OWEN COUNTY INDIANA
NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

Spencer, IN.
Feb.22,1896.  The Democratic county convention, held here today, nominated L.W. Downey, of Gosport, for Representative; B.F. Fisher, treasurer; S.D. Phillips, sheriff, George Wooden, county assessor, Halt Pickens, and Joseph White commissioners.

QUINCY HERALD WHIG OBITUARY -  02/06/2007
William J. Turnbow, 74, of 1609 Maple died Feb. 4, 2007, in  Blessing Hospital. Visitation will be 4- p.m. Wednesday in the Hansen-Spear  Funeral Home. There will be no services. Memorials made to Paw Pals or Quincy  Humane Society in his name would be appreciated. The Hansen-Spear Funeral Home  is handling the arrangements
(Contributed by Francie Ede)

March 18 1896
Spencer Ind. March 14 - Following are the delegates to the Republican State convention from Owen County; E.R. Bladen, E.E. Pryor, Scott Spangler, Fount Light, Daniel Spear, D.P. Burton, James Tabor and G.O. Mitten.

December 9, 1896
SPENCER, Ind. Dec. 5. Fire destroyed three frame buildings here today, one occupied by the Hochstedler steam laundry, one apartment house and the business room, of H Hight. loss about $2,500. Hight carried. $1200 insurance in the Phoenix of Brooklyn on building and $600 on his stock of groceries. Most of the contents of the building were saved.

Spencer, Ind.,   Oct. 2.—Horn   W R. Gardiner, candidate for Congress in this district, opened the Republican campaign in this county yesterday. On account of the heavy rain the meeting was held in the court room, which was Inadequate to accommodate the crowd. This was Judge Gardiner's first visit to this city, and he made an excellent impression. His address was received with great enthusiasm. Mr. Gardiner is not only a strong speaker, but a good "mixer," and he formed numerous acquaintances during his brief stay. Although the district lias a normal Democratic majority. Republicans nave been so much encouraged by Gardiner's candidacy that there would be no surprise if the Second district is represented by a Republican in the next Congress.
Source: Indiana Journal Oct 5, 1898

Saturday, June 12, 1915
Elkhart Daily Review, Elkhart Indiana Page 4
BELIEVE MYSTERY OF POISONING IS SOLVED
Suicide Corner Suspected Of Murder As Business Aid
Spencer, Ind., June 12.--- James Mcclure, acting coroner Owen county, filed his findings in regard to the death of F. Edward Drescher, coroner of Owen county who was found dead in his home a little over two weeks ago.  The acting coroner finds that the probable cause of his death was from poison administered from his own hand.  It is believed that Drescher administered the poison into himself hypodermicoly.
Investigation of the sending of strychnine through the mails and deaths that had resulted from poison was underway at the time Drescher died and there was a report in circulation that Drescher had been advised that he was under suspicion in this connection.  A post office inspector was working in Spencer at the time Drescher was found dead and there was a rumor that Drescher was to be arrested the next morning.  Public interest was high on the question of whether Drescher committed suicide, as this was one of the points that was regarded as likely to establish whether he had any knowledge of the poison mystery that has puzzled Owen county for many months.
Drescher was coroner of the county and an undertaker and the motive for his suspected acts was to make murder an aid to his business.
The Analysts of chemist H.P.  Noble of Indianapolis of the stomach of Drescher failed to reveal any poison in that organ and a verdict will be withheld pending father developments.
Dr. Noble reported that the stomach contained nothing but secreted matter---nothing of a foul nature, not even radishes Drescher indicated he had eaten.
Noble advised and analysis of the liver and kidneys of the dead corner, explaining that death frequently is caused by poison which has passed through the stomach.

Wednesday, May 31, 1882
Indianapolis Centennial, Indianapolis Indiana Volume XXXI Issue 151 Page 8
An Important Trial.
During the past week a murder trial of considerable importance has been in progress at Spencer, Owen county, in which Senator Voorhees, John E Lamb, of Terre Haute, and S.M. Mcgregor and George M Knight, of Brazil, appeared for the defense and D. E. Williamson, of Greencastle, and W. W. Carter, of Brazil, appeared for the prosecution.  Last night a Sentinel reporter Matt Messrs. Knight and Williamson in this city returning home from Spencer.  They said that the case was given to the Jury yesterday afternoon, but up to 10 last night no verdict had been returned.  The defendant in the case, Elijah Beatty, quite a well-to-do farmer of clay county, is charged with having shot and killed his father in law, J.  Donhan, over the settlement of a crop of wheat, and his attorneys claim that the act was committed in self defense, while the prosecution claimed it to have been a clear case of murder.  The case was taken to a Owen county on a change of venue, and the verdict is waited for with much interest by the citizens of Clay County.

