JENNINGS COUNTY, INDIANA
COURT & CRIMES
Indiana State Journal 1899-07-05 *CRIME *
Vernon Ind. July 1
Deputy Sheriff Jordan arrested Jesse L. Amburn this morning on a warrant
from Boone County, charging him with stealing a horse and buggy from Dr.
James P. Orr, of Lebanon. Amburn's parents came from Boone County a year
or two ago and live on a farm some five miles east of Vernon. The young
man has been at work in Boone County for some time, and on May 13 both
Amburn's and Dr. Orr's horse and buggy were missing at the same
time. The rig was abandoned in the northern part of Jennings County
and young Amburn was recognized as the person who turned the horse loose.
One hour before his arrest he had called at the county clerk's office and
took out a marriage license to marry Miss Abbie Ale, a young woman living
in the same neighborhood. Amburn is twenty-three years old and will be
taken to Boone County for trial.
NORTH VERNON, Ind. (AP) - * CRIME *
A North Vernon service station employee was in critical condition today
after being shot in the head by an armed robber at the Big Foot Shell
Station, police said. North Vernon police said David Wick, 19, of North
Vernon was shot about 5:25 p.m. Monday. He was flown to Humana University
Hospital in Louisville, Ky., where he was in the surgical intensive care
unit. Police arrested a suspect,
Melvin E. Madden Jr. ,42, a this Milroy home about 10:15 p.m. Monday. He
was being held in Jennings County Jail on preliminary charges of robbery
and attempted murder.
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NORTH VERNON Ind. Nov 30 - * CRIME *
George W. Shaffer, formerly marshal of this city, and now engaged In real
estate, loan and insurance business, was arrested this morning on an
indictment charging him with embezzlement as agent of the Ohio Farmers'
Insurance Company. Mr. Shaffer was at one time local agent of the
International Building and Loan Association- He is a prominent Ked Man, an
ex-officer of the G. A. R. of this city, and an active member of the Horse
Thief Detective Association. It is claimed that, as agent of the Ohio
Farmers' Insurance Company, he collected and converted to his own use and
refused to pay over on demand about $400 of insurance premiums. The
company recovered judgment against him at the October term of court, in a
civil action, for $418, which amount is yet unpaid, his bondsmen being
The Huntington Herald 28Dec1923 -transcribed by J.S. *
"A HOT TIME"
Columbus, Ind. Dec 27 - O.A. Martin, a Chicago salesman, said today he
thought a practical joke was being played upon him when he was placed
under arrest as a suspect in the attempted bank robbery at Paris
Crossing, twenty miles south of North Vernon.
Accosted by Officer Ed Hall, Martin ran, thinking, he said, that some of
his customers 'had arranged to have a little fun at his expense. When
Hall's gun spat forth, Martin stopped.
Martin's description appeared to fit that of the man given police who
escaped in an automobile of the same make and model driven by Martin,
after he had unsuccessfully attempted to hold up the cashier of the
Paris Crossing Bank.
Police of southern Indiana cities were on the lookout for the bandit who
shoved a gun in the face of the cashier and was knocked down by a nervy
customer who happened to be in the bank at the time.
The Republic 1Feb1917 -transcribed by J.S. * CRIME
WERE HUNTING MAYNARD
According to information coming to this paper from Vernon an effort was
made by Officers in Jennings County this week to capture Kenneth
Maynard, of this city, who escaped from an interurban car while in
charge of the marshal of Edinburg some time ago. Maynard was wanted for
assaulting an Edinburg man while they were at work on a building there.
He asked permission to come here and secure bond and the Edinburg
marshal accompanied him. When the traction car on which they were riding
was stopped at the north Washington street railroad crossing. Maynard
jumped off and made good his escape.
