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Pearle Shonkwiler was before Squire Frank this morning and fined $10 and costs, which in all amounted to $19, for hunting on the Richard Gillespie farm, near Morton, without permission. He stayed his fine. (Greencastle Daily Herald., Greencastle, Indiana, Thursday, January 1, 1914; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

MAN IS CHARGED WITH THEFT OF SOME CLOTHING
An affidavit was filed in Squire Phillip Frank's Court this morning by Joe Brown against James Allee, charging him with petit larency. Allee was arrested by Brazil police this morning. Both Allee and Brown are employed at the O. & I. Stone Quarry, west of the city.

Brown alleges that Allee stole several articles of wearing apparel, which were valued at $20, Wednesday night, and left the city. Allee was traced as far as Brazil. The police authorities of that city were notified and he was arrested today. Deputy Sheriff Howard Harris went to Brazil and returned to this city with the alleged thief. He was lodged in the county jail and will remain their until he is released on bond or cleared of the charge. The case will go to the Putnam County Circuit Court. (Greencastle Daily Herald., Greencastle, Indiana, Thursday, January 1, 1914; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

BOHANNON PAROLED FROM STATE PRISON
Wilber Bohannon, of Carpentersville, Ind., who was sent to the State Reformatory in Jeffersonville, by Judge James P. Hughes, on November 15, 1911, for rape on a 16-year-old girl named Eggers, has been paroled from prison and now is at his home. Bohannon arrived home Saturday. He was sentenced for from 2 to 21 years, and was released upon the expiration of two years. Bohannon, it will be remembered, deserted his wife and children, and ran away with the Eggers girl. They went to Louisville. Later the girl returned home and gave information which resulted in the arrest of Bohannon. He pleaded guilty to the charge of rape. (Herald-Democrat., Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, December 26, 1913, Vol. 7, No., 47; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

A warrant for the arrest of James Cash was sworn out in Squire Frank's court Saturday afternoon, by Tillie Cash of south Greencastle. Mrs. Cash alleges that her husband left her several weeks ago and went to Indianapolis to work in a factory and she has no means of support. Constable Crawley made the trip to Indianapolis Saturday but was unable to find Cash. The Indianapolis police were asked to find Cash is possible. (Herald-Democrat., Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, December 26, 1913, Vol. 7, No., 47; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Mrs. King's Will.
The will of Mrs. Celia King, late of Putnamville, provides that after paying her just debts, $500 shall be set aside to pay expenses of illness, funeral, monument and other expenses consignment upon her illness and demise. It bequeaths $150 to Hiram and Mattie Griner; gold watch and chain to Hiram Griner; two sheets, a table cloth, two pillows, a sewing machine, a green comfort, watch and chain, jewelry box, and watch and chain jewelery box to Mattie Griner; an ocean wave quilt and $10 to Laura Carrington, and appoints Robert L. O'Hair executor under the will. (Herald-Democrat., Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, December 26, 1913, Vol. 7, No., 47; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

CLAIMS NAME WAS FORGED TO NOTE--LAW SUIT RESULT
The suit of Mrs. Elizabeth Pickett against Douglas Eggers, on a note, was tried Tuesday in Squire Iddings' court in Floyd Township. Mrs. Eggers holds a note signed by Elexis Eggers and Douglas Eggers. The former, Elexis Eggers, has left this county and his whereabouts are unknown. Douglas Eggers alleges that his signature on the note is forged. Thad Peck represented Mrs. Pickett in the suit, while T. T. Moore represented Eggers. The squire did not give his decision in the case Tuesday. (Herald-Democrat., Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, December 26, 1913, Vol. 7, No., 47; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Fletcher Lawton, Donald McLean, Russell Pierce and Homer Brannham, by their attorneys, Allee, James & Allee, have filed suit in Justice Frank's Court against Thomas Beagle and the O. & I. Stone company for $35. The amount was asked for services rendered while searching for two mules and a horse which strayed from the quarry company's barn about a week ago. (Herald-Democrat., Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, December 26, 1913, Vol. 7, No., 47; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Two quiet titte suits were filed in the Circuit Court late Wednesday afternoon. Ora Boswell and Ollie Boswell sued Thomas Sigler and others and Richard E. Shane and L. J. Shane sued Sarah M. Sallust and others. (Herald-Democrat., Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, December 26, 1913, Vol. 7, No., 47; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

GOVERNOR REMITS $100 FINE FOR ENOCH SILLERY.
After having served six months in jail for assault and battery, Enoch Sillery of this city was released from jail. Governor Ralston, at the request of many Greencastle men, have remitted a fine of $100, which also was imposed.

