Green Eyed Monster Lays to Low in Death-Two More Wounded, One Desperately

Taken from Metropolis Herald, August, 1908
Submitted by Pattie Cooper

Link James and James Kelly were chums, bosom friends, together always, when they had time Eva Schleeter was Kelly's sweetheart and Cora Oliver was the James boy's sweetheart. Some month's ago the Kelly boy went to Paducah to tend bar for his father Geo Kelly and it was reported that he had found another sweetheart which angered Miss Schleeter.

On Sunday last, Link James took Miss Schleeter in a buggy and went to visit his Uncle Tobe James and his brother ------ James in lower Grant precinct. Later the Kelly boy went for James sweetheart Mrs. Oliver. Before starting away, he went to the night policeman, Lannes Davis, who had a 41 caliber Colt pistol, saying that Rube Sheppard, who owned the pistol, wanted it as he a chance to sell it. Davis gave up the pistol with question or suspicion.

After procuring the pistol, Kelly, in company with Mrs. Oliver, left town and followed up James and the Schleeter girl. He met them coming home some six miles from town near the home of Ike Crim, a colored man living near Morgan's store. Here Kelly whistled to James to stop, when he got out of the buggy and went up to James and Miss Schleeter, accossing them in a friendly manner, he received a friendly answer; after which he asked the Schleeter girl, if she was going home with James or him (Kelly). The girl answered that she had come to the country with James and that she would return with him. Kelly then shot Miss Schleeter in the abdomen, the ball passing thru the body and lodging in the buggy. He then placed the pistol at James right side and shot him thru the body, killing him instantly. He then places the pistol to his own head and blew his brains out. Mrs. Oliver, who was left alone in the buggy says that her horse became frightened and ran away finally throwing her out of the buggy near the creamery - later on he turned up at the stable and the girl walked home.

James Kelly was a son of Geo. Kelly, an excellent pupil in school, well behaved, he was moreover courteous to his teachers and school fellows, he was classed a good boy and this is not mere after-death phrase. Mrs. Oliver says he was not drinking and that there was no quarrel or hard words between the boys.

The Herald has never heard a word to the discredit of Link James; he certainly attended to his duties at the meat market of O.L. Thompson where he was for a long while employed.

He was the son of Walsh James and wife, of this place a worthy family of people who certainly deserve profound sympathy in their terrible misfortune.

Miss Schleeter is a daughter of Henry Schleeter; the family coming here from the Rosebud neighborhood in Pope County some years ago. The young woman has been employed in Kraper's Cigar factory for quite a long while.

Mrs. Cora Oliver's maiden name was Fern, she also came from Pope County and was divorced from her husband some time ago.

Dr. Jacobs who was called by telephone to go to the relief of Miss Schleeter, says that the girl lay on the ground where she fell out of the buggy from 9:30 in the evening to 2:30 in the morning, a period of five hours with no attention.

A colored man named Geo. Wall received a stray shot in one of his legs.

Miss Schleeter was brought to the home of her brother-in-law, Irvin Speckman, where an operation by Dr. Boyd of Paducah and our home physicians was performed on Monday afternoon, her condition is exceedingly critical.


Taken from Metropolis Herald, October 9, 1907
Submitted by Ann Laird

Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Miller moved to Vienna last week.
George Hamby sold to James Ramer, last Thursday, two six months old mules for the sum of $150.
The young people of this place enjoyed a pie supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Gray's last Saturday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Little went to Anna last week to be present at the Soldier's and Sailor's reunion. Mr. Little is a Civil war veteran.
Robert Smith, formerly of this place but now of Buncomb, will preach for the five Methodist churches, composing the Joppa circuit, the ensuing year.
Elder Ragsdale of Kentucky, who has been here the past week to visit friends preached at the Baptist church Friday and Saturday night and Sunday at eleven.
Some of the farmers have commenced drilling wheat. Some think they would rather wait for a rain so they can get the ground in better shape for sowing.
Frank Hitchcock, Mr. and Mrs. Jones Culver, E.J. Scott, Mrs. E.N. Smith, R.F. House and Mrs. Myrtle Evers went to Vienna to attend the fair at that place.
Wiley Sexton died of Typhoid fever Tuesday, Sept. 24th. The remains were taken to the Ninevah church and after services, conducted by the pastor of the Baptist church, were interred in the grave yard at that place. The deceased was a member of the Baptist church. He leaves a wife, mother and a brother.

Abe and Others

Taken from Metropolis Herald, May 1, 1907
Submitted by Ann Laird

Abe Anspacher left here in 1870; he was back again last Monday. When Abe was here he ran a saddler's shop in the McBain building on lower Ferry street in the block by the old Green hotel. Abe's old shop was washed away in the great flood and storm in March 1884. From here he went to Paducah, engaged in the hat business and got rich; now he's a banker and spends his time and money in easy living. This winter he spent six months in California and now he's going to the Berkshire hills in Massachusetts to spend the summer. His dividends on stock in the First National Bank in Paducah enables him to do these things.

While in California he visited Rev. Wm. H. Scott who lived in Metropolis in Abe's Metropolis days. Mr. Anspacher says Mr. Scott has a lovely home in Almeda which lies on the bay just outside the city of San Francisco.

Old Reminiscense Raker May Take A Peep

Taken from Metropolis Herald, June 12, 1907
Submitted by Ann Laird

People who know of the long ago in Metropolis may take a peep at the following duplicate of a card that is eloquent in illustration of the changes wrought by Father Time. Of all the names printed on this card, three only can answer to the roll call this side of eternity. They are Capt. J.C. Willis, of this place, Bryce Gillsepie of Vienna and Lewis Lafont of Osceola, Ark. Here is the Jubliee Card:

At Baer's Hall, Metropolis, Illinois.
Your Attendance is respectfully requested--
commencing at 7 o'clock, P.M.

L.A. Lafont J.W. Farrow
Martie Craig I.M. Choat
Bryce Gillespie Jessie Massie
Capt. J.C. Willis Ed McMahan
J.M. Kohoe B.F. Davis
R.G.B. McKee L.H. Simpson
Jo Dayhuff, J.M. Kohoe, J.H. House
Morris Maxon, Luke P. Stalcup

Fine Corps of Lodge Officials

Taken from Metropolis Herald, January 19, 1908
Submitted by Ann Laird

Welcome R.D. Lodge No. 28 installed officers on Monday evening which a large crowd witnessed, composed of both members and "outsiders". Walsh's orchestra rendered a delightful and appropriate program. After the more sedate members had departed, the young Beccahs and their male invitees spent and enjoyable half hour in dancing.

The Herald prints below a list of sweethearts which is a guarantee of the fact that there are "no flies" on that lodge. The spirit of youth and youthful energy is abroad in our lodges which is an unalloyed blessing. The roster of officers for the lodge is as follows:

Varble McCawley, Noble Grand
Myrtle Ragsdale, Vice Grand
Julia Steel, Reading Sec'y
Bessie Lukens, Financial Sec'y
Emma Rick, Treasurer
Lula Werfleman, Warden
Lydia Sturgis, Conductor
Eugene Lafont, R.S.N.G.
Tony Copland, L.S.N.G.
Minta McNelly, R.S.V.G.
Cassie Heideman, L.S.V.G.
Ella Cummins, Inside Guardian
Mamie McCawley, Outside Guardian

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