Greenwood  County


T. J. Connell Shoots M. W. Santry Through the Heart

Were Rival Hotel Keepers at Fall River - Connell is Caught at Eureka

Severy, Kan., Aug 22 - M. W. Santry and T. J. Connell, rival hotel men of the town of Fall River, east of here, got into a quarrel last night about 7 o'clock, which resulted in the death of Santry.

Santry had started into Connell's livery barn, when Connell, without warning, it is said, shot him through the heart. Connell escaped during the excitement.
Eureka, Kan. Aug. 22 - Thomas Connell, who shot and killed Michael Santry, a rival hotel keeper at Fall River Saturday night, came to Eureka and gave himself up to the officers early this morning. He had been hiding from the wrath of the citizens who threatened lynching.

The date for the preliminary has not been fixed. Santry was once register of deeds of Ellsworth County and has a brother residing in Ellsworth where he is cashier at a bank. Santry came to Fall River from Wichita a year ago. (The Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, August 23, 1898, page 7)

Eureka Almost Entirely Destroyed
Splendid crops and Railroad Enterprise

Humboldt, Kan., June 19 - 11:58 p.m. - We have news here just received of a fearful tornado at Eureka, on Friday night last, which destroyed about forty houses and damaged the town to the amount of about sixty thousand dollars.

It is reported that a number of lives were lost, although it is impossible to obtain any names or any further particularizes at this late hour.

A number of families are left destitute and the town presents a most desolate and ruined condition. (The Leavenworth Bulletin, June 20, 1871, page 1)


Emporia Man Dies From Injury Received January Last

Emporia, Kan., March 29 - W. E. Dodge died here today. He was a son of E. E. Dodge of Madison, this county. According to his physicians his death was caused by a bruise received in January last, resulting from a kick given him by Joseph Hayl of Madison. The story is something of a romance. Five years ago Dodge and Miss Gertrude Hayl of Madison eloped. Miss Hayl got considerable property from her parents. More than a year ago she died of consumption and left a will which caused her property to revert to the Hayls. She is alleged by the Dodges to have thought she was leaving her property to her husband.

Young Dodge contested the will. The suit was tried at Eureka and he won it. Returning from the trial he is said to have been assaulted at Madison Junction by James Ward and Joe Hayl, his wife's brother. It was here that he is said to have received the injury which resulted in his death last night. For a short time he seemed to be recovering and then an abscess formed. Slanderous reports were circulated concerning young Dodge, which his parents and he supposed were started by his enemies. Dodge, realizing the humiliation which he had placed on the Hayls by defeating them in the will contest, was in favor of dropping the whole affair, but his father insisted on their prosecution on the charge of assault. They were arrested and would have been tried at the April term of court in Eureka. The complaint will be changed and they will have to stand trial on the charge of manslaughter or even murder in the second degree.

Young Dodge resided in Emporia and was regarded as a bright young man. He was a member of the A. O. U. W. and had many friends here. (The Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital, March 30, 1900, page 7)


A Sammie in France Writes to Mrs. Merydith That He Received Her Package

It Was a Very Fine Christmas for Him, He writes, Thanking the Donor.

From "Somewhere in France," writes Dean Geddings to Mrs. Edward Merydith, telling her that the Christmas package which she sent one of Uncle Sam's men on the lines, was received by him.

And the letter makes the donor feel all the happier because a Kansas by got the package. Geddings lives at Eureka, Greenwood County. He says:

"I received your Xmas package yesterday, December 25, and I can't thank you enough for it. I just got out of the hospital today. I did not feel like writing yesterday, as I am awful weak. My home is in Eureka, Kansas, the best place on earth.

"Yesterday was a most wonderful day for all the men in camp. It was my first Christmas away from home and I thot of home a great deal. I hope you had a merry Christmas and wish ou a very happy, happy New Year.

