Farmer Arrested

Millville (Shasta Co.), November 25.—Ezra Thomas, who owns no fewer than eleven Shasta County ranches, was arrested Saturday on complaint of Sterling A. Wise for malicious mischief, the allegation being that Thomas killed one of Wise’s hogs.  Thomas was taken to Redding and had no trouble in giving $250 bail guaranteeing his appearance before Judge Dunham on December 2nd for trial. It is supposed that Thomas shot the Wise hog, if the allegation be true, because the hog was troublesome to him.

About the only cases ever coming up in the Millville Court in troubles over marauding hogs.

Source: Sacramento Bee, November 25, 1907. 

Dog Poisoner at Redding.

REDDING, Aug. 3.—The two trained hunting dogs of Adolph Dobrowsky, the jeweler, were poisoned yesterday by some person unknown. Dudley Saeltzer of the McCormick lost a valuable mastiff at the same time in the same manner. Dobrowsky in particular is strongly aroused over the work of the dog poisoner, as his dogs had been his faithful companions upon many a hunting trip. An attempt was made two weeks ago to poison the mastiff belonging to the Gronwoldt brothers of the Golden Eagle hotel.

Source: Sacramento Union, August 4, 1907.

Six Boys In Court

Charged With Creating a Disturbance at Sunnyside.

Six boys were before Acting Judge McDevitt yesterday, charged with creating a disturbance at Sunnyside, on the complaint of Lillian and Sadie Brunner. Five of the boys said that one of their number, a boy named Jerome Bonaparte Walling, 10 years old, living on Hood street, had behaved improperly toward the complainants. The case will be heard in the Municipal Court Monday.

Source: Portland Oregonian, August 24, 1901.

Highway Robbery.

James Mullaney, known to our readers as the confidential man of C. Jacobs & Co., Boise City merchants, returned to that place a few days ago from a business trip to Montana, by stage. He relates that his only fellow passenger was one Polak, of Illinois, who was on his way back there with $850 in coin. On the stage were the express boxes from Virginia City—one a way and the other a through box—the first with about $1800 in it, the latter with over $10,000. When a hundred miles beyond Port Neuf Cañon, three masked highwaymen stopped the stage, ordered the driver to throw out the express box, and the passengers to alight—at the same time covering them with their Henry rifles. The driver threw out the way box; Polak surrendered his total sum in coin; but Mullaney, who had $300 in greenbacks in his pocket, protested his innocence of anything valuable so stoutly, and offered himself for search with so earnest an air, that the robbers believed him, and let him slide unsearched. After getting this booty they ordered the driver to go on. By his cleverness the Express box with $10,000 was saved. At the next station alarm was given, and six mounted men, well armed, started after the robbers. Mullaney thinks they are the same who robbed Raney and Welch last fall, and killed the latter after having robbed him.

Source: Idaho Semi-Weekly World, June 3, 1868.

Our “Celebrated Case.”

The case of Hattie Wray vs. Albert P. Rorick, for alleged criminal assault, was tried before ‘Squire Kurtz last week. The evidence being deemed not sufficient to hold the prisoner, the Justice discharged him. It is said that Rorick has dug a hole in the ground near his shack, and, such is his fear of the “gentle” sex, that he crawls into it whenever he sees a woman in the distance. It is now in order to arrest Rorick for having owned the horse which Johnson gobbed.

Source: Emmons County Record, October 15, 1884.

Untitled (John R. Sutton)

John R. Sutton of this city was made the victim of either a malicious attempt at assault and battery or a daring highway robbery at a late hour Sunday night. Sutton was walking on Oakland avenue near the P.O.&N. depot when he was set upon by an unknown person and rendered unconscious by a severe blow on the head. The blow was inflicted by a heavy stick of wood. Sutton did not have any money on his person at the time of the fracas.

Source: Oxford Leader, August 23, 1901.

