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THE COAST MAIL (Marshfield, Or.), 31 January 1880.



Last Monday morning S. Lapp called at the house of William Archer, who resided about four miles from here on Isthmus slough, and found him in a very bad condition, and apparently near unto death.  The neighbors were summoned, and Dr. Golden sent for, but before the doctor arrived Archer was dead, never having spoken after Mr. Lapp's arrival, except to say "Yes," to some question that was asked.  There was a paper found on a table on which there was written a few disconnected sentences, to the effect that he had bought a pistol to shoot some one, but revenge was not his, and he had abandoned this purpose; he hoped the proper punishment would come in time; that this person was the cause of all the trouble - it was not signed.  There was also found in the house a small vial containing a very little laudanum.

   The possibility of suicide or murder presented itself, and Coroner Mackey was summoned; an inquest was held and a post mortem examination of the body ordered.  Drs. Golden and Steele made the examination of the body, finding all the organs comparatively healthy, except the lungs, which were badly congested.  They express the opinion that death was caused by this congestion, and the congestion was produced by natural causes.  Nothing was found in the stomach indicating death from poisoning.

   In accordance with the testimony, the jury rendered a verdict as follows: We, the jury impannelled as a jury of inquest upon the body of William Archer, and after hearing the testimony of surgeons and other persons as to the circumstances and cause of his death, do find that said William Archer deceased on Isthmus slough, Coos county, Oregon, and the 26th of January, 1880, and that the cause of his death was congestion of the lungs.  Signed: W. H. WETSELL, J. L. SMITH, L. H. HALL, I. H. ATKINSON, W. T. BARKER, Jos. ANDERSON.

   William Archer was about eighty-two years of age.  He was born in Ireland, but migrated to Scotland when a boy, thence to Canada and from there to the United States.  He has been for ten years a resident of this county, enjoying the reputation of a good citizen.  He leaves a son in Sierra City, Cal., and a daughter in Scotland.  He has for some time past shown symptoms of the childishness of old age, and has foolishly disposed of the little property he had accumulated.  He left a will, bequeathing every thing he had to Mrs. Plasily Lapp, the wife of as neighbor.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 24 March 1880

SUICIDE ON APPLEGATE. - On Sunday morning Arthur Berrryman, a miner living near Kubli & Bolt's store, started out ostensibly to hunt grouse, but not returning up to Monday night, a party went in search of him.  Yesterday his corpse was found about two and a half miles from his home, the party having successfully tracked him, and it was apparent that he had taken his own life by shooting himself through the head.  The deceased leaves a wife and small family, who only arrived from England last Winter, after having been parted from him for thirteen years.  The coroner was sent for and an inquest will probably be held, and some cause ascertained for the rash act.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 18 June 1880

Died of His Injuries.

Ah Chung, the Chinaman who some time since was assailed by Jin Pang, a brother celestial, and badly wounded, by being struck over the head with an iron bar, died last night at 10 o'clock at the Joss House, from the result of his injuries.  Coroner Cooke held an inquest and a verdict was found in accordance with the facts of the case.  Jim Pang is now at the county jail, on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, not being able to furnish the required bond.  A charge of murder will now be registered against him.  During the melee between the two celestials, Pang was shot by Ah Chung and slightly wounded.  There will be some tail swearing in court when the case comes up for trial.  The difficulty arose about a woman, and occurred in the room of Ah Chung, where Jim Pang had gone to seek vengeance on his rival.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 7 July 1880

DROWNED. - A private letter received from Longville states that George Gilbert, a stock man of Little Shasta, was drowned on the third inst. while crossing Lost River.  It seems that he was fording the stream and when about in the middle his horse became unruly and threw him off.  His body was recovered on the following day and an inquest held.



THE COAST MAIL (Marshfield, Or.), 17 July 1880.

The Body of Brooks Found.

On Tuesday morning a body, supposed to be that of Geo. Brooks, who was missed from North Bend some two weeks since, was found on the shore of the bay at the mouth of Pony slough by Mr. Smith, who resides near there. 

   As Coroner Mon roe was about to start for San Francisco, A. G. Brown, Justice of the Peace, was called upon to hold an inquest upon the body.  W. R. Simpson, J. A. Floyd, C. O. Hanson, W. F. Elrod, F. Gibson and C. P. Thorpe were summoned as jurors, and rendered their verdict that the body was that of geo. Brooks, about 51 years of age, a native of London, that he came to his death by drowning, whether by accident or intention not being known, but they believed the same to have been by accident.  There were $11 coin, a silver watch and the store key found in his pocket.  There was nothing found to indicate a case of suicide.

   The body was taken in charge by Arago Lodge, I.O.O.F., of Empire City, of which deceased was a member, ...


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 3 September 1880


Suicide of Fred. J. Bills in the Basement of a Front Street Commission House.

The prolonged absence Friday morning of Mr. Fred. J. Bills, the assistant book-keeper in the commission house of DuBois & King, 112 and 114 Front street, caused considerable apprehension to be felt regarding him, and as the hours passed on, bringing no tidings of him, his absence from his duty was rendered unaccountable.  Messengers were sent both to his lodgings, No. 4 Semple Row, on Washington street, and to the restaurant where he usually took his meals, but without success, and his continued absence, he always hitherto being first in the office in the morning, was inexplicable.  It was not until 12 o'clock yesterday morning that the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the assistant book-keeper was solved, and in a manner to the utter astonishment of his employers, associates and friends.  At that hour Jerry Maher, employed as a porter in the store, had occasion to go to the basement of the building, and there, in the dim light, discovered the young man lying on a bale of grain sacks dead, a bullet through his brain and the weapon of destruction in his own hand.  In his left hand was a pocket handkerchief, in his right the pistol, lying close by his side, and on the bale of sacks a two ounce glass phial, bearing a label "Chloroform," and the name of "C. H. Woodard, druggist."  Coroner Garnold was immediately notified of the suicide. And taking charge of the body, it was removed to the undertaking establishment at the corner of Taylor and Second streets, where last evening an inquest was held and a verdict returned by the Coroner's jury in accordance with the facts.

   The young man Frederick Bills, who thus in a moment of frenzy, by his own act, hurled himself into eternity, came to Oregon with his step-father, Mr. Alexander McBean, who had charge of the mess-house at the Cascade Locks for some , and in April last took the position of assistant book-keeper in the house of DuBois & King.  He has always evinced a melancholy disposition, an aversion to society, particularly that of the opposite sex, and his peculiarities were so marked as not only to attract attention, but were so pronounced that his associates looked upon him as "queer."  What led him to the commission of the dreadful deed is beyond even conjecture; always in moody spirits, having no confidants, his last act, as his life, was mysterious.  His parents reside in Oakland, California, and yesterday the sad intelligence was sent them of the suicide of their son, and asking them what disposition to make of the remains.  It is expected that the body will be sent to California for interment.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 10 September 1880


The Suicide of Wesley Liggett neat Philomath on Wednesday Morning.

On last Wednesday morning a young man twenty-one years of age named Wesley Liggett, residing with his parents a mile and a half south east of Philomath, committed suicide by blowing out his brains.  He, with his mother and a lad named Alphin were in the dining-room of the house, the young man standing before the fire warming himself.  His mother was busily engaged in preparing his breakfast, he not having eaten anything that morning, and left the room for a few minutes to go to the larder.  Young Liggett sent the boy out to procure some wood to replenish the fire, and hardly had the lad started on the errand than the sharp report of s gun was heard.  Liggett had taken up a loaded shot gun that was in the room and putting the muzzle to his head, blew out his brains.  His mother rushed to the room, only to find him lying on the floor a corpse, deluged in blood.  The young man had been sick for a week past and it is supposed that he became despondent and committed the rash act while laboring under a temporary aberration of mind.  The young man was highly respected by all knowing him and great surprise was manifested over his committing suicide.

FOUND DEAD. - On Friday afternoon, says the Dalles Times, the body of a dead man was found floating in Mill creek, near the Company's bridge, in this city.  Coroner Robbins was immediately notified of this fact, and proceeded forthwith to summon a jury, who repaired to the place and held an inquest.  The man's name was ascertained to be Andrew Thomas, a half-breed Indian, who was well known around here.  The day previous he was an inmate of the city jail on a charge of drunk and disorderly, and at night he was in a very intoxicated condition.  After hearing the testimony of two or three witnesses the jury brought in a verdict that the deceased was named Andrew Thomas, and that he came to his death by causes unknown to them.  He was buried in our city graveyard on Saturday.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 1 October 1880


Thursday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, the clerks in the employ of the I.X.L. Store heard a noised in the rooms above them, much as though a man was shrieking, or crying out in great pain.  One of them rushed up into the rooms of the Young Men's Christian Association and found two men in the reading room; one of them was lying on the floor, while the other was disengaging his hand from the grasp of the first.  The man having disengaged his hand, told the clerk to stay with the man who was lying on the floor, saying that he had a fit, and he (the speaker) would go for a doctor. The man then left.  As he was going down the stairs another clerk of the I.X.L. met him and asked him what was the matter?  The reply was in these words: There is a man in a fit up stairs; he is an Odd Fellow and I am going for a doctor.  A third clerk met him on the door step and the same reply was made to his question; What's the matter?  In going up stairs the clerks found an old man, apparently about 60 years of age, lying on the floor of the reading room in a dying condition.  They waited some time for the appearance of a doctor, but the stranger not returning with one, they called in Doctor Saylor who happened to be passing.  The man was about dead however when the Doctor arrived, and in a few moments was beyond all human help, passing away without a struggle.  Coroner Garnold being notified, proceeded to the spot, and would have held an inquest but for his inability to find the mysterious stranger who told the clerks that the dying man was an Odd Fellow, and that he himself was going for as doctor.  The Coroner made a search of the pockets of the deceased, and found a number of letters.  By these it was ascertained that the man's name was John Miller, and his address Pablo Roads, Oakland, California.  A certificate of a receipt from the Orient Lodge of Odd fellows, No. 189, and a letter of introduction from Geo. W. Hayes, of Oakland, to S. S. Cook, of this city, were also found on his person.  The letter of introduction says that he was a man of family, and came here in search of work, and another letter from one Whelin in San Francisco, with the firm of the name of More, Hunt & Co. on it, gave information that the wife of Miller was sick, and mentions five of his daughters.  Coroner Garnold notified the police of the mysterious stranger who figured in the case, and furnished them with a description of him.

   After some search the stranger was found, and gave his name as Forst.  He says that as he was about to enter the reading room of the Young Men's Christian Association he saw the man lying on the floor gasping loudly.  "Give me your hand, I have a fit," said he, and Forst, doing so, he was wrenched so strongly that he cried out and commenced to shake himself loose.  "Ain't you an Odd Fellow?" said Miller.  "No," replied Forst.  "I thought you was," replied the dying man, "and I gave you the grip." Forst says that just then the clerk came in, and he started for the doctor.  He didn't come back simply because he thought it wasn't necessary.

   Coroner Garnold removed the body to his undertaking establishment, where it was visited by the janitor of the Y.M.C.A., who identified Miller as a man who came round to the reading rooms quite frequently.  Miller was seedily dressed, but had a rather cultured face.  He does not look like a man who died in a fit or was foully dealt with, as a calm, peaceful smile hovers oe'r his face and his features are at ease.  An inquest will be held at 8 o'clock this morning.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 21 January 1881

Death from Exposure.

Mr. Samuel Walker of Grays river settlement, informs us by letter of the death of A. B. Soule from exposure on then beach of Grays bay, on or about the 9th or 10th inst.  Spoule was better known at the Old Trapper.  He had been missing a few days before any apprehensions were felt for his safety.  He lived on Seal river, a tributary of Grays river, at Mr. J. R. McClarken's place.  He left his house for the purpose of selling some furs, on Sunday, the 9th.  After disposing of them to a peddling boat, he laid in a supply of bad whiskey which, together with the cold weather, sealed his fate.  After a few days Mr. McClarken became uneasy about him and went to search for him.  On Sunday, the 16th, McClarken in company with Peter Neilsen and John Callahan, found him lying by his skiff on the beach, having been dead five or six days.  A coroner's jury was summoned to hold an inquest and they returned a verdict of death from exposure to cold.  The body was decently buried on the high land adjoining the bay.  Mr. Walker hopes that the fate of this old man will be a warning to dealers of pizen whiskey, but it won't; any more than to those who use it.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 19 February 1881

The body of a man named Weatherby, formerly a resident at Nehalem, was found on the banks of the Kilchies river a few days ago.  He had been drowned in attempting to cross the river on horseback during a heavy freshet.  The horse succeeded in swimming ashore and was picked up by a farmer residing in the neighborhood.  A coroner's inquest will be held to-day, the particulars of which I will send you.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 27 February 1881

The second inquest held on the body of the unknown man washed ashore at Port Orford, revealed the fact that it was that of a man named William Black, about thirty-five years of age, and that his death was caused by violence.  A fracture of the skull and a knife wound were discovered.  The jury returned a verdict that he came to his death at the hands of parties unknown.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 18 March 1881

Crushed to Death.

An inquest was held yesterday on the body of Hugh Connolly at East Portland.  No fresh facts were ascertained further than a shot was heard in the vicinity of the place, which led to the discovery of where the body was.  He was last seen alive by Geo. A. McClure, the night ferryman on the Stark street ferry.  The deceased crossed the ferry at 7 o'clock with a team.  He visited several saloons and it is probable that he was somewhat under the influence of liquor when he left town.  The examining physician found several wounds on the head, caused by the wagon passing over his head.  The horses became frightened and ran away, and Connolly lost his balance and fell under the wheels, which passed over his head fracturing his skull, thus causing death.  His head was frightfully mashed, the left ear being almost torn from his body.  Paul Raupach discovered the body at 9:320 o'clock or probably an hour or so after the accident, and informed the authorities who took charge of the body until the coroner arrived. 

   The deceased lived at Martin's farm, distant about three and a half miles from East Portland.  After the inquest was held the remains were taken in charge by Clerk & Burdin, undertakers, and conveyed to his home.  Mr. Hugh Connolly was well known and leaves a host of friends to mourn his sad death. He was a member of the Odd Fellows fraternity.  The deceased leaves a wife and four children to mourn his sudden departure to the vale of death.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 1 April 1881


E. T. Guyant, Rashly Importunate, Takes His Own Life.

Some time since, says Friday's Roseburg Plaindealer, quite an aged man named E. T. Guyant applied to Mr. John Jones for work and was given a contract for chopping a certain amount of wood about four miles from this city.  He lived alone in a small cabin in the woods near his work.  On Saturday, the 29th inst., a lad named Johnny Lewis had occasion to visit Mr. Guyant, and when he opened the door of the cabin he saw the old man leaning against the wall, his hat drawn over his face.  The boy addressed him but received no answer: "You are sleeping rather late," said Johnny.  No response.  He then entered, shook the old man and raised his hast, whereupon the fact suddenly dawned upon the boy's senses that he was trying to awaken the dead.  Upon a subsequent examination and careful measurement of the distance between the tracks leaving the cabin, positive evidence was elicited to the fact that the boy lost no time in conveying the sad intelligence to Mr. Jones who supposed that he had died from natural causes, having been subject to illness since he began work.  Mr. Jones, however, informed the authorities of the facts as he understood them, and it was not deemed necessary, at the time, to hold an inquest, but when the parties went to bury the remains it was discovered that the body was partially suspended by a rope thrown over a beam of the cabin and fastened around the neck.  Justice Hursh was notified, and he proceeded to summon a jury in this city.  About 12 o'clock on the night of the 19th they found the cabin and held an inquest.  Following is the verdict of the jury:

   We, the jury in the above inquest, sitting to investigate the cause of the death of E. T. Guyant, find that the name of the deceased was E. T. Guyant; that he was a native of New York State; that he came to his death by strangulation by means of a rope adjusted around his neck by his own hands.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 26 April 1881




The last man in the world that we would ever expect to hear of being assassinated was J. W. Robb - kind, obliging, respected and loved by everybody, the perfect type of a true citizen; yet he is killed without a moment's warning by a desperado.  The circumstances, as near as can be ascertained, are that the assassin entered Mr. Robb's office yesterday afternoon between the hours of three and four o'clock, and deliberately shot his victim.  Two gentlemen in the adjoining room heard the report of the pistol, heard the thud when Mr. Robb fell, and immediately entered his office, finding him dead.  The assassin had then escaped.  There is a train of circumstances connecting J. G. Robeson with the murder, and he was promptly arrested and placed in jail.  The Coroner, Mr. Benj. B. Franklin, summoned a jury, and the findings of the inquest are as follows:

   We, the undersigned jurors, summoned before B. B. Franklin, Coroner of Clatsop county, Oregon, at the office of T. W. Robb, met at said office on the 25th day of Apeilk, in Caltsop county, Oregon, to enquire into the cause of the death of said J. W. Robb, whose body lay therein.  After being duly sworn as jurors, according to law, we examined the body, heard the evidence of the attending physician and the witnesses produced, and find that the body is that of J. W. Robb, lawyer, and resident of Astoria, Oregon; that he came to his death by a pistol-shot wound in the breast, inflicted about 3 o'clock p.m. of said day, and we believe one J. G. Robeson to have inflicted said wound, and to have committed an act of murder therein.


