WASHINGTON COUNTY, KANSAS 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

 

FATALLY SHOT SHERIFF ED COLEMAN

Fairbury, Neb., May 16 - At Hollenberg, a town on the state line, eighteen miles east, Sheriff Ed Coleman of Washington county, Kansas was shot and instantly killed this morning by Wm. Hoxyie, whom he was attempting to arrest. In the encounter, Hoxyie was fatally shot through the bowels. Hoxyie was wanted on the charge of robbery.(Grand Forks Herald, May 17, 1899, page 7)

The buildings on the Washington county poor farm were recently destroyed, by fire.  They were insured for $1,000, and worth about $2,500.  The seven inmates were taken in by the neighbors.
(Belleville Telescope ~ March 14, 1889 ~ Page 1)

WHAT  POETRY  "AIN'T"

Many undiscovered geniuses were brought to light during the time that trains were snow bound, and passengers on snowbound trains wrote poetry, drew cartoons, and gave vaudeville stunts, al for the edification of the prisoners of snow.  Banty Manwarring, the well known engineer of this city, was on the train which was snow bound going east, and they had to go to a farm house for dinner.  The only farmer near them was the Washington county poor farm, and here they took dinner with the manager, Depew.  The following poem, if that is what it might be called, was written by a traveling man who was on the trip and thus far he has not been eaten by the squirrels or confined in a padded cell.  It is a beautiful example of what poetry "ain't".

Snow bound on the Washington Branch of the M. P.

The train left Washington for Greenleaf, with all on board in hope.
Cy Lee stood guard at the Golden Gate, grasping the old bell rope.
Near fear said Banty, she's working like a charm,
But when the engine landed, we were at the poor farm.
All were silent as could be, not a snore nor groan,
Dill started to sing we're nearing Home Sweet Home.
As the notes pealed forth and the chorus commenced to yell,
Cy shouted to Banty, cut out the fire, this car is as hote as H**l.
Cy was light hearted and free, while Mike knelt down and whispered Nearer My God to thee.
All were feeling a little blue, as the Dutch hummed a tune or two
The ladies wore a smile like a jolly jockey,
But every face turned to pain while drinking Banty's coffee.
O how the boarders yelled when they heard Depew's dinner bell,
Oh, how the steak did crack and the lips of all went smack!  smack!  smack
Everyone was good and true as the wno we waded through,
All our hearts were filled with joy, as we landed safe at the Van Noy.
Wishing you well and fear no harm, many thanks to the Washington County's poor farm. ----Pickles
(Concordia Blade-Empire ~ Wednesday ~ March 27, 1912 ~ Page 1)

J. H. Hatch has been awarded the contract for the erection of the 12-room frame house at the new Washington county poor farm near Ramona.  His price is $2,265.
(Coffeyville Daily Journal ~ Tuesday ~ March 25, 1913 ~ Page 4)

FIRE  AT  LINN

Lightning Starts a Blaze That Burns Business Houses

LINN, Kan., July 8 --- Linn was visited by a destructive fire this morning.  C. F. Schardtaren's large store building was struck by lightning at 6 o'clock and set on fire.  It was occupied by Charles Paran, with a stock of general merchandise, and the Masonic lodge.  The fire spread to the large ice house and from there to a dwelling and all were totally destroyed.  Paran's stock was saved, but in a bad condition as it was raining, but he will be able to do business again if he can get a building.  The buildings are all insured.  The Masonic paraphernalia was fully insured.
(Atchison Daily Champion ~ Thursday ~ July 9, 1896 ~ Page 4)

A little ten year old tot came in from Taylor, Texas, last night on his ways to his home at Linn, Kan.  He was only ten years old and had made the trip alone, lugging a valise larger than himself.  The tot's name is Harry Villins and he is bright as a dollar.
(Atchison Daily Champion ~ Thursday ~ December 22, 1898 ~ Page 4)

AFTER  THIRTY  YEARS

John Perkins, of Arcola, Ill., Discoverd a Sister in Kansas---Abducted from Her Home in 1868

After a separation of 30 years John Perkins, a prominent farmer living ten miles east of Arcola, Ill., has located his sister at Linn, Kan., who, he claims, was abducted by an uncle named Freeman West at Moline, Ill., in 1868.  Mr. Perkins tells the following story of the abduction:

In 1868 James Perkins (father of John Perkins) lived in Mercer county, Ill.  He had a wife, two sons--John, aged six years; Andrew, aged four years--and a daughter, Lottie, aged less than two years.  At this time the mother died and the children were left to the care of relatives.  An uncle, Freeman West, and his wife, having no children, took the little girl and emigrated west.  The father and the little brothers could get no trace of the whereabouts of the sisters until a few day ago.

West was afterwards killed in a melee at a dance, and the secret of the little girl's identity was buried with him.

Lottie, who was now thrown out of a home, was picked up by the auhorities and taken to the poorhouse.  A home in a family on a farm was soon found for her, and here she lived for ten years.

