T. Walling Pays $25 Fine

Ted Walling, of Salem, charged with unlawfully possessing intoxicating liquor, pleaded guilty when arraigned in police court before Judge Earl Race yesterday afternoon and was sentenced to pay a fine of $25.

Walling was arrested here several days ago following an automobile chase in which several police officers figured.

Source: Salem Capital Journal, August 10, 1922.

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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Girl Released As Witnesses Fail to Show

Eleanor Walling, 19 years of age, who with Raymond Delano was arrested several weeks ago in connection with the burglary of the Violin Exchange on Regent street, March 27, was released on her own recognizance today and the case continued indefinitely by City Judge Noel S. Pratt, when witnesses for the state failed to appear to testify against here.  Delano, who pleaded guilty to burglary and grand larceny in this case, was recently sentenced to serve and indeterminate term in the state prison.

When the Walling girl’s case was called this morning, Ray S. McCarty, assistant county attorney, found that not a single state witness was in court to help prosecute the case and, upon his motion, the accused was given her liberty.  Before action on McCarty’s motion for a dismissal, Judge Pratt made an effort to get in touch with the state witnesses by telephone.  After waiting for half an hour, Judge Pratt ordered a dismissal entered in the case. 

Source: Salt Lake Telegram, April 23, 1923.

Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Violins

Raymond Delano pleaded guilty to second degree burglary and grand larceny in City Judge Noel S. Pratt’s court Friday and was bound over to the district court for trial.  Delano was arrested with Eleanor Walling after both were alleged to have broken into the Violin Exchange on Regent street and carried three violins and three violin cases to the total value of $530.  The burglary is alleged to have been committed March 23.  The Walling woman was not in court when her case was called.  She is named jointly in the complaint.

Source: Salt Lake Telegram, April 7, 1923. 

Granted Divorce From Convicted Husband

Joyce Ann Hawks was granted a divorce from John E. Hawks, Jr. by Judge Robert S. Hunter Friday morning in circuit court. She charged her husband was a convicted felon.

Mrs. Hawks testified that on Oct. 13, 1959, Hawks pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny in Clay county circuit court at Liberty, Mo., and was sentenced to two years at the Missouri state farm in Algoa. She was given permission to resume her maiden name, Joyce Ann Rorick.

Source: Quincy Herald Whig, August 12, 1960.

Two Are Caught About To Enter Filling Station

Are Surprised by Neighbor Who Holds Them For Police.

Surprising two youthful bandits as they were about to enter the Richardson filling station at Fourth and Spring streets. Elmer E. Wagner, second-hand dealer, held them prisoners at the point of a gun while his mother ran to police headquarters for aid, Sunday evening.

And on Monday morning he saw the pair—Roy Howard and Leo Rorick—arraigned in police court, and bound over to the circuit court.

Police believe that the capture of the pair may solve a number of petty robberies in the north end of town. Howard and Rorick, however, have admitted none of the jobs of which they are suspected.

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Woman Sent to Workhouse.

Mrs. Carry Perry-Rorick had the police court to herself yesterday morning. She was arraigned on a charge of intoxication and was fined $5 and costs. She was unable to pay the fine and was sent down to the workhouse for 10 ½ days. The Rorick woman, who was only recently married, is addicted to the booze habit and was arrested on the levee Thursday morning by Officer Tom Ryan. It was thought best to send her down to the workhouse and give her a chance to sober up.

Source: Quincy Daily Whig, October 7, 1911.