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An altercation took place in the vicinity of St. Clairsville, Ohio, on the 1st inst. between Jacob McElroy and Wm. Wilkins, which terminated in the infliction of a blow on the head of the former, which caused his death. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Penn.) February 2, 1825 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

St. Clairsville, Ohio, July 15 - The crime of murder was committed on the body of Henry Grady in Morristown on Friday night week. He was found next morning lying in the road at the East end of town in a state of nudity, not quite dead, but unable to speak. He expired about three o'clock on Saturday and on the following day his remains were decently interred. The development of a number of circumstances fixed the suspicion of guilt on a Wm. Gallaher, and after an examination of witnesses before Justice Newell, he was brought to jail where he is now confined. We have not received the particulars respecting this unhappy affair with a sufficient degree of correctness to justify us in publishing them. A woman said to be the wife of Grady, (for they had been but a short time in the place, having lately come from the Ohio canal,) has also been committed to jail to await her trial as being an accomplice in the commission of the foul deed. The Supreme Court at the next term of which it is expected they will be tried, will convene in this place on the 11th of October. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Penn., August 9, 1826 - Sub. by Nancy Piper]

Monday, 'Squire Robinson, at Bridgeport, sentenced Henry Neininger to server 30 days in the county jail for assault and battery.  Andy Baggs, on the same charge, got 15 days.  [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 27 Aug. 1885]

John Nevill, of Bellaire, got drunk Saturday, and when an officer wanted to take him, pulled his revolver.  Mayor Cooper fined him $75, and being unable to liquidate, he was brought here to study geology on the stone pile. [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 27 Aug. 1885, tr by KT]

A Burglar got the watch of Mose Pearson, the Bellaire newsdealer, from his money drawer. [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 27 Aug. 1885]

Sol Edwards in Critical Condition in City Hospital - Likely Will Die.
What might be considered another chapter in the strike at the plants of the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company, on the Ohio side of the river, occurred in Martins Ferry Monday about 6 o'clock, resulting in the probable fatal injury of Sol Edwards of Aetnaville, the well-known football star and member of the former famous Wheeling Tigers. He is now in the City hospital, suffering from bullet wounds, and but little hope is entertained for his recovery.
Emanuel Robinson, a Martins Ferry negro, is said to have done the shooting.
About 6 o'clock Monday morning, Robinson, who is employed at the La Belle plant in Steubenville, accompanied by his wife and little daughter, were en route to the Cleveland and Pittsburg station in Martins Ferry, when, according to his story, he was attacked by several men, at least one of whom he says was masked. Robinson claims he was struck on the head with a "black jack", and that the men then jumped upon him. At this juncture he drew his revolver and fired three times.
Mrs. Robinson is said to have been struck by the men and she told the police that she is sure she inflicted wounds on at least two of the men, with a knife she was carrying.
At the time the shooting happened there was but one officer in the Martins Ferry police station, and he hastened to investigate, but the seven men, bearing Sol Edwards, who was shot, escaped. Robinson was taken to the city building, where a physician was summoned and his injuries dressed. He sustained a gash on the head and other bruises.
Shortly after Chief of Police Terrill and Mayor Long, who had been notified, arrived at the city building, Dr. Jack Johns telephoned that Sol Edwards had been shot and that he had been removed to the City hospital. All of the other men who were present also are said to have come to this side of the river.
At the City hospital, Drs Hupp, Andrew Wilson and McClain, of this city, and Johns, of Martins Ferry, operated on Edwards, removing a 32-calibre bullet from his right lung. The ball entered at the pit of the stomach, passed through the liver and penetrated the right lung.
The fact that the liver was torn by the bullet is said to decrease the chances for recovery. Another ball passed through the fleshy part of the left arm, above the elbow.
Robinson, when at the city building in Martins Ferry, displayed holes in his coat and a missing button from his overcoat, which he says were made by a bullet which came from a revolver in the hands of one of his assailants. He says, too, that he positively identified Sol Edwards and another man.
Chief of Police Terrill is working on a clue and hopes to arrest the men implicated in the trouble, but would make no other statement last night.
Attorney A. C. Lewis, representing the La Belle company, of Steubenville, was notified and he was at Bridgeport yesterday afternoon holding a conference regarding the affair.
Robinson has not been given his hearing, it having been postponed, awaiting developments.
Vice President Llewellyn Lewis, of the Amalgamated Association, when asked regarding the shooting, said that he was out of town when the trouble occurred and did not learn of it until several hours later. He said, however, that he had learned that the men accused of attacking Robinson had met him to talk to him with a view of persuading him not to work at the La Belle plant, but that the negro pulled his gun and began firing. He said, too, that he is positively informed that none of the seven strikers carried a gun and that Robinson did all of the shooting.
[The Wheeling Register, Tuesday, March 15, 1910 - Submitted by Nancy S. Edwards]

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