Preble County, Ohio
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Another Ohio Tragedy
EATON, OHIO, March 1 – J. A.
Bell, a boy thirteen years old, who murdered his mother about a year ago, has just been sentenced to imprisonment for life as the penalty for his crime. He exhibited remarkable stoicism for one so young, and received the sentence without the least apparent concern, and as soon as removed to the prison sat down to a game of cards. [East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) - Thursday, March 1, 1888 - JD - Sub by FoFG]

Black of Eaton,Ohio,stabbed an engineer on the Hamilton and Eaton Railroad, because the former had seduced the daughter of the latter, and refused to marry her. The engineer is wounded beyond all hopes of recovery, and Black has been arrested. [Monday, September 22, 1851, "Weekly Eagle" (Brattleboro, VT)- KT - Sub by FoFG]

On the application of the prosecuting attorney of Preble county, Judge Hume has been appointed to assist in the prosecution of Elmer
Sharkey, the Preble county matricide.
["Hamilton Daily Democrat", 13 Feb 1890 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Murder in Eaton,Ohio
Special Dispatch to the Cincinnati Gazette
Eaton, July 20. -- About eleven o'clock to-day two brothers by the name of
Wysong, living near this place, got into a difficulty in the harvest field, when the youngest struck the other with a stone with such force as to cause his death in about three hours after. They were both men of family. The offender fled, and has not been arrested. [Wednesday, July 21, 1869, Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, OH)- KT - Sub by FoFG]

The post office at Eaton, Preble county, was robbed of $150 in money and $150 in postage stamps, last Thursday night.
[Elyria Independent Democrat, 5 Jan 1870 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Wednesday night last, the watchman of the Preble County (O.) Treasury was seized, bound, gagged and laid on his bed by two robbers, who then proceeded to work on the safe. The timely arrival of another watchman alarmed the burglars, who beat a hasty retreat, when the tied man was released; badly scared, but no further damage done.
[Highland Weekly News, (Hillsborough, Highland Co., Ohio) February 2, 1871, p3, - PT - Tr by FOFG]

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