The Athens Messenger, August 13, 1874

    A personal difficulty between a youth named John S. Cone and a young mand named Louis Jourdon at the residence of D.D. Dowler, a few miles east of town, on last Friday night, which euiminated in Cone shooting at Jourdon with such precision of aim that the ball of the weapon grazed his forhead abrading the skin. Cone was subsequently arrested on a warrant for shooting with intent to wound and recognized for a preliminary hearing of his case before Esquire Golden on to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock.

The Athens Messenger, April 8, 1875

    Sometime during Sunday night the grocery establishment of F.J. Wilkes, at the Crippen corner, and A.L.Rosch were respectively entered by prying open the front doors. The swag taken from Mr. W.'s stand consisted mainly of about half dozen cans of cove oysters, a box of cigars and several hundred copper cents. At Mr R.'s store the thieves appear to have been also content, in addition to about six dollars in cash, to carry off a small lot of edibles for immediate use, the empty cans having been discovered early Monday morning in the shed attached to Cornwell's carriage ship, at teh east end of State street. The impunity with which, during the past two years, thieves have broken into divers business houses in our midst is not assuring. This is the third time within a brief period that the Crippen corner has been burglariously entered. A certain gentleman who professes to have looked into the matter with the eye of an expert, says that the thieves of Sunday night were local residents, we are not informed as to the particular premises from which he was conducted to this conclusion, nor are we curious on this point, being only concerned in the more important matter of the arrest and convenction of the thieves whoever they may prove to be. We have this to say, however, in this connection, that the on?? proband?, the weight of proving their own innocence in the premises, plainly rests with individuals who, in various degrees of intoxication were know to be suspiciously loitering in the immediate neighborhood of the places robbed, within a very brief space of the time when the robbery is very certainly ascertained to have been committed.

  • -Sherriff Warren received a telegram on Monday evening from Sheriff McElroy, of Pomeroy, ordering the arrest of Elza Bryan, and in less than a half hour after receiving the dispatch our Sheriff, as if guided by instinct, picked out his man from a group at one of our street corners, though he had never seen him before, Bryan is wanted, in company with three others, in Meigs county, to answer an indictment for arson, being charged with having set fire to certain houses in Middleport some weeks ago.

    Since the above was written we have been informed that an old unused building was the only one that was designedly fired by the indicted parties, and this with the object of testing the efficiency of a new fire engine then newly received by a fire company of which the parties referred to were memebers; that from the building thus fired, flames were communicated to other buildings involving their destruction. At the time of writing this Sheriff Warren has received notification that an officer is on his way here from Pomeroy to take the prisoner to that place.

  • -A sneak thief ransacked an upper room of the residence of Mr. J.O. Jones, east end of State street, yesterday, getting away with fifteen dollars from a dress pocket of Mrs. J.

The Athens Messenger, Thursday, April 15,1875

  • On Friday morning Sheriff Warren took Milton R. Kearney and Job Page (colored) convicted at the recent term of court, to the penitentiary. The latter, not previously noticed, was sent for one year, for shooting with intent to wound.

The Athens Messenger, Thursday, March 23, 1876

  • A Smoke-house Robbed
    Some parties broke into the smokehouse of John Brown, in Ames township, on Sunday night, March 12th, and robbed the same of eleven pieces of meat. A slight fall of snow on Sunday night enabled those in pursuit to track two horses from Mr. Brown's to Tablertown, in Rome township. A warrant to search for the missing meat was issued by Esq. Thomas Stewart and given to Constable C.G. Tucker who made diligent search from Tuesdy until Friday, when he was rewarded for his persistent effort by finding eight pieces of the meat and a number of articles, such as pants, dress coats, hats, one pair of boots, muslin, prints and tobaco concealed in a vacant house in Tablertown. It is no easy task to enter this Sodom and enforce the law. Mr. Tucker deserves praise for the manner in which he conducted the search.
  • The prisoners confined in our county jail, 14 in number, made another attempt to tunnel out of Friday. Sheriff Carpenter and Jailor Dean were at the time, out of town on official business. Mrs. D.'s attention being attracted by the faint sounds of their operations, at once took in the situration, and summoned the assistance of officers Root, Port and Davis, who promptly restored subordination on the part of the prisoners by locking them in their cells. When discovered they had but a final tier of brick between them and probable liberty.

