February 5, 1910
"BOYS" FIND HOME FOR
PENDERGAST IN FIRST.
Ward Workers Jubilant Over Prac-
tical Certainty That the Alder-
man Will Run Again.
Alderman James Pendergast, 1100 Summit street, temporary abode only.
There is joy in the first ward. The boys have found a home for their patron and political saint, Alderman James Pendergast. After a long and wearisome chase the house hunters yesterday temporarily leased the unpretentious but comfortable dwelling at 1100 Summit street. It is located right in the heart of the First ward,and in a few days the alderman who for eighteen consecutive years has represented the ward in the lower house and gotten city jobs for thousands of the boys will be formally installed in his new domicile.
"Means you are going to be candidate for alderman again?" was suggested to the nestor of Democratic politics.
"Well, I told the boys that if they would find a home for me in the ward I might consider representing them again. Consider, mind you," replied Mr. Pendergast, "since my wife died, four years ago, I've been sort of a Gypsy, dividing my domicile between my farms in Kansas and Missouri and the home of my sister on Prospect avenue. I'm getting tired of calling home wherever I hang my hat.
"I want a place I can really call home, and the boys are going to install me in one in a few days. The boys would go to the end of the earth for me, and I suppose it us up to me to reciprocate."
"Hurrah! Jim is going to run for alderman again," gleefully shouted one of the boys.
"Qualify that with the word 'consider,' " interrupted the alderman.
Labels: farmers, James Pendergast, politics, Prospect avenue, Summit street
August 22, 1909
BAND CONCERTS FOR THIS WEEK.
Sunday, 2:30 p. m., Swope park.
Monday, 8 p. m., Concourse, St. John and Gladstone.
Tuesday, 8 p. m., West Terrace park, Thirteenth and Summit.
Wednesday, 8 p. m., Budd park.
Thursday, 8 p. m., Penn Valley park, Twenty-seventh and Jefferson.
Friday, 8 p. m., Troost park, Thirtieth and Paseo.
Saturday, 8 p. m., the Parade, Fifteenth and the Paseo.
Labels: Budd park, Fifteenth street, Gladstone boulevard, Jefferson street, music, Paseo, Penn Valley park, St. John avenue, Summit street, Swope park, Thirtieth street, Twenty-seventh street
August 6, 1909
LOOKING FOR MISSING MEN.
Anxious Wives of Four Appeal to
Police for Assistance.
If the police do nothing else but look for missing persons the entire department would be kept busy during the next few days. Four persons were reported as missing form their homes yesterday.
George Mitchell, 2328 McGee street, left for the harvest fields June 15. His wife, who is in destitute circumstances, with two children to support, became anxious yesterday and gave the man's description to the police. She can't understand his protracted absence.
The disappearance of H. W. Rutherford, 415 West Sixth street, Kansas City, Kas., who left his home ten days ago, has worried his friends. the man is 60 years old, is gray headed and weighs 150 pounds. The police were asked to aid in the search today.
Another woman in trouble is Mrs. Julia Johnson, who is stopping at the Helping Hand. She is convinced that her husband is working at some restaurant in the North end but doesn't know where.
Mrs. W. H. Treymeyer, 3143 Summit street, is also in the same dilemma. Theymeyer is 43 years old, is six-feet two inches in height, weighs 170 pounds, has a black moustache and black hair.
Labels: Helping Hand, Kansas City Kas, McGee street, missing, North end, police, Summit street
June 5, 1909
ROSE TAKES MURPHY'S RIG.
Officers in Rosedale Put Abrupt End
to Her Brief Ride.
The hankering after horses of Rose Smith, a woman living at Thirtieth street and Southwest boulevard, who "just loves to drive," yesterday afternoon for the second time caused her arrest.
Rose climbed up on Thomas Murphy's hack, which was standing near Summit street on the Southwest boulevard, and whipping up the horses, drove away toward Rosedale. When Murphy came out of a store he discovered that his hack was gone, but he had no trouble in following. Rose was arrested in Rosedale by the city marshal, who delivered her to the Missouri officers.
"I just loves to drive horses," was the woman's explanation. "I wasn't going to steal them at all -- just out for a little drive."
Rose Smith was arrested in Kansas City, Kas., a month ago for undertaking a trip which differed very little from yesterday's feat. On the former occasion she took a horse and buggy.
Labels: buggy, crime, Kansas City Kas, Rosedale, Southwest boulevard, Summit street, Thirtieth street
June 4, 1909
JOHN W. SPEAS, LONG
ILL, KILLS HIMSELF.
