TRIBUNE, Kan. --- In an age when many courts are buried under burtribugeoning caseloads, a lawsuit in the Greeley County District courtroom here Monday was something of a milestone.
The trial marked the first time the courtroom had been used in 17 years. Until Monday there simply had been no cases to try.
Mrs. Margaret Pile, clerk of the court, had to spend time with the district clerk at Garden City, Kan., booming up on trial procedures. She has been clerk for eight years.
Why there has been such a dearth of cases is as much a puzzle to Mrs. Pile as anyone.
"I was asking one of the attorneys here why it is we don't have the trials like they do in other counties," she said Monday. "All he could answer is we just must be able to talk them out of it."
She said she nevertheless is kept busy with other business of the court such as divorce proceedings and titles.
Monday's case involved a suit and countersuit between a Tribune man and a Leoti man stemming from a collision of their vehicles in 1970. Mrs. Pile said the case was dismissed on a "technicality."
She added that she "thoroughly enjoyed" the hearing and noted that at least one good thing came of it: "We finally got our courtroom cleaned out."
District Judge Bert Vance, Garden City, presided.
On Oct. 27th a stabbing affray occurred between two Missouri Pacific employees at Horace, Kan., which resulted several hours later in the death of Ambrose O'Donnell, conductor. O'Donnell's cousin, Brakeman Perry Day, who did the cutting, is now in jail, charged with murder in the first degree. (Fair Play, November 4, 1898, page 2)
IS NEARLY FROZEN
John Fitzpatrick of Greeley County a Victim
Started for Home After Night and Found in a Cornfield in the Morning in an Unconscious Condition---Other News
Nearly Greeley Center, John Fitzpatrick, one of the wealthiest men in Greeley county, was found lying in a cornfield Sunday morning by John Salter, badly frozen and in an unconscious conscious condition. His recovery is doubtful.
It is said that Mr. Fitzpatrick had been drinking the evening before starting for his home, and that he lost his way in the dark and remained out all night in the bitter cold.
FATHER TUMP KNOWN HERE
Catholic Priest Killed In a Crossing Accident at Greeley, Kansas
A dispatch from Greeley, Kansas, yesterday stated that Rev. Father Henry Tump was killed in an accident at a railway crossing west of Greeley Wednesday night. Rev. Tump was driving in a carriage and was struck by the engine. Father Tump is known in Iola and Humboldt among the members of the Catholic church. He has many times visited Humboldt.
NAME OF J. U. BROWN
Makes Identification Possible Where A Boy Was Killed
A fifteen-year-old boy was killed by a train at LeRoy, Coffey county, last week. He was beating his way probably on the train. The boy had lived at Tribune, Greeley county, at one time and had been in the Sunday school class of J. U. Brown, when the latter was an attorney at Tribune. A Sunday School card given him by Mr. Brown at one time, the boy had kept and it was on his person at the time he was killed. There was no other way to identify the body. The Greeley County Republican says:
"Word was received here this week that Walter Coleman, a grandson of D. A. Tilton of this place, was killed by a train at LeRoy Monday. He was about 15 years old and lived here several years ago and attended school. He was identified by a Tribune school card signed by J. U. Brown, which was found in his pocket."
Tribune, Kan., May 2 --- The town of Horace suffered from a fire about 3 o'clock Sabbath morning. The fire originated in an empty building south of the hotel and burned everything between that and Orwan's lumber yard on the south. The loss is heavy with but little insurance. The fire was evidently the work of an incendiary, but though some claim to have suspicions no name has yet been mentioned. The motive for such an act can only be a mater of imagination.
WRECK AT TRIBUNE
A Frightful Collision on the Missouri Pacific Which Results Fatally
THE WRECKAGE TAKES FIRE
C. P. Orwan, Mayor of Horace, Burned to Death Under the Wreck
Tribune, Kan., October 7 --- A collision occurred Friday morning on the Missouri Pacific railway west of this city which caused one death and resulted in heavy loss to the company.