The Athens Messenger, Jan. 6, 1881

  • The Columbus Journal of Saturday contains nearly a half column account of how an unsophisticated young Athenian, named Samuel Carsey, enroute home on a visit from Indiana, was swindled in that city on Friday, out of twenty-four dollars - his last cent - by a sharper "who knew his folks in Athens" and was on his way there, too, and who just borrowed the money to pay an express bill till they returned to the depot. We join the Journal in the suggestion, that had Mr. Samuel Carsey permitted his mind for a reasonable portion of his leisure to run in the channel of newspaper reading he would have hardly been caught up by that stale confidence dodge.

The Athens Messenger, January 27, 1881

    John Lafferty, a saloon keeper at Bessemer this county, was almost instantly killed in his ranch last Thursday night by being struck over the head with a piece of scantling by one of three individuals who had been drinking in his place and whom he had ejected for ruffianly conduct, but who immediately after burst in the door and death the fatal blow or blows which put an abrupt end to the earthly pilgrimage of their victim.  The names of those implicated in the perpetration of this murderous act are John Cusac, Wesley Alman and John Stafford, who following a preliminary hearing before Mayor Buckley, of Nelsonville, on Saturday, were brought to Athens by the Hocking Valley noon train last Monday and lodged in jail to await the action of the Grand Jury.

The Athens Messenger, February 3, 1881

  • We learned that Baldy Smith, a Doanville saloon keeper, was shot at a few night since in that place by some person unknown and with such accurate aim that one or more bullets ploughed through Smith's hair.

The Athens Messenger, February 16,1881

  • Successful Capture of a Murderer
    The standing prediction in local popular utterance that "Tim would get him yet," was fully verified by the arrival here on the early Sunday morning train from Cincinnati of Sheriff Tim B. Warden, having in custody Frank Tolliver, who was indicted by the Grand Jury at the last term of the Athens county common please for murder in the first degree for the homicide of Patrick Carr on the night of the 17th of November last in a saloon at Carbondale, this county.  The particulars of the murder were given at the time in these columns.  Carr, between whom and Tolliver there had existed bad blood, was, without preliminary words, shot and almost instantly killed by the latter, the murdered man being represented as helplessly drunk at the time.  The homicide immediately following the deed, made his escape from the locality and it was not until some weeks after that our vigilant Sheriff succeeded in getting clue to his probable geographical change of base.  This clue was assiduously and intelligently pursued and finally culminated in Tolliver's arrest last Thursday night at a sequestered point in the mountainous regions of Johnson county, Kentucky, near a locality known as Flat Gap, where the fugitive from justice had taken up quarters with an uncle and whose humble and secluded dwelling he had reached some weeks before in a nearly exhausted condition, his feet and ears being partially frozen as the result of his long tramp through the wild regions he had traversed during that severe weather to reach his destination, having walked the entire distance, which is, we are told, about 250 mils from Cincinnati.  The details of Sheriff Warden's adventures in pursuit of the object of his search are very largely invested with the charms of stirring romance, his personal safety and that of Marshall Shipley of Zaleski, by whom he was accompanied, being at particular juncture of the adventure in imminent peril.  One feature of their return trip was a night walk of sixteen miles with the temperature away below zero and during which they were compelled to grope their way with their prisoner in blinding darkness over the trestles of an unfinished railroad, a number of which trestles towered between two and three hundred feet above terra firma. Altogether this adventure was exceedingly well planned and was prosecuted with nerve, determination and rare good judgement and its successful results adds a huge feather to the official cap of our worthy and efficient Sheriff, whose forecast in planning and sagacity in executing the arrest of fugitive criminals we have hitherto had occasion to commend.