With Pistol and Poison Makes Sure
of Death After Writing a
JOHN W. SPEAS.
After writing a brief farewell note to his family, John W. Speas committed suicide yesterday morning at 6:30 o'clock in a bedroom at his home, 1028 Summit street, by drinking carbolic acid and shooting himself.
Mrs. Speas, who was in the dining room downstairs, hurried to the bedroom when she heard the report of the revolver, and found Mr. Speas prostrate upon the floor. She summoned the family physican, Dr. R. T. Sloan, who said death had been instantaneous. Before firing the fatal shot, it is believed that Mr. Speas swallowed the carbolic acid. According to the deputy coroner either method would have resulted in death.
Mr. Speas has been an active member of the Commercial Club for a longer period probably than any other man in it, and once refused the presidency. He was active in the building of the first Convention hall, and also was conspicuous in the work of reconstructing it after the fire. As a member of the Commercial Club he was looked upon as the most popular active worker. He was president several years of the Priests of Pallas, and a member of the board of directors.
Mr. Speas was a native of Missouri. He came to Kansas City at the age of 10 years, and for several years sold papers, and later carried a paper route. He studied bookkeeping at Spalding's Business college, and then allied himself with the Kansas City Distilling Company. Much of his business career was interwoven with that of E. L. Martin, president of the distilling company. Later Mr. Speas became interested in the Monarch Vinegar company, and eventually became the sole owner.
An enthusiastic baseball fan, he identified himself with National League in the '90s, and for three or four years owned or controlled the franchise in Kansas City. He was a member of the Masons, Elks and Mystic Shrine.
Mr. Speas was born on a farm near Kansas city, October 18, 1862. In 1884 he married Miss Evelyn Southworth. Besides his widow he leaves one son, Victor Speas. Continued ill health of three years' duration is believed to explain his suicide.
The pallbearers for the Speas funeral, which will be held Saturday morning, are F. A. Faxon, L. W. Shouse, E. M. Clendening, William Barton, J. C. Schmelzer, D. P. Thompson, F. S. Doggett and W. H. Holmes.
Labels: Commercial Club, Convention Hall, doctors, Edwin Clendening, Frank Faxon, Funeral, guns, Spaldings college, sports, Suicide, Summit street
April 2, 1909
FOUND MARRIAGE LICENSE
BEHIND PICTURE FRAME.
Now Wife No. 2 and Wife No. 1
Console Each Other While Hus-
band Is in Jail.
J. C. Kirk, a carpenter, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of bigamy preferred against him by Mrs. Emma Kirk, who says she is wife No. 1, after she was informed of her husband's second marriage by wife No. 2. While Kirk was sleeping on a steel cot in the city holdover, his two alleged wives were becoming friends in his cosy home at 2131 Summit street.
Nearly two years ago Kirk came to Kansas City and married Miss Maud Houser. When she began the spring housecleaning a month ago she removed a picture from a frame, and says a marriage certificate fell to the floor. After reading it she realized that her husband was a bigamist.
Wife No. 2 then prepared fro the downfall of Kirk by writing to wife No. 1 who was living with her parents at Burr Oak, Kas. She came to Kansas City and visited Mrs. Kirk No. 2. She said she was married to Kirk nine years ago at Siloam Springs, Ark., but that he had sent her home two years ago.
Although wife No. 2 does not intend to prosecute Kirk she will not aid him, and is befriending Mrs. Emma Kirk, wife No. 1. The two women are the best of friends and are living together at the Summit street house. Mrs. Emma Kirk is a daughter of G. O. Copeland, a Methodist minister of Burr Oak. She will prosecute her husband.
Labels: bigamy, jail, Summit street
March 28, 1909
FIVE HOLD UP TWENTY IN
BOLD SALOON RAID.
HIGHWAYMEN SECURE $160 AND
WATCH FROM VICTIMS.
Compelled to Hold Up Hands Ten
Minutes After Robbers Left.
May Have Been Aided
by a Woman.
One of the most sensational holdups in recent years occurred about 10 o'clock last night when five men robbed the saloon of John Galvin at 1419 West Twenty-fourth street. The twenty or more men in the place all held up by two of the bandits and compelled to remain in the saloon fully ten minutes before they dared to leave. About $160 was secured by the highwaymen.
It was unusually crowded in the saloon last night. A dozen men were lined up at the bar, and Thomas McAuliff, the bartender, was so busy that he had hardly time to visit with the frequenters. But he stopped at his work when a woman began to yell in the back yard.
