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The Evening Bee
Monday, September 17, 1906
SPILLS BOILING WATER ON BABY
Little Brother Was Cause of Probably Fatal Accident, Losing Hold on Kettle He Was Carrying OROVILLE (Butte Co.), September 17 - A horrible affair took place here yesterday when the 6-months-old baby girl of J.E. DONNELLY and wife of this city, was severely scalded. It is feared she will die from her injuries. The baby was lying asleep in a carriage in the kitchen when one of the smaller boys in the family attempted to carry a kettle of boiling water from one part of the room to another. In doing so he lifted it above the carriage in which the baby was sleeping and as he did so stumbled and fell, the boiling water streaming over the back and neck of the child. A doctor was called and treatment accorded the infant immediately, but the scalding was so severe, it is feared the child will die.
Candlestick Driven Through His Thumb
GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), September 17 - His right hand pinned to a heavy timber by a miner’s candlestick through the thumb, William REESE gritted his teeth and with his left hand pulled the blade out and released the hand and hurried to this city for medical attention. The injury was purely accidental. At the moment REESE placed his hand against the timber a fellow workman in the Brunswick Mine, without stopping to look, thrust his sharp, round-pointed candlestick into the heavy beam. The thin blade passed clear through the bone and flesh in the middle of the thumb and then into the wood for a considerable depth. Prompt medical attention has saved REESE from blood poisoning.
Stockton Man Has Left Leg Cut Off
AUBURN (Placer Co.), September 17 - Frank M. McALLISTER, a young man whose home is in Stockton, was run over here yesterday and his left leg cut off below the knee. McALLISTER, who had been drinking, started to board a west-bound passenger train after it had left the depot and was under considerable speed. He missed the car railing, and the force of the train threw him beneath the wheels. He would have been killed but for the aid of Byron O’CONNOR, who pulled him from beneath the train before his body was crushed by the wheels.
SON IS FORCED TO KILL FATHER
Insane David Williams Made Threats Against Life Of Family, And Is Shot As He Came Toward House RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), September 17 - News was received here yesterday afternoon of the killing of David WILLIAMS, an old and respected resident of the country around Paskenta, about thirty-five miles west of this city, by his son, Tracy WILLIAMS.
Only meager details of this tragedy were obtainable at first, and it was reported that the son had been compelled to shoot the old man on account of the father being afflicted with a homicidal mania. Deputy Sheriff W.E. FLORENCE was sent out to the WILLIAMS place Saturday to take the old man in custody on the charge of being insane, and the shooting took place before the arrival of the officer.
Sheriff Jud W. BOYD, Coroner Ed F. LENNON, District Attorney M.G. GILL and Court Reporter Ed de St. MAURICE started in a automobile last evening about 6 o’clock for the scene of the tragedy, and returned this morning with the full particulars.
It appears that WILLIAMS, who was insane, had been threatening to kill members of his family for some time. Yesterday morning he was in an ugly mood, and for this reason a gun he carried was taken away from him. About 4 in the afternoon the old man was seen making a stealthy approach to the home of his son-in-law, John J. OSBORNE. He exercised great caution, and every now and then would hide behind a tree.
From his conduct, the members of the household assumed he had secured a weapon somewhere and was returning to put his crazed-brain threats into execution. His son, Tracy WILLIAMS, after hesitation, picked up a rifle, and stepping outside, fired two shots, killing the old man instantly. One shot entered the left breast and the other the right shoulder. The Coroner’s jury returned a verdict of justifiable homicide.
Mrs. M.E. Dittmar Is At Deaths Door
REDDING (Shasta Co.), September 17 - Mrs. M.E. DITTMAR was stricken unconscious Friday afternoon and has lain in a comatose condition ever since. A consultation of four physicians has been held at which it was decided that she was suffering from cerebral hemorrhage. There is little hope for her recovery.
The husband, M.E. DITTMAR, is editor of Mineral Wealth, and managing director of the Great Western Gold Company. He was at Trinity Center Friday evening, when he was advised of his wife’s serious condition. He drove to Delta, where a special train was waiting to convey him to Redding. He arrived at 4 o’clock Saturday morning, but Mrs. DITTMAR gave him no recognition.
Mrs. DITTMAR was County Superintendent of Schools from 1896 to 1899. She was Miss BOYD when she was elected and was married to Mr. DITTMAR during her term of office.
Western Nevada State News
ACCUSED CITIZEN DEFIES SHERIFF
Tired of Being Charged With Murder, He Calls On Sheriff to Arrest Him If He Holds Proof He Claims TONOPAH (Nev.), September 17 - Newton CRUMLEY, a business man of Tonpah, has demanded that Sheriff Thomas McMAHON either produce proof that CRUMLEY killed Stewart BURNEY and Ton KEENAN, who were murdered recently on the outskirts of the camp, or else retract his statements to the effect that CRUMLEY is guilty of the crime.
“For some time McMAHON has been openly charging me with this crime,” said CRUMLEY. “In the presence of responsible witnesses he says that he possesses evidence that will convict me, but that out of sympathy for me and my family he does not wish to act. I have $500 which I will pay over to McMAHON when he produces this proof or obtains my conviction. As an officer he should act. If I am guilty I should suffer.”
CRUMLEY scoffs at the alleged statements of the Sheriff and says that he is innocent of the remotest part in the crime.
Gambler Kills Messenger Boy
GOLDFIELD (Nev.), September 17 - One of the most cold-blooded murders ever committed in a Nevada mining camp occurred at 2 o’clock Sunday morning, when john MORITZ, aged 19, was shot to death by Jack THOMPSON, a gambler. MORITZ was a messenger for the telephone company, and had occasion to visit one of the notorious dance halls in the red light district. It is said that he accidentally bumped into THOMPSON, who was dancing, and somewhat under the influence of liquor. THOMPSON swore at the boy and threatened to “fix” him later.
About 2 o’clock in the morning MORITZ was passing by the Del Monte saloon on a wheel, when THOMPSON drew a gun and fired, one shot striking MORITZ in the hip. He fell from his machine, and THOMPSON deliberately walked up to the fallen boy, leaned over him, and fired another fatal shot. Indignation is at a high pitch, and there is talk of lynching.
Doctor Is Accused of Criminal Act
RENO (Nev.), September 17 - A warrant will be issued to-day for the arrest of Dr. E.E. WICHMAN, who is charged by Miss Lillie BENSON, aged 16 years, with performing a criminal abortion. The girl says the physician offered to do the work for $50 and that she paid him $25. The physician says the girl came to him suffering from self-inflicted injury, that he called to her parents and operated to save her life. The girl is said to be dying from infection. WICHMAN is a prominent young man about the city.
One Miner Killed and Another Dying
GOLDFIELD (Nev.), September 17 - A fatal accident occurred at the TRUETT lease on the Mohawk, last Saturday night, as a result of which Thomas C. LEAHY, a miner, was killed, and Peter McNULTY was seriously wounded.
They and two others miners were being hoisted to the surface in a bucket. Before they reached half way to the top the cross head from the hoist fell from the top of the shaft, striking LEAHY on the head and crushing his skill. The heavy timber also struck McNULTY.
There were both held in the bucket by their companions, but when the bucket reached the surface LEAHY was dead and McNULTY was insensible. The latter is at a hospital with slight chances of recovery.
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The Evening Bee
Thursday, September 20, 1906
FIND DECOMPOSED BODY OF JOHN McKEEL TEN DAYS AFTER SUICIDE Lived on Freeman Ranch Near Smartsville With No Near Neighbors GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), September 20 - Ten days ago John McKEEL, an aged and lonely ranch hand, committed suicide. His body was cut down yesterday in a terrible state of decomposition. Word of the suicide was brought here last night by Coroner HOCKING, who handled the case. McKEEL ended his life on the Freeman ranch, eighteen miles below here, in the southwestern corner of the county.
McKEEL had been employed about the Freeman place for some time, being an old resident of that part of the county. When the FREEMAN family went to the mountains on a pleasure trip he was left in charge of the place. He slept on the second floor of a granary, the ceiling being but a couple of feet above his head.
Tuesday Mrs. DEMPSEY, a neighboring ranch woman, in passing through the place on her way to town was struck by the absence of life about the premises. The watering troughs were empty giving evidence that nobody had been there for days. She investigated somewhat, but the sickening odor from the upper floor of the granary caused her to leave in a hurry. She told her experiences at Smartsville, in Yuba County.
