Bio: Wilson, ? (Convicted of murder - 1912)
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Surnames: Beardsley, Wilson,
----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Oct 10, 1912
Wilson, ? (Convicted of murder - 8 Oct
Grant Beardsley, a grocer living in Grand
Rapids, was shot by a masked man while returning home from work
Tuesday evening about 7:30 o’clock, when he refused to hand
over his purse. The grocer thought the man was playing a joke
on him, but received a bullet in the back.
Beardsley died in the hospital at Grand
Rapids. Feeling against his assailant, a boy named Wilson,
was so strong that he was taken to the Wausau jail by Sheriff John
Schmidt as lynching was feared.
Wilson had been in jail once before for
horse-stealing, and was arrested again Friday for holding up a man,
but was discharged Saturday for lack of evidence. He lost his
job about the same time.
Wilson is said to have claimed he needed the money to get married. He was tried and received a life sentence to Waupun.
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