A moment later she burst into the barroom through the rear entrance and yelled, "Murder!" All eyes were fixed in her direction when two men stepped in behind her. Each had a red handkerchief over his face and each held a revolver.
"Up with your hands," commanded the taller of the two.
A few of the patrons tried to slip through the front door, but they changed their minds when they saw three more men with guns on the outside. In a moment they had all backed up against the wall and were holding their hands as high as possible. In a businesslike manner the short man went down the line and searched the pockets of each of the victims. He was evidently disappointed at the small amount of change that he managed to extract.
"The cash register must have it all," he said.
Maculiff was also standing with his hands in the air and made no objection to the robber's familiarity with the cash register. Not satisfied with the $100 which the register contained, the highwaymen searched the bartender. He secured $60, besides a watch which Maculiff valued at $65.
The woman, on whom all the attention was at first directed, had left the room. It was getting tiresome for the twenty victims who were leaning against the wall and they were more than glad when the operations of the robbers seemed to be about over. But the prospect of freedom was not so good when one of the men said:
"Now, if a single one of you move in the next ten minutes, he gets his head blown off." The two men backed out of the saloon through the front entrance and ran eastward on Twenty-fourth street. They were joined by their companions, though the patrons and the bartender were not aware of the fact. All remained in the same tiresome position for fully ten minutes. When Maculiff got to the door he saw that the coast was clear.
The police at the Southwest boulevard police station were notified and hurried to the scene. A few clews were picked up which made the officers believe that the holdup gang had been in the neighborhood all evening. The part that the woman played in the holdup was still a topic of conversation at closing time at midnight. Several affirmed that she was an accomplice to the robbers, while others said that she was some woman who lived in the neighborhood and had run in the saloon for protection.
The frequenters of the saloon were too excited to talk about the robbery in a coherent manner last night. Henry Beadles, who lives at 2014 Summit street, said he thought that there were only two men in the gang, but Michael Connolly, who lives at 2136 Madison street, said that he saw three others plainly through the door.
John Reed, 2312 Terrace street, was sure that he could recognize the robbers should he ever see them again. One of them had high cheek bones, and limped slightly in walking. All of the victims said that the ten minutes which they spent against the wall after the robbers had left were the longest ten minutes they had ever experienced. About $3 was secured from the men.
Labels: crime, guns, Madison street, saloon, Summit street, Terrace street, Twenty-fourth street
March 20, 1909
AUTO OWNER'S GOOD START.
Runs Down Man the Day He Pur-
While driving a small automobile, which he had just purchased along the Southwest boulevard near Summit street, on the way to his farm in Gardner, Kas., yesterday afternoon Morris Harrington ran into Andrew Anderson, a laborer, knocking him down and severely bruising him. An ambulance was called from No. 4 police station and the injured man was treated by Dr. H. A. Hamilton, after which he was removed to his home at 2136 Summit street.
Harrington was held for an hour at No. 3 police station until he could arrange bond. He said he was unused to operating an automobile, and that when Anderson stepped in front he could not turn the guide wheel fast enough to steer clear of him.
Labels: automobiles, doctors, No 3 police station, Southwest boulevard, Summit street
February 11, 1909
DEATH OF AN EX-ALDERMAN.
John Scanlon, Former City Official,
Dies in New York.
John Scanlon, a former member of the lower house of the council, died in New York city Tuesday night from cancer of the stomach. T. Scanlon, a brother and member of the fire department, was the only relative present when death occurred. Another brother, Patrick, is also connected with the fire department. A married sister, Mrs. D. Green, and an unmarried sister, Miss Margaret Scanlon, reside in Kansas City. The father and mother of the deceased live in Ireland. The remains are to be brought to Kansas City tomorrow, and the funeral will be from the home of Timothy Scanlon, an uncle, 2632 Summit street, at a time to be announced later.
John Scanlon was 39 years old, and had been a resident of Kansas City twenty-seven years, coming direct here from Ireland at the age of 12 years. In 1902 he was elected to the lower house of the council from the Fifth ward and again in 1904 from the Fourth ward, a redistricting of the wards putting him over in the latter ward. Alderman Scanlon represented his constituents zealously and with marked ability, and had their entire confidence and esteem. He leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
Labels: death, immigrants, Kansas City council, New York, Summit street
November 16, 1908
DRUNKEN MAN IS STRANGLED.
Henry Bernard Found Dead in an
Unfinished Building Near Thirty-
Third and Oak Streets.
