Social News
From The Public Press Wednesday, 11 March 1891 page 4

Edwards’ Estate,

Estimated at Nearly $300,000,000, In which New Albany People are Largely Interested.
A Meeting Called to Convene at Frankfort, Ky., Next Week.

Several of the heirs to an immense fortune which, it is said, as left from the estate of Robert Edwards, who died in Kentucky many years ago, have discovered that they are the rightful heirs and devisees of property on Broadway, Wall street, and around Trinity Church, New York City. The property is now valued at $267,000,000.

Several of the lineal descendants of Robert Edwards reside in Floyd county and have the old family Bible showing conclusively the relationship between those now living in this county and the deceased. Among the number who are great-grand-children of Robert Edwards, are Hiram Edwards, residing on Upper Spring street, Mrs. Augustus Bradley, Mrs. Lawrence Bradley, Miss Martha Leyden, Mrs. Frank Stoy, Frank Leyden, Miss Hattie Leyden, I. P. Leyden, Mrs. W. C. DePauw, and Mrs. Joseph Etheridge, all of this city There are heirs at Frankfort, Ky., and Houston, Texas, also, who claim to be equally interested in this estate with the New Albany heirs.

Mrs. Joseph Etheridge’s father, Henry Stone, lately deceased, who resided in Lafayette township, this county, has had possession of the family Bible, which gives the genealogy of the Edwards family from a time previous to the life of Robert Edwards, who left the estate, down to the present date. Mrs. Etheridge, upon her father’s death came into possession of this Bible, and Mr. Etheridge will go to Lafayette township within a few days and secure the Bible and other effects and bring them to this city. A meeting of the heirs of this immense fortune will meet in Frankfort, Ky., next week, to take steps looking to tracing of the history, location, value and settlement of the estate. The property and land in question, which were leased for a term of ninety-nine years, are now free from the provision s of the lease, and should revert to the heirs.

Painters’ Union No. 51, of New Albany have fixed their scale of prices for 1891 to commence April 4, at 8 hours for a day’s work, $2.25 per day, all extra time 40 cents per hour.

Hawk for Appellate Judge.

Judge George Vale Howk, of this city is well recommended for the position of Appellate Judge, and his friends throughout the state, and especially in southern Indiana, desire his appointment and are working for that end. The judge himself is entirely too modest to electioneer for the place. The Jeffersonville correspondent of the Courier Journal says: A well-known Republican politician who is regarded as good authority, in speaking of the various candidates and their chances of securing the appointment of the Appellate Judgeship from this district, said to the Courier Journal reporter last night: “Although Gov. Hovey will not announce the selections until next week, I have no hesitancy in venturing the assertion that Judge Geo. V. Howk, of New Albany, will be chosen to represent this (the second) district. His ability as an impartial and unerring expounder of the law was plainly illustrated while he occupied the bench as a Judge of the Supreme Court. His appointment would be well received.” Judge Howk is a Democrat, but it is quietly intimated from different quarters that he will become the much sought for position.


Last Friday Mrs. Caroline Edmondson, near Twelve Mile Switch, mother of George Edmondson of this city, attempted to rise from her bed and missing her footing, fell to the floor and broke her hip. No one was in the house at that time but her son John who is very deaf, and did not hear his mother’s cries. She remained in this position suffering intense pain for some time, when John found his mother in almost an unconscious condition. The neighbors were aroused and Dr. Runnells, of Memphis, was called in and administered to her sufferings. She is still in a very critical condition, and it is difficult to say what the result may be, as she is seventy-eight years of age. Geo. Edmondson visited his mother and Mrs. Lucy Hickman, his sister, and Mrs. George Edmondson.

Robert Hall, an employe of the New Albany rail-mill, had a remarkable escape from death Wednesday at noon. He was engaged in making some repairs about the place, and ascended a ladder to the height of about thirty-five feet. In attempting to ascend he missed his footing and fell the entire distance, striking on his feet. Beyond a few slight bruises and a general shaking up, he was none the worse for his experience.

The Lafayette Courier of the 3rd says: last evening after supper, W. V. Stoy started down the stone steps leading from his residence to the sidewalk, to take a sleigh ride, when his feet slipped and he fell striking his forehead on the stone. A large and ugly gash was inflicted just above his eye which was quite painful and made him very ill for a short time. His hand was also seriously bruised. Mr. Stoy has been very unfortunate in meeting with accidents, twice before having sustained falls and received serious injuries.

