CHEROKEE COUNTY, KANSAS
BAXTER SPRINGS NEWS - OCTOBER 12, 1917
Mrs. Lula Boy'd is reported ill but is improving rapidly.
Miss Ellen Boy'd is also reported ill this week. Nothing serious we hope.
Mrs. Renfro of Coffeyville, Kansas is visiting her sister, Mrs. I Estes.
Mr. Label Robinson is visiting Mrs. Smith this week.
The Messrs. WIlliam, Warren and Ray Estes and Henry Perry motored to Joplin. A bunch of browns from Independence joined them at Baxter.
Mr. Tuck of Galena Masonic Lodge "Strange City No. 37" assisted in the burial of a brother member, Mr. Price last Wednesday.
Source: Messenger, Fort Scott, Kansas, October 12, 1917, page 1
Residents Had No time to Seek Their Cyclone Cellars - Twenty-Seven Cars Blown From Railroad Tracks, Mines Flooded and Mules Drowned. Miners Barely Escape.
Baxter Springs, Kan., July 6 - A cyclone which struck Baxter Springs last night killed five people outright and two others were injured and are not expected to recover.
The storm struck the city at 6 o'clock, accompanied by a violent rain storm, which was as quick and destructive as a water spout.
Fully twenty people were more or less injured, some fatally. The storm was not anticipated and no preparations were made by the citizens to get out of the way in storm cellars.
When it had abated and the work of rescue had begun a dozen homeless families were found in the streets or in the ruins of their homes.
Mrs. Webster and her mother and daughter were found in their wrecked house. Hibbs was killed in his house. (Source: The Morning Times, July 7, 1895,pg 1, transcribed by Nancy Overlander)
Columbus, Kan., April 30---Alexander Warner, a Republican leader in the state legislature, who was recently convicted of having wrecked the bank of Baxter Springs, of which he was president, was today sentenced to four years in the penitentiary.
(Wichita Daily Eagle ~ May 2, 1898 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)
THE WIFE CAUSED THE ARREST OF A COLUMBUS PREACHER
Mrs. T. M. Rice, Sent to Kansas City on the Pretext of Waiting Till a House Could Be Provided, Found Herself Supplented
COLUMBUS, Kas., Feb. 29----The Rev. T. M. Rice of the Baptist church, who was arrested here two weeks ago on a charge of bigamy, pleaded guilty in the district court here this morning and was sentenced to not less than one year in the penitentiary. Neither one of the wives was in court, but both are in the city.
The downfall of the Rev. Mr. Rice is the end of a career remarkable for the cunning of his maneuvers and the case with which he deceived the people. Up to January 1 he had succeeded in keeping each wife in ignorance of the other; and the second wife, whom he married in St. Louis more than two years ago, did not know until he was arrested that he had a first wife living and, undivorced, who has lived in Kansas City since last September.
SENT FIRST WIFE DECOY LETTERS
When the first wife learned that he was living here with the second wife Rice sent her letters purporting to be written from North Dakota, designed to make her believe that he had left here, but she had suspected that it was a trick and was not misled by the decoy. She came here and had him arrested February 15.
Rice then showed his attorney a certified copy of a divorce decree with a seal purporting to be from the circuit court of St. Louis. It is said that this was a forgery, and it was not offered in court.
When Rice found that he had no defense he tried to get a compromise with his first wife, promising that he would support her two children if she would drop the case, let him alone, get a divorce and allow him to continue living with his second wife. When she refused to do this he entered a plea of guilty and threw himself upon the mercy of the court.
Rice came here last October as the pastor of the Baptist church. At that time he sent his wife and two children to Kansas City to stay with relatives, telling them that he would send for them as soon as he provided a home for them. It was arranged between Rice and his wife that he was to visit her as often as possible.
FIRST WIFE GOT A WARRANT
The arrangement was satisfactory to Mrs. rice until she heard that her husband and the other woman, who, her husband had given her to understand, was a brother's wife, were living together as man and wife. Mrs. Rice then came here and swore out a warrant for her husband's arrest.
Rice and his first wife were married twelve years ago. Rice studied law and practiced in North Missouri and in Kansas City. Seven years ago he entered the ministry and did evangelistic work in Texas and was pastor or churches in Dexter, Mo., and Nashville, Ill. He came to Columbus from Nashville.
Rice is 34 years old, small of stature, easy in manner and magnetic in influence. In the five months here as pastor he had gained a strong hold on the people of all denominations and was increasing his congregation and the membership of the church. Wife No. 1 will return to Kansas City in a few days. The other wife is undecided as to what she will do. It is believed she will remain here.
(Kansas City Star ~ February 29, 1908)
FATAL SHOOTING AFFAIR
Last Friday evening our city was the scene of another fatality and another life added to our now too long list of murders, fata accidents and killing affairs.