[Continues with details of Robeson's action that day.]


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 30 April 1881

SUICIDE IN LANGELL VALLEY. - On the night of April 20th the wife of Louis Lamb, residing in Langell valley, Lake county, committed suicide by taking poison.  A Coroner's inquest held next day, rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts but discovered no reason whatever for the rash act.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 31 May 1881

The first officer of the British shop Eller Bank, John R. Foster, a native of England, was found dead in his bed on board on Saturday afternoon.  St the request and expense of the captain of the ship, an inquest was held by Coroner B. B. Franklin, at which the following jurors were sworn: F. B. Hicks, Foreman; Chas. S. Wright, J. Strauss, J. D. Higgins, F. A Graves and Wm. Tarrant.  The verdict of the jury, after taking all the evidence, was to the effect that deceased died from hemorrhage from rupture of a vessel internal.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 12 June 1881

Mr. Hiram Gray reported the finding of the body of a man yesterday morning about half a mile east of Coffinbury slough, a miler below Lewis and Clarke, on the tide lands, in an advanced state of decomposition.  Beyond recognition.  His shoes held on the fragments of a pair of heavy drab pantaloons.  He was a tall man, perhaps six feet.  No other clothing.  Coroner Franklin was notified and held an inquest.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 17 June 1881

Coroner Franklin held an inquest yesterday over the remains of Ella Levens, returning a verdict substantially in accordance with the published report of her death.  The unfortunate girl was buried yesterday.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 22 June 1881

A man by the name of John O'Connor died suddenly in a house of ill fame on Concomly street yesterday morning.  The body was taken in charge by Coroner Franklin who held an inquest.  The jury returned a verdict of death from heart disease.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 1 July 1881

Sudden Death.

A man by the name of Alexander Faust died suddenly in his bed at his room in the Astor house block yesterday morning.  He had just returned from fishing, and had eaten his breakfast, and immediately went to bed.  In about ten minutes after some friends heard him breathing hard and when they entered the room he was dying.  Coroner Franklin was notified and an inquest held.  The verdict of the jury was that he died of apoplexy.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 6 July 1881

Charles Rudgely, a sailor belonging to the Scottish Bard, was drowned Monday night while attempting to get on board that vessel.  His body was picked up yesterday about 2 p.m.  Coroner Franklin summoned a jury and held an inquest.  The verdict was that the deceased came to his death by accidental drowning.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 12 August 1881


Miss Minnie May Instantly Killed by the Accidental Discharge of a Pistol.

Minnie E., daughter of Mr. J. D. May, was instantly killed about 3 o'clock Friday afternoon at the residence of her parents on Sixth street between Main and Madison by the accidental discharge of a pistol, which she had in her hand at the time.  The shot entered her mouth, ranged through to the back of the head.  An inquest was held last evening and from the testimony offered we make the following extracts:

   Mrs. May, mother of the deceased, testified - I saw sewing in the kitchen and she passed through the room and went up stairs.  I told her to look at her sick brother.  She told me that he was asleep.  Soon after I heard the report of a pistol and going up stairs found her lying upon the floor, dead, with a pistol in her right hand.  Myself, husband and sick child were in the house at the time.  never showed any signs of despondency.  Don't know where she got the pistol. 

   Al. Prince testified that he had known the young lady a little over a year.  Had been in the habit of waiting on her.  Knew the pistol produced.  I presented it to her to protect herself on the street without any suggestion from her.  Saw her last during her lifetime about 3 o'clock this afternoon. Walked up to the corner of Sixth and Main with her.  Were making arrangements to go blackberrying with her to-morrow, providing Miss Mills returned on the Dalles boat.  Was with her about two hours.  She was cheerful and in good spirits.

   Then jury returned the following verdict: "We find that deceased was named Minnie E. May, aged 18 years, 2 months and 12 days, and that she came to her death from a pistol shot, accidentally discharged by her own hand.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 19 August 1881


Thursday morning at 7:30, a Chinaman was found in a water closet back of the Arthur Fahie building on Second street under peculiar circumstances.  A bullet hole in the head and one in the stomach showed the means by which life became extinct.  The body was picked up and taken to DeLin's undertaking establishment.  At the time of the removal the bullet holes had not been found, and the supposition was that the death of the dead man's face resulted from a bruise.  While the undertaker was placing the body in a box, a bullet dropped out and this led to a Coroner's inquest.  It was developed that the Chinaman's named was Ah Goon, and that he boarded with George King.  He had been sick for some time, and according to George


He went to the water closet this morning and shortly sifter two shots were fired.  Geo. King could give no reason why the man wished to die, and his testimony was quite mixed up.  After hearing all the evidence the jury deliberated for some time and came to the conclusion that the Chinaman came to his death from pistol shots in the hands of an unknown party.  The jurymen were firmly convinced that the Chinaman did not commit suicide as was at first supposed.  The case is a suspicious one.

   A pistol was found in the water closet with two chambers discharged.  R. J. Forbes; H. Cooke, H. Wohlers, John Corley, Francis Browne and Samuel Buchtel composed the jury.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 16 September 1881


James A. Smith Shot and Instantly Killed In a Saloon at Ross Island.

From Wednesday morning's Standard.

About four o'clock yesterday afternoon a message was telephoned to the police office that James A. Smith had been shot at the saloon on Ross' Island.  Chief Lappeus, Capt. T. Belcher and Deputy Sheriff Caywood at once repaired thither and found Smith dead and the murderer confined, awaiting their arrival.  He was arrested and brought to the city jail where he gave his name as Frank Howard, but refused to give any information as to his business of where he came from.  Smith, who is


Having been for years employed in Ladd & Tilton's Bank, and afterward county clerk of this county for two successive terms,  has been stopping with Charles Shaw, who keeps a place of resort on Ross Island for the past five or six weeks, having his gun and fishing rod along, amusing himself in hunting and fishing.  Yesterday afternoon Howard visited the island, accompanied by a little Chinese boy, whom he left in the boat while he went into Shaw's saloon.  From parties who were eye witnesses of the affair, we learn that Smith and Howard met in the saloon, and that some


Took place between them, after which Smith went into a parlour adjoining the bar room.  Shortly after Howard threw down some two or three dollars on the counter, and asked all present to drink.  The proprietor, Shaw, his wife, and a gentleman named Bellegarde, a German woman named Jennie Trevanyan took a drink, and at this time Smith came back into the bar room and walked up alongside the bar close to Howard, who drew a pistol from his hip pocket, and presenting it point blank, fired, and Smith fell dead.  The pistol was a Colts' self-cocker of 45 calibre, and the bullet went through or close to the heart.  Howard claims that Smith made a motion to draw a pistol, but the bystanders say he did not.  After the


Howard put the pistol back into his pocket, and Shaw, who is a French Canadian, told his wife in French to take the pistol from him, which she succeeded in doing, coming up behind him and snatching it from his pocket and ran off into the kitchen with it.  Howard then ran out the back way and got into his boat to make his escape and was pursued by Bellegarde who ordered him to come back, when he caught up an oar and threatened to strike him, upon which Bellegarde caught up another and threatened to brain him unless he surrendered.  Mr. John Barry and a couple of other gentlemen came up in a boat about this time and


Barry at once came down to Jefferson street and proceeded to the St. George Hotel and telephones to the police office, when the chief and party started out and secured the murderer as above narrated.

   Coroner Garnold was notified and brought the body of Smith to his office where an inquest will be held this morning.  Of the murdered man little need here be said.  He was well known in this city and till within the past two years was a much respected and honorable citizen - few more so - a genial and intelligent and kind-hearted gentleman, who had the respect and confidence of all who knew him, but in an evil hour he fell a victim, to strong drink and his steps have since that time been on the downward path, much to the sorrow and regret of his numerous friends, who have spared no efforts to reclaim him, but in vain.  In view of his sad and tragic end let us draw the mantle of charity over his faults and follies and strive to think only of the brighter and better part of his career ere he was led astray.




WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 30 September 1881


Coroner Ream, of this city, received a dispatch from Junction City, Monday, says the Eugene Guard, informing him that a suicide had been committed at Owen Creek, about ten miles west of that place.  He at once repaired to the place and held an inquest, as required by law.  It was found that the unfortunate person's name was Frank Mowder and that he had in a fit of melancholy shot himself in the forehead, which, it is supposed, killed him instantly.  He was discovered by W. J. and James Williams, who were out deer hunting, in a small stream called Owen Creek, with the shot gun between his legs, and himself lying on the bottom of the creek, the water not quite covering his body. It was supposed that when he was found he had been dead three or four days.  A razor and a few buckshot were found in one of his pockets.  After the inquest the body was taken charge of by the uncle of deceased, Mr. Wm. Pitney, and given a Christian burial.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 14 October 1881


A dispatch dated at the Dalles gives the following: W. Williams, an employee of the O.R. & No. Co., was run over and killed at the east end depot last night at 9 o'clock by two freight cars.  He was intoxicated, and took shelter from the rain under one of the cars and fell asleep.  He lingered until 8 o'clock this morning and died from the effects of his injuries.  An inquest was held by the coroner to-day, and the verdict was according to the above facts.  He was a married man, has two children and leaves parents at Benecla, Cal.  He formerly worked on the narrow gauge at Silverton.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 15 October 1881


The rumor mentioned in last week's SENTINEL in regards to some suspicious circumstances connected with the death of J. N. Vannoy was investigated this week by the proper authorities but nothing has yet been found to support the statements that have been in circulation.  Dustrict Attorney Kent, Judge Prim and Dr. Aiken visited the scene of the grave last Monday, when the body was taken up and an inquest held by Orr Brown, J.P. who acted as Coroner.  Dr. Aiken made an examination of the stomach but failed to find any trace of poison therein as has been alleged.  One of the main witnesses absented himself during the investigation but it is not probable that any thing further will now be done.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 27 October 1881


On Friday afternoon Aleck Brisbois while working on a jam of logs in the Waluski fell between the logs and was drowned.  The unfortunate man was a French Canadian about 28 years of age.  His remains were brought to this city last evening for interment.  His death being purely accidental Mr. Franklin did not consider it necessary to hold an inquest.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 18 November 1881


The most heartless, cowardly, debased and disgraceful murder that ever blackened the criminal calendar of Union county, was enacted in Wallowa valley, on the 3d November.  There has lived in this county, says the Mountain Sentinel, for many years, a man by the name of John Hawk; and it may be asserted right here, with no credit to the cowardly dogs that took his life, that his reputation was by mo means a spotless one; his character wore no features to be envied by his fellow man, but on the contrary he had borne the cognomen of a hard character and had been suspected as being the hero of the branding iron, and thereby converting to his own the unmarked animals that roamed the plains of Wallowa valley.  Whether or not these suspicions were founded on facts, we have no means of knowing, but certain it is that he had been before courts of justice and sufficient proof could not be found to convict.

   On the morning of the 3d instant, the murdered man, in company with a man by the name of Adams, started from the upper Wallowa valley to come to Grand Ronde valley for provisions.  Night overtook them at the little village of Lostine in the Middle valley on the Wallowa river.  Here they camped in some timber on the water's edge, beneath, and probably forty yards from the projecting bank of the river.  Mr. Hawk's mother-in-law was in company with him also, and as the weather was disagreeable, she sought shelter under a roof, and Messrs. Hawk and Adams retired in a tent.  About the hour of 11 o'clock they were aroused by a single gun-shot, and Adams says that Hawk remarked "What does that mean?"  This shot was immediately followed by volley after volley until a dozen or more shots had been fired and all again became quiet.  Adams then left his comrade and sought shelter in a neighboring housie, but did not make known the facts of the murder until morning.  On the following morning Hawk was found dead in his blankets, with four slight wounds in his body and a bullet hole in the crown of his head.  An inquest was held over the body, the result of which it is not necessary to state. Several blank cartridges were found on the bank, from whence it was supposed the shooting was done.

   Mr. Wash Bloom, A. C. Smith and two sons of Judge Reavis were stopping over night at Lostine and were sleeping in a bladcksmith shop.  Mr. Smith informed us that he heard the firing and spoke to Mr. Bloom about it, saying that it "meant mischief," but he did not know where or what it was and did not feel disposed to start out just then on a tour of investigation.  As yet no arrests have been made, but the finger of suspicion undoubtedly points toward guilty parties, an d although there have probably lived more righteous men than John Hawk, let all law-abiding citizens scorn with contempt the actions of these villainous moonshiners, who would, at the peril and disgrace of a civilized community, resort to vigilant law and commit the most heinous murder ever known in Eastern Oregon.  We hope to see this outrage on human decency ferreted out, and the guilty parties should stretch hemp until their murderous hearts should forever cease to throb.  No stone should be left unturned that might lead to conviction of the guilty parties.  Better by far that our county should be ten thousand times bankrupt than that such crimes should be unpunished.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 2 December 1881


Yesterday morning a workman named Hankins discovered the body of a man in the river near the wharf at Nicolai's lumber yard, some two miles below this city.  Coroner Garnold was immediately notified, and proceeded to the spot.  He found the body to be that of a man apparently about 50 years of age, 5 feet 11 inches in height, with dark hair, chin whisker and moustache mixed with gray, slightly bald.  It was near the wharf, and about fifteen feet from shore, where the water is at present four feet deep.  It was nude with the exception of a shirt and undershirt, beneath which in front a piece of bale rope had been passed and fastened in a slip noose, to the ends of which was fastened a stone weighing nearly 100 pounds, which had prevented it from rising to the surface.  The feet were bound together by a piece of wire, underneath which on an ankle was a small towel.  The body had evidently been in the eater some two or three weeks, and it is probable was thrown there during the late high water, and came in sight on the river receding.

   It was conveyed to the coroner's office, and an inquest will be held to-day.  It has not been examined by a surgeon as yet, and with the exception of a wound or bruise near the inner corner of the left eye, no marks of violence are visible, but there can be very little doubt that a foul murder has been committed.  No rocks of the same kind as the one attached to the body are to be seen in the vicinity of the wharf, and it is probably [crease-line missing] from the wharf where it was supposed the water was deep enough to forever hide it.  So far, the body had not been identified, but many who have seen it say they think they have seen the man when alive, but do not know who he was.


The body of the murdered man found in the river on Friday morning still lies at the morgue and no inquest has been held, as Coroner Garnold was anxious if possible to have the body identified.  It was viewed by a large number of persons yesterday, and last evening Mr. T. G. Degenford, who resides in East Portland, stated that he knew the man when alive.  He said they had been partners in the mines near Yreka, Cal., several years ago.  The name of the deceased he says is John Ambrose and the scar over the eye was caused by a glow from a bottle, received in a drunken quarrel at Yreka.  He has not seen Ambrose since July, 1880, at which time he worked for a few days at the Willamette Iron Works, but thinks he then went east of the mountains.  The body will be preserved in ice till such time as an inquest is held.

   Mr. Hankins, who discovered the body, was confident that there was a weight attached to the feet by the wire with which they were bound, and yesterday he made a search and found a large stone on the spot where the body was discovered, nearly as heavy as the one fastened to the shirts.  This proves conclusively that it was not a case of suicide as some at first supposed.  The stones were probably taken from some of the ballast piles at the lower end of town, as they are different from any quarried here.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 3 December 1881


The Willamette Gives up the Dead Body

Of a Man who was Evidently Murdered - His Feet Bound with Wire and a Heavy Stone to  his Neck.

About 11 o'clock yesterday morning Mr. Hanking, who works at Nicolai brother's lumber wharf, near Weidler's Mill, sent for Coroner Garnold, saying that he saw what he thought was the body of a man floating in the water opposite the dock.  Mr. Garnold immediately went to the scene and saw two human legs protruding above the water about nineteen feet from the shore.  He attempted to get to the body by wading, but found the water too deep.  He then reached the spot in a small boat, and tugging and straining for some time, finally raised the body from the mud, where it had been anchored with a stone weighing 98 pounds.  The feet were bound together with a wire, and the stone was fastened to the shirt, which had been gathered up in a bunch at the neck, with a piece of bailing rope four feet long. The only clothing upon the body was an under and an over-shirt, collar, metal collar-button and a black string-tie.

   The remains showed him to be a man about 50 years old, 5 feet 120 inches high, and to have weighed probably 175 pounds.  His chest was broad and massive; his arms well developed; face round and full; high forehead; dark hair; chin whiskers and moustache, tinged with gray.  His forehead directly above the left eye wears an old scar of semi-circular form, taking almost the same curve as the brow.  There is also a scar, about half an inch long, between his eyebrows pointing towards the left eye.  The face is so disfigured by decomposition that it can not be minutely described.

