Atchison County, Kansas





She Was in Dentist's Office Having Work Done, Her Husband Followed and the Difficulty Came---Dentist Mortally Injured

Atchison, Kan., March 22---Dr. Hugh F. Sidey, a popular Atchison dentist and a member of the Presbyterian church choir, was fatally injured this afternoon by Thomas Lane, a railroad man of Denver, Co., in a fight which occurred in Dr. Sidey's office.

Lane is a sone of John Lane, a wealthy farmer near here. His wife has for some time been staying with her mother, Mrs. John Beamaderfer, in this city. Lane arrived at noon today and went to see his wife. She was not at home, but Lane was told that she was at Dr. Sidey's office havingn work done to her teeth.

Lane went to Dr. Sidey's office, which is located over a queensware store. Presently the clerks in the store below heard a fight upstairs. Someone said, "I'll kill you," and there was a crash and someone fell to the floor.

B. D. Zimmerman, the proprietor of the store, rushed up and saw Lane leaving wiping blood from his hands with his handerchief.

"What is the matter?" asked Zimmerman.

"Dr. Sidey is hurt and I am going for a doctor," said Lane

Lane tried to get out of town. He was arrested, however, and is now in jail. Zimmerman went into Dr. Sidey's office and saw the dentist lying unconscious upon the floor with a terrible wound in his skull above his left eye. A glass ink bottle weighing two pounds was lying near and the dentist had evidently been hit with it. Two physicians who were summoned found that the skull was fractured and took the injured man to a hospital, where an operation was performed with a hope of saving his life.

Just what happened in the dental office is not known, but Lane's wife walked in through the rear door of a store shortly after the fight with her clothing badly torn. She was greatly excited and sent a messenger to the dental office to get her wrap and pocketbook.

Both Lane and his wife refuse to talk and there is a great deal of speculation over the affair. Lane says he hit Dr. Sidey in self-defense as the dentist had drawn a revolver on him.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Tuesday ~ March 26, 1901)


Atchison Man Will Soon Leave the Penitentiary

Upon the recommendation of the State Board of Pardons, Governor Morrill has signed a pardon for Frank Price of Atchison. The document is in reality a commutation, but it releases Price from the penitentiary at once.

Price was sent to the penitentiary for larceny for five years in 1889. Ten years were added to the sentence because of conviction of assault with intent to kill. The term for larceny ended last November. The board recommends that the sentence of ten years for assault be commuted to two and one-half years.

The assault occurred in an attempt to escape from jail. In the effort to prevent the escape of the prisoners, the custodian of the jail was slightly cut with a knife in the hands of John Colwell. Colwell was the most active participant in the assault and he was pardoned in May, 1894.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ February 7, 1896)


Atchison Meddlers Drive a Sensitive Woman Crazy by Stories of Spooks

Atchison, Kan., April 20 --- Mrs. John Cotter suddenly became insane at her home on South Sixth street recently, her condition of mind being due to a scare.  By a preconcerted arrangement, a number of neighbors called on her, and related that the house in which she was living was haunted, and that mysterious knockings were often heard.  The conspirators on the outside did the knocking, and from hysteria the woman passed into a condition of insanity and had to be taken in charge by the police.  She was removed to the house of relatives in Doniphan county and her condition is improving.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ April 23, 1897)


Atchison's Smallpox Epidemic Grows Serious

Atchison, Kan., May 4 --- The smallpox scare in this city is assuming serious proportions.  At first it was supposed that the patients were suffering with a very light form of vareloid.  But within the past few days several of the best physicians of the city have made a thorough investigation and say there is no question but that smallpox is here.

There are now about thirty cases in the city, mostly confined to the colored districts.  So far but one death has been reported, Mrs. McAllister, wife of a colored laborer, residing on U street, South Atchison.

At a meeting of the board of health this morning Dr. Linley, the city physician, resigned his position, though he was receiving $10 per day for his services.  The board was unable to ind another doctor in this city who would treat the smallpox victims and had to engage a physician from Seneca, who is to receive $18 per day.  A pest house is being built in the city park, which will be ready for occupancy by tonight.  After this building has been completed all sufferers from the dread disease will be removed there.

The remains of Mrs. McAllister were interred at 10 o'clock tonight.  Several other persons are expected to die most any time.

