TWO KILLED IN CAR PLUNGE
Two women were killed and two men were injured, one critically, Saturday afternoon when an auto plunged into a creek five miles north of here on K-7. All were Negroes from Atchison.
Killed were Mrs. Willa Mae Wilson Ballew, 25, and Mrs. Hortense Jackson Wilkinson, 19. The injured were Leroy Ward, 27, who suffered a broken back, and Cpl. Kenneth Kelly, 22, home on leave from the air force, who suffered a wrenched shoulder and rib injuries.
Ward was taken to the Atchison hospital where his condition was reported critical. He had a fair night last night. Kelly was treated at the hospital following the accident and released. Saturday night he was taken to the Veterans hospital at Wadsworth.
The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. at the end of the "S" curve, one-fourth mile south of Independence creek bridge.
Ward was driving the car, which was traveling north down a steep hill. Marks on the pavement showed that the car, a four-door Buick sedan, skidded more than 200 feet before leaving the highway and plunging over a 20-foot embankment on the west side of the highway. The car came to rest upside down in about 18 inches of water in the creek.
According to officers, the people in the Ward car and two other cars containing Negroes, were enroute from Atchison to Hiawatha when the accident occurred.
Edwin Cluke, driver of one of the other cars, drove to the Atchison police station and reported that three of the people in the Ward car were pinned inside it. He arrived at the station at 4:05 p.m.
Captain Clarence Shaver, Jr., and Patrolmen Dave Dennis and George Downing of the Atchison police department sped to the accident scene. Sheriff Casimir Kurtz arrived a minute or two later as did Guy Livengood, state highway patrolman.
Kelly had maaged to get out of the car by himself and was lying on the creek bank. The officers succeeded in freeing Ward from the tangled wreckage of the demolished car and had him and Kelly enroute to the hospital in an ambulance within a few minutes.
In the meantime a tow truck had arrived from a local garage and the car was pulled back on its wheels by means of a cable.
The car was a battered mass of shapeless steel. The bodies of the dead women were in the back seat and were not removed until the coroner arrived.
Dee Walker, coroner of Atchison county, and Dolan McKelvy, judge of the city court, who is acting coroner, made an investigation of the accident.
The coroner stated that the Jackson girl, whose face was in the mud of the creek bed, died of suffocation, and that the Wilson girl was killed by a puncture wound in the back of the head.
The coroner said that it had been raining a short time before the accident and that apparently the Ward car had struck a slick spot on the pavement while traveling at a high rate of speed and went out of control.
The bodies were taken to the J. T. Miles mortuary.
Mrs. Bellew was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Wilson, 1018 North Seventh, and made her home with her parents.
She was born in Atchison July 26, 1929, and was graduated from the Atchison High School in 1949. She was a member of the Second Christian church.
Surviving are her husband, Gene Ballew; a son, Reginald S. Ballew, 2; her parents; a sister, Mrs. Darline Thomas, Atchison; two brothers, Benjamin Wilson, Kansas City, and Norman Wilson, route 1; and her grandmother, Mrs. Carrie Wilson, Atchison. Her father is custodian of the Lincoln school and is also employed at the American Legion club rooms.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Second Christian church, the Rev. A. H. Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery with J. T. Miles, funeral director, in charge.
Mrs. Wilkinson made her home with her mother, Mrs. Daniel Jackson, 829 M street. Her father is a patient at Wadsworth.
She was born in Atchison Jan. 12, 1936, and attended the Atchison High School three years. She was a member of the Second Christian church.
Surviving are her husband, Bathel Wilkinson, St. Joe; a son, Charles Wilkinson, 3; six sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Whitely and Mrs. ruthanna Williams, both of Atchison, Mrs. Weslthy Fobbs, St. Louis, Miss Florence Jackson and Mrs. Naomi Kelly, both of the home, and Mrs. Carlyn Allen, Atchison; three brothers, Daniel Jackson, Kansas City, Warren Jackson, Atchison, and Eugene Jackson, in the air force at Mayville, Calif., and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Miller, Kansas City, kas.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Second Christian church, the Rev. Thomas officiating. J. T. Miles, funeral director, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery.