RichwoodGazette (Richwood, Ohio) December 1, 1881

Christopher W. Davis, a mulatto, was lynched at Athens, Ohio, on the night of November 21.  The circumstances leading to this summary vengeance are as follows:  Mrs. Lucinda Luckey, a widow lady aged fifty-nine years, lives alone near Albany, in Athens County.  On the evening of October 31, last, Davis called at her house and asked permission to stop over night.  She refused him.  He went away, but returned again at two o'clock in the morning, and finding her doors securely locked, forced an entrance by battering the door in.  Once inside, he assaulted the helpless old woman and fiendishly outraged her.  Fearing that she would cause his arrest, to complete his work and cover his crime, he beat her about the head with an ax, fracturing her skull and leaving her for dead.  She recovered consciousness by morning and managed to crawl to the house of a neighbor, to whom she told the horrible story.  Davis was captured and lodged in the Athens jail, but threats of lynching him were so loud that for safety he was removed to Chillicothe.  Subsequently, when it was felt that the indignation had partially subsided, he was returned to Athens to be arraigned before the grand Jury.  No outward manifestation was made by the citizens of Albany, and no thought of violence was entertained by the Athens authorities.  On the night of November 21, however, a number of masked men hailing from Albany rode into Athens, and after stationing guards at the residence of the Deputy Sheriff and the Town Marshal, marched on to the jail.  Three of them applied to Sheriff Wardan for admission, one of the number assuming the role of a captured horse-thief, and the Sheriff, in his ignorance, opened the door.  No sooner was the door opened than these three determined men downed the unsuspecting jailor and secured him.  However, they failed to find any keys on him, and getting a sledge hammer, they proceeded to break the lock of the cell in which Davis was confined.  Only a few moments was occupied in this, and with a rope thrown about the culprit's neck, he was led trembling from the jail.  Every avenue of approach to the jail had been well guarded, so to prevent any outside interference that might be attempted, but he work was so quietly and quickly done that no trouble was encountered.  David was led a distance of four blocks to the bridge of the Hocking valley River, and while one end of the rope was being tied to the bridge and others were engaged pinioning his ams and legs he was commanded to confess his guilt.  He begged for his life and asked them if they would spare him if he confessed.  He was told that if he confessed he would be returned to the jail and given a fair trial.  He then confessed the horrible crime.  Immediately a shout went up. "Hang the dog!  Hang him!"  "We give you three minutes to say your prayers, " said the leader, but the frightened fellow did not try to pray.  At the end of the three minutes he was pitched headlong from the bridge, falling a distance of nine feet, the fall breaking his neck.  The mob then dispersed.  A number of them were recognized, and it is stated that arrests will follow.

[ - tr. by Sandra Cummins]

The Ohio Democrat (New Philadelphia, Ohio), December 1, 1881

Davis, the Mulatto Ravisher, is Hanged by a Mob.
ATHENS, O., Nov. 21. - Chris Davis, the mulatto, who was in jail for an outrageous assault upon an elderly woman named Miss Locke, living at Albany, O., was hanged by a mob last night.  The Sheriff was overpowered and held while the mob broke into the cell and took Davis out.  This morning his dead body was found hanging to the bridge over the Hocking river, at the south edge of the town.  The mob was not masked and will be arrested.  When Davis was taken to the bridge with a rope around his neck, he was asked to confess.  He inquired what would be done with him if he confessed.  They told him he would be taken back to the jail to be dealt with by law.  He hesitated and again asked if they would not hang him if he confessed.  Being a second time assured that they would not, he said, "I'm the man."  The other end of the rope was made fast to the bridge.  They gave him three minutes in which to pray but he did not attempt a prayer.  He said he was ready to die.  When the time expired he was hauled off the bridge and his neck was broken by the fall.  The coroner began an inquest, but has not given a verdict.

- tr. by Sandra Cummins]

The Ohio Democrat (New Philadelphia, Ohio) December 22, 1881

The lynching of Christopher Davis at Athens on the night of the 21st ult. was discussed at an earnest, well attended meeting of the ladies of Albany, O., Tuesday evening.  As an evidence of the feeling entertained by them, here is one of the resolutions passed, "Resolved, That we pledge ourselves to oppose the prosecution of any one who was engaged in the hanging of Davis."