The Vernon story says Deputy Sheriff R.J. Walker, of Jennings county and
Harry Fleming, North Vernon policeman, expected Maynard to board a train
at Paris Crossing and they were waiting for him. They were unable to
find the local man but they had a report later that he boarded the train
The Alexandria Times 27Dec1923 -transcribed by J.S. * CRIME
INDIANA BANDIT FLEES AFTER KNOCKED DOWN
North Vernon, Ind., Dec 27 - A lone, unmasked bandit made an
unsuccessful attempt to rob the State Bank at Paris Crossing, near
hear, and escaped in a waiting in a waiting automobile. The robber
struck J.M. Pond, a customer in the bank, with his revolver and
ordered him out of the way. Pond, however, knocked the robber down,
and while he was getting up, B.W. Lowery, bank cashier, seized a
revolver. The would-be robber fled.
The Indianapolis Journal, 18Dec1893 - *THE COPE-SHUCK CASE*
The Remarkable Contest for the Auditorship of Jennings County.
Jury's Unique Verdict, by Which Shuck Was Found Guilty and
Acquitted, Sustained by the Supreme Court.
To the Editor of the Indianapolis Journal: In Wednesday's
issue, under the caption "Noted Case Dcided,"[sic] the Journal gives
what purports to be a history of the Cope-Shuck contest for the
auditorship in Jennings County. It is bristling with error, and the
purpose of this letter is to give the facts. W.A. Shuck served one
year as treasurer of Jennings County as an appointee to fill a
vacancy, his time expiring as such in November 1886, when John D. Kidd
succeeded him, having defeated Shuck at the election. Shuck being a
candidate for re-election. Shuck turned over to Kidd $17,744, and took
Kidd's receipt therefor. Kidd did not examine the books to ascertain
whether the amount paid him was correct as not, but took what was paid
him as the successor of Shuck. He did not examine the books until the
summer of 1890, when, knowing that he must soon account to his
successor, he counted the cash and compared the same with the books to
see how he stood. In doing this he found a shortage. Mr. Kidd not only
made a personal examination, but called to his assistant two or more
competent persons, one of whom was an expert, and they found a
shortage of $2,357.66, and that this shortage was in Mr. Shuck's
administration while he was acting as treasurer. Mr. Kidd also called
Mr. Shuck's atention[sic] to the shortage and asked him to examine for
himself; this Shuck positively declined to do. After this the election
occurred, and Shuck was elected over cope by 39 majority. Kidd was
distressed about the shortage, and knowing that it did not occur
during his four years of administration as treasurer, and knowing that
he must soon account to his successor, he filed with the Governor his
affidavit and asked that no commission be issued to Mr. Shuck until
the matter was adjudicated. This Governor Hovey did, as shown by the
case of Hovey, Governor vs. State on rel. W.A. Shuck (127 Ind. 588)
Shuck then paid the money and took the following receipt, which his
attorney, the late Hon. J.D. New, prepared for him:
"VERNON, Ind. Nov 20, 1890. "$2,357.66-Received of William A. Shuck,
ex-treasurer of Jennings County, Indiana, and whose term of office
expired as such treasurer Nov 18, 1886, the sum of $2,357.66, that
being the amount of public money's with which said Shuck was
chargeable as such treasurer, at said date, and which he has not
accounted for nor paid over until now, as shown by the books and
receipts of said office."
This clearly states what he paid, and why. The next day Shuck's
attorneys called on the Governor for the commission. Cope was now
claiming the office by reason of the defalcation, and Governor Hovey
declined to issue a commission until the courts should determine to
whom it belonged. The Journal article states that Mr. Kidd filed
another affidavit with the Governor claiming the shortage to be
$4,854.84. This is error; no such affidavit was ever filed. Long after
the $2,357.66 was paid the Board of Commissioners had an examination
made by experts, and the amount was ascertained to be $4,854.84. After
this examination Mr. Shuck had an examination by five of his own
partisans in his own interest, with the result that they privately
stated that the shortage was less than the amount he had paid. This
examination was made in four or five days, while it took experts over
two weeks to make the examination. Two of the five persons that Shuck
had make the examination never went upon the witness stand to testify,
though they were conveniently near when the trial was had.
The commissioners refused to approve Shuck's bond until he had a
commission or had purged himself of the alleged defalcation. A change
in the board at the December session gave Mr. Shuck a majority, and
his bond was then approved, but not until the work "commission" was
stricken out. Then, in broad daylight, Shuck came to the auditor's
office with a mob of his friends, and before the people realized what
was going on he took possession of the office by mob violence.
