St. John Jottings (Excerpt)

The authorities last Saturday raided the livery barn of Walling brothers in search of a certain blind pig that has strayed here from some other town, presumably Colfax or Spokane.  A dray load of bottles, mostly empty, was seized as evidence. Papers were served on the two Walling boys and Fred Cook, the former charges with allowing the use of their premises for illicit purposes and the latter for selling liquor without a license.  The hearing was set for Tuesday, but the cases have been continued until July 6.  Meanwhile it is a little doubtful, some think, just what Justice Case will do with the bottles and their contents, as the Fourth comes before the trial.

Source:  Colfax Gazette, June 24, 1904.


Local Brevities (Excerpt)

Otto and E. Walling, charged with allowing liquor to be dispensed unlawfully upon their premises in St. John, were arraigned before Judge Chadwick, Monday. Their attorney, J.T. Brown, demurred to the complaint and Judge Chadwick has the question under advisement.

Source: Colfax Gazette, August 5, 1904.

Wallings in Trouble Again

Otto and E. Walling of St. John were bound over to the superior court Friday by Justice Case of that town and they furnished bonds in the sum of $200 each. Both are charged with allowing their livery barn to be used as a place for the distribution of intoxicating liquors. The Wallings have been in trouble before.

Source: Colfax Gazette, July 15, 1904.

Warrants Signed For Brewer And Rochelle

While he and his companion, Walter Davis, 17, were peacefully standing on Henry street, Friday night, William Rochelle, 20, North Fifth and Heaton streets, told police, William Brewer, 41, 215 South Shuler avenue, approached them, started an argument and without provocation struck Davis in the mouth. Rochelle signed a warrant charging Brewer with being intoxicated.

The altercation took place on Henry street. Officers Justice and McCormick arrested Brewer. Brewer denied he was drunk. Officer Koch, ambulance driver, said Brewer was intoxicated when taken to the city jail.

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Victim of Murder and Shooting Tragedy Discovered By Daughter of Slain Woman Lying Close Together On Back Porch of City Residence

Enactment of a double tragedy in which Mrs. Fred Neil of Ashland, member of a prominent Klamath family, was shot to death and Ray Jillson, believed to be her murderer, died from a self inflicted bullet, occurred at one o’clock yesterday afternoon in the Neil residence in Ashland according to Ashland police. Jillson, 34, a member of a prominent Jackson county family, after sending four bullets through Mrs. Neil’s body then turned the gun on himself, death coming instantly.

Mrs. Neil was shot four times with a .38 Wesson revolver and from the effects of the bullets it is estimated by police that the two could not have been separated more than three feet when the shots were fired.

Three of the shots entered the body of Mrs. Neil, two shots, either of which would have proved fatal. The first shot entered the left breast above the heart and the second shot about an inch below the right ear.


During An Operation





Doctor Arrested as He Was About to Take a Train for Detroit.

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 24.—(Special.)—Miss E.M. Richards, a domestic whose home is at Middleville, died this afternoon at the Eagle hotel from the effects, it is alleged, of chloroform administered by C.T. Bennett, of Detroit. Dr. Bennett is about 55 years old and has an office at 38 Winder street, Detroit. He says that he is a graduate of the University of Michigan of the class of ’72 and that he is a regular practitioner. For the past eighteen years he has made a regular circuit about the state, making regular visits at Jackson, Coldwater, Adrian, Lapeer, Bay City, Owosso, Iona, Lansing, Marshall and Battle Creek, spending only about half of his time at home. He always made his headquarters in this city at the Eagle hotel. He treated diseases of women as a specialty and advertised extensively. His patients about the state had cards showing just what days in the year he would be at each place. He arrived in this city this morning and had a number of callers. This afternoon about 5 o’clock, just as he was about to pack his grip and leave for home, Miss Richards called. He says he treated her several times before for rectal trouble, once at her home in Middleville and twice in this city. She has been working in Platteville, Wis., since her last visit to him and when she called to-day she complained of feeling worse than ever. He at once decided an operation would be necessary. He had but one little room, a bedroom, in which he received his patients, and Miss Richards was told to lie upon the bed.

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Open Mouth in Open Court

And As A Result, Charles Rorick, The Front Street Barber, Was Cast Into A Cell.

After Jack Mausperger and Albert Marshall, two barbers who had altercation at Charles Rorick’s shop, on the levee yesterday, had testified, each claiming the other had assaulted him, Charles Rorick, who was in court much the worse for wear, arose and insisted on testifying in the case also.  Judge Scheid, nettled by this interference on the part of Rorick, ordered the offender locked up on a charge of drunkenness.  Mausperger, who was charged with disturbing the peace in the warrant sworn out by Marshall, was discharged.

Source:  Quincy Daily Journal, July 11, 1908.

Charges Dropped Against Otto Walling

Otto Walling, charged with receiving stolen property, knowing it to be stolen, has been under bond since last Spring. He was charged with a being a “fence” for a gang of horsethieves from Umatilla County, Oregon. A lot of horses stolen in Oregon were brought to Walling’s ranch and he traded them to Whitman County farmers. The horses were recovered. Six members of the gang with which Walling was charged with being connected, were sent to the penitentiary from Pendleton. Prosecuting Attorney Hanna dismissed the charge against Walling. The stockmen of western Whitman County were raising a fund to employ assistance for the Prosecuting Attorney when they heard of his action.

Source:  Portland Oregonian, November 28, 1903.

Motorist is ‘Pinched’ Then Praises Cops

C.L. Rorick, of Chicago, employed as a traveling salesman by a number of firms, praised the efficiency of the Muncie police department to Chief of Police McIlvane and Judge Ralph S. Gregory, in police headquarters, Thursday morning, fifteen minutes after he had been brought to headquarters by Detective Guffigan, who found him in charge of an automobile that displayed no state license.

“In all my travels with arat [sic] machine, this is the first time I have been stopped by an officer,” Rorick said in commenting on his detention. “I left Chicago April 19—two days after I bought the car—and since that time I have visited the leading cities of Indiana, which included Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, New Castle, Anderson, Richmond, Fort Wayne and Terre Haute, and not once did an officer throw up his hand to me asking that I stop.

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