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LEESVILLE, A COMMUNITY OF LAWRENCE COUNTY WAS A FORT BUILT IN 1810 TO PROTECT THE SETTLERS. IN 1813 THE FORT WAS ATTACKED BY POTAWATOMIS INDIANS AND MOST OF THE SETTLERS WERE KILLED. JACOB FLINN WAS CAPTURED BUT ESCAPED AND LATER RETURNED TO LEESVILLE.
New!! Mrs, Joseph H. Ward and children are visiting friends and relatives In Bedford, this week.
School Girl Missing. Marion. Ind, Nov. 8.—Margaret Ragan, 14 years of age, left home Monday morning for school and has not been seen since. She lived with her grandparents on.the Jonesboro pike near the national military home and attended school in the city. Officers have been searching for her, but without finding a a trace of her. She is described as a very beautiful girl, having blue eyes, light hair and weighing 115 pounds. Nov 8, 1906 Elkhart Truth
Train Strikes Mail Clerk. Marion, Ind., Nov. 8.—Clio Maffet, 37 years old, a mail carrier who has been in the service for 16 years, was run down by an east-bound Pennsylvania passenger train on a trestle within the city limits. His right leg was cut off and he also sustained a serious scalp wound. Nov 8, 1906 Elkhart Truth
Found Dead. Marion, Ind., Nov. 8—Stephen Faulkner, an oil operator, who has been missing a week, was found dead In a cabin in the woods near here, with a bullet hole in his head. Nov 8, 1906 Elkhart Truth
Olive J. Shively, another to receive a pardon, recited that : she refused to give testimony In the trial of Charles P Goodwin, who was charged with arson in Lawrence County, because the wife of Goodwin came to her and pleaded for her not to appear, saying that it would leave her (Mrs. Goodwin) and a child destitute. The case grew out of the burning of the home in which the Shively woman was living at the time. It Is alleged that Goodwin suggested that if the house was to burn Olive would get $400. While she was out of the city the house was burned, and she and Goodwin were brought before the courts. She was sentenced .to serve two to fourteen years in the Woman's Prison. Dec. 15 1916. *June 29, 1918 Kokomo Indiana
Is Wanted at Bedford. Sheriff Butler. Monday night, took into custody Walter Peyton, wanted at Bedford. Ind.. on a betrayal charge. Peyton wcs arrested at a lodging house In South Main street. Sheriff Butler is holding him pending instructions from the Lawrence county sheriff KOKOMO DAILY TRIBUNE. TUESDAY, JANUARY 27,1920
Was One of the best known woman of Howard County Mrs. Melissa Simpson, age 89, died at the home or her son, Dr. Norman Simpson, 523 South Washington street, at 10 o'clock Friday evening. Funeral servIces have not as yet been made. The deceased was one of Howard county's pioneers. She was-born in Kentucky, May 21, 1830. While she was still a small child her parents came to Lawrence county, Indiana, where she resided until 1848, when she came to Howard county. For nearly seventy years Mrs. Simpson was a resident of Center. Owing to ill health she came to.Kokonio to live with her son about"a year ago. Her husband, Denton Simpson, to whom she was married in 1849, died twelve years ago. Mrs. Simpson was a member of the Missionary Baptist church. She is survived by five children: Mrs. Elsie'Ingels, Fresno, Cal.; Mrs.Carrie Burr, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Lawrence Simpson, South Bend; Orin and Dr. Norman Simpson, of this city. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Simpson was steadfast in the faith of her church, a pioneer mother of sterling virtues, ana a moral .and spiritual asset to tho community. She leaves behind a noble and sweet memory which will ever be cherished. A private funeral will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of Dr. Norman Simpson .in South Washington street. The burial will be in the Albright cemetery. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1920.