Kenneth Kelly is a former Atchison High School star athlete and played fullback one year on the Emporia State college football team. He arrived home early this month on a month's leave after serving in Korea and is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kelly, 1027 North Seventh, and his wife, Mrs. Naomi Kelly, who is a sister of Mrs. Wilkinson.
Leroy Ward is employed at the Atchison Specialty Co. He came here a few years ago from a southern state.
(The Atchison Globe ~ Monday ~ April 25, 1955)
GHOST PHOTO TAKES PRIZE
Fred Wallace, 317 North Third, won The Globe's photo contest last week with a clever double-exposure of h. C. Palmer as the "Gramercy Ghost," Atchison High Senior play. The award is $2.50.
Photos which won honorable mention included Mrs. John Putnam's picture of Mrs. J. A. Milne, 91, Emporia, forrmerly of Atchison; Jess Torbett's photos of the new C-G grain termianl headhouse, the National Guard at station during emergency mobilization, and installation of Harold Faidley and Mrs. Clarence Krecklow at the Masonic Temple; and Lee Cashman's entry showing the 80-piece ACCHS band at Effingham.
The week's winning newstip won oa double award of $5 as no prize was given last week. It was won by Mrs. Frank Lindsey, Effingham, who reported a sow bit her husband, 80, as he was putting the pig over a fence into the hog lot.
Honorable mention included an item concerning sparrows with cardinal markins, seen at Tenth and Kearney by Mrs. Bernice Gilkison, 620 North Tenth.
(Atchison Daily Globe ~ Monday ~ April 25, 1955)
TWO MEN SHOT AND KILLED AT ATCHISON
Will Rainer Resented Being Called a Scab and Shot C. T. Oathout and James Burtchett
Atchison, Kan., June 4 --- Cal T. Oathout and James Burtchett were shot and killed yesterday afternoon by William Douglas Rainier. Rainier shaved off his mustache after the shooting and escaped to Missouri, but afterwards was arrested at Rushville. He is a laborer and is better known by the name of Will Douglass.
The shooting, which occurred about 4 o'clock, in a grove southwest of town, where a keg of beer was being consumed, was the outgrowth of a quarrel over the labor question. The quarrel led to a scuffle between Burtchett and Rainier and Rainier was called a "scab." Rainier called upon the men to stop using the word, threatening them if they did not. When they failed he went to his home, in Park place, half a mile away, got a double-barreled shotgun and returning shot them.
Neither Outhout nor Burtchett was armed. Two shots were fired from a distance of 75 feet, the first to Oathout and the second to Burtchett. Both men were shot in the head. Neither spoke after being shot. The gun was loaded with heavy shot. The charge struck Oathout on the left side of the face, destroying his left eye and passing through the arteries of his neck. Burtchett was struck full in the face, and a brier pipe he was smoking was torn to pieces. About fifty shot struck each man.
The trouble between Oathout and Rainier dates back to the strike of the common laborers on the Baker-Vawter building a few weeks ago. Oathout was a union man and formerly president of the Atchison union of the American Federation of Labor. Rainier was not a union man and at the time of the strike referred to took a job on the foundation of the Baker-Vawter building working as a stone mason, although he had not been working at that trade. The union stone masons had refused to work on the job as long as non-union common laborers were employed for excavating. While the union men went out they did not molest the men who took their places, among whom was Rainier.
Last week Oathout received a contract to quarry rock for the macadam road toMount Vernon cemetery and Rainier went to him and asked for a job. Oathout is reported to have told him that he had better go to the contractor of the Baker-Vawter building. Their next meeting appeared to have been about the keg of beer yestserday afternoon.
