Convicts and Criminals

1911

RESEARCHED BY : TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

December 12, 2009

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THE DAILY PRESS

FRIDAY , OCTOBER 6, 1911

MOB WENT FOR NEGRO WHO INJURED BARBERS

KENNETT , MO. - OCTOBER 5, - A MOB OF FORTY MEN CAME HERE ON A SPECIAL TRAIN YESTERDAY MORNING AT TWO O'CLOCK FROM CARUTHERSVILLE , AFTER A BLACK MAN BY THE NAME OF BEN KING OF HICKMAN , KY. WHO MONDAY NIGHT SEVERELY CUT TWO BARBERS . LEE FLEMING AND ALBERT DAGGER AT CARUTHERSVILLE.

SHERIFF TIMBERMAN WAS OUT OF TOWN BUT DEPUTY O.C. BLAKEMORE HAD BEEN WARNED OF THE COMING OF THE MOB AT THE JAIL AND PERMITTED A COMMITTEE OF TWO TO SEARCH THE JAIL.

THE MOB WAS ENTIRELY SOBER , QUIET AND GENTLEMANLY AND REMAINED IN KENNETT FOR THIRTY MINUTES . THE LEADERS SAID THAT IF THEY COULD GET THE BLACK MAN THEY WOULD TAKE HIM BACK TO PEMOSCOT COUNTY AND DECIDE LATER ON WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH HIM.

NEITHER OF THE MEN IS DEAD BUT FLEMING WILL LIKELY DIE OF HIS INJURIES.

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THE DAILY PRESS

FRIDAY , OCTOBER 6, 1911

PARAGOULD BOOTLEGGERS CONVICTED IN FEDERAL COURT AT HELENA

JESSE VAUGHN , FINED $100 AND SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL , WILL BOWDEN , FINED $100 AND THREE MONTHS IN JAIL , TWO INDICTMENTS REPRESENT THE WORKS OF THE FEDERAL COURT AT HELENA THIS WEEK ON BOOTLEGGING CASES FROM PARAGOULD . THOSE INDICTED ARE L.L. HATCHER , AND GUS DANIEL , WHICH THE ACQUITTALS WERE IN THE CASE AGAINST NODA SMITH , CHAS. JONES AND G.R. SCOTT .

THERE WERE ABOUT SEVEN CASES OF BOOTLEGGING FROM JONESBORO AND IN MOST INSTANCES THE DEFENDANTS RECEIVED SENTENCES OF A YEAR AND A DAY AT PRISON AT ATLANTA .

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THE DAILY PRESS

OCTOBER 12, 1911

CLAY COUNTY WOMAN WOUNDED BY TENANT

CORNING , OCT. 12 - AS A RESULT OF ILL FEELING SAID TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A MORTGAGE ON A TEAM OF MULES , MRS. MARY RANCHLER WAS SHOT AND SERIOUSLY WOUNDED BY W.T. KIDD , A WHITE MAN EMPLOYED ON HER FARM AND KIDD WAS IN TURN SHOT BUT NOT SERIOUS BY A MAN THE NAME OF KELLY .

THE SHOOTING OCCURED AT MRS. RANCHLER'S FARM IN CACHE BOTTOMS ABOUT 14 MILES FROM CORNING . MRS. RANCHLER WAS BROUGHT HERE TUESDAY NIGHT AND IS SAID TO BE IN SERIOUS CONDITION . KIDD , WHO WAS ONLY SLIGHTLY WOUNDED SURRENDER TO SHERIFF MATTHEWS .

MRS. RANCHLER IT IS STATED HAD A MORTGAGE ON A TEM OWNED BY KIDD , WHO WAS WORKING ON HER PLACE . SHE WENT TO QUINON , MO. A FEW DAYS AGO AND RETURNED WITH KELLY.

ALTHOUGH KIDD WAS ARRESTED HE WAS NOT PLACED IN JAIL HIS PLEA WAS SELF DEFENSE , HE CLAIMED THAT MRS. RANCHLER SHOT FIRST.

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THE DAILY PRESS

NOVEMBER 21, 1911

INVESTIGATING CASE OF DESERTED INFANT

THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN BUSY SINCE YESTERDAY INVESTIGATING THE CASE OF A INFANT WHICH MET ITS DEATH FROM EXPOSURE SUNDAY NIGHT NEAR THE HOME OF MRS. AMANDA HARRIS OF THE NORTHEAST SECTION OF THE CITY. ALL SORTS OF RUMORS ARE AFLOAT AND SEVERAL CLUES HAVE DEVELOPED , BUT NO DEFINE PROOF HAS BEEN SECURED TO WHO MURDER THE CHILD.

THE THEORY HAS BEEN ADVANCED THAT THE CHILD MAY HAVE BEEN LEFT BY SOMEBODY FROM THE TRAIN , BUT THIS IS THOUGHT IMPROBABLE BY THOSE WELL ACQUAINTED WITH THE CASE. MRS. HARRIS HAS A NEIGHBORHOOD REPUTATION FOR KINDNESS AND HOSPITALITY , AND IT IS SUPPOSED THAT THE CHILD MAY HAVE BEEN LEFT IN HER YARD BY SOMEONE WHO HAD NO DOUBT THAT SHE WOULD FIND IT AND CARE FOR IT. THE POLICE ARE MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO FIND THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRIME.