The Indianapolis News, in speaking of the Governor's action in paroling prisoners since November 1, says:

Enoch Sillery was sentenced from Putnam county May 16, 1913, for assault and battery to the county jail for six months and fined $100. His fine was remitted by the Governor, November 1. The name of James L. Randel, Democratic district chairman of the Fifth district, appears in the list of petitioners to the Governor for the remittal. (Herald-Democrat., Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, December 26, 1913, Vol. 7, No., 47; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

A WHOLE TERM OF COURT WITHOUT A JURY TRIAL
The present term of the Putnam Circuit Court has been very much out of the ordinary in that there has not been a jury trial during the entire term, and it looks very much now as if there would not be a jury trial before the close of the term. The term will end next week and there is no case set for this week or next which will require a jury. So the members of the petit jury for the October term of the Putnam Circuit Court will have the distinction of never being called for duty. As far as the court house attachees are able to learn there has never before been a term of court during which there has not been a jury trial. (Herald-Democrat., Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, December 26, 1913, Vol. 7, No., 47; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Jacob Freed, driver for Cole Bros., got into an altercation one day last week with Joseph Allen, Jr., concerning the right-of-way on Bloomington street. Freed used a hatchet, cutting Allen on the head, and might have done him serious damage had not the weapon slipped off the handle. He was fined $5 in the Mayor's court. (Greencastle Banner., Greencastle, Indiana, Thursday, April 9, 1885; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Roy Serber, a foreigner, and Shelby Detro were arraigned before Mayor Walter Cooper this morning at 9 o'clock, charged with intoxication. Serber was arrested Saturday night and Detro was taken into custody Sunday morning. Both were in jail until Monday morning awaiting hearing. They pleaded guilty to the charges, but released when they promised to refrain from the use of liquor hereafter. (Herald-Democrat, Greencastle, Indiana, August 27, 1915; Contributed by Teresa Haines Rigney)

Notice Of Final Settlement Of Estate
Notice is hereby give to the creditors, heirs and legatees of George Lewis Allen, deceased, to appear in Putnam Circuit Court, held at Greencastle Indiana on the 27th day of September, 1915, and show cause, if any, why the Final Settlement Accounts with the estate of said decedent should not be approved; and said heirs are notified to then receive their distributive shares.

Witness, The Clerk of said court, this 11th day of August, 1915. Harry W. Moore (Herald-Democrat, Greencastle, Indiana, August 27, 1915; Contributed by Teresa Haines Rigney)

Peter F. Stoner has filed suit in the circuit court against the C. C. C. & St. L. Railway company for damages. He seeks $400 for the killing of some live stock last year. (The Daily Banner Times, Greencastle, Indiana, vol. 1, no. 218, Wednesday, July 18, 1894; Transcribed and Contributed by SallyH)

FORCED TO LEAVE FARM, HE SAYS
JOSEPH JENKINS FILES SUIT AGAINST RHODA BELLE JENKINS, CLAiMING
THAT SHE AND HER RELATIVES FORCIBLY ERTY HE HAD LEASED.
ASKS $1,500 JUDGMENT


Joseph Jenkins has filed suit in the Putnam Circuit Court against Rhoda Belle Jenkins for damages and to collect on account. The suit is a result of the allged failure of Mrs. Jenkins to carry out part of a contract by which Mr. Jenkins had rented a 187-acre farm in Washington township from her for a period of five years. The complaint, which is in two paragraphs, asks judgment of $1,500. John P. Allee is the attorney for Mr. Jenkins.

The complaint avers that last March Mr. Jenkins rented the farm for a period of five years and was to give Mrs. Jenkins one-third of the grain and products raised on it as rent. After Mr. Jenkins had been on the farm for about ten months, he alleges, Mrs. Jenkins with the aid of her relatives, by violence, threats and physical force ejected him from the farm. Mr. Jenkins says, he was damaged $900.00.

The second paragraph alleges that Mrs. Jenkins is indebted to Mr. Jenkins for produce work and labor to the amount of $500. The complaint asks that the plaintiff be given judgment of $1,500 on the paragraphs. (Greencastle Herald, Greencastle, Indiana, vol. 6, no. 10, Thursday, April 11, 1912; Transcribed and Contributed by SallyH)

As yet, Judge West, of the Montgomery Circuit Court has made no finding in the case of the Big Four railroad against Albert Lockridge of this town. The case is the one in which the railroad company claims that damages paid to Mr. Lockridge are excessive and asks that the amount allowed by a Board of Viewers, which were appointed by the Putnam County Court, be reduced. The case was taken to the Montgomery Court on a change of venue. It was tried before Judge West last week. He probably will make a decision in it either this week or next. (Star-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 18, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 1911; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