After his arrest Rainier refused to return to Kansas without a requisition and was taken to St. Joseph. He will be brought back to Atchison as soon as requisition papers can be secured. Rainier has lived in Atchison ly two years. He has a wife and daughter. Oathout moved here two years ago from Falls City, Neb., where he had lived for twenty-two years. He left a wife and two daughters. Burtchett was reared in Atchison and left a wife and several children.
St. Joseph, Mo., June 4 --- W. D. Rainier, who killed two men at Atchison yesterday afternoon, has made a statement of the affair. He is being held here to await a requisition.
"I thought at the time I was acting in self-defense," said Rainier. "The men had been after me a long time because I did not belong to the union, and at the rock quarry they brought the subject up again. The first thing I knew they were hitting me with stones, and I was down.
"When I went back with the shotgun one of them looked at me as though he thought I was afraid to shoot. They did not renew the trouble--I didn't give them time. I shot both of them in the side of the head. I didn't try very hard to get away."
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Tuesday ~ June 5, 1900)
TWO KILLED WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES BARN NEAR ATCHISON
Atchison, Kans., June 11 --- Melvin, 12-year-old son of George Fridell, a farmer residing near Atchison, Kans., and Jack Spillane, a farm hand on the Fridell farm, were killed instantly Tuesday, when lightning struck a barn in which they had sought shelter from a heavy rain. They were standing in the barn looking at the downour when the barn was struck.
George Fridell was stunned by the shock, but will recover. The barn was not badly damaged.
(Blade ~ Hutchinson, KS ~ Saturday ~ June 12, 1920)
ATCHISON MAN KILLED
James P. Wharton Accidentally Shot by a Restaurant Man at Leon, Ia.
Atchison --- James P. Wharton, of the McClelland Cigar Company, of this city, was shot and instantly killed at Leon, Ia., Friday, by L. P. Dietrick, who runs a restaurant at Leon. The shooting was accidental. Mr. Wharton has lived in Atchison about one year and a half and his wife and daughter are visiting Wharton having spent Wednesday with his family. It is supposed that he arrived late at night and went to the restaurant for lunch, when the accident occurred. Deitrick gave himself up. Mr. Wharton was a member of the United Commercial Travelers' Association and as the shooting was accidental his widow will receive $6,300 from the order.
(American Citizen ~ Kansas City, KS ~ Friday ~ June 20, 1902)
WRECK AT ATCHISON
Engineer Vanhoven Caughter Under a Car and Instantly Killed
Atchison, Kan., Nov. 8 --- A wreck occured in the Missouri Pacific yards Sunday, which resulted in the death of Engineer Jacob Vanhoven. Vanhoven's switch engine, which was pulling a string of cars, was reversed, and in some way ti became derailed. Engineer Vanhoven remained on the engine for a distance of about three car lengths when, together with his fireman, John Ball, he jumped from the cab. Ball jumped from the south side and escaped uninjured. The unfortunate engineer jumped from the other side of the cab, and before he could get out of the way, was caught in the wreck. He was found under an overturned freight car with his head and a portion of his shoulders projecting. No death could have been more instantaneous. The immense weight of the heavily loaded car was fully upon him, and his body was badly crushed.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Tuesday ~ November 9, 1897)
KILLED HIS FRIEND
Two Drunken Atchison Characters on a Spreee
Atchison, Kan., Feb. 18 --- Early this morning Jim Mitchell, a notorious colored character, was shot and instantly killed by his pal, John Price. Both men were drunk and Price claims the shooting was accidental.
About midnight the two went to Blair's mill to visit their friend Johnson, the night foreman. Johnson says they were idling some time away in drunken talk. He insists that it was a pure accident. As Price was taking his revolver out of his overcoat pocket, it discharged and Mitchell fell, pierced in the breast.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ February 21, 1896)
HIS SKULL WAS FRACTURED
Atchison Youth Thrown From a Wagon and Instantly Killed
Atchison, Kan., April 9 --- Johnny Manson, aged 18-years, was instantly killed at Lancaster station, Atchison county, last night by being run over by a wagon. He was driving a team, which stopped suddenly, throwing him over the dashboard. His skull was fractured. He was a son of one of the oldest residents of that section.