Boys playing in a building in the course of construction at 3312 Oak street about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon found the body of a man lying in a corner of the building, the head wedged against a wall and the neck pressed against a joist. Death had come apparently from strangulation induced by the position of the man's head. A crowd collected and the body was identified as that of Henry Bernard, 50 years old, a stonemason living at 3228 Summit street.
By the man's side was found a pint bottle with dregs of whisky in it. Bernard had been released from the Walnut street police station yesterday morning at 6 o'clock. The question arises, where did he get the whisky?
Bernard had been locked up for safekeeping. When he was released he had nothing of the sort about him. About noon he appeared at the house of William Gepford, a building contractor, his employer, and received from him $10 which was due him for work done last week. Several times in the next few hours he was seen loafing around the drug store of R. S. McCurdy, at Twenty-third and Oak streets, and was talking to Ray Wells, 3120 Campbell street, and others. About 2 o'clock he appeared to be in an unsettled state of mind and was seen to walk towards the new building of which only the side walls and part of the floors are finished. It is thought that he lay down in a stupor and was strangled by the beam pressing against his throat.
Nominally, the saloons were closed yesterday. Besides, there are no saloons in the neighborhood of Thirty-third and Oak streets. Bernard was not seen to leave the neighborhood from the time he received the money from his employer until the time he was found dead. R. S. McCurdy, the druggist who keeps the drug store at Thirty-third and Oak streets, and the only one in the vicinity, said last night that he had sold whisky to Bernard on prescription, but denied that he had sold any to him that day. He added that neither he nor either of his clerks, Louis Woods and D. Self, had seen Bernard in the store that day.
Bernard leaves a wife and nine children. The body was removed to Lindday's undertaking rooms in Westport and the coroner was notified. He will hold an autopsy this morning at 9 o'clock in the undertaking rooms.
Labels: alcohol, Campbell street, death, druggists, Oak street, Summit street, Thirty-third street, Twenty-third street, undertakers, Walnut street police station
August 29, 1908
STATE OFFERS REWARD FOR
Deserter Is Believed to Have Mur-
dered George Pickle, Whose Body
Was Found in River.
Governor Joseph W. Folk yesterday offered a reward of $200 for the arrest and conviction of Ira Earl Hamilton, the deserter from the United States army, who is believed to have killed George W. Pickle in a swampy place near the mouth of the Blue river on June 20. The reward stands good for one year from the date.
On June 20, Pickle, who was only 17 years old, left his home at 1429 Summit street with Hamilton, 28 years old, ostensibly in a search of work. Five days later a body was found in the underbrush near the mouth of the Blue. Hamilton, who at that time was not suspected, was sent a few days later to see if he could identify the body. He reported that it was the body of a negro, 35 years old.
At the point where the body lay had been several feet of backwater during the flood. Trees and brush grew thick and neither the body nor the clothing could have floated away. Near there detectives found a piece of gas pipe about one foot long. It had been cut with a machine which crushed the ends together. The pipe was yesterday identified by a woman who lives at the home of Hamilton's aunt. She said she had often seen it among his tools. He is a constructural iron worker.
Hamilton was arrested shortly after the boy disappeared, but at that time Pickle's body had not been found. Hamilton was turned over to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth to serve time as a deserter. He succeeded in making his escape from there in less than a month. Prosecutor I. B. Kimbrell says he has a strong case against Hamilton.
Labels: Blue river, flood, Governor Folk, Leavenworth, military, murder, Prosecutor Kimbrell, Summit street
August 24, 1908
PICKLE'S BODY NOT BRUISED.
Coroner Finds No Mark of Violence.
May Have Drowned.
An autopsy was held yesterday on the body of George Pickle, found in the Blue near the junction with the Missouri river several weeks ago. Pickle disappeared from his home, 1429 Summit street, June 21, and it was believed that he had been murdered and robbed, as he had over $100 when he left home. A companion was arrested and held for a week in connection with Pickle's disappearance and then released. The coroner found that Pickle died from some unknown cause, probably from drowning, but that he was not bruised in any way.
Labels: Blue river, drowning, Missouri river, Summit street
August 24, 1908
JAMES YATES DIES SUDDENLY.
An Hour Before the End He Was
Walking About House.
James Yates, 68 years old, president of the Yates Ice Company for many years, died yesterday at his home, Thirty-seventh and Summit streets. Mr. Yates was born in New York and attended college at Schenectady, N. Y., graduating in 1863. He took no part in the civil war, but was engaged in the railroad business for several years and then moved to Atchison, Kas.
