Return Of Wanderer

Thomas Jackson Back After Mysterious Disappearance

Supposed Statement That Does Agree With Stories Told Police Nor With Official Theories

Thomas B. Jackson, former employee of the Boise Artesian Hot & Cold Water company, who home is at Lincoln avenue and Second street, in South Boise, and who suddenly and mysteriously disappeared Saturday afternoon, February 5, without telling his wife of his intentions, and without giving his employers notice, has returned to Boise.

Jackson is alleged to have come back here last Tuesday night, on the Pony from Huntington, having come from Los Angeles, to which city Sheriff James Bennett had traced him by February 17, after he had previously located him in Portland.

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Jackson is supposed to have made a public statement yesterday morning to the effect that he had grown disgusted by the small wages paid to him by the water company, namely $15 per week; that he resolved on that account to quit Boise and go to another city in search of other employment; that he did not tell his wife of his determination, because “he knew that she would seriously object;” that he never notified his employers, and that he had secured a position at $80 per month from the municipal water company in Los Angeles, but had returned to Boise to “give the lie to sensational stories printed about his disappearance.”

Not On Account Of Relatives

Jackson, it is said, stated further that the principal reason for his leaving Boise in such a mysterious and abrupt manner was not because he had become tired of supporting 11 people, most of whom were his wife’s relatives.

Jackson refused last night to make an explanation of his peculiar movements or to discuss the reason for his sudden departure on February 5.

Statement by Police Captain.

In regard to the denials issued in this case, Captain Charles Van Dorn of the police said last night: “Mrs. Jackson’s denial that she asked the police to search from her husband and her statement that none of her relatives asked to the police to hunt for Jackson is incorrect. Mrs. Jackson telephoned to the police station Monday, February 5, on the night of the day that her husband left Boise. She was raving and hysterical at that time. She said that her husband had disappeared; that she feared he had met with foul play; that he she thought he had been murdered or committed suicide; that she wanted the police to look for him. She said that she had talked to Jackson over the telephone that afternoon at 1 o’clock, and that she had arranged from him to meet her boy and do some shopping, and that when he failed to show that evening she became alarmed at his absence. By Sunday night Mrs. Jackson was on the verge of madness. She telephoned to the police station time after time, begging us to find her husband and reiterating her fears of foul play. She said she could not understand why he should leave home without telling her.

Repeated by a Relative.

“The next day Mr. Jarrett, Jackson’s brother-in-law, came to the police station accompanied by his wife, who is Mrs. Jackson’s sister. They repeated Mrs. Jackson’s story and said Jackson had suddenly disappeared and they thought he had been murdered or committed suicide.

“I made an investigation and satisfied myself that Jackson had become tired of supporting so many people on the slender wages of $15 a week. I read the account of the affair published in The Statesman, including the various statements made by Mrs. Jackson, Jarrett and Jackson’s old employers. I believe that The Statesman told the truth about that case, where Jackson denies it or not.

“If Jackson has come back, that is his affair. Jackson is a hard worker and is very kind hearted, and I have no doubt he changed his mind and resolved to come back and face the music for the sake of his wife. Jackson worked for Samuel Davis on the sewers, and he is said to be a good workman.”

What Jarrett Told Sheriff.

Jackson, in his supposed statement, says that he wrote to his wife and that she received the letter on Tuesday, February 8, but Sheriff Bennet made a thorough investigation of the case, and Jarrett, in a statement taken down for the sheriff by a stenographer on Thursday, February 17, admitted to the sheriff that Mrs. Jackson had not heard from Jackson, and that there were nine people living on Jackson when he fled from Boise.

Source: The Idaho Statesman, March 3, 1910.


Jackson May Be In California

Sheriff in Receipt of Information as to Whereabouts of Missing Man.

Has Been Working in Portland and Is Reported to Have Gone to Los Angeles.