(Parsons Weekly Blade ~ Saturday ~ April 13, 1895)
DROVE OF A BRIDGE
One Man Killed and One Seriously Injured Near Atchison
Atchison, Kan., May 28 --- Henry Barry and Timothy Sullivan, laborers, who reside in this city, went to Mount Pleasant, a few miles south of here, to visit friends. While en route for home about 12 o'clock last night they drove their horses off a bridge, with the result that Barry was instantly killed and Sullivan badly injured. The men fell a distance of ten feet on to rocks. The floor of the bridge had been entirely removed by the contractor who was repairing the structure and no guards placed about the place. As the place is located at the bottom of a steep hill and the night being dark the men could not see that the bridge floor had been removed. An action will probably be brought against the contractor for negligence.
(Kansas City Times ~ Tuesday ~ May 29, 1894)
SLAIN IN COLD BLOOD
Miss Baldwin, the Victim mof an Assassin in Atchison, Not Killed For Her Money
The Jewelry and Other Apparel of the Dead Girl Found All Safe and Accounted For
Evidence That Chloroform Was the Agent Used and That the Criminal Was Hidden Inside
The Police Utterly Unable to Obtain Any Clue to the Murderer---Atchison Wildly Excited
MISS BALDWIN WAS CHLOROFORMED
Atchison, Kan., July 9 --- The post mortem held last night on the body of Miss Baldwin, who was found murdered, developed the fact that her death was caused beyond a doubt by chloroform. No evidences of poison were discovered and no outrage had been attempted.
The jury visited the house this morning and made a thorough examination of the premises to determined whether robbery or murder was the motive of the criminal. They found the dead girl's jewelry all in her room scattered about somewhat, but none missing. It was also evident from the condition of the rooms down stairs that the clothing and other things had been scattered about purposely to throw the officers off the scent.
MURDERED IN COL BLOOD
Murder and not robbery was the purpose of the man, whoever he was, that entered Mary Baldwin's chamber Tuesday night, and moreover he was throoughly familiar with the house. He had evidently secreted himself in her room and waited until she had fallen asleep and then saturated a pillow with chloroform and held it over her mouth and nose until she ceased to breathe. Then flying from the scene of his crime he relocked the door by reaching through the panel which he had cut out of the back door.
THE POLICE COMPLETELY BAFFLED
Up to this hour the police have been completely baffled.
The jury have examined several witnesses, but no verdict has yet been reached. It is safe to say, however, that developments of a startling character may be anticipated in a short time, but no verdict can be reached until the evidence of Michael Fitzgerald, the young man who roomed in the house; Will Baldwin, her brother, and A. H. Lewis, her intended husband, has been taken and sifted.
The funeral of Miss Baldwin will take place at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The public feeling against the murderer is deep and violent, and should he be discovered short shrift and a long rope will undoubtedly be his doom.
HOW THE MURDERER ENTERED
It was Miss Baldwin's regular habit to lock her door upon retiring for the night, but when the ghastly discovery was made Wednesday evening that she had been murdered the door was unlocked and ajar, proving almost conclusively that the murderer had entered the house and concealed himself in Miss Baldwin's room before her return from down town at 9:45 o'clock Tuesday evening.
The cutting out of the door panel was a stupid job, laying bare the ruse to make believe that the aperture was made for the purpose of gaining admission to the house. The murderer was evidently well acquainted with the premises and gained admission by some other ingross than the back door.
