Jail Romance Is Over

Helen Toews, Cleared, Leaves With Husband and Admirer Stays.

Helen Toews walked out of the county jail yesterday on the arm of Paul Wittcke, her first husband whom she declared she loved more than any other man, after the grand jury had returned a not true bill as a result of its investigation of the charge of polygamy, on which she was held in county jail.

John Keefe, her county jail admirer, whom she had never seen, was left behind, fretting away his time in solitary confinement, because he had contrived a scheme to pass love notes to the fair Helen in the women’s quarters and had plotted with her to escape.

Mrs. Toews, or Mrs. Wittcke, declared that her first act would be to file suit to annul her second marriage, which she declares was contracted when she believed Wittcke had procured a divorce from her.

The girl would say nothing about the secret jail courtship with John Keefe.

“You have to do something to pass away the time here or you’ll go crazy,” she told Wittcke.

Source: Portland Oregonian, February 28, 1915.

Couple In Jail Woo And Plan Escape

Helen Toews on Eighth Floor and John Keefe on Seventh Defy Walls and Bars.


Woman Held as Having Too Many Husband and Alleged Land-Frander [sic] Plight Troth at Courthouse, by Use of String.

Love laughs at steel bars and concrete and rigid jail regulations as well as at locksmiths.

To this extent George H. Hurlburt, superintendent of the County Jail, is a wiser man. And yet he laughed unfeelingly yesterday as he told of shattering a romance within the jail.

Separated by a scant 10 feet of steel and concrete, hindered by strict rules and regulations and able only on rare occasions to hear each other’s voice, John Keefe and Helen Toews carried on a courtship, contracted an engagement and planned their future happiness. They also planned to escape from the jail and for this their romance suffered a sudden jolt.

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Parents Of Bay Victim Formerly Lived Here

F. [sic] Toner, who was killed at Toledo, Or., a few days ago, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Toner. Mr. Toner lived in Oregon City several years ago, and is well known here. The young man was in company with three other young men, all of whom lost their lives in the bay when the boat capsized. Another son of Mr. and Mrs. Toner died of typhoid fever.

Source: Oregon City Enterprise, October 23, 1912.

Hoat Gold Company Begins Operations

Company Operating Six Miles from Nogales Has Fine Prospects

NOGALES, May 20.—Mr. W.H. Enderton, of Enderton & Randall, assayers, left this afternoon for Gold Hill, where he will be associated for several weeks as millman with “The Hoat Gold Amalgamated Co.” the properties of this company are located six miles from Nogales on the Santa Cruz river. Two stamp mills with a capacity of twenty tons per day will begin operating tomorrow, and the erection of a third mill will begin at once. The Hoat Gold Co. are at present employing twenty hands. George Gartline of Los Angeles is president, and J. Cooley, vice president. This morning capitalists from Los Angeles began work erecting a stamp mill on an adjoining property.

Source: Arizona Daily Star, May 21, 1911.

Birthday Party

Ruth Rorick was the hostess to a number of her small friends Friday afternoon, the occasion being her ninth birthday. The children enjoyed sandwiches, ice cream and cake, and candy, the tables being prettily trimmed in pink and white, with a big birthday cake as the centerpiece, duly furnished with candles and embellished with the name of the lady in whose honor the function was given. Games outdoors and an auto ride finished a happy afternoon.

Those present were Elizabeth Reid, Melola Rowe, Mehulda Salmons, Harriet Salmons, Margery Salmons, Rebecca Salmons, Ruth Carter, Elizabeth Spencer, Ruth and Helen Rorick.

Source: Oceanside Blade, April 29, 1911.

Contract Let For Residence

F.W. Rieke has the contract for a residence to be built for David Rorick on property adjoining his present home in Riverside Terrace. The building will be of two stories, 28×38 feet in size. There will be two porches with floors of cement. The house will contain on the lower floor an entrance hall, living room, den, dining room, and kitchen. Upstairs will be four bed chambers and a bath room. One feature of the living room will be a large brick fire place. There will be a basement beneath the home.

The exterior finish will be of shingles, stained. Inside, the woodwork will be stained slash grain pine with exposed beams in the living room, dining room and entrance hall. The building will cost about $3000 and the contractors expect to begin work about March 1st.

Source: Oceanside Blade, January 21, 1911.