Sam'l. Hardin, of Spencer, was caught between two cars at Romona and his shoulder, breast and hand were badly crushed.   He can not recover.
Date: Thursday, June 18, 1891  Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, IN)  Page: 2

TAKEN UP.  BY Cresaus Edward living in Harrison Township Owen County In., one estray sorrel mare about 14 hands, 3 inches high, supposed to be 9 or 10 years old, small blaze in the face, three white feet, one small saddle sppot, also a small spot on the rump, has the appearance of the swinney in both shoulders; appraisedto $25 by Andrew Evans & Brinkley Turner, July 3d. 1837. A true copy.  STEPHEN F. HANCOCK, J.P.  (Western Plough Boy, vol. 3, no. 25, Greencastle, Ind., Thursday Morning, August 24, 1837, by J. W. OSBORN & J. H. KNIGHT; Submitted by SallyH)

Senator Tells World Always Been Proud of His Ancestors
Los Angeles Herald, No. 34, 10 Dec 1915
By International News Service
Washington, Dec 10 - The most important thing, in his own opinion about the life of Senator Johnson, the new member of the upper house, succeeding Senator Crawford of South Dakota, is that he has always been proud of his family and ancestors.
  Senator Johnson could not bring himself to write his autobiography as quickly as did all the other new senators and representatives, so it was omitted from the advance proofs which always afford material for jokes among the members and newspapers. But he contemplated the task just before the directory went to press, and this is what he said:
  "Edwin S. Johnson of Yanktown, S.D., Democrat; born in Own county, Indiana, a long time ago. I was always proud of my ancestors and my family."

Don't Overlook Important Office
Yuma Pioneer, (Yuma, Colorado) Oct 19, 1906
Mr. Williams is a Gentleman and Scholar - A Close Supervisor - His Policy a Good One
F.B. Williams, our candidate for county superintendent of schools, was born in Own County, Indiana, 1861, and as was the usual thing with all boys in the early days, done any and everything at honest manual labor that he might get a good schooling. After gaining a common school education at the age of 19, he taught and attended school until the age of 24 when he finally graduated from the Northern Indiana Normal University in August 1885, since which time he has been teaching and attending schools.
  Mr. Williams took a course in the Indianapolis Business University in 1892 and has done post graduate work in the State Normal at Terre Haute, Ind. He is a close student, a thorough organizer and a close supervisor of schools. He believes that a visit to schools near beginning of term much better than in the middle or latter half of term, hence most of his time is taken up at present in visiting schools, consulting school boards and etc.
  Last year he visited all the schools in Yuma County save three and proposes to continue close and personal supervision of work that was his policy to a letter and we believe every fair minded voter will take such into consideration before casting their ballot at the coming election, November 9.

Urbana Daily Courier, 16 July 1913
Machinist Herschel Nation has returned from Owen county, Indiana, where he attended the funeral of his brother-in-law. His daughter, Miss Ina, who accompanied him preceeded[sic] to Covington, Ky., to resume her duties as demonstrator for a baking powder company.

A SENSATIONAL ABDUCTION
  Miss Cora Allen, aged 18, was abducted Friday night from the residence of her stepfather at Gosport, Indiana. The family retired at the usual house, but it was 9 o'clock the next morning before Mr. Smith awoke. He soon discovered that the family has been chloloformed. Miss Allen's room was found vacant. All of her clothing except her nightrobe was found near her bedside. Search was at once made for her but without avail. Miss Allen had received threatening letters but a few days before.
  Marshal Crouch and a deputy arrested a young man, named Withers on suspicion. At a later hour a searching party entered Foster's cave, three miles from the Smith residence, and found Miss Allen, unconscious and nearly dead form exposure. Her hands and feet were tied and badly swollen. When consciousness had been partially restored she appeared to be suffering from mental excitement, and it is feared her mind is wrecked. The most intense excitement prevails in the country and if the guilty party is found summary vengeance will be taken.
Buena Vista Democrat, 23 Dec 1891

A TELEGRAM from Gosport, Indiana, states that Cora Allen, aged 18 years, was abducted the other night, and not found until two days afterwards, when she was discovered in a cave not far from the town, bound hand and foot, and nearly frozen to death, having only a night-dress on. She says that two men entered her bedroom, and, having seized her, gagged and blindfolder her. She was then taken to the cave where she was found. The men told her that she would be kept until she accepted in marriage a young man who she refused a few days previously. The men then went away. Miss Allen became insensible from the cold soon after.
The Western Champion, Tuesday Morning, 1 Mar 1892