Heartless Parents

Further Details of the Bad Axe Child Murder

“I think I have the right to do as I wish with my own flesh and blood.” Such were the words utter by W.C. Pangborn, of Bad Axe, the confessed murderer of his own child, to Sherriff Conaton, of Huron County, who was in the city yesterday[.] “Pretty heartless, was’nt it,” said the jovial Bad Axian as he puffed one of Chief Kain’s choice Havannas.

“Yes,” remarked J.T. Rorick, editor and proprietor of the Bad Axe Democrat, who had come down with the Sherriff, “It’s a pretty bad case and though telegraphed at the time, some of the details are not known. You see, the young girl Mary Haley, accomplice in the crime, confessed to me and I ought to know something about it. She is a farmer’s daughter out our way and Pangborn a farm hand, each 22 years of age. They fell in love with each other and the result was Mary gave birth to a child last February while visiting relatives in Mendon. Pangborn got a buggy and drove out for her, bringing her and the child back with him. When three miles from Bad Axe, according to the young mother’s account, they both got out of the buggy and placed the child, alive, under the ice of Willow Creek. The matter was kept quiet and no one was the wiser until the remains were found on May 13th last, and then by a train of circumstantial evidence followed by Sherriff Conaton, the guilt of the heartless parents was conclusively proved and last week he arrested them. Their case comes up in the October term and they will doubtless go over the road.[“]

Source: Saginaw Evening News, June 26, 1890.

Neighborhood Quarrel Is Aired In Court

Two Women Acquitted of Assault Charges by Jury.

Family Histories and Line Fence Relations Before Justice; Attorneys Indulge in Tilts.

Mrs. Crete Brockway and Mrs. Florence Crispell were acquitted yesterday in Justice Bennett’s court yesterday of charges of assault and battery made against them and on which they demanded a trial before a jury. The defendants, residents of Comstock street, were arrested January 24, after a neighborhood quarrel in which they engaged with Mrs. John Schauger [sic] and Mrs. Earl Goodrich. Brooms, stove pokers, snow shovels and curtain rods figured prominently in the testimony that was given yesterday and both sides went into some detail into the history of their long drawn-out troubles.

Feeling between Mrs. Schauger and Mrs. Crispell was very cordial when the Crispells and the Brockways moved to the Comstock street neighborhood. According to Mrs. Crispell, Mrs. Schauger was “too friendly, if anything,” and she related how Mrs. Schauger had warned her against associating with a majority of the other women in the block if she wanted to “amount to anything.”

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Two Women Before Court After Neighborhood Fray

Police Called to Quiet Affairs Say Stove Pokers and Snow Shovels Were Used.

After a neighborhood encounter between residents of Comstock street early today which the police were called upon to quiet, Miss Crete Brockway and Mrs. Florence Crispell, both of 612 Comstock street were arraigned in justice court this morning on charges of assault and battery.

The warrants charging the offense were made out respectively by John Schauger [sic] and Earl Goodrich. Miss Brockway is charged with striking and otherwise mistreating Mrs. Elizabeth Schauger [sic] and Mrs. Crispell is charged with striking Mrs. Iva Goodrich. In justice court this morning Mrs. Crispell pleaded not guilty and her trial was set for January 27. Miss Brockway pleaded guilty and was told to appear in justice court on January 27. The bond for each woman was set at $200.

The quarrel, according to the police who were called at 6:30 this morning to quiet it, started from some undetermined cause but it soon grew into “some scrap,” as one of the women expressed it in court. Stove pokers and snow shovels were used to advantage by the women before they could be parted, police say.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 24, 1920.

“Mashers” Ordinance Invoked

John Conrad, an advertising solicitor, was brought into the Municipal Court yesterday charged with violating the “mashers” ordinance. Conrad will have a hearing Monday. He is charged with annoying Helen Toews, the 16-year-old daughter of Mrs. Mary Toews by attempting to engage her in conversation on the street. It is alleged he followed her home, after being rebuffed, and later sent her a note, written the back of a saloon card, which read, “Little one—Meet me at the Postoffice tonight at 8 o’clock.” A warrant was issued for Conrad’s arrest.

Source: Portland Oregonian, April 16, 1910.