[ - tr. by Sandra Cummins]

The Athens Messenger, Jan. 11, 1883

  • James Burke, burglary, charged with having entered the residence of General Grosvenor in the "night season" and stealing certain articles of wearing apparel therefrom.
  • Mary Canby, the inevitable Mary, was again indicted for violation of the liquor law. The locality of Mary's persistent operations in the "crooked" is Millfield.
  • Alex Gatrel and Thomas Reynolds - burglary, they being charged with having broke into the blacksmith ship of David Lewis, at Nelsonville, and stealing certain tools.

The Athens Messenger, Thursday Morning, February 15, 1883, pg 5

  • --Benjamin Dunlap was in default of bail committed to jail here by Mayor Tobin, of Nelsonville, to answer a charge of having cut Charles Draine during a personal rencounter between said parties, which recently occurred at or near Floodwood.
  • --We met Marshal Beattle, of Nelsonville in town last Thursday, who had just brought to jail here William Craig charged with forgery. Craig's crime, as charged, is the gorging of B.B. Sheffield's name to an order on the York township clerk, Mr. J.R. Hickman, for $15.75, which amount was represented to be a balance due Craig for plastering the Floodwood district schoolhouse. The prisoner, fallowing a preliminary hearing before Mayor Tobin of Nelsonville, was committed in default of $300.
  • --On Wednesday night of last week, Marshal Beattie, of Nelsonville, arrested Sylvester L. Bowersock at Laurel Hill, this county, on a warrant issued by the United States court of Kansas, charging him with counterfeiting while a resident of that State. The prisoner was handed over to the Untied States authorities at Columbus.
  • --On Friday night last there was stolen from Wm. , who lives near Pilcher's Tunnel, this county, a light gray mare, three years old, with light mane and tail, unshod and fifteen hands high. Sheriff Warden, on receiving intelligence of the robbery, entered on the trail of the thief, whom he tracked to the Plains, five miles west of Athens, but was unable to track him further on account of the frozen condition of the roads preventing the unshod foet of the stolen mare from making an impression on it. It is the Sheriff's opinion that the thief took to the back hills of Vinton county. There is expectation that he will yet be apprehended, a telegraphic description of the stolen animal having been sent to every station within forty miles of Athens.
  • -There are, at present, four prisoners confined in the jail here, viz Wm. Dileber, Craig, Dunlap and Buckingham, the latter in for bastardy.
  • BURGLARY AND ATTEMPTED ARSON AT CHAUNCEY The store of Mr. John Mourn at the village of Chauncey was burglarized, Tuesday night, and an attempt made to conceal the robbery by burning the building, a slow fire having been lighted under the stairway in the store room, which was not discovered until an early hour yesterday morning, but happily before it had gained such headway that those who were summoned were not able to promptly extinguish it. The property stolen from the store, mainly consisted of boots and clothing. The loss is variously stated. No arrests.

The Wheeling (WV) Register - May 18, 1887

  • Major J. M. Goodspeed, recently principal of the public schools at Athens, Ohio, where he married Mrs. Bodley, a wealthy widow, tried to murder his wife in Cincinnati. He immediately gave himself up after the assault, which did not seriously injure her, and is thought to be deranged.

The Athens Messenger and Herald, September 20, 1894

  • Coolville -- On description by telegram from the sheriff of Washington county our marshall arrested and held a supposed horse thief last Friday, but while he was the man the sheriff had been following, he did not have the horses and the telegrams from Matamoras proved him all straight. He was released Saturday morning.
  • Chauncey: While a number of our people were at the fair Thursday some of their homes were entered by tramps and several articles of value taken. At the home of Ellsworth Day living about one mile north of this place, a silver watch was taken, and at the home of Capt. Cornell a number of things were stolen, including a suit of clothes belonging to Ray, a pair of shoes belonging to Mr. Cornell and about seven dollars in money. Not being content with what they had already taken, they proceeded to break a large lamp, a looking glass and other things. We learn that they forced an entrance into other house on the Plains near Salina. This should be probed to the bottom and the guilty parties punished to the full extent to the law.

