Bits & Pieces: March 28, 1887

Bits and Pieces From Area Newspapers

Submitted by Barbara Madden



The delegation from this county to the Penitentiary, as made up last Saturday morning, was composed of four persons, viz: Wenzler SCHLINDER, ClarkSHEPPARD, John FRILEY and Charles FILLGROVE.
Schlinder appeared before the Court, wearing a red handkerchief tied over his eye and a red flannel bandage around his throat. When told to stand up he did so briskly, and with an expression of indifference as to his fate. He was asked if he had anything to say, before his sentence was pronounced. He shook his head and firmly said, “No.” The court then passed the sentence, imprisonment in the penitentiary, at hard labor during the term of his natural life.
Clark Sheppard, a small withered up looking man of about fifty years of age, was convicted of bigamy. When asked if he had anything to say, before sentenced , he replied:
“All I have to say is, I got into this trouble through ignorance. I supposed that after being away five years I could marry again. I was told that, and did not know I was doing wrong. All I ask is that you be as light with me as you can, for I am an old man.”
The court remarked at some length on the importance to society of the laws against bigamy. It was not only (as in this case) a man abandoning his family and leaving them for the public to sustain, but it was the very disorganization of society, which was based on the marriage relation. The circumstances around Sheppard’s case, the Court regarded as calling for some leniency. He therefore gave Sheppard two years in the penitentiary.
John Friley stood up. He had been convicted of burglary. To the question, if he had anything to say, he replied: “No, sir; I guess not; nothing, only if I get out of this scrape I’ll not get in another.” The Court inquired of the Prosecutor as to the character of this prisoner. The Prosecutor said he was a bad man. Gen. Enochs, who defended him, interposed, saying, “Yes, very bad-he stole three chickens and this is the first time he was ever arrested.” The court gave him three years in the penitentiary. We doubt if the Mayor and Police of Ironton think that the sentence is too heavy.
Charles Fillgrove, a bright looking boy of 19 years of age, was convicted of manslaughter. In a fight at the Buckeye House, he had struck young Helwig a slight blow with a knife, from which death ensued. His father and mother were in Court. The Court asked the boy if he had anything to say , and he replied, “Nothing.” The judge then said he regarded this as a very unfortunate matter , but it was the legitimate result of boys being allowed to run at night and to visit dens of infamy. The prisoner had entered a plea of guilty of manslaughter, and the Court said in view of the many mitigating circumstances, it would give the lowest sentence of the law fixed for manslaughter-one year in the penitentiary. At this point, there were signs of applause in the audience, but they were promptly suppressed.
In addition to these penitentiary cases, John CLOUSE and AlbertHURSEMAN were convicted of assault and battery. Clouse got ten days in jail and a fine of $10. Hurseman,
$10 fine and three months in jail. Police circles will regard both penalties as very light.


28 March 1878

There was a remark made by Judge HARPER, in his decision upon a motion for a new trial in a bastardy case, last week that was pertinent and just. The motion was made principally on the ground that there was not sufficient evidence to convict, and in this case, the plaintiff swore directly one way and the defendant the other. The Court granted a new trial, and remarked, that if that amount of evidence could convict, any man might be made the victim of some corrupt woman.



14 Jan 1920

The case of George HUDDLE vs. the STROEHMAN Baking Companywhich was heard in Common Pleas Court yesterday was continued by Judge A.J. LAYNE and will be completed at a later date in this term of court. Huddle asks for damages due to injuries received when he was struck by th Stroehman truck last summer. ANDREWS & RILEY are the attorneys for the plaintiff while JOHNSON & JONES represent the defendant.



13 Aug 1911

Jas MILLER, aged about 15 years, who lives in Symmes township was brought before Judge DOVEL Saturday and ordered committed to the home for feeble minded youth. He will be taken there early this week.


