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The Lancaster Semi-Weekly Intelligencer

The Lancaster Semi-Weekly Intelligencer
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Saturday, October 31, 1908



Mrs. Annie Bear.
Mrs. Annie Bear died on Monday night at her home in Brownstown. She was forty-nine years old, and the wife of Jacob Bear. Her children are: Mrs. Adam Hoover, Aaron, Lemon, Elkla and Ivan, all of West Earl. John Harnish, Canada; Jacob and Samuel Harnish, Brownstown, are brothers. Her sisters are: Mrs. Levi Raezer and Mrs. John Stair, Talmage, and Mrs. John Mory, Lancaster. Her funeral took place Thursday afternoon, with interment in Shirk's cemetery.

Mrs. Mary Hess
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Hess took place Thursday morning from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stephen Watson, at Slackwater. She was 84 years old, and the widow of Daniel Hess. Her children are: Mrs. Cyrus Stambaugh, Millersville; D. H., Martin H. and Mrs. Stephen Watson, Conestoga; John F. M., Sterling, Ill.; Henry F., Dixon, Ill., and Mrs. John Beng, Yorklin, Delaware. Fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive.

Mrs. Barbara Rathfon
Mrs. Barbara Rathfon, widow of George Rathfon, died on Tuesday evening at seven o'clock at her home, No. 30 North Charlotte street, from a complication of disease, aged eighty-one years. She was born in Germany, and was a member of the Reformed Mennonite church. The funeral took place on Friday afternoon at two o'clock, with services at the Reformed Mennonite church, Danville, and interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Thomas Wilson Dead
Thomas Wilson died on Monday evening at the home of his son, James Wilson, at Tayloria, in Little Britain township, on Monday. He was in bad health for some time., but on last Friday took a turn for thw orse. The deceased was in the eighty-sixth year of his age, and a member of the Friends' church. He leaves two children, James, with whom he lived, and Mrs. Maude Deaver, wife of Lewis Deaver, of Oxford. The funeral took place at ten o'clock on Thursday morning, with interment at the Eastland Friends' meeting house.

Death of an Infant
Columbia, Oct. 28 - Earl D. Koller, aged six months and 15 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Koller, of No. 18 Lancaster avenue, died at 5 o'clock last evening, of cholera infantum. The funeral will be held on Thursday at 12:30 o'clock from the house and 1 o'clock from Salome U.B. church. Interment at Silver Spring.

Adam Keen
Adam Keen, of Eden township, died at his residence, near Quarryville, on Thursday evening, at 8 o'clock. His death was not unexpected. Until a year ago he had enjoyed good health and seldom missed a day of work on his farm despite his age, but during the past year he began to fail in health and gradually grew worse with rheumatism and diseases incident to old age. The deceased was 78 years of age. He was a son of the late Henry Keen, who was one of the pioneers of the Lower End, a lime burner, farmer, and businessman, who at the time of his death in 1879 owned several fine farms and was one of the most substantial men in the county. Deceased was educated in the common schools and remaining with his parents until he was 30 years of age. In 1859 he married Mary A. Herr, a daughter of the late John Herr. He has been a farmer all his life, and an active participant in the affairs of his neighborhood, serving with great credit as a school director for about 25 years; and a member of the German Reformed Church, of New Providence, for forty years. In politics, he has always been a Republican, but never a partisan, thoroughly independent acting with the same good judgement in selecting public servants that characterized his business movements.
In fact Ad. Keen, as he was familiarly known, was a man of not only more than ordinary attainments, but of the highest type of character. A plain, unpretentious citizen and rational man, his word was as good as his bond, and he enjoyed perhaps more popularity and warm friendship than most men of his day, by reason of his rugged honesty, strength of character and loyalty to his friends. And he will be sadly missed not only by his immediate family, but in a wide circle of friends.
Deceased is survived by his wife and the following children: William B. Keen, Quarryville, Harry Keen, of Lancaster, and Mrs. William J. Hess, of Quarryville. His funeral will take place on Sunday, at 10 o'clock, at the house, and eleven at the Reformed Church, New Providence, where the services will be held. Interment at the Church graveyard.