Captain BITTNER, a mine-owner, accompanied by a boy, returned to the ranch, but were unable to approach the bed, owing to odor from the decomposing body. They immediately sent word to Coroner HOCKING, thinking that McKEEL had died a natural death. The Coroner and Dr. BROWN arrived in the evening, but did not approach the corpse, after realizing the condition of the body.
Yesterday morning they returned and to the Coroner’s amazement he found that McKEEL had committed suicide. He had tied one end of his suspenders to a rafter two feet above the bed, noosed the other end around his neck and then lay down and calmly strangled to death. The body lay on the bed, with the head slightly elevated. He could have saved himself at any time had he so desired.
McKEEL was last seen alive a week ago last Sunday. The ranch house is several miles from a neighbor’s and is seldom visited. It is thought McKEEL that night ended his life. He was attired in his underclothes. But little is known of the dead man, though he had lived around Spenceville and Smartsville for many years. He was a native of New York aged about seventy years. He leaves a nephew, Jake McKEEL, at Smartsville. The Coroner made a rude coffin out of ranch lumber, placed the body in a ranch wagon and took it to Smartsville for interment, after conducting the inquest.
RUNAWAY HORSES CHARGE DOWN GRADE
Stage Load of Passengers Narrowly Escape Mutilation and Death on Steep Mountain Side YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), September 20 - Yesterday as the Scott Valley four horse stage was coming up the mountain on the T. JONES side, the driver, Frank NEILON, saw an immense cloud of dust about 300 yards ahead of him, and from the rumbling noise he came to the conclusion that it must be a runaway team.
MILLER Brothers are hauling logs down the mountain to their sawmill, using large heavy trucks. It appears that one of the teams got away from the driver and charged down the narrow mountain road. As soon as NEILON saw the team he pulled his stage as close to a fence as possible, feeling certain that there would be a collision. He had six passengers, none of whom had time to jump when the runaway team reached the lead horses of the stage. NEILON reached forward and cut them across the face with his whip, which turned them slightly up the mountain side and proved the salvation of the stage and its passengers. When the heavy truck passed the stage one of the passengers said that there was not a half inch of space between the hubs. The passengers cannot say too much for the coolness and good judgement of Driver NEILON.
STAGE DRIVER INJURED AND LIKELY TO DIE
QUINCY (Plumas Co.), September 20 - When the stage from New Mohawk to Quincy, which is due to arrive about 1:30 a.m., was about twelve miles from Quincy Monday night, the lead span of horses in some way became detached and in an attempt to hold them Andy SWINGLE, an old-time stage man, and one of the owners of the line, was dragged from the seat and seriously injured. His upper jaw was broken it two places, and he sustained severe cuts about the head.
Judge J.E. RAKER and two more passengers succeeded in stopping the team. Medical aid for SWINGLE was summoned as quickly as possible. Judge RAKER drove the stage to town and SWINGLE was brought in the next day from the Pioneer Hotel, where he was taken after the accident. He may not survive.
NOW FACES THIRD HEARING IN COURT
J.B. Graves, Accused of Assault with Deadly Weapon, Must at Last Stand Trial on Old Charge WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), September 20 - In the Superior Court yesterday Judge BARTLETT denied a writ of habeas corpus asked for in the case of J.B. GRAVES, the mining man of Carrville, who is now facing in the Justice’s Court the third complaint for the same offense - that of an assault with a deadly weapon, alleged to have been made upon Frank CHAPMAN at Carrville on March 19th last.
The case has had many ins and out. First GRAVES was bound over for trial in the Superior Court, but his case was dismissed because the earthquake holidays prevented his trial coming within the statutory time. He was immediately rearrested on complaint No. 2. He was called up in Carrville for a preliminary examination, and then for good cause the examination was transferred to Weaverville. Objection was made by GRAVES’ attorney, who asked for a writ of prohibition from the Superior Court. This was denied, and an appeal was taken to the Appellate Court.
The District Attorney moved last week that complaint No. 2 be dismissed. This was done, and then complaint No. 3, alleging the same old offense, was sworn to. GRAVES’ attorney tried habeas corpus yesterday and lost. Now GRAVES must face a preliminary examination in Justice BARBER’s Court in this place a week from to-day. The appeal on complaint No. 2 is dead.
Found Dead in Bed After Several Days
NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), September 20 - News reached here yesterday of the terrible death at Syracuse, New York, of Meyer C. DAVIS. Davis at one time resided here and was widely known. He was engaged in mining during his residence in this city and became popular on every side. He wooed and won Miss May GOYNE, a charming and attractive girl of this city, and the pair went East to make their home.
According to the news, MEYER, who occupied a room in an apartment house, was missing for several days and the odor form his room finally caused the janitor to break in. He found the badly decomposed body in bed. DAVIS has been dead for days, and from the condition of the bed had died in agony. It is thought his death was due to acute alcoholism, as of late he had been drinking very hard. To gratify his desire for liquor he had sold piecemeal nearly everything in the room. What has become of his wife is not known, as they had not been living together for some time.
CREIGHTON SENDS NO WORD TO REDDING
Shasta Assemblyman and Attorney Is Given Up For Lost and Rumor Has It He Is In Honolulu REDDING (Shasta Co.), September 20 - All hope that Assemblyman J.H. CREIGHTON will ever return to Shasta County has been abandoned by Department Two of the Superior Court, where he has two cases pending. As told in The Bee last week the A.H. NORRED case had to be continued after Court and witnesses had waited two days for CREIGHTON, who was attorney for NORRED, to put in an appearance. Judge BUSH appointed new attorneys yesterday for NORRED so that the trial of the case may proceed on September 26th, the date to which it was continued. CREIGHTON’s disappearance has caused no end of comment among his friends and members of the bar. He has left a wife and children in Redding and given them no intimation, so far as the public knows, of where he was going or why he left them. He had a good practice in the Courts and was honorable in his business dealings. There was no cause so far as the public is aware, for his sudden disappearance.
One rumor has it that he has gone to Honolulu, and another that he went to Missouri. He was last seen in Redding two weeks ago.
Accused of “Doing Up” Cisco People
TRUCKEE (Nevada Co.), September 20 - Frank DuBOIS was arrested here by Constable SCHLUMPF on an eastbound passenger train Wednesday morning upon the receipt of a telegram from Constable L.S. KEELEY, of Cisco. He was taken off the train and lodged in the town jail until the arrival of the Cisco officer. DuBOIS is charge with securing goods under false pretenses and endeavoring to escape with the property by stealing a two-horse team and wagon. Constable KEELEY returned with his prisoner yesterday. DuBOIS denies the charge and says it is nothing but spite work on the part of a few people in the town. He was well dressed and had on his person nearly $400 in bills. He was on his way to Chicago.
The Evening Bee
Thursday, September 20, 1906
Diphtheria Afflicts Three of the Family
GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), September 20 - Three members of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Louis PARDINI are suffering from diphtheria and the entire ranch has been quarantined. Dr. J.T. JONES was called to the PARDINI home yesterday afternoon, and at first glance pronounced the cases diphtheria. He is also County Health Officer and immediately put the whole place in quarantine. The ranch is at New Town, about three miles from here. It is thought the children became infected at the home of an Italian at Nevada City, whose residence was quarantined a few days ago. The boys seem to be doing nicely, though the little girl is in a bad way.
Mayor Will Sue
VALLEJO ( Solano Co.), September 20 - After many weeks of wrangling, Mayor MADIGAN has announced his intention of suing the George H. TAY company of San Francisco for $7,500, the amount paid this San Francisco firm for pipe for the municipal water system main line extension which is light in weight. The charter provides that the Board of City Trustees shall provide the funds to carry on such a suit, but up to date the Board has refused to do this, as it is opposed to the actions of the Mayor.
REDDING (Shasta Co.), September 20 - F.A. BOYLE, an electrician and recently from Sacramento, committed suicide this morning a mile and a half this side of Anderson, near the railyard. Ill health probably was the cause. He first tied a handkerchief round his neck and to a fence post but not succeeding tied wire to the fence and then slowly strangled to death.
WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), September 20 - A stranger giving the name of D.C. HOLBART yesterday passed a bogus check for $6.50 on C.D. MOR__N, a local merchant, receiving $4 in change. He has not been caught.
VALLEJO (Solano Co.), September 20 - Louis WEST, the burglar, arrested in this city early yesterday morning, as told in last night’s Bee, while acting in a suspicious manner, confessed late last evening to Chief of Police STANFORD that he is wanted for eleven burglaries and one check passing in this section of the State.
