Henry County, Illinois
F. Aldrich Shot by Daughter
Stark County Union, Toulon IL April 18, 1862
We learn that on yesterday morning, F. Aldrich, Esq., of Geneseo, was shot by his daughter. The shot taking effect in the back of the neck cutting off the cord and greatly endangering life. The particulars have not reached us, but report says that on the morning of the occurrence, the daughter carried a pitcher of water to her father's room and that while he washing she caught up a revolver and shot him through an open door.
The daughter was arrested and examined by (..?..) justice and in justification of her act, says that her father had attempted to have (..?..) intercourse with her and that she shot him n defense of her honor. The father claims that the shooting was an attempt to put him out of the way, that the daughter and mother might enjoy his property. We forbear comment on this terrible affair until further advice of the facts. Mr. Aldrich is a man of wealth and (..?..), and has always been respected. - The Henry County Chronicle.
Mrs. Geo. Geiser, wife of the foreman at the brewery, was robbed of quite a sum of money in front of Mrs. Emery's millinery rooms at about eight o'clock Thursday evening of last week. Two strange men committed the deed, while the attention of the people was directed to the Bogard's fireworks exhibition. [The Henry County News, March 4, 1880]
Sam McCormick Arrested for Theft
Mr. Sam McCormick was arrested at the Geneseo House last week, for the alleged crime of swindling a Prophetstown Greenhorn out of an old watch and ten dollars in money. Sam says that he traded him a patent right for the funds and the watch and the fellow squealed because he got sick of his bargain. Sam looks like too nice a boy to be skinning the callow youths. [The Henry County News,Geneseo, IL, February 12, 1880]
A.B. (or A.K?.) Mumford, a farmer who had just sold his farm near Orion, Henry Co., was robbed and killed on 5
Apr. 1870. Also killed was his wife. His little son was badly injured. All this was reported in the Chicago papers
recently, but officials in Cambridge and Geneseo, Henry Co., know nothing about such a murder and the story is
believed to be a hoax. (RI Evening Argus, Saturday, 9 Apr. 1870)
Something Concerning the Exercise of Executive Clemency in Illinois. -- A List of Pardons Issued to Prisoners Under Sentence for Manslaughter and Murder.
Michael Murphy, October 1867, murder: Henry County; life; pardoned May 19, 1875; served 8 years. The papers in this case show that Murphy was not the leader in the crime, but was led into it.
The Hon. John B. Hawley McCandless, the employer of Murphy, the officers of his late regiment, and others recommended it, and the Warden reports his conduct good. [Inter-Ocean Springfield, January 17 1876, submitted by BZ]
Caleb Showers, who left Cambridge, Henry Co., three years ago was killed in Iowa at that time by his cousin, Kirk
Vincent, who has since been arrested at this home in Cambridge. (RI Weekly Union, Wednesday, 27 June 1866)
Kirk Vincent is charged with murdering his cousin, Claiborn Showers of Cambridge, Henry Co., while the two men were traveling west to California about three years ago in Poweshiek Co. Iowa. (RI Evening Argus, Tuesday, 18 Dec. 1866)
The trial of Kirk Vincent, for the murder of his cousin, Claiborne Showers, formerly of Cambridge, Henry Co., Ill., is now going on at Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., Iowa. (RI Argus, Tuesday, 23 Apr. 1867)
The mothers of the two young men were sisters. Mrs. Showers testified at the trial, as did Vincent's mother. Mrs. Vincent was married a few weeks before his arrest. (RI Argus, Wednesday, 1 May 1867)
The remains of Claiborne Showers, after being buried for some time in Iowa, were reburied in Cambridge, Henry Co., Ill., last week. (RI Evening Argus, Friday, 21 May 1869)
Wm Taylor, of Green River, Henry Co., for many years guardian of the railroad woodyards there, was arraigned in
court on the charge of bigamy at the insistence of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Wood, of Geneseo, Henry Co. He was found
innocent. (RI Weekly Union, Wednesday, 14 Feb. 1866)
Richard Williams, a house painter, was married last 7 Dec. to Mrs. Snyder of this place (Geneseo, Henry Co.), a
widow. Recently she filed for divorce. Martin Snyder is her son from her previous marriage. Mr. Williams has now
been accused of murdering Martin Snyder of 22 Feb. 1866. (RI Weekly Union, Wednesday, 28, 1866)
The case of the People vs. Richard Williams who has been indicted for killing his stepson Martin Snyder, in Geneseo, Henry Co., on 22 Feb. 1866, came up for trial last week. Verdict was manslaughter. (RI Argus, Friday, 29 Nov. 1867)
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