The citizens of several of the small surrounding towns have held meetings and decided not to come to Atchison until the smallpox scare has abated.
(Topeka Weekly Capital ~ Thursday ~ May 10, 1894)


Leavenworth, Kan., July 14 --- T. N. Gardner, a resident of Atchison, fell from the top of a wheat bing in the Central Kansas elevator in this city at 5 o'clock today and was crushed to death forty-five feet below.  Mr. Gardner as one of a gang of bridge carpenters who have been working in this vicinity for the Missouri Pacific railway during the past few weeks and was employed today in making repairs on the elevator.

While on a scaffold on one of the bins he slipped and fell with the fatal result.
(Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ July 15, 1898)


Atchison, Kan., Nov. 29 --- The trial of R. C. Meade, ex-superintendent of the Atchison public schools, who defrauded confiding widows and unsuspecting school teachers out of vast sums of money, deserted his wife and children, and eloped with his young lady clerk, has terminated in a verdict of guilty.  He will be sentenced to five years in the penitentiary.
(Leavenworth Herald ~ Saturday ~ December 7, 1895)


Alleged Lone Pullman Highwayman in Jail at Atchison

Atchison, Kan., Sept. 17 --- Sheriff Kiff and Special Missouri Pacific Agent DeLong returned from Omaha yesterday afternoon with Jim Davis, the negro whom they say they can prove was the lone highwayman who held up the express agent of a Missouri Pacific train in Atchison on the night of July 26, and a sleeper on the same road between Verden and Stella, Neb., on the night of May 27.  The evidence against Davis appears complete.

S. C. Ayer and wife, of Omaha, who were passengers on the sleeping car, positively identified him at Omaha, after his arrest last Thursday, and a fine watch stolen from S. G. Sprague, of Atchison, also a passenger on the sleeper, has been found in the possession of a party in Omaha who will testify that he bought it of Davis.  Davis is educated, has been a school teacher, and preached and has a pecularly soft voice, which, once heard, is easily recognized.  He wears tailor made clothing, and when traveling between Kansas City and Omaha, as he frequently did, he rode in first class coaches and paid his fare.  He denies both charges, but told the officers that he had a railroad company to fight and was up against a tough proposition.  It is believed he will plead guilty to the Atchison charge which is holding up the exress car.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Tuesday ~ September 18, 1900)


Atchison Man's Fata Experience in Caring for His Sister

Atchison, Kan., March 6 --- Charles T. Backus died of blood poisoning yesterday, having become innoculated through a scratch on one of his hands, while taking care of his sister, Ruth Alice Backus, who died of blood poisoning two weeks ago.

Mr. Backus had traded his excelsior factory in Atchison for 1,400 acres of timber land in Texas two years ago.  The timber land is in the region where oil was recently struck, by reason of which discovery it is believed to be very valuable.  Backus was unmarried and had bequeathed his property to Ruth Backus; before her death she willed her property to their sister Mrs. R. R. Hurd of Atchison.

The Backus family is among the heirs to an estate in England, valued at three millions.  The estate was left by an uncle to the Backus children in Atchison and their lawyer is now in England looking up the estate.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ March 8, 1901)


J. C. Fox of Atchison Repeatedly Attacked by an Unknown Enemy

Atchison, Kan., March 12 --- The home of J. C. Fox of the wholesale drug house of McPike & Fox, with most of the contents, burned shortly after midnight.  The loss is $10,000 partly covered by insurance.  The house was set on fire by an incendiary, about whom there is much mystery.

During the last four months Mr. Fox has been annoyed by an unknown enemy, or insane person, who has been throwing stones through the windows of his house.  At one time a servant narrowly escaped injury.  The mysterious person was seen one night a month ago by a coachman, who chased him and shot at him, but did not hit him.  For several weeks an officer has been watching the house.

The first last night was started near a porch.  Coal oil had been poured on the wood to make it blaze quickly.  No watchman was on duty last night and the fire was burning fiercely and the house was full of smoke when neighbors aroused the family.  The house was one of the finest in Atchison and contained rare furniture.  Mr. Fox says he knows of no enemy.  His son, Jared Fox, lives a few doors away, and stones have also been thrown through his windows, while the house of others in the neighborhood have been unmolested.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ March 16, 1900)


Caine's Flouring Mill and a Number of Smaller Buildings Burned

Atchison, Kan., Oct. 11 --- John M. Cain's flouring mill, caught on fire at 11 o'clock Saturday night resulting in a conflagration.  The fire resulted from the explosion of chaff which was ignited by a lantern.  The mill was soon a mass of flames, and the fire beyond the control of the fire department.  The fire soon spread to Cain's block across the street, which was completely destroyed.  Doing business in the block was John W. Cain's State bank, Ed Heinz's restaurant, Harry Tebbs' joint, and Ben Down's barber shop.  The intense heat then ignited John M. Cain's warehouse on the west, which contained three thousand barrels of flour.  It was a complete wreck, the flour being destroyed.  Mrs. Margaret Wheelan's seven room residence on the west was also destroyed.  Wm. Graham's oil warehouse burned to the ground.  Three other small frame buildings on Thirteenth street belonging to John M. Cain were also destroyed.