Since the first of September he has committed eleven burglaries. He robbed stores in Santa Rosa, Napa, Sebastopol, San Rafael and Oakland. He passed a forged check in Petaluma and stole a bicycle and held up a Japanese in Napa.
G.A.R. Veteran Dead
LODI (San Joaquin Co.), September 20 - George HYDE, a Civil War veteran and a pioneer of California, died yesterday at Woodbridge. He had been quite feeble for some time and his death did not come as a surprise. He was a member of Hartford Post, G.A.R., and the funeral will be held in Woodbridge to-morrow under the auspices of that Order.
THROWN IN DITCH BY LOCOMOTIVE
Fred Meyer Knocked From Trestle and Seriously Injured
Fred MEYER, aged about 45 years, of 506 Rose Avenue, Chicago, was struck yesterday afternoon by a train while crossing a trestle in Yolo County, a few miles from this city, and was seriously injured. MEYER was walking along the trestle when the train approached, and was unable to get across before the locomotive bore down upon him. He was struck and knocked into a ditch alongside the track, where he remained all night. He was found this morning by two railroad track travelers, who walked into the city and reported the matter to the railroad authorities. A locomotive was sent out, and MEYER was placed on a car and brought to this city. He was taken to the Receiving Hospital, where City Physician Dr. H.L. NICHOLS attended his injuries. He was subsequently removed to the County Hospital. MEYER had two ribs broken, and was internally injured. He also suffered greatly from exposure, as he remained helpless in the ditch all night. MEYER says he is a blacksmith by occupation, and that he has a wife and five children in Chicago.
HAPPENINGS AROUND THE BAY
Carpenters Fall - The staging round a new building on Mission Street, near Seventeenth, collapsed yesterday afternoon, and five carpenters fell with it to the ground, a distance of sixteen feet. Two of the men, James A. HANSEN, 1006 Valencia Street and Van ALLSTEAD, 69 East Street, were seriously injured.
What Is the Zone? - The Committee of seven managers of the insurance companies which was appointed some weeks ago by the Board of Fire Underwriters for the purpose of considering the request for a differential rate for companies using an earthquake clause in their policies, has arranged to obtain from a geologist a statement as to what part of the Pacific Coast is subject to earthquakes, that it may define the zone in which the differential rate can be used, the idea being to limit this low rate for earthquake-clause companies in the earthquake zone.
More Hotels Wanted - A serious situation faces San Francisco in the lack of hotel accommodations. Last night in eight of the largest hotels not a room was vacant, and people were sleeping on cots in the halls. The St. Francis turned away about _00 people during the day and the other hotels were full before nightfall. The situation has reached that stage where a traveler must wire ahead and engage rooms several days in advance if he wants to be sure that accommodations await him.
Oakland Wants Size - Hereafter an applicant for a position on Oakland’s Police force must stand 5 feet 9 inches in his stocking feet instead of 5 feet _ inches as in the past.
Advising With Friends - Mrs. Hermann OELRICHS has all San Francisco and New York society guessing. It is admitted that as a tentative proposition she may want to contest the will of her husband on the ground that the $400,000 or $500,000 bequeathed by OELRICHS to his blood relatives, friends and dependents was not his own fortune, but was money derived from her own property and that of her relatives. Mrs. OELRICHS is consulting her attorneys here on that subject. Some of her prominent society friends have also been brought into the conference.
Frat Dog Bites Girl - Miss Ruth McDONALD, daughter of M. Jasper McDONALD, of Cloyne Court, Berkeley, was attacked and badly bitten by a vicious bull terrier, property of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Threatened with arrest by the irate father, the student who owned the dog had the animal killed.
Ruins Still Falling - A wall about ten feet in hight fell yesterday without warning at the northeast corner of Kearny and Sutter Streets, and Frank TOPPIANO, an Italian laborer, who was working in the basement, was buried in the falling debris. He was hauled out by his fellow workmen and taken to the Harbor Emergency Hospital where Drs. HILL and MAGNUS found that five of his ribs on the right side had been fractured.
Victim of the Drops - Hovering between life and death, Michael S. GUNNING, a young man who lives at 1129 Steiner Street, lies at the Oakland Receiving Hospital suffering from a dose of knock-out drops administered to him by alleged hold-up men for the purpose of robbery. One of the men has been arrested as a suspect.
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The Saturday Bee
September 22, 1906
Three Marysville Couples Made Happy During Past Week - Other Young Folks Announce Engagements MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), September 22 - Three couples were made happy here this week through the issuance of marriage licenses by Cupid EASTMAN. They are as follows: Charles MUNKITTRICK and Cora BISHOP, both of Colusa; George F. PIERCE and Addie F. CHANNON, of Live Oak; Clark JOHNSON of Browns Valley, and Miss Elizabeth V. HILL, of Bangor.
Invitations were issued this week by Mr. and Mrs. S. LAWCK, announcing the engagement of their daughter, Miss Sadie Dorothy, to Frank A. BITTINGSTEIN, of Oakland. The wedding will be celebrated in this city Sunday evening, October 7th.
John BLUE and Miss Josie MURRAY, both of this city, have announced their engagement and will be wedded here October 5th.
Daisy Mary FIELDS was granted an interlocutory decree of divorce from her husband, T.W. FIELDS, Jr., on the grounds of failure to provide. An action for divorce on the grounds of failure to provide was commenced by Maggie KOCH, of this city, against her husband, Antone KOCH, of Sutter County.
WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), September 22 - The following marriage license was issued the past week: Elmer L. LOSEE, of Elmira, and Miss Josephine M. BETZ, of Winters; Clarence L. GATES, of Vacaville, and Miss Andria UHLMAN, of Winters.
OROVILLE (Butte Co.), September 22 - Marriage licenses were issued as follows during the past week: George Oscar HANDY, aged 35, and Miss Bessie MITCHELL, aged 18, both of Chico; Louis DE BOW, aged 23, resident of San Francisco, and Tina EISNER, aged over 18, of Oroville; Harry Clinton REYNOLDS, aged 25, and Grace May RALLTER, aged 18, both of Gridley; Lee WALLACE, aged 21, of Berry Creek, and Mary JONES, aged 18, of Berry Creek. Mabel E. HEDRICK has brought suit for divorce from Harry J. HEDRICK, on the ground of desertion, and Kate OWENS has brought suit from Frank OWENS. The complaint alleges the defendant deserted his wife at Durham two years after their marriage.
YUBA CITY (Sutter Co.), September 22 - In the marriage column this week Cupid has outstripped his opponent two to one, as the following will show:
Frank M. SIMPSON, age 40, of Sacramento, and Mrs. M.J. PLUMMER, age 27, of Stockton, were secretly married on Wednesday evening, September 12th, at the residence of C.E. McQUADE, by the Rev. J.B. NEEDHAM. They will reside in Sacramento.
Percy W. McLAUGHLIN and Miss Anna J. MUNSON, two popular young people of Tudor, were married Wednesday evening, September 19th, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.O. MUNSON, by the Rev. W.A. JOHNS, of Sutter. They will reside in Tudor.
Judge MAHON, of the Superior Court, has granted to Mrs. Josephine MOORE, of this county, an interlocutory decree of divorce from her husband, James F. MOORE, on the ground of desertion.
FAIRFIELD (Solano Co.), September 22 - During the week, County Clerk HALLIDAY has issued marriage licenses as follows:
Bennie F. HARRIS, 23, and Josephine C. PETER, 19, both of Oakland; F.J. DELEHANTY, 31, and Josie NOONAN, both of Vallejo; Lanie GRILLO, 22, Black Diamond, and Nellie VITALIE, 18, Collinsville.
AUBURN (Placer Co.), September 22 - A marriage license was issued this week to Lars John NELSON, Tunnel 13, 29, and Elizabeth AXELSON, 23, Truckee.
Charles Helphenstine Is Seriously Injured While Driving Traction Engine Across Rock Creek CHICO (Butte Co.), September 22 - Charles HELPHENSTINE, son of a prominent farmer north of Chico, was seriously injured late yesterday afternoon by being pinned between the water tank and engine of a traction engine which crashed through Rock Creek bridge seven miles north of Chico. The gritty young man was held down with one leg crushed and the other severely burned for fully fifteen minutes, yet still remained conscious and directed the work of rescue. He was brought to this city for treatment and it is not known whether the crushed leg can be saved or not. HELPENSTINE was driving a large traction engine from one farm to another and was compelled to cross the Rock Creek bridge which he considered safe. The huge engine was on the bridge when the latter collapsed without notice, the engine and water tank “buckling up” and caching HELPHENSTINE between them before he could jump. His left leg was crushed up against the large cog wheel, his right leg was pressed against the hot boiler. (Rest of article cut off.)