A freight train was switching at Towner station, and starting up very suddenly the train broke in two. The last part of it started down grade and there being no brakeman on board it continued down the track at a fearful rate of speed. Four miles west of Astor, this county, it crashed into the west-bound passenger train for Denver. The caboose and one freight car were pitched up over the engine by the force of the collision and soon caught fire. C. P. Orwan, mayor of the town of Horace in this county, was sleeping in the caboose, and was burned to death in the fire. No one else was seriously injured. Four cars, including the caboose, were burned, and the engine was completely demolished. The coroner's jury which held the inquest over the body of Mr. Orwan returned a verdict that it was "an unavoidable collision."
PRAIRIE FIRE IN GREELEY
One Hundred Thousand Acres Burned Over---Much Property Destroyed
Tribune, Kan., Oct. 19 --- One of the most disastrous fires ever in this county occurred this week. About 100,000 acres have been burned over in the southeastern part of the county. A great deal of grain, broom corn brush and fodder has been destroyed. Several barns were also burned to the ground. The fire is said to have originated in Finney county. Strong efforts will be made to discover the party that started the fire and whoever it was, will be dealt with as severely as the law will allow. For several years fires have started some where in the same locality and it is suspected that parties having hay to sell are interested in the matter. Nearly every man in town was out Thursday up to daylight Friday morinng fighting fire.
FIGHT OVER A RANCH GATE
Sons Side Against Father in Greeley County, Kans., Duel
Tribune, Kans., May 17 --- Joseph Kuttler, a ranchman in southeast Greeley county, cut Earl Beachman with a pocketknife today, and Beachman is not expected to live. Kuttler is a man with a family, or was until six months ago, when his wife and two grown boys left him, and moved a mile from the ranch, and Mrs. Kuttler secured a divorce.
The story goes that Beachman left open a pasture gate of Kuttler's. Both went to the gate, about forty rods from which were two of Kuttler's boys and a stranger. When they arrived at the gate, as near as can be learned, Kuttler and Beachman began to fight. Guy Kuttler ran to him and tried to kick his father off Beachman whom he had down. While young Kuttler was trying to loosen his father, it is said, Kuttler opened his knife and cut Beachman across the forehead and about an inch deep over the left eye, above his hip about an inch deep across three of his ribs, and also bit his nose off and two of his fingers.
This occurred about 9 o'clock this morning Dr. Shepard did not reach Beachman until about 3 p.m. Kuttler had taken Beachman home, and had evidently tried to care for him, assuring him he was sorry for what he had done.
Kuttler's sons say they are afraid of their father. Kenneth Kuttler swore to a warrant which caused the arrest of his father by Deputy Sheriff J. A. Ritchie. Kuttler came to town with the auto that brought Beachman in town and surrounded himself to the authorities.
ENDS A FAST OF 22 DAYS
Former Kansas Police Judge Loses 76 Pounds in Weight
Tribune, Kan., Oct. 11 -- Judge P. H. O'Gara, former police judge of Tribune, Greeley county, has just finished fasting for 22 days, during which time he absolutely ate nothing. He is a man that has weighed about 280 pounds and he now weighs 204 pounds. After the twenty-second day he took two spoonfuls of malted milk. He has given the proposition of fasting considerable study.
During the time that the judge was fasting he absolutely ate nothing and drank only water, and he only drank water when he felt a slight hunger. He slept well and slept about eight hours out of the twenty-four.
AUTHOR OF "HERD LAW" MISSING
A Well Known Tribune, Kansas, Attorney Disappears Mysteriously
Tribune, Kan., Aug. 10 --- Search has begun for J. H. Snead author, attorney, former legislator and nominee for county attorney on the Republican ticket in this county. Two months ago Snead disappeared from his home, a small residence on the outskirts of this city. He was carrying a knapsack and was poorly clad. He told none where he was bound.
Shortly after Snead disappeared he was nominated for the office. Being without opposition, his election was assured.
Snead came into public notice in the seventies when he served three terms for Saline County as a legislator. He wrote the famous "Herd law" of Kansas.