THE BEDFORD DEMOCRAT
CHILD STRANGLED TO DEATH. BEDFORD, Ind., May 11.—As Mildred Frances Duncan, the 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Duncan of Pasadena, Cal., who, with her parents, has been visiting Bedford relatives, was playing with other children in a garden here yesterday, she pulled a small radish, and crying, "Look what a pretty one," put it into her mouth and immediately began to strangle. She died from strangulation in a short time. The Indianapolis Star May 12 1916 submitted by Barb Z
BEDFORD, Ind., Aug:. 16.—Report just received says Reed station, five miles north of here, was the scene of a riot today. Dan Cline shot and killed Curtis Lentz. Max Lentz was fatally injured and Herbert McDowell was dangerously cut. The sheriff has come to make arrests. Full particulars are not obtainable.at this hour. The trouble seems to have been caused by whisky. Date: 1896-08-19; Paper: Indiana State Journal submitted by Barb Z
Fri. May 20, I898 No. 26
Bedford IN- September 7- Otto Furman pleaded guilty to the charge of arson in theLawrence County Circuit Court today and was given an indeterminate sentence of from one to twenty-one years at Jeffersonville. He fired the barn of Daniel rollins, a farmer, living west of this city, causing its complete destruction with all its contents,because he had been rejected by Rollin's daughter. submited by Desiree Rodclay
ELDERLY WOMAN KILLED BY TRAIN WABASH, Ind., July 24.—Struck by Big Four passenger train No. 30 as she walked the center of the track, Mrs. Hester Ramsey, 72 years old, was killed instantly yesterday one mile north of Wabash. The woman's back, both arms adn both legs lyere broken. Mrs. Ramsey and a Mrs. Culver were on their way to pick berries when the train came around a curve behind them. The other woman jumped from the track in time to escape death.LINTON, INDIANA, THURSDAY, JULY 24, 1924.
BEDFORD, Ind., Jully 24.— Speaking of taxes, Judge Robert N. Palmer, before the Kiwanis club, took his hearers back to the good old days. The first tax rate in Lawrence county was 37 1/2 .cents on the first 100 acres of land owned, providing the .land was good. If the quality was inferior, the. rate was 25 cents. These figures prevailed, Judge Palmer said, at a time when land was almost valueless. Lawrence county was first -incorporated with Knox and Harrison counties. In the election of 1816 a total of 16 votes was polled from the territory, according to a search into old records, Judge Palmer said. LINTON, INDIANA, THURSDAY, JULY 24, 1924.
BEDFORD, Ind., July 24.—Albert Watson, 19, of Mitchell, held for the slaying of his chum, Chester Edwards, 27, also of Mitchell, at River Vale last night, at Epworth park durring the state institute of the Epworth league, was taken to Mitchell today for a coroner's inquest .Watson a ppeared nonchalant and maintained he stabbed Edwards in self defense when the latter started a fight as a result of his desertion by Nora and Myrtle Hughes, 17 and 21 respectively, with whom the two. young men had been keeping company, when they left Edwards and came to Watson's car. LINTON, INDIANA, THURSDAY, JULY 24, 1924.
BACK TO BEDFORD; MAY IMPLICATE KIDNAPER IN SCHAFER MURDER.
Evidence Found That Tanksley May Have Killed Pretty Teacher Through Blunder. Bedford, Ind., Aug. 24.—Marshal Meyers is expected by Prosecutor Fletcher to arrive late today with Ernest Tanksley and Nellie Ralney, the Heltonville girl whom Tanksley iis charged with having kidnapped. Mr. Fletcher today denied many of the statements made in the story sent out from Evansville last night which attributed to him knowledge of. certain evidence against. Tanksley, which tended to connect Tanksley with the killing of Sarah Schaefer, who was found murdered in a shed here on the night of January 21, 1904. Mr. Fletcher is preserving silence as to what evidence, if any, he has in his possession. He admitted today he bad some letters written by Tanksley to Miss Rainey, but added, that not even his associate officials knew their contents. The prosecutor said today he would not secure a warrant charging Tanksley with the killing of Miss Schafer, but would place whatever evidence he might have in the hands of the grand jury. The prosecutor is much disturbed at the publicity given the matter at this time. He said he carefully cautioned Marshal Meyers about talking before the latter left for Evansville to bring back Tanksley and Miss Rainey.
TAKEN BACK TO BEDFORD. Officers Start With Man Suspected of Sarah Schafer's Murder. Evansville. Ind., Aug. 24.—Ernest Tanksley, of Bedford, Ind., and Miss Nellie Rainey, a school girl of Heltonville, Ind., a small town near Bedford, were taken to Bedford today by Bedford officers who came after them. Though the present charge against Tanksley is the abduction of Miss Rainey, the police will seek to learn if he has any knowledge as to who murdered Miss Sarah Schafer, the young school teacher killed more than two years ago and whose slayer is still unknown to the police. When charged by the police with guilty knowledge of Miss Schaferr's murder, Tanksley stoutly proclaimed his innocence. Miss Rainey says "he will commit suicide rather than testify against Tanksley". Three years ago his relations with the Rainey girl became Known and he left home and went to Bedford and worked there in hopes of hushing the disgrace. It is believed he decided the best way to clear his family of disgrace was to kill the Rainey girl.Girl to Meet Him at Alley. He wrote her a letter asking her to meet him in Bedford on a certain alley corner on the night of January 21. 1904. -It was at this very spot and time that Sarah Schafer was dragged down the alley and killed. The Rainey girl is pronounced, a duplicate of Sarah Schafer in appearance and the police believe that, Tanksley simply made a mistake in the woman and killed Miss Schafer while thinking he was getting Miss Rainey out o£ the way. The night was dark and such a mistake could easily have been made. Tanksley returned to his room that night with fresh, bloody scratches on his face. His roommate, Earl Hunter, asked him how his face became bruised. He did not reply. Late that night he awoke his roommate by poking a bundle of clothes into a stove. Hunter asked him what he was doing and an evasive reply was given.