Mr. Yates came to this city twenty-two years ago and founded a natural ice company, which eventually supplied most of the ice for the city. He was also the founder of the company now known as the Stewart-Peck Sand Company. Three years ago he organized the Economic Asphalt Company, but last year he sold out his interests in all of his companies, saying that he intended to do nothing but enjoy the rest of his life. Death was due to heart failure, superinduced by liver complaint. Only an hour before he died Mr. Yates was walking around the house.
No children are living, but a widow survives. A brother, Charles Yates, lives in Lincoln, Neb. The funeral arrangements have not been made.
Labels: business, death, ice, New York, Summit street, Thirty-seventh street
August 23, 1908
LOST BOY'S BODY
IN PAUPER'S GRAVE.
GEORGE PICKLE HAS BEEN DEAD
Body Was Found in the River a Few
Days After His Disappearance.
Earl Hamilton Viewed It and
Made False Report.
On Saturday, June 20, George Pickle, 16 years old, went from his home, 1429 Summit street, in company with a friend, Earl Hamilton, 30 years old. They said that they were going to view the high water.
The day passed and the boy did not return. The next day Alexander Pickle, father of the lad, asked Hamilton what had become of his son. The latter replied that he had left him at 10 o'clock the morning before and that the boy had probably gone to the harvest fields, as he heard him asking for a ticket for Poe, Kas., at the Union depot ticket window. As George had promised his sister, Mrs. Alma E. Crowder, when she was in the city a few days before, that he would go out to her husband's farm at that place in a few days, this story seemed very probable. However, a few days later a body was discovered in the Missouri river near the mouth of the Blue and taken to the undertaking rooms of Blackburn & Carson in Sheffield for identification. The mother of the lost boy asked Earl Hamilton to go to Sheffield to view the body. He came back and reported that the body was that of a negro in an advanced stage of decomposition. The family did not pursue that clew any farther until last Friday.
Alonzo Ghent and Lum Wilson, city detectives, were assigned to the case. They discovered that Hamilton, a few days after the disappearance of the boy, deposited $120 in $20 bills in a bank, although the same week he had told his landlady that he had not enough money to pay her. George Pickle had a like sum when he disappeared. Hamilton had continued his friendly relations with the pickle family and frequently stopped to talk with the mother and to inquire if the boy had been found. On one of these visits he mentioned to Mrs. Pickle that he had served six months in the army once. She repeated this remark to the detectives, who investigated and found that Hamilton was a deserter from the army, having served a full term of three years and six months of another. They arrested him and sent word to Fort Leavenworth, and in the meanwhile they tried to connect him with the disappearance of the boy.
No charge, save investigation, was ever placed against Hamilton. He was turned over to the county marshal and held as his "guest" in the county jail a few days, then surrendered to the government authorities. A month later he escaped from the federal prison.
But it was not the trained minds of the detectives that determined the fate of the lad. Rather it was the mother's love which prompted her to go over the case again and again and to work up every clew. Her husband, who is a night watchman for the Jones Dry Goods Company, told her that no doubt the boy was safe, but she refused to believe it. Inquiries showed that he had not gone to Poe, Kas., nor was any word ever heard from him.
Last Friday, Mrs. Pickle, in thinking over the mystery, remembered that it was Hamilton that had reported the body at the undertaker's was a negro's. She determined to see if they had not been deceived, so she sent a friend, a Mr. Kinsey, to see the body. He found that the body was very probably that of the boy, and identified several articles as belonging to him. Yesterday the body was exhumed form the pauper's grave, where it had been buried, and positively identified by the father. A gash on the head told how he had come to his death. The police are looking for Hamilton now.
The body of George Pickle will be buried in Mount Washington cemetery today. Earl Hamilton is a cousin of Joseph Hamilton, 1511 Pennsylvania avenue, brother-in-law of the dead boy.
Labels: Blue river, detectives, Jones Dry Goods, Leavenworth, Missouri river, Mt. Washington, murder, Pennsylvania avenue, Summit street, undertakers
August 24, 1908
PICKLE'S BODY NOT BRUISED.
Coroner Finds No Mark of Violence.
May Have Drowned.
An autopsy was held yesterday on the body of George Pickle, found in the Blue near the junction with the Missouri river several weeks ago. Pickle disappeared from his home, 1429 Summit street, June 21, and it was believed that he had been murdered and robbed, as he had over $100 when he left home. A companion was arrested and held for a week in connection with Pickle's disappearance and then released The coroner found that Pickle died from some unknown cause, probably from drowning, but that he was not bruised in any way.
