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Waukegan - Although the Waukegan board of education found E.W. Bryan, principal of the McKinley school, guilty of insubordination and falsifying his educational record, yet they voted to reinstate him in order to avoid suit over his salary.
[November 14, 1913 - Ste Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - Transcribed by K.T.]

Arthur Carey, salesman, indicted by federal grand jury on charge of taking Laura Fleuker from Burlington, Wis., to Antioch, Ill., for immoral purposes.  [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 06 Nov. 1913]

Waukegan - A jury in Lake county circuit court gave a $5000 verdict to 6 small children of Carl Hogstrum
against Peter Wember and Steve Cvetan, saloonkeepers who were charged with selling liquor to Hogstrum, making him incapable of supporting the children, who, after the mother was sent to an asylum for the insane, were taken to Lake Bluff orphanage. [Friday, Nov. 21, 1913 - Ste Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - Transcribed by K. T.]

Horrible Murder
Fort Hill, Sept. 5, 1847: We are in the midst of quite an excitement, caused by a most unprovoked murder which has been just committed.  There was a “Harvest Ball” given on Friday evening last, at the new Hotel of Mr. D. Goodell, Esq., of Fort Hill; and about 10 o’clock in the evening, the deceased, Silas Marble, whose occupation was that of a peddler, was enticed away from the house about 80 rods and then beat to death with clubs.  His body was first discovered the next morning about ten o’clock, the head mangled in the most cruel manner.  A coroner’s jury was empanelled and after a close and patient examination, a verdict was rendered of “wilful murder, by some person or persons to them unknown.” It is just to observe here that no suspicion is attached to any one in or about the house.  Three individuals have been arrested, who are now in charge of officers, who will lodge them in jail today. – Cor. Chicago Dem. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 10, 1847 - Sub. by N.P.]

Waukegan, Ills., June 14 - Wm. Marshall, a ruddy-cheeked golf professional employed at the Ontwentsia Country Club at Lake Forrest, was the principal witness today at the trial of Wm. H. Orpet on a charge of murdering Marion Lambert on February 9 last. Other witnesses were Dr. Jno. L. Taylor, coroner of Lake County, and Dr. B. M. Parmenter, who said he had known Marion practically all of her life. Dr. Tavlor and Dr. Parmenter expressed the opinion that the cyanide of potassium which caused Marion's death was taken in liquid form. "The state contends that Orpet returned to the body of the girl, basing this conclusion on the foot prints in the snow," explained Attorney Ralph Potter of the defense.  "As a matter of fact he ran away as fast as he could. The discrepancies in the testimony of the state's foot-print observers therefore, is of importance."
With reference to the state's contention that the poison was liquid and therefore must have been brought into the woods in a bottle, Mr. Marshall said picnic parties frequented the woods and that there were hundreds if not thousands of empty bottles of all descriptions scattered about.  [Bisbee Daily Review.(Bisbee, Ariz.), June 15, 1916, Page 3]

W.C.T.U. Pleads for Gurnee Moon Shiner
Waukegan, Ill., Oct 13 - The W.C.T.U., of Gurnee, yesterday appealed for clemency for Kasper Ott, of that place, when he was found guilty of manufacturing liquor.  Officers found a still and corn mash in his home. The W.C.T.U. committee pointed out that the man had a large family.  Ott was fined $200 and costs, which sentence he will work out on the roads at $1.50 per day. [Free Trader-Journal and Ottawa Fair Dealer. (Ottawa, Ill.), 13 Oct. 1921]

Waukegan - Max Rehman, Chicago real estate man, arrested on charge of embezzlement of funds of foreigners living in Waukegan.  [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 28 March 1913]

Five gray-haired women of the village of Volo, Ill, who rode Mrs. John Richardson
on a rail one night last July because her name was linked by gossip with that of her brother-in-law were found guilty by a jury. Each may be fined $200 and sentenced to 6 months in jail. [Friday, December 12, 1913 - Ste Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - Transcribed by K. T.]

Mrs. Louise Vermilya, about whose name is being woven a maze of sudden and mysterious deaths, is being guarded in her home by the police, though officials say she is not actually under arrest. Investigation following the death of Policeman Arthur Bissonette, to whom the woman admits she was engaged, has brought to light eight other deaths which will be probed. In all of these, it is said, there were peculiar circumstances similar to those attending the death of the policeman. The complete list follows:
Bissonette, Arthur, 26 years old, policeman; died at Mercy hospital Thursday.
Smith, Richard T., Illinois Central conductor; died March 11, 1911, at the Vermilya home where he roomed.
Vermilya, Charles, second husband, collector for Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. Died from acute gastritis after a six days' illness at Maplewood, August 1, 1909.
Brinkamp, Fred, first husband of Mrs. Vermilya. Died on a farm near Barrington, Ill., 18 years ago, after a brief illness.
Brinkamp, Frank, 23 years old, son of Mrs. Vermilya. Died at the home of Mrs. Vermilya, 411 East Twenty-ninth street, October 30, 1910, supposedly of pneumonia.
Binkamp, Lillian, 26 years old, stepdaughter, died January 21, 1906.
Vermilya, Harry G., 35 years old, stepson. Died September 26, 1904.
Brinkamp, Cora, 8 years old, daughter. Died at Barrington.
Brinkamp, Florence, 4 1/2 years old, daughter. Died at Barrington.
[The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 01 Nov. 1911]



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