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THE DAILY PRESS

NOVEMBER 21, 1911

DEFENDANT IS MORTALLY WOUNDED AS HE LEAVES THE COURT ROOM

PINE BLUFF , ARK. - AS J. W. ETHERIDGE OF FALL BACK , MISS. WHO WAS ON TRIAL HERE FOR MURDER , WAS LEAVING THE CIRCUIT COURT ROOM HERE LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AT THE CLOSE OF THE FIRST DAY OF TRIAL , HE WAS SHOT THREE TIMES AND MORTALLY WOUNDED .

JOHN , ED AND C. McVAY BROTHERS OF THE MAN ETHERIDGE IS ON TRIAL FOR KILLING , ARE IN JAIL CHARGED WITH THE SHOOTING . W. A. ETHRIDGE AGED FATHER OF THE MAN ON TRIAL WAS SHOT IN THE ARM . SEVERAL ATTORNEYS AND CIRCUIT JUDGE A.B. GRACE NARROWLY ESCAPED THE BULLETS.

THE ETHERIDGES WERE LEAVING THE COURT ROOM IN COMPANY WITH THEIR ATTORNEY , SENATOR H.K. TONEY , AFTER THE OPENING ADDRESSES HAD BEEN MADE IN THE CARE OF JOHN W. ETHRIDGE THE MISSISSIPPIAN WHO IS UNDER INDICTMENT FOR THE ASSASSINATION OF ALBART McVAY , WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED AT HIS HOME ON THE NIGHT OF JULY 2 , 1908 . THE SHOOTING WAS DONE BY JOHN AND CULLEN McVAY , BROTHERS OF ALBERT McVAY AND ED MCvAY ANOTHER BROTHER WITH THE TWO FORMER WERE ARRESTED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SHOOTING BY SHERIFF EDGAR BREWSTER AND DEPUTY SHERIFF C. GREENE AND JAILED .

THE SHOOTING OCCURRED IMMEDIATELY AFTER SEVERAL HUNDRED SPECTATORS HAD LEFT THE COURT ROOM AFTER HEARING THE OPENING ARGUMENTS . THE JURORS EMPANELED DURING THE DAY WERE STILL IN THE JURY BOX. JUDGE GRACE WAS JUST ENTERING THE DOOR OF HIS PRIVATE CHAMBER JUST A FEW FEET FROM THE SCENE OF THE SHOOTING . ETHRIDGE WAS ARRESTED AT FALL BACK MISS. ON NOV, 29 , 1910 , BY SHERIFF BREWSTER AND RETURNED HERE TO ANSWER FOR THE ALLEGED ASSASSINATION OF MCVAY .

ALTHOUGH THERE WERE MANY EYEWITNESSES TO THE SHOOTING NONE THEM ARE ABLE TO GIVE A CORRECT STORY OF THE AFFAIR.

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THE DAILY PRESS

TUESDAY , NOVEMBER 28, 1911

CASES OF LOUIS CROWLEY AND EMMA WILSON TO BE TRIED IN DECEMBER

ON THE DOCKET OF THE DECEMBER TERM OF COUNTY COURT WHICH OPENS MONDAY ARE SOME OF MOST SENSATIONAL CASES WHICH HAVE BEEN HEARD HERE WITHIN SEVERAL YEARS .

ONE HUNDRED AND ONE CRIMINAL CASES AND FORTY CIVIL CASES ARE INCLUDED ON THE DOCKET AND WILL OCUPY THE TIME OF THE COURT FOR AT LEAST A MONTH.

THE CASE OF LOUIS CROWLEY , CHARGED WITH MURDER OF POLICEMAN GEORGE SMITH , WILL PROBALLY FOCUS THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC FOR SEVERAL DAYS , AND THE EMMA WILSON CASE WILL BE OF MUCH INTEREST BOTH LOCALLY AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE. BOTH OF THESE CASES WILL COME BEFORE THE GRAND JURY .

JUDGE DRIVER OF OSCEOLA WILL PRESIDE OVER THE COURT DURING THE FIRST WEEK AND AFTERWARD JUDGE FRANK SMITH OF CRITTENDEN COUNTY , WILL OCCUPY THE BENCH.

THE GRAND JURY WILL BE COMPOSED OF THE FOLLOWING MEN . A.B. HAYS , C.W. STEDMAN , JOHN HONEY , D.E. EDMONSTON , J.M. WILLIFORD , SAM HORTON , R. C. M. MCCULLOUGH , D. W. BRECKENRIDGE , PETE SHOEMAKER , JIM SEAY SAM H. HAMILTON , L.L. NEWBERRY , A. J. MCDANIEL , G. J. CREWS , P. S. BLACK AND J.W. PURCELL . THE ALTERNATE GRAND JURORS ARE J.C. COLLINS , J.J. BURTON , J.R. SECTON , T. REDDICK , G.I. GOGUE , SMITH LONG AND J.M. CARR.

