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Luther Kitchel, Accidental Shooting
On the same day ("9th inst.") a young man named Luther Kitchel, of Newberg, accidently shot himself with a rifle. The ball entered below the right breast, shattering one of the ribs, and passed out on the left side of the back bone. His recovery is doubtful.
[The Illinois Free Trader and LaSalle County Commercial Advertiser, September 17, 1841]
Contributed by Kim Torp
Henry A. Fowler
Henry A. Fowler: This ruffian and a Mr. Hamilton, were attending a dance near Nebo in the spring of 1878, where they drank and quarreled until Fowler cut Hamilton across the arm with a knife, and the latter bled to death. Fowler was arrested and April 6, 1878, was indicted for murder. Before his trial he escaped from jail, but voluntarily returned and delivered himself up. The trial resulted in his conviction and sentence to confinement in the State prison for two years.
Source: [History of Pike County, Illinois - Transcribed by KP]
Pike County News 1892
Ambrose Downs
Sunday night at Perry, Pike county, a boy named LEVETT pointed a gun at a boy named AMBROSE DOWNS and pulled the trigger. DOWNS fell dead, shot through the head. LEVETT says he did not know the gun was loaded.
Source: [Contributed by Kim Torp - Rushville Times, Dec 1, 1892]
Pike County News 1925
Special to the State Journal - Pittsfield, Dec. 8
He wasn't a burglar. He was merely playing detective. So, after hearing his plea a jury in circuit court here, acquitted WILLIE DUNAWAY, 22, on a charge of entering the home of WILL MITCHELL. DUNAWAY was caught in MITCHELL'S home alright, but he insisted he had gone into the house to obtain evidence of bootlegging; of which he believed MITCHELL guilty. MITCHELL, he declared, had caused him considerable trouble, compelling him to leave the neighborhood. His visit, he insisted, was one of retaliation. MITCHELL, prominent in local politics, is proprietor of a dance hall at Florence.
Source: [Sep. 9, 1925 - Daily Illinois State Journal ]
Pike County News 1928
Weekly Messenger, August 29, 1928
We are properly equipped to handle your poultry, eggs, cream, hides, etc. and are always in the market with the highest cash prices. We feel our service will please you. J. C. YOKEM & SON.
Hauling by truck any time and any place. SCHLIEPER BROS.
BARTON & LEMMON BROTHERS, dealers in Gram and Coal.
Showing of new fall millinery, Saturday, Sept. 1st at HARMAN Furniture Store,
WEAVER'S Grocery store was offering Pink SalmonTall can for 18 cents or 2 for 35 cents, Argo Starch 3 for 25 cents, and Barrell shape quart jar of Mustard for 20 cents.
BAKER'S was offering two-piece suits from $21.75. There were 300 samples to choose from.
Bay State refrigerators, medium priced and save your food.
RICHARD HARMAN Motor Sales Company had a nice selection of Firestone tire. They were gum dipped and guaranteed for life against all defects.
Saturday Special, one day only. Sugar, 25 pounds for $1.69, Mens work shoes for $2.37 and Blue chambray full cut shirts for 66 cents. H. BUTLER & SON
DICKERSON Drug Co., was offering a free lollypop free with each school tablet the first week of school.
HARRY A. AYERS was offering one 5-cent pencil with every tablet sold on Saturday.
Part of the ad ran by Citizens State Bank stated: The farmer borrows money when he has a profitable, productive use for it. It is no disgrace to be in debt if it is an honest debt. We discourage borrowing for speculation because we know such a debt is not a wise one.
INMAN'S Cafe offers lunch, meals, candy, ice cream and cold drinks.
JACK VENABLE has his 1928 Chevrolet coach for sale. This car has been used for demonstration for about 90 days.
Source: [Submitted by the Harman House Newsletter - from The Weekly Messenger, March 29,1944]
Pike County News 1936
The Weekly Messenger, Sept 2, 1936
PAUL BROWNING and family have moved in Homer Adams house since Mr. and Mrs. ADAMS have moved in with his mother, Mrs. Delia Adams.
Mrs. FRED SCHMDLER and daughter, Prances of St Louis, and Mr. and Mrs. MELVIN LEINWEBER of Louisiana, Mo., spent Sunday with ERNEST GUTHRIE and family.
A. F. WOMBLES and family spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. TINE WONBLES in New Hartford.
Most everyone in this community attended the Centennial celebration in Pleasant Hill Friday and Saturday.
Miss KATHERINE GAY returned to her home here after several days visit with her aunt, ADA MARTIN, in Chicago.
GENEVIEVE HOOVER returned to her home from the St Mary's hospital in Quincy, last week.
HARRY IRVING and family were in Louisiana, Saturday evening.
WILMA JEAN WOMBLES is recovering from an attack of appendicitis.
Source: [Submitted by the Harman House Newsletter - from The Weekly Messenger, March 29,1944]
Pike County News 1944
The Weekly Messenger, March 29, 1944
New Canton: Woman Dies after Rescue From Farm Well
Mrs. NICHOLAS KIMBLE, 44, died Wednesday afternoon at her home, three and 1/2 miles east of New Canton, soon after she had been rescued from a well at the home of a neighbor.
Mrs. KIMBLE had been suffering from a previous breakdown. At noon when her husband came to the house he found their 13-month old daughter alone. He called neighbors and a search started. Two neighbors, LUTHER GARNER and "BLACKEY" SMITH, found tracks leading to a vacant house about a quarter of a mile away, and found the door over a well open.
They found Mrs. KIMBLE in the well, her head was above the water, which was about five feet deep, she was removed from the well and an ambulance was called but she died before the ambulance arrived.
Surviving are her husband and Seven children.
Source: [Submitted by the Harman House Newsletter - from The Weekly Messenger, March 29,1944]
Pike County News 1945
Weekly Messenger, 14 February 1945
Labor Saving show Legion Hall Feb. 20

