Sullivan County Indiana

News/ Brevities


Sullivan, IN,
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.

Sullivan, IN.
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.

Sullivan, IN.
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.

Sullivan, IN.
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.

Indiana Notes.9-14-1898
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 4 1899
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.

Indiana Notes.9-14-1898
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

Shelburn,   Ind.,  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 miners
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

Sullivan, 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

Shelburn,   Ind.,   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

Officers 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

  Major John W. Burnett will celebrate more than Christmas today. It happens to be the 64th anniversary of his birth and he will observe the two events jointly. Hale and hearty at three-score and four years and having lived a life of constant activity, he has a fund of information based on experience that would be valuable data if collected and compiled. He is one of the oldest Masons in the country, having joined that order in Merom, Indiana in 1868. He has also been a member of the Knights of Pythias since 1886, becoming affiliated with this organization at Leroy, Kansas. He is also a Grand Army man.
  Major Burnett was born in Kentucky but grew to manhood in the Hoosier State. In 1860 his parents sent him to school at Ann Arbor, the State University of Michigan, but when the war broke out a few months later he shipped his trunk home and going to Indianapolis enlisted for one year in the 11th Ind. Zouaves. When his term of enlistment was closed with the Zouaves he re-enlisted in the 6th Ind. Cav. being mustered out of the service at Norfolk, Virginia, in 1866. He figured in many important engagements during the war, was at the second battle of Bull Run and made the march with Sherman to the sea.
  Major Burnett held many offices of trust and responsibility while living in the east and has a very active and useful career. He was married in 1867, his wife passing away about two years ago. They came to Red Bluff in 1870 but later returned east. They returned about five years ago to Red Bluff.
Red Bluff News, No 7, 31 Dec 1909
Mrs. S.H. Sutton and little daughter, Miss Ruby, of Merom, Indiana, came yesterday to attend the Bower-Stanley wedding. Mrs. Sutton was matron of the Merom college during the time Miss Stanley was teacher of music in the institutions.
Albion Journal, Vol 30, No 28, 26 Jan 1899

Mrs. S.H. Sutton, of Merom, Indiana, is here to attend the Hess reunion, visit the family of L.J. Hess and other relatives in this county.
Plymouth Tribune, Vol 2, No 47, Plymouth, Marshall County, 27 Aug 1903

New York, July 1 - The Lancaster Express of Tuesday evening says the following important intelligence we have just learned from a reliable source: That Gen. Meade has taken Hanover Junction, thus cutting in two the rebel lines an turning their right. Gen. Early has retreated from York and Ewell from in front of Harrisburg.

The position of our army is such now that Lee must either beat a hasty retreat, at a great disadvantage, or give battle to Gen. Meade on his chosen ground. In either event it is of the utmost importance that the new levies be pushed in as rapidly as possible. Now is the hour of strike the decisive blow.

CINCINNATI, July 1 - At a special meeting in the City Council last night, it was resolved to put the State militia law in force at once. All citizens between the ages of eighteen and forty-five not physically disabled, are to be organized into companies on the 4th of July, and are subject to the Governor's call for duty in such numbers as he may think necessary.

At Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, large meeting were held. The difficulty in regard to the enrollment in Sullivan county, Indiana, is ended and the military will return to Indianapolis to-day.
The Daily Green Mountain Freeman, 2 Jul 1863 (Montpelier, VT) - transcribed by J.S.

Billy Steward of Hymera, Indiana, formerly with a railroad construction company, which was on the Big Four construction work here, was here today visiting friends. Mr. Steward's home is in Terre Haute, but he has been working in Hymera for several months.
Greencastle Herald (Greencastle, Putnam County) 4 Sep 1913 - transcribed by J.S.

Mrs. Mabel Dunlap, Curry, Indiana suffragist and lecturer, was given a prolonged ovation when she arose to speak. She said in part:
"Women are soon to take their initial voyage on the good ship of state, Indiana. We have had our tickets long; we have paid  for them in tears, birth pangs and taxes, but somehow we have never gotten aboard. We shall take some hammers and nails along with us - not to knock - but to penetrate - some of the passages that are not yet open to us. We may have to knock out a few partitions and build a few passage ways, but we're going to come out on the upper deck.
Daily Tribune (Terre Haute, Vigo County) 18 May 1917 - transcribed by J.S.


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