28 January 1908


The Common Pleas Court transacted the following business Friday:
State of Ohio vs. Clarence WEBB gaming, plead guilty, as the boy is about 15 years of age, he was sentenced to the Lancaster Industrial school but, upon the entreaties of the lad’s mother was suspended ?uring his good behavior.
State of Ohio vs. Wm. PEMBERTON, gaming, plead guilty, fined $10 and the costs, execution suspended for 30 days.
State of Ohio vs. Sylvester BARTRAM, gaming, plead guilty, fined $10 and costs.
State of Ohio vs. Francis SMITH , keeping house of ill fame, changed plea of not guilty to plea of guilty, fined $50 and costs.
State of Ohio vs. John GEYGAN, permitting house to be used for purposes of ill fame. Defendant arraigned, retracts plea, pleads guilty, fined $25 and costs.
Alice TROUTMAN vs. Dora LEWIS, et al, partition ordered. Henry ObeMEYER, Joseph DAVIDSON and George SHEPPARD, appointed commissioners.
J.C. RILEY allowed $200 for services in assisting prosecuting attorney in theLEMLEY murder case. George SPEARS allowed $5.00 for two days services with the jury in the case.
Louis FILLGROVE vs. Sarah BESTER, et al, sale to Louis Fillgroveconfirmed and proceeds of same $23 ordered divided as follows.: to ConradSTAKER, husband of Augusta Staker in lieu of dower, $7.42 ; Martin COOK, husband of Augusta Cook in lieu of dower $2.19; to clerk of court costs in the case including conch fee to Jed B. BIBBEE, $25 and guardian fee to LouisSCHNEIDER, $5, $71.39; and the balance to the heirs as follows: Louis Fillgrove $109.07, Elizabeth ABELE $7.85, Oliver Staker $7.85, John Staker$7.85, Lenie DIESTERDECK $7.85, Mary JACOBS $7.85, Albert Cook$1.42, Harry Cook $1.42, Oscar Cook $1.42, Anderson Cook $1.42


28 Jan 1908

ASA HERBURT SHOE CO. vs. Theo NEEKAMP collection in the style of a suit filed in the Common Pleas Court Friday. The suit is the result of a disputed account of $373.45 on shoes. Interest is asked on account from Nov 02, 1907.
J.O. YATES and T.J. JENKINS are the attorneys for the plaintiff.


13 March 1879

(re: cock fighters)
The cock fighters were divided into four classes, and in their turn stood before the Court. The first class was composed of ten young men, of gentle and intelligent looks, to whom the Court addressed words of wholesome counsel. The judge told them of the debasing pastime and how unworthy it was in all its tendencies, but imagining how easy it was for young men of otherwise good repute to drift into the disgraceful affair, he was disposed to be lenient, and fixed the fine at he lowest figure $5.00. Next was a class of three, one of whom was Esq. WORTHINGTON, a Magistrate of Elizabeth township. This class did not receive any special attention from the Court, except the infliction of the fine $5.00. Next a class of four stood up, among them Bob LINN, a noted sport of Cincinnati. This class were principals-they held chickens, put on gaffs, and otherwise made themselves prominent. The Court lectured them in good sound style and laid on a fine of $75 each. Last class was composed of one individual, J.H. BURGESS. His counsel, Mr. COLLIER, sought to set aside the indictment, because Esq. Worthington had already fined him for the offense. This didn’t work and then Mr. Collier moved for a continuance. The ground was that one, ISAMINGER, was absent and couldn’t be got for trail then, and by him the accused would prove that he did not witness the cock fight. But in the application the plaintiff himself failed to say he did not witness the fight, so the court overruled the motion. A jury was called, but before the trial proceeded Burgess entered a plea of guilty. The Court applied the highest penalty, a fine of $150, and stand committed until paid. The amount was not forthcoming and Burgess was put in jail, where he is now.