About a year ago, James McCullough hired John Curry to work for him, and in the settlement, they had some words over the amount due Curry. They finally came to blows, to which McCullough was knocked out and had Curry arrested and fined. Last Spring, Curry went off with the volunteers, and nothing more was heard of the trouble till last Friday, when Curry came to town and he began making demands for his money. About 5:45 p.m., he followed McCullough to the depot, where the latter was unloading some furniture, and was in the act of climbing on the dray when McCullough drew a revolver and shot him in the forehead. Curry fell back in the mud and died instantly. McCullough gave himself up to Marshal Holland and was taken to Columbus where he gave bond.
The relatives of the dead man came and had the body prepared for burial and it was taken to Star Valley, Saturday, for interment.
The above is not exactly our own version of the affair, but the substance of it as it is reported on the streets. We don't like to give a lecture or a sermon in this connection, but the habit men have of carrying revolvers is not for the best.
(Sammon Miner ~ December 30, 1898)
GUILTY OF MURDER
James Hardiston who shot and killed Jerry Stephens in a restaurant at Scammon in January, 1900, was convicted of murder in the second degree in the district court at Columbus. He evaded the officers five years, but was found in jail in South McAlester, I. T., for another offense.
(Sedan Lance ~ Friday ~ May 19, 1905)
KILLED IN A MINE
Fatal Cave-in Causes Two Deaths Near Galena
Galena, Kan., March 14---A cave-in occurred at the Badger mine, five miles north of this place, this afternoon, resulting in the death of two men, Geo. Murray of Galena was one of the victims. He was almost completely covered up and died a few minutes after being unearthed.
Wm. Chester, who lived at Baxter Springs, is the other. His body has not yet been reached, but a large force of men are moving the dirt from over it.
Murray leaves a wife and one child, while a wife and four children survive Chester.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ March 15, 1901)
THE GALENA SCHOOL CASE
At Galena, we are sorry to note the fact that the school board ignored the rights of the colored children and barred them from the public schools by Jim Crowing them and the colored people would not stand for it and brouht mandamus proceedings. Testimony was taken in the case and appealed to the supreme court and is now awaiting a decision. During this time the children are kept out of school, but if the lawyer had known his business, he could have gotten an order from the supreme court and the children allowed to go to school. There is no way on earth for the school board to win. The law is plain on this matter and we pray God to send some pestilence that will destroy the hearts that exist in such a class of white people who try to retard the Negro in every way possible. The money is paid out of the public fund and the buildings are owned by the public and why should there be any discrimination. Let what good people there are in Galena get together and stand by the colored people in this fight for their rights!
(Plaindealer ~ Friday ~ May 19, 1916)
KILLED IN A MINE
Two Men Lose Their Lives in a Galena Shaft
Galena, Kan., March 10---Webb Sewall and John Fisher were killed at the Pilot mine on the Ohio ground this morning. They were preparing the pump at the bottom of the shaft when a scantling fell 120 feet on them. Sewall leaves a wife and family. Fisher is a young man who has been in Galena only a short while. The Pilot plant was purchased last week by eastern capitalists for $30,000.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Tuesday ~ March 13, 1900)
ALL LOST SAVE HIS GOLD
Galena Man's House Burns but Money in Ashes Can Be Redeemed
Galena, Kan., Aug. 7---The residence of Assistant Fire Chief Ed Keelin, and everything in it, was completely destroyed by fire at 8:30 tonight. None of the family had been in the house since noon, all being out of town, and the origin of the fire is a mystery. Nothing was saved except the clothing on their backs. Among the household goods and other losses was about $200 in money that burned, but fortunately a fair portion of it was gold that can be found in the ashes. Keelin has officiated as city marshal for Galena at different times.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ August 10, 1900)
WAS WARD LYNCHED?
Fate of the Galena, Kan., Negro Shrouded in Mystery
Columbus, Kan., Feb. 2---Sheriff Sparks has returned from Galena, whither he had gone to investigate the Ward case, and reports he cannot obtain any positive information of what was done with Ward after the mob got possession of him. He feels satisfied that he was hung and his body thrown into an abandoned shaft, and that those engaged in the lynching, finding that public opinion strongly condemned their acts, are now seeking to cover up their tracks.
Galena, Kan., Feb. 2---There have been no developments leading to the discovery of the whereabouts or the fate of Richard Ward, the murderer of Dennis Brown. Search has been made by Mayor J. P. McCann and both city and county officials, but they have found no clue. Sheriff Sparks claims that Ward has not been in the Columbus jail since Sunday night.
