WALTER – At Cawker City, Kansas, on Monday, July 12th, Joseph Walter, M.D., in the 41st year of his age, formerly of Philadelphia. (The Medical and Surgical Reporter, Philadelphia, September 4, 1875, D. G. Brinton, M. D., Editor, submitted by Linda Rodriquez)


Sheriff McGrath, of Mitchell county, has killed his man. Mike Young was his name. He was a horse thief. The killing occurred a few days ago in Ellsworth County, the victim catching the ball in the center of the forehead. As either McGrath or Young had to die, the coroner's jury readily excused the former for still being alive. (Western Kansas World, Wakeeney, Kansas, April 25, 1885)


WALTER – At Cawker City, Kansas, on Monday, July 12th, Joseph Walter, M.D., in the 41st year of his age, formerly of Philadelphia. (The Medical and Surgical Reporter, Philadelphia, September 4, 1875, D. G. Brinton, M. D., Editor, submitted by Linda Rodriquez)


A storm, accompanied by rain and hail, struck the Solomon valley, Kan., Thursday evening at Beloit. The fury of the cyclone was greatest at Solomon City, where a number of houses were destroyed, but no lives were lost. Four miles northwest of Abilene, Dennis Morgan and sister were instantly killed and their house totally destroyed. At Bennington, on the Valley road, a farmer named Frothingham, his wife and hired man were killed, and their house was completely demolished. In the same vicinity three stone farm-houses were blown down, but the inmates were in cellars and escaped fatal injuries. A large number of houses and barns along the valley between Solomon City and Minneapolis, a distance of 20 miles or more, were blown down but further loss of life is not yet reported. Hail-stones came down very thick, and some of them were larger than walnuts and contained in the center small pebbles. The cyclone was funnel-shaped, small end downward, and at times as it moved on its course the heavy top would careen over toward the east, and large jets shoot out in various directions. The display lasted about 20 minutes, and the storm about one hour. The damage to houses and crops is heavy. (Springfield Republican ~ June 11, 1881)


BELOIT, Ks., Aug. 18---Mrs. Eliza Johnson, residing three miles from Beloit, disappeared from her home the morning of August 2. She was found hanging in the timber on her husband's farm the Friday following. An inquest was held and a verdict of suicide given on the 11th. Her husband, one of the oldest settlers in the county, was held for her murder on complaint of neighbors and a new inquest was held, the verdict being that she was killed by blows inflicted by her husband and by strangulation. He will be examined next Tuesday. Mrs. Johnson was confined in the Topeka insane asylum several years, returning home last October.
(Plain Dealer ~ August 14, 1887 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)

Matt Modger hanged himself at the poor farm near Beloit, Kan.
(Newton Daily Republican ~ Thursday ~ October 2, 1890 ~ Page 1)


Man Who Was Killed for Robbing the Sylvan Grove Bank

Salina, Kan., Nov. 13 - A man who has just arrived here from Sylvan Grove says the bank robber who was killed there yesterday has been identified. His name could not be recalled, but he had resided in the southwestern part of Mitchell county for a number of years; was a young man and married. His father viewed the body this afternoon and claimed it as his son. The man who did the shooting was not the cashier, but a young man named Dohermerhorn, who was occupying the position temporarily. He displayed much bravery. When commanded to hand over the bank's funds; between, $1,400 and $1,500, he cmplied, but as soon as the robbers left the bank, he seized a rifle and with deadly aim shot the robber down. His confederates, fearing a similar fate, put spurs to their horses and escaped. The money was all recovered. (Topeka Weekly Capital, November 16, 1894)


Talmadge, Iowa, June 12---Two unidentified men, alleged to be highwaymen, were shot and killed by Claude Brislow of Cawker City, Kan. Bristow was hunting. He alleges the men sprang upon him from behind a clump of bushes, attacking him with clubs.