   There can be no doubt that the man was thrown in the river.  With his feet tied and the weight of nearly a hundred pounds about his neck, it was a physical impossibility for him to have jumped that far from shore, and it was also impossible for him to have walked into deep water.  The only reasonable theory is that he was taken in a small boat and thrown overboard.  This was evidently done about two weeks ago, when the river was from three to four feet higher than now.  Clear and cool weather lowered the river and exposed the body, which, had customary rains continued, would have been submerged until after next summer's rise.  The crime is shrouded in deep mystery, and until the dead man's identity is established can furnish only grounds for speculation, not for detection.

   The remains are at the establishment of Coroner Garnold, who will begin an inquest to-day.  He asks the presence of any person who from the above description can give information concerning the drowned man.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 27 January 1882


At 9 o'clock Friday morning an employee of Weidler's saw-mill discovered a floater among the logs in the boom near the mill and sent word to the coroner, who went down and secured the body and removed it to the morgue.  At 1 o'clock in the afternoon an inquest was held by the coroner and the following jury: C. A. Smith, Wm. Grooms, A. Smith, A. J. Moses, C. P. Yates, M. Brown, James Chynoweth.  A steamboat hand, and Charles Harrigan, a saloon keeper testified that the recognized the body as that of John Sullivan, a fireman, who had been running on the river boats for some years; that he was a man addicted to hard drinking at times, but was always peaceable, drunk or sober.  Cheynoweth said that he was discharged from the Dixie Thompson last November for drunken-ness, and subsequently from the E. N. Cooke.  Dr. Cardwell testified that he had examined the body and found no marks of violence on it that would lead to a suspicion of a crime, and the jury brought in as verdict of accidental drowning.

   When the body was found it was floating on the water ands the features were somewhat discolored, showing that the body had been in the water some time.  A bruise was perceptible on the forehead, which is supposed to have been made at the time he fell into the river.  He had neither shoes nor stockings on and was bareheaded and in his shirt sleeves.  A hat was found on the logs near him, but was not identified as his.  Sullivan had put up at the Narrow gauge hotel, on First and Jefferson streets, but left there about ten days ago.  He was expecting a situation on the City of Salem, and in the meantime has kept himself in liquor.  The theory of those who know him is that he was besides himself with liquor and that he took off his coat, hat and shoes and laid them down somewhere, after which he wandered about and finally fell into the river.  None of his friends believe that he would have committed suicide deliberately.  He was about 35 years of age and of Irish nativity.  The coroner will bury him to-day, as he has neither relatives nor money.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 17 February 1882


An Aged Hermit Dies in a Lonely Cabin in Josephine County.

An inquest has been held on the body of the man found some days since by Volk's surveying party in a cabin on Cow creek, Josephine county.  The jury rendered a verdict that "they believed it to be the body of John Swett; that he came to his death by starvation, and had been dead about three months."

   The Jacksonville Sentinel says that no provisions of any kind were found in the cabin.  The deceased was lying on the bare floor in his clothes.  In one corner of the cabin was a bunk containing a few blankets and old clothes, on a rack on the wall was an old rifle gun and plenty of ammunition.  No marks of violence of any kind were discovered on the body.

   John Swett is said to have been a native of New York, about 50 years of age.  He left no relatives in this country as far as known.  His remains were buried near the cabin.  A pine board bears the inscription, "John Swett, buried Feb. 3, 1882."  He had been a hermit for years in this vicinity.  Once before he came near dying of starvation.  He only came to the settlement at long intervals, and that only to get ammunition.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 24 March 1882


Two Men Shot Down While Engaged in Felling a Tree.

Mr. E. C. Hackett, of Prineville, Wasco county, furnishes the following under date of March 15th: Two men were murdered to-day over on what is known as Big Willow, about 15 miles north of this place, in cold blood; in fact, it is about the greatest crime ever committed in these parts.  Their names are Aaron Crooks and S. J. Jorry. 

   The particulars of the sad affair, from the best we can learn, are about as follows: Some time since suit was brought by a Mr. Brown and Crooks against a man by the name of Langdon, the man Jorry being a witness for the plaintiffs, and in which trial a verdict was found for the plaintiffs against the man Langdon.  It is supposed that this so enraged Langdon that it lead him to waylay them both (Crooks and Jorry) and shoot them down in cold blood while they were felling a tree.  Parties are in pursuit of Langdon, but as he is armed with a Winchester rifle, trouble is undoubtedly brewing, as a man with the nerve to do a deed of this kind will undoubtedly hold out to the bitter end.

   Our Justice, A. W. Powers, goes out this evening to hold the inquest, after which I may furnish you with further particulars.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, or.), 25 March 1882

Mob Vengeance.

The following dispatch was sent to the "Oregonian" from The Dalles March 19th:  Lucien Langdon and a man in his employ named Harrison were arrested at the residence of the former on Willow creek by a posse of citizens from Prineville on Thursday night about 10 o'clock.  They were brought to Prineville and turned over to deputy Sheriff Lusky, who placed a guard of four men to protect them.  Langdon requested the citizens making the arrest to guard him from mob violence, and the same request was made by his wife.  Very soon after arriving at the Jackson house, about half past 2 o'clock Friday morning, the guard were overpowered by a mob of twelve or fifteen, who covered each member of the deputy sheriff's posse with a pistol and commenced firing at Langdon, who was killed almost instantly.  They then dragged Harrison on to the Ochoco bridge and hung him to the trestle work. 

   A coroner's inquest was held over the dead bodies and a verdict rendered according to the above facts.  So far none of the perpetrators of this terrible outrage have been identified.  Langdon leaves a wife and two small children.  Nothing can be ascertained to implicate Harrison in the murder of crooks and Jorry, and his only offense was that he was employed by Langdon.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 14 April 1882

Body Found.

A fisherman in the employ of the Union Packing Co. found the body of a man on Sand island yesterday afternoon.  It has evidently been in the water for a long time.  The head and one of the arms were gone, and nothing remains to identify the unfortunate except a pair of gum boots.  The coroner was notified last evening, though it is doubtful if an inquest be held.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 21 April 1882


From Sunday's Daily Standard.

About 1 o'clock yesterday morning Dr. G. W. Anderson was lodged in the city jail, arrested, as was stated in yesterday's issue, on a telegraphic order from the sheriff of Lane county. On his person was found a small pocket case of surgical instruments, another of homeopathic medicines, containing some eighteen or twenty small vials, a pocket book crammed with documents of various kinds, $24 35 in coin, a watch chain, etc.  While being searched he said that he was suffering with cramps in his stomach, and asked that he be allowed to retain his medicine in order that he might take some when he needed it.  He was told that if he was ill during the night he would be attended to, and all his property was taken from him. An hour or so after he was locked up hr called Captain Belcher and asked for hid medicine case, which was handed to him.  He mixed a dose from several of the vials and took it.  He then lighted his pipe and stood by the table in the centre of the cell smoking for some time.  He then took an envelope from his pocket and wrote a note upon it, after which he took a small vial from his picket and


The prisoners were nearly all asleep, but one of them, Nimrod Kelly, was awake and noticed what was going on, but suspected nothing wrong. Anderson, after taking the fatal draught, placed the note he had written and the empty vial in his pocket.  He then stood for some time leaning on the table, his head resting on his folded arms, apparently asleep and fell to the floor.  His fellow prisoners, thinking he was asleep, paid no attention to him for some time, when his strange actions convinced them that something was wrong.  Captain Gritzmacher, who had relieved Captain Belcher, was called, and he at once summoned Dr. Saylor.  He administered remedies and left orders for the dose to be repeated, but Anderson refused to take the medicine, closing his teeth, and blowing from his mouth what was forced in.  He remained in an unconscious condition all day, despite all the efforts made to resuscitate him, and died at 7:15 last evening.  The body was taken charge of by Coroner Garnold and removed to the morgue, where an inquest will be held to-day.


Found on his person was as follows:

   MRS. JAMES GOODMAN: - May God bless you my poor girl and baby who are mourning after me.  I am done with this world.  God bless you.  We will meet in Heaven.  G. W. ANDERSON.

   Among his papers were a number of receipts for sums of money sent by Wells, Fargo & Co., to his wife, Mary K. Anderson, at Barne's Station, Dickson county, Tennessee, a picture with her name upon it.  Also receipts for various sums of money sent to a woman in Shasta county, Cal., and to several drug firms in different places, letters showing that he had traveled over a great part of the Northwest and British Columbia.  In one of his boots was found a diploma from the University of Nashville, Tennessee, signed by Prof. L. V. S. Londsley, dated March 2, 1868, and a license to practice medicine recorded in Shasta county, Cal., in 1877.

   Deputy Sheriff McCormack came down from Eugene last evening to take the prisoner up there, but only arrived to find him at the point of death.  It seems that Anderson had resided for some time at Eugene, and was arrested not long since on a charge of adultery.  He gave bonds for his appearance before the grand jury, which meets in a few days.  He came down here, it was thought by his bondsmen, with the intention of going to Astoria and if indicted slipping away on the steamer.  They accordingly wished to surrender him and it was for this reason a dispatch was sent to Chief Lappeus to arrest him.  He was apparently about 35 years of age, of medium stature, with full brown beard and mustache of brownish hue and walked with a slight limp, as if he had a sore foot.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 27 May 1882

Dropped Dead.

Martin Johansen, was out with his partner J. P. Johnson, in their fishing boat yesterday morning about one o'clock, when he suddenly fell back in his boat and drawing a few longs breaths expired.  The body was brought to the coroner who held an inquest resulting in a verdict in accordance with the above.  Deceased will be buried from the undertaking rooms this afternoon.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, or.), 27 May 1882

Murder in Josephine County.

Josephine county comes again to the front with a first class murder, the victim this time being W. Akers formerly of Sam's valley in this county and the slayer David Gilmore.  It appears that last fall Gilmore charged Akers, who was a married man, with the seduction of his daughter about sixteen years of age and warned him to leave the county which he did.  Last week Akers returned, ostensibly for the purpose of taking his wife away from Josephine county.  Gilmore hearing of his arrival took his Winchester rifle and declaring his intention of killing Akers on sight proceeded to hunt him up.  Meeting him on the road he, Gilmore, commenced shooting without effect and Akers ran for the brush and took refuge behind a stump.  Gilmore continued firing and the deceased, being armed with a small live shooter, fired a shot which inflicted a serious wound on Gilmore and on incautiously looking from behind his shelter received a shot from Gilmore's Winchester right between the eyes and causing instant death.  Information was immediately brought to Kerbyville and an inquest was held by Justice Forbes, the jury rendering the following verdict:

   "We your jury empannelled to examine the body of W. Akers found dead in the field of Mr. Thos. Read, situated on Sucker creek; after making a thorough examination of the body, find that W. Akers came to his death from two gunshot wounds, from a gun in the hands of David Gilmore." We the undersigned jurors find David Gilmore guilty of the murder of W. Akers. Alex. White, H. Kelly, Ira Dunham, John McDougal, James E. Holland, and James E. Tycer.  S. W. Forbes, Coroner.

   Gilmore is said to be severely wounded in the thigh but the extent of his injury is probably exaggerated.  The facts regarding the shooting are principally gleaned from Gilmore's own statement there having been no witnesses except himself and the deceased.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 8 June 1882

In the matter of the inquest held on the body of Adolf Christiansen, the coroner's jury asked for further time to consider their verdict.  The time was extended to next Monday afternoon.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 30 June 1882


The River Gives up Its Dead After Three Months.

About 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon Mr. Ferguson cook of the British bark Duncan discovered the body of a man floating in the river at the Columbia dock.  Word was sent to Coroner Garnold who secured the body and took it to the morgue.  An inquest was held and from the evidence it was ascertained that the deceased was the carpenter of the British ship Valparaiso, Edward Stephenson by name who while going on board that ship one evening in March last in an intoxicated condition fell into the river and was seen no more.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.

   The body was in a very advanced stage of decomposition and had been badly bitten by the fish the flesh being entirely gone from the exposed parts.  The clothing was very rotten and it is supposed that when the unfortunate man sank his clothing became entangled in something and the body was held there till the cloth had decayed.  An examination of the body was made by Dr. Cohen who stated that there were no marks of violence except such as were caused by the bites of fishes.  The body will be interred this morning in Lone Fir cemetery.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 11 July 1882

Found Dead in Bed.

Among the employees of the Union Packing company was a young man named Martin Leese, boat puller for Johnson.  For several days past he complained of not feeling well; on Saturday evening he went to bed, and on attempting to rouse him Sunday morning, it was found that he was dead.  Under the circumstances it was considered unnecessary to hold an inquest. ...


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 18 August 1882

Death Amidst Squalor.

Yesterday afternoon Chief of Police Lappeus was notified that a man living on Grant street, between Fourth and Fifth, needed looking after, as he was groaning and appeared to be in trouble, and that he kept his doors locked and refused to admit anyone.  The chief, taking Wing with him, proceeded to the house, which belongs to Van DeLashmutt, and finding every door and window fastened took out a sash, with a chisel.  The stench emitted when an opening was made was overpowering, but Wing managed to hold his breath long enough to crawl in and open the front door, and the chief rushed through and opened the back door so as to allow a current of fresh air to pass.

   The man who was found to be C. J. Weisswange, a civil engineer, was lying on the bare floor near a wash bowl, which was filled with blood thick and putrid.  The man was unable to speak.  He was raised up and placed in a sitting position, and the chief leaving the officer to watch, started down town for a conveyance to take the sick man to the hospital.  After going a couple of blocks he was overtaken by Wing, who said the man was dead.  The chief then turned the matter over to Coroner Cooke who brought the body to the morgue, from whence it will be buried to-day unless claimed by friends, if there are any.

   Hemorrhage of the lungs was the cause of his death.  He had been sick for some days, but absolutely declined all proffers of aid extended by the neighbors.  He had nothing to eat in the house and no bed, or much of anything that could be called furniture.  There was a little oil stove he used for cooking, a wash bowl and old chair, and one or two other things about the room.  The inside of the house was a picture of the most abject poverty.  The coroner will hold no inquest as to the cause of death is known beyond a question.  Weisswange had no money or other valuables, except a small set of drafting tools.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 22 August 1882

The Petch Murder.

The coroner's inquest reveals the following facts in regard to the murder of Mrs. Petch: She was on the way home from North Yamhill, in company with her step-son, aged about thirty-four.  When near their home in the mountains the fatal shot was fired from the roadside.  The shot took effect in the side of her head, breaking the neck and severing the jugglar vein.  Mrs. Petch fell out of the wagon and the frightened horses ran some distance before they could be stopped.  Before her son could get back to the body two more shots were fired, neither taking effect.  AS careful search revealed that the murderer had formed an ambuscade behind a log about twenty-five yards from the road, and had taken pains to break down intervening twigs and branches in order to get a clear shot.  Two trails were visible - one slight one, along which he had come, and one better defined, where he had hurried away.  This was the fourth attempt on the life of Mrs. Petch.  Great excitement prevails and threats of lynching are numerous of the murderer was caught.

Killed by a Fall.

John Moran, steward of the steamship Walla Walla, met his death about 11 o'clock last night by falling from the gang plank to the float below, at the foot of Ainsworth dock.  The fall was witnessed by William Schirmer, quartermaster of the vessel, who was on watch at the time.  He says he saw two men come down the wharf and stop at the foot of the gang plank, where they conversed for some time in low tones.  Finally one of them started away and the other came up the gang plank.  Schirmer did not recognize who it was until the side of the vessel was reached, when he saw it was Moran.  He was about to speak when Moran reeled to one side, and before Schrimer could reach him had fallen upon the float.  The quartermaster called the first officer, and taking a lantern started to spring down upon the float.  As he did so his foot slipped and he also fell, but fortunately fell into the water, just touching the edge of the float, and escaping with a few bruises.  Others came to his help by the time he had clambered upon the float, and the body was lifted upon the wharf.  Meanwhile Dr. G. M. Wells had been sent for, and also the coroner.  Moran breathed only a few times after his fall.  When Dr. Wells came, he found the man had suffered a fracture of the skull over the left eye, killing him almost instantly.  Coroner Cooke removed the body to his office and held an inquest, and the jury rendering a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

   Moran has a wife and three daughters in San Francisco.  He was about fifty years old, and has been steward of the Walla Walla since last July.  He is no relative of P. Moran, steward of one of the Astoria boats. - Oregonian, 20th.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 29 September 1882


A Floater Picked up Near the Boneyard with the Throat Cut.

D. S. Niuphy, a watchman at the Company's boneyard, picked up the body of a man near that place yesterday morning, and sent for the Coroner, who took charge of the corpse and held an inquest at the morgue, without getting any light on the subject.