Policy Holders Busy - The large policy-holders appointed a Committee of seven at a meeting held yesterday to advise with and assist the officers of the Firemen’s Fund Insurance Company and the Home Fire and Marine and
Pacific Underwriters’ companies in carrying out the proposed plan of settlement of losses. The Committee is headed by Henry T. SCOTT, and includes Percy T. MORGAN, E.R. LILLENTHAL, Charles HOLBROOK, I.W. HELLMNA, Jr., F.W. CAN SICKLEN and Joseph D. GRANT. While all these men are large policy-holders in the company, none of them is a stockholder.
Militia Officers to Organize - An important movement in the National Guard of the State is a proposition to form a State organization of the commanding officers of every branch of the service to the end that steps may be taken to lay before the Legislature at its next session the needs of the citizen-soldiery.
Married Only a Month - Alleging that within less than a month after their wedding his wife deserted him, George Hiniman GURNEE, a wealthy real estate owner, filed suit for divorce yesterday against Mrs. Lillian Keller GURNEE, in the Superior Court of Contra Costa County. Mrs. GURNEE is making preparations to contest the action instituted by her husband, and says her husband is continually drunk.
Mann in trouble - An assumption by Harry MANN of power delegated to his attorney in a divorce case has cost MANN his liberty for a short time at least, and may result in a term in jail. A week ago yesterday an order was made by Judge GRAHAM in the divorce suit brought by Rebecca MANN against Harry MANN for the latter’s attorney to collect certain insurance money involved and hold it pending the order of the Court. MANN collected the money personally - hence the trouble.
S.P. May Be Hurt - From and after May 1, 1908, it shall be unlawful for any railroad company to transport from any State or Territory to other State, Territory or foreign country, any article or commodity other than timber and manufactured products thereof, manufactured, mined or produced by it or under its authority, or which it may own in whole or in part, or in which it may have any interest, direct or indirect, except such articles or commodities as may be necessary and intended for its use in the conduct of its business as a common carrier.” - Section of commerce law which may force Southern Pacific to give up interest in California oil wells.
Engagement Causes Surprise - The announcement of the engagement of Mrs. P.E. SOMPS, widow of the late millionaire soda-water manufacturer, to G. TONNESON has caused great surprise. He is past middle age and before the fire was employed as a teamster. His bride-to-be is more than 60.
Collins Seeks Release - Before Judge A.G. BURNETT yesterday George D. COLLINS appeared to explain some newly discovered technicalities in connection with his conviction on the charge of perjury, and made an ineffectual attempt to be released from custody.
The Saturday Bee
September 22, 1906
San Francisco Policemen Swear Reputation of Carr Is Bad
Defense in Celebrated Case Makes Further Attack on Prosecution’s Principal Witness Three affidavits were filed by F.P. TUTTLE, counsel for Adolph WEBER, convicted of the murder of his mother and now under reprieve, with Governor PARDEE to-day.
The affidavits are made by George DUFFY, William COLEMAN and Michael BRADY, members of the San Francisco police force, and all swear Henry CARR’s reputation is bad. CARR is the pawnbroker who testified he sold WEBER the pistol with which the crime was committed.
DUFFY deposes he has seen CARR entice girls of tender years into his shop, but when he would enter the place, CARR would have them secreted. He declares in his affidavit that he is convinced CARR’s intentions were sinister.
COLEMAN deposes that he has watched CARR’s transactions with criminals and thugs, and believes “he would do anything for a five-dollar piece or less.” BRADY deposes that he knows of CARR having taught little boys to steal, and that when he remonstrated with him CARR told him he (Carr) was not out for his health. BRADY adds that CARR’s reputation for truth, honesty and veracity is bad.
Governor PARDEE is still at Lake Tahoe, but will probably return next Tuesday, when he will again take up the WEBER case. The reprieve granted WEBER will expire next Thursday.
SUISUN (Solano Co.), September 22 - A young man giving his name as George OLSEN, drove a horse and buggy into town last evening and soon after offered to trade the buggy and harness for a saddle at a livery stable. The matter was reported to Constable C.H. DOWNING, who took OLSEN into custody. Upon being questioned by the officer OLSEN finally admitted that he had stolen the property from a man named MEYER at Davisville. Constable DOWNING has communicated with Sheriff GRIFFIN of Yolo in regard to the case. When first arrested OLSEN told a story to the effect that the rig belonged to him and that he resided a few miles in the country, giving a name that was not known in this section.
RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), September 22 - Sister CAMILLUS died at the Convent of the Sister of Mercy in this city last night. She was well known in this community by her many good deeds, and her death is universally regretted. She had been at the convent here for many years. She was a native of Ireland and 60 years of age. Her name before she became a nun was Miss MONA.
The State Board of Education, at its meeting this morning, granted the following educational documents to applicants in Sacramento and Superior California.
University documents - Mary Alice KING, of Colusa, and Ruth M. STEPHENSON, of Sacramento.
Normal documents - Mrs. Orlena S. FREEMAN and Julia Alouise RICHARDSON, of Chico.
Kindergarten life diplomas - Ruby J.M. COOPER, Hetty P. DUNN and Winifred LEWIS, of Sacramento.
New life diploma - Lafayette W. WARMOTH, of Tehama. Grammar School life diplomas - Ella KLOTZ, of Sacramento, Ethel McKINNEY and W.T. REICH, of Yuba, Carrie MOELLER and Florence M. MOSER, of Calaveras, Rosetta RICH and Annie May SCHELLHOUS, of Placer; Edna RUST, of Amador; Mrs. Mary L. TODD, of Trinity, and Carrie L. WHITE, of Colusa.
Dr. J.S. BROWN SECURES RELIEF FROM SUFFERING BY DECREE Mental Agony Induces Him to Get a Divorce From Wife for Whose Sake He Divorced a Previous Spouse On the testimony of Dr. J.S. BROWN, that he had been slapped and cuffed and sworn at, and reduced to the last ultimate perilous edge of self-destruction by the demands of his wife for money, Judge HUGHES granted him an interlocutory degree of divorce to-day from Lucy BROWN, who stated through the lips of her lawyer that with such a verdict she would be well pleased. Attorney J.S. COPELAND testified that he had heard screams issuing from Dr. BROWN’s office above the Hoffman House Saloon, and had rushed up to prevent destruction of life. He testified that he found Mrs. BROWN in no immediate danger, as she was wielding a newspaper upon her husband’s visage and routing him all over the office, while screaming at the same time that her life was being attempted.
Dr. BROWN himself testified that he had been the meek recipient of abuse and torture from his wife for a long time, that he had been slapped and cursed and struck both physically and financially, until human nature could bear it no longer and he was reduced to the melancholy contemplation of ending it all at one fell swoop.
The mental agony had been so fearful that sleep had left him. And finally his wife’s cruelty had brought him to the painful extremity of applying for a divorce.
A letter from Mrs. BROWN to the doctor himself pungently expresses her disesteem for him, and also states that she would be supremely beatified if only the doctor would keep his physiognomy out of her line of vision and not seek an interview with her. She states that her greatest joy in life is in the doctor’s long-continued absence.
Dr. Sylvester BROWN testified that his wife was extremely expensive, almost exorbitant, and a luxury, for which he could no longer afford to put up. She had cost him in a short time, he asserted, between $5000 and $6000 in cold, hard, solid cash.
Dr. B.F. HAMMELL testified that Mrs. BROWN was happy and cheerful when her demands for money were granted; otherwise she was gloomy and morose. Dr. BROWN, he declared, had long borne his cross in sorrow and silence, but he had been finally forced to seek an escape from his woes by recourse to a divorce suit.
Dr. BROWN was successful in freeing himself from the embarrassing trammels of wedlock, two or three years ago, when he divorced a deserted wife to make way for his marriage with the Mrs. BROWN from whose cuffs and demands he was this morning liberated.
MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), September 22 - Word was received here to-day that P.N. CORCORAN, a former resident of Marysville, died at the State Hospital at Stockton. His wife was summoned yesterday to his bedside. He was committed about a year ago, and was afterwards discharged as cured. He became irrational again and was committed again about three weeks ago.