Batting Factory Burned

Disastrous Blaze Breaks out in the New Albany Cotton Batting Mills Last Night.

Estimated Loss About Fifteen Thousand Dollars.

At 7:40 o'clock Tuesday evening, an alarm of fire was turned in from box 52, which called the department to the New Albany Cotton Batting Factory, on East Eighth street, between the northern terminus of Clark street and the Monon railroad.

The fire originated in the drying department near the engine room and spread towards the warerooms and the carding departments, in two directions. Cotton was being dried before a furnace, when a draft of air blew sparks from the latter into the cotton and ignited it. From this start the flames spread rapidly with disastrous results.

The department arrived at the scene in as short a time as possible, considering the distance the factory was from the engine-houses. Streams were thrown upon the flames from the carding department and the warerooms, and was, after some four hours hard work, confined to the drying room where it originated, and finally extinguished.

The loss from fire and water will probably be in the neighborhood of $15,000, confined mostly to the machinery.

There were thirty-two carding machines which were completely ruined. These machines cost $400 when new. Thus it will be seen that this will make the loss on the one department $12,800. The loss on other machinery, belting, etc., will run the loss up to the figures given above. The buildings were but slightly damaged. The entire manufactory was fully covered by insurance.

The insurance was held by the local agencies represented by Messrs. W. H. McKay, R. E. Burk, Charles Schwartzel, and Noble D. Morris. W. H. McKay, $9,750, Charles Schwartzel, 7,000, R. E. Burk, $5,000, N. D. Morris, $1,350; aggregating $23,100.

The property is owned by the New Albany Cotton Batting mill Company, with L. Bradley, President; C. P. Gwin, Secretary; and Charles Bradley, Superintendent.

The mills were doing a big business, and were growing in importance, commercially and industrially. They were managed well, energetic and public spirited business men being interested in it.

An engine house should be built on Vincennes street near Ekin Avenue, to afford better fire protection for that rapidly growing part of the city.

Interesting Meeting of the New Albany Heirs

As the culmination of much and vigorous effort to gain possession of what is known as the Anneke Jans estate, or the Trinity church property, of New York, during the past century, what may prove to be the most determined effort yet made in that direction had its beginning yesterday in a meeting held in Bader’s Hall, on East Main street.

The estate, over which there has already been such extended litigation, and over which there will certainly be much more work for lawyers, consists of a tract of sixty nine acres, lying in the very heart of the business center of New York City. In the days when the Knickerbockers inhabited Manhattan Island, there lived in New Amsterdam (now New York) Roeloff Jans, to whom the Government of Holland had granted a patent to sixty nine acres of land. After obtaining a title to the land Jans died. His widow survived him many years and died at an advanced age, leaving heirs. The genealogy of the family was carefully kept, though the descendants of the original Anneke Jans became more numerous as time passed. The number of these heirs now alive would be sufficient to make a large army. Many of them, however, have not preserved the proof of their ancestry, and few now remain who can make any legal claim to the estate.

The meeting held yesterday was a gathering of these heirs from all parts of the country, for the purpose of effecting an organization with a view to a skillful and determined contest for the property now being held by the Trinity church corporation of New York City.

The proceedings of the meetings are kept secret, no one without a claim to the estate being admitted. After adjournment yesterday a copy of the original will of Anneke Jans was shown the heirs and examined with interest. Arrangements were also made for the raising of funds with which to prosecute the claims of the heirs when the matter is taken into the courts.

After debating their chances for two hours an organization was effected by the election of the following officers: John Marsh, New Albany, President; Mr. Mitchell, Rushville, Ind., Vice President; Mrs. Jennie Kepler, New Albany, Secretary and Treasurer; C. T. McKee, Trenton, N. J.; I. A. Guerineau, Terre Haute; Mrs. Mary J. Ballau, Springfield, Ill; M. A. Jameson, Lebanon, O.; Charles Quackenbush, Grand Rapids, Mich.,, Executive Committee.