Labels: Blue river, drowning, Missouri river, Summit street
August 5, 1908
AN OFFICER ABUSED THEM.
Parents of Girls Arrested by Him
Will Make Complaint.
That Wanda McComb, aged 14 years, and Freda Westerman, aged 15 years, the two girls who were taken in charge by a man representing himself to be a park policeman while they were listening to a band concert at Thirteenth and Summit streets Monday night, were roughly handled and subjected to abusive treatment by their captor, was made evident from several ugly wounds on little Miss McComb's hands and a statement by her yesterday. The girl's father will prefer information against the accused man.
"We were doing nothing when the man came up and caught hold of us," said Wanda. "He told us that he was an officer and that we were under arrest. When we endeavored to learn the reason for our arrest the man swore at us and dug his fingernails into our arms and hands as he dragged us along,"
The girl said that the man told them that they were to go to the Detention home, but instead of taking them directly there compelled them to ride about on a car and finally walked them a considerable distance to the home, where he was censured by officials and sent away. The girls finally were found at the Detention home by the parents of Wanda who, becoming worried because of her absence, were looking for her.
Both girls, although neither knows his name, declare that they will be able to identify the policeman who caused them so much trouble, and when this is done complaints will be lodged against him with the police and park boards.
The girls have been requested to appear at the Detention home today and relate their experiences to F. E. McCreary, deputy probation officer.
Labels: children, detention home, music, police, Summit street, Thirteenth street
July 12, 1908
BOOZE CLAIMS TWO MORE.
Victims of Whisky Habit Die in
Two deaths occurred in the emergency hospital last night, and alcohol was the immediate cause of each death. W. Morris, 26 years old, Twenty-fourth and Summit streets, was a patient at St. Margaret's hospital, Kansas City, Kas., and was sent to this city to be placed in the city holdover for safekeeping. Later he was taken to the emergency hospital. It is said he was in the hait of consuming one uart of whisky a day.
H. P. Kemper, 305 Walnut street, was taken from Scott's saloon, Third and Walnut streets, to the emergency hospital. The physicians were not able to make a definite diagnosis of his ailment. Kemper died while having a spasm rought on from acute alcholism or morphia poisoning.
Labels: alcohol, emergency hospital, hospitals, Kansas City Kas, saloon, Summit street, Third street, Twenty-fourth street, Walnut Street
July 12, 1908
NO TRACE OF THE PICKLE BOY.
Bodies Found Do Not Answer the
No trace of George Wesley Pickle, the boy who disappeared from his home at 1429 Summit street June 30, has been obtained by the police, and the man who is being held awaiting the investigation of the case is still in the county jail, but is remaining on his own volition, as no charge has been place d against him. Several bodies found in the Missouri and other rivers have been examined, but in each case it has been found that the body does not answer to the description of George Pickle.
The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Pickle, are firm in their belief that the boy is dead. Officers are still at work upon the case, but have uncovered no clues.
Labels: jail, missing, Missouri river, Summit street
July 11, 1908
WHITE MAN KILLS NEGRO.
May Holliway, Negress, Was Only
Witness, and Doesn't Know Slayer.
Following a quarrel of a week ago, Phil McGill, a negro bottler at the Imperial brewery, and a driver of a beer wagon at the same brewery, met last night and renewed the quarrel, which finally ended in the shooting and killing of McGill. McGill was walking south on the Frisco railroad tracks at 9 o'clock with May Holliway when they met the driver, who is a white man. The negro is said to have told the white man that he did not want any trouble, that it was all over as far as he was concerned
The Holliway girl says the white man replied: "I know that it is over and over right now," and that he then pulled a revolver and shot at McGill. The first time the gun hung fire, and the man pulled the trigger a second time, shooting McGill through the jaw. As McGill fell to the ground the man fired two more shots into his body and then ran. May Holliway was the only witness and is held at No. 3 station. The man who did the shooting is not known to the police and the Holliway negress doe not know his name. McGill was 23 years old and lived near Thirtieth and Summit streets.
Labels: breweries, guns, murder, No 3 police station, race, Summit street, Thirtieth street
July 8, 1908
POLICE CAN FIND NO
TRACE OF MISSING BOY.
MOTHER THINKS HE WAS
MURDERED AND ROBBED.
But Every Night She Sits at Her
Window Watching and Hop-
ing That He Will Come
Back to Her.