HAYDEN HILL (Lassen Co.), September 22 - Henry KORF, a notorious character of this place, was shot and killed yesterday morning by Constable HIGHETZ. KORF had been drinking and firing his revolver (not legible). When the Constable came to sight KORF drew hi weapon upon him, but HIGHETZ was ready with his revolver and opened fire first. He shot KORF through the head.
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The Evening Bee
Monday, September 24, 1906
Asylum Authorities Say Man Who Fired Armsby Plant, Windsor Hotel and Others Places Is Sane YUBA CITY (Sutter Co.), September 24 - Sheriff N.S. WILSON left for Stockton this morning at 8 o’clock and will return this evening with Walter SILVERS, who will be tried in the Superior Court here on the charge of arson. Dr. A.W. HERSCHOLT, of the Stockton Asylum, in whose charge SILVERS was placed by Superior Judge MAHON, has written the authorities here that SILVERS is in his right mind, that he has been tried and found to be sane. He has notified the Sheriff to come and take him away. As will be remembered SILVERS is the man who confessed to burning the cannery and warehouse of Armsby Company here and on two different occasions firing the Windsor Hotel. He pleaded insanity and was tried by a jury on August 2d last, the jury rendering a verdict finding SILVERS insane and he was committed to the Stockton Asylum. At the time of the trial there was a diversity of opinion as to the mental condition of SILVERS and in addition to the testimony of Drs. PERCY, KOSBY, COLE, POWELL and STRETSON, local physicians who held a somewhat different opinion of the case, Dr. HERSCHOLT of the Stockton Asylum and Dr. STONE, of the Napa Asylum, were called and testified that SILVERS was feigning insanity.
RED BLUFF (Tehama Co.), September 24 - A Richmond (Indiana) dispatch to the effect that one P.W. STREET, aged 83, of this city, has written to the wife in that town whom he deserted fifty years ago is attracting much attention here. STREET is said to have deserted his wife and two infant daughters half a century ago. Mrs. STREET secured a divorce in time and married Jonathan WOOL, who is now dead. She refuses to notice STREET, but her daughters by him will take steps to protect their interest in any estate their father may have.
CHICO (Butte Co.), September 24 - Chico went down to defeat in the last baseball game of the season here yesterday between the Chico team, under the management of J.A. PECK, and the fast Woodland team, by a score of 5 to 2. The game was hotly contested from start to finish. Woodland was backed up by fully 300 Yolo rooters. SALE and CAMPBELL for Chico and NAGLE and NEHBRASS for Woodland were the batteries.
NEWCASTLE (Placer Co.), September 24 - Martin NEVLINS one of the oldest citizens of Placer County, died at his home in Penryn early Sunday morning. He came to California from Wisconsin in 1849. He had one of the best homes in Penryn, and will be greatly missed. He was about 80 years of age, or older, and leaves an aged wife and married daughters. The body will be cremated in Oakland.
CHICO (Butte Co.), September 24 - C.F. WENIG, a local bartender, was arrested Saturday evening by Constable J.l. BARNES on a charge of selling liquor to a minor. The complaint charges WENIG with committing the offense on August 18th by selling liquor to a minor named WILSON, a lad about 15 years of age. WENIG was released on $50 bail.
NEWCASTLE (Placer Co.), September 24 - The body of the late Mrs. M.A. HOWELL, aged mother of Frank HOWELL, Assistant Postmaster of this place, and Harry HOWELL, of Sacramento, was brought here from Santa Cruz last night, and buried from the Newcastle M.E. Church at 9:30 to-day. Mrs. HOWELL was one of the earlier settlers in these parts, and leaves a large circle of friends who mourn her loss, and deeply sympathize with her bereaved children.
RENO (Nev.), September 24 - Lily BENSON, who lies ill at the Sierra Hospital, suffering, she says, from the results of a criminal operation performed on her by Dr. WICHMAN, a prominent physician of Reno, is expected to die at any moment. The accused physician was arrested and released on $1500 bonds, as was told in The Bee.
This case has stirred up considerable comment among the people of Reno, since it is alleged that criminal operations to prevent disgrace have been very common. In event the girl dies the county will make a vigorous campaign against this form of lawbreaking, and it is understood that evidence is being secured against prominent physicians of this city who have thus far succeeded in escaping public detection.
RHYOLITE (Nev.), September 24 - An exciting race across the desert, in which an unrelenting mother won, overtaking a wilful daughter, Miss Harriett DOUTHET, who was getting out of camp to join her lover, an unknown young man, took place in the Bullfrog country. For forty miles the girl kept ahead, her accomplice being a sympathetic stage driver, who whipped his horses into a foam in the hope of outstripping the pursuing parent. The latter rode a wiry broncho, however, and at Rosswell she overtook the stage and captured the girl. Miss DOUTHET positively refused to give the name of her lover, but says that she was to join him and go to Oklahoma.
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The Evening Bee
Thursday, September 27, 1906
SAN FRANCISCO, September 27 - The end of the Lombard Street wharf gave way some time during last night and a valuable cargo of tea and salmon slid into the bay. The wharf was considerably shaken by the earthquake. The Alaska Packers Association yesterday placed a big consignment of salmon and tea at the end of the pier and the heavy load proved too much for the weakened piling.
The Evening Bee
Thursday, September 27, 1906
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Goes To Gallows With Nerve That Has Characterized Him As Criminal of the Century Weakens For Moment Early in Day and Begs His Attorney to Save Him From Death FOLSOM PRISON, September 27 - Adolph WEBER met death on the scaffold at 12:26 to-day in expiation of the crime of murdering his mother. He went to the scaffold with a firm step and to the very last maintained the nerve which has characterized him as one of the most remarkable criminals of the century. He was pronounced dead at 12:40, fourteen minutes after his body shot through the trap.
FOLSOM PRISON, September 27 - Until the last, WEBER never lost confidence that the Governor would save him, either by reprieve or commutation, from death on the gallows to-day.
The remarkable courage of the young man was illustrated by an incident which occurred last night. Dr. C.H. GLADDING, the prison physician, played chess with him until 11:20. WEBER’s interest in the game was so keen, Dr. GLADDING says, he never played with more skill than he did last night. About 8:20 o’clock, Warden F.J. COCHRANE entered the cell and addressing WEBER, said: “WEBER, it looks pretty black for you. We have had no word from the Governor and it looks like he was not going to do anything for you.”
“Well,” said WEBER calmly, “that is where you and I differ,” and he went on with his game. This was the only reference made to his case last night. At 11:20 Dr. GLADDING retired. WEBER was calm and his physical condition was excellent. Dr. GLADDING took his pulse, which showed 63 to the minute, which is the normal pulsation.
Shortly after Dr. GLADDING left, WEBER rolled himself in his blankets, threw himself upon his cot, and in a few minutes was sound asleep, apparently. He did not stir during the rest of the night. The death watch, which out of abundance of caution had been doubled, never took their eyes off the condemned man. One reason for this is said to have been due to WEBER having boasted to Sheriff KEENA in the Placer County jail that he could break his own neck in a moment, by merely grasping his head firmly in both hands and giving it a sudden twist.
However, he made no attempt during the night at cheating the gallows.
WEBER was awake early this morning and there was nothing in his manner to indicate that this day was to be any different from others of the prison life. He made no reference to his situation, even when the death watch was changed.
At 6:30 o’clock a specially prepared breakfast was taken to him. He made no comment, however, but fell to with great gusto, dispatching the meal with evident relish.
The first move made that would indicate that WEBER was becoming at all uneasy was at 9 o’clock, WEBER sent for COCHRANE and stated that he wanted to telegraph to Attorney TUTTLE, his chief counsel. COCHRANE consented and WEBER wrote this brief message:
Folsom Prison, Sept 26 - S.P. Tuttle, Auburn, Cal.: Send me some word.
WEBER wrote this message in a firm hand and those who watched him closely could not detect any change in the youth’s demeanor. He wrote the telegram with as much nonchalance as if he was signing a check.
Within an hour came this reply, which removed the last hope upon which the condemned man rested.
“Auburn (Cal.), Sept. 26 - Weber, Folsom Prison: Have heard nothing from the Governor. TUTTLE.”
Even this cold message did not phase WEBER; but half an hour later he wired TUTTLE as follows:
“Folsom Prison, Sept. 26 - F.P. Tuttle, Auburn, Cal.: Prevent execution; insanity plea. Anything.