   The body had on white cotton underclothing, new boots, brown pantaloons, dark coat and vest, white shirt and black necktie.  His appearance is that of a poor man.  In his shirt front was a small, cheap glass stud.  He had black hair, brown mustache, and 30 or 35 years of age.  In his pockets were $32 90 in coin, and a Queen of the Pacific steerage check, but nothing to lead to his identity. 

   Chief Lappeus took the check to the company's office yesterday afternoon, and learned there that the check was given in exchange for the passage ticket, as is the rule, and was to be delivered up at the gang plank when the passenger left the ship.  Having the check on his person when found is evidence that he went on overboard.  There is a strong possibility of suicide, though murder is possible.  The man was in an advanced stage of disease, and may have put an end to himself by cutting his own throat and then dropping into the river.  The cut on the throat was one that would require an extra amount of nerve to be self-inflicted, but would not be impossible.  Money being on him weakens the theory of murder.  The inquest will be continued until the Queen returns on Saturday, for further developments.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 6 October 1882

Probably Murder.

The inquest on the remains of the man found in the river last week, was resumed yesterday by Coroner Cooke.  The body still remains unidentified, although several persons, as is usual in such cases, have stated that they knew or had seen the man in life.  Several employees of the steamer Queen were examined.

   J. C. Donning, boatswain, testified to hearing a splash about 10 minutes before the steamer reached the dock as if something had fallen overboard.

   Wm. Keogh, second steward on the Queen, being sworn, testified: On the night of Sept. 18th, bretween 10 and 11 o'clock, heard a noise in stateroom 52.  A woman was lamenting the loss of her husband and said something about his being thrown overboard.  I tried to quiet her.  She said she was sure her husband had been flung overboard, for she saw blood on the port side of the shop and heard moans and a heavy splash.  She afterwards said a boy had found her husband.

   Frank Noe, a waiter on the Queen, was night watchman in the saloon on the 18th.  Was attracted by a noise in room 52.  Went to the room and found a lady crying for her husband.  She said something about him having plenty of money and being robbed and thrown overboard.  She said she had been dozing when she was awakened by moans and a splash in the water.  She saw blood stains on the side of the ship, near the port-hole and showed them to me.  She asked me to go and look for her husband, and I told her I would when I was relieved from my watch.  Saw her son, about 17 years old, and told him to go and look for his father; he started off.  The lady came out into the saloon  crying, and said she was sure it was her husband who had either fallen or been pushed overboard; she said she recognized the voice of the man who went by her port-hole as that of her husband.

   It is quite certain that a muter has been committed, and it is to be hoped that the facts in the case may be brought to light.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 13 October 1882


Thomas Heath, Manager for Janion & Son, Found Dead in his Bed.

Thomas Heath, manager of the Portland branch of the house of R. C. Janion & Son, of Liverpool, England, was found dead in his bed at his home on Sixth street near Hall, in this city, early yesterday morning.  About 6 o'clock Michael O'Brien, who had been sleeping in the house as a kind of watchman, left Mr. Heath in the house and promised to send Dr. Ghiselin, as his employer was feeling unwell.  The doctor promised to call around as soon as possible, being at the time somewhat indisposed himself.  About 7 o'clock the Chinaman, who is employed to do the chores about the dwelling came, but did not go up to Mr. Heath's room until about 7:30 o'clock.  He knocked on the door, and receiving no answer, entered the room and found every indication that Mr. Heath had perished in an epileptic fit.  The deceased was subject to attacks of this nature, and had been confined to his house with illness for two weeks past.  Coroner Cooke was notified and took charge of the effects.

   An inquest was held, and the jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes.  [continues with biographical details, said to be from Monmouthshire, England.]


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 27 October 1882


Mr. James Robinson came into Hillsboro, says the Tribune, on Monday afternoon and notified Coroner Brown that Alec Bledsoe had been shot by Sam West, who mistook him for a deer, and from him we obtained the following particulars: Bledsoe and West were deer hunting last Sunday, and about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, while the former was moving through a piece of tall fern, West thinking he was a deer fired, and a moment afterward was horrified to find that he had mortally wounded his companion.

   Examination revealed the fact that the ball - which was fired from a muzzle loading rifle - had penetrated the breast, just above the nipple, and evidently entered the heart.  The unfortunate man lived but three hours, and after his death was carried to his father's home.

   The affair occurred three miles above Manning's mill on Dairy creek.  The coroner immediately summoned a jury and is holding an inquest.  Bledsoe was 22 years of age, possessing a kind disposition, and having no vices, was admired and esteemed by all his acquaintances.  About two weeks ago a man was shot near the same place, having been mistaken for a bear.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.) 29 October 1882

On the 27th inst., a young man named James Kelley, who was logging near John Day's river, while crossing the stream in a skiff, lost his balance and fell out of the boat, being almost instantly drowned.  An inquest was held at the coroner's rooms last evening, from where the funeral will take place at two o'clock, to-day.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 3 November 1882


Charles Anderson, a Stranger, Found with a Bullet Hole in His Head.

The body of Charles Anderson, a Swede, was found partly secreted in a bunch of willows at the head of Swan island, near the northern limits of the city, on Sunday night by an employee of Weidler's saw mill.  Coroner Cook was notified and had the remains conveyed to the morgue, where he began an inquest yesterday, but adjourned until 3 o'clock this afternoon.

   Anderson had been in this city but a month or six weeks, and came from Chicago in company with a woman.  When found he was in an advanced stage of decomposition, and had a bullet hole through his head.  He is identified by Geo. Reed of the Caledonian Saloon.  Anderson appears to have come for the purpose of engaging in the saloon business, and had some money besides valuable jewelry in his possession.  The circumstances surrounding the case point to a murder, as all his money and jewelry was gone, and there was no weapon around by which he could have destroyed himself.  The woman who came here with him, together with his brother Alfred, have not been seen for a long time, and until they show up and account for themselves suspicion will point to them as the murderers.


Six Men Injured, Two of whom will probably Die.

On Wednesday last a serious accident occurred at the tunnel on the Umatilla and Baker City Railroad.  By the premature explosion of a blast five men were seriously injured.  One of them will probably die from the effects of his injuries. 

   On Friday, the 27th inst., another accident occurred near the same place.  A man was blasting in a 20 foot rock cut, when by some means eight kegs of powder were exploded under him, bowling him sixty feet in the air.  He was not killed but his eyesight was destroyed, and it is likely his injuries will prove fatal.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 3 November 1882

Repeat of the report of Anderson's murder.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.) 7 November 1882


A Portland Murder.

On the evening of the 29th ult., the body of a man named Carl Anderson was found on Swan island, about one mile distant from Portland, riddled with buckshot, and he was supposed to have been murdered.  At the inquest it was shown that Anderson, who was formerly a saloon-keeper in Chicago, arrived in Portland about six weeks ago, accompanied by a  woman supposed to be his mistress and his brother Alfred, both of whom had disappeared since the murder.  It was further shown that on Oct. 10th Carl and his brother hired two guns to go hunting, and purchased buckshot, etc.; that the nest day Alfred brought back the guns and paid the hire, saying his brother had gone east.  That night Alfred and the woman registered at the Norton House as man and wife, and left on the boat for this city the next morning, taking Carl's trunk along with the rest of the baggage.

   The dead man had been shot with a shotgun, the charge entering behind the left ear and coming out at the right eye, a few shot passing through the rim of his hat.  He was seen on the night of the 11th and said he intended to leave by steamer on the 13th.  He was known to have a belt full of gold twenties on his body.  The money, together with a gold watch and chain and whatever change he had in his pocket, was missing, and as no weapon was found near him, the theory of suicide was untenable, and it was evident the man had been murdered for his money, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the evidence.

   Chief of Police Lappeus, of Portland, telegraphed to San Francisco asking that Alfred Anderson and woman in his company, on the steamer Dakota from Victoria, be arrested, which was done, on a charge of murder.

   The man was very reticent, and claimed to have thought his brother was in Chicago until the time of his arrest.  He further stated that he had seen his brother Charles in Portland two days before his (Alfred's) leaving that city, which was on or about the 9th of October.  They had never had any words, and as to the amount of money his brother had he had no knowledge. When he last saw his brother Carl the latter was intending to start the next morning for Chicago, having become disgusted with the business prospects in Portland.  As to the woman, whose name was Bertie Nelson, she had been with his brother Carl in Chicago, and he never saw her until she came to Portland. She had been working with a family there, being dissatisfied with her position, and deserted by her former paramour, Carl, who, the prisoner claims to have thought to have gone to Chicago, he (Alfred) made a proposition to her that she become his mistress, to which she acceded.  The prisoner stated that he had been in Portland for eight years working on steamboats and along shore, and left Portland for San Francisco, in tending to resume the same occupation in that city, and brought the woman with him at her own request.

   While in Portland he had lived for several years in a cabin near the old saw mill, made prominent in the criminal history of Oregon by reason of its marking the locality where the body of the victim of the notorious murderess, Carrie Bradley, was discovered.  Alfred Anderson is a tall, powerful man, standing six feet high, and is twenty-four years of age.

   The female prisoner, Bertie Nelson, was even more uncommunicative than her pseudo consort on the immediate subject of the murder leading to their arrest.  She is a native of Sweden and but twenty years of age.  She states that on the 23d of September she arrived in San Francisco from Chicago with Carl Anderson and they registered as man and wide at the American Exchange hotel.  Carl had kept a large saloon in Chicago, known as the Scandinavian saloon, and she supposed that he had made money.  After remaining in this city about three days they went to Portland, where she went to work with a family with whom she remained but nine days. About three weeks ago she was out walking with Carl one night, and on his return with her to the house of the family with whom she was living he told her that he could do nothing in Portland and was going back to Chicago.  The next day Alfred visited her and told her that Carl had gone to Chicago.  Then it was that the two entered into a compact to live together and started for San Francisco.

   An investigation by the detectives resulted in the discovery of $185 on Alfred Anderson, a revolver and an open-faced gold watch.  On the woman nothing was found, and the satchel she carried in her hand contained nothing but apparel.

   A subsequent examination of the trunks resulted in finding some of the dead man's clothes.  The gold coin - supposed to be about $850 - is as yet undiscovered.  Lappeus went down on the Queen of the Pacific last Sunday to bring the prisoner to Portland.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 24 November 1882


More on the Anderson case.


The facts about the killing of Ezra Hoxhurst, or as he was called, Ed. Hoxie, at The Dalles on Tuesday, the 14th, by C. P. Jones, a special police officer, appear to be about as follows:  Deputy Sheriff Hayden, armed with a warrant, went to arrest a Mrs. Ida M. Hildreth, at the instance of her husband, who lives at White Salmon, and finding her at a house of bad repute, was resisted by Hoxie in a threatening manner.  Hayden then called Jones to his assistance, and together they started to make the arrest.  City Recorder Hudson and Justice of the Peace Calhoun went with the officers.  He was warned that it was foolish and dangerous to resist a warrant, and that the woman must be given up.  Hoxie then drew and cocked his revolver, but Jones was too quick for him, and shot him below the breast bone, the ball lodging in the back bone.  Hoxie fell, but rallied and attempted to shoot, but failed.  Hoxie was a half-breed, and a pretty hard character.  Mrs. Hildreth is a rather weak minded woman, and was wanted in court to testify against a man named Dennis, who ran her away from her husband.  She was found secreted in the house where the tragedy was enacted.  The report is a mistake that Ed. Hoxie killed two men or served in the penitentiary.  His brother Nels was convicted of manslaughter and served one term.  Ed. Lived many years in Salem, and was a waiter in Emerson's restaurant.


On Friday last, in the afternoon at about 2 o'clock, Wm. Mallagh, a respected citizen of Coquille City, hanged himself until he was dead.  He and his wife have lived a disagreeable life for the past year, having, during this time, separated on two occasions, the last of which resulted in this horrible tragedy.  He had threatened to do so before unless his wife would return, which she did and lived with him up to a day or two prior to his death.  He had been seen down town several times during the day and seemed in his usual mood.  Early in the morning he made a trip to the mill, where he had been off-bearing for a long time, and going to where he had some rope he had used in making logs fast, he got a small rope and held it up shaking it in a bantering kind of way at the boys in the mill, then left in seeming good spirits.  At about 2:30 o'clock, Frank and May Bunch, a brother and sister of the deceased's wife, who were carrying away her share of the house-hold effects, approached the house and saw their brother-in-law hanging by the neck.  The coroner was immediately summoned and held an inquest, and from the evidence elicited, the jury decided that the deceased came to his death by strangulation at his own hands.

   On a chair near by was found some writing material and a book about a three-quire blotter, on one page of which was written, lengthways of the book, the following in substance, seemingly addressed to his wife: "This is caused by our marriage.  If you would forgive I would."  Mr. M. was an honest, hard workman since he came to Coquille; was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church; was agreeable and kind, and to all appearances temperate.  He hailed from Walla Walla valley.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  18 January 1883


Testimony and Findings of the Coroner's Jury.

In Coroner Franklin's rooms yesterday afternoon, an inquiry into the cause of the death of Andrew Kortensaluin, who was found dead on the beach near the Occident Packing Co.'s cannery last Tuesday afternoon, was held with the following result:


   I, Frank Bentila, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say: Was acquainted with deceased, Andrew Kortensaluin; saw him about twelve o'clock last Sunday night in my saloon; Martin Harper was with him; they stayed in the saloon about an hour; he seemed a little under the influence of liquor; don't think he took more than one glass of beer in my saloon; deceased and others were skylarking in saloon; deceased called a man by the name of Sing Schooner, bad names and seemed to be a little angry; Victor Mustig, J. Mattison and Sing left saloon together; they left saloon about ten or fifteen minutes before deceased; three of us - Martin Harper, myself and deceased - left saloon together about one o'clock a.m.; after leaving saloon, deceased left us and I went back to saloon and went to bed; that was the last I saw of him alive; heard no fighting or other noise after I locked up saloon.  FRANK BENTILA, Astoria, Or., Jan. 17, 1883.

   I, Martin Empo, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say: Went home last Sunday night about quarter to twelve o'clock; deceased and Martin Harper, and Gust Crolten, and Jacob Mast were at my saloon; they shook dice for drinks a couple of times, then they went out; deceased was a little under the influence of liquor; all seemed to be in good humor; this is all I know about the case, and did not see deceased alive again; heard no noise or fuss of any kind; I saw deceased when he was found, yesterday, near Occident Packing Co.'s cannery.  MARTIN EMPO.

   I, Martin Barry, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say: Was acquainted with Andrew Kortensaluin, deceased; last saw him alive last week some time; I then saw him yesterday, Jan. 16, 1883, in the water near the Occident cannery, where I picked him up; have seen him intoxicated several times when alive; this is about all I know about his character; he was about thirty feet from roadway when I picked him up, water was about knee deep.  ANDREW BARRY.

   I, John Snygg, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say: Was in Bentila's saloon with Mattson, Mustig and myself playing cards; Kortensaluin asked me to treat; I told him "you've had enough to-night;" he said, "you've got no money;" I said, "that's none of your business;" then he pulled a dollar out of his pocket and said he could treat himself; after that Mattson, Mustig and I went home together, to Victor Anderson's, abrest of the West Coast Packing company; we left deceased, Frank Bentila and Martin Harper in the saloon; this is all I know about the matter.  J. SNYGG.

   I, Fredrik Tenhunen, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say: Am watchman at the Occident cannery; Was at the cannery last Sunday night; heard nothing unusual on that night except persons walking along the roadway.  FREDRIK TENHUNAN.

   I, Charles McCarty, being duly sworn according to law, depose and say: Am watchman at the Columbia Canning Co.; was there last Sunday night; was in Bentila's saloon probably about ten o'clock; do not remember seeing deceased that night; passed the saloon on this evening as Bentila was closing up; heard no disturbance on this night at all; this is all I know about the matter.  CHARLES McCARTY.


This is to certify that I have this day made a careful examination of the body of a man, at the request of Coroner B. B. Franklin, and in the presence of a jury by him empanelled to make inquiry as to the cause of the death:

   That I find a cut over the left eye made by some blunt instrument and resulting therefrom some infiltration of the connective tissue about the eye causing swelling.  I find a recent fracture of the lower jaw about three-fourth inch from the center on the right side.  I find a fracture of bones of the right forearm near the wrist and this fracture is a recent one.  I find some blood coming from the right ear.  I find a small piece of skin knocked off from the second joint of the second finger of the left hand.  I find the muscles of both legs and both arms tensely contracted as if in violent struggle. I observe no other external marks of violence.  I am of the opinion that the deceased came to his death by external violence, and that he was not drowned, though found in water; that his body was in water but short time, not over 48 and probably not 36 hours; that he has been dead but little longer than that time.  JAY TUTTLE, M.D.  Astoria, January 16, 1883.


