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Whisky and Despondency
Kansas City, MO., April 12. - Sylvester Baker, foreman of a planning mill, fatally shot his sleeping wife through the forehead and then fired a bullet into his own brain. Whisky and despondency, owing to the death of his father at Brookville, Ohio, and the fate of his daughters leaving home to go on the variety stage, is said to be the cause. Baker is about forty and his wife thirty-two years of age. They were from Dayton, Ohio. Both are in critical condition and not expected to survive the night. [Source: The Marion Daily Star (Marion, OH) Monday, 12 Apr. 1886 - MZ - Sub by FoFG] 

Girl Interrupts Hold Up Without Realizing Fact
Dayton, Ohio - Genevieve Crawford's chance to become a heroine Friday eluded her today, but she probably will look at any receipt she gets from now on. Ms. Crawford entered the Progressive Loan Company, in Dayton to make a Payment yesterday and, without realizing it, interrupted a holdup of the place by a lone armed bandit. However, office Manager Robert Ellis, at their robbers order, conducted the transaction in the normal manner - with one exception. On her receipt, he hastily wrote the words, "get the policeman holdup." Ms. Crawford casually picked up the receipt and tucked it in her purse without a glance. The robber then preceded to his unfinished business, scooping $100 from the cash drawer and fleeing. He missed $10,000 when Ellis told him he was unable to open the office safe. [Source: "The Coshocton Tribune", Sept. 14, 1946. - CM - Sub by FoFG]

DAYTON, OHIO, June 10 - On Tuesday, the 8th inst., Thomas J. Gibbon of Indianapolis, eloped from that city with Mary V., a 14 year old daughter of J. H. Adams, proprietor of the Adams House, Indianapolis. They arrived here and upon the oath of Gideon Mills, of this city, obtained a marriage license, and were married by a Catholic priest. The father of the girl arrived today and had the entire party arrested for perjury. [Source: The Inter Ocean, June 11, 1875, page 1 - PT - Sub by FOFG]

SCRANTON, Pa. July 12. - Dr. Chauncey W. Gosper, prominent osteopath, who died here in the winter, leaving a large estate, was also the possessor of two wives, according to papers filed In court here yesterday Mrs Mary K. Gosper, of Ithaca, who says she married the doctor in 1886, claims part of the estate for herself, son and two daughters. Mrs. Ruth P. Gosper, of this city, filed exceptions, contending that the other Mrs. Gosper never was married legally to Dr. Gosper. Mrs Ruth Gosper says she married him in Dayton, Ohio, in 1903. [The Washington times., (Washington, DC) July 12, 1922, page 4 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Found Guilty
Dayton, O., March 12 - The jury in the case of Dr. Oliver C. Haught, accused of the murder of his father, mother and brother, and the destruction of their home by fire to conceal the crime, found him guilty of murder in the first degree. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) March 14, 1906, page 6]

A Sad Mistake
– Under this head the Dayton (Ohio) Transcript of Wednesday states that sometime last spring Messrs. Chambers & Harris of that city, by mistake, mailed for Cincinnati the sum of $200 whch they intended to mail for Springfield. The money not being received by the correspondent in Springfield, suspicion of purloining it fell upon one of the clerks in the Dayton post office, Mr. V. B. Howard, who the Transcript says was "a very worthy young man". Young Howard was of a very sensitive nature and being informed of such suspicion, instantly resigned his post, saying that the post office thereafter was no place for him. He forthwith volunteered for Mexico – left this city for the Rio Grande with the Ohio troops – and being of a feeble constitution took sick on the march from Matamoras to Camargo and died. The finale of this "sad, eventful history," is thus told by the Transcript: "Yesterday the letter with the money it contained, was returned to the Post Office here from the dead letter office at Washington." [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, January 29, 1847, NP, Sub by FoFG]

On yesterday, at 3 o'clock, P.M., John M'Affee, who was convicted at the last term of the Court of Common Pleas for this county, of murdering his wife, was executed according to the sentence pronounced against him. Previous to his execution, and while upon the scaffold, he made a voluntary and full confession of his guilt. It seems the prisoner had contracted an unfortunate attachment for an unmarried female living in the vicinity of his residence which furnished the motive by which he was actuated in the perpetration of this most horrid and unnatural murder. He acquitted all others of being in any wise accessory to the crime. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Penn) May 4, 1825, Dayton, Ohio - NP - Sub by FoFG]

Dayton, O., Jan 8- Richard McCann, aged 34, of Troy, O., a varnisher, last night shot and killed Mrs. Sarah Graef, aged 42, also of Troy. Then he turned the weapon on himself and fired a bullet in his left temple, but he will survive. McCann and the woman had been living together as man and wife. The day after Christman they quarreled and she left him. Last evening he sought her out on West Fifth street, called her to the door and fired. Friends of Mrs. Graef say her husband committed suicide in Troy three years ago because she left him to go with McCann. She leaves three sons. [Source: Marion Daily Mirror, Jan 8, 1907 - Submitted by Linda Dietz]

Roy Mendenhal shot and killed Mrs. Eva Kennedy, his fiance, and then fatally wounded himself, at Dayton Ohio. The couple has quarreled over Mrs. Kennedy's request for a few days postponement of their marriage which had been set for Wednesday. [Source: The Garland Globe, Feb. 17, 1906, pg 7. - Transcribed By: Maggie Coleman]

Charles H. Weifenbach, of Dayton, Ohio, choked his wife to death in bed at 5 o'clock on Saturday morning. He offered no excuse save that they had spent the night quarrelling. He gave himself up to the authorities. [The Herald and News [Newberry, South Carolina], Oct. 20, 1903]

Great Excitement at Dayton, Ohio - The Telegraph Wires Cut - The Bridge at Xenia Destroyed - The Military Finally Put Down the Rioters
Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 6. -- Great excitement existed at Dayton, Ohio, yesterday, in regard to the arrest of Hon. Clement L. Vallandigham by order of the military authorities. At dark a crowd of from five to six hundred proceeded to the Journal Office, took possession of it, completely gutted the building, set it on fire and burned it to the ground. The fire communicated to the adjoining buildings, and all the property from the south end of the Phillips House to the middle of the square was destroyed. All the telegraph lines in the city were cut down and destroyed. The bridge on the Xenia road is reported to be destroyed. At 10 o'clock at night Federal troops from Cincinnati and Columbus succeeded in putting down the rioters, and at half-past 11 o'clock quiet was again restored.

Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 6 - P. M. Telegraphic communication being interrupted, we have no advices as to the condition of affairs at Dayton, Ohio, this morning. 

Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 6 -Evening:  All is quiet. There are no signs of any disturbance whatever. Dayton has been comparatively quiet today. About thirty ringleaders in last night's riot have been arrested without resistance, and placed in jail. The Empire newspaper has been suppressed. Its editor has been arrested and brought here. The soldiers removed a swivel from the Empire office, and also took possession of two wagon loads of muskets, stored in the Light Guard Armory. Every precaution has been taken to prevent a renewal of the outbreak. The liquor shops have been closed, and the telegraphs have been repaired so that communication with the East is re-established. [Source: "The New York Times," May 7, 1863 - MZ - Sub by FoFG]


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