It is believed by many that the mob at the Memphis train secured him, and that his body is now at the bottom of some mining shaft.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Wednesday ~ February 2, 1898)
KILLED BY A CAVE-IN
Galena, Kan., July 17---This afternoon while Clifton Park, ground boss at the Goodeye mining plant, on the south side, was on a scaffold working on the roof of the drift, a quantity of dirt gave away above him, killing him almost instantly. Park is the fourth person killed at this mine this summer and it is claimed more lives have been lost in this mine than any other in the Galena-Empire district. The mine is a rich producer and was worked during the early days of Galena.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ July 20, 1900)
BURGLARS AT WORK
Safe Crackers Do Lively Business at Galena
A Number of Business Houses Entered by Burglars -- General News and Gossip of Kansas
Galena, Kan., April 24---Some time early yesterday morning the Galena Planning mill was entered by unknown parties and two chisels and a monkey-wrench stolen.
At some unknown hour Hi Davis' grocery store was entered and his safe, which is located within three feet of a front window was cracked and the door blown to pieces. About $45 in cash belonging to the Masonic lodge was taken.
This robbery must have occurred before the rain, as the papers in the drawers were quite wet.
At 3:45 o'clock yesterday morning the Frisco depot safe was also blown open. The safe is in the office of the freight depot. The door was completely shattered, even worse than the door of Davis' safe. From this safe the cracksmen secured between $40 and $50.
The hour that this job was done was indicated by the clock which hung on the wall only a few feet away and which had stopped at the time above spoken of.
No one was sleeping in the depot and the discovery was not made until the depot was opened up for business about 6 o'clock.
At each place an entrance was effected by prying and forcing the doors with the chisels stolen from the planning mill as the tools were left at the depot by the robbers after completing their work.
The officers are baffled as to the guilty parties, but it is evident that they are experts and do not belong here.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly ~ Friday ~ April 27, 1900)
THE DOCTOR STRUCK LEAD
Physicians Keep Up With the March of Progress in Galena
Galena, Kan., Feb. 1---Dr. S. Baker of this city struck lead about 10:30 last night, but the quantity was so small that it will not make him rich.
He was called upon to extract a bullet from the left leg of George Brisco, a colored man, who had accidentally been shot with a 38 caliber revolved by Will Scott, also colored.
The affair occurred on East Seventh street. Scott picked up the revolver and extracted the cartridges and laid it down. Later Briso reloaded the revolver and laid it down. Scott did not see him do it. Scott again took the gun and began whirling it around with his fore finger through the trigger guard. The firearm, which was selfacting, went off and the bullet entered Brisco's leg about an inch below the knee. He was brought to Dr. Baker's office, where an examination of the wound was made.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Tuesday ~ February 5, 1901)
GALENA, KAN., FOUNDRY BURNED
Galena, Kan., July 10---Fire broke out in the Rauch & Kennedy foundry and machine shops last night at 10 o'clock, and in less than an hour the entire structure was almost a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown. The loss will range from $25,000 to $40,000, partly insured. This will throw a number of machinists out of work. It is understood the plant will be rebuilt.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Saturday ~ July 10, 1897)
GALENA ORE CRUSHER BURNED
Galena, Kan., Jan. 7---The Reynolds & Tobias crusher was totally destroyed by fire early yesterday morning. Loss, $16,000; insurance, $3,000. This was a new plant, having been in operation for only the past two months. The owners are recently of Kansas City.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Saturday ~ January 8, 1898)
GALENA POSTMASTER SELECTED
Galena, Kan., March 3---Word was received at this place today from ex-Congressman S. S. Kirkpatrick, to the effect that ex-Mayor William Smith would receive the appointment of postmaster for Galena.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Thursday ~ March 3, 1898)
TYLER GAVIETT, REPORTED MURDERED, RETURNS ALIVE
Galena, Kan., Feb. 7---Great excitement prevails over the appearance in this city today of Tyler Gaviett, who disappeared in March last from the Windsor stock farm, owned by Solon L. Cheney, one of the most prominent citizens of the country. Neighbors took charge of his crop and other property, disposed of it and started the report that Cheney had murdered him. Ont he strength of these rumors County Attorney Charles Stevens, in the dead of night in the absence of Cheney searched the place for the body. This act led to an assault upon Perry Stevens, brother of the county attorney, by Cheney, for which a $30,000 damage suit is now pending. Upon his arrival here Gaviett employed Hon. W. F. Sapp of this city and W. B. Glasse and C. D. Ashley of Columbus and secured warrants for the arrest of County Attorney Stevens and five others, charging them with stealing his property. The appearance of Gaviett removes the cloud from Cheney and leaves his accusers in a bad predicament. The opinion now is that the whole thing was a scheme to blackmail Mr. Cheney. Cherokee county's legal and political frame will be shaken from center to circumference.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Monday ~ February 7, 1898)
GALENA QUARANTINES ON JOPLIN
Galena, Kan., Oct. 24---Mayor Allen has promulgated a quarantine against Joplin, Mo., where, he alleges, there exist twenty-five cases of smallpox. The Memphis and Frisco railroads have been ordered to stop at Galena and Mayor Allen has appealed to Governor Stanley for protection.