The will of the late David M. Chadd was filed for probate in the Putnam Circuit Court Monday. Mr. Chadd had no heirs and after providing for the payment of all of his debts and providing for the expense of burial and monument, he leaves his 40-acre farm to James W. Webster. He further gives the rents and profits of a 19-acre tract of land, to John T. Chadd, James S. Chadd and Mary M. Jackson, during their lives. At the death of the three above named the land shall go to James W. Webster or his heirs. (Star-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 18, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 1911; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Francis M. Lyon, attorney for Jonathan Houck, executor of the estate of David Houck, has filed a petition in the Circuit Court asking the distribution of $17,500 in notes and mortgages, to the several heirs. (Star-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 18, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 1911; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

State, ex rel. Riley vs. Bugg. An unmarried woman named Mary Riley added to the last census to the amount of about nine pounds. The paternity of said filius mulieratus being charged to Richard Bugg, a widower of considerable family, he was entreated to shell out a few hundred as a compensation for wounded honor; but "Dick" obstinately refused, whereupon he was arrested and brought before Squire Parker. Col. Matson appeared for the State, and after a long and tedious trial, Bugg was recognized to the Court of Common Pleas, in the sum of two hundred dollars. (Greencastle Indiana Press, March 15, 1871, page 8; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Notice..Is hereby given, that the undersigned has been appointed Aministrator of the Estate of Josiah Gordon, late of Putnam county, Indiana, deceased. Said Estate is supposed to be solvent. AZARIAH GORDON..Administrator. (The Indiana Press, Greencastle, Indiana, July 10, 1858; Submitted by Teresa Haines Rigney)

Notice..Is hereby given, that I will sell at public auction, on Saturday, July 31, 1858, at the residence of Josiah GOrdon, late of Punam county, deceased all his personal property, not taken by the widow, consisting of hogs, cow, carpenters's tools, ect. A credit of twelve months will be given on all sums over three dollars, the purchaser giving his note woth approved security, waiving valuation and appraisment laws. AZARIAH GORDON, Administrator. (The Indiana Press, Greencastle, Indiana, July 10, 1858; Submitted by Teresa Haines Rigney)

Thomas Richardon's Estate..Letters of Administration have been granted to the undersigned on the Estate of Thomas Richardson, deceased, late of Punam county Indiana. Debtors to said Estate are requested to make immediate payment---creditors to present their claims, authenticated according to law. Said Estate is supposed to be insolvent. JOHN S. PERRY, Administrator. (The Indiana Press, Greencastle, Indiana, July 10, 1858; Submitted by Teresa Haines Rigney)

Sheriff's Sale..By virtue of a decree issued from the Common Pleas Court of Putnam county, Indiana, March term, 1858, in favor of Edward Lambert, William A. Bannister, William H. Major, John B. Stevenson and Thomas H. Gibson, and against Asa G. Foster and James H. Foster, I will offer at public sale on Saturday, the 3rd day of July, A.D. 1858, within the hours described by law, at the Court-House door in the town of Greencastle, in said county and State, a lot of personal property, consisting of Boots and Shoes. Attached as the property of Asa G. Foster and James H. Foster, to satisfy the claim of said Plaintiffs. WILLIAM L. FARROW, sheriff. (The Indiana Press, Greencastle, Indiana, July 10, 1858; Submitted by Teresa Haines Rigney)

NOTICE--I hereby notify the merchants of Punam County that I am not responsible for the debts contracted by Mary Snyder, my wife. REUBEN SNYDER (The Greencastle Herald, Greencastle, Indiana, August 23, 1915; Submitted by Teresa Haines Rigney)

Roy Serber, a foreigner, and Shelby Detro were arraigned before Mayor Walter Cooper this morning at 9 o'clock, charged with intoxication. Serber was arrested Saturday night and Detro was taken into cusdody Sunday morning. Both were in jail until this morning awaiting a hearing. They pleaded guilty to the charges, but were released, when they promised to refrain from the use of liquor hereafter. (The Greencastle Herald, Greencastle, Indiana, August 23, 1915; Submitted by Teresa Haines Rigney)

Suit to Quiet Title.
John H. Dodd, who lives in Franklin township, has filed suit in the circuit court against William Hanna to quiet title to the site of the Mt. Pisgah church in Franklin township. Mr. Dodd's father, now deceased deeded the land, about one acre, to the trustees of the church. The deed was made with the understanding that the land belonged to the church as long as the church was used. Last August, however, the church was abandoned. Mr. Hanna claims the land, alleging that it is part of the farm he purchased from Mr. Dodd's father; that the land was included in the same with the provisions made by Mr. Dodd to the church trustees. The plaintiff, however, claims he inherited the land. C. C. Gillen is the attorney for Mr. Dodd. (Herald-Democrat, vol. 7, no. 17, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, May 9, 1913; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

MORE CLOVERDALE PEOPLE EXAMINED
GRAND JURY TAKES INVESTIGATION OF SHOOTING OF VENARD SMITH BY EVERETT COLLIN,
AT SYMRNA CHURCH, LAST FALL.
NO SESSION TOMORROW

Cloverdale and Cloverdale township today again moved as it were, to the grand jury in the court house. More than thirty residents of Cloverdale and the surrounding country were here this mroning answering the summons of the grand jury.