Girl to Meet Him at Alley. He wrote her a letter asking her to meet him in Bedford on a certain alley corner on the night of January 21. 1904. -It was at this very spot and time that Sarah Schafer was dragged down the alley and killed. The Rainey girl is pronounced, a duplicate of Sarah Schafer in appearance and the police believe that, Tanksley simply made a mistake in the woman and killed Miss Schafer while thinking he was getting Miss Rainey out o£ the way. The night was dark and such a mistake could easily have been made. Tanksley returned to his room that night with fresh, bloody scratches on his face. His roommate, Earl Hunter, asked him how his face became bruised. He did not reply. Late that night he awoke his roommate by poking a bundle of clothes into a stove. Hunter asked him what he was doing and an evasive reply was given.
Letter Is Man's Undoing. Last fall Tanksley left Bedford and at the same time Miss Rainey disappeared from her home and was not heard of again until arrested. Recently Miss Rainey's father turned over to Prosecutor Benedict, of Bedford, a number of letters Tanksley had written to Nellie. His object was to have Tanksley arrested for kidnapping the girl. Among these letters was the one making the engagement on the alley corner in Bedford. The prosecutor connected Tanksley with the Schafer murder at once and soon unraveled the whole skein of evidence. Tanksley and the Rainey girl were arrested here in a rooming house. He refused to talk to the police. The girl tried to tell the story that they had been married. Late tonight she made a statement to a newspaper reporter that she knew Tanksley was wanted at Bedford for some charge other than kidnapping. There is another charge which can be brought against Ernest," she said, 'of which he has been living in terror ever since we left Bedford. If this charge is brought against him it will be terrible for him to bear and will cause the greatest sensation. I will commit suicide rather than tell what I know." Weekly Sentinel, The | Fort Wayne, Indiana | Wednesday, August 29, 1906 |
WOMAN SOLON DIES MISS ELIZABETH RAINEY, THE FIRST WOMAN ELECTED TO LEGISLATURE, SUCCUMBS Indianapolis, April 27.—(/P)— Miss Elizabeth Rainey, 62, first woman elected to the legislature from Marion county, died today. She was born in southern Illinois. When a small child she moved with her parents to Knox county, Ind.,- where she lived until she was ten years old. The family. then moved to Waynetown, Monlgomery county. Miss Rainey came to Indianapolis forty-one years ago. She entered the office of a law firm. She was graduated from the Benjamin Harrison Law School and was admitted to. the bar. She was an organized of the Indiana Business and Professional Woman's Club. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Lulu Earl, and a nephew, James Earl, of Indianapolis. Kokomo Tribune | Kokomo, Indiana | Saturday, April 27, 1935 | Page 2
7 Made III By Furnace Gas Clogged Flue Blamed For Bedford Case Bedford, Ind., Feb. 5 W) —A clogged vent in a converted gas furnace was blamed today for the illness of seven Bedford residents. The victims were overcome by gas in the home of Mrs. Benny Mascio early today. They were reported recovering in Dunn Memorial hospital. One of the victims said they all became ill last night but did not attribute it to gas. When they became ill they decided to spend the remainder of the night in the Mascio home. William Sherwood-, the woman's son-in-law,. called. for help when he revived sufficiently.. Fire Chief Ralph Rock said soot from a chimney apparently clogged the vent. Those overcome' besides Mrs. j Mascio and Sherwood, were Miss Amelia Mascio, Mrs. Josephine | Sherwood and her young son, and Mr. and Mrs. Junior Baker. Logansport Press | Logansport, Indiana | Tuesday, February 06, 1951 | Page 12
Fails to Return Schaefer Indictment. Bedford, Oct 4.—The Lawrence county grand jury filed its report with Judge Wilson and was discharged after three weeks' continuous labor. Among the cases considered was the attempt to connect Ernest Tanksley with the Sarah Schafer murder mystery. Forty witnesses were examined in the Tanksley case, but no Indictment was found. Logansport Reporter | Logansport, Indiana | Thursday, October 04, 1906
BEDFORD Ind., Sept. 27 Hon. James S. Dodge, ex-department commander G. A. R., spoke at the courthouse to-night to a large and appreciative audience. A large number of old soldiers were present. The Republican campaign is now on in Lawrence county, which is confidently expected to roll up one thousand Republican majority in November. Source: Indiana Journal Oct 5, 1898 submitted by Barb Z.
