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Capt. C. E.
Henry, a gallant soldier of the 42d Ohio, and an intimate friend of its Colonel, James A. Garfield, who appointed him Marshall of the District of Columbia, in which office it became his duty to execute the murderer of his old Colonel and friend, is living on his beautiful farm of 400 acres, in Geauga County, Ohio, near Geauga Lake. On this is a magnificent maple-sugar orchard of 3,000 trees, and the Captain has every year a great output of maple sugar and syrup. He has paid much attention to this, has the latest and best appliances, and his crop is very highly esteemed by the dealers. In addition he is in the employ of several great security companies, to whom his services are valuable because of his great skill and success in following and bringing back to justice criminals of the greatest cunning and daring. [The National Tribune; Washington D.C., August 01, 1901 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Gave Bogus Checks.
Kent, O., Nov. 2- A.G.
Squires, a well known stock buyer of Auburn, Geauga county, was landed in jail at Ravenna last week. He gave checks to the amount of $2,600 on the Benton & Ford bank, at Burton. The bank of Crafts, Hines & Company, at Mantua, cashed the checks to the amount of $1,475, but they were protested and the person to whom the money was paid had to return it. The principal losers were N.H. Nichols, W.B. McCollum and D.C. Tilden. [ The Evening Bulletin; Maysville, Kentucky, November 02, 1892 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Gets Conditional Pardon
Zimmer, Chardon farmer, who, on Jan.17, 1914, shot and killed William Eggleston, a neighbor, was granted a conditional pardon from the Ohio state penitentiary, on condition he care for his four children and remain away from Geauga county.
This action ends countless efforts on the part of Zimmer's friends to obtain his release. Eggleston was slain by Zimmer after the former's alleged friendship for Mrs. Zimmer had aroused comment. At his trial Zimmer testified he shot in self-defense after Eggleston had begun firing at him when he went to protest against Mrs. Zimmer's friendship for Eggleston.
Despite these statements and the appeal to the "unwritten law", Zimmer was convicted and given a life sentence. Petitions asking for his release in 1915 were denied by the parole board, but Gov. Willis' sympathies were aroused and he directed a rehearing in October of that year.
Subsequently Mrs. Zimmer was arrested in a vice raid and her children taken from her. Mrs. Zimmer later obtained a divorce and married Albert H.
Hitchcock, who within a few weeks sought a divorce from the woman.
Mrs. Zimmer, when her husband was tried, took the witness stand and told of clandestine meetings and various trips she had taken with the murdered man.
[The Mahoning Dispatch; Canfield, Ohio, August 03, 1917 - - Sub by Kate Watson]


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