13 March 1879

Last Monday morning , Sheriff MARKIN started to the penitentiary , with five prisoners, viz:
John BENNET, sentenced for 20 years for shooting with intent to kill. This is the biggest penalty for that crime. This is the man who went to HughSWEENEY’S grocery near the tunnel, at night, in July 1875, and after a friendly chat and a glass of ale, shot Sweeney as he was in the act of lighting Bennet across a little gully in front of the grocery. Sweeney was dangerously wounded. Bennet escaped , but Lew MORGAN captured him down in Missouri. In bringing him home he got away from Lew, and the next thing heard of Bennet, he was in the Missouri penitentiary, serving out a three year term for horse stealing, which would expire nest May. Last October the grand jury of this county found a bill against Bennet, and last week Lew went to Missouri, where he procured a pardon for Bennet, through a request from the Prosecutor and others of this county, and then brought Bennet to Ironton. Bennet first plead not guilty, but afterwards withdrew the plea, and plead guilty. He is a man below middle age and has a wife living in Missouri.
Julius COOK, for horse stealing, was sentenced for three years. He is the man who stole F.M. RECKARD’S horse at Quaker Bottom, a full account of which was published in the Register at that time.
James BAYS, for shooting with intent to kill, was sentenced for five years. Bays was the chap who went to a colored man’s (FINLEY’S) residence near Vesuvius furnace, to enjoy a Christmas drunk, and having imbibed pretty freely, assumed the drunken white man’s prerogative of “shooting a nigger.” A quarrel arose, Finley ran, and Bays shot him.
Finley was then brought into the house where Bays forced him to assign a horse and other personal property over to him. The assignment was, however, never consummated.
James ELDRIDGE and Charles LOCEY were the other two- sentenced for three years each for burglarizing Stephen DILLEY’S barn and stealing wheat. These two fellows are under indictment in Jackson county for the same offense. They are the second brace of wheat thieves that have been sent up for getting too familiar with Stephen Dillon’s barn



August 17, 1911

Coroner O’NEILL and Prosecuting attorney RILEY were called to Millersport Wednesday to hold an inquest over the remains of Carlton SIMMS, aged 47 years of Buffalo City, W.Va. on the Kanawha river whose body was found Wednesday morning in the Ohio river two miles above Millersport. Simms who was raised in Gallia county had timber interests in West Va. He had been in Huntington Monday and having some business up the river took passage on a small gasoline boat belonging to Albert and Hiram LOCKHART , which during the low water, is running between Crown City and Huntington.
The Lockhart brothers testified before the coroner that Simms had either fallen off or walked off the boat Monday morning about 9 o’clock.
A number of persons living in the vicinity of the Green Bottom xxxx , near where Simms is alleged to have fallen overboard, testified that when the boat passed up the river that there was much cursing and boisterous talking. Simmsand the men on the boat were alleged to have been drinking.
The body of Simms was badly decomposed, hence could not be examined closely.
Although the drowned man is alleged to have had $300 on his person when he left Huntington but $2.77 were found on him when his body was recovered. His gold watch and knife were also in his pockets.
The coroner and prosecutor arrived home late Wednesday night. They expect to make further investigations before Coroner O’Neill renders his verdict.



10 August 1911

Anderson, Ind. Aug 9– Jealousy ended in a dual tragedy in the Chesterfield Camp of the Indiana Association of Spiritualists last night when JamesGRAVES, aged 47 years, shot and killed his wife Rosa Graves, 38, and then shot himself, falling dead in the same room where he killed his wife.
Graves was a grocer at Chillicothe Ohio, until about two years ago, when the family began to break over domestic troubles. A year ago he took their 16 year old daughter and 10 year old son and went to California. Mrs. Graves remained in Chillicothe. She was a Spiritualist and confided in mediums her troubles, and sought solace from them.
Mrs. Graves bought a cottage in the Chesterfield camp last year. She returned to it in July and occupying one room, rented other rooms to camp visitors. Her husband and two children arrived on Thursday last, enroute from California to Chillicothe, where Graves told his friends told the family would again live. Their acquaintances in camp knew of their trouble and undertook to reconcile them. Graves remarked Tuesday afternoon he would only ask his wife one more time to return to Chillicothe with him.