A duplicate of this message was sent to W.I. MAY, associate counsel. After a wait of a few minutes TUTTLE telegraphed to Brainard F. SMITH to deliver this message to WEBER:
“I have no reason to believe the Governor will interfere. Any writing you have to do, do it, and give it to COCHRANE or to Turnkey LAMPHREY. Whatever disposition you have to make of your body, do the same.” TUTTLE told SMITH to send word to WEBER also that neither he nor associate counsel MAY would attend the execution, but this was not made a part of the formal message to the condemned man.
About the prison, TUTTLE’s reference to any writing WEBER might have to do was for a time said to relate to the possibility of a confession. The majority of the prison staff, however, were positive WEBER would never confess.
TUTTLE’s reference to writing is believed to have related to some minor matters which WEBER had not yet disposed of.
Throughout the morning WEBER was outwardly calm and confident. The last ray of hope for him vanished at 11:45 when the following message was received from Attorney MAY:
“Weber, Folsom Prison, Sacramento, September 26th. Just left the Governor. Insanity pleas presented and denied. Governor refuses to take any further action. (Signed) MAY.”
It is known that WEBER made two wills, but just what disposition he made of his estate cannot be ascertained at this time. The first will was made when John ADAMS was his attorney in fact, but it is said ADAMS displeased him and WEBER selected F.S. STEPHENS. Then he made another will, revoking the first one. What the contents of this last will are W.I. MAY, associate counsel, declared he does not know, as the will has been in TUTTLE’s possession since it was executed. He believes, however, that most of the estate is left to one of WEBER’s aunts, but what one he does not know. In conversation with a Bee representative late yesterday afternoon MAY said WEBER’s estate will not go over $15,000. Originally it was about $54,000, and not $74,000, as has been stated. MAY declared out of the estate approximately $20,000 has been expended in WEBER’s defense and he has disposed of some for expenses of various kinds, reducing the estate to about $15,000.
Rev. J.T. WILLIS, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Sacramento and Rev. THOMAS, a Presbyterian clergyman of Fairoaks, visited the prison this morning. They asked to see WEBER, who sent word that he did not care to see them, but later changed his mind and when the clergymen appeared outside his cell WEBER greeted then cordially, but said that he was not in need of spiritual solace.
After chatting a few moments the clergymen left.
When Attorney MAY’s message stating that all hope for him was gone was read to him WEBER merely remarked, “That settles it.” He was the same cool, calm youth he had been throughout his confinement. He did not refer to his case in any way and his keepers carefully avoided all reference to is execution until a moment before they adjusted the straps which held his hands before him.
Then he was asked if he desired to make any statement from the scaffold.
“No,” said WEBER. “I have no statement to make, no writing to leave behind, and I have no statement to make regarding the disposition of my body.”
With this comprehensive declaration WEBER had uttered his last words. Shortly after this, the straps being in place, the march to the gallows began.
WEBER stepped from his cell in the death chamber upon a balcony leading to the gallows. He was attended by Chief Turnkey George LAMPHREY, and J.R. PRIGMORE, Lieutenant of the night watch. The trio walked with measured tread, but WEBER’s step was light, his body erect and his head held high. WEBER faced the crowd of spectators in the death chamber without flinching. His eyes rested for a moment upon those below him, but there was no look of recognition for any of the upturned faces. After this hasty glance at the crowd WEBER looked straight before him.
Not a muscle quivered, his frail lithe body was as straight as a sapling and, and with a cool calculating eye he measured the center of the trap and stepped upon it.
He was very pale, and once or twice he breathed deeply as though nerving himself for the crucial moment, but there was no flinching. Lieutenant PRIGMORE stepped to the youth’s side and reaching the noose which hung over his head placed it about his neck. As PRIGMORE drew the noose closer around his neck WEBER inclined his head toward his executioner as if to facilitate the process. As the knot was dexterously adjusted WEBER made no sigh, no movement, and stood perfectly erect, looking straight before him.
The black cap was then adjusted in a twinkling and LAMPHREY pulled the lever which sprang the trap. WEBER shot down through space a distance of eight feet, his neck being broken in the fall.
The body brought up with a sudden jerk and hung limp for a moment. Dr. C.F. GLADDING, the prison physician, and Dr. George B. HESSER, of Folsom, then commenced counting the heart beats.
After the first moment with a pulsation of 94 a slight tremor passed through the body, followed by a barely perceptible convulsion. From this on there was no perceptible movement of the body.
The silence of the death chamber was broken every moment as the physicians tolled off the rising and falling pulsations of the heart. At 12:40, 14 minutes after the trap was sprung, Dr. GLADDING and Dr. HESSER said the one word, “Dead,” and the spectators slowly filed out of the death chamber. WEBER’s remarkable vitality is indicated by the result of the heart pulsations for the period between the springing of the trap and the time when life was pronounced extinct; 94, 62, 68, 50, 62, 40, 34, 94, 76, 68, 64, 60, 54, 44. It was only a few seconds after 44 was called that the physicians announced that WEBER was dead.
As indicated in TUTTLE’s message to WEBER this morning, none of his counsel attended his execution and none of his relatives appeared to claim the body.
A San Francisco undertaker, however, presented a letter signed by Mrs. Bertha E. SNOWDEN of Auburn, requesting that the body be delivered to the bearer. Captain COCHRANE has decided not to honor the request at present and will hold the body until he ascertains if the disposition called for in Mrs. SNOWDEN’s letter is satisfactory to all of WEBERs relatives. If COCHRANE gives up the body in accordance with Mrs. SNOWDEN’s request it will be sent to Sacramento and then prepared for cremation in San Francisco. The execution was one of the most successful ever performed in Folsom prison. As stated, WEBER’s neck was broken in the fall. After the body had been cut down, Dr. J.A. McKEE of Sacramento, Dr. A.B. MAYHEW and Dr. George B. HESSER held an autopsy, which revealed the fact that death was due to a separation of the atlas and axis and a fracture of the first cerdicul (sic) vertebra.
The positive announcement was made to-day that Adolph WEBER, aside from paying to the Placer County Bank the amount stolen from that institution in May, 1904, also reimbursed the bank for every item of expense incurred by it in its endeavors to apprehend the robber.
Outside of the administrators of the WEBER estate, few persons know just what this entails. It was stated to Governor PARDEE a few days ago that the sum paid by WEBER, outside of the amount stolen, amounted to several thousand dollars. Among the bills presented by the bank was one of the handwriting expert employed by the bank Directors, calling for $1000. WEBER also paid to the bank the $500 it gave to Coroner SHEPARD as a reward for finding the money. Aside from these, he paid every cent expended by the bank in telegrams, printing, etc., and also a large sum paid to detectives employed by the bank.
This revelation made to Governor PARDEE by Attorney-General WEBB, considerably astounded the Governor, who called upon Attorney F.P. TUTTLE, who practically admitted that it was the truth.
When Adolph WEBER paid back to the bank the amount stolen, it was considered by many an open admission of the crime. Still in the minds of many it was thought the action was taken because WEBER and his attorneys considered it better than to stand for a long and tedious trial. Thus the bank had received a judgement from the Court against the WEBER estate for the amount stolen, but the judgement was never fought by WEBER.
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The Evening Bee
Friday, September 28, 1906
SAN FRANCISCO, September 28 - Having completed the business arrangements which brought her to this city, Mrs. Theresa OELRICHS, widow of Herman OELRICHS, will leave for the East to-morrow.
SAN FRANCISCO, September 28 - Malcolm T. VANCE and George W. SIMMONS, charged with the murder of Heber C. TILDEN, a commission merchant of this city on April 20th last, were acquitted to-day.
Both defendants were members of the Citizens’ Patrol, organized after the earthquake and fire, and were charged with shooting TILDEN for refusing to halt his automobile when ordered to do so.
They claimed they thought the city was under martial law, and that a shot was fired toward the man in the automobile.
SAN FRANCISCO, September 28 - Charles HUSBAND, a hostler, was found last night lying near the car tracks on Sutter, near Laguna Street, with a badly fractured skull and a severe wound across the top of the head. His injuries will probably result fatally. He is supposed to have fallen off a car.