Immediately public sentiment was at a fever heat, and there was much
disposition to retake the office, but better counsel prevailed and
Cope went into court as a law-abiding citizen to seek redress.
THE TRIAL AND VERDICT
Friends of both parties were on the jury, and they were out
twenty-four hours deliberating, but failed to reach an agreement. At
last they effected a compromise by rendering a general verdict in
favor of Mr. Shuck and by answering the following interrogatories
propounded to them, to wit:
"State of Indiana, Jennings County, ss:
"In the Jennings Circuit Court, May term, 1892. The State of Indiana
on the relation of John C. Cope vs. William A. Shuck.
"The plaintiff submits the following special interrogatories in the
above-entitled cause, and asks the court that the jury be required to
answer the same in connection with their verdict.
"HARRIS, LAWRENCE & TWEEDY, "Plaintiff's Attorneys.
"1. Did not Richard Osborn, under the instruction and direction of
William A. Shuck, without the consent of John C. Cope of any one
acting for him, remove the lock on the door entering from the
courthouse hall into the office of auditor of Jennings County,
Indiana, on the 9th day of December, 1891? Yes. "W.G. SIMPSON,
"2. Did not said Richard Osborn, by direction and instruction of
William A. Shuck, place on and fasten to the said auditor's office
door a lock, and give the keys thereof to William A. Shuck, without
the consent of John C. Cope or nay one acting for him, on the 9th day
of December, 1891, and was not this the only outside door to the
auditor's office? Yes. "W.G. SIMPSON, Foreman.
"3. Could John C. Cope or any of his deputies unlock the said door of
the auditor's office after the old lock was removed and a new one put
on by said Richard Osborn by the use of any one of the keys that were
used to unlock the lock removed by said Osborn? No. "W.G. SIMPSON,
"4. Did not William A. Shuck, after the new lock was placed on
the door of the auditor's office by said Osborn, lock and unlock the
door thereof with the keys that belonged to the new lock placed
thereon by said Osborn? Yes. "W.G. SIMPSON, Foreman.
"5. Did not William A. Shuck, without the consent of John C. Cope or
his deputy or deputies, take by force the key to the vault containing
the public records of the auditor's office forcibly from Martin
Shepherd on the 9th day of December 1891? Yes. "W.G. SIMPSON, Foreman.
"6. Was the key to the vault of the auditor's office ever returned to
John C. Cope by William A. Shuck or anyone else for him, that was
forcibly taken from Martin Shepherd by William A. Shuck on the 9th day
of December, 1891? No. "W.G. SIMPSON, Foreman.
"7. Was not John C. Cope in peaceable possession of the auditor's
office as auditor of Jennings, Indiana, on the 9th day of December
1891, and at that time they key to the vault was forcibly taken from
Martin Shepherd, said Cope's deputy, and the new lock was placed upon
the outside door by Richard Olson at the request of William A. Shuck?
Yes. "W.G. SIMPSON, Foreman.
The interrogatories disclose the fact that the term of office of
auditor began on or before Nov 18, 1890, and they further disclose the
face that Shuck took possession by force on the 9th day of December,
1891. The lower court held that the jury, having found Shuck guilty,
could not acquit him. This the Supreme Court reverses, Judge Daily
handling down the opinion.
The attention of the legal profession of the State is called to the
constitutional provisions, "defaulters not eligible." Sec 91 R.S. 1881
and to Sec 547 R.S. 1881, upon the subject of interrogatories to a
jury. Also to the opinion when published, which it will be in a few
days in the New England Reporter. No such opinion was ever rendered in
this or any other State, in which, as in this case, the Supreme Court
has attempted to resolve itself into a jury and ifnd the facts as in a
special verdict, as has been done in this case by the court. LAWYER.
The Evening Bulletin, Mar 21, 1892 (Maysville, KY) *CRIME*
Marshal Heflin returned Saturday night from Jennings County, Indiana,
where he went after Thomas Condon. Condon is wanted in Fleming County
on the charge of seducing Bridget Byron, a girl under twelve years of
age. He skipped out, but was captured in Jennings County. Captain
Heflin took him to Flemingsburg this afternoon.