He drew a revolver, shooting one man through the head and the other through the lungs. He says both were armed. Bristow exhibits a wound on the back of his head, said to have been caused by the highwaymen.
(Perry Journal ~ June 19, 1902)


John Porter, son of James Porter, living near Beloit, was the victim of an accident that come near ending seriously for him. He had entered into a stall with a 2 year old mule, when the animal let fly with its hind feet, catching the hapless young man under the chin and putting him out in the first round for the count of ten, and then some. The mule wasn't satisified when it had its victim down, and had not friendly hands drawn John from out of the stall he would probably have been killed. As it was, he was in an unconscious condition and remained that way while Dr. E. E. Brewer treated his laceration and it was not until the next morning that he regained consciousness. (Wichita Searchlight, August 31, 1907, page 3)


John Brady, one of the carpenters on the Nash building, had the misfortune Tuesday to drop a large scantling on his foot, caushing him to bruise it considerable and to lose the nail from his large toe.  The plank in falling turned so that the sharp edge struck the foot.  Aside from causing him some pain he was not badly knocked out.  Last fall Mr. Brady suffered the loss of a couple of fingers while manipulating some kind of a circular saw.---Glen Elder Sentinel.
(Beloit Daily Call ~ Friday ~ July 3, 1908 ~ Page 4)

Kansas Firemen at Beloit

Beloit, Kan.—The Kansas Volunteer State Firemen's association began Its nineteenth annual session here Tuesday. An Informal reception and a band concert were given for the visitors Tuesday night In the grand parade Wednesday the following prizes were given: Best appearing fire team. Solomon; handsome chief. W. B. Sheriff of Ellsworth; handsomest fireman, Walter Libby of Marysvllle; homeliest fireman, Charlos Marsh of Peabody. (Alma, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, October 2, 1908, page 2, submitted by Barbara Ziegenmeyer)


The opera house at Tipton was totally destroyed by fire early Monday morning. The fire, the origin of which is unknown, was discovered about 2:00 o'clock, and had gained such headway when discovered that all attempts to save it were futile. Nothing was saved from the building.

A moving picture show had been held in the house on Sunday night, and it is thought the fire was caused from one of the stoves, but this is only conjecture. The building was owned by the Central Lumber Company and was under lease to Will Watson. It was built about four years ago at an estimated cost of $6,000, furnished. Insurance to the amount of $4,000 was carried on the building. J.C. Medlock, local manager of the Central Lumber Company, stated that the company had no intention of rebuilding.
(Downs News and Downs Times ~ February 16, 1922 ~ Transcribed by Julie Schadek)


BELOIT, Kan. --- One hundred Duroc hogs, 6 Nubian goats and six Broan Swiss heifers waited in pens at the Beloit Fair Grounds today for shipment to Venezuela in a gesture of grass roots diplomacy.

Their departure, scheduled for Sunday, will be accompanied by proper ceremony, at which Sen. Frank Carlson, R-Kan., will speak.

Residents of the Solomon River Valley launched the project, conceived by the Solomon Valley Baptist Parish, 65 miles northwest of Salina. The parish includes five churches with 300 members sharing two ministers.

The Rev. Don Tilley of Beloit said parishoners talked about the idea for nearly a year and about six months ago decided to go ahead with the project.

They received considerable help, including more than $250 donated by scattered 4-H clubs of a 50-county area.

A Cawker City manufacturing company will furnish trucks to haul the livestock to Miami. The Venezuelan government then will fly them to Caracas.

The animals will be parcelled out, one to a farmer, by the farmer receiving an animal must agree to give its first offspring to other farmers, to form the nucleus of a livestock industry for Venezuela.

The livestock were carefully chosen by parish members on a cautious buying spree. They talked to 45 producers before buying the hogs, at an average of $20 each.

For the past two weeks the animals have been penned at the fair ground, under the care of a veterinarian
(Great Bend Daily Tribune ~ November 26, 1965 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)


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