GEORGE WESLEY PICKLE.
Waiting night after night, hoping against hope that her son will return home, Mrs. Alexander J. Pickle, 1429 Summit street, spends the greater part of each night at her front window watching the walk leading to the house and praying that he will appear. every street car that passes the house brings new hope to Mrs. Pickle, and she watches it to see if her son gets off the car at the corner.
Whether George Wesley Pickle, 16 years old, a boy who never drank, smoked n or spent evenings away from his mother, is alive and well, or whether he is dead, is what police are endeavoring to unravel and the mother is anxious to learn. Young Pickle left his home, after bidding his mother goodby, Saturday morning, June 20, to look for work in the bottoms, and has never been heard of since that time. At the time of his disappearance Pickle had $160 in his vest pocket, the savings of seven months' work.
He was last seen at 10 o'clock that morning talking to two Missouri Pacific railroad checkers. Earl Hamilton accompanied Pickle on his quest for work, and he says he left him at the Union depot at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. From what Hamilton has told the police and the grief-stricken mother, George Pickle intended to steal rides on freight trains to the harvest fields of Kansas.
For two weeks George Pickle had talked about joining his brother-in-law at Genesee, Kas., and working in the harvest fields. The family had recently moved from 1624 Summit street to their present home. George had been assisting his mother around the house, putting up curtains, shades and tacking down carpets. He appeared to be restless and often spoke of leaving Kansas City to go to work.
MOTHER BELIEVES HE'S DEAD.
When seen yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Pickle said she believed the boy had been killed and robbed. She said if the boy were alive she knew he would write home, because he had always been such a good boy to her that he would not stay away from home without notifying her where he was. A letter from his sister, to whom he intended to go, written to the distracted mother, stated that George had not arrived there.
George Pickle was named after his uncle, George Wesley Pickle, who for thirteen years was attorney general of the state of Tennessee, and also editor of the Knoxville Tribune. Circulars giving a description of the missing boy and containing his photograph have been sent to the police of the towns in Kansas. A reward of $25 is offered for any information leading to the finding of the boy or his body George Pickle was 16 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, light complexion, blue eyes and had a scar over his right eye.
The police have made no charge against anyone in connection with the disappearance of young Pickle. They arrested a former associate of his and are holding him for investigation. No direct evidence has been unearthed against the man under arrest. Circumstantial evidence is that the arrested man has not worked for three months and he was behind on his board bill. The day young Pickle disappeared this chum paid $5 on his board bill and exhibited $100 in bills. Two days later he deposited $120 in a bank. The money was in $20 bills. The money possessed by Pickle was mostly in $20 bills.
The police evidently do not regard the circumstantial evidence as strong enough to warrant them in making a charge, yet they have held their prisoner longer than the twenty-four hours allowed by law in which a prisoner can be detained before a charge is made against him. Also it has yet to be proved that young Pickle is dead. The fact that he has dropped out of sight,taken in conjunction with the suddenly acquired wealth of former chum, does not prove anything. The young man may be alive and have his own reasons for concealing the fact. The chum may be able to show where he got the money, which the police seem to regard as a connecting link with Pickle's disappearance. Before a charge of murder can be made against anyone the body of the missing man must be produced.
Labels: missing, Summit street
May 17, 1908
BABY'S BODY IN A SHOE BOX.
Boys Found It Floating in O. K.
Creek -- Police to Investigate.
While playing on the banks of O. K. creek, near Twenty-fifth and Summit streets yesterday afternoon some boys saw a shoe box floating in the stream. They fished it out and opened it. When they found that the box contained a baby's body the boys ran home and reported the find.
The body was that of a boy, which evidently had lived two or three days, the coroner thinks. The coroner has asked the police to investigate.
Labels: children, death, Summit street, Twenty-fifth street
May 14, 1908
ASK MEGAPHONES TO HELP.
Park Board Could Use the $15,000
the Minstrels Have on Hand.
At a recent meeting of the park board a resolution was adopted recommending the following improvements:
Building a front and installing shower baths in the public bath house on the Paseo at a cost of $4,000; making and installation of shower baths in North End playground, $4,000; installation of shower baths and remodeling in Warner square, Thirteenth and Summit streets, $2,000; enlargement of building in Holmes square, $4,000; building bath house in the Grove, $8,000; bath house in northwest corner of Penn valley park, $8,000; purchase of ground and building bath house on Admiral boulevard, $15,000.