(Sedan Lance ~ Thursday ~ October 26, 1899)
GALENA NEGRO KILLS A WHITE MAN
Galena, Kan., Nov. 3---A negro named Porter, who was a porter in a low resort here, tried to kill a white man named Chambers last night, but accidentally shot Frank Martin, another white man, in the abdomen, inflicting a probably fatal wound, and, escaping, is still at large.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ November 5, 1897)
ANOTHER GALENA SHOOTING
Galena, Kan., July 15---Sam T. Spencer shot and perhaps fatally injured Benjamin Powell, a former jointkeeper, here yesterday morning. The trouble dates back several weeks, and arose over the sale of a mine. The doctors say Powell cannot live. Spencer gave himself up.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Thursday ~ July 15, 1897)
ANOTHER GALENA MINER KILLED
Galena, Kan., March 9---A stranger by the name of Major, formerly of Colorado, but more recently of Arkansas, went to work in the Holt mine, two miles northeast of this place, and last evening at 5 o'clock was crushed beyond recognition by a large boulder falling from the roof. This is the third man killed in the mines in this district within the past week.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Tuesday ~ March 9, 1897)
DENIES GALENA RIGHT OF SEPARATE SCHOOL!
Cities of the second class in Kansas cannot have separate schools for Negroes. This was the ruling of the supreme court last Saturday in an application of three Negroes of Galena for a writ of mandamus to compel the city to admit their children to the schools attended by white children. Last summer the city established a separate school for all Negro children and provided it with as good teachers and equipment as was provided in the regular schools. The supreme court granted the write of mandamus, holding that no discrimination could be made between children of white and Negroes.
This decision gives a black eye to the vampires at Galena, but it is a puzzle to us as how the great supreme court of Kansas can differentiate so keenly between people who happen to live in a small town and those who live in the larger cities, but probably we shall grow wiser as we grow in years.
(Plaindealer ~ Friday ~ June 16, 1916)
MURDER AT GALENA
A Miner Kills a Farmer and Seriously Wounds Another Miner
Galena, Kan., June 26---In the suburbs last night Farmer John Johnson and Miner Claude Tuttle tried to remove a swing, but Miner Ebb Martin objected and in a quarrel shot Johnson dead and probably fatally wounded Tuttle. Martin escaped, but it is believed that he will give himself up.
(American Citizen ~ Kansas City, KS ~ Friday ~ July 2, 1897)
FIRE AT GALENA, KAN.
Livery Stable Burned, With Sixteen Horses and Many Vehicles
Galena, Kan., Feb. 8---Fire broke out upstairs in the southwest corner of the Windsor livery barn yesterday morning during the heavy rain, which resulted in the burning of the building, sixteen horses, all the harness and thirty-five vehicles, consisting of phaetons, cabs, buggies, etc. Everything is a total loss, but the barn was partly insured.
(Emporia Gazette ~ February 8, 1897)
GERMANS AT GALENA, KANS.
Prejudice Whites Want Segregated Schools
We note that there are a few prejudiced white people at Galena, Kas., who are still agitating the separate school question. They should have sense enough by this time to know that such a question is a thing of the past.
They better go to church and have their minister preach some good wholesome doctrine to them, such as the golden rule. That class of white people who advocate separate schools will be a thing of the past after this war. They need to get busy and read the newspapers and learn what the colored race is doing for them on a foreign field. Let the good white people wake up and put this inferior class of whites out of business. They should be sent to Germany and put in the class with the kaiser as they are enemies not only to the colored people but to the best whites also.
(Plaindealer ~ Friday ~ October 4, 1918)
FIRE AT GALENA
Galena, Kas., Jan. 9---The Galena Foundry and Machine Company's shops caught fire and both buildings and contents are a complete loss. It will require some time before they can rebuild. It was partially insured. The boilet at State Geologist Haworth's mine exploded, completely demonlishing everything. The boiler was blown a distance of 100 yards and the four men that were in the house all received a severe shock, but escaped death. A number of men are out of work.
(Sedan Lance ~ Thursday ~ January 11, 1900)
SUICIDE AT GALENA
Galena, Kan., Oct. 2---Joseph Smedley, a miner, committed suicide this morning by taking aconite. One of his legs was broken about three months ago and since then, he asserts, his relatives have mistreated him. A passerby heard his groans in the yard of his brother-in-law, Richard Ward. Smedley said they would not allow him to go into the house. He was taken to the Cottage hotel against his protest. He died an hour later.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ October 5, 1900)
EXPLOSION IN GALENA
Man Fatally Injured by Premature Discharge
Galena, Kan., Jan. 4---Dan Scanland was fatally injured by a premature explosion in the Chick Chapman mine this morning. Both eyes were blown out, nose torn off and the flesh on his checks bursted so that both cheek bones were exposed.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Tuesday ~ January 8, 1901)
INCENDIARY FIRE AT GALENA, KAN.
