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Sentenced to Penitentary.

Sentenced to Penitenary

Commodore Stith, of Newpoint, who was arrested in the freight yards early yesterday morning after he had broken into a freight car and stolen a quantity of whiskey and tobacco, was taken before Judge Hord this morning. He entered a plea of guilty to a charge of petit larceny and was sentenced to a term in the Michigan City prison of from two to fourteen years. The officials have in their possession some evidence showing that Stith is also a deserter from the U.S. Army and a notification of his arrest has been sent to the Army Department. He will not be take to Michigan City at once as Sheriff Davis is busy with court duties. His companions, who were arrested with him will also be tried for receiving stolen goods.

-Greensburg Daily News, Pg. 7, January 8, 1904


Indiana State Archive records show that Commodore Stith did indeed serve a sentence of just over 4 years for burglary at Michigan City. He was discharged from the Indiana State Reformatory on 01 FEB 1908.


Preliminary Charge of Bastardy

McManamanJohnSheriff Davis went to Terre Haute yesterday where he arrested John McNanaman, who is an operator for the Southern Indiana railroad at a station near that city. McManaman was brought here and placed in jail and will be given a preliminary hearing on a charge of bastardy preferred by Lora Layton, of Westport. McManaman was formerly in the employ of the Southern Indiana at Westport.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg. 3, January 8, 1904.

Would love to know more about this! Anyone have any more information?

Clemens – Clark Marriage

ClemensClarkMiss Ollie Clark, of Lock Springs, and Charles Clemens, of this city, were united in marriage at the home of the bride on Christmas evening. The wedding was a very quiet one and its occurrence was known only to a few persons. A few days after the wedding the groom returned to this city, while his bride remained at her home until preparations could be completed for taking up their residence in this city. Charley kept his own counsel in the matter and but very few persons knew of the wedding. However the news got abroad today and now the groom is busy accepting the congratulations of his friends.

Within a few weeks Mr. and Mrs. Clemens will be at home in this city.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg. 2, January 8, 1904.

Possibly Chloroformed

SelkeMrsHenryMrs. Henry Selke wishes to contradict the statement published in yesterday’s News which attributed the partial suffocation of her children on Saturday night to escaping gas. Mrs. Selke said that a thorough search of the premises failed to detect any gas escaping and she further says that she believes that an attempt was made to chloroform herself and her children.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg. 2, January 8, 1904

Would love to see the statement published in “yesterday’s News.”  Anyone have the clipping available?

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