Crimes & Court

Mason City Journal, January 8, 1875

194 cases of misdemeanor and violation of the sacred ordinances of the town of Petersburg, were tried before the Police Magistrate in that city, during the past year. A synopsis of them is given in the Democrat. Of these, 72 were for drunkenness and 28 for the twin-sister vice, keeping and patronizing houses of ill fame; of the remaining 84 cases, the probability is that nine-tenths of them were in consequence of the sale of liquor. If Petersburg and Mason City would shut up their saloons, they would have no need of a Police Magistrate, or calaboose in either place.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Mason City Journal, January 22, 1875

A couple of roughs named Gum and Atterbery, got into a fight in Petersburg, and Gum went for his opponent with a pocket knife, cutting him severely on the side of the neck, and other places on his body.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Urbana Daily Courier, June 22, 1909
Wants Heavy Damages
Petersburg, June 22 - James L. Ames, by his attorneys, Watkins & Golden, has filed suit in the circuit court against the Tallula Coal Company for damages in the sum of $3,000 as the result of injuries alleged to have been sustained in the defendant company's mine.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

The Decatur Daily Review, December 14, 1911

Fancy Prairie, Dec. 14 - The bank of Fancy Prairie was visited by robbers about 12:15 this morning, who blew off the outer door of the safe and twisted the door to the strong box, and then escaped after an exchange of shots with citizens of the village. No cash was secured.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn