Dec. 3, 1899, Yesterday afternoon Mrs. Decker Stewart, the wife of a farmer who resided near Fairbanks, abt 15 miles northwest of this city went to a neighbor’s, leaving 2 small children alone in the house. Upon her return her attention was attracted by cries and she discovered the house in flames and the roof falling in, one child having escaped with horrible burns while the other perished in the flames. The children had been playing with the fire.
Sept. 6, 1899
The Sullivan County Commissioners have sold $25,000 worth of refunding bonds to Lamphreicht Brothers Company, of Cleveland, at a premium that brings interest below
3 ½ percent. The bonds run ten years.
Aug. 31, 1899 the grocery store of JH. Drake has been robbed 5 times within the past week. Last night Mr. Drake and his clerk waited in the store until nearly midnight, when the thief came in through the back window, and was captured without trouble. At the jail he was recognized as Wayman Black, a negro ex-convict.
Aug.30,1899. Basil Anderson, the 4 yr old son of Emil Anderson, and undertaker at Dugger, was burned to death in his father’s barn yesterday afternoon. He and a playmate were playing with matches in the loft filled with hay, and they soon had a fire started. It was not known that anyone was in the building until the roof fell in and his companion jumped from the loft, and told that young Anderson was still inside. The charred remains were found in the ruins.
Feb. 24,1898. this afternoon John Jett, the man who eloped with Walter Booker’s wife, appeared on the streets of this city. He had 2 big revolvers dangling from his belt, and said he was prepared if Booker should molest him. He was arrested late this evening by the sheriff. He is the man who put the find steel saws into the jail to Dan peak, the forger. Peak sawed his way out and has never been caught. Booker’s wife and Jett’s sister were with him when he was arrested. He denies running off with Booker’s wife. he said they had been down to Louisville on a trip. Sue Jett, his 19 yr old sister, who also went away with them, was supposed to have gone to join her old sweetheart, Dan Peak, the forger.
The broom corn crop of Sullivan County, tried last spring as an experiment, has proved to be a success, and it is thought many acres of land heretofore unprofitable will yield large sums through broom corn.
Indiana Notes Oct
Wilson Bailey, a farmer of Gill Township, Sullivan County, is reported to have been robbed of $1,000 in gold, which he kept in a corn bin.
The directors of the Sullivan State Bank have elected the following officers: President J.F. Hoke, Vice president, J.H. Kalley, Cashier Wake Giles. Former Vice President F.E. Davis retired
June 10.- The Star Mining Company gave notice
to their miners yesterday to remove their tools from
the mine by noon today, but the men failed to comply
with the company's demand, and it resulted in the
company bringing the tools out. Notices are also
posted on the company's property demanding- that the
vacate, the company's houses.
Source:Indiana State Journal June 17 1898
Sullivan, Ind. Dec 4.
Last night between 11 and 12 o'clock some one entered the room where Miss Ella Bath and her baby slept, and carried the .child, about 150 yards from the house, where it was drowned in a pool and left on the bank. The mother was found later, bound hand and "foot and gagged. None of the family was awakened by the intruder. A crowd immediately gathered and began to scour the neighborhood. Bloodhounds were secured and put on the track, but without any developments. Frank French, charged with the girl's ruin was today placed under bond for kidnapping, but little evidence as yet has developed as to the guilty parties. The Bates family live a few miles west of here.
Source: Indiana State Journal December 9, 1896
Greenville, Ind. April 22.—At the April election in this city the official returns showed the present Republican mayor, Ed Wright, re-elected by one vote. Frank Bachman, Democrat, contested the election, and by a verdict in Probate
Court a few days ago Mr. Wright was unseated, and the City Council, which is Democratic, by consent of both _____ his appointed Bachman, who was sworn in. When he went to Wright for the docket the latter refused to turn it over, and the
case will now be tested in Circuit Court. The sheriff will be called on to-morrow to take a hand in ousting Wright from the mayor's office and arrest him for contempt of court. At present Greenville has two mayors—one in possession and the other wants to be.
Indiana Journal April 28 1897
Ind., April 7.—George W. McCammon, the absconding
express agent, recently of Farrnersourg. on trial
here today pleaded guilty of embezzlement
and was given an indeterminate sentence of two to
fourteen years In the Prison South. The sheriff
will leave with him at once.
Indiana Journal April 14, 1897
April 9.—President Knight, of the U. M. W. A.,
arrived here late yesterday evening. From
information gathered it Is the Intention to
reorganize the local unions which, disbanded
during the late strike and make _____ effort to
rally the miners together for the coming contest on May 20. when an advance will be asked. A great many of the miners here are not enthusiastic in regard to reorganization, but what action they will take in case a general strike is called
throughout the State Is not definitely known. Organizer Spots man. of Linton, for the southern portion of the district of which this mining belt is connected, was here during the week, but the miners say he was mum in regard to what plans
wouid be pursued in case a strike should take place in May. It Is said the Linton miners are receiving the 60-cent scale.
Indiana Journal April 14, 1897
Want to See Farmer Brock.
SHELBURN, Ind., Jan. 9.—The officers are hunting tonight for John Brock, a farmer living: two miles in the country for selling impure meat. He brought a dressed hog to town and sold it to Mr. Ocletree Carrithers, and it has since developed
that the hog was killed by accident and lay three days' before being dressed.
Date: 1898-12-28; Paper: Indiana State Journal
No Good Clue to the Dastard Who Committed the Infant Murder.
Sullivan, Ind., Dec 8.--The excitement here over the Bates kidnapping affair and subsequent developments is still the theme of gossip. The detail show that the entire family of George Bates, at New Lebanon, six miles south of here, we're chloroformed, and that the room of his daughter Ella was entered and that she was bound and gagged, having first been stupefied by the drug, after which her infant child was carried away. Across the breast of the mother was pinned a note reading: " We did this for revenge."
Bates telegraphed here for the arrest of Frank French, proprietor of the Sullivan Transfer company, for alleged kidnapping, and after the babes body was found again telegraphed, changing the charge to murder, which the authorities declined to consider. French denied all knowledge of the affair, both as two the kidnapping and subsequent drowning of the infant, and he has friends by whom he can establish an alibi. Bloodhounds trailed the miscreant to a point were a horse had evidently been tied, and upon which it is supposed the kidnapper and murderer mounted and rode away.
Date Tuesday, December 8, 1896 Elkhart Daily Review (Elkhart, Indiana) Page 2
Submitted by Tam Inman