William Baker
William Baker, a former rewident of this county, was buried on Wednesday at his home in Edison, Berks county. He was a life-long member of Muddy Creek Lutheran church. Charles Baker of Reamstown, is a son. Mrs. Albert Rupp, of Reamstown, and Mrs. Henry Showalter, of Stevens, are sisters.

Absalom Gochenour
Absalom Gochenour died on Wednseday at home, near New Providence, after an illness of a year. He was fifity years old, and a member of the New Providence Church of God. His wife and these children survive: Virgie, widow of John Resse; Hettie, wife of James Higgins, New Providence, and Cecelia, wife of John Gerlach, of Refton.His funeral will take place this morning with serices in the Mennonite church at New Providence, and interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Death of an Infant
Beatrice M., infant daughter of Frank L. and Helen (Boyer) Steinman, died this morning at her parents' home, No. 415 Lancaster avenue, in her fourteenth month. The funeral will be held this afternoon from her parents' home at one p.m. with interment at Fairview cemetery at Manheim.

Mrs. Israel Jones
Columbia, Oct. 29 - Mrs. Lavinia Jones, wife of Israel Jones, died on Tuesday at the home of her son, Elmer E. Jones, No. 4546 North Nineteenth street, Philadelphia. Mrs. Jones was a former resident of Columbia, having made her home with her cousin, Squire C.H. Stover. The funeral will be held from her late home at 1 p.m. Saturday.

John M. Thome
Lititz, Oct. 29 - As Dr. P.J. Roebuck was arranging his desk Monday he discovered a letter which had slipped between some papers, and had never been opened. He opened it and found that it came from H. Dearing, general baggage agent of the Michigan Central Railroad Company, Chicago, Ill., and was dated October 6th. It stated that Mrs. Roebuck's brother, John M. Thome, the astronomer, died at Cordelia, Argentine Republic, S.A., September 28th. Mr. Dearing had received a cablegram, and supposed the doctor had been notified, but wanted to make sure of the fact. he wrote that he had heard no details as yet, but had received a letter from Prof. Thome two weeks before his death in reference to his son, John Paul, who was attending an agriculture college at Lansing, Mich., in which he said nothing to indicate that his health was not good. Prof. Thome was married to Mr. Dearing's sister. The news was a great shock to Mrs. Roebuck, who has heard nothing further since.

Miss Catharine Coho
Miss Catharine Coho died on Thirsday afternoon at the home of of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Catharine Coho, No. 712 Columbia avenue, from a complication of disease, aged 75 years. She was born in Schuykill county and for a number of years resided at Schuykill Haven. She also resided for some time at the home of her brother-in-law, R.D. Herr, of Refton. She was a member of the Reformed church. Two brothers survive, Martin, of Harttford, and Frank, of this city. The funeral will take place this afternoon at three o'clock, with interment in Lancaster cemetery.

Jacob Foltz
The funeral of Jacob Foltz took place on Friday from his residence, near Sporting Hill, Rapho township. Services were held at the house at 9 o'clock, at the Sporting Hill Union church at 9:30 o'clock, and were conducted by Revs John B. Snavely and A.S. Hottenstein. He died on Tuesday after a long illness, aged 76 years. One daughter survives, Mrs. Annie Floyd, wife of Peter Floyd, of East Petersburg.

Mrs. Henry Ottohofer
Mrs. Bernadine Doyle Ottohofer, wife of Henry Ottohofer, died Friday morning at her home on High street, from spinal meningitis after a brief illness. She was thirty-five years old, and is survived by her husband.

Israel P. Mayer
Israel P. Mayer, a former well known man of Lancaster, died Friday morning at his home at Landisville. He had been ill for about four weeks from a complication of diseases. He was in the fifty-ninth year of his age, wand was born in East Hempfield township. For many years he resided in this city, and extensively carried on the business of a building contractor. He moved from here to Landisville where he conducted a hotel. His wife, who survives him, was Elizabeth Deitrich, and their only child is Miss Anna E. Mayer. The brothers of the deceased are: John, of Trinidad, California; Abraham, of Indianapolis; Christian, of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Emma Lichty, of Cordelia. The funeral takes place on Sunday at 1:30 from the home of the deceased, with interment in the Lutheran cemetery.