Here are just a few of the many gadgets to be shown at the labor saving show and farmers' institute at Legion Hall next Tuesday, Feb. 20:
Home-made power post hole digger, livestock chute, folded harrow hitch for narrow gates, bulldozer for moving manure and earth, power hay hoist, bale carrier for pick-up baler, combination hayrack and wagon bed, home-made wagon, hog feeders, home-made loom, hog waterer float, gasoline lawn mower, gas garden tractor, weed mower, labor-saving household gadgets, etc.
ORR BROTHERS of Griggsville will show a new wrinkle in sectional hog houses and P. W. PROCTOR will show some of the results of thinking in terms of labor-saving in his ag department at the high school.
Two truck-loads of labor saving equipment will be exhibited by the state university. The Rural Youth
Source: [Submitted by the Harman House Newsletter - from The Weekly Messenger, March 29,1944]
First Man Hung in Illinois
The first man hung in Illinois, by "due course of law," since the legislature gave the jury the descretion to hag a ma guilty of a capital offense or imprison him for life, was Bartholomew Barnes, at Pittsfield, Pike County, on Friday of last week. He had cruelly and brutally murdered a man named John Gresham, in Calhoun County, but his trial and execution took place in Pike County on a change of venue.
[Source: Ottawa Free Trader: Saturday, January 6, 1871, pg. 4] Transcribed by Koni Proctor
Traded Papoose for Pumpkins
Peter Scholl, 18th child of the Blue Licks veteran, Abraham Scholl, who built the first log house where now is Griggsville in 1825, was a friend of Black Hawk, the famous Indian chief, who sometimes in early days visited the Scholl home in north Pike comity. Peter, born in Clark county, Ky., in 1818, was reared among the Indians and spoke their language.
His grandson, Jacob E. Scholl of Chicago, relates a story of a trade that was once negotiated between his grandfather and a chief of the Sauk and Foxes (he thinks it was Black Hawk himself), wherein the Indians swapped Peter Scholl a papoose for pumpkins. The Indian band, calling on Scholl at his cabin in north Pike, was attracted by the brilliant yellow of a pile of pumpkins and indicated they ware ready to trade for some of them. Scholl, in a joking manner, suggested he would give them some pumpkins in exchange for a good-looking papoose carried by one of the squaws.
The Indians conferred, and finally presented the papoose to Scholl. He gave them the pumpkins and insisted that they take back the papoose. The Indian chief insisted with equal earnestness that a trade was a trade and the papoose was Scholl's. Scholl finally had to give the Indians some more pumpkins to induce them to take back the papoose.