In the matter of the inquisition upon the body of Andrew Kortensaluin, deceased, we, the undersigned jurors summoned to appear before B. B. Franklin, coroner of the precinct of Astoria in Clatsop county, State of Oregon, on the 16th day of January, 1883, to inquire into the cause of his death, and having been sworn according to law and having made such inquisition, after inspecting the body and hearing the testimony adduced upon our oaths, each and all do say that we find deceased was named Andrew Kortensaluin, was a native of Russia, aged about 33 years; that he came to his death on or about Jan. 15th, 1883, in the county and state aforesaid, from external violence, and that this jury think the violence was caused by some person or persons to us unknown. ... F. C. NORRIS, L. GILL, W. J. BARRY, P. P. BUTLER, T. J. McCLANAHAN.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  19 January 1883

The Bain Case.

The trial of John Bain, indicted for murder in the first degree was before the circuit court yesterday, and attracted extraordinary attention.

   Our readers are already familiar with the main points in the matter.  On the 12th of last April Alexander Lowrie Alexander, a teamster employed by Wm. Joplin, drove up to C. H. Bain's mill with some machinery on the truck; that while unloading it some words were passed between deceased and defendant, resulting in personal collision, the final result being that defendant threw a hand ax at deceased, severing the tendons and entering the flesh of the abdomen.  Alexander was removed to the hospital where he died April 22.  St the coroner's inquest the verdict was that he came to his death at the hands of the defendant; and the next grand jury, found a bill against him.  [Hung jury, 6:6], ... and last Wednesday his second trial began.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  13 February 1883


About seven o'clock Sunday evening John Junge fell off the roadway this side of Ike Foster's, and was drowned.  There was not over four feet of water there at the time, but when picked up life was extinct.  Deceased was a single man about 38 years of age, and was employed painting Leinenweber's new boat.  Coroner Franklin will hold an inquest to-day; the funeral will take place from his rooms at 2 o'clock to-morrow afternoon.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  14 February 1883

A coroner's inquest was held yesterday afternoon on the body of John Junge, who was drowned Sunday evening.  The verdict was accidental death by drowning.  The funeral takes place this afternoon.


More on Alfred Andersen and Bertha Nelson. - Portland Standard.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  17 April 1883

For several years August Hieselman has been living on Niemeyer's place at Young's river falls.  Last Friday a neighbor who happened along went in and was horrified to find the late occupant lying on the bed cold and dead.  He had evidently expired without a struggle.  The coroner was notified, and he brought the body into the city yesterday morning.  An inquest was held and the verdict of the jury was that he died of an affection of the heart.  Deceased was a single man, aged 40 years. Funeral ...


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  18 April 1883

The body of the late Immanuel Johansen was found yesterday morning about fifty yards from where he fell in.  A careful examination of the body resulted in finding no external marks of violence on the body, and the inference is that the poor fellow, fell on some lumber and rolled into the water in a stunned condition.  It is certain that he made no attempt to shoot himself and almost as certain that it was a case of accidental drowning. Under the circumstances the coroner did not consider it necessary to put the county to the expense of holding an inquest. 


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  1 May 1883

Drowned in the Necanicum.

About six miles from the seaside on the Necanicum, John Hoffman a single man aged about 40 years, has lived on a claim for a number of years.  Of late he has been somewhat unlucky, and was on the point of going away.  His evident symptoms of insanity excited the interest of his neighbors, and after the burning of his house, about five weeks ago, it was noticed that he was entirely out of his mind.  About a month ago he disappeared and the only trace of him that could be found were foot tracks leading to the creek, showing where he had forded it, and then started down to the creek again where the tracks stopped.  Diligent search was made but to no purpose, till last Sunday when one of the neighbors found his dead body lying on the bank.  The inevitable presumption is that he started in a frenzy to wade the creek, and the swift current took him off his feet into a deep hole below.  Under the circumstances it was considered unnecessary to hold an inquest, and the body was yesterday given a decent burial by the residents of that locality.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  16 May 1883


The Coroner's Inquest.

Edward Dickerson Baker, the young man who was stabbed in geo. Hill's saloon last Sunday morning, died at St. Mary's hospital at one o'clock yesterday morning.  A post mortem examination disclosed the fact that the knife wound which caused his death penetrated the ilium and colon.  A corner's inquest was held at which the following transpired:


   I, George Hill, after being duly sworn say: I reside in the city of Astoria, county of Clatsop, State of Oregon; occupation saloon keeper in this city.  Between 12 and 1 o'clock on the 13th of May, 1883, a little fellow by the name of Thompson and Hays had some words together in my saloon.  Hays hit this man Thompson, when Thompson let himself down on the floor and coveted his head with his hands.  Hays made a kick at him while on the floor.  I pushed Hays away, when just then Baker came up on my right and said, "None of that."  Baker struck out with his right hand to strike Hays.  Hays backed up against the bar, Baker also backed off some.  There was a big crowd of men standing alongside the bar when they all seemed to make a move toward Baker.  I turned to my right and caught hold of two or three men and threw them back.  Looking to my left I saw Baker go down on the floor on his right side; saw him catch his hand to his stomach; he then jumped up and ran out of the saloon that leads to the restaurant.  A man by the name of Harry Donat took hold of Baker and took him into a room.  I followed him up and asked him if he was hurt.  He said he was cut.  I asked him where and he pulled up his shirt and showed me.  I asked him who cut him, he said Joe Hays cut him, but not to say anything about it.  G. HILL.


   I, Edward H. Moss after being duly sworn do say: I reside in Astoria, Clatsop Co., Or., occupation bar tender in Geo. Hill's Varieties.  I was tending bar on Sunday morning, May 13, 1883, when Joe Hayes and another man had a man down on the floor and were kicking him.  Baker just then rushed in and struck Hayes on the shoulder; the force of the blow knocked him about 8 feet, as he raised up his right hand it came up in a circle, I saw him thrust his hand three or four times very quick.  As soon as Baker saw the first thrust he began to go backward when Joe Hays followed him striking at him all the time quite fast; just then I saw Baker fall, when the crowd rushed in.  Baker got up and went into a room.  The way Hays was striking I would infer he was using a knife.  E. H. MOSS.


   I William Beasley after being duly sworn do say that I am a police officer of the City of Astoria, Clatsop Co., Oregon.  On Sunday morning May 13, 1883, just as I came on duty when standing on the corner near the Snug saloon heard a rumpus in Hill's saloon, said to police officer Hunter, there is a fight going on in Hill's, we went to the door and just then Hayes came to the door from the inside, Moran ran up and caught Hayes by the shoulder saying come back Hayes, I will stay with you till I croak; they went back together, Hayes coming back through the side door; he said, Beasley they have been on to me again to-night, I have not a friend in the town.  I asked him who was on to him now, he said that s--- of a b---- Dick Baker.  Hugh McCormack then took Hayes away, told him he was drunk and that it was time to go to bed.  I then left and went back to Hill's, when inquiring about the fuss Dr. Fulton came in, we both went into the room; when Baker says, I am fixed this time doctor.  After examining the wound, I said to Baker, who done this, he said Joe Hayes.  Hugh McCormack then came in and I asked him where Hayes was, he said he had gone to bed.  I told McCormack to go with me and I would arrest Hayes.  I then arrested him and pout him in jail, I searched him but I did not find any weapons on him of any kind.  WM. BEASLEY.


   I, Jasper Kelly, after being duly sworn do say, that I reside in Astoria, Clatsop Co., Oregon.  About one o'clock Sunday morning, May 13, 1883, just as I was coming out of the Club Room door I saw the crowd in the saloon rushing.  When Baker fell on the floor Hays was punching at him while on the floor.  I did not see any knife on Hays.  I grabbed him around the body and held him for about one minute until the crowd had left, to see what the matter was.  After I left them go he went to go out of the front saloon door when Dan Moran called him back, saying, "hold on, may be Baker will come back again;" they both then left the saloon by the side door an d went into the back yard.  I then went to see what was the matter with Baker, when he told me he was cut, I raised the shirt and looked at the cut, just then Dan Moran came in he says to Baker, "are you cut very bad?"  Baker says to him, "for God's sake go and get Hugh McCormack as I am dying."  I did not ask him who cut him.  He did not tell me who cut him.  I am satisfied in my own mind that Hays cut him.  JASPER KELLY.


  I James Jones after being duly sworn do say that I am a resident of Astoria, Clatsop Co., Oregon.  On Sunday morning about 1 o'clock, Hays was in Hills saloon and was quarrelling with a man named Jean Thompson.  Baker came in the front door of the saloon and went in amongst the crowd, did not hear whether Hayes spoke to Baker or not, but heard Baker say you have been hunting it all night.  Baker and Hayes commenced fighting, when the crowd rushed in and Baker fell amongst them, when he got up he turned round and ran for the room saying I am cut.  I followed him into the room and asked him who cut him, he said, Hayes, of course.  I did not see any knife, I was not over 15 feet away from him, the knife must have been used while he was on the floor.  JAMES JONES.


   I, Hugh McCormick, being duly sworn say, I live in Astoria; occupation bartender.  About three days ago Baker and Hays came to my place and they were both under the influence of liquor.  They had seven or eight drinks while there.  Hays said to Baker, "as you are going to strike me you had better start in."  Baker said "no, I would be very sorry to strike you or anybody else, physically I am a better man than you are; for that reason I want no trouble with you."  Mr. Baker went outside the door to get away from him, when Hays came back to the bar and threw the knife on the bar from his sleeve and said, "I will cut the guts out of the fellow yet."  They both went into the New Corner saloon and took a drink.  I tried to put Hays to bed but he said he would not go until he fixed that fellow.  This occurred either the 10th or 11th of May, 1883, at about noon.  Hays said, "I wished I had a gun on me as I would kill him, but I will fix him yet on the first opportunity."  HUGH McCORMICK.



   We do hereby certify that we have this day made a careful examination (post mortem) of the body of E. D. Baker.  We found a wound upon the right side a little above the umbilicus also found one of the small intestines cut about one-half through, and a cut in the ascending colon about ¼ inch across.  In our opinion these wounds were caused by a knife in the hands of some person unknown to us.  We have no doubt but these wounds were the cause of death.

W. D. B AKER, M.D.


ASTORIA, Or., May 15, 1883.


   In the matter of the inquisition upon the body of E. D. Baker, deceased.  We the undersigned jurors summoned to appear before B. B. Franklin, coroner of the precinct of Astoria and county of Clatsop, at St. Mary's Hospital in the city of Astoria, county and state aforesaid, on the 15th day of May, 1883, to inquire into the cause of the death of the said E. D. Baker, being duly swoon according to law, and having made such inquisition after inspecting the body and hearing the testimony adduced and hearing the statement of Dr. Baker and Fulton, upon our oaths each and all do say: that we find deceased was named E. D. Baker, was a native of the United States, aged about 22 years, that he came to his death on the 14th day of may, 1883, at St. Mary's hospital, in the city of Astoria, Oregon, from the effects of a knife wound in the right side of his abdomen received at the hands of Joseph Hays, on the 13th day of may, 1883, and we hereby charge Joseph Hays with the crime of murder; all of which we duly certify to by this inquisition in writing by us signed this 15th day of May, 1883.  CHAS. S. WRIGHT, Foreman. L. E. SELIG.  MARCUS WISE.  GILBERT CHRISTIANSEN.  JAMES A. VAUGHN.  F. C. NORRIS.

   The father and brother of the deceased will take the body to Portland this morning for interment.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 25 May 1883


Frank Anderson, a miner, son of Samuel Anderson of Pendleton, was approached on the reservation by an Indian buck, who demanded money.  Upon being refused, the Indian drew and cocked a revolver, but before he could use it Frank shot him entirely through the body with a needle gun, causing instant death. Frank surrendered himself to the authorities, and the coroner is now holding an inquest on the "good" Indian.  This is the fruit of the Mulhoren farce.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  5 June 1883

Found Drowned.

At an early hour last Sunday morning the body of John Martin was seen in the water near Jas. Magee's house above Jno. Devlin's cannery.  The body was brought ashore, and yesterday the coroner held an inquest with the following result:


In the matter of the inquisition upon the body of John Martin, deceased, we the undersigned jurors summoned to appear before B. B. Franklin, coroner of the precinct of Astoria, county and state aforesaid, at the undertaking rooms in the City of Astoria, Ogn., on the 4th day of June, 1883, to inquire into the cause of the death of the said John Martin, having been duly sworn according to law, and having made such inquisition after inspecting the body and hearing the testimony adduced, upon our oaths each and all do say, that we find the deceased was named John Martin; was a native of ------ aged about 35 years, that he came to his death on the 2nd day of June, 1883, by accidental drowning in the Columbia river near J. A. Devlin's cannery in this city, while in a state of intoxication.  And we further find deceased had on his person the sum of $18.80.  All of which we duly certify to by this inquisition in writing.  By us signed this 4th day of June, 1883.  CHAS. S. WRIGHT, Foreman, L. E. SELIG, A. M. BEEDE, THOS. LOGAN, R. F. WILLIAMS, F. C. NORRIS.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  20 June 1883


A man known as John Codey, who has been working in a logging camp near Skamokwa, was accidentally drowned last Saturday.  An inquest was held with the following verdict.

   "We the jurors summoned to determine the cause of the death of John Cody, have carefully examined the body of the deceased and find that he came to his death by accidental drowning.  H. A. Moss, Foreman.

   We find upon examining his papers that hios proper name ids Lawrence McNally.  Eureka , Humboldt Co., Cal. Papers please copy."


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  27 June 1883

The inquest held on the body of the drowned man found in the river near J. A. Devlin's cannery last Monday elicited no information as to the identity of the deceased.  He was apparently 31 or 32 years old, light hair and mustache; had on red undershirt, blue overshirt, had tattooed on his right hand some foreign flag, on his left an anchor and star.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.)  20 July 1883


On Sunday, the `5th inst., the body of an unknown man was found in the Columbia river.  On his person was found $50 in coin.  The coroner's inquest elicited no information about him.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.)  29 July 1883  [Washington]

The dead body of a man was discovered last Thursday in Olympia, with his throat cut.  His name is supposed to be Munson and he hailed from Maine, and for some days had been visiting with a family there who are of course terribly shocked over his sudden death.  An inquest will probably be held, but the general impression seems to be that it was a case of suicide, and that it must have taken place at least three days before the body was found.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 4 August 1883

CHINAMAN KILLED. - One Chinaman was killed and two others seriously wounded by Sheriff Ryder and posse at Wolf Creek this week while trying to collect taxes.  On his first attempt to Mongolians showed fight and run the Sheriff out of camp, but on the next day Ryder got some men to go with him as deputies when a fracas ensued resulting as stated above.  An inquest was held over the dead Chinaman when the Coroner's jury found the killing justifiable in consequence of the resistance offered to the Sheriff while in the discharge of his duty.

SHOOTING IN KLAMATH COUNTY. - By telegraph the "Examiner" learns that on Wednesday morning last T. H. Weeden of Tule lake shot and killed Jared Larkins, a neighbor.  The circumstances of the killing are that Weeden accused Larkins of using insulting language towards Mrs. Weeden.  When the parties met Larkins was on horseback, and Weeden first shot him with fine shot, knocking him off the horse.  He then followed him up and killed him with the butt of the gun.  Weeden gave himself up to the justice of the peace of Tule lake precinct, and an inquiry was held Thursday, the verdict rendered being that the killing was justifiable.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 11 September 1883

Murder at Clatsop.

About ten o'clock last Saturday night two Indians at Clatsop, who had in some way procured liquor, became engaged in a quarrel; both were on horseback, and after considerable wrangling one of them, Tom Talzan, drove a knife into the heart of the other, Wm. Duncle.  The wounded man fell off his horse and died in ten minutes.  Robt. McEwan went to Skipanon yesterday and held an inquest resulting in a verdict in accordance with the above. Deputy Sheriff Ross went to the scene of the murder yesterday morning, arrested Talzan, who was in bed, and brought him to the city where he is now lodged in jail.  He acknowledges killed Duncle and says "Whisky did it."  The man that sold Talzan the whisky is equally guilty of the murder of Duncle with the unfortunate wretch in jail.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.)  5 October 1883

Coroner Horsley, accompanied by Dr. Ashford as medical expert and a jury empanelleed for the occasion, went out on Monday last to Crane Prairie, to hold an inquest over the body of the Chinese sheep herder who was murdered there last week.  Nothing new was elicited to identify the murderer, and the jury rendered a verdict that the deceased came to his death by a gunshot wound inflicted by some party to them unknown. 

