Bond County Illinois
A Singular Case, A Greenville Man Arrested For Eloping With Another Man’s Wife and Her Children.
Charles Fenton of Greenville, Ill., was arrested in East St. Louis Monday for performing the difficult feat of running away with another man’s wife and four children. It is stated that Fenton met Mrs. Gilhand, the later of Litchfield, Ill., at a church picnic, and became infatuated with her. She returned his affection, and the pair decided to elope. The woman, however, would not leave without her four children, and Fenton consented to take them along. The man and woman and the four children came to St. Louis and lived there for a short time. They then decided to remove to Illinois, and while on their awy back to the Sucker State fell into the hands of the East St. Louis police. Fenton was taken to Greenville, where he will stand trial for the abduction of the children. The woman confessed, and will be taken back by her husband. The children’s ages range from 4 to 10 years. Mrs. Gilhand stated at the station that she could not understand her conduct. She claims that Fenton is a mesmerist, and that he fascinated her as soon as he cast his eyes upon her. The man claims that she induced him to run away with her. [Source: Belleville News Democrat, Vol. XX, Issue 131, Pg. 1, 26 Aug. 1902 – Submitted by S. McKnight]
A GOOD CAPTURE
Henry Clayton Arrested for Abandoning His Wife Is From Greenville
He was apprehended by Officer Klamm while eating his supper.
Officer Klamm made a good capture, Thursday night, in the person of Henry Clayton, a young man 24 years old, who is wanted at Greenville, Ill., on a charge of wife abandonment. Clayton was arrested at the instance of Sheriff Wright of Bond county, who notified Chief Heldinger Thursday morning. The letter received by Chief Heldinger and which contained a description of Clayton, was turned over to Officer Klamm at 10 o’clock Thursday morning. The officer went to work on the case and landed his man by 7 o’clock Thursday night. He found Clayton at the boarding house of Mrs. Greer, on Douglas avenue. The young man is a cooper by trade and was employed at the Star Brewery. He has been here about two months but has kept himself, undercover. Clayton is 24 years old, rather stout, light complexion, light hair, and small pox marked. He is a cousin of the Rule boys of here. When arrested Clayton was just eating supper. Officer Klamm had been told that the young man was fleet-footed and that he would have to catch him unawares or he would run. The officer therefore waited until Clayton was seated at the table and then walked in on him. Clayton claims that he was entrapped into marrying the young woman, and that for that reason he left her and ran away. Sheriff Wright was notified of Clayton’s arrest Thursday night, and arrived here Friday to take the prisoner back to Greenville. [Source: Belleville News Democrat, Vol. XX, Issue 163, Pg. 1, 3 Oct. 1902 – Submitted by S. McKnight]
H.C. Reed, school superintendent of Bond County, Ills., will probably be removed from office on formal charges of drunkeness. [The Times. (Owosso, Mich.), 21 March 1884]
STIRRING TIMES IN BOND COUNTY.
An Illinois Neighborhood Reports a Saturnalia of Crime.
Vandalia, Ills., Dec. 22 - Bond county has been infected with thieves of late, and the robberies have aroused considerable excitement among the citizens at Smithboro. A lot of armed tramps took possession of a saloon and ran it wide open. At the station they held a man up, but got nothing. A little farther up the track they held a revolver to a man's head and robbed him of everything he had. Up in the heart of the little burg they held up a third person and took his money and watch while a dozen men, who offered no interference, looked on. Burglars went into George Weaver's residence at Sorento, fired one shot at him, and then fled. During the absence of the family, except Squire Crittenden, who is confined to his bed, and the servant girl, a tramp went into Mr. Crittenden's house and broke open a drawer and stole some $8 or $10 in cash. [Rock Island Daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 22 Dec. 1890]
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