Phares B. Ginder, of Mount Joy township, and Miss Susie G. ZUg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Zug, of Mastersonville, were married on Tuesday, by Rev. S.R. Zug, of Elizabethtown. They left on a wedding trip.

On Thursday afternoon, Ralph B. Rhoads and Miss Lilllie M. Shank, both of Lampeter, were united in marriage by Rev. D.G. Glass, at his residence, 526 South Duke street. There were no attendants.

Abraham G. H. Kreider, of this city, and Miss Joanna Hatten, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Hatten, of Canton, Pa., were married on October 14 at Canton by Rev. George W.S. Wenrich.

Dr. A.S. Blough, of Elizabethtown, this county, and Mrs. Julia Woomer, widow, of Lebanon, were privately wedded in Lebanon on Thursday evening by Rev. Dr. William E. Stahler, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, at the parsonage. Thne bridegroom, in addition to being a practicing physician, is well known as a ball player, having been a member of several Tri-State clubs. He was tried out by the Lancaster club.

Luther A. Trostle, of near Maytown, and Miss Emma E. Baker, of East Donegal township, were married on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the parsonage of Grace Lutheran church, by Rev. Dr. C.E. Haupt. They will reside at Maytown.

Ralph Reynolds, of this city, and Mrs. Minnie B. Spickler, of Mount Joy, were married on Wednesday afternoon at four o'clock at the parsonage of Grace Lutheran church by Rev. Dr. C.E. Haupt. After a wedding trip they will reside in this city.

David J. Wolf, of Eden township, and Mrs. Cora E. Smeltz, of Strasburg, Lancaster county, were married this morning in St. Stephen's Lutheran church, this city, by the Rev. E. Meister. Mr. and Mrs. Wolf will reside in Eden township, this county.



Marietta, Oct. 28 - Charles Slider since Saturday has been carrying his right arm in a sling because of a badly wrenched shoulder. The accident occurred at Lancaster, Saturday afternoon during the progress of a football game between representatives of Lancaster and Marietta. The score was something like 29 to 0 in favor of the city aggregation. On next Saturday the Marietta boys will attempt to defeat a Mount Joy team at the home of the latter.
Miss Ada Folkenroth, of York, is the guest of Miss Maud M. Eshleman, just east of town.
Miss Elva Brandt, of Mount Joy, is the guest of her aunt, Miss Maria Brandt.
Mrs. A.A. Knoch and two sons, of York, are visiting the former's mother, Mrs. Cathrine McNeal.



A Man Found With Bullet Hole In His Head
The body of an unknoen white man, who is supposed to have been murdered, was found lying along the east bank of the Susquehanna river in Cecil county, Maryland. The place is near what is known as "The Point," and close to the Baltimore & Ohio railroad bridge. There was a bullet hole in the back of the man's head, and to his ankles were fastened several iron fish plates. From appearances the man was between thirty and forty years of age, and he was dressed better than an ordinary working man. In his clothes, thirty-eight cents were found, but there were no papers or marks of any kind which would lead to the identification of the man. The body was given over to an undertaker of the neighborhood to prepare it for burial, and the railroad officials will see that it is buried.
The case is attended with a great deal of mystery, yet there is no doubt it was a murder. It is believed that the man was first shot, and the irons were placed upon his feet to sink the body. The low tide of Monday morning caused it to become exposed, and when found it was standing erect in the mud. Efforts are being made to unravel the mystery, and ascertain where a man is missing.


Royal Arcanum Have a Good Time
Conestoga Council, No. 463 of the Royal Arcanum, held a large meeting in their hall in the Kepler building on North Queen street on Tuesday evening. There were two members initiated, and one of these was the fourth son of Morris Levy, the well tobacco man, who now has four sons members of the order, viz.: Monroe, Louis, Harry and Milton. After the business had been finished a Hallowe'en social was held, at which short addresses were made by Dr. H. R. Kellogg, W.O. Frailey, Dr. M.L. Chadman, W.J. Robinson, Willard E. Foehl, Dr. J.M. Shartle and others.