It looked for a time as if West Atchison would be destroyed, and assistance from St. Joseph was telephoned for.  Before a special train was gotten out, the first was under control, and the help from St. Jopseh was telephoned not to come.

John M. Cain's property was insured for about $20,000.  HIs loss is about $70,000.  The additional loss is about $15,000.  The Wheelan house was not insured, but the other buildings were partly covered by insurance.  It was perhaps the most disastrous fire in the history of the city.

Cain's mill was doing an export business exclusively, and was making about a thousand dollars a month above all expenses.  It is doubtful whether the mill will be rebuilt.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Tuesday ~ October12, 1897)


They Are Burned to Death in Their Home Near Atchison

Atchison, Kan., April 30 --- A horrible story of the burning to death of two children, which happened between 8 and 9 o'clock yesterday morning, comes from the Walnut creek neighborhood, about six miles south of this city.  The children were aged 3 years and 15 months, respectively.  The father of the children was Stanford Kimbley, a farm hand employed by James McGreevy.  He and his family occupied a small, one-story frame house on the McGreevy farm, which is located about a quarter of a mile from the residence of his employer.  Yesterday morning Kimbley went to work in the field, leaving his wife and two children in the house.  A short time afterward Mrs. Kimbley went to the McGreevy residence to secure some milk on which her children were to make their breakfast.  When she left home there was no fire in the stove, and both infants were in bed.

A short time after the woman had entered the home of Mrs. McGreevy she saw her husband dashing through the field, going toward their house, and looking in that direction she saw that the structure was on fire.  When Kimbley arrived at the house it was almost enveloped in flames.  He forced in the door in an effort to save his children, but was driven back by the flames, which were raging fiercely.  In a short time a number of neighbors were on the scene, and all efforts were made to rescue the children from the building, but it  was impossible, as the inside of the structure was all on fire and flames were shooting forth from the doors and windows.  The house being old, it did not take many minutes for the flames to consume it.

The cries of the children are said to have been exceedingly pitiful, and their father was badly about the face and hands in his attempt to rescue them.  A short time after the house collapsed the bodies of the infants were recovered burned to a crisp and almost beyond recognition.  It is not known how the fire originated, as it is said there were no matches lying around where the children could have gotten hold of them during the absence of their mother.  As the Kimbleys are very poor people the burned remains of their little children were buried in a pine coffin made by neighbors.
(Kansas City Times ~ Wednesday ~ May 1, 1895)


Atchison, Kas., Jan. 5 ---  Joseph Anderson's transfer barn burned yesterday, together with six head of horses.  The loss is $10,000.  Anderson was burned severely in trying to rescue the horses.
(Kansas City Star ~ Monday ~ January 5, 1903)


A Negro Church Sues Burned Store Firm, Alleging Criminal Carelessness

Atchison, Kas., June 17 --- Alleging criminal neglect, the Ebenezer Negro Baptist Church, through its attorney, Bailie P. Waggener, brought suit late this afternoon for $25,942 against Clement & Bechtel, whose big department store burned to the ground here yesterday.  The charge is made that Lloyd Bechtel, a member of the firm, knowingly allowed rubbish to be burned while a strong wind was blowing.  Sparks from the burning store fell on the Ebenezer Church, three blocks away, and it was destroyed before the fire department could be called from the main fire.  Of the damages asked, $5,942 is for the new pipe organ which was dedicated last Sunday.
(Kansas City Star ~ Sunday ~ June 18, 1911)


It Is Found on Fire at 2:30 O'Clock and Is Quickly Destroyed

Atchison, Kas., Jan. 6 --- The Atchison Union depot was found to be on fire at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon and was quickly destroyed.
(Kansas City Star ~ Friday ~ January 6, 1888)


Atchison, Kansas

Mrs. Mary Miller was severely and painfully burned Monday morning when she fell on a gas stove at her home at 1020 S. Sixth street.  Mrs. Miller sustained a broken collarbone early last week and it was difficult for her to get around.  When she fell on the stove she was unable to get off until her left side was badly burned.
(National Reviewer ~ Kansas City, KS ~ Saturday ~ October 25, 1913)