Galena, Kan., Aug. 21---Fire of incendiary origin started at the Chattelle grocery and but for heroic work of the fire department would have destroyed the Moore-Stice block, one of the handsomest in the city.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Tuesday ~ August 21, 1900)
BIG SMELTER FOR GALENA, KAN.
Galena, Kan., July 2---J. J. Binder and P. Aldrich of Pittsburg, Pa., are at work on a large lead smelter, which they expect to have in operation before September. It will have an output of 50,000 pounds a day of pig lead, which will be sent to lead pipe works in Pennsylvania. It will employ from fifty to 100 men a day.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Friday ~ July 2, 1897)
NEW BANK AT GALENA
Topeka, Kan., June 30---William Sapp, the Galena lawyer, is the chief promoter of a new banking company that wants authority to do business at Galena.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Tuesday ~ July 4, 1899)
KILLED IN A GALENA MINE
Galena, Kan., Aug. 31---Eli Reardon was killed here in the mines at 7 o'clock last night.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Tuesday ~ August 31,1897)
KILLED IN A GALENA MINE
Galena, Kan., April 20---Alfred Cutright was instantly killed at the Goodeye mine, on the Southside ground, last evening. He was engaged in sending out tubs, and after a tub of dirt had been hoisted to a distance of about fifty feet from the bottom, a boulder fell out and struck him on the head, crushing the skull.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Tuesday ~ April 24, 1900)
"NOT GUILTY NOW"
A Galena Negro, Who Shot His Sweetheart, Makes a Novel Plea
Galena, kan., May 19---William McGavock, the "Gentleman of Cullah," who fatally shot his sweetheart at this place last Thursday afternoon, and then shot himself twice, was able to be taken before a justice of the peace yesterday. A complaint was read charging him with murder in the first degree, to which he plead, "not guilty now."
His preliminary hearing has been set for May 24, before Justice Eddy at Galena. He is in jail at Columbus."
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ May 21, 1897)
SHOT ON THE STREETS OF GALENA
Galena---Jasper Murray, better known as Jasper Cupp, was shot twice by Ed Keelen, assistant first chief of the Galena fire department. Murray has been a member of the department for a number of years, but recently was expelled from the company. It seems that he held Keelen responsible for it, and since that time, it is claimed, went loaded for him, and at the corner of Sixth and Main streets he ran up behind him with his right hand in his pocket. Keelen's attention was called to the fact, when he suddenly turned around, pulled his gun and fired two shots, both of which took effect.
(American Citizen ~ Friday ~ May 2, 1902)
WHO WILL GET HIS WEALTH?
Galena Miner Leaves a Fortune, but No Will, and No Known Relatives
Galena, Kan., Feb. 20---J. S. Graham, who has become wealthy from investments in mines within the past three years, died after a brief sickness at the Alta hotel.
He owned a three-eights interest in the Silver Plume, one of the best producing mines in North Empire; also a one-fourth interest in a good mine on the Galena Lead and Zinc Company ground. He leaves a large bank account, but no will, and had no known relatives. His partners could not obtain a word from him in regard to his relatives. The only information that can be obtained is that he came to this place about five years ago from Colorado.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Monday ~ February 20, 1899)
JOINT KEEPER WILL GO TO JAIL
Galena Man Must Also Pay $500 Fine and $100 Fees to Attorney General
Galena, Kan.----James Patrick was fiend $500 and sentenced to six months in jail for contempt of court in violation of the prohibitory law. He also will have to pay $100 fees to the assistant attorney general.
George Leddington, one of Patrick's witnesses, is to be prosecuted for perjury and the building in which the joint was operated will be sold to satisfy the court costs.
The case against Patrick was prosecuted by T. T. Burr, assistant attorney general, who caused numerous raids to be made. In one raid a wagon load of bottled beer was seized and Will Mitchell, Patrick's partner, was arrested.
(Wichita Searchlight ~ Saturday ~ February 24, 1912)
THEY ALL RAN AWAY
Wedding Party at Galena Frightened by a Shooting Match
Galena, Kan., April 17---An amusing incident occurred in Spring Grove yesteday afternoon, while the shooting matinee was in progress.
When the shooting began a marriage ceremony was being solemnized only a short distance away.
The groom got frightened and went in one direction and his intended went another direction. The preacher and guests also scattered. It was fully thirty minutes before consternation ceased and all the parties reassembled and the ceremony was finished.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ April 20, 1900)
BABIES PERISH IN FLAMES
Two Accidents of a Similar Nature Occur Near Galena
Galena----A terrible accident occurred at Emporia City, adjoining this city on the north. The 8-months-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Allen, while sitting in its buggy, was burned to death in a fire with the house and all contents. Mrs. Allen had gone to the next door neighbor's leaving her baby and a 4-year-old daughter alone. When the fire was first discovered the entire inside of the house was a mass of flames. In some manner the little girl escaped, but it was impossible to get the baby until after the body was completely charred.