Source: Harman House Newsletter, Aug 2015 - (The Pike County Republican, June 10, 1942)
Baby of Pioneers, Lost on Prairie,Found by Indians:
Atlas pioneers were wont to relate a story of a baby daughter of Major Jeremiah and Margaret Rose, early settlers at Atlas who in 1822 moved to John Wood's bachelor cabin on the site of modern Quincy. The story related to an incident that occurred in 1821.
It seemed that the child strayed one day from the log home in the settlement and became lost in the tall prairie grass that waved head high over the bottoms; the child was found by a Sauk Indian and taken to the Indian encampment on the Sny. There the little girl was recognized by a squaw who had been nursed through a fever by a family in the settlement, whether the family of Rose or Rufus Brown is not clear. The baby was at once returned by the Indians to her distracted family. This child grew up to young womanhood in Quincy and there became the wife of George Brown of the early Quincy business firm of Brown & Dimock.
Mrs. Margaret Rose, mother of the child of the Indian story, was a sister of Rufus Brown, of the early settlements at Atlas and Quincy. Margaret was the fist white woman at Quincy, as her daughter was the first white child.
Mrs. Rose was an aunt (by marriage) of Mrs. Mabel Kingsbury Moreland, wife of D. E. Moreland of the Moreland drug store in Pittsfield, Mrs. Moreland remembers in her early girlhood haying seen her pioneer aunt in the latter's old age at Quincy. The famous pioneer woman, she says, looked like a bit of Dresden china.
Source: Harman House Newsletter Aug 2015 - (The Pike County Republican, June 10, 1942)
Indians Were Friendly With Pike Pioneers
Indians sometimes visited the early settlement at Atlas but they were seldom troublesome. The tribes at that time were peaceful. For weeks at a time the first Atlas settlers, Franklin and Shinn, saw no one outside their own families save an occasional roving Indian.
Misses Laura and Maggie Adams of Atlas, who occupy the old Ross mansion mat was begun with logs in 1821, relate history of the old mansion that they learned mostly from their grandmother who told of Indians coming down from the bluffs to pay friendly visits and to be fed, and of how on many occasions her kitchen was crowded with curious natives.
Chief Keokuk and 500 of his warriors, enroute to meet another tribe in battle, once held a war dance on the banks of the Sny but sent word to the settlers at Atlas that they meant them no harm. Chief Keokuk was described by the settlers as an imposing chieftain, a noble type of savage warrior. Chief Black Hawk, who also occasionally visited the settlement, was described as a little man with one eye.

Source: Harman House Newsletter Aug 2015 - (The Pike County Republican, June 10, 1942)
Armed Robbery at Harry Cox Home in Atlas - 1/31/1970
The home of Mr. and Mrs Harry Cox in Atlas was the scene of an armed robbery Monday night at 7:30 Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Mibbs of Hennepin, II., were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Cox and watching television when a visitor rapped on the door and Mr. Cox answered the door. A man with a ski mask over his face said, "this is a holdup." Mr. Cox thought it was a Halloween prankster and answered, "you're kidding." The robber then struck him in the mouth knocking him across the living room and then with a gun in his hand took over, asking where they kept their money. He took purses, billfolds, two watches, a ring and credit cards. The robbery was completed in about ten minutes and the robber departed with above $100 in cash along with the other items above.
The Pike County Sheriff's Office and the Illinois Highway Patrol are investigating the robbery

Contributed June Daniels from the "Harman House News" - Weekly Messenger News
1897 - Atempted Murder Quincy - Crater - Kessinger
The following are additional particulars of the shooting of Ransom Kessinger, jr., by Henry Crater near Pearl, in Pike County, taken from the Pittsfield Times; The weapon used was a shotgun loaded with medium sized shot, and forty-five sot entered the left side of the body ranging from the head downward to the abdomen. The most of the shot entered the body in the vicinity of the heart, three entering the left lung. Kessinger is in a critical condition and grave doubts are entertained as to his recovery.
The shooting occurred on the farm of G.W. Smith, which formerly belonged to Ransom Kessinger, and father of the wounded man, and in which he retains a life interest, about two miles southeast of Old Pearl. Young Kessinger was hulling clover on his farm for Abe Crater, father of Henry, and while at work, Henry Crater came to him to talk about some clover in an adjoining field. They were discussing the feasibility of hauling the clover to where the machine was situated. Kessinger states that the conversation wa friendly and that he agreed to go through the field to where the clover was and to look at it. In order to reach the field it was necessary to go some distance out of the way in order to avoid a deep gully, the sides of which were covered with a dense growth of brush. The path along this gully led directly toward the house where Crater lived. When about one hundred yards from Crater's residence Kessinger heard some one in the cornfield and as he turned to look around the shot was fired. Henry Crater came running toward him saying:
" I have killed you, you . _____!".
Ransom replied, "No you have not killed me!"
Crater then turned and ran home, telling his folks that he had shot Kessinger, then started to go to his father's house, a short distance away, to return the gun, which he had secured there. He has not been seen since.
Kessinger states there has never been any unpleasantness between him and Crater, and that he knows of no reason for the attempt upon his life. A brother of young Kessinger came here yesterday morning and swore out a warrant for Crater, charging him with assault with intent to kill. The warrant was placed in the hands of Deputy Sheriff Duey, where is now on the trail of the fugitive.
As state above no positive reason for the crime is known. It is said by the neighbors that Crater is insanely jealous of his wife and that Kessinger is one of those of whom he was suspicious. He has threatened the lives of other men for this reason and said he would kill them if he caught them on his premises. His wife was formerly married to Joshua Newnom, and she left him for Crater, and after being divorced married him.