At the convention which has been in progress today the heirs completed their organization and formed themselves into a society, to be known under the title “Anneke Jans Universal Society.” Several new arrivals came to this city today. Those now here from a distance are: Edward Williams, Cincinnati; H. A. Little and Mrs. S. E. McKay, Little, Ky.; R. H. Timmons, Miss Mattie Williams, Mrs. Winter, Mrs. Charles Williams, Jeffersonville; G. W. Wallace, Colburn, Ind.; M. A. Jameson, Lebanon, O.; C. T. McKee, Trenton, N. J.; D. H. Goble, Greenfield, Ind.; J. M. Pritchett, Galena, Ind.; L. D. Pierce, Edinburgh, Ill.; D. F. Lane, Muncie, Ind; P. Payne, Blue Lick, Ind.; A. J. Moore, Fortville, Ind.; A. N. Boguardus, Maxinkuckee, Ind.; Mrs. Sheflin, of Louisville, representing Mrs. Eliza Hall of Illinois; Charles Quackenbush, R. Quackenbush, Grand Haven, Mich.; Mrs. Lafayette Smith, and Mrs. Bolton, Springfield, Ill.; Mrs. Mary C. Clark, A. R. Wyatt, Louisville; Louis Guerineau, Terre Haute, representing his sister of the same city.

The heirs in New Albany consist of Mrs. Eliza Whiterow Kyees and her children and grandchildren, viz: Wm. Whiterow, N. J. Whiterow, Mrs. McLain, Mrs. Kepler, Mrs. Sparrow, Joseph McLain, Miss Alice McLain, Mrs. John J. Garner, Mrs. John Marsh, Mrs. Elijah Kepler, Harry Kepler, Mrs. Boyer, Mrs. Whiterow, and a deceased son of Mrs. Kyees, Mrs. Whiterow Kyees claims to be the great-great-granddaughter of the original Anneke Jans. She is the daughter of Lucas Kiersted, a Revolutionary veteran, who was the great-grandson of the original owner of the estate, the line of descent between Anneke Jans and him being unbroken. Mrs. Kyees is 85 years of age, well preserved, and bids fair to live through another decade. Mr. Louis Guerineau, of Terre Haute, can trace his ancestry through eight successive generations, and holds, with Mrs. Kyees, an almost equal interest in the estate.

Public Press Personals.

Rev. Stephen Bowers, formerly pastor of Wesley Chapel, in this city, but who removed some years ago to the Pacific coast, has prospered since he settled in the Golden State. He is now residing at Venturo, that state, where he holds the position of Assistant State and Government Geologist and Collector of the Port In addition to these lucrative offices, he has an extensive newspaper plant. One of his sons is now one of the chief editorial writers on a leading daily of San Francisco.

Mr. George S. Graf has removed his place of residence from Main, between Pearl and Bank streets, to Lower Spring street, two doors east of Washington.

James A. Doll, of Lafayette, an old resident of New Albany, was in the city Friday, shaking hands with friends, and refreshing his acquaintance with his old home.

Will V. Stoy, a prosperous merchant of Lafayette, is in the city to remain for a few days visiting relatives. Mr. Stoy left New Albany seventeen years ago, returning o ly occasionally; he now remarks a wonderful general improvement, and is also surprised at the real estate boom the city is enjoying.

The Greenville Hearald says:
Mrs. Wm. Thompson and family, of New Albany, have moved to our town and taken up their residence with her father, Mr. Jas. Taylor, Mrs. Thompson will engage in business here.

Mrs. J. J. Cumberson returned last Wednesday from a three months’ visit with her mother, Mrs. Jerome Beers, in New Albany. Mrs. Beers will observe her 81st birthday in May.-Lafayette Times

Charley Day has returned from Memphis, where he had been on a business trip. While there he met Charles and Tom Sedgwick, well known to New Albany boys, and reports that they are well and enjoying life to the full extent. They are unmarried, however.

Franklin H. Johnson, of Denver Colorado, is in the city, in the interest of the estate of his father, Franklin C. Johnson. Frank reports his father, mother and sister well, and well pleased with Denver

Miss Carrie Hanlon has tone to St. Louis, to spend two months with her aunt, Mrs. Stephen Meeker.

The Red Cross degree was conferred upon Messrs. Eli W. Menaugh, Harvey Morris, William Rudder, and Samuel W. Voyles, all of Salem, and John R. Morris, Jr., of this city. Saturday night, by New Albany Commandery, No. 5, Knights Templar.

James G. Harrison and wife will go to St. Louis Thursday to attend the commencement exercise of the Missouri Medical University. J. Brad. Harrison, their son, will be graduated from that institution Thursday with high honors.

Walter Scott, near Galena, had a surgical operation performed on him several days ago, and has been attacked with blood poisoning, and his physicians fear he cannot recover.

Ex-Mayor William B. Richardson is reported seriously ill at his home on Thirteenth street, between Market and Spring.