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The Evening Bee
Wednesday, October 3, 1906
Unable to Extricate Herself She Lay in Night Cold Until Life Fled
COTTONWOOD (Shasta Co.), October 3 - Mrs. Helen SEEMEN, of this place, who was killed last night, although the fact was not discovered until this morning, met death in a most peculiar manner, being, in a sense, buried alive by a great barn door that was blown upon her by the heavy wind of last evening. She was pinned to the ground by it, and being unable to move it or crawl out, died of her injuries and exposure to the chilly night air. Mrs. SEEMEN temporarily was living alone, her husband and son having gone to the mountains after stock. This, of course, will account for no notice being taken of her disappearance last night. She was seen by neighbors about 6 o’clock in the evening going toward the barn, presumably to look after her stock, and death must have come shortly afterward.
The wind was blowing with considerable force and tore the old barn door from its fastenings just as Mrs. SEMEN reached it. The weight carried her to the ground, but from the way the door fell life was not crushed out at once. She was caught in such a way that she could not extricate herself, however, and died of her injures and exposure. That she made frantic efforts to release herself is shown by the manner in which she scratched the door, her hands being torn and bloody when she was found. She died in great agony of mind.
This morning as William SHEEHAN passed the SEEMEN place, he noticed that the barn door had been blown to the ground and a closer look showed him a portion of a woman’s skirt protruding from beneath. This aroused his curiosity, and he at once approached to investigate. A look told him the story. Old Mrs. SEEMEN lay dead before him. He at once gave the alarm, and word was sent to the Coroner at Redding.
In addition to the son and husband now in the mountains, Mrs. SEEMEN, who was 60 years of age, had a son in the Southern Pacific service, and two married daughters, residents of Delta. Word has been sent to the absent relatives.
MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), October 3 - Joseph BRUNSON, a Sacramento waiter, said to be originally of Davisville, went to an employment office in the Capital City and accepted a position offered in a Marysville restaurant. To his wife he represented that he was going to a place called Perkins, from which he would send her $10 for the support of herself and babe, he said. When nearly a week had elapsed and neither money or a letter reached her, Mrs. BRUNSON discovered the true whereabouts of her husband and hastened with her offspring - a babe in arms - to this city. She easily traced him to the restaurant which employed him, but found that, on account of drunkenness, he kept his position there but one day. He was found at work in a neighboring hotel and informed by Mrs. BRUNSON that he must mend his ways and support his child, at least. The local officers will see to it that BRUNSON acts the man while he is here.
GRASS VALLEY (Nevada Co.), October 3 - To-day the finishing touches will be put to the documents whereby the magnificent home of the late pioneer William CAMPBELL becomes the property of Dr. J.T. JONES, who will add more rooms, reconstruct the place and turn it into a modern medical and surgical hospital. The residence is located in the heart of the city on beautiful grounds, and such an institution is sadly needed here. The place will be open to the public in every sense of the word, and will be equipped with every modern appliance. The North Star Mines Company has endowed a bed for injured employes for five years, while W.B. BOURN, of the Empire, has contributed liberally, as have Mr. and Mrs. O.H. ROOT and George CAMPBELL, the latter two being the children of the late pioneer. Dr. JONES will soon visit San Francisco to obtain ideas on fitting up the place.
MARYSVILLE (Yuba Co.), October 3 - As the result of a saloon row, which took place in a C street resort at 6 o’clock last evening, Tim McCARTY, who has been following the railroad camps hereabouts is an inmate of the Yuba County Hospital to-day with an ugly wound, ten inches in length, across his abdomen, and Larry DEMPSEY, another laboring man, who slashed McCARTY with a razor, is in the City Prison, charged with assault to murder. The men engaged in a dispute over a trifle, and as McCARTY walked to the bar, DEMPSEY came up behind him and drew the razor across his abdomen. McCARTY walked to the Police Station despite his condition, but because of loss of blood had to be carried to a physician’s office on a stretcher. DEMPSEY was captured by Officers BURROUGHS and SAYLES while fleeing from the scene of the cutting. The doctors think McCARTY will recover.
CHICO (Butte CO.), October 3 - “Bad” SUMMERS, an employe of the LOWE orchard near here, is in jail as a result of an attempt on his part this morning to carve up several of the clerks of the Sawtell grocery store. Officer Will WHITE chanced to catch him in the act and put an end to it by taking him in. SUMMERS bought quite a bill of goods at the store and then demanded a cigar on the ground that he was a good customer of the place. He was refused and told there were no cigars on hand. Then he got angry, finally becoming abusive and using vile language. At this one of the clerks threw him out onto the sidewalk.
SUMMERS picked himself up, and, uttering a few choice expressions, reentered the store knife in hand, and started for two of the employes. It was about this time that Officer WHITE came along and put an end to the bad man’s desire to shed human blood.
VALLEJO (Solano Co.), October 3 - Chief of Police W.T. STANFORD, of this city, who went to Oakland on the request of District Attorney T.C. GREGORY to investigate the cause of the death of Court Reporter HYATT, who passed away in Oakland from the effects of a fall in a creek near Fruitvale, as told in The Bee, has returned and announced that after a careful investigation, in which he was given every assistance by the Oakland authorities, that HYATT undoubtedly met his death as the result of a fall into the creek, and that no violence was committed.
DIXON (Solano Co.), October 3 - An escape from the State Hospital at Napa was brought into Dixon by Constable Dan McKINNON yesterday afternoon. The man’s name is Eugene Joseph ARQUES. He was found about twelve miles southeast of this place on a sheep ranch by W.H. HARRIS who, in moving his sheep into an unused pasture field, found the insane man lying near an old pump, in an exhausted condition. As the pump was out of repair, the mas was unable to get water, and the day being very warm, he was nearly famished. It is believed that he has subsisted entirely on fruits gathered from orchards en route since his escape, until the last few days. While he was in the locality where found, where there is no fruit, it is supposed that he had nothing to eat. When found he was too weak from starvation and exposure to stand up. The authorities at Napa have been notified, and ARQUES will be taken back by them to-day.
OROVILLE (Butte Co.), October 3 - No trace of the murderer who took John PERRY’s life early Tuesday morning by blowing out his brains when he refused to throw up his hands, as told in last night’s Bee, has been found. PERRY, the murdered man, was a halfbreed, a native of Mendocino County, and had been employed at Camp 19, on Western Pacific construction work. There were at least twenty-five people sleeping within a radius of fifty feet of where the murder took place and nearly all of them were awakened by the noise when the murderer told PERRY to throw up his hands. Instead of doing so he yelled, “Murder! Murder!” and was instantly shot. A good description of the murderer and his companion was obtained from parties who saw them running away and several of these men believe they could identify the parties.
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The Saturday Bee
October 6, 1906
Mrs. Mary Parr, Whose Husband, A Preacher, Ran Away With Daughter-In-Law, Is Committed To Asylum VALLEJO (Solano Co.), October 6 - The commitment of Mrs. Mary PARR, of Napa Junction, to the State Hospital at Napa adds another chapter to one of the most disgraceful cases that has ever been recorded in this part of the State. Mrs. PARR, who is an aged and respected resident of Napa Junction, has lived in this section for years. She raised a large family, and stood high in public esteem. Her husband was known for years as a traveling parson, who called upon the sinful in the various towns and hamlets throughout the Napa Valley to give up their evil ways. He ran away last Winter with his own daughter-in-law, and took from the bank the savings of years which the husband of the young woman had labored in the smoke and heat of the cement works to save to have an operation performed for the relief of a broken knee cap. At that time public sentiment ran high, and if PARR could have been caught he would have been severely dealt with. Mrs. PARR has worried over the trouble all Summer, and on several occasions endeavored to make way with herself, until friends deemed it best to have her taken care of at the asylum. The little homestead near the cement works presents a desolate appearance now, with the only occupant the crippled son - the mother away in the asylum and the father and wife out in the world together in disgrace.
RENO (Nev.), October 6 - John MICHAEL, news of whose death at Oakland reached Reno last evening, was one of the most prominent citizens of Nevada where he lived for nearly fifty years. He leaves a small estate, although at one time he was a man of great wealth having owned completely the Fulton Iron Works, at Virginia City and afterward the Reno Ironworks. For a number of years he had lived in retirement looking after his little estate and interesting himself in the Reno public schools of which he was a Trustee. He was born in Inverness, Scotland and first settled in Canada after coming to America. He worked as a machinist in his boyhood and this led him into the iron and machine business when he came to Nevada. He was little more than a boy when he founded the great plant at Virginia. He is survived by a wife and a daughter Mrs. Edward LUNSFORD both residents of Reno.