This occurred a few minutes before 10 o'clock and in less than three hours another fire alarm was turned in. It proved to be within four blocks of the former fire, and was owned and occupied by the family of Frank Weatherbee. Mrs. Weatherbee had gone to the postoffice, leaving her four children when the house caught fire and was soon reduced to ashes. When discovered it was only by brave work the three older children were rescued.
(American Citizen ~ Friday ~ March 21, 1902)
GALENA, KANSAS, LAD DROWNED
Harold, the 11-year-old son of L. C. Roundtree, was drowned at Cedar Bluff, in Shoal creek, near Galena, Kan. He, with four other companions about the same age, was in swimming and the young boy sank for the last time before his companions mistrusted that anything was wrong.
(American Citizen ~ Friday ~ August 2, 1901)
Empire City, just north of Galena, Kan., was the scene of a fire Tuesday night. The fire originated in Porter Clark's furniture and undertaking house and it with Joe Atwood's blacksmith shop was totally destroyed.
(Parsons Weekly Blade ~ Friday ~ December 21, 1900)
GALENA MAN KILLS HIMSELF
Galena, Kas., July 23---Ex-Constable Dean Rakestraw killed himself with morphine this afternoon. He had gotten into serious trouble at different times and recently cut a man to pieces in Oklahoma. He stated that he was afraid of a United States marshal who was in town and that he preferred not to be arrested.
(Colored Citizen ~ Friday ~ July 27, 1900)
STRANGE ACCIDENT AT GALENA, KAN.
Galena, Kan., May 2---A well-known Galena man fell into a 50-foot mine last evening in the rear of a joint. This distance was sufficient to cause sudden death, but he not only escaped injury, but held in his hand a can containing 50 cents' worth of beer and so carefully did he preserve it that the bubbles on the fluid were not disturbed. Parties saw the unfortunate man fall and ropes were soon lowered, drawing him out unharmed and carrying his pail of beer with him.
(Parsons Weekly Blade ~ Saturday ~ May 6, 1899)
Sunday night while Charley Anderson, the shot firer at No. 6, and Mrs. Bell Glover and Nora Griswold were going to church, a white fellow, M. Carr, walked up and locked arms with Mrs. Griswold and Charley told him to look out, so came blows. Charley with a big revolver under the eye and several gashes in the head knocking him senseless, the rest of Carr's crowd jumped on Charley, and if it had not been for the women, would have beaten Charley to death. But their screams aroused the police. I tell you the colored will have to stand together, for if they don't there will be a man mobbed every week or so.
(Parsons Weekly ~ Friday ~ November 17, 1899)
The high school of Weir was burned down Monday about 10 o'clock, but no lives were lost.
(Plaindealer ~ Friday ~ November 26, 1916)
WEIR CITY BOY MISSING
Weir City, Kan., Feb. 2---Since last Saturday Marsh Patton, age 14, son of Farmer H. H. Patton, has been missing. He was sent to Weir Brothers' mine to take his brother's dinner and has not been seen since. It is thought he may have struck out to visit an uncle who is a wealthy stockman in Nebraska. The boy had little money.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ February 4, 1898)
THE NEGRO NO TRAMP
Five colored men on foot with bag and baggage in hand on back, walked through our town on Wednesday morning, and considerable stir was manifested by our people who are anxious to have this class move on. No Negroes for Scammon, thank you.
Scammon is a Republication town in free Kansas, the home of a Republi-state senator, W. S. Norton. Such locals never occur in sunny Dixie where the black man's labor is in demand and where he is bettern known. Such a mention of citizens who were quietly passed through a place only shows the littleness of the sheet that gives it publicity. Those "five colored men" were hunting work, a location in which to locate a home, or they had stolen some trifle and were "getting away with it," not tramping professionally as thousands of white men do. The editor of the Scammon Register has never seen a black tramp. White tramps are generally taken in, treated kindly, and given something to eat when they pass through a town or settlement of Negroes, and much oftener than they are by their own race. Throw out another sickly slur like that, Mr. Editor, and you will find us on our base half-bent, ready to catch it on the fly.
(Southern Argus ~ Thursday ~ August 6, 1891)
COUNTY ATTORNEY ENFORCES "BLUE LAWS" IN MINING TOWN--THREATENS THEATRICAL MAN
Columbus, Kas.---If "The Heartbreakers" attempts to all the engagement for which it is booked at the theater in Scammon next Sunday night, the county attorney, Charles Stephens, will havae George Damerel, the star, arrested for violating the Sunday labor law.
The county attorney announced that Sunday shows in Cherokee county must stop. The theater men continued the Sunday performances. The moving picture men in Galena published a signed statement that they would pay no attention to the order. However, when Galena was given a touch of a genuine "blue law" regime last Sunday the "movies" fell into line for the first time in years. All the stores in Galena closed.