SNEAD SAID TO BE IN EAST
Missing Tribune, Kan., Lawyer Is Heard of at Salina
Salina, Kan., Aug. 11 -- Trace of J. H. Snead, the attorney who disappeared from his home near Tribune, Kan., two months ago, has been found. He was here a few days ago bound, he told friends, for his home. The death of a sister in the East had called him away.
Friends of Snead here do not think he knew when he was here that he had been nominated for county attorney in Greeley County. He made no mention of the honor having been conferred upon him.
POWER MOWER NIPS AT HEELS
TRIBUNE --- Wilbur Anthony, caretaker of the Greeley County cemetery here, is on crutches as a result of being "attacked" by a rampant power lawn mower.
Anthony believes he might have been injured more seriously had not the blades been dull from an all-day job of mowing.
Anyway, here's how it happened:
Anthony was putting the mower in the shed and in so doing released a clutch.
As he opened the door the mower took a notion to go places and pinned him against the door, with its blades whacking away at his heels.
Only way he could get clear was to fall backwards over the machine. The machine had cut away his shoes and wounded both heels. He also suffered a back injury in the tumble.
Anthony was able to drive home despite his injuries. His daughter took him to the hospital where the gashed heels were treated.
SUIT AGAINST LAMP COMPANY DISMISSED
Evidence did not show that the burning of the Tribune, Kas., lumber yard four years ago was caused by exploding of a Coleman lamp, Judge Thomas E. Elcock indicated today when he threw out of court on a demurrer the three-year-old suit against the lamp makers.
Judge Elcock sustained a demurrer by attorneys for the Coleman Lamp Company to the evidence submitted by J. W. Garvey for the insurance company suing over the Tribune fire. The demurrer was on grounds that the plaintiff had not shown cause for action.
JUDGMENT FOR MRS. FILES
H. Coghill Confessed Judgment for $264 and Costs --- He Files Suit AGainst Her For $15,000
The suit of Mrs. Ada Files against Henry Coghill, of Hepler, for $1,000, alleged to be due the plaintiff as her share of the profits on a land deal, was prevented from coming to trial yesterday in district court by the defendant confessing judgment for $264 and costs.
Mrs. Files and Mr. Coghill were partners in the buying and selling of property, and it was claimed by Mrs. Files that $1,000 due her in payment for some property, was received by Mr. Coghill, and retained by him, despite her demands that he turn the money over to her.
Mr. Coghill, in his answer, claimed that the $1,000 was given as partial payment on some property in Greeley county, near Tribune, Kas., and that it did not belong to Mrs. Files, but to the partnership, and that he was holding it until the remainder of the payments were received, with a view to making an accounting at that time.
In the first answer he filed, Mr. Coghill, besides settling forth his claims as outlined in the above paragraph, charged also that Mrs. Files had been guilty of slander and libel in that she had told people that he was dishonest.
The first answer filed by Mr. Coghill, was dropped, as, instead of being confined to a denial of the charges of the plaintiff, it also included charges of libel and slander, which were wholly irrelevant in the case.
But, now that the suit of Mrs. Files against Mr. Coghill is settled, the slander and libel claims are received, Mr. Coghill having filed suit today against Mrs. Files for $15,000 damages for alleged slander and libel.
It is claimed by Mr. Coghill that Mrs. Files wrote to Postmaster General Burleson and told that official that Coghill, who is a rural route carrier out of Hepler, was dishonest and unfit to be an employee of the postoffice department; that she called Mr. Coghill on the telephone at his home, and told him "if he didn't return that $1,000 he had stolen from her she would have him arrested and sent to the pen;" that his telephone is on a party line, and is connected within a number of other subscribers, one or two of whom heard the alleged slanderous charges made; that Mrs. Files told Clement Wilson, county attorney of Greeley county, where the land over which the trouble originally arose is located, that Mr. Coghill had stolen $1,000 from her; and that she made similar statements to County Attorney Harry Warren and Constable O. E. Gordon.
