice her age, economical and wealthy. After enduring two years of alleged cruelty she fled front her husband, to marry Afterward a man named Dotterer, from whom she secured a divorce.
The present husband is Robert C. Randolph, whose father, a wealthy man of Chicago, will support his son In his defense of the divorce suit. Until Sunday the couple had lived in perfect happiness, when a quarrel ensued because the wife objected to tho husband going to a certain place, says' the complaint. But they "made up" and Randolph left the home with a direction as to what he desired for dinner, but never came back, His wife says she sought him, but he told her to appeal to the courts.
The Indianapolis Star Sunday November 21, 1909

Greentown Woman Carries Father and Mother, Invalids, From Burning Home.
KOKOMO, Ind. , Nov. 20 — Both Invalids and bed-fast, James and Mrs. Swope, residents near Greentown, were carried from their burning residence last night by their daughter She fought the flames at the start, but finding that she would be unable to do more, prepared a bed for her parents in the yard, to which she carried them, and, was just completing her task when neighbors arrived upon
the scene to give help. The home was destroyed.
The Indianapolis Star Sunday November 21, 1909

A lodge of colored Masons was instituted In this city and the following officers Installed: W. M., William Ellis; S. W., W. Hardin, W., A. H. Brown; S. D., William Rickman; J. D., O. Bond; treasurer, F. Roberts; tyler, T. J. Woods; stewards, J. A. Braboy and William Cary.
The Kokomo Daily Tribune Sat. June 2, 1926 page 4

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