   The ball went through the lobe of the right ear, passed through the base of the brain, and came out over the left ear.  When his body was first discovered he had a piece of bread in his right hand, thus indicating that he had been eating a meal when assassinated.  The sheep were not scattered much, and were all recovered by Messrs. Knox & Norden, the owners.  A sack of flour, some bacon, two pairs of blankets and a Winchester rifle were missing from the Chinaman's camp. - GRANT COUNTY NEWS.


THE DAILY ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 7 November 1883

The body of an unknown man was found on Clatsop beach last Saturday.  At the inquest it was found that the drowned man was about 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches high, weight about 150 pounds, light brown hair, had on gray pants, blue woolen shirt, black vest, No. 7 leather boots; in his pocket was $41.55.  The decreased was given proper interment.  Beyond that given above there was no other means of identification.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 18 November 1883


Found Dead Among the Logs.

On the Walluski, about six miles from Astoria, and about two miles from where that stream empties into Young's Bay, Frank Johnson and Albert Nash have had a logging camp for some time past, and have been building a boom during the past week.  Friday morning Nash went down to the landing to put in a boom stick, and was last seen at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.  Not returning that night some of the employees went to look for the missing man, and at an early hour yesterday morning the body was found jammed in among the logs, and a gash in his right forehead.  He had been dead some hours.  The body was brought to town yesterday, and the circumstances being so clearly stated it was deemed unnecessary to hold an inquest.  The funeral will take place this afternoon from Coroner Franklin's undertaking rooms.

   Nash was a large powerfully built man, weighing 135 pounds, and was well liked by his acquaintances.  He came here from California some years ago, and has three sisters living in Missouri, of which state he was a native.  He was 33 years of age and unmarried.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 1 December 1883


Sheriff Purdom, of Douglas county, learning that the murderer, Thompson, who killed Pete Maloney at Grant's Pass, on Monday of last week, had entered his county and was secreted near Glendale, he went out and traced the man some ten or twelve miles from the latter place, and found him at an old mine.  The party was already a fugitive from justice in Douglas county, and boasted that he could or would not be taken, and he was always prepared to resist any one who might attempt his arrest.  When the sheriff called upon him to surrender, he immediately began drawing his arms, when Mr. Purdom fired, the bullet passing through Thompson's body, killing him instantly.  The body was brought to Stevens' Station, and an inquest held.  He was a hard case, and his taking off is not inconsistent with his life.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 25 December 1883


The Miserable Death of Anton Kleps.

About the 15th of last September a cabinet maker named Anton Kleps, aged 35 years, came from Portland, and procured work at Chas. Heilborn's furniture establishment.  After a short time he quit and afterward went to work for Ed. Curtis.  From his actions and language it was supposed that he was tired of life, and when he disappeared, about the 1st of October, it was generally thought he had made away with himself.

   Yesterday morning as Peter Patterson was looking for some Christmas trees, just beyond the cut on the southern extension of Main street and on the other side of the ridge, he found the body of a man who had evidently been hanging where found for a considerable time.  From a small limb of a tree, about six feet from the ground, the body swung suspended by a small loop of bailing rope, which was caught up by a knot under the left ear of the defunct.  The bones of the neck had broken, and the body had drawn down, the feet resting on the ground, thus presenting a most horrible appearance.  The features were unrecognizable, the clothes were partially gone and the dried flesh hung in strips from various portions of the body.

   Patterson immediately notified Coroner Franklin, who held an inquest on the body where found.  What served to identify the deceased most strongly was a peculiarly constructed key which was found in his pocket, and which unlocked a chest of tools that he had left at Ed. Curtis's last September; the lock and key both being of unique construction.  No doubt remains that it was the body of the unfortunate Kelps, who, in a fit of despondency deliberately sought out that lonely spot sometime during the first week of last October, and there hanged himself.  The remains will be given decent interment to-day.

   Since writing the above the following has been handed in, being the testimony and verdict of the jury:

   I, Peter Patterson, after being duly sworn, do day that I reside at Mr. Holden's in this city; about 11 o'clock this morning I was up in the ravine alongside of Main street, cutting a Christmas tree, when I came across the body of a man hanging on a tree.  I immediately notified the coroner.  PETER PATTERSON.

   I, Frank Surprenant, after being duly sworn, do say that I reside in Astoria; I found the body in just the same position as when found by the jury, with hat hanging on limb beside the body; after cutting the pockets open found bunch of two keys, knife, clay pipe and handkerchief in the presence of the coroner.  FRANK SURPRENANT.

   I, A. F.  Naef, after being duly sworn, do say that a man by the name of A. Kleps worked for us, the firm of E. D. Curtis & Co., about two months ago; he left a chest of tools here, which is in our possession yet; the key found fits the lock.  A. F. NAEF.

   I, Philip Hancock, after being duly sworn, do day that I am in the employ of C. Heilborn, that I knew this man, A. Kleps, about six weeks ago; I was told by a man, whose name I don't know, that he tried to drown himself; when I last saw him he had a gray suit of clothes, duck coat and a dark, soft hat on.  PHILIP HANCOCK.



In the matter of the inquisition upon the body of A. Kleps, deceased.

   We, the undersigned jurors, summoned to appear before B. B. Franklin, coroner of the precinct of Astoria, at Franklin's office, in the city of Astoria, county and state aforesaid, on this 24th day of December, 1883, to inquire into the cause of the death of a person found hanging on a hemlock bush near the cut on Main street, whose name is unknown, having been duly sworn according to law, and having made such inquisition, after inspecting the body and hearing the testimony adduced, upon our oaths each and all do say, that we find that the deceased was named A. Kleps. Was aged about 30 years, a cabinet maker by trade, and he came to his death by hanging himself on or about the 1st day of October, 1883; all of which we duly certify by this inquisition in writing by us.  Signed this 24th day of December, 1883.  W. J. BARRY, LE\. E. SELIG, E. A. TAYLOR, T. HUNTER, C. BRINN, F. C. NORRIS.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 16 February 1884

Dropped Dead in His Chair.

Charles Wilson, a carpenter, aged 40, and a man well known in Astoria, dropped dead in his chair at the house of a neighbor near Granger's hall on Young's river, at 12 o'clock yesterday.  He had been working at a wood ranch on the Walluski, and yesterday morning started over to the hall to await the arrival of the Maria G. Haaven.  He went into the house, and sitting down entered into conversation with Mrs. Ross and one or two other ladies present.  Suddenly he put his hand to his heart, gasped "Oh, my!" and fell back dead.

   Deceased was a native of Germany, and had lived here for the past twelve years.  He was a single man and is not known to have any relatives in this country.  Coroner Franklin was notified and brought the body over on the Gleaner yesterday evening.  An inquest will be held to-day.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 17 February 1884

A coroner's inquest on the body of Charles Wilson resulted yesterday in a verdict that the deceased was a native of Finland, aged 40 years, and that he died from heart disease.  The body will be interred to-day.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 15 March 1884


Silas M. Draper, a merchant and old resident of Foote creek, Jackson county, committed suicide at his home last Saturday by shooting himself through the head, and a half empty vial of strychnine near his side showed that he was intent on making the deadly act a success.  When the report was brought to town Justice Huffer and Constable Birdsey went down when a coroner's jury was summoned to hold an inquest.  The evidence showed conclusively that he had come to his death at his own hands, letters addressed to County Commissioner R. A. Cook being found where he stated that he intended committing the aft and giving directions for the disposal of his body and effects.  Of late years he got behind financially and then became a hard drinker, and as he expressed it in his last letter: "I have reached the wall, and being unable to climb over I have concluded to make an end to it now."

   Mr. Draper was a man about 60 years of age, has been a resident of this valley for twenty years or more, was honest and upright in all his dealings, and a better friend and neighbor no community ever had.  He was unmarried but had a large circle of friends who mourn over his sad fate.  His remains were buried in geo. W. Lance's field, that being one of the requests left in his last letter.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 29 March 1884

Another Tragedy.

News was received here Thursday evening of the shooting of Wm. Caldwell by C. W. Broback at Medford in the afternoon of that day, Caldwell dying from the effects of the wound about three hours after getting shot.  The facts of the case are about as follows:

   Caldwell was drunk and had several rows with residents of the place several times drawing his revolver on those with whom hr quarreled.  Later in the afternoon he met F. W. Broback and asked him for $2.50 saying that he (Broback) owed him that amount in a gambling game some time before.  The boy denied the debt and dais he had no money even if he did owe it.  With this Caldwell grabbed the boy by the throat and commenced twisting a silk handkerchief that the boy was wearing, choking him, and threatening to choke him to death if he did not pay the money forthwith.  With this hold Caldwell led young Broback around for some time, every little while giving the handkerchief another twist, and only when outsiders interfered would he let the boy go. After this he met the boy's father, C. W. Broback, and commenced a quarrel with him, drawing his pistol but Broback was too quick for him and got in the first shot.  Some say that Caldwell's pistol would not work from some cause and things would be reversed if it had.

   Deceased has been a resident of this valley for a number of years, has been in numerous shooting and cutting scrapes here and elsewhere, having also killed a man in California before his arrival in this valley and was generally looked upon as a very hard case.  His last serious trouble was his attempt to murder Chas. E. Hanna over a year ago for which he was tried but for some reason not convicted.

   Broback gave himself up to Sheriff Jacobs immediately after the shooting but has not yet had an examination, a Coroner's inquest is being held first.  The sympathy of the entire community is with Broback and there are several residents of this place who will breathe easier when they hear that he is no more.

   Just before going to press the verdict of the jury was handed us by Justice Huffer, acting as Coroner, and is appended below:

MEDFORD, Or., March 28, 1884.

We, the Coroner's jury empaneled to enquire into the cause of the death of William S. Caldwell, find, that the deceased came to his death by a gun shot wound from a pistol in the hands of C. W. Broback, and find that the said C. W. Broback was perfectly justifiable and acted in self defense, and we exonerate him from all blame.  WILLIAM ULRICH, foreman.  GEO. W. WILLIAMS, JOHN BYARS, WM. EGAN, J. H. WILSON, ISAAC WOLF.


The body of Miss Rosa Ralls was exhumed this week and an inquest held over her and the new-born babe.  Several days were consumed in the investigation, a thorough medical examination having been made by Dr. Aiken, but mo trace could be found other than that mother and babe came to their death by natural causes.  The jury consisted of W. J. Plymale, M. Caton, A. M. Berry, M. Menser, David Cronmiller and James Elliott, who returned the following verdict:

   We, the jury empaneled by the Coroner for the purpose of enquiring into the cause of the death of Rosa E. Ralls and her infant child, and a true verdict rendered according to law an d evidence, find after a careful examination of the bodies of the deceased and each of  them, and after a patient and exhaustive hearing of the testimony of a number of witnesses, that while there was more or less conflict in the testimony, and some circumstances surrounding the case which were not fully explained to our satisfaction, yet we have been unable to develop in the case anything which would criminally implicate anyone in procuring the death of deceased or either of them; and we therefore find that Rosa E. Ralls and her infant child came to their death on the night of March 12th, 1884, from natural causes or causes other than criminal.


THE COAST MAIL (Marshfield, Or.), 17 April 1884

A Woman Shoots at Her Husband and then Kills Herself.

[Oregonian, April 7.]

About 7 o'clock yesterday morning, Mrs. Sarah Walker, living on F street, between Eighth and Ninth, committed suicide by shooting herself through the head with a revolver.  She leaves a husband and two small children, the eldest being 5 years old.  A coroner's jury rendered a verdict of suicide while in a fit of temporary insanity.

   Mrs. Walker was a woman of violent temper and powerful muscular development, and she ruled her husband, figuratively speaking, with a rod of iron.  The gossips of the neighborhood relate that it was no uncommon thing for Mrs. Walker to toss her husband down stairs in the morning as a matter of exercise, but this report lacks authenticity.  Nevertheless, John Walker, the husband in question, who is a drayman in the employ of Homan & Co., was a very small factor in the government of his household.  The domestic quarrels of himself and wife were quite frequent, but it is most probable that neither of them ever thought of there coming so tragic an ending to their marital relations.

   Saturday night Mrs. Walker had some words with her husband, but it is not related that anything unusual occurred.  When they awoke in the morning she got up first, and while he still lay in bed the quarrel was renewed.  She struck him in the face with a boot, bruising his nose and blacking his eyes.  All that is known of her actions from that time until her death is to be found in the testimony at the coroner's inquest.

   John Walker, husband of the deceased, sworn, testified - While eating supper last evening my wife dressed and went away without speaking to me.  She came back home about 8:30 o'clock and brought with her two little hats for the children.  She spoke to me pleasantly, and said: "Papa, what do you think of the hats?"  I told her they were nice.  At about 10 o'clock she again left the house after some words with me, returning in about an hour.  She was cross after coming home, and asked me why I did not lock her out.  About 6:30 o'clock the next morning she went into a back room, procured a pistol and fired it twice at me through a door.  Half an hour afterwards she shot herself.  In the meantime she was talking with me through the door, and before the shot she fired that killed herself, she promised me to put the pistol away.  My son-in-law, Washington Love, came into the house with milk, and I asked him to help me take the pistol from her.  He and I went to the front gate, when we heard the fatal shot and her fall on the floor.  Previous to her going into the back room for the pistol my wife called me a --- --- ---, and when I was yet in bed she struck me with one of my boots across the face.  The pistol was given to her by her brother, Sylvester Simons.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 24 April 1884


A Verdict of Accidental Death rendered by the Coroner's Jury.

Last Sunday John Howlett, a well-known mechanic, came down from Portland on the Fleetwood to superintend the construction of the new Gray's harbor steamer to be built by the Astoria and Coast Transportation company.  He was around town on Monday and Tuesday and about ten o'clock on Tuesday night came down from his room in the Parker house and said that he was so affected by asthma, from which he has long been a sufferer, that he couldn't breathe.  He went out, and about half-past one a splash and a cry for help was heard by Officer Steabb, apparently coming from the piling in the rear of the I.X.L.  Every attempt was made to render assistance but upon reaching the spot he could not be seen.

  About half-past nine yesterday morning his lifeless remains were found on the beach under the Olympic saloon.  He was conveyed to the morgue and an inquest held, the jury finding "that the deceased was named John Howlett and was a native of Maine, and aged about 45; that he came to his death on the 23d day of April in this county, by drowning, having been found in the Columbia river, city of Astoria, at or near Hustler's dock, and that we, the jury, find that the deceased came to his death by accidental drowning."

   Deceased was unmarried, and, besides his mother, who lives in Marshfield, Coos county, and who was immediately apprised by telegraph of the sad event, he is not known to have had any other relatives on this coast.  The remains will be sent to Portland this morning for interment.


THE COAST MAIL (Marshfield, Or.), 15 May 1884

Assassination of an old Farmer Near Salem.

SALEM, Or., May 5. - David Swartz, and old resident of this county, was found lying dead in the road near his old home a few miles east of this city at an early hour yesterday morning.  His team and wagon on which was a load of lumber, were standing near by, with indications of having remained there all night.  Swartz's body was lying on the ground with a ghastly gun-shot wound in the face and one, apparently made by the ball of a revolver, in his neck. An alarm was at once given, and the body taken to his home.

   Footprints were scattered around promiscuously, apparently those of three different persons - a man, a woman and a boy - and the theory was advanced that his wife, her son and a colored employee on the place were implicated in the deed.  Their family relations have been anything but pleasant for a long time past, and their recent appearance in the courts in cross suits, assault and battery cases, etc., has given them an unsavory reputation.  Sheriff Forward yesterday arrested the woman and boy on suspicion, and they are now in jail.  The colored man cannot be found as yet.  The coroner will hold an inquest to-day.

   There has no doubt been a murder committed.  The pistol shot was fired at close range, as the flesh is powder-burned.  It is generally supposed the crime was committed about 9 o'clock on Saturday evening, the body being discovered on the following morning, by a man coming to the city for a physician.  The affair has created considerable excrement.

   Later developments indicate that Swartz was shot about 10 o'clock Saturday night.  He lingered along in dreadful agony until about noon to-day.  His wife made a statement this morning, in which she said that it was her firm belief that a colored man named Jos. Drake and a farm laborer named William Henry committed the deed.  Sheriff Forward has just succeeded in arresting them both, and they are, with Mrs. Swartz and her son, confined in the county jail.  It is believed that she knows more of the affair than she has thus far revealed, and further confessions are looked for, as she appears sadly broken in spirit.

   The coroner's inquest developed no new facts, and their verdict was that the murder was committed by unknown parties.  She acknowledges that she took supper with Henry at his house on Gasner's place Saturday evening, and appearances indicate that she was cognizant of the crime in all its horrible details.  The preliminary examination will take place to-morrow morning before Justice Coffey, when new and startling developments are looked for.  The court house is filled with excited news-hunters, a number of the relatives of the deceased being present.

SALEM, May 6. - The preliminary examination of Mrs. D. Swartz and son, Joe Drake and William Henry, charged with the murder of David Swartz on Saturday last, was commenced before Justice Coffey to-day.