EASTERN TELEGRAPH NEWS
Chicago August 15th.
McMiniary, the murderer of Johns, a telegraph operator at Gosport, Indiana, last Spring, is sentenced to imprisonment for life.
Marysville Daily Appeal, No 40, 17 Aug 1867

The Rogers House, only hotel in Gosport, Indiana, was destroyed by fire.
The Daily National Hotel Reporter, Vol 49, 28 Feb 1920

STATE FAIR OFFERS $8.677 IN PREMIUMS
  Indianapolis, Ind., July 13 - Classifications of the Agriculture Department of the Indiana State Fair August 30 to September 6, inclusive, are now ready for distribution in booklet form to prospective exhibitors, Guy Cantwell, Gosport, Indiana, Department Director, announced today.
  The Agricultural Department will offer a total of $8.677 in premiums this year which is exclusive of the money offered for club work, according to Mr. Cantwell, with $4,071.75 going to the Agriculture Division, $1,700.75 going to the Horticulture Division, $590.50 to the Apiary, and $2,324 to Floriculture.
  Mr. Cantwell announced that C.E. Troyer, LaFontaine, will be Chielf Assistant Director, with Peter J. Lux, Shelbyville, and C.E. Edwards, Connersville, as Assistants in the agricultural products. L.M. Vogler, Hope, Indiana, and A.T. Wiancko, West Lafayette, Indiana, will serve as grain judges and Fay C. Gaylord, West Lafayette, will serve as vegetable pudge. R.L. Winklepleck, West Lafayette, will be assistant in charge of Horticulture, with J.H. Gourley, Wooster, Ohio, as judge. Ben A. Wilkens, Indianapolis, Indiana, will serve as assistant in charge of Apiary and C.E. Dunham, Columbus, Ohio, will act as judge. Floriculture will be in chrage of Clarence R. Greene, Indianapolis, with Lester Morris, Danville, serving as judge.
  Mr. Cantwell calls attention of all persons anticipating an exhibit at the Indiana State Fair that entries close at midnight August 14. The booklet showing the classification of the Agriculture Department, now being offered free, carries complete information on premiums, methods used in judging, the divisions of the state as applying to various products, and other valuable data. The booklets may be obtained by writing Harry G. Templeton, State Fair Manager. State Fairgrounds, Indianapollis.

THE GOSPORT, INDIANA, ROBBERY
Indianapolis, May 3. - The money stolen from the railroad office at Gosport, and Willex McMinniway's (the murderer's) clothes, were found buried under an ashhopper in McMinniway's yard - money and clothes bloody. McMinniway is a resident of Gosport, and has been assisting Johns in loading freight and collecting freight bills. His wife says he did not come home until 12 o'clock on the night of the murder, and left about five o'clock in the morning for Quincy.
The Daily Empire, 4 May 1867

FLATWOODS
Miss Melissa B. Furr returned to Gosport, Indiana, last Saturday to take charge of her school. The school opens Monday, Sep 26, but she is to take part in Preliminary Institute previous to that.
The Central Record, 23 Sep 1898

FLATWOODS
Mr. B.M. Furr, of Gosport, Indiana, is spending a few weeks with his parents....Miss Melissa B. Furr, of Gosport, Ind., has returned to take charge of her school... Mr. Jno. Rout and family returned from Falmouth, , accompanied by Miss Lizzie Logan. Mrs. R.M. Farris and daughter, Dora visited relatives at Bedhead several days ago.
The Central Record, 20 Sep 1900

  W.R. Wilson, now living at Gosport, Indiana, renews his subscription and closes by saying: "I came to Barber county in January 1886 and it still seems like home to me and always will." Mr. Wilson left Sharon about two years ago. He was a good man, a loyal democrat and a true friend, and his old friends would like to have him return.
Barbour County Index, 4 May 1910

It is with feelings of deepest regret that we are calling upon to note the departure of W.R. Wilson and wife for Gosport, Indiana, where they will make their home in the future with an adopted daughter. Mr. Wilson and his good wife came to Sharon in 1886 and have made their home here since that time, excepting a short absence in Indiana and Missouri. They have endeared themselves to all our people and all their acquaintances bade them good-bye reluctantly. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have disposed of all their holdings here. Their removal was due to failing health.
Barbour County Index, 29 Apr 1908