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Lawrence County, Ohio old Crimes and Ohio State Penitentiary Facts

LAWRENCE COUNTY, OHIO MIXED COURT AND POLICE HAPPENINGS

IRONTON REGISTER
 28 March 1878

Submitted by Martha J. (Kounse) Martin

   The delegation from this county to the Penitentiary, as made up last Saturday morning, was composed of four persons, viz: Wenzler SCHLINDER, Clark SHEPPARD, 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 Albert HURSEMAN 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.


IRONTON REGISTER
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.


MORNING IRONTONIAN
14 Jan 1920  

                                         HUDDLE CASE IS CONTINUED 

   The case of George HUDDLE  vs. the STROEHMAN Baking company which 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.                      


                     FEEBLE MINDED YOUTH ORDERED COMMITTED TO HOME

MORNING IRONTONIAN
 13 Aug 1911

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


                                                            COURT NEWS

SEMI WEEKLY IRONTONIAN
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 Obe MEYER, Joseph DAVIDSON and George SHEPPARD, appointed commissioners.

      J.C. RILEY allowed $200 for services in assisting prosecuting attorney in the LEMLEY 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 Fillgrove confirmed  and proceeds of  same $23 ordered divided as follows.: to Conrad STAKER, 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 counch fee to Jed  B. BIBBEE, $25 and guardian fee to Louis SCHNEIDER, $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   


SEMI WEEKLY IRONTONIAN 
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.


 IRONTON REGISTER
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 affiant 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.


  IRONTON REGISTER
13 March 1879

                                          GONE TO THE PENITENTIARY

     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 Hugh SWEENEY’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 acount 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.