She ultimately married a prosperous farmer named Wesley Mosher, of Linn, Washington county, Kan.  The husband took an interest in finding his wife's relatives, finally locating a man who knew of the West family in Moline, Ill., and Mr. Mosher wrote to one who proved to be a brother of Freeman West, who knew of the abduction of Lottie Perkins by Freeman West and wife 30 years ago.
(Lawrence Daily Journal ~ Tuesday ~ February 21, 1899 ~ Page 1)

Miss Annie Black is able to return to her home at Linn, Kan., which she will do.  Miss Black has been under medical treatment here.
(Atchison Daily Champion ~ Wednesday ~ August 23, 1899 ~ Page 1)

W. C. Noller left for Linn, Kan., Sunday where he has a good job as assistant cashier in a bank at $50 per.  He will prove a valuable man in the place.
(Alma Enterprise ~ Friday ~ July 7, 1905 ~ Page 6)

WERE  NOT  TRYING  TO  BEAT  BOARD  BILL

Linn, Kan., Oct. 23 --- In the issue of the Capital of October 17, a dispatch from Salina stated that M. S. Gilbert of Linn and J. Rutherford and Carl Rutherford, both of Washington, Kan., had been stopped by the sheriff of Dickinson county at Abilene because they had left an unpaid hotel bill at the Pacific house at Salina.  The sheriff, the dispatch stated, had collected the $2.00 due on the bill and taken it back to Salina, permitting the travelers to go on their way.  It now appears that this affair was simply the result of a misunderstanding and that there was no intent on the part of the three men to try to "beat" the bill.  In connection with the incident, they offer the following signed explanation:

"The facts in the case are simply these:  We attended the meeting of the grand lodge, I.O.O.F., held in Salina the 13th to 15th inst. and engaged a room at the New Pacific hotel for $1.00 per day, telling the clerk that we could take only a part of our meals at the hotel, on account of the distance from the place of meeting, but would pay for whatever meals we got at the hotel at the time of getting them.  To this the clerk assented, and we paid for all meals taken at the hotel as per contract, and paid for our room at the time of giving it up as per agreement.  However, at the time of paying the bill for our room the clerk made a claim for $2.00 in excess of room rent, because we had not taken all our meals at the hotel, notwithstanding the former contract, and notwithstanding the fact that we had paid for all meals eaten at the hotel at the time of getting them.  This extra $2.00 we refused to pay and took the train for home.  The clerk phoned an officer at Abilene, who came to the train and to save time we paid the $2.00 as claimed, although we did not owe a cent.  This is a simple, plain statement of the facts in the case, which we hope you will publish in justice to us.
"M. S.  GILBERT.
"JOHN  RUTHERFORD.
"EARL  E.  RUTHERFORD."
(Topeka Daily Capital ~ Saturday ~ October 24, 1908 ~ Page 3)

WAR  UPON  THE  JOINTISTS

Washington, Kan., Having Lively Times With the Liquor Sales

Atchison, Kan., July 11 --- A special dispatch from Washington, Kan., says that the authorities have inaugurated a war upon saloonkeepers and yesterday two trials were held.

Harry Dillet was convicted and sentenced to pay $200 and to serve sixty days in jail.  He escaped from the sheriff and ran away to Nebraska.

Robert Williams gave a $300 bond for his appearance, but yesterday he got possession of all the papers, including the bond, and he also ran away.

It is possible that about twenty saloon keepers will be arrested at once and a great deal of excitement is the result.
(Kansas City Times ~ Sunday ~ July 12, 1891 ~ Page 12)

A  MAD  MAN'S  AWFUL  CRIME

YOUNG  BRUBAKER  OF  WASHINGTON,  KAN.,  KILLS  HIS  MOTHER

The Old Lady's Throat Cut From Ear to Ear --- The Raving Murderer Attempts to Kill HImself --- Strange Explanation Given by the Insane Man

Washington, Kan., Oct. 31 --- About 5 o'clock this afternoon Sol Brubaker, aged 23 or 24 years, killed his mother, aged about 55 years, but cutting her throat with a razor and then cut his own throat, but in such a bungling manner that he only succeeded in severing the windpipe without cutting the jugular vein.  He had been ill with typhoid fever and was just able to be up and around.

The family live about half a mile from town and Brubaker had walked up to town, remaining till late in the afternoon.  When he reached home he went to his room and, it is supposed, summoned his mother, but what passed between them is  unknown.  A little before 5 o'clock a daughter of the old lady returned home from school and saw her mother go upstrairs and soon after she heard a scuffle and going upstairs saw her mother lying in a pool of blood upon the floor, and her brother, clothed only in a light summer undershirt, standing over her brandishing a bloody razor.

The girl gave the alarm and a Methodist preacher, passing by, brought the information to town but before anyone could arrive the murderer had cut his own throat and was found half lying on the bed, his head on the floor and his feet on the pillow.   He was immediately taken in charge and convoyed to another room, fighting desperately, and unable to talk, and fastened to a bed with ropes.

When his wounds had been dressed the murderer acknowledged the killing and said that he had done it because his mother would not go for a doctor.

The young fellow is about half simple and the family had had constant trouble for a long time.  The coroner has been summoned but no verdict has yet been returned.
(Kansas City Times ~ Thursday ~ November 1, 1888 ~ Page 3)

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