(Wichita Searchlight ~ Saturday ~ February 3, 1912)
During an altercation Sunday afternoon, Wade Glover's wife shot five times at her husband, only one shot taking effect. The wound is painful, but not serious.
(Plaindealer ~ Friday ~ June 29, 1900)
Breaks Jail---Son Partee, a Galena negro, who was held in the county jail at Columbus on a charge of murder, escaped from the institution. Partee is said to have murdered Bod Wagoner at Scammon early last spring. While Guy Cooter, an employee at the jail, was giving the prisoners their supper, four or five of them attempted to overpower him, but Partee was the only one successful in getting away.
(Sedan Lance ~ Friday ~ November 11, 1904)
WANT PROTECTION FROM NEGRO MINERS
Sheriff Sparks, of Cherokee county, was petitioned by residents of the northern part of the county for protection from the Alabama negro miners recently shipped in there. The sheriff selected ten men who went to the scene of the trouble and are acting as deputies. It was claimed the negroes were becoming overbearing and that the white residents were alarmed lest serious trouble should break out at any time.
(Kinsley, KS, Graphic ~ August 11, 1899)
CHOKED HIS WIFE TO DEATH (Lizzie Best)
James Best, of Columbus, choked his wife to death early the other morning. Best is a mill laborer, 26 years old. He had been married five years. The couple had not lived happily for some time and had separated, but recently became reconciled. The old quarrel was renewed that morning, and, in a fit of jealousy, Best seized his wife by the throat and choked her to death. He surrendered to the sheriff and was hurried out of the county, because of a fear of mob violence.
(Kinsly, KS, Graphic ~ August 11, 1899)
THEY MAY BE CONSOLIDATED
A movement is on foot to consolidate Galena and Empire City into one city. The two towns are built close together, but ill-feeling has heretofore existed between them, which prevented consolidation. So much did they dislike each other ten years ago that Empire City built a huge stockade between the two towns, but the Galena police, in a riot, destroyed it. Portions of the wall still stand, but peace reigns. By uniting them Galena would have a compact city of over 15,000 people, and would rank the eighth city in size in Kansas.
(Kinsley, KS, Graphic ~ August 11, 1899)
THE BAXTER SPRINGS REUNION
Extensive preparations are being made to entertain the annual reunion of union veterans at Baxter Springs, August 27 to September 3. The reunion grounds include 100 acres on Spring river. A big amphitheater, capable of holding 7,000 people, is being completed and other accessories for camping are being provided. This is the historic spot where Quantrell murdered 156 union soldiers after they surrendered. Over 100 well-known speakers from Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri will be present. The Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis railroad has extended a spur to the center of the camp so that the visitors will have no extra fare to pay.
(Kinsley, KS, Graphic ~ August 11, 1899)
DESERTED HER YOUNG BABE
Mrs. William Kinslow, of Galena, went to Joplin with her eight-months-old baby boy and Mrs. Adeline Lewis. While in a Joplin store she handed the baby to Mrs. Lewis, saying she would return after doing some shopping. Instead she hastened to the depot and took a train for St. Louis.
(Kinsley, KS, Graphic ~ February 28, 1902)
The Galena depot on the Memphis road is to be moved to the Galena side of Short creek. Originally the station was called "Short Creek" and established in Empire City. Afterward when Empire City had almost lost its place on the map the name of the station was changed to Galena, but still it was within the limits of Empire City. One night a man half drunk got off the train, and inquired of the agent: "Is this Galena?" "No; this is Empire City," replied the agent; "Galena is across the bottom, and you want to be careful for you may be robbed." "Well, I bought a ticket to Galena," then man retorted, as he surveyed the dark distance between himself and the lights of the town, "and if the company has put me off at the wrong place there is going to be trouble." It was a new idea, and the company profits by it by ordering the station to be moved.
(Globe-Republican ~ Dodge City, KS ~ September 3, 1896)
GOLD FIND AT GALENA, KAN.
Galena, Kan., April 14---The town of Galena is in a whirl of excitement. It has been learned that gold assaying from $41 to $81 per ton has been discovered within two miles of the corporation limits of the city. People who know whereof they speak predict that within the next 30 days Galena will be a mining camp of not less than 60,000 people.
(Phillipsburg Herald ~ April 19, 1900)
HUMAN MONSTER AT GALENA
Charles Moore, of Galena, attempted to kill the four-year-old child of his brother, Ike Moore. He grabbed the boy, ran about 100 yards to Owl creek and had the life almost choked out of the little fellow before assistance could be rendered. On the arrival of the crowd Moore threw the body into the creek and ran. Moore was placed in the city jail, but fear of a mob led to his removal to Empire. The act was prompted by jealousy, the would-be murderer claiming that his wife thought more of the nephew than she did of their own child.