Bedford, IN. June 21, 1898. The Republican joint senatorial convention of Lawrence, Orange & Martin counties convened today at Mitchell to nominate a candidate. Will T. Penrod, editor of the Martin County Tribune, was elected chairman, and Fred Kimberley, editor of the Orleans progress, and Edmond b. Thornton, of this city, secretaries. Nominations being in order Hon. Thomas J. Brooks, of this city, was nominated by acclamation. Mr. Brooks is one of the editors of the Bedford Mail and a lawyer of acknowledged ability.
Bedford, IN. Sept. 7, 1898. Otto Furman pleaded guilty to the charge of arson in the Lawrence County Circuit Court today, and was given an indeterminate sentence of from 1 to 21 yrs at Jeffersonville. He fired the barn of Daniel Rollins, a farmer, living west of this city, causing its complete destruction, with all its contents, because he had been rejected by Rollin's daughter.
Bedford, IN. Sept. 7, 1898. Samuel Gardner, one of Bedford's oldest citizens, aged 69, is dead after a short illness. Mr. Gardner has been a resident of this city for many years and is survived by a wife, 2 sons and a daughter. Anderson Gardiner, one of the sons, is a conductor on the Monon Railway at New Albany, and the other son Jesse, is connected with the same road in this city. Mrs. Murry Baugh, the daughter lives in Illinois. The funeral took place today at the Baptist Church and was attended by a large number of people.
NEWSPAPER TIDBITS 12/13/1899
IN. Sept. 20,1898. Isaac Snow was taken before
the court today for the second time after
consultation with his father and attorney and
pleaded guilty to murder in the 1st degree for
killing William, McCart, Aug. 15 near this
city. Monday he pleaded not guilty and his
trial was set for Monday. He received a life
sentence and was taken to Michigan City
tonight by Sheriff Dobbins.
Idaho Tri Weekly Statesman Feb 11, 1882
CHICAGO, February 9. A Times Bedford, Indiana, special says the three roughs killed while trying .to raid a saloon, in Tunneltown, were Nicholas Vaughn, aged seventeen, Virgil Wilson and Isaac Whittel. These three, with Ben Wiloughby, conspired to steal a large amount of money in Myers saloon, Then kill and rob Thomas Clark, a wealthy citizen, start, a fire near the village, and after burglarizing a large manufacturing place to flee to. Colorado or New Mexico. Wiloughby became frightened and exposed the plot Sunday morning and precautions were at once taken to thwart it. A freight car containing five armed citizens in ambush was rolled nearby to the saloon door, commanding the whole place, and some fifteen others were hiding about the saloon, when the fellows began their burglarious attempt, the fire from twenty rifles was concentrated on them. All fell, but none were fatally wounded until a second volley was given them. Whitttel was killed, Vaughan was mortally wounded, And Wilson, after running, some distance and falling several times, got the coup de grace from some person following, who shot his head off. .Vaughan died last night Willoughby said there was an organized gang of twelve who had entered several villainous plots, he has left for fear of his life. It Is well, as the rest are very bad characters, though some of them had respectable parents.
May 30, 1882 Independent
Bedford (Indiana) Special, The storm that took place here last night was the most severe ever known in this part of the State. It began about twenty minutes before nine o'clock, and, for over half an hour the hail literally poured down, a strong wind from the northeast prevailing at the time, which caused the breaking of a great many windows. the hailstorm was followed by a perfect torrent of rain which flooded the streets of the town, rendering them at some places impassable. During the storm lightning struck the stable of Samuel Bristaw, in this place. The rain however, prevented it from burning. The strangest thing that took place was at the farm of Abraham Smith, who lives four miles south of the town, where a real genuine shower of stones fell, with what seems to be plastering. The stones are of various sizes, some as large as a man's fist, while others are quite small. The most of them are white flint, a stone that is not found in this part of Indiana. Many of Mr. Smith's windows were broken and several shingles knocked off his roof. In the immediate vicinity of the house more than a barrel of these stones can be gathered. A great many persons have to-day visited the Smith farm to satisfy themselves in regard to the matter.