(Kansas City Times ~ Friday ~ July 10, 1885)
JAMES NUTT AGAIN
The Slayer Of M. W. Duke Kills A Kansas Woman
Mrs. Payton Shot Through the Head and a Farm Hand Wounded---Nutt Is Finally Felled With an Ax and Bound---Figured In a Pennsylvania Tragedy
Atchison, Kan., Feb. 7 --- James Nutt, famous as the slayer of W. W. Duke at Uniontown, Pa., ten years ago, shot and fatally wounded Mrs. Jesse Payton in the western part of Atchison county Monday night. He afterward fired three shots at Leonard Coleman, all of which took effect, but it is believed that Coleman will recover.
Nutt had been to the town of Horton, in Brown county, and was driving to his farm in Atchison county. He reached the Payton farm at 9 o'clock and stopped. Nutt had been drinking, and Mrs. Payton prepared supper for him while Coleman, a farm hand, put up his team. As near as can be learned, Nutt, after partaking of the meal, and when about ready to depart, drew a revolver and commenced shooting. Mrs. Payton received one shot in the back of the head, which came out near the jaw, and another shot in the body. Coleman rushing to her assistance, was shot three times by Nutt, who also made an attempt to assault a baby, which had fallen from Mrs. Payton's arms. Coleman, continuing in his endeavor to disarm Nutt, called upon Mrs. Payton to bring him a stick of cordwood. Instead she brought him an ax, with the broadside of which he felled their assailant to the floor, where he lay unconscious. Coleman then secured a rope and bound his hands and feet. Leaving him in this position he went to the home of the nearest neighbor, half a mile away, for help. He reached that place in an exhausted condition from loss of blood, but he had done good work in tying Nutt, who was found still securely bound and placed under arrest.
Mrs. Payton will die, but it is thought that Coleman will recover. Payton and his wife formerly worked on Nutt's farm, quitting his employ two years ago. They have always been the best of friends, and the shooting occasioned great surprise in the neighborhood. As near as is known, there was no provocation whatever for the shooting and there is much indignation against Nutt. Mrs. Payton is the mother of five children, ranging in ages from 6 months to 8 years. Mr. Payton was not at home at the time of the shooting, being employed in Atchison temporarily. When he heard of the shooting he was almost crazed with grief, as he had always believed Nutt to be his friend.
Nutt was brought to Atchison and locked up in the county jail. To a correspondent who sought an interview, Nutt refused to talk of the shooting. He said: "Mother has had trouble enough already and I want to keep this matter quiet." He is about 34 years of age, was married in Kentucky in 1893 and has one child. He came to Kansas immediately after the Pennsylvania tragedy and located on a farm in Atchison county owned by his mother, which he has since farmed successfully. This is the first trouble he has had since coming here.
Neighbors of Nutt say he has been acting strangely for two years and was suspected of being crazy. This theory, however, is not generally credited.
The Nutts and Dukes were at one time prominent politicians in Pennsylvania, while Coleman, who is 27 years old, originally came from New York, where he is well known. Fourteen years ago W. W. Duke, then a prominent lawyer in Uniontown, Pa., was killed by Nutt for having seduced his sister. Before that the Nutts and Dukes were frequently at war and during one encounter Duke killed Nutt's father. He was acquitted, however, making a plea of self-defense. When young Nutt later came to trial he also was promptly acquitted, the trial at the time creating a great sensation.
(Leavenworth Herald ~ Saturday ~ February 9, 1895)
Nutt is Guilty
Would-Be Kansas Slayer Will Go to the Pen
Atchison, May 15 – The Jim Nutt jury returned a verdict of guilty in the Coleman case this evening. The jury was out for forty minutes. The extreme penalty on this charge is ten years in the penitentiary. Nutt was apparently unmoved by the verdict. He made no statement, but it is expected that the usual application for a new trial will be made. The verdict is approved by the people here, even Nutt’s friends admitting he is not a safe man to be at large. Nutt will be arraigned tomorrow on the charge of assaulting and attempting to kill Mrs. Payton. Nutt was made notorious ten years ago by his connection with the Duke tragedy in Pennsylvania.
St. Paul daily globe. (Saint Paul, Minn.), 16 May 1895