GORTON, Libbie - Attempted Suicide
Barry Items, Jan 22nd, 1884: Quite a sensation was created here last Saturday morning by the attempted suicide of a young girl, Miss Libbie Gorton, the adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Gorton, who was discovered evidently suffering great agony, but her life was saved by the timely arrival of Dr. McKinney, who relieved her of the poison. As to the cause of the rash act, it is said that the girl was desperately in love with a well known young man who reciprocated her feeling, but a stern parent in the case would not consent to their union.
Contributed by Virginia Bonne - [Pike Co. Dem. Pittsfield, 24 Jan 1884]
Three Suspects in Train Robbery - May 26, 1909 - Quincy Journal
Three men arrested yesterday on the charge of vagrancy, E.J. Manderson, William Young and B. Fletcher, were fined $5 and costs-by Magistrate Scheid in the police court yesterday morning. The result is they will be held in the work house under the charge of vagrancy for fourteen and a half days.
The men arrested gave their occupation as railroad employes and there was nothing to deny the story.
Later Chief Koch and his officers discovered one of them, who gave his name as E. J. Manderson, answered the description of John Shumway. who several years ago was arrested in St. Louis for safe-blowing. A telegram to the police of St. Louis, however, was to the effect that Shumway was not wanted for any crime at the present time. The Shumway, if this it the man, .is charged with being a professional crook.
At the present time the police are particulraly vigilant on acconnt of the several train robberies, and they are taking no chances on strange visitors. They are anxious to secure the big rewards which the railroad companies are offering for the capture of the men who have been holding up trains. In some states, Missouri, for instance, the penalty is death. In others it is life imprisonment.
A picture of the men was sent to St. Louis by mail yesterday, and the: description of each of them. They claim io he railroad men out of a job and do not deny they solicited small funds and that they spent the money for beer.
Manderson may be Manderson, and he may be Shumway, but so far as the St. Louis officers know they have no charge against him, although they claim Shumway is a safe-blower and a yeggman.

Dolly Likes the Gay Life - - Source [Tuesday, April 26, 1910 - The Quincy Daily Journal, Page 1, Section: Front Page]
JasperTurnbaugh of Pleasant Hill, Pike County, Has a Daughter In Chicago Who Doesn't Propose to Return To Him
(Chicago, April 26) - "Inspector Wheeler--What has been done with Laura Turnbaugh? Advise me quick. Am her father. Jasper Turnbaugh" The above telegram from Pleasant Hill, Ill., received by Inspector Wheeler yesterday, may mean that 16 year old Laura Turnbaugh, or "Dolly Smith", as she called herself when taken into custody by the police, will return to the life she disliked--the baking of corn fritters, weaving, darning, and feeding of chickens, etc. instead of realizing her dream of life in a great city.
"Dolly", who has had several offers of a good home, with clothing and education, admitted to Inspector Wheeler later that her father is alive, but she said his actions after her mother's death killed the affection she had for him.
She said her father was formerly a Methodist minister and that "he preached until he married ma, then he did ditching". The girl declared vehemently that she would not go home with her father.
"When mamma died five years ago," she continued, "he didn't think anything of us. He sent my oldest sister away, and me, too. I was sent to my aunt, Mrs. Sullivan, in Sedalia, MO. He never thought of me, he never wrote, and only once did he come to see my aunt. That was two years ago on a Fourth of July. He went away the next day. I guess he has been ditching since."
Inspector Wheeler will not take any action regarding the girl until he has heard again from her father. Dolly says she has only one sister, Mrs. Noel Zumwalt of Alton, Illinois, and that her father has married since her mother's death.
"Won't you go home to your father now?" asked the inspector.
"No!" She spoke the word with indignation. "I won't go back home to him. I like Chicago, it is so big. And besides, the warm weather there does not agree with me."

Contributed by Kathy Robinson
31 Oct 1937 - Nebo IL to Boydsville AR - Letter Boydsville, Ark --- Oct 31, 1937
Dear Brother,
Such a sad note to write our darling is gone. Steve died Oct 29th at 8:00 o'clock a.m. but the end came so quick he had a stroke of paralysis on Monday nite and only lived until Friday morning. He knew everything to the end but could not talk to us.
We haven't heard from you folks for such a long time & we always loved to hear from you so will hope you write us soon.
Ruby & William are moving in with me so I won't have to leave my old home. I had rather stay here as to move away & scatter everything around.
I guess you are still staying with Ada & Homer & suppose their boy is great big.
I will close lots of love to all from your sister & children.
M.J. Stone
Enveloped addressed to Mr. James H. Stone, Nebo, IL; couldn't make out the return address of M.J. Stone.

Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.
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