Sheriff James A. Bennett has traced Thomas B. Jackson, the missing water works employe [sic] who disappeared suddenly about two weeks ago, to Portland, where he is reported to have taken passage by boat to San Francisco with Los Angeles as his objective point, where he is said to have procured employment. This information resulted from a communication sent by Jackson to a friend living in Boise, who placed the letter, the contents of which has not been made public, in the hands of the officers. Telegrams have been sent to the authorities in both California cities giving a description of Jackson for the purposes of identification and requesting an arrest.

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Had To Borrow A Christmas Turkey Of Mother-In-Law

A.F. Dobrowsky Meets An Emergency And His Guests Are Not Disappointed

And what do you think of borrowing a dressed turkey of your mother-in-law Christmas morning so that guests you had invited to dinner should not be disappointed? That is what A.F. Dobrowsky, the Market street jeweler, had to do, and it all came about this way.

Dobrowsky had provided two fat birds for the Christmas feast. They were hung up in the lattice enclosed porch to await Christmas morning. He and his went to the Native Sons’ dance Christmas eve, leaving the house alone. When Mrs. Dobrowsky went to the porch Christmas morning to take the turkeys and prepare them for roasting, one of them was gone—evidently stolen.

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Dobrowskys Hosts on Christmas

Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Dobrowsky entertained a group of relatives over the Christmas holidays. The latter’s mother, Mrs. Margaret Gardner, and Mr. and Mrs. Burle Jones of Berkeley and Mrs. William Holmes from near Redwood City, were house guests. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Holmes are sisters of Mrs. Dobrowsky.

Completing the party on Christmas day were Mr. and Mrs. Baird Dobrowsky and children, Sherrill and Barry, and Jack Dobrowsky.

Source: Redding Record, December 27, 1939.

Sheriff Takes Hand In Game

Official Decides to Look Into the Disappearance of Thomas B. Jackson.

M.M. Jarrett Examined

Close Examination Fails to Add Materially to Statesman’s Accounts.

Following a rigid cross-examination of the man Jarrett by Sheriff Bennett yesterday with a view to obtaining a connected and clear account of the circumstances leading up to the disappearance of Thomas B. Jackson, the waterworks employee who disappeared from his home in South Boise Saturday afternoon, the sheriff was forced to admit that he was unable to add any new feature to the information already contained in the columns of The Statesman regarding the peculiar case.

The sheriff’s force has joined in the search regardless of the statements published to the effect his wife knew his whereabouts in an effort to discredit a story publish [sic] in The Statesman revealing conditions in a Boise home such as were undreamed of, and showing the saving and economy of a man for the benefit of others, none of whom were his blood relations.

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A Remarkable Case.

The disappearance of Thomas B. Jackson, for a number of years an employe [sic] of a local company, from this city on Saturday afternoon last, presents some remarkable sidelights. According to officials of the company which employed him, Jackson was a model employe [sic]. He worked early and late, was always cheerful, never complained and in the last five years succeeded, notwithstanding the demands on his income, in paying off $500 work of debts and in completing the payments on a $900 home, and all this on a salary of $15 a week! By extra work at nights he was enabled to add slightly to this income as witness the fact that at the end of January he was $27 extra for work performed. This he was entitled to and no doubt it was cheerfully given. It is, indeed, remarkable that any man should have done these things on the wage he received.

Source: The Idaho Statesman, February 8, 1910.

Jake Rorick’s Cow.

Former Bad Axian Has Milker Doing Circus Stunts

The clipping below is from a Seattle paper and the owner of the cow was the former publisher of the Bad Axe Democrat:

J.T. Rorick, a dairyman of Grand Dalles, owns a valuable Jersey cow that he is thinking of trying to sell to the circus. When he was driving the cattle home from pasture the herd crowded the cow over the edge of a precipice 200 feet high. She rolled and tumbled down three-quarters of the way. The last 50 feet was a sheer drop, and an eye witness says the milker turned a complete somersault in the air while negotiating the distance and alighted squarely on her feet.

“When Rorick climbed down to the spot he found the cow chewing her cud in the shade of a tree.

Source: Huron County Tribune, August 27, 1909.