Saturday Herald, The Dec. 30, 1882
A murderer named Bell in jail at Bedford, Indiana, was visited by his wife and furnished with a revolver. The jailer's wife, was called to the kitchen, and Mrs. Bell stole the keys and handed them to her husband. While he unlocked the doors and passed out, Mrs. Bell held the jailer's wife by the arm.
A saw mill six miles from Bedford, Indiana, exploded this morning, killing five men and injuring three others. Standard, The June 4 1891
John and Joseph Dusard's steam sawmill, near Bedford, Ind., was blown up by an explosion of the boiler, and six persons were killed. Herald And Torch Light, The June 11, 1891
MITCHELL, Ind., Jan. 27 - Twenty-five years in bed is the record of John Bond, an eccentric colored man, living at this place. About a quarter of a century ago
his mother, then living in the country, decided to sell the farm and move to town. This greatly incensed her son John, who declared that if the farm was sold he would
go to bed and never get up again, as he had such a distaste for town life. The farm was sold and the family moved to town. Amid the protestations of his mother and family, John immediately went to bed and all inducements to get him up were unavailing. The only time he has been known to leave his bed was several years
ago, when his mother died. He was seen to get up about midnight and walk to his mother's coffin. For a number of years it was a familiar sight to see four enthusiastic
voters slowly wending their way through the streets carrying young Bond on a stretcher to the polls that he might cast his vote for their favorites. He has apparently lost all use of his lower limbs, which is due to lack of exercise. The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wed., Feb. 1, 1899 - Submitted by Candi
Contributed by Candi Horton
Michael Messick, Jr., of a Prominent Bedford Family, Commits Suicide
BEDFORD. Ind., April 17.-Michael Messick, jr., committed suicide last night by taking strychnine. Messick was the only son of Mr. M. N. Messick, who retired from
active business some time ago and is now president of the Stone City Bank. He is quite wealthy. His brothers-in-law, Dr. J. Heckman, Charles Burton, W. A. Webb,
Harry Voris and Harry Gainey, are all among the leading business men of the city, the latter being a partner in the firm of Gainey & Co., of which young Messick was
the junior member. Messick was about twenty-two years of ago and was a member of Company H, One-hundred-and-fifty-ninth Indiana Volunteers in the
Spanish-American war. He attended college at Blooming ton and the military school at Cincinnati. The funeral will be held Tuesday. He purchased the strychnine, saying that he wanted to kill some cats. The poison was taken in the store and his body was found there. The motive is unknown.
The Weekly Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wednesday, April 19, 1899
Contributed by Candi Horton
MITCHELL, Ind. April 9.—Mrs. Noah Greer. living about two miles west of town, aged sixty years, died suddenly and under
mysterious circumstances Wednesday evening. She had partaken of a hearty supper and was doing her evening work as
usual when suddenly she fell, screaming in great agony. A physician was summoned hastily, but the woman was dead before
he arrived. Her death was first thought to be due to apoplexy, but the circumstances are such that word has been sent to the coroner.
Indiana Journal April 14, 1897 submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer
John MURPHY, living near Heltonville, while crazed with liquor, assaulted Dawson CLARKE, who was trying to influence him to go home, and threw him down and cut his throat. Clarke will die. Murphy escaped arrest.
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 15 December. 1890 Page 6 Column 5 & 6 submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer
Bee EUBANKS, of Mitchell, has been indicted for the murder of his sister, Mary Eubanks, and a similar indictment rests against his aged father.
Their trial is set for the 24th inst. The same grand jury also indicted John W. FELTNER as the murderer of James HURON....
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 10 December, 1890 submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Saturday Morning February 25, 1905; pg 6
SENSATION IN THE SARAH SCHAFER CASE
The Perjury Charges Against Newspaper Man and "Dude" Cook Dismissed-Grand Jury at Work.
BEDFORD, Ind. Feb 24-Events in the grand jury investigatin of the murder of Miss Sarah Schafer took a new turn today when Prosecutor Fletcher appeared before Mayor Smith and dismissed the perjury charges against George W Riley, a newspaper correspondent, and "Dude" Cook, the divorced wife of Elmer Browning, who was held to the grand jury charged with having murdered Miss Schafer.
Riley was instrumental in bringing about the arrest of Frank Evans and Elmer Browning and the charges against Riley an "Dude" Cook were filed by Evans, after his acquittal. Prosecutor Fletcher asserted that evidence against the accused was not sufficient to warrant a conviction, hence his action.
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