   William Henry testified that Mrs. Swartz gave himself and Drake to understand that her husband intended to kill them both on sight.  Mrs. Swartz came to his house on Saturday evening, and informed them that her husband had gone to Bass' mill, and that a favorable opportunity would occur to kill him on his way home.  Drake and Mrs. Swartz started after supper to return to her house, Henry going later.  Drake met him and informed him that Mrs. Swartz was all right, and the two men then proceeded to the spot where the deed was committee.  When Swartz appeared Drake shot first with a shotgun and afterwards with a revolver, being only about ten feet from his victim when the first shot was fired.  Swartz never spoke after he was shot, and he fell from his wagon.  They at once remounted their horses, which were tied some distance from the scene, and returned to Henry's house, where they afterwards burned their shoes to prevent detection.

   Macy, another witness, testified as to the weapons, and the court adjourned until to-morrow.

SALEM, May 7. - The preliminary examination of the supposed murderers of David Swartz was

Concluded before Justice Coffey this afternoon, and resulted in the holding of Mrs. Swartz, the negro Drake and Wm. Henry, and the discharge of the boy, Geo. Swartz.  Mrs. Henry's testimony was merely corroborative.


THE COAST MAIL (Marshfield, Or.), 22 May 1884

A Sailor Drowned - His Funeral.

[From the Oregonian of May 11.]

Francis Gordon, one of the crew of the British ship Eskdale, lying at Mersey dock, was drowned yesterday afternoon.  He was at work painting on the ship's side, and in some manner slipped and fell into the river.  His mishap was observed by several men in the vicinity, who saw the unfortunate man rise to the surface, wave his hand and disappear.  One of his shipmates jumped in and dived after him several times and at length succeeded in bringing the lifeless body to the surface.

   The coroner was notified and the body taken to the morgue.  No inquest was deemed necessary.  Gordon was about 24 years of age, a native of the Shetland Islands, a fine, manly young fellow, and a general favorite with the officers and crew.   ....


Geo. Fitch, a bachelor living near Looking glass, who had been quite sick for some days, was found dead in his cabin last Thursday morning.  A bottle of strychnine and a spoon were on the table at the head of his bed, but it is unknown whether he took the poison or not.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 22 June 1884

Coroner Franklin went down to Fort Canby yesterday and brought up the dead body of a man named Julius Bardanell, late captain of Booth's boat No. 17, who was found on Sand island last Friday.  An inquest was held and a verdict rendered of accidental drowning.  The funeral will take place to-day.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 17 July 1884

Two More Suicides.

Yesterday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, Mr. McKean, a carpenter, left word at the coroner's office that the body of a man was lying in a gulch about 3 ½ miles from town, near the Summit toad.  Mr. Cooke, on receiving the information, repaired at once to the scene and brought the corpse to his place.  The deceased is evidently about 55 or 60 years of age, sandy hair and complexion, smooth face with the exception of short sandy chin whiskers.  He was dressed in a brown suit, bluer flannel overshirt, heavy boots, and from all appearances was a laboring man.  On examining the clothing nothing was found except an old purse containing 75 cents, and a bottle partly filled with sulphate of morphia, this last telling the story, that of suicide by poisoning.  The remains have not yet been identified, and the inquest will be held at ten o'clock to-day.

   The coroner had barely got rested from his trip to the Summit, when a messenger arrived from Sellwood that a man named Ingraham had suicided in the woods back of town by shooting himself through the head.  Mr. Cooke immediately started for Sellwood for the purpose of holding an inquest, but at last accounts had not returned, so the particulars could not be ascertained.  Ingraham is said to have been a saloon-keeper, and at one time resided in this city. - Standard, 16th.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 16 August 1884

DROWNED. - Jack Stitt, who has been missing since last Friday, was found dead in Rogue River yesterday morning.  He has been residing here for several years, and was addicted to the habit of excessive drinking at times which finally got the better of him and in a fit of delirium tremens he undoubtedly rushed into the river and was drowned. ... Justice Fondray, acting as Coroner held an inquest, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.  He will be buried in the Jacksonville cemetery to-day at 11 o'clock.


THE COAST MAIL (Marshfield, Or.), 11 September 1884

More of the Huntley Suicide.

[Southwest Oregon Recorder, Sept. 2.]

About 5 o'clock last Tuesday morning Jeff Wilson, whole on his way to Port Orford, stopped at Milton Huntley's place on Sixes river.  Receiving no response to his knock upon the door, he entered the house and found Huntley lying upon the floor, near a bed, dead.  Young Wilson immediately returned to Divelbiss' place, not far distant, and informed that gentleman of what he had seen, when together the two returned to the scene of horror and found the unfortunate man as described.

   The top of his head was literally shot off, and the brains scattered over the floor for a space of two feet.  The body was rigid and it required considerable effort to release his hold upon the rifle; it was therefore evident that the fatal shot was fired at or before midnight.

   A most singular feature in the case was the fact that the two youngest sons of the suicide were in bed asleep, not two feet away, and we're not awakened by the report of the rifle and had to be called by the party discovering the body of their father.  Word was sent to Port Orford, when a jury, composed of the following gentleman, proceeded to hold an inquest: D. Divelbiss, Wm. Retz, A. P. Mann, J. W. Wilson, Geo. Divelbiss and Alva Lee.  The jury's verdict was to the effect that deceased came to his death from a gunshot wound in the head, and that he had inflicted the said wound while temporarily insane.  The remains were buried on the premises by neighbors.  It had been observed that Huntley was laboring under mental depression, and several days previous to his suicide, while at Nay's mill, he remarked that he thought the best thing he could do, considering his difficulties, presumably domestic, would be to blow his brains out.




G. H. Clark shot himself in the head last Thursday morning in the St. Charles hotel at Portland.  The coroner was notified and an inquest was held.  Clerk went to Portland from this city, having just been discharged from the hospital, where he had been for some time suffering from an injury to his left leg, which he received on the steamer Oregon.  He did not have any money, and it is thought he killed himself from sheer despondency.  It is known that he had money coming to him from the east but it had not come yet.  No letters were found on him with which to enable a clue to be formed as to the whereabouts of his relatives.  Clerk was a well educated man and even when dead presented a refined appearance.  It is said he was once a classmate of Cyrus G. Field.

   At the inquest Dr. Baker of this city testified that he recognized the body as that of George H. Clarke, who was injured about five months ago on the steamer Oregon, his left leg being broken.  I set the leg and had him under treatment in the hospital at Astorias for about six weeks or two months.  He had about $250 in currency and a small amount of silver when he was taken to the hospital. Gave his age at 60: occupation, laborer.  He said several times that if he did not recover he would commit suicide.  Had no letters at the time of his entry in the hospital.  Told me at one time that he had property in the east, but did not say where.  Saw him last Thursday evening and he told me that he expected money this week from the east.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 15 November 1884

TRAGIC DEATH. - At the coroner's inquest held at Seattle over the body of the old man who was run over and killed a few days ago by a train near Renton, it was ascertained that his name was Thomas Snee.  Friends who had known him for years identified him.  He came to California in 1849, but when the war of the rebellion broke out he went east and fought in defense of his country.  At the close of the war he again returned to the coat, and finally settled at Jacksonville, Oregon, where he remained for several years.  He was a carpenter by trade.  Deceased was also a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and steps have already been taken by that order to give the remains a decent burial. -  "Oregonian."




The body of the man found drowned on Clatsop beach last Tuesday was buried yesterday.  Our informant says there was no inquest.  To the unknown dead it matters little whether he lie unknown by the surging seas or whether he were entombed beneath a stately cathedral dome where censers swung and white robed priests pronounced a panegyric.  Nor is an inquest a positive necessity.  But the law prescribes that where there is a sudden of unusual death, or where the cause of death is unknown, that an inquest shall be held.   ...  This matter has been disregarded to a considerable extent in Clatsop county, and through no other reason than carelessness. ... continues.



   Thomas McDougall, of the firm of McDougall & Hossifer, contractors and house movers, was killed Monday forenoon in Portland by the breaking of a chain which was used in moving a building.

   The body of a man was found yesterday on the tide land about two miles this side of Clifton, on Woody island side.  It looks as if the man had been drowned and had drifted around for some time.  Coroner Ross goes up to-day to hold an inquest and ascertain if possible who it is.


THE COAST MAIL (Marshfield, Or.), 26 March 1885

Singular Fatal Accident.

Thomas McDougall, of the firm of McDougall & Hossifer, contractors and house movers, was killed at Portland on the 16th inst. by the breaking of a chain which was used in moving a building.  The accident happened near the corner of Second and Ash streets, where one of the old buildings from the corner of Second and Washington was being moved along.  McDougall was standing in front of the house when the ropes and chains tightened up under a fresh strain.  At this instant an imperfect link parted and one end of the broke chain struck McDougall in the beast, directly over the heart.  He threw up his hands and staggered back into his partner's arms.  He was carried into Pfunder's drug store, where he died in a few minutes.  At the coroner's inquest Dr. Keys testified that the deceased had evidently been afflicted with atrophy or thinning of the walls of the heart, and that the sudden blow on the chest had been sufficient to rupture that organ, which was undoubtedly the cause of death.  Deceased was about 50 years of age.  He went to Portland nine years ago, and had been engaged in house moving for some time.  He leaves a wife and son.  The funeral took place on the 19th under the auspices of the G. A. R., McDougall having been a member of Lincoln post.  During the war he belonged to the New York volunteers.


DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN, (Astoria, Or.), 5 May 1885


On Wednesday afternoon the steamer Merwin stopped as usual at Johnson's point on her way to Olympia to fill her tanks with fresh water.  While there a man named George Madden came on board and told the captain that his partner, Robert McKay, had committed suicide by drowning himself, and that his body had just been discovered on the beach, and he wanted the captain and one or two other members of the crew to go with him and look at it.  He stated that he and McKay had gone to that place some time before for the purpose of opening a logging camp, and that they were engaged at present in opening a road into the timber.  McKay was a man about 35 years of age, and had been complaining for some time of not being well.  On Wednesday morning, after going to work, he spoke of his head aching, and Madden told him to go to the camp and lie down, and he would probably feel better.  At noon when the men went in for their dinner, McKay was missing and a search was instituted, which resulted in the finding of his body on the beach, about 75 years from the bank.  Captain Benson, Chief Denny and Purser Thorndike of the Merwin followed Madden to where the corpse lay, face up and hands crossed on the breast.  On examination the body was found to be perfectly limp.  It was carried to the bank and a watcher placed over it, until the Merwin returned next day with Coroner Hartsuck on board.  An inquest was then held and the jury returned a verdict according to the facts. - Post. Intelligencer.


Last Sunday afternoon a man was found drowned in an eddy on the Washington territory side of the Columbia river, a little above the mouth of Lake river near St. Helen's, by a fisherman named Kulper.  The body had been in the water about two weeks - had dark hair, a light moustache, height about six feet, and seemed to be about twenty-five years of age,.  Had only one shoe and stocking on; blue overalls and jumper; a porous plaster on chest, and in pocket $57 in coin, a pocket knife and a small piece of paper on which was written with indelible pencil "Charles Schultz."  The proper authorities were notified NS n inquest was held on the following Monday and the body interred on the bank of the river near where the body was found.  Is this one of the men recently drowned near Vancouver? - Oregonian.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 23 May 1885

The dead body of a man named Thos. Winn, was found last Friday, on his sheep ranch, between Gregory's and Marstern's places, by Jimmy Armstrong, who was passing by, the deceased having been killed by a stroke of lightning during the severe thunderstorm of last Wednesday afternoon.  The flash struck him on the head, and passed down his body into his boots, as his hair was found scattered about, also his clothing, while his boots were 15 or 20 feet away from his body completely bursted open.  The only clothing upon him, was on his arms, the electric current not touching either arm, and his body was scorched down the center, showing the course of the electric flash.  Mr. Winn formerly resided at Bogus, and for some time past had had charge of a large band of sheep at Little Shasta, in partnership with Messrs. S. H. Soulke and A. L. Babcock.  His two boys knew nothing of his death until informed, as he has often gone away for some days at a time, without saying anything to them, and the boys generally attending to the business at the ranch most of the time.  Coroner Smith held an inquest Saturday, and a verdict was rendered, that he came to his death from a  stroke of lightning, was 47 years of age, and a native of Illinois.  The remains were brought to Yreka by Mr. W. A\. Hovey, who buried them in the cemetery at this place. - "Yreka Journal."


THE DAILY MORNING ASTYORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 26 May 1885


Finding of the Body of Robert Vincent.

On Sunday morning Wm. Chance and Wm. Cliton while passing down a gulch on the other side of West 8th street, towards Young's river found a part of what was once a human body lying in the brush, the rank vegetation growing over it and almost entirely concealing it.  They immediately notified the coroner, and on yesterday morning an inquest was held on the remains which elicited the fact that they were those of Robert Vincent, who it will be remembered mysteriously disappeared on the 10th of January, 1884, and whose fate until now has been wrapped in mystery.  The last seen of that unfortunate man was on the evening of that day as he passed up by the Catholic church.  A bundle of papers marked with his name, and an empty demijohn were found alongside the body.

   G. W. Metter testified: "I reside on Young's river, within about 100 yards of Robert Vincent's [place.  I recognize the boots as the pair I traded to Vincent; the spectacles found on the body are the same as I saw the deceased have; the oilcloth coat I recognize as the one that belonged to the dead man.  I also recognize the bundle of papers that he started to town to get, also I recognize the demijohn as the one he took the morning he started for town, about the latter part of January, 1884.  It was a very cold morning.  Before leaving he told me that he would return that night, and for me to look out for him.  He lived alone on his ranch for the last seven years; had been married but his wife was dead; he leaves two sons - one supposed to be on the London  police force, and the other keeping a photograph gallery in London.  Years ago he froze his feet, and since has suffered with them in cold weather; at the time of his death, I am of the opinion that he was under the influence of liquor, and either froze or starved to death.  His name was Robert Vincent."

   Following is the verdict of the jury: "We, the jury, do find that the remains are those of Robert Vincent, and that he was a native of England, aged about 56 years; that he came to his death in the latter part of January, 1884, by freezing while under the influence of liquor."


THE DSAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 16 June 1885

Body Found.

Last Sunday evening Geo. Brown found the headless and limbless trunk of a child on the beach near Young's river and brought it to the city.  Coroner Ross held an inquest on the remains last evening, which resulted in the following verdict: "We the jury do find that these remains are those of Sara Georgina Hendrickson, who was drowned in the Columbia river on the 15thday of August, 1884, by falling through a trap ion the dock of J. H. D. Gray at the foot of Bermton street, in the city of Astoria."  The little girl was between five and six years of age, and on the evening mentioned while playing with some children fell through the dock and was never again seen in life.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 30 June 1885


About nine o'clock last night, James McCann came to coroner Ross' office and told him of the serious illness and probable death of a man that had come up with him in his fishing boat from Fort Stevens.  It appears that McCann took him into his boat at Fort Stevens, the man asking for a ride from Fort Stevens.  He didn't act anyway out of the ordinary, until just below the Seaside cannery when he went forward to put up the sprit in the boat, when he coughed and began to spit blood.  He turned round between the paroxysms of coughing and asked McCann "what am I to do?"  McCann told him not to get frightened, but he coughed incessantly and finally began to vomit blood.   McCann cared for him in the boat as well as he could, but the man grew weaker and was evidently dying.  McCann landed the boat at Gray's dock and when he got there sent for Dr. Fulton and then reported to the coroner.  The man was brought to the doctor's office and for an hour and a half they worked with him but to no purpose, he having breathed his last shortly after the boat touched the shore.

   His name is unknown, and beyond the fact that he was a Swede and had been employed on the Government work at Fort Stevens no one seems to know anything about him.  Coroner Ross will hold an inquest on the body at nine o'clock this morning.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 21 July 1885


J. C. Howerton, brother of Nelson Howerton, one of the proprietors of the hotel at Ilwaco, who has been stopping at the residence of his sister on the section line road, near the school house died yesterday from the effects of an overdose of morphine, which he took about 9 o'clock on Thursday morning.  It seems the deceased was a heavy drinker and was in the habit of taking morphine at times.  He had been on a protracted spree, went to his sister's house, where he lay down after taking a dose of the drug from a box which laid on a chair beside the bed.  His friends becoming alarmed, sent for the doctor, who arrived there early in the morning and upon learning the facts in the case, tried to get him to take something to counteract the effects of the poison, but found it impossible to force anything down him, and finding he could do nothing for him, he left.  From that time the man never rallied, but at 3 o'clock in the morning he died.  Deceased left a note in his pocket-book stating that he had taken an overdose for the purpose of ending his life, which had become a burden.  His age was 50 years.  His brother arrived from Ilwaco last evening.  It is not yet known whether an inquest will be held. -  Oregonian, 18th.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Ir.), 22 July 1885

Body Found.