Again thank you, I am

Sincerely yours, Deane Geeding"

(Augusta Daily Gazette ~ Monday ~ 21 Jan 1918 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


EUREKA, KAN, April 25, - The body of William Harm, commonlly known as "Dutch Bill," was found floating in Butcher creek, three miles north of this city at 9 o'clock this morning. His throat had been cut and also both wrists. Opinion differs as to whether it is a case of murder or suicide. Harmon's wife began proceedings for divorce a short time ago. (The Topeka Weekly Capital, May 1, 1890, page 2)


A Religious Lunatic Shot Himself--Formerly a Railroad Man

Eureka, Kan., July 12---A. A. Watson, a resident of Reece, this county, was found by the clerk at the Hotel Greenwood dead with a bullet through his brain, Sunday morning. Watson had engaged a room at the Greenwood Saturday afternoon and it is supposed that he committed suicide some time during the night.

He was a railroad man, and was employed until a year ago as station agent at Reece, when he was discharged by the company on account of his insanity. Since then he had grown worse through religious hallucianations and lately claimed to have received a revalation from God, which he was attempting to make clear to the people. He leaves a wife and two children. The body was interred at Reece today. (Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ July 13, 1897)


Wichita, Kans., June 25 - A startling state of affairs exists in Greenwood County from the fear of rabid dogs. A gentleman who arrived from there last night says the whole country is terrorized. Nine persons have been bitten and three have died after suffering the most acute pain from hydrophobia.

A mad dog went through the country about a month ago and bit a number of dogs and cattle, and thus appeared to infect the whole country.

Two weeks ago a dog came into the yard of Wm. Jones and bit Mr. Jones and two of his children. Wednesday one of the children died in great agony and the next day the father and the other child followed.

A mad stone was circulared among the persons who had been bitten and it is hoped that no other deaths will occur, as these persons were bitten before the Jones family.

A wholesale slaughter of canines is now going on. (Picayune, June 26, 1888, page 2)


As you travel through southeastern Kansas bout one hundred and twenty-five miles south of Topeka and eighty-five miles east of Wichita, the brakeman sticks his head in the doorway and yells: "Yreeky!" and a couple of minutes later the train pulls into Eureka, the prosperous county seat of Greenwood County.
One of the happy inhabitants of Eureka is Mrs. Sarah E. Taylor, and the reasons for her present happiness are set forth in the following letter addressed to Dr. R. V. Pierce, chief consulting physician to the "Invalids Hotel and Surgical Institute," of Buffalo, N.Y.
Mrs. Taylor says:

"I had been a sufferer for fifteen years and in August 1896 was taken with severe cramping pain in my stomach. A hard lump about the size of a goose egg formed in my right side. It became so sore I could scarely walk about the house, I had no appetite. I consulted two of the best doctors in town and they said medicine would do me no good. I gave up all hope of ever getting well again. One day I thought I would write you of my condition. You told me I had enlargement of one of the lobs of my liver and the gall bladder, and advised me to take your "Golden Medical Discovery" and "Pleasant Pellets."

I had not taken more than half a bottle of each when I began to feel better, and my appetite came back and for a little over a year since, I began to do my work."
Dr. Pierce's Golden Medical Discovery is a medicine that cures on rational, scientific principles. It is the discovery of a regularly graduated , practicing physician of high standing. It tones up the stomach, stimulates the liver and brings all the digestive organs into healthy activity. It removes all poisons from the blood and fills it with the rich, red corpuscles of health and vigor. (Times Picayune, February 12, 1899, page 12)


Mrs. Alma Redmond principal of the grade school at Severy has resigned her position because of ill health. Miss Redmond has been a teacher in the Severy school continuously for the past seventeen years. (Democratic Messenger April 21, 1927 - Submitted by: Kyle M. Condon)

Mrs. J. R. Rickman Family here for a Visit

Mr. and Mrs. J. Low and daughters, Mrs. Jennie Yoakum and Miss Hattie Low came over from Cherryvale last Firday. Miss Low returned home that night but the others will probably spend the summer here with their daughter and sister, Mrs. J. R. Rickman, in the north part of town. (Severyite Newspaper, April 6, 1905, submitted by Ann Baughman)

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