28 March 1878

Adjourned last Saturday. Cases disposed of as follows:
BELCHER & DOVEL vs.Geo. GRAY; judgment for plaintiff, $108 and for N.K. MOXLEY, $50 and order.
S.B. STEECE vs. J. FINK, et al.; present sheriff ordered to make deed.
I.B.A. vs. W.M. SMITH ; judgments for plaintiff, $84.30, for E. UPP, $19.18 and for I.B. MURDOCK $662.97, and sale ordered.
Receiver heretofore appointed ordered to take charge of Monitor Furnace property.
National Life Insurance Co. vs. A. WINTERS, sale set aside.
G.I.B.A. vs W. JONES; present sheriff ordered to make deed.
J. MULHERIN vs Iron & Steel Co. & S.W. DEMPSEY; judgment for plaintiff $391.73
Newman Lumber Co. vs. J.R. ROBINSON; judgment for G.I.B.A. on cross petition $554.27
Roots & Co. vs. C CULBERTSON et al. judgment for plaintiff , $1087.47
J.H. & W.V. SIMMONS Admrs.vs. A MAYENSCHEIN; judgment for plaintiff $1531.91
L.M. CUMPTON vs. R.D. BEVAN; reappraisal ordered.
Second National Bank vs. D.T. DAVIS; P. MURPHY to have #219.40 out of proceeds of sale.
D. PHILLIPS vs. J.K. HASTINGS et al. ; judgment for $326.76 and sale.
M.K. WERNER vs Elisabeth HOCK, judgment for plaintiff $498.78 and sale.
W.A. MURDOCK vs John MATTHEWS; Jos. P. SHAW appointed receiver.
Feickheimer, Karpeles & Co. vs A.H. RICKER, assignee, judgment for defendant.
Jos. P. SHAW vs. B. GARVEY, judgment for plaintiff , $373.40
Ironton vs. P. WILD, Mayor reversed and case remanded.
State vs. W. SCHINDLER; verdict guilty of murder in second degree.
W. HUKELL et al vs N. HUCKEL; decree for possession for plaintiff and judgment for DAVIDSON, for taxes.
R.C. DAVISSON, Exr. vs. J.H. BURGESS; judgment for plaintiff $ 4790.78
O. PEMBERTON et al vs. E. Pemberton, judgment for defendant for costs.
W. LEWIS vs. J.J. FULKES, judgment of $10 for plaintiff
C.B. CLARK et al vs. R.W. WYLIE; judgment for plaintiff $128.29
J.P. Parker & Co. vs J. R. HOWELL et al; judgment for plaintiff $101.50
Amy HUGHES vs. G.W. SANFORD; judgment for plaintiff
C.E. GREGORY et al vs. Charles FOX; settled
Joshua ASHCRAFT vs. L.W. DENNY; reappraisement ordered.
G.I.B.A. vs R.D. ROBINSON; judgment $222.42
Jacob POWEL vs B.F. THOMAS; action revived
Newman Lumber Co. vs J.R. ROBINSON; judgment J. MORRIS $179.70
J.S. GOLDCAMP Treas. vs W.H. DONOHOE; judgment for plaintiff $136

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28 JAN 1908


The following letter is from E.B. BURNS, an Ironton boy who is now stationed in the Philippine Islands and will be of interest to his many friends here–Post of Jolo P.I. Dec 08, 1907
Dear Editor, and readers of the Irontonian;
Having a few spare hours before me today, I will write a few lines to the paper. At the writing of this letter I am enjoying the best of health, and having a fairly good time and hope this finds you the same. I have about 15 months to stay here yet. You would be surprised to see the Ironton boys a man meets here in this lonely country. There is fine hunting here and plenty of fruit, such as bananas, oranges pine apples, cocoanuts and mangoes. Dear readers it is full worth any young man’s time to spend two years in the Philippine Island. Our Battery goes to Manila to the Field meet the 18th of this month to compete against the 27 Battery of Mindiane, P.I. I hope we’ll carry off all the medals, as our battery has a good record here. Nothing does me any more good than to receive the good old paper; the Irontonian, and also to receive a letter from Mother.
My dear readers it is now Sunday at 12 o’clock and dinner time and I will have to close for this time. Sending my regards and best wishes to all; also wishing you all a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, I remain a devoted reader of the Irontonian.

Yours Resp’y,
E.B. Burns
28 Mountain Battery Post of Jolo Jolo P.I.