WESTERN KANSAS PRAIRIE FIRE
Greeley County Reported Swept By Terrible Blaze Sunday
Tribune, Kas., March 17 --- Cattle were burned, lives of firefighters were endangered and thousands of acres of grazing land were swept clear by a raging prairie fire that spread over the southern part of Greeley County Sunday afternoon. Carried over the miles of heavy buffalo grass by a wind blowing 45 miles an hour, the flames raced at a 30-mile rate despite all effort to control them. The entire population of Greeley county and many residents of other counties reponded to frantic calls for help and scores of automobiles rushed fire fighters to the scene of destruction. After overcoming all efforts to control it to Greeley county, the fire swept towards Lakin and Garden City. At last reports in Tribune the blaze was still beyond control.
The tornado of flames gave the present generation its most vivid description of the prairie fires that made life a hazzard on the Kansas plains in the early days. Licking up greedily the tons and tons of cattle feed that is the principal agricultural produce of the county, the flames advanced with a rapidity that rendered the residents all but helpless. Greeley county is in the stock raising district of western Kansas, bordering on Colorado, and is not in cultivation. Buffalo grass, however, grows luxuriously, and it was this that fed the fire on its lightning-like speed across the plains.
The fire was started by sparks from a train near Holly, Colo. With a heavy wind blowing, the blaze was soon fanned into a solid wall of fire. From all parts of the county fire fighters were called and a steady stream of men were poured to the scene from all directions. Through the long hours they labored to control the blaze. Blackened by smoke their skin blistered by the heat. The volunteers worked desperately far into the night. At eleven o'clock it appeared that the fire was checked and the weary cattlmen felt hope revive. But in an instant the wind changed from the southwest to the northwest and attained a velocity of 80 miles an hour. The work of the residents was made futile.
With the shifting of the wind many of the fire fighters soon found themselves entirely surrounded by the flames. Only by driving their cars through the wall of flames were they able to escape being burned to death.
The fire at one time was 50 miles in length and width. Thousands of tons of feed was destroyed as the fire swept over the plains.
Yesterday another fire was reported in the northwest part of the county. It threatened to spread over a quarter of the territory in Greeley county. A high wind prevailed and the flames are being swept in the direction of Tribune. All available forces are being used to fight it away from the city and the farms in its path.
MAIN BUSINESS BUILDINGS IN TRIBUNE, KAS., BURN
Tribune, Kas., Jan 23. --- Fire last night burned the main business buildings of Tribune, including a cafe, a shoe shop, the Farmers' Co-operative store and the post office. Practically nothing was saved. The origin of the fire is not known. The loss is $20,000
Western Kansas Hotel Man Falls Heir to Million Dollar Estate In Germany
Tribune, Kas., June 5 --- Colonel S. H. Herr, who is an Englishman by birth and has been proprietor of Tribune's lone hotel., known as the Tribune Tavern, for the past quarter of a century, has quit the business and has sent his family for a summer vacation to Winfield, Kas. He expects to visit there a few days and then go to Des Moines, Ia., and join a brother and sister and go to England to spend the summer.
The three have come in possession of a very large estate, worth more than one and one-half million dollars, and the returns have become so unsatisfactory in the last few months that they have decided to go over to look after the matter personally. Most of the estate is invested in German bonds and that nation is not disposed, it seems at this time, to pay interest to persons whom they believe to be English subjects and English holders.
TRIBUNE TO GET DIVISION?
M. P. Building at Horace Burn---May Not Be Rebuilt
Tribune, Kas., June 2 --- The Missouri Pacific depot and the Van Noy lunch counter and hotel burned at Horace, Kansas, two miles west of Tribune. It has been asserted from efficial authority that the buildings will not be rebuilt and arrangements are being made to temporarily, if not permanently, locate the Missouri Pacific division at Tribune, the county seat of Greeley County.
MORE DOGS THAN HOGS
GREELEY COUNTY HAS 37 MORE CANINES THAN SWINE----WANT BROOM FACTORY
Tribune, Kan., May 28 --- The county clerk of Greeley county has just gotten out the inportant information that there are thirty-seven more dogs in Greeley county than hogs.