The altercation at the Symrna Church in Cloverdale township, several months ago in which Everett Collins shot and slightly wounded Venard Smith is being investigated by the jury. Numerous witnesses were here this morning in connection with the affair. Three young girls, Cleo and Clara Pickens, and Minnie Job, were examined by the jury. The girls were at the church when the shooting took place. Shortly after the shooting Collins disappeared. No trace has been seen of him since.

Probably two of the youngest witnesses ever appearing before a Putnam county grand jury were examined this morning. They were the eight and ten-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Querry, of Cloverdale township. The lads, although very young, faced the grand jury with a calmness enviable to many of the older witnesses.

A number of Cloverdale men also were examined in regard to the boot-legging said to be going on in that town. Several witnesses from Floyd township also were here today.

The last witness was examined this afternoon and the jury prepared to report to Judge Hughes. Judge Hughes was in Brazil in connection with a case, however, so the report probably will be made tomorrow morning or Monday. It is said that the jury will return several indictments. (Greencastle Herald, vol. 7, no. 298, Greencastle, Indiana, Friday, March 14, 1913; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

THOMAS OWENS ESTATE ASKS BIG DAMAGES
CITIZENS TRUST CO., AS ADMINISTRATOR, FILES SUIT
ASKING $10,000 OF THE VANDALIA RAILROAD--ALLEGES ALMEDA
CROSSING IS DANGEROUS AND THAT PUTNAM COUNTY FARMER TOOK
ORDINARY PRECAUTION ON THE MORNING HE WAS KILLED

Ten thousand dollars damage is the amount asked by the Citizen's Trust Co., administrator of the estate of the late Thomas J. Owens, a Putnam county farmer, in a suit filed in the Putnam Circuit court against the Vandalia railroad.

Hays & Murphy are attorneys for the Trust Co.

It is alleged in the complaint that the Almeda Crossing which is 1 mile east of Greencastle on which crossing Mr. Owens was struck by a train on the morning of October 22, last is a dangerous one.

The fact that the railroad parallels the traction line tracks at this point the two tracks being only 75 yards apart at the crossing and that beside these two tracks the Vandalia maintains a switch track east of the crossing on which cars are often standing thereby obstructing the view of a train coming from the east, to a person who is driving west along the road is pointed out in the complaint.

That Mr. Owens on the morning of the fatal accident used ordinary precaution, by stopping before he crossed the tracks is alleged. The complaint says that because of cars standing on the switch, his view was obstructed, and that the engineer did not sound his whistle or bell, to warn Mr. Owens of the approach of the train from the east.

Many persons have been killed on this crossing the complaint alleges. The railroad officials know that the crossing is a dangerous one and have not provided proper safe guards, is the contentions of the attorneys for the estate. (Greencastle Herald, vol. 14, Greencastle, Indiana, Thursday, January 19, 1922; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

William Kelley and wife have been indicted by the Grand Jury and arrested for cruelty to Ezra Kelley, the 12-year old son of the former. The trial will probably not come off until the next term of Court. The boy's mother died in the Insane Asylum. (Greencastle Banner, Greencastle, Indiana, Thursday, March 10, 1887; Contributed and Typed by SallyH)

Greencastle, Indiana
March 21,1899
There is no county in Indiana that needs a court house worse than Putnam. The brick shanty that fills the public square at Greencastle is just now receiving that attention of Putnam county people, and the attention of the Putnam County people, and the question of a new building is agitating the county center to circumference. Owing to its central location and seat of one if the largest educatoinal institutions of the State the Greencastle courthouse has become famous over the county for its unsightliness and general appearance of dilapidation, and the people of the county are at last tired of having the finger of scorn pointed at thesm. The low rate of interest and general good times are combining to bring the idea before the people that now is the time to build, and the men of all parties are coming to the front with arguments in favor of a new courthouse.

Greencastle City, IN.
Sept. 6, 1898.
In the Putnam Circuit Court today Nelson B. Hughes was given an indeterminate sentence of from 1 to 14 yrs in the Indiana Reformatory. Hughes snatched a watch from a young woman at the Bainbridge fair, but was caught and held until the police arrived. Hughes had formerly followed Wallace's show. His home is in Edinburg, IN. (From the "Indiana State Journal" dated September 14, 1898; Submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay)

Miss Melvina Acres brought suit for slander in the Putnam county courts against Moses Risley, for intimating that her relations with Rev. William Skelton a Baptist minister, would not bear scrutiny. However, a compromise was reached, the defendant withdrawing the obnoxious charge, and expressing his belief that it was untrue. He also contributed $150 toward defraying the lady's court expenses. (Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News, 11 December, 1890, Page 6 column 5 and 6)




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