28 Jan 1908

Says the Portsmouth Times :

Jos. SKELTON, an old soldier and native of Lawrence Co., applied at Police Headquarters for transportation to Dayton. He was anxious to return to the National Military Home. He was told the city could not furnish him transportation and was advised to hunt up Dr. Kline or other local Grand Army men who might be able to assist him.


28 Mar 1878

Sarah furnace is doing admirably. Last Saturday, she made 26 tons, on Sunday 28 tons, and on Monday 30 tons, nearly all strictly No. 1. Good judges say the iron has never been excelled. We heard one of the pioneer iron men of this region say that it was equal to the best Scotch pig. The furnace uses native ore exclusively, and all coke, except about 1/12 of tunnel coal, to facilitate the making of gas.



13 August 1911

O.C. BRUMFIELD received a letter Saturday from his brother-in-law JohnBRICE, claim agent for Forepangh-Sells circus, in which he tells of having entertained Will LAIRD, Harry HOPKINS and Wm. CASRNER, with a “circus party” last Thursday at Bolder, Colo. Mr. Brice took supper the same evening with Mr. & Mrs. Hopkins.
Mr. Brice said that he was well and enjoying his work fine.



14 Jan 1908

Mrs. James GALLIHER and daughter Nellie were calling on friends Sunday.
Mrs. William SMITH and daughter Silvy, spent the day with Mrs. LorineGOTHIP Monday.
O.F. KING suffered quite a loss Sunday. His horse had been laid up with a nail in his foot for a week, and in some way Saturday night broke its leg and Sunday they had to shoot it. The horse was valued about one hundred and fifty dollars.
Mr. and Mrs. C.O. SHAFER and children of Huntington were visitors here Sunday.
C. & O. Special Detective Jack BINGHAM and city officer Louis PFEIFFERwere in the village Saturday.
Mrs. Charles MARTIN of Lawrence city was calling on friends here yesterday.
Nick SOUTHERS ‘ cow was hurt very badly sometime Sunday night on a wire fence,
Mrs. Gilbert LEMLEY spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. V.D. Lemley.


17 Aug 1876

Silver Ore.– J.M DEERING returned from Colorado last Sunday morning, in good health and eloquent over his silver prospects. He may return next month; if he does not go himself, he will send a representative to look after his interests. Mr. D. brings with him a large quantity of specimens of silver ore, a selection from which has been left at the REGISTER office for general inspection. It comprises ores from nine lodes in the Burris park district. Of these Mr. Deering is the sole owner of the Little Edith and Gen. Hayes lodes, the former assaying $175 and the latter $400 a ton, and part owner of the Cleopatra mine, the ore of which assays $400. We have also specimens of the Gilt Edge lode, owned by Messrs. FAVERTY, KIRKER, and HIGGINS, which they claim assays $1600 to the ton. There are, too, specimens of the Del Norte lode, Buro Bill proprietor, $1200 assay; the Napoleon, owned by ADAMS, POSEY & Co., John LSUGER and Lewis CROOK, $3200 assay; also a cross lead of the Napoleon, which assays $800. We have specimens of the celebrated Hotchkiss lode, which assays $800 to $6000. Anybody can see these ores who wants to. All are from the San Juan country. The Burris park district is about seven miles square. Mr. D. worked three claims in July with only slight assistance from one man. His lodes are about 20 miles from where Messrs. Kirker, Faverty and Higgins are engaged.

Now in Oregon


13 Aug 1911

Chas. RIKOFF and family who formerly resided on Vernon St. are now nicely located at Eugenia, Ore.
Edward WEBB and Margaret BURNNETT were granted a marriage license Saturday evening. The brides home is at Waterloo but she has been employed in this city

Married Abroad


Thurs. May 24, 1900

Ironton friends of Mr. Alfred CROSSLEY, formerly manager of the Standard Gas Retort and Fire Brick Company here, have received from Yorks, England unique cards announcing the wedding of Mr. Crossley and Miss Sophia DALE. The announcement cards are a novelty. They are folded into four pages held together with white silk ribbon. On the outer cover appear

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