Engineer McGraw Seriously Injured, But Fireman Escapes Unscratched - Passengers Shaken Up WOODLAND (Yolo Co.), October 6 - At 2:15 yesterday afternoon the north-bound Oregon express ran into an open switch just as it was entering the Woodland yards. A number of cars were on the siding and the train dashed into them before the engineer could stop the train, although the brakes were set. Both Engineer McGRAW and Fireman DUNN jumped. DUNN escaped without a scratch, but McGRAW is seriously injured. His right leg is broken between the ankle and the knee, his left instep badly fractured, his left knee cap was injured, and his nose broken. He was immediately taken to the Woodland Sanitarium. No one else was injured, although the mail coach was telescoped for about a third of its length. The clerks owe their lives to the fact that the coach was turned end to end at Davis, and had they been in the front instead of the rear end they would have been seriously injured, if not killed. The front end of the engine was badly smashed, and the tender also badly damaged. The collision sent the cars with which the engine collided about seventy-five feet up the track, but did not damage them. It has not been learned who is responsible for the open switch, as the railroad men refuse to talk.
It is said that the engine had just come out of the shops, after being overhauled. The wrecking crew arrived last night and cleared the siding.
YREKA (Siskiyou Co.), October 6 - One of the most unique weddings that ever took place here occurred in Chinatown last Wednesday. Fong Wing, better known as Sacramento, one of the richest Chinese merchants in Siskiyou County, was married to a Chinese woman from Happy Camp. The bride came from her home in a carriage with two guards. The trip was made in one day with two relays of horses, the distance being seventy miles. After the ceremony Fong Wing sent an invitation to his white friends in Yreka who paid him a visit to offer congratulations. They were entertained royally with champagne and a cold chicken lunch.
Miss Olive Wilson Organizes Bucket Brigade and Extinguishes Flames That Threatened Orphans’ Home VALLEJO (Solano Co.), October 6 - Alone in the schoolroom of the Good Templars’ Orphan Home, two miles from this city, with only the children of the institution there, Miss Olive WILSON, a well-known Stanford University graduate and one of the best-known pedagogues in this county, who formerly made her home near Elmira, proved herself a heroine yesterday afternoon when a terrible fire broke out in the kitchen of the institution, adjoining the schoolroom. Superintendent GOBLE and the men employes of the Home were away and the weather was one of the hottest days that Vallejo has had this season. There was a strong north wind blowing and conditions were ripe for a fire that would sweep the big home out of existence. Miss WILSON soon quieted the fears of the children and sent them all quickstep to the kitchen to provide themselves with buckets and then stationed the oldest ones at the big pump, where they worked with a will, while the long line of buckets were passed up to the heroic young woman who stood near the heat and with water, wet blankets and table linen finally conquered the fire after it had done about $400 damage.
Miss WILSON was almost overcome by the heat and fire smoke but stayed at her post.
Week’s record of Happy Couples Who Have Wedded And Unhappy Ones Who Seek to Live Apart MARYSVILLE (Yuba CO.), October 6 - Only one marriage license was issued in Yuba County this week, the parties being a Nord couple - Emery DENUIA and Miss Byrtle HOWARDS.
Acy ARMSTEAD and Miss Eva JONES, a Wheatland couple, were united in marriage at Sacramento this week.
Relatives of Miss Grace ORMSBY, of Butte County, residing here have received news of her marriage at Deming, New Mexico, to James TAYLOR, of Arizona.
The engagement of Arthur ZWANCK and May NORMAN, both of this city, is announced, also the engagement of Nate MENTZ and Miss Zetta MEYER, also of this city.
Mrs. K.A. MURRAY, of this city, has issued invitations for the wedding of her daughter, Miss Josephine, and John BLUE on the 18th inst. at noon. Hannah STENNETT has commenced divorce proceedings against her husband, John H. STENNETT, on the grounds of neglect and failure to provide.
REDDING, October 6 - Marriage licenses were issued during the week to the following couples: John W. MONTGOMERY, 67, and Margaret E. BROWN, 51, both of Red Bluff; Byron G. EATON, 22, of Redding, and Alice AWBREY, 22, of Anderson.
Myrtle A. RAPER, of Bella Vista, received an absolute decree of divorce from Charles RAPER.
The engagement is announced of William Charles BARKULOO, cashier of the Bank of Anderson, and Miss Maytie Anna McKINNON, of Anderson. The wedding will take place in Anderson next Wednesday evening, October 10.
WOODLAND (Yolo CO.), October 6 - A marriage license was issued yesterday to Benjamin Preston LLOYD of Rumsey, and Miss Lena E. CROSS, of Guinda. The ceremony will be performed next Wednesday at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. CROSS. After the wedding the young couple will take a honeymoon trip, and then come to Woodland to reside.
SUISUN (Solano Co.), October 6 - During the past week County Clerk G.G.
HALLIDAY issued marriage licenses as follows:
William Charles EWING, 21, and Alice Rosetta CHISM, 19, both of Vallejo;
Andrew C. ANDERSON, 28, and Mabel B. CURRIE, 24, both of Rio Vista; W.T. SWEENEY, 41, of Vacaville, and Ella THOMAS, 30, of Suisun; Tony MARTIN, 21, of Sacramento, and Julia JOSEPH, 18, of Benicia; Warren A. PHILLIPS, 24, of Martinez, and Irene McCANN, 20, of Benicia; Hugh A. MacGILLIVRAY, 21, and Edna HOWARD, 24, both of Suisun.
VALLEJO (Solano Co.), October 6 - Three weddings of more than ordinary interest will be celebrated in this city before Thanksgiving holidays. The first will be that of George CADEN, a leading young vocalist of this city, and the accountant for the Citizens’ Bank, and Miss Lulu M. LUCHSINGER, the daughter of Postmaster and Mrs. J.J. LUCHSINGER.
Edwin N. SAUNDERS, President of the Gaiety Club, a leading social organization, and a well known young merchant, and Miss Marie Louise PIEPER, of Denver, Colo., will soon follow the Caden-Luchsinger nuptials. The wedding is the result of a romance recently begun at Denver during a visit of SAUNDERS to that city.
James F. BROUGH, formerly of the firm of this city, but now engaged in business in San Francisco, and Miss Bertha SCHULTZ, one of the prettiest and most popular girls in Solano County, will be married during the latter days of the month.
YREKA, October 6 - Marriage licenses were issued during the week as follows:
Harvey D. HILL, Jr., age 33, of Dunsmuir, to Lulu M. WALLACE, age 30, of Hornbrook; Caspa C. STACKER, age 32, of Cecilville, to Josephine HOPSON, age 24, of Sawyer’s Bar; Pedro TOWELLI, age 27, of Sisson, to Corollina ROSSI, age 27, of Sisson.
NEVADA CITY (Nevada Co.), October 6 - But one marriage was solemnized here this week, and none at Grass Valley. No divorce cases have been before the Courts in that time. Miss Kate TREMAINE, one of the most charming and popular young women of this place, became the bride of Joseph L. STENGER, also of Nevada City. The happy event took place at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. C. TREMAINE. The place was beautifully decorated in green and white. Rev. Francis E. LAMB, of the Methodist Church, officiated. Mr. and Mrs. STENGER will reside here.
Was On His Way To His Old home At St. Joseph, Missouri, And Was Waiting For A Remittance DELTA (Shasta Co.), October 6 - Sitting upright and dead an aged prospector named MITCHELL, a comparative stranger in Delta, was found on the step at the rear entrance of Ed SANDERS’ store. This was at 9 o’clock in the morning. He was seen an hour before alive and apparently well walking up and down the street.
MITCHELL came down here ten days ago from Trinity County, where he had been prospecting. He was in straitened circumstances, though not penniless, and was waiting for a remittance to pay his fare to his old home in St. Joseph, Missouri.
His first name is not known. He was heard to say that he was 79 years old. In all probability his death was due to old age, but the Coroner will make the usual investigation.
WEAVERVILLE (Trinity Co.), October 6 - The total number of registered voters in Trinity County is 1409, a gain of 269 in two years. The increase comes mostly from the Hayfork and Trinity Center precincts. The former is situated in one of the best agricultural districts of the county and the latter has had a great growth on account of the Bonanza King Mine, which is now employing over 200 men. Two years ago it was not known as an employer of miners.
Another cause of the increase in registration is the fact that voters always take greater interest when county officers are to be elected, and many who did not register two years ago have put their names down this year. The increase this year has been almost 25 per cent of the total for 1904.
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