The Duluth (MN) News Tribune, Jan. 1, 1905

  • Soldiers Fined and sent to Prison, Athens, Ohio, Dec. 31
    ATHENS, OHIO, Dec. 31. - Today seven members of the 14th field battery, United States army, were fined $500 and 30 days in jail for their part in the Athens riot, during the guard maneuvers last summer, when O. H. Ohl, Ohio national guard, lieutenant, was killed. John Lott, found guilty of rioting, will receive his sentence later.

Lima Daily News, May 29, 1920

  • Kills His Mother - Shoots Father
    Aged Couple Victims of Son's Murderous Rage
    Athens, Oh.,- Following a dispute over their planting of a field of corn, Ross Howard, 32, an ex-soldier, shot and killed instantly his mother, aged 70, and mortally wounded his father, Lewis Howard, aged 73, early Saturday, according to a report made to local police. The shooting occurred at the family home near Amesville, 15 miles from here. Howard fled and a posse is searching the hills in an effort to apprehend him.
    Young Howard and his father had started out for the day's work when the dispute over the proper marking out of a field of corn arose. Becoming angered, the young man returned to the home and secured a revolver with a threat to kill his father. The mother interfered and was shot down. The elder Howard fled after his wife had been murdered, the report said, and Howard pursued him, firing three bullets into the man's back. He then beat him about the head and face with the revolver butt, fracturing his skull and inflicting mortal wounds. The man will die Physicians said. - Submitted by Linda Blue Dietz]

"Arizona Republic", (Phoenix) Monday January 8 1940

  • Child, Spouse Pledge Fealty
    ATHENS, O., Jan. 7- The 10-year-old bride of Charles Schall, young coal miner whose four-day marriage has been ordered annulled, bravely declared today she would learn to be a better housekeeper at the Ohio Girls Industrial School in preparation for their remarriage. Schall, taciturn six-footer who is 21, promised from the Nelsonville Jail, where he's starting a one-year term, that he would "wait" for the girl he married Tuesday-the former Mary Alice Limberg.
    Schall, Mary Alice and her mother, Mrs. Lydia Hudnall, were sentenced late yesterday on delinquency charges filed by Mrs. Hudnall's husband, Donald, who objected to the marriage. Mary Alice, lodged in the courtly detention home here, looked forward to her transfer to the state school at Delaware for an indeterminate term as an opportunity to learn cooking proficiency. "I can bake good bread now," the brown-eyed girl said proudly, "but I want to learn to make cake and pie." She said she met Schall a year ago in church and that for Christmas he gave her a flashlight, comb and brush, pen and pencil set and a Bible.
    "I'm missing him, awfully," she added.
    Mrs. Hudnall, sentenced to a year in the Ohio Women's Reformatory at Marysville, expressed concern at Nelsonville Jail over her daughter's happiness and insisted again she saw nothing wrong with the marriage. "She's almost as big as I am", she said earlier of her five-foot-two daughter. Mrs. Hudnall gave her daughter's age as 16 on the marriage license application. Transfer of both Mrs. Hudnall and her daughter was expected tomorrow.
    [ - BZ - Sub by FOFG]

The Athens Messenger, September 17, 1947

    Athens, O. - John Gwinn, 30, of near Athens, was shot and killed in a downtown restaurant at the entrance to the Ohio university campus at 2:30 a.m. today after Police Chief J. B. Grogan said he had a quarrel with another man at a night club near this city.  Charles R. Henderson, 24, who also lives near here, was arrested two hours later while walking along route 33 south of Athens, and Grogan said he would be charged with first-degree murder. The police chief said Gwinn and Henderson quarrelled in the night club and that Henderson then went to his home, secured a revolver and upon going to the Spot Resteraunt encountered Gwinn.  The shooting followed.