Winfield and Carter Scott, sons of Herman Scott, of Lafayette township, who have been living at Davies City, Iowa, for the past eleven years, are visiting relatives and friends in this county.

Mr. Frank Kiser, an old gentleman of Lafayette township, has lost his reason, so it is reported, and is quite violent at times.

Joseph Campion, of Lafayette township, is quite ill of pneumonia.

Jacob Weber, formerly of this city, has disposed of his drug store in Louisville, and is seeking an investment in the same business in this city. He is negotiating for a Main street drug store.

Harry A. Stucky, a native of this city, and son of Stephen Stucky, a former well-known citizen, is here visiting relatives. Stucky is now in the employ of the Edison Electric Light Company, at Minneapolis, in the capacity of electrician.

Capt. James N. Payton is quite seriously ill of neuralgia of the stomach at hi his home on Main street, between Lower Sixth and Seventh streets.

An Awful Accident

John Scofield, of this city, aged about 45 years, was killed in the Jellico. Tenn. Mines, on last riday, and his two sons, aged 17 and 9 years, were frightfully injured by an explosion of some sort.

The particulars of this horrible affair cannot be learned, as no authentic reports have as yet reached here.

Mr. Scofield was a hard-working, honest man, and had experience in mining. His two sons had been with him for some time. His wife left immediately after the news was received of the sad misfortune to her husband and sons.

Suit for $50,000

James W. Chance has filed suit against the Louisville, Evansville, and St. Louis Consolidated Rail-way company for $50,000, on account of injuries received in a wreck of a freight train No. 25, at the trestle work. No. 108, on that road, which is near the station called Duff. Plaintiff alleges that the caboose turned over, causing a box of iron bolts to fall upon him, breaking his leg, injuring his back and otherwise maiming and disabling him.

Deaths During The Week

George Reisinger, an old and highly respected citizen of New Albany, died at his home on Market street, between Upper Fifth and Sixth, at 10:55 o’clock Wednesday night, of Bright’s disease, age 77 years. Deceased had been in failing health for several years, but had been confined to his bed but a short time. He was born at Little York, Pa., in 1814, was twice married and leaves a large family to mourn his death. His first wife was Jane Spottswood. An only daughter, Mrs. Jane Anderson, of Salem, was the result of his first marriage, the latter still living at Salem, Ind. Deceased’s second wife was Letitia Huff. Since this last marriage a large family have been reared. Those who survive him are Jefferson C., George E., Lizzie M., and Annie E. Reisinger, Mrs. David Durbin and the widow, Letitia Reisinger. Deceased was a brother of Mrs. Martha Shaw, Mrs. Margaret Axline, Mrs. John Durbin, of this city and Mrs. Mary Conner, of Evansville. Mr. Reisinger was a plasterer by trade, but for a number of years, had been connected with the Monon railroad offices, where he was highly prized as an officer. He was a consistent and zealous member of Centenary M. E. Church, and a loving and devoted husband and father. He was one of the best known figures in New Albany, and was a good man in all of the relations of life. He was not a member of any secret society.

Barbara, wife of Louis Lasch, aged forty-five years, died of dropsy, at the family residence on Market street, between State and Lower First streets, at 4:30 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon. Deceased had been bedfast for about five weeks and had suffered much. She leaves five children, four grown, and one not yet arrived at maturity, and her husband to survive her.

Mr. Ozem Sackett received a dispatch, today for Evansville announcing the death, on Monday, March 5th, of his uncle, Dennis Gresham, who resided at that place. Deceased was an uncle of Judge Walter Q. Gresham, and a brother-in-law of Mr. Charles Sackett, of this city. Dennis Gresham was born in Lanesville, Harrison County, Ind., July 4th, 1812, and has resided in Southern Indiana during his entire life. He married Lucinda Wright, and one son and two daughters were the result of the union, all of whom survive him. He had been in poor health for a year or more past, and his death was not unexpected. The funeral will take place at Evansville on Friday.

Charles Thompson, colored, died at six o’clock Thursday morning, at his home on Market street, between Upper Tenth and Eleventh streets, of dropsy, aged 63 years. He was a member of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows and of the Masonic fraternity. Deceased leaves a wife and several children.

A one-year-old child of Mrs. Laura Hair Price, of Indianapolis, but formerly of this city, died at the former place Tuesday and was shipped here for interment Wednesday, March 4.