Daily Public Ledger (Maysville, Ky) Oct 21, 1912 * J.R.
The Grand Jury of Jennings County, Indiana has indicted J.R. Clarke,
James Tyler and Henry Romine on the charge of murdering Charles and John
Evansville Daily Journal, Mar 12, 1866 * Robbery and
The Madison Courier of Friday last brings intelligence of one of the
most diabolical outrages that we have read of. The paper says:
A short time since, a Mr. Todd, residing on Bear Creek, a half a mile
west of Paris, Jennings County, Indiana, eighteen miles from this
city, sold his little farm for $350. On Wednesday last, 7th instant,
at the hour of two o'clock in the afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Todd, having
occasion to go out into the field for a short time, left the children
in the house together. There were three of the children - aged,
respectively, two, four and six years.
The parents, of course, suspected no danger, and all their money,
&c., was left in the house. In half an hour, however, they
returned, and were horror stricken to find all three of the children
stretched upon the floor as if in a dying condition, and weltering in
their blood. Immediately giving the alarm to their nearest neighbors,
it spread until the people of the entire vicinity were out in arms, on
foot and on horseback, scouring the country in search of the
hell-deserving author of the horrible crime. The supposition is that
the primary objects of the fiend in human shape was robbery, but after
taking the money and such other valuables as he wanted, he feared
perhaps that the eldest child might be a witness against him, and
therefore knocked them all three in the head.
The Greenville Journal, Mar 30, 1916 (Greenville, Oh) *
Joel Pancoast Charged With Bigamy *
Joel Pancoast, under arrest at Cincinnati, where he is allege to
have two wives, with a third at Newport, Ky., has been taken back to
Jennings county, Indiana to answer a bigamy charge of having married
one of them there. The governor's office honored a requisition for
The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cinncinati, OH) Jul 18, 1870 * Pleads
Guilty * Horrible Attempt at Wife Murder - A tee Lenient
Sentence. Some time ago Richard and Nancy Rascoe were residents of
Jennings County, Indiana, and were living apart, but under a pretext
of reconciliation Rascoe coaxed his wife away into Jefferson County,
and leading her to a solitary place, beat her over and body in the
most shocking manner, and support her dead, pitched her body upon a
pile of rocks near the bank of a creek and the Ohio River, and left
it there to be found, carried off by the rising water of the river,
or eaten by the hogs. The woman however, was not dead, as supposed.
And the next morning, the attempted murder being perpetrated in the
night, she was found, taken to the Jefferson County Poor Asylum, and
there, after several days of insensibility, so far recovered as to
be able to give information as to who had assaulted and came so near
murdering her. Rascoe was arrested by the Sheriff of Jefferson
County, and taken to Madison, where he was lodged in jail. The grand
jury indicted him for assault with intent to murder, and his case
came up for a hearing in the Criminal Court at Madison on Tuesday.
When the indictment was read to him, Rascoe plead guilty, and was
fined $100 and sentenced to ten years confinement in the
penitentiary at Jeffersonville. Considering the enormity of his
crime and the degree of his guilt, the sentence is a very mild one.
Of the case, the Madison Courier says: "The evidence showed it to be
the most heartless attempt at murder ever committed in this county.
He induced his wife to accompany him to this city, under the
pretense of taking her to Kentucky to visit her relatives. Arriving
in this city he took her about two or three miles up the road
leading to Brooksburg, and setting down to rest went to sleep, while
she kept watch over him. On waking up he told her that he intended
to murder her and thrown her into the river, and immediately
commenced beating her with rocks until she was insensible, and then
tried to throw her into the river, but failed. Her wounds, not yet
healed up, were exhibited to the Court. He listened to the evidence
with a nonchalance air that showed him to be a most consummate
The Indiana State Sentinel (Indianapolis, IN) Jan 27, 1874 * Notice
of Assignee in Bankruptcy * District Court of the United
States, for the District of Indiana. William K. Mead, bankrupt, In
bankruptcy. At Lawrenceburg, on the 26th days of December, 1873,
before William H. Mathews, Register in Bankruptcy. The undersigned
hereby gives notice of his appointment as assignee of William K.