The resolution invited the Megaphone minstrels to turn over to the park board the $15,000 they have in their treasury to assist in carrying out the resolution, and also extended the same invitation to the Playgrounds Association to come forward with the funds it has on hand.
Labels: Admiral boulevard, bath house, North end, Park board, Penn Valley park, Summit street, Thirteenth street
March 27, 1908
WAS SLAPPED BY HER MOTHER.
Lena Vaughn, a 15-Year-Old Girl,
Tries Suicide With Acid.
The specter of suicide in her bedroom, and a door without a knob, almost broke the heart of 9-year-old Edna Vaughn last night. Her sister, Lena, 15 years old, after insolence to her mother and a slapping, had sulked through the evening, supperless, at a neighbor's until Warren Vaughn, the father, a contractor, sent Edna after her He said she must come home for bed. She went with her sister to a little square bedroom, where, in a moment, she said: "I'm going to take something to kill myself, Edna," and tipped a bottle of carbolic acid to her lips. The child was paralyzed with terror for a moment, then shutting her eyes, turned and beat her little hands madly against the door, from which the loose knob and handle had fallen to the outside.
The parents had retired across the hall, and did not hear at once. When they were aroused there was difficulty in opening the door. Lard and vinegar were forced down the girl's throat, while the police ambulance was making a run to the home at 1820 Summit street. Dr. Carl V. Bates, ambulance surgeon, found the girl a stubborn patient and it was only after a continued resistance that the stomach pump was used. When he left, the doctor said the girl would recover She was a laundry employe. When she came from work she resented her mother's refusing to fix a sewing machine for her.
Labels: children, doctors, poison, Suicide, Summit street
December 23, 1907
Rob Mrs. West on Broadway, Near
Purse snatchers were at work again Saturday night. Mrs. Anna West of 1020 Summit street was passing along Broadway near Fourteenth street not long after dusk when at the rear of a drug store two young men in dark overcoats sprang before her. The purse they snatched from her contained about $2.50 in change. She could give but Little description of the men beyond that they were young and both wore soft hats, one gray and one black.
Labels: Broadway, crime, Fourteenth street, Summit street
October 29, 1907
TWO COPS UNDER FIRE.
SERGEANT YOUNG AND PATROL-
MAN SHINNERS ACCUSED.
Negro Keeper of Dice Game Claims to
Have Paid for Protection -- Officers
Yet to Tell Their Side
The trial of Sergeant Alexander Young and Patrolman "Jack" Shinners on a charge of soliciting money from the keeper of a dice game on promises of police protection, was opened yesterday before the police board. The charge against the two officers was filed by "Judge" Frank L. Jackson, a negro, residing in a house at 303 Walnut street, which is on the police fine list as a disorderly place. Jackson told the board that he had paid Sergeant Young about $200 for "police protection" and made the statement that he feared he would be "beat up" for testifying.
Every Sunday, Jackson said, he paid the two officers. The amounts ranged according to the amount of "business" in the dice game. He said the first payment was $1.50, made when the sergeant approached him in a saloon and said, "I know you're crooked, but am told you are a mighty good Indian. Now either "come clean" or "close up."
Fred Urfer, attorney for the two officers, placed neither on the stand, but will do so next Wednesday when the hearing is resumed.
The witnesses used yesterday were all for the prosecution, conducted by City Counselor Meservey. The board had difficulty in securing a statement from Harry Levine, a shoemaker of 307 Independence avenue. He said he sold Sergeant Young two pairs of shoes, but that the sergeant did not pay him. He admitted, after an hour of coaxing by the board and by the city counselor and Attorney Urfer, that he had been told not to tell the board anything about the matter. Dick Stone, a negro barber next door, paid for the shoes, Levine finally testified.
Mrs. Alice Jackson, wife of "Judge" Jackson, told the board she often gave her husband money to "pay out" and said that once she saw him give $10 of this money to Sergeant Young. Jackson said he paid Shinners because the sergeant told him he must "take care of the men on the beat." Other witness were Emma King, negress, housekeeper for the Jacksons; Carrie White, a negress, who said the sergeant forbade her opening a "place" unless she "divided," and Ed Rogers, a negro, 3101 Forest avenue.
"I told Sergeant Young I wouldn't give him a cent," said Mrs. White, "and I never did give him any money. I paid my fine just like the rest do to the clerk of the police court."
Rogers testified that Shinners had him take a painting out of his house at Twentieth and Summit streets. The painting, according to the testimony, had been given to Shinners by Jackson.
Labels: Forest avenue, police, police board, Summit street, Twentieth street, Walnut Street
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