It will be remembered that Jno. Bouchard, a man well known in this vici9nity, was drowned about nine days ago, while going from J. B. Osborn's place on Young's river, farther east.  Yesterday afternoon F. W. Wass and J. B. Osborn started in a boat to look for the body, and rowing to the spot where his boat and hat had previously been found, they searched among the tules.  In a short time they found the body about sixty yards from the place where he disappeared.  Wass came over to town and notified the coroner, who went over last evening to hold an inquest if necessary.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 2 August 1885

An Oregon City correspondent of the Oregonian sends the following particulars of an accidental death: A fatal accident recently occurred in the Eagle creek barn in Clackamas county, thirty miles from this place.  Julius C. Crints, aged about 35, a native of Denmark, naturalized a year ago, was carrying his gun behind him, and while he was jumping over a log the gun was discharged.  The shot entering the base of the brain, killing him instantly.  This occurred about the 17th of July.  Deceased has relatives in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was evidently well known to Messrs. Therkelsen and S. P. Sorensen of Portland.  He was a ship and bridge builder.  Dr. Parker, the coroner of Clakckamas county, held an inquest, the jury returning a verdict of accidental death.  The coroner took charge of the effects till Judge W. L. White should appoint an administrator.  The remains were buried upon the spot.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 16 August 1885

A sick Chinaman, abandoned and dying, was found in a hog pen near the Thistle Packing company's premises yesterday morning.  The unfortunate creature died in the afternoon, and a coroner's jury, which held an inquest upon him, reported that his death was caused by injuries he had received in an explosion at Hungry Harbor last April.  The doctors think that it is a genuine case of starvation.


THEW DAILY MNORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 27 August 1885

Man Drowned.

A man was found floating in the north channel of Sand lake, which empties into the ocean about six miles north of Nestucca bay, says the Oregon Register.  Justice of the Peace Weatherley summoned a jury and held an inquest on the 9th, which rendered a verdict that the name of the man was Frank Chambers, who had been living at Sand lake, and came to his death by accidental drowning on the morning of the 8th.  He was twenty-eight years of age, and was a son of Mr. Chambers, living at Bethlehem in Polk county.  It is supposed that he had started in a sail boat in the morning, for the purpose of fishing, and that the sail proving too heavy for his boat, he had landed and put it upon the bank, and while so doing his boat got away from the bank, and in attempting to recover it was drowned.  His vest, cap and shoes and stockings were found on the bank where he had left the sail.  He was buried in the Big Nestucca burying ground.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 9 September 1885

   A passing train across the North Yambill bridge, last Monday, frightened  John Skelton's horses, and they running away threw him out of the waggon, fracturing his skull.  He died that afternoon.

Dr. Hoard, of Cottage Grove, Lene county, the "didn't know it was loaded" individual who picked up a Winchester rifle at the railway station at that place a few days ago, sighted an object on a hill and instantly killed Stanley McLaughlin, who was standing a few feet from him, has, after preliminary examination, been discharged.  The inquest revealed the old story of idle curiosity in taking up the gun, carelessness in handling it, ignorance in regard to its being loaded, a sharp report startling bystanders, the instant death of a human being, "great mental agony" of the innocent author of the deed, an arrest, examination and discharge from custody as blameless.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 17 September 1885


Chris. Johnson Found in the River Near Hanthorne's Cannery.

The body of Chris. Johnson, a resident of Alderbrook, was found floating in the river near J. O. Hanthorne's cannery yesterday morning.  On the 8th he started to Gray's river to look after some land in that section, returning on the Union last Friday.  He was last seen alive near Johansen's at upper Astoria, that afternoon.  On Monday his continued absence alarmed his friends and a telegram was sent to Vancouver asking if he was there, to which a reply was receiving saying that a man answering to the description had been there inquiring about land.  This allayed the fears of his family and friends, but yesterday morning at seven o'clock, Messrs. Welcome and Bruen, with R. Johnson, a brother of the missing man, saw the drowned body of a man floating in the water between the beach and the roadway.  They got a boat and brought the body ashore.  The brother recognized it as the body of the missing man.

   Coroner Ross held an inquest, the jury finding that the deceased was a native of Denmark, 33 years of age, and came to his death on or about the 11th of September, by accidentally falling into the Columbia river from the roadway at upper Astoria and drowning.  Deceased leaves a wife and six children, the youngest being but three days old.  The funeral will take place at the Scandinavian church at upper Astoria at one o'clock this afternoon.


THE FAILY MORMNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 9 Octo0ber 1885

H. M. Wetherbee was out  duck hunting yesterday, and when about a mile this side of Knappa he found the dead body of a woman on an island in the tules.  The body was badly decomposed.  There were some torn clothes near the body, which had evidently lain for many weeks where found.  A party go up on the Gen. Custer this morning to bring the remains down here and hold an inquest.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 10 October 1885

The body found on an island near Knappa last Thursday, was brought to town yesterday.  An inquest  held before N. E. Goodell, acting coroner, resulted in the following verdict: "Deceased was a white female person of a bout the age of thirteen or fourteen years; name and nativity to the jury unknown; that we believe that she came to her death by drowning when and where to the jury unknown."


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 7 November 1885

Indulgence Claims It's Victim.

A young, good-looking, well-dressed young man, named H. M. Jones, about 23 years old, came to town a few days since and obtained work in the Vienna restaurant as a waiter.  He said to the proprietor that he was nervous and shaky, but, should get over it in a few days, and asked them not to mind it.  Mrs. Rosenstock, who has charge of the dining room, said he was a good waiter, and respectful to all.  She had paid him off Sunday evening, and Mr. Rosenstock told him to come and eat when he wished.  He thanked him, and  said that he should get a place that would last him before long.  Monday city Marshal Beers said he saw him about sox o'clock, P.M., [passing down around Mr. George Allen's corner.  It has been learned that he had obtained 20 grains of morphine at one of the druggists.  He went into Mr. Groeninger's saloon and called for a mug of beer, half of which he drank, and then  went to sleep.;  At about 9 o'clock he made a curious noise and then went into spasms.  Mr. Groenninger desired a coroner's inquest, but the coroner saw no reason therefore, as Drs. Doane and Gilmore were called before the man died and decided that he was under the influence of opiates.  Marshal Beers informed us that he acted queerly when he saw him.  The man died about three o'clock, and Tuesday morning he was taken on a stretcher to the city undertaker's and placed in a square rough box.  He stated that his mother lived in England, and that he was the last of six children; that he was without work and reckless. - [Editorial comment.] - The Dalles "Sun."


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 11 November 1885

Coroner Ross received a telegram from Ed. McGuire last evening, saying that the dead body of a man had come ashore about a mile below Point Adams light house.  The coroner will go over this morning to hold an inquest.  The probability is that it is one of the men lost from the plunger Emma that came ashore near Griomes' last week.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTOTRIAN (Astoria, Or.),  13 November 1885

Costs in the matter of an inquest held on the body of Joseph Smalley, deceased, Geo. Birchard, $4.00; Geo. W. Reeser, $4.00; Fred Vanderhoof, $4.00; Evert Emerson, $4.00; Fred L. Emerson, $4.00; Peter Sorensen, $4.00; jurors, and Samuel Walker, J.P., $12.00.


Last Wednesday morning Coroner Ross went down to Skipanon to hold an inquest on the dead body of a man who had been washed ashore the day before.  The coroner's jury consisted of S. J. Pitkin, H. C. Gragg, A. Condit, Albert Hill, Francis Hill and Aug. Juhrs.  They found that the deceased came to his death by drowning in the ocean.  The body was that of a man apparently 50 or 55 years of age, 5 feet 4 inches in height, bushy side whiskers, partly bald; had on nothing but a check flannel and red flannel shirt; is believed to have been a Scotchman and was last seen in this city about two weeks ago.

 After the inquest the body was loaded on the wagon and the party proceeded towards Skipanon, the body having been below Pt. Adams lighthouse.  As they went they saw another body on the crest of an incoming wave; two of the party ran out into the surf and brought it ashore, a second inquest being held on the poor unfortunate.  It was the body of a man about 28 or 30 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches in height; had on dungaree overalls, red flannel shirt and sailor's singlet: light complexion: apparently an American.  In his pockets were $24.50 and an open faced Bartlett silver watch.  The second body was also placed on the wagon, a second coffin telegraphed for to Astoria, and the bodies given decent sepulture in the county cemetery.

   On the beach near where the bodies were found was picked up a pair of short legged rubber boots, a black slough hat, a coat, a pair of pants, new overalls wrapped in a bundle, and a shawl strap on which was scratched "E. Watt."

   There is every probability that the poor fellows were lost from the plunger Emma which came ashore near Gromes' place on the 4th inst.  Close by was a great heap of dead crabs, more than a wagon load in a bunch, though at no other spot on the beach were there any crabs to be seen.  It is thought that they were part of the load of the plunger. Coroner Ross returned to the city last evening.


THEW DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 17 November 1885

Came Ashore.

Coroner Ross received a telegram last Sunday evening, that a body has come ashore on Clatsop beach.  He went down that evening and held an inquest yesterday.  The body came ashore near the Seaside house.  It was that of a man  38 or 40 years of age; five feet nine inches in height, dark complexion; had on red flannel underwear, gray flannel overshirt and overalls.  The verdict was that he was drowned in the ocean.  It is believed that he was off the plunger Emma, two others, manifestly from that unfortunate craft, coming ashore last week.  The pockets of the deceased were turned inside out and completely rifled, the ghoulish cupidity of those first discovering the body completely destroying any probability of the unfortunate man's identification.  The burial will be to-day.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 28 November 1885

Letter from J. C. Ross regarding washed up corpses, burials, and identification.


THE DAILY MORNJING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 27 December 1885

A sad accident happened in the mill at South Bend, two weeks ago.  Wm. Whiting, while working in the mill, had a large cant of timber fall on him, so seriously injuring him that he died three days after.  Justice Skidmore held an inquest as it was thought by some that he came to his death at the hands of others, but investigation proved nothing.


THE COAST MAIL (Marshfield, Or.), 31 December 1885

SHOCKING MURDER            .

A French Courtesan Chopped to Death in Her House at Portland.

(From the Oregonian, December 23.)

Shortly before 11 o'clock last night a young man came rushing up breathlessly to Officer James Mott, and informed him that Miss Amelia, a French courtesan on Third Street, next door to the corner of Yamhill, had instructed him to summon a policeman with all possible haste.  Mott followed the man, and on arriving at the scene was directed to enter the little cottage that stands on the southwest corner of Yamhill and Third streets.  Procuring a light, he did so, and on going into the second room from the front was horrified at finding the occupant, Emma Merlotin, a courtesan aged 28 years, lying full length on the floor, face downward, her head being partially under the bed.  Mott took but one glance at the woman, but it was enough to tell him that she was dead and the victim of one of the most horrible and ghastly murders ever perpetrated in this city.  Soon after the terrible discovery by Mott policeman Emig arrived, followed by officers Young and Harkleroad and Dr. Surman, who had been notified of the affair by a couple of woman of the neighborhood.  The doctor's services were, however, not needed, as the poor creature lying on the floor was past all medical skill

   Amelia, who first discovered what had happened, told a disjointed story of the affair, being so excited that she could hardly speak.  She and Emma were great friends, and nightly ate lunch together, usually in the house of Emma, who lived alone.  Last night at the usual hour, half past 10 or thereabouts, Amelia went next door to see her friend, and found the front door locked, rapped for admittance and then went back to her own residence.  While in her own house she says she heard Emma laugh; recognized a man's voice and Emma speak to him.  The next instant the dog barked, there was a noise of feet shuffling on the floor, a scream and then all was still.  Amelia a few moments later went again to the front door of Emma's house, finding it open, and on entering she discovered her friend as above stated, and sounded the alarm.

   The cottage has a little parlor in front, three bed-rooms and a small room in the rear used as a kitchen and dining-room.  The bed-room where the murdered woman was found is next to the parlor.  It is a small room, with a bed on the side opposite the door, a wash stand at the right, a bureau beside the door, leaving a clear space in the room only about six feet square.  The woman, when found, was lying face downward, one arm under the head, which was partially under the front of the bed, the feet extending to the door.  She was clothed only in a chemise and boots and stockings, the remainder of the clothing being on a chair in the hall.

   The head lay in a pool of blood nearly three feet in diameter.  There were 12 ghastly wounds on the head and neck.  Any one of nine would have been fatal.  The cervical vertebrae was severed by one cut and hacked into in several other places, one cut back of the left ear laying the skull open for about three inches; a deep gash on the left side of the throat, and another across the left cheek, going clear through the cheek bone.  There were also several cuts on the back of the head.

   Nothing appeared to be disturbed in the room, and the only blood to be seen, except the pool on the floor, was a few spots on the edge of the counterpane just above the side rail, under which her head lay.  It appeared as of the first blow had been fatal and felled her to the floor, where the demoniacal murderer must have hacked her as she writhed, as some of the wounds were on the back of the head and some on the face and neck.  The weapon used was evidently a tolerable heavy hatchet and quite sharp, as the wounds were deep and deadly.

   The murdered woman had lived in Portland about eight years.  She was a native of Brest, France.

   The only theory of the crime is that it was committed for the purpose of robbery,.  "Did she have any enemies?" asked an Oregonian reporter of a Frenchman who had known her since childhood.  "How could she have an enemy that would butcher her in this horrible manner?" was the answer.  "Why, the poor girl was kind and charitable and wouldn't harm a living soul. She was continually giving meals and lodgings to beggars and most of her money went for charity.  The associates of the poor woman who lived in the immediate neighborhood give the same account of her, and, as they sat horror-stricken in her cottage, showed deep grief at her dreadful end.

   Amelia, a particular friend of the murdered woman, who lives in an adjoining cottage, said that Emma had saved up considerable money to be spent for Christmas presents, which she intended to buy to-day.  She (Emma) had spoken of her savings to her and had no doubt spoken as freely to others.  All the circumstances indicate that the motive for the murder was robbery, although it was not possible to find out if her money had been taken, as no one knew where to look for it.  As no money was found in the room, however, it is reasonable to suppose that it was taken by the miscreant after his deadly act.  Still it is not unlikely that the murderer, who must have been within the cottage at the time of Amelia's faint call and who could not have failed to hear her demands for admission, took fright and decamped without booty.  Search was made about the house as thorough as possible amid the confusion of the time, and by candle light, for the weapon with which the deed was done, but none was found.  The circumstances indicate that the murderer engaged the attention of his victim to some object, causing her to turn her back to him, and then assaulted her while in this position.  Considering the side of the room, the assailant could not have escaped bearing upon his clothes and person the sanguinary evidence of his dreadful act.  There is no circumstances whatever which points to the identity of the murderer.

   The block in which the murder was committed last night is completely surrounded by bagnios.  About 100 feet south of the scene of this tragedy is where James N. Brown was murdered in Carrie Bradley's den, about four years ago, and about 100 feet west is where Tom Whalen cut the throat of a French courtesan with a razor, about the same time.

   The coroner took charge of the remains, summoned a jury and examined several witnesses.  The inquest was the adjourned to the coroner's office at 1 o'clock to-0day and the body taken to the morgue.

[From the Oregonian, December 24.]

   The coroner's inquest over the body of Emma Merlotin, the woman who was so foully murdered Tuesday night, was c0ncluded yesterday afternoon, and a verdict rendered by the jury that she was killed by some person unknown to them.

   The terrible crime was the principal topic of conversation around town yesterday.  No clue has been found as to who committed the deed.  In the room where the woman was killed, there was found on the floor a gold ring with a cameo setting, which had probably dropped off one of her fingers during the struggle.  Another one of her fingers was encircled with a plain gold ring.  This was taken off during the time the inquest was being held, when it was discovered that a piece was chipped out of it, indicating that the woman had thrown up her hands to protect herself from the fearful assault.  The finger from which the ring was taken was slightly cut, and the appearance of the finger wound and the mark on the ring would denote that the deadly work was accomplished with a hatchet, both marks seeming to have been made with something other than a thin, keen-edged instrument.  The woman's purse contained $16.50, and in her ears were a pair of plain earrings.  It is impossible as yet to state whether the murder was committed for the purpose of robber, as none of the witnesses examined by the coroner yesterday were able to state how much of how little money the deceased possessed, being therefore unable to tell if the murderer had obtained any.

   "Was it done by a white man or a Chinaman?" was asked hundreds of times yesterday, and as much argument was offered one way as the other.  From evidence as to the woman's habits, gathered by detectives, it is bot considered likely that a Chinaman committed the deed, as it is not believed that she would permit one to enter the house in the night time.

   There is a popular delusion, based somewhat on scientific facts, that an image of the last object upon which a person dying suddenly