Hon. John M. Wilson died at his home, at College Hill, Ohio, on Saturday, February 28, aged 72. For many years Mr. Wilson was a resident of New Albany. He was a lawyer and an eloquent speaker. For a while he was in partnership with Hon. Jonathan D. Kelso, father of Mr. James V. Kelso. In 1856 he was Republican candidate for Congress against Hon. Wm. H. English, but was defeated by a large majority. In 1865 he was appointed Post-master of this city by President Andrew Johnson, and continued in office until April 1869, when he was removed by President Grant, Dr. D. Voyles being his successor. After his removal from the Post office Mr. Wilson retired from politics and devoted himself to literary pursuits and the practice of law. In 1880 Mr. Wilson purchased an interest in the book publishing and selling firm of Wilstanch & Co., Cincinnati, and in 1881, removed with his family from this city to College Hill, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, where he owned a beautiful home and where the remainder of his life was spent in literary and business pursuits. He leaves a wife and two children.

Richard A. Dixon, formerly of this city and a son of Dr. Dixon, a noted preacher, died on the 1st inst., at Evansville, aged thirty-two years. He was educated for the law, but forsook that for newspaper work, and at the time of his death he was a writer on one of the Evansville dailies.

Andrew Jackson, aged about 39 years, died at his home at Georgetown, Friday night, of consumption. Deceased had been ill for a long time.

Miss Maggie Daily died of consumption at her home on Upper Spring street, Sunday evening.

A nine months old child of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Hatton died at the family residence near Mr. Tabor, this county, Saturday morning.

Mrs. Sarah Briscoe, aged seventy-five years, was found dead in her bed in a tenement on State street, near Oak, Sunday morning. She died in the most abject poverty and her remains will be interred by the county authorities. Coroner Starr held an inquest and found that her death was the result of natural causes.

Bernard Frie, aged seventy-eight year, died Sunday at his home on Lower Sixth street. Deceased had resided in this city for many years, and was universally respected.

Mrs. Robert Leist, aged thirty-three, died Sunday morning at her home on Charles street, after an illness of but one week.

Clara, the little nine months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Burres, died Sunday morning at the home of its parents on Lower Main street., between Eighth and Ninth, of consumption of the bowels.

County Commissioner Nicholas Knavel voted against the allowance of the claim of G. W. Atkins for superintending the Pearl street bridge improvement, amounting to $240. Messrs. Rafferty and Williams, however, voted to allow the bill, and two beats one every time. This announcement is due Mr. Knavel, however, as he has been considered as being favorable to the allowance of the claim.

The Insurance agents, who held policies upon Mr. Charles W. DePauw’s country residence, property near Paoli, which burned about a week ago, have settled the loss, paying him $4,500.

A great many of the friends of Benjamin Hinkebein are urging him to become a candidate for City Clerk at the ensuing May election. Mr. Hinkebein would make a strong race, and would, without doubt, be elected.

Circuit Court

Elizabeth Lucas was granted a decree of divorce from James Lucas Monday morning.

Anna B. Danz was awarded a judgment of $733 and a decree of foreclosure upon real estate against James M. Carpenter.

Mary E. Steinhauer was granted a decree of divorce from John Steinhauer in the Circuit Court Monday morning. The case was tried by the Court.

A change of venue has been granted from this county to Clark county in the case of Celine Leroy against the manufactures’ Accident Indemnity Company of the United States.

Building Permits.

To H. William Biel, to erect two one story frame dwellings on Cherry street, between State and Hildreth, to cost $600 each.

To Ben. Briggs, to erect a two story brick business house on Market street between Pearl and State, to cost $3,000.

To Anton Schmitt, to erect a two story business house on Fifteenth and Sycamore streets, to cost $1,500.

To Anton Schmitt, to repair a one story frame dwelling house on Sycamore street, between Fifth and Vincennes, to cost $500.

It is said to have been settled beyond doubt thtat Mr. Wm. Merker is Chief of Fire Department.

The ornamental gateway at the Sixth street entrance of the cemetery, recently completed, cost $646.50, which sum was collected by private subscriptions through the efforts of Dr. S. C. Wilcox. The city is having a handsomer office and waiting room erected at the gate, which, when completed, will be a decided ornament to the beautiful grounds.

Hon. Alex. Dowling.

Hon. Alex. Dowling declined the Supreme Court Judgeship tendered him by Gov. Hovey. Very few Republican lawyers in the district would have declined the appointment. Mr. Dowling is an exceptionally able lawyer and a man of exemplary habits.

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