A Puddler Injured
Columbia, Oct. 29 - Andrew Redman, a puddler employed in the Columbia rolling mill of the Susquehanna Iron company, was a victim of a painful accident in which he made a narrow escape from being killed at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday night. Redman had just taken a ball of iron, weighing probably 200 pounds from his furnace. This he clutched with the tongs, which are hung on an overhead track, after which he started to shove the "telegraph," as it is called, to the squeezer. While trhe machine was in motion The wheels jumped the track overhead and and fell to the ground causing Redman to fall. He sustained a bad cut on the top of his head and also a severe sprain to his right shoulder.
The first finger of his left hand was caught under the tongs and the finger was so badly crushed that a surgeon was compelled to insert several stitches. It will be several days before Redman will be able to resume work.



Charles Stauffer, of Marietta, Injured on the P. R. R.
Marietta, Oct. 28 - Another Mariettan was last evening added to the long list of victims of railroad accidents when Charles Stauffer, married, and probably thirty years of age, was maimed for life. He had been in Columbia and boarded a west bound freight on the low-grade line to come home. The train was running faster all the time and somewhere opposite the the Vesta furnace, just below town, he decided to get off. He was thrown violently to the ground, his hands and face lacerated and his right foort terribly crushed. Notwithstanding all of this he arose and walked a distance of at least three squares to Wittig's Hotel, on Front street at the eastern end of town, John J. Ziegler, the base ball pitcher, promptly hitched up one of his father's teams and brought the unfortunate man to the office of Dr. H.W. Howden, in Centre Square. Dr. George R. Reich was also summoned, and it was determined the best place for Stauffer was the Columbia Hospital; to which institution he was taken by Mr. Zeigler. The injured man's father, John Stauffer and some others accompanied him. Stauffer was getting weak from loss of blood, and it was wonderful that he was able to get along al all. He will lose at least a portion of his right foot and probably all of it.



An Italian Who Killed a State Trooper Executed at Reading
Reading, Pa., Oct. 29 - Salvatore Garrito was executed in the jail here to-day for the murder of Timothy Kelleher, of Pittsburg, a member of the state police. It was feared that he would be troublesome, but the hanging passed off without a hitch. The drop fell at 10:15 a. m. The only persons present were those permitted by law.
Salvatore Garrito's crime was the murder of State Trooper Timothy Kelleher, a member of the company located near this city. On a Saturday evening last September, Kelleher, who had been in Reading on a purchasing trip, was walking towards the barracks, when on the outskirts of the city he was startled by the screams of a woman. She was Bertha Bernhart, belonging to the lower strata of society, who had willingly accompanied Garrito and a companion for over a mile. The two Italians finally attacked her, and her screams attracted Kelleher, who felled the foreigners to the earth. Both retaliated, and Garrito plunged a ten inch, stiletto into the brave trooper's abdomen. Next morning his body was found and the story of the crime rapidly developed. The Italaians were arrested in New York state and Bertha Bernhart was the principal witness in the case. Garrito to his dying hour maintained that he acted in self-defense, because he was attacked in the dark and he did not know who Kelleher was. The other Italian is serving a 12-years' sentence in the penitentiary for his part in the crime.
Garrito killed a man in Italy, it is said, and for that reason fled to America.

Negro Executed
York, Pa., Oct. 29 - Richard McKwayne, colored was hanged in the jail here this morning for murder. A small number of persons witnessed the hanging, which was without unusual incident.
McKwayne shot and killed E. Warren Peterson, colored, on October 14, 1907, at Menges Mills. Both men were employed on the construction gang of the Hanover & York trolley line. Peterson was boss of the gang. McKwayne quit work and demanded his money. Peterson told him that he would have to wait until pay day. McKwayne withdrew and returned with two revolvers and fired four shots into Peterson's body and fled to his home at Charlotte, N. C., where he was located by the Pennsylvania State Constabulary. He was tried last April and convicted. September 29 was fixed for his execution, but Governor Stuart ganted a reprieve for thirty days, and the pardon board was appealed to, but refused to interfere.


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