Mead, of Jennings County, in the State of Indiana, within said
district, who has been adjudged a bankrupt upon the petition of the
creditors, by the district court of said district. Horatio Byfield,
Assignee in Bankruptcy of Wm. K. Mead, January 18, 1874.
Janesville Weekley Gazette (Janesville, Wis) Oct 26, 1865 * Penitentiary
* Mrs. Mary Walker, an enterprising female of Jennings County,
Indiana, has been sent to the penitentiary for two years for horse
Lewistown Gazette, Mar 28, 1866 (Lewistown, PA) * Horrible
Tragedy at Todd Home * A Robber Kills one Child with a Bible,
and Beats two more until he Supposed them Dead, with a Smoothing
Iron, is Arrested and makes a Confession. A terrible tragedy
occurred on the 7th inst., at the house of a Mr. Todd, living near
Paris, Jennings county, Indiana. About two o'clock p.m. Mr. and Mrs.
Todd, being absent for a short time from the house, on their return,
were horror-stricken to find all three of their children stretched
upon the floor, as if in a dying condition, and weltering in blood.
The alarm was given to the neighbors, who all turned out in arms, on
foot and horseback, scouring the country in search of author of the
horrible deed. The youngest child has died from the injuries
received, but the other two may possibly recover. Late on the
evening of the murder, the oldest child recovered sufficiently to
tell the name of the author of the terrible act. His name is Wash.
Sage. It was but a short time after this was known that the
scoundrel was secured. It appears that when the children came into
the house they found Sage ransacking it. He immediately seized a
Bible lying near, with which he knocked the smallest child in the
head. He then grasped a smoothing iron and with it and a pistol
which he held in his hand, he beat all three of them until he
supposed they were dead, and then left with his booty for his home
only three-quarters of a mile distant, where he was found. Upon
being taken into custody, he made a full confession. He has always
been a bad man, and his father before him was a terror to the
neighborhood, and he is believed to be the one who attempted to kill
Wiley White some time ago. He had been arrested for barn burning and
destroying hay-stacks. The murderer is now confined in the Vernon
The Holt County Sentinel, Aug 18, 1876 * Swindle * The
Vernon Banner, published in Jennings county, Indiana, informs all
persons who lost their farms, lands, or money through the swindling
coruption[sic] of the Fort Wayne and Southern Railroad, that the
instrument by which the swindle was consummated is on file in the
recorder's office in that county and that it bears the name of
"Samuel J. Tilden."
The Bourbon News, May 2, 1882 (Millersburg, Ky) * Oscar M.
Garrett Acquitted * Oscar M. Garrett, acquitted in Jennings
County, Indiana of complicity in the murder of John M. Walton, near
St. Paul, and rearrested on the charge of arson, was taken from the
jail in Greensburg and lynched by fifty masked men. The mob went to
the jail at an early hour in the morning, and ringing the bell,
Toothman, the jailor, opened the door. On opening the door he was
confronted and seized by the mob. They demanded the keys of the
jail. Toothman refused. They then dragged him along with them
through the hall, and up the stairs to the second floor, where they
put a rope around his neck, with the evident purpose of enforcing
their demand if necessary. For some reason Garrett was confined very
insecurely in the residence part of the jail, in a cell usually
occupied by female prisoners. The lynchers were now close to the
door of this cell. Garrett having been roused by the noise ad
probably not knowing what it meant, called out, and his voice was
recognized. There was a cry of "Here he is, the damned hound." A
single blow from a sledge-hammer, carried by one of the party,
sufficed to burst open the cell door. Garrett had always had the
reputation of being a man of cool and desperate courage, and
surprised and outnumbered as he was, would no doubt, had he been
armed, have made bloody work for his captors. As it was, he floored
the first man that entered with a chair; but three or four men were
upon him in a moment. He was dragged struggling and calling on
Toothman for help, out of the cell and down the stairs head foremost
into the hall below. Some one was heard to call for a rope, which
was produced and placed round the neck of the doomed man. He was
heard to exclaim twice: "I know you! I know you!" That was all.