Atchison, Kas., Farmer May Die From Burns He Received

Atchison, Kas. --- Maurice Nelson, a young farmer, was burned, probably fatally, Saturday while fighting a fire in a wheat field.  The wind blew his shirttail into the fire and his body was burned before other firefighters could extinguish the blaze.
(Kansas City Star ~ Wednesday ~ August 20, 1919)


Kansas City, Jan. 30 --- One person was burned to death in a fire which late today partly destroyed the Grandview Sanitarium in Kansas City, Kansas, an institution for persons suffering from nervous disorders.  M. Thompson of Atchison, Kansas, was the only victim.  The other thirty-one patients were rescued by firemen and received no serious injuries.  The loss is estimated at between $40,000 and $50,000.
(Jonesboro, AR, Weekly Sun ~ Wednesday ~ February 6, 1918)


Atchison Fireman Fell Among Red-hot Coals in Foundry Fire

While fighting a fire at the John Seaton foundry early this morning, Dan Stafford, an Atchison fireman fell head first through the roof of a core furance and was rescued alive by fellow firemen.  The entombed man called for help, and his brother, acting fire chief, hurried down the ladder and opened the furance door, less than eighteen inches square, through which coal is fed into the furnace.  A mass of red coals were piled all around Stafford and he was compelled to crawl over them to reach the little door through which he escaped.  Twice he fell on the coals and his forehead and arms were burned severely.  It is belieed he will recover without permanent injury.
(Grand Forks, ND, Herald ~ Thursday ~ May 7, 1914)


Man Could Not Recover From Atchison Bridge Accident---Many Hurt

Atchison, Kan., Feb. 23 --- James S. Wells died today as a result of injuries sustained on the Atchison bridge across the Missouri river which is being rebuilt.  While a heavy weight was being hoisted by steam, the engine and boiler, which stood on a temporary platform, overturned and Wells' right leg was caught beneath it and crushed so badly that it had to be amputated near the body, and his hip was burned by the boiler.  Reaction after the amputation was never complete.  Wells was 33 years old, and was reared in Atchison.

This is the second fatal accident which has occurred during the rebuilding of the bridge in the past five months.  W. I. Miller, a well-known man formerly master mechanic for the Burlington at this point, was the first victim.  In addition to the two deaths, two men have had legs broken, one man had two ribs broken, another man had his hip dislocated and his ankle sprained, and others have had fingers taken off, noses broken, arms broken and numerous other injuries.

Hardly a day passes that some accident does not occur, although much caution is exercised.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Tuesday ~ February 26, 1901)


Another Leading Atchison Citizen Passes Away

Atchison, Kan., Jan. 27 --- Alfred D. Cain died at 6 o'clock this moring at his residence.  His case has been a hopeless one for several months, but he was possessed of an iron constitution, and until within a few days ago was possessed of his full mental faculties, and arranged his affairs even to the minutest details.

His illness began a year ago, and, although he had been confined to his home almost consistently since last May, he took an active interest in public affairs until the early part of the present week.

The first illness of the deceased began with an attack of appendicitis.  An operation was performed, and he apparently recovered, but subsequently a malignant growth developed at the location of he appendix.  This growth continued until it caused his death.  Three other operations were performed upon him, but without hope of producing a cure.

He was born at Castle Town, Isle of Man, May 11, 1845, and was a graduate of King William college.  He came to America and located in Atchison county in 1866.  The deceased and his brother, the late John M. Cain, was prominently identified with the development of the milling industry of Kansas, and were the first to export flour from Kansas to Europe.  Both owned big mills in Atchison.  John M. Cain's mill burned some months ago and his death soon followed.
(Topeka Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ January 28, 1898)


Clyde and Thomas Bean to Go to the Penitentiary From Atchison

Atchison, Kas., Sept. 20 --- Clyde Bean, alias "Fred" Allen, and his brother, Thomas Bean, alias "Fred" Dixon, convicted of grand larceny and arson in the fourth degree, were sentenced this morning to the penitentiary under the indeterminate sentence law.  They must serve between six and eleven years, within the discretion of the penitentiary board.  Their home is in Kansas City.  They had stolen two horses in Effingham, and after placing two other stolen horses in te barn, burned it.
(Kansas City Star ~ Tuesday ~ September 20, 1904)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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.


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.


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.


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)


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   


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