Greeley county has had more than two inches of rainfall in the past ten days. A careful estimate has been made and it is found that there are more than two hundred and fifty families engaged in farming, and that there is an acerage of about fifty acres of broomcorn put out by each farmer.
A broomcorn facotry is wanted in Tribune, Kan., and the farmers as well as the business men are offering to subscribe stock to any one who will open up a broom corn facotry in Tribune, the county seat of Greeley county.
HOG WEIGHED 535 POUNDS
Animal Less Than Year Old Brings $42.80 in Tribune Market
Tribune, Kan., Nov. 6 --- E. W. Shotwell of Greeley county and formerly an Osborn county farmer, brought one hog into market that was not quite a year old, weighed 535 pounds, sold at 8 cents a pound and carried away $42.80 of the buyer's change. This hog was shipped to Kansas City, Mo.
Greeley county is one of the extreme western counties, that is looked upon as an arid country, but this pig was fatted on Greeley county products and it is claimed here that many of the eastern counties could not beat it.
MILLIONAIRE VISITS GREELEY COUNTY
Frank C. Lewis of Peoria, Ill., the millionaire land owner in Kansas, has been visiting Greeley county getting acquainted with the people and looking over his holdings, which consist of 103 quarter sections in Greeley county, 34 in Wichita county and 42 in Kearney and Scott counties. He expects to hold his lands for ten years and to put them into cultivation and secure tenants to raise wheat and barley. The plowing is to be done by big steam plows.
TRYING MACARONI WHEAT
FARMERS "AWAY OUT WEST" MAKING A TEST
Farmers in Greeley county, away out on the Colorado line, are making a test of macaroni wheat this year, according to W. M. Glenn, who is in Topeka today.
Mr. Glenn is editor of the Greeley, Greeley county. In addition to that he takes a prominent part in politics. He called on Governor Hoch this morning to congratulate the governor on the appointment of John Q. Royce as bank commissioner.
"Things are in first class shape out in Greeley county," said Mr. Glenn. "It has been reported taht half of our cattle were lost during the winter and that the rest are in bad condition. That is not true. Less than 6 per cent were lost, notwithstanding the extremely severe weather and the rest are all in good condition. A considerable acreage of macaroni wheat has been sown in Greeley county this spring. We have never raised any wheat before, but this year many of the farmers have put in from ten to forty acres each, and it is looking fine. If it proves the success that is expected there will be a good acreage put in wheat hereafter. Before this everything has been cattle out there.
"Here another thing: Greeley county doesn't owe the state a cent on delinquent tax, which is something very few counties can say. It doesn't owe a cent for seed grain, and we have paid up the interest on our bonds and are paying off the principal."
CHARGED WITH THEFT
A Clay County Official Close on the Heels of a Tribune Pupil
Tribune, Kan., April 25 --- The deputy sheriff of Clay county, Kansas, was here today with a warrant for a young son of J. B. Miles. Evidently the young fellow had a tip for he was out of sight when the sheriff arrived. Young Miles is about 16 and attended the high school at Tribune for the past year. His father and sister are holding down homesteads southwest of Tribune about 18 miles while his mother lives at Clay Center, their old home town. Young Miles spent the past two weeks visiting his mother at Clay Center and while there it is alleged that he, with some other young fellows, stole a harness and a few other articles which they pawned to a local pawnbroker. The articles were readily identified and the warrant for young Miles' arrest followed. His people are highly esteemed.
WOMAN SAVES TRAIN FROM BURNING BRIDGE
At Tribune, Kan., Mrs. Lena Hays Safe Fire 30 Minutes Before Passenger Came
Tribune, Kan., April 30 ---- The possible wreck of a Missouri Pacific passenger train was prevented yesterday by Mrs. Lena Hays of Tribune. She discovered a railroad bridge on fire west of Tribune thirty minutes before the arrival of a train from the west.
She called the master mechanic at Horace and he hurried to the bridge and found the structure had been set on fire at both ends. The train was stopped before it reached the bridge.