After that the work of death went forward with terrible dispatch.
Three men were detailed to guard Toothman. Garrett was roughly
dragged along the floor and out of the door by the rope round his
neck, as if he hand[sic] been a dog, and that was the last his
jailer saw of him alive. A man named Peck, who was sleeping up
stairs in the jail residence, saw what was done outside form his
window. Garrett was laid upon the pavement under a tree, just in
front of the jail door. A man wearing spurs, such as are used in
climbing telegraph poles, climbed the tree. The body was then raised
to a sufficient height, the rope securely fastened around the body
of the tree, and the work was done. The whole party then left, going
westward in the direction of St. Paul, some walking and some riding
in two spring wagons.
Evansville Courier and Press (Evansville, Indiana) Aug 16, 1924 * Klan
Fight is Aired in Hearing * Indianapolis, Aug 15 - Alleged
interference of the Ku Klux Klan in management of the public schools
of Jennings County was aired in a hearing before the state board of
education today concerning the official rating of the Spencer
township high school.
Employment of Peter J. Fushelberger as principal of the school for
the past year without approval of Shepard Whitcomb, county
superintendent and against the reported protest of the Klan caused
The state board, since Mr. Whitcomb refused to approve the selection
of the principal made by the trustee, did not give the school
commissioned standing for the last year.
In an executive session today after the hearing, the board sustained
the position of Mr. Whitcomb and did not restore the commission of
the school as requested by a group of citizens headed by H.P. Maloy.
This will mean that pupils who attended the school last year will
not receive official credit for their work. It was indicated,
however, in the event commissioned standing is restored to the
school this year, that pupils still in school will received credit
for the work done last year.
Mr. Fushelberger has left the school and will not be connected with
it during the coming school year.
Mr. Maloy, in presenting the case to the board said that the sole
matter involved was the religion of Mr. Fushelberger. Questioning by
members of the board brought out that Mr. Fushelberger is a member
of the Catholic Church.
Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), Feb 17, 1880 * A
Sheriff Locked Up, Together With an Incendiary Deputy * Both
of them drank and engaged in promiscuous revolver practice - The
Deputy sheriff becomes incensed at a reporter and fires a revolver -
The sheriff shoots through a car at Schenectady, on his way here.
When the special express from the east arrived last night, at 10:08
two men were commotion in the train as it ran into Schenectady. Both
were drunk. One of them had pulled out a revolver and fiered at a
selected mark, the ball going through the front window. His
companion was about to try his markmanship when Conductor Bertram
entered a protest and demanded the weapon. The man said he was a
sheriff from Rochester, and that he would not give it up. By this
time the train had reached the Schenectady depot, and Policeman
Rooney was called in, who gave the following 30 seconds to deliver
the revolver to the conductor, or go to the police office. He gave
THE REVOLVER PRACTICE at Schenectady was not only announced by the
train of officials when the two worthies got off here, but they very
soon afterward began to boast it without fear or favor. After they
had left the train and engaged in a dispute with the hotel runners
and backmen, they met Policeman Burns, and at once told their story
which may or may not be true. The man who had done the shooting said
he was Sheriff Wyatt, of Jennings County, Indiana, and had came here
with his companion to arrest Sarah A. Miller, of 66 or 68 South
Street, wife of Stephen S. Miller, now in jail in Jennings county,
A GIGANTIC SWINDLING SCHEME was the offense which they paraded
around amongst the crowds who followed and surrounded them, and for
which they said they would make the arrest here. Proceeding at once
to J.W. Clark's restaurant, 124 State street, they ordered and ate
food enough for a half dozen men, and soon became much nearer sober
than they were when they staggered in. But they pulled out all their
papers, including governor's requisitions, a big bond for $1,000 and
large rolls of bank bills. Here the big man gave his name as Sheriff
Hassey, of Simmons county, Ind., and the smaller and louder man said
DEPUTY-SHERIFF YORK, OF ONTARIO between Albany and Hudson. He said
he was paid five dollars a day for assisting the foreign sheriff
professionally. But this was not all, he "bled" the old man so
freely, and they ate like famished troopers. It was while they were
in this restaurant that a reporter - not connected with the Democrat
and Chronicle - came in to get the news. He went into a back room
with the two dignitaries adn looked over their papers
professionally. But they didn't "take in" the fact that he was a
professional man, and so made no objections. Mr. Clark kept the men
in good order, picked up their very important documents and money
when they dropped them, and finally started them off.