THE PERSONNEL OF THE PETIT JURY WILL INCLUDE J.M. FUTRELL , B. M. KITCHENS , I.C. LEGGITT , CLYDE MACK , DAVE ALEXANDER , D.J. BREWER , F.G. BARTON , J.D. BALDRIDGE , J.H. BOONE , A. CARY , JOHN E. CUNNINGHAM , G.F. CATHEY , R.N. MALIN , JOHN HICKSON , WALTER LIVESAY , JOHN LAMB , O.H. PAYNE AND TOM PRIDEMORE , R.E.L. STRICKLAND , J.K.P. MCKELVEY , J.J. COOPER , JOHN MEISER , C.B. BURRELL AND GEORGE SIMPSON . THE ALTERNATES ARE JIM BOWEN , JOHN AGEE , C.H. BISHOP , W.P. BOLIN , A.C. HYSMITH , HUGH GARNER , MARION TINSLEY , JOE ROGERS , STEVE SPENCER , JOHN COTTON , H.J. EASTEP AND JOHN BRANCH.

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THE DAILY PRESS

TUESDAY , NOVEMBER 28, 1911

PAIR ON TRIAL AS POISONERS

FORT SMITH , NOV, 28 - IN THE DISTRICT COURT AT MORRILTON YESTERDAY TOM INQUALLS AND MOLLIE WENBERRY WERE PLACED ON TRIAL CHARGED WITH POISONING INQUALLS WIFE . THE STATE IS RELYING ON THE TESTIMONY OF INQUALLS DAUGHTER TO CONVICT THE PAIR. AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF THE STRYCHNINE IN THE VISCERA OF THE WOMAN THE DAUGHTER IS SAID TO HAVE CONFESSED THAT HER FATHER AND THE WENBERRY WOMAN HAD POISONED HER MOTHER.

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THE DAILY PRESS

TUESDAY , SEPTEMBER 20, 1911

RAWLINGS GETS FIVE YEARS

RAILROAD MAN WHO MARRIED PARAGOULD GIRL CONVICTED OF BIGMAY IN COURT AT FORT SMITH .

COUNTY CLERK , JAP EDWARDS , ESQ. J.W. THOMPSON , J.A. LAMBERT AND HIS DAUGHTER , MISS BESSIE HAVE RETURNED FROM FORT SMITH WHERE THEY SPENT A WEEK ATTENDING CIRCUIT COURT VS. H.C. RAWLINGS CHARGED WITH BIGMAY . THE PARAGOULD DELEGATION TESTIFIED AGAINST RAWLINGS BEFORE THE GRAND JURY AND LATER APPEARED AS WITNESES IN THE TRIAL IN CIRCUIT COURT . RAWLINGS WAS EASILY CONVICTED AND GIVEN A SENTENCE OF FIVE YEARS IN THE PENITEATIARY.

RAWLINGS IS A RAILROAD MAN , HAVING BEEN EMPLOYED HERE FOR A FEW MONTHS IN THE IRON MOUNTAIN SHOPS AS A BOILER MAKER . HE MET MISS BESSIE LAMBERT AND AFTER A BRIEF COURTSHIP INDUCED HER TO MARRY HIM . LATER HE LEFT AND WAS NOT HERD FROM FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. HE WENT TO VAN BUREN AND WON THE HAND AND HEART OF MISS AGNES DOERR A MEMBER OF A HIGHLY RESPECTED FAMILY IN THAT CITY. LETTERS ADDRESSED TO MAYOR MACK BY A FRIEND OF THE DOERR'S LEAD TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE FACT THAT HE HAD A WIFE LIVING HERE. THIS EXPOSURE WAS FOLLOWED BY HIS ARREST AND INCARCERATION IN JAIL .

AT THE TRIAL RAWLINGS ATTEMPTED TO PROVE AN ALLOT ON THE THEORY THAT HE WAS THE MAN. IN HIS TESTIMONY HE SWORE HE HAD NEVER BEEN IN PARAGOULD AND THAT ON THE DATE HE WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN MARRIED TO MISS LAMBERT HE WAS EMPLOYED IN THE SHOPS AT ARGENTA. HE HAD A NUMBER OF BOILMAKERS FROM THE ARGENTA SHOPS SUMMONED AS WITNESSES TO BACK UP HIS TESTIMONY , BUT WHEN THEY FOUND WHAT HE WANTED THEY REFUSED TO TESTIFY , STATING THEY DID NOT KNOW WHERE RAWLINGS WAS ON THAT DATE. HE HAD PRACTICALLY NO DEFENSE TO OFFER AFTER THIS PLEAS WAS SHATTERED AND AS A RESULT THE JURY WAS OUT ONLY A FEW MINUTES.

THE STATE WAS REPRESENTED BY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY PAUL LITTLE , ASSISTED BY COL SAM CHEW OF VAN BUREN . THE ATTORNEYS FOR THE DEFENSE WERE BELL OF VAN BUREN AND SIMPSON OF FORT SMITH .

WHEN THE VERDICT WAS RENDERED THE WOMEN IN THE COURT ROOM CHEERED AND THE JURY AND THE JUDGE WAS FORCED TO RAP FOR ORDER.

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