(Kinsley, KS, Graphic ~ August 25, 1899)
JESSE JAMES SPARED HIM
The Desperado Might Have Killed Traitor Stapp, But Only Warned Him to Move
Ex-State Auditor Van B. Prather of Galena was in Topeka the other day, and while in conversation with some old friends the suicide of Tobe Stapp, of Webb City, Mo., several years ago was mentioned. This recalled to Prather a recollection of the suicide's brother, R. B. Stapp, notorious 20 years ago as Dick Stapp.
For a number of years Dick Stapp lived in the Short creek lead-mining regions near Galena. Stapp became notorious in connection with the Jesse James gang, and lived in Granby, Mo., where he kept a saloon. The James gang had designed to raid the vaults of the Granby Mining company and took Stapp into the enterprise. At the same time they planned the Otterville train robbery. Stapp weakened at the last moment, and told the officers of the plot. Afterward at the trial of the only one of the Otterville robbers who was arrested Stapp was the principal witness for the state, and the man was sent to the penitentiary. Stapp was compelled to leave Granby by fear of assassination. He came to Short Creek and then opened a saloon in Galena.
One night a man wearing blue goggles and a slouch hat well down over his face appeared and called for a drink. It was given him, and as he paid for it he said: "Your name is Dick Stapp. Do you know who I am?"
"I believe I do," replied Stapp, at the same time reaching for a pistol behind the bar.
"I am quicker than you are, as you ought to know," exclaimed the stranger, producing a revolver from his overcoat pocket. "But I have not come to shoot you. This is a mission of peace. I want you to be out of the way when we give ourselves up to the authorities. If you are not some of us will put you out of the way."
"All right," said Stapp. With that the stranger walked out of the house. It was Jesse James.
Soon after that Stapp went out of the saloon business and engaged in mining, but he was a consumptive, and a short time before Frank James surrendered he went to California, where he died, thus depriving the state of the only witness who could connect Frank james with the Otterville affair.---Chicago Inter Ocean
(Kinsley Graphic ~ August 25, 1899)
BODY OF BOY FOUND IN CREEK
Galena---Sunday evening about 7 o'clock 8-year-old Glen Toms met death while swimming in Shoal creek near the Galena smelter. He had taken his father, Giles Toms, his supper, and was on his way home alone. The water was only about three feet deep. About an hour after a man passing saw his lifeless body in the water and gave the alarm. A few weeks ago Mr. Toms' father died and his wife is now at the hospital in a critical condition.
(Hays Free Press ~ June 19, 1909)
A large number of armed men from Empire City, on the 22d, undertook to build a stockade between the rival towns of Empire and Galena, Cherokee Co. The alarm was sounded in Galena by ringing of bells, and an opposing force of about 50 men, with guns and revolvers, collected to prevent proceedings. The mail-coach going to Empire for the mail was stopped and ordered back to Galena. Mayor Webb, of Galena, read a proclamation declaring a stockade between the two cities an obstruction to travel contrary to law and calculated to incite riot and bloodshed, and called upon the citizens to destroy the same, whereupon the Galena crowd commenced tearing down the timbers, and with the aid of coal oil soon had it all ablaze. The excitement ran high. Some promiscuous firing was done, and one or two persons were wounded, but not seriously. The Galena crowd carried the day, and the stockade is in ashes. The excitement is abating-to-night, though about 300 citizens are under arms, ready for any emergency.
(Iola Register ~ September 1, 1877)
Many new buildings have been projected at Galena recently, and the city council the other night voted to buy a site for a city courthouse for $3,500. The courthouse will cost $100,000 and will contain the jail and fire department headquarters. The M. E. church congregation has just begun the erection of a $7,000 church.
(Phillipsburg Herald ~ January 11, 1900)
HER CHARRED BODY FOUND IN THE WOODS
Joplin, Mo., April 28---Mystery enshrouds the death of Mrs. Myrtle Tolbot, a young woman of Galena, whose charred body was found in the woods six miles west of this city early Sunday morning. Two men, Robert Jones and Rube Long, said to know more about the affair than anyone else, are missing.
(Kingsley Graphic ~ May 1, 1903)
KILLED IN A JOINT AT GALENA, KAN.
Joplin, Mo., Sept. 24---Charles Carner, of Galena, Kan., seven miles west of this city, was shot and mortally wounded about 10 o'clock Sunday night by "Ed" Jackson, in the Clover Leaf saloon at Galena. The killing is a sequel to an affray which occurred in a joint kept by Jackson two years ago. Garner was at that time city marshal and shot Jackson in the mouth during a quarrel.
(Free Press ~ September 28, 1907)
GALENA BROTHERS DROWN
Ralph and Milford Chambers, 13 and 11 years old, sons of Andy Chambers, a farmer living near Galena, were drowned in Spring river while in bathing.
(Hays Free Press ~ June 20, 1914)
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