IN JOHNNY SULLIVAN'S SALOON on Railroad avenue, the men brought up
next, Sheriff Hassey, or whatever his name is, called for "a
beefsteak and some fried potatoes." He was told that only cigars and
drinks were kept for sale by Mr. Sullivan. Accordingly, beer was
ordered for himself and companion, whom "the boys" soon began to
recognize as a self-styled sharper. Everything went swimmingly, so
to speak, until some one in the crowd revealed to the official duet
the fact that the man who had overhauled their papers and got their
names at Mr. Clark's and who had followed them to Mr. Sullivan's,
was a reporter. "Be careful what you say, boys" said one of the men,
"for that reporter'll give you away in the paper in the morning."
This was enough, and his majesty York from Ontario began to menace
the reporter. "You're a reporter, be you! Well, I'm a type setter,
and that's higher'n you be. Don't you come hanging around us, young
feller, to see what you can find out!" With this remark Deputy
Sheriff Andrew York
DREW A REVOLVER from his pocket and began brandishing it around very
promiscuously, all the while addressing the reporter. "Better put
that thing up; it'll look better," ventured the scribe, backing
somewhat suspiciously away from his drunken and incendiary friend.
But York kept on sawing the air with the weapon, and laying down the
law to the scribe, till at last he warmed up to his subject so
thoroughly as to
DISCHARGE THE REVOLVER. For a moment no one in the room knew in just
which direction the ball had gone, and there was an awful stillness,
until the reporter spoke out for life and liberty and remarked quite
emphatically, "I want that man arrested!" This suggestion was
carried out to the letter, for the reporter went and summoned
Policeman Mitchell, who took both the sheriff and the deputy under
the strong arm of the law. Investigation showed that the pistol ball
had entered the floor near the counter, and had done no harm. It was
subsequently learned that the sheriff's name is Herman Dickson, and
that he hails from Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana, where he will
doubtless soon be a candidate for re-election. He showed large rolls
of bills, and about $100 in one bunch, at Sullivan's, where he tried
to get a backman to take him to South street last night. These facts
were all learned of eye-witnesses and not from the police. Therefore
the request not to publish some of them could not properly be
complied with. If they do not want Mrs. Miller to run away our
officials might better watch her till the sheriff and deputy pay
their fines and are released.
AT THE POLICE STATION. By the time the party reached the station
house the old man had become so helpless form drink that he did not
fully realise[sic] where he was, or what was being done with him.
The young man, however, was sufficiently sober to take in the whole
situation, and wept and moaned bitterly over the disgrace of being
confined in a dungeon cell. Before they were assigned their
respective apartments by Landlord Hyland, they were subjected to the
customary search, and what valuables or weapons in their possession
were taken care of, as is the custom in all first-class hotels. On
the person of the sheriff was found $1,00.03 in money and a bond for
$1,000, besides many legal papers. The young man had only about
three dollars. They will probably be examined to-day.
The Vernon Times, Vol 7, No 51 (Vernon, Jennings County) Jun 5, 1919
* Honorable Discharge for Grimes Brothers * Lieut. Charles A. Grimes
and Sergt. Elijah Grimes, two of the seven sons of Mr. and Mrs. W.E.
Grimes of Ethel, who were in military service during the world war,
have returned home with honorable discharges. Three brothers still
in service are Sergt, Leonard Grimes, Sergt. Arthur Grimes and
Sergt. Edward Grimes, the latter two having seen service in France.
Private W.J. Grimes, who has a wife and several children, enlisted
voluntarily and arrived overseas about the time that the armistice
The Vernon Times, Vol 7, No 51 (Vernon, Jennings County) Jun 5, 1919
* Court News *
John F. Malott, guardian of Phillip Hargesheimer Sr. of unsound
mind, guardian and attorney fees allowed.
