recorded, including Mr. L. Hahn, who is one of the
directors of the bank. Others received forged notes as high
as $1000.00; some from as far away as Michigan City, as well
as Columbus and Lincoln received these. Some people paid for
insurance but this money was never forwarded to the
insurance companies. The whole scheme has been in progress
for about fifteen years. Mr. M. Holland was appointed by the
depositors as their lawyer, but they had little hope of
getting their money back.
Feb. 14, 1902
Sheriff West came to Bellwood and
arrested George Gould. He was placed in the "Ladies Jail" in
the Court House with his two brothers A. H. and R. C. Gould.
George had been clerking at the bank for some time and is
charged with receiving deposits when he knew the bank was
insolvent. Also, he is said to have aided A. H. in the
forging of notes and in all legal transactions connected
with the bank. George asserts he is innocent, but the county
attorney says he was a prominent factor in all the dealings
that led to the closing of the bank.
Feb. 21, 1902
Amos H. Gould, whose forgeries are
estimated from $60,000 to a possible $250,000, pleaded
guilty in the District Court, and threw himself upon the
mercy of the court. He asked for sympathy for his wife and
two children. Judge Sorenberger sentenced A. H. Gould to
eight years in the Lincoln pen. Hisses were heard throughout
the court room on such a short sentence. The prisoner was
happy and returned to his room with a smile on his face.
March 7, 1902
The hearing of George Gould, charged with being an accomplice of A. H. Gould in the forgeries of notes and mortgages was concluded in county court when George was held for the District Court under $2000 bond. He did not post the bond so was lodged in jail. Attorney Hastings of David City contends that the evidence does not connect George with the crimes of his brother, A. H. Gould, and for this reason he should not be bound over.
March 5, 1942 A Press representative
visited the Peter Nicolas farm one mile southeast of
Bellwood, the first of the week. An unusual amount of
activity was found by preparations for drilling a well for
oil or natural gas. The well will be put down one-fourth
mile east of the residence.
of land in oil leases, extending one mile south, two
west, five miles east and some distance north of the Nicolas
farm. A local company is planned if the first well justifies
further prospecting. Mr. Nicolas stated that his interest of
possibility of oil in Bellwood vicinity started 12 years
ago, on a report from an independent geologist, who gave the
opinion that oil deposits did exist here. It is hoped that
the faith of Nicolas and Kittrell will be justified in final
Thieves In The Night
Bellwood Co-operative Bank was caught
in a series of robberies on Aug. 29, 1951.
-Peoples Banner, September 21, 1950
Five men walked away from a totally
wrecked four passenger Navion airplane after it crashed a
short distance west of Marietta, Thursday, September 14.
electric wires, crossed the highway and crashed into a plum thicket and a telephone pole. The pole was sheared off and thrown into the field. The plane was dismantled Friday morning and trucked back to Omaha.
Bellwood Gazette, June 15, 1900
About 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon the citizens of our little burg were thrown into a state of excitement by the announcement that Miss Rosa Hudson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hudson and Miss Merle Bressler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. Bressler, who live on the river road north of Bellwood, were missing and as they went in the direction of the Platte River, it was feared by the parents of the young girls that they must have become victims to its treacherous waters. As near as we can learn concerning their drowning, is that along in the afternoon Rosa and Merle started from Mr. and Mrs. Bressler's residence, where Rosa was visiting with Merle, to go to a pond north of the Bressler residence to wade in its waters. Before leaving Mrs. Bressler told them not to go to the river, to which they replied that they would not, but it seems that after they reached the pond they forgot a mother's advice. A searching party was soon formed who found the missing girls' shoes, stocking and some clothing near the pond, but no sign of the girls as the search was continued, along about dark the dead body of Rosa was found about three quarters of a mile down the river from the pond. The body was washed onto a sand bar and part of her clothing was fastened to some willows. An effort was made to restore life but to no avail. The search for Merle was kept up all night, but the body was not found until this morning, when it was found some distance from where Rosa was discovered. The sad accident is a terrible blow on the parents and relatives of the two girls and in their bereavement they have the sympathy of this entire community. Rosa was but 14 years of age and Merle one year older. They were loved by a host of their young friends, who can scarcely believe that their lives have been wiped out in such a manner and so suddenly, but in the bloom of life we are in death. Funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at three p.m. at the M. E. Church.
Death By Drowning
July 24, 1933 A tragic accident occured at the sand pit about 3 1/2 miles northwest of Bellwood shortly after 9 o'clock Monday evening July 24, when Learthea Higginbothan, a 17-year-old Bellwood boy, met an untimely death. While wading in the sand pit he accidently stepped over the edge of a sudden drop-off and sank in water nearly 15 feet deep. Being unable to swim more than a few strokes, he was rendered helpless by the shock and failed to rise to the surface. He had been working and living at the home of Mrs. Adolph Yanike for several years. He had accompanied Walter Yanike and R. P. Ross and son Bob to the sand pit, and others going for a swim. Mr. Yanike had left the water and was on the bank dressing, having warned Learthea not to wade too far out. Mr. Ross and Bob were swimming some distance away. Bob saw Learthea go down, and calling to the others, he at once swam to the spot and in diving clutched Learthea's wrist, but was unable to raise him. Mr. Yanike and Mr. Ross exerted every effort for a few minutes to bring the boy to the surface, and then summoned aid. A number of men hurried to the spot to assist, but it was nearly two hours later before the body was brought to the surface by Tom Murphy, a young man from Springfield, Ill., temporarily employed on the Clyde Ellis
Deryl Smith Is Victim
Of Drowning In River
- Butler County Press, June 8, 1952
Search continues day and night for the
body of Deryl Smith, 31, Columbus, who drowned Sunday when
attempting to wade the Platte river some distance west of
the Burlington bridge.
Fatal Hunting Accident
- Butler County Press, Nov. 8, 1923
Wesley Claud McGaffin, son of Mr. and
Mrs. W. H. McGaffin of Bellwood, was fatally hurt in an
accident while hunting Saturday morning Nov. 3. He died in
the David City Hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 11: 25
Church Friday afternoon, Nov. 9, at 2:30 o'clock. The
services will be conducted by the pastor of the Methodist
Church, Rev. H. I. Case.
Yanike Elevator Fire
- Butler County Press, Sept. 30, 1941
Fire originating in the top of the old Yanike elevator at Bellwood on Friday afternoon caused some damage by fire and water, although the blaze was subdued before any great loss occured. The David City fire department responded to call for assistance, bu the Bellwood department had the blaze under control before the arrival of the truck.
Large Cottonwood Trees
Are Cut Down
- The Peoples Banner, April 6, 1950
"Timber", the warning word of the
woodsmen, as a large tree takes its final bow, and come
crashing down, echoed in the Bellwood vicinity last week as
several giant cottonwood trees were sawed down.
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