Frank P. Jeffries guardian of the minor heir of Perry L. and
Florence M. Jeffries deceased current report examined and approved.
Pearl L. Huber, Admix, of the Estate of George F. Huber, deceased
vs. Walter Huber et al, for report of Sale Report of sale of
property in Marion, Ind. examined and approved, petition to settle
as insolvent examined and approved.
Matter of the estate of John Overmyer deceased proof and probate of
will by Edward W. Tech one of the subscribing witnesses.
Matter of the estate of Theodore Willman, deceased, Head? report
examined and approved.
In the matter of the estate of Nathanael Hanaway, deceased,
application, bonds and letters, Jesse Hanaway appointed
administrator. In the matter of the estate of Elzore Ewing,
deceased, F.T. Little administrator with will annexed. Final report
examined and approved.
Iva Miller vs Fred Miller. Tried by court taken under advisement
until Oct term.
Ethel B. Austin vs. Arthur C. Austin. Divorce granted plaintiff,
name changed back to Ethel B. Hunt.
John R. Lynn, Maggie J. Lynn, vs. William Shields et al. Quite Title
to Real Estate. Disclaimer filed for Sandford A. McGuire, Wm. Fike
and Charles W. Spriggs, defendants, disfaulted, trial by court.
Title quieted for plaintiff at plaintiff's cost.
Ren Ferberg vs Anna Cox and Bert Cox, Wm. Fitzgerald attorney
withdraw general appearance and enter special appearance for Anna
Cox motion filed to quash summons.
Alva N. Harold vs. Frank Hushberger et al. Foreclosure. Plaintiff
dismissed as to Frank Hushberger and Mrs. Frank Hushberger
defendants. Frank Hushberger and Frank Garr, Trial by court, find
for plaintiff, judgment accordingly. Foreclosure and sale of real
Charles Edle vs Hester A. Smith and Ulmer E. Smith, guardian.
Foreclosure of Mortgage Court sustains motion in abatement.
William J. Hare and J.L. Swarthout partners doing business under the
name, Hare and Swalthout vs Ed Kenens and Amos Bruce. On note.
Amos Bruce defaulted, trial by court, finds for plaintiff, judgment
accordingly. George A. Cox vs Letta A. Sutton et al. Quite Title.
Trial by court, find for plaintiff and title quieted judgment
In the matter of the Estate of Peter Tempest, deceased Jas. W.
Silver, Adm. Inheritance tax. Report of inheritance tax examined and
approved. Inheritance tax $19.56.
Willard E. Wohrer, John Morrison, Fielding E. Wohrer, Caroline
Whitcomb, Ex Parte. Drainage. Finding for the remonstrator, by
reducing the assessemnt one third total assessment $762.68 C.W.
Miles appointed Commissioner.
Matter of Petition of Isine Gindler Naturalization. Dismissed by
Court and evidence shown to have been naturalized at Dallas, Texas.
William H. Haines vs. Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railroad
Company. Plaintiff files amended complaint
Defendenant[sic] rules to answer.
Ruth McMacken, Grace Fortney by Ida Gray Scott, her Guardian vs
Raymond Fortney and Marguerite Wirth 60 as sold to Alva Miles for
$900 commissioner's report and deed examined and approved.
Sadie Stauffer vs American Railway Express Company Damages $896.00.
Dismissed by plaintiff, cost paid.
The State Life Insurance Company vs David W. Davis et al.
Foreclosure of Mortgage. Dismissed by plaintiff cost paid.
Frank H. Paugh vs Joseph H. Hendricks and Lacey Hendricks. Damages
Assult[sic] and Battery. Defendants filed joint demurer to first and
second paragraph of complaint.
Due Jun 7, 1919. In the matter of the estate of Silas S. Lilly,
deceased, Ella Lilly, Admx, final report. Report examined and
Estate of Charles A. Lowry, deceased, Elma Lowry, Admx, final report
examined and approved.
CRIMINAL State of Indiana vs Clifford Geary affidavit harboring dog
with tax not paid. Plea of guilty, fined $5.00 and cost, total
Sarah Wahl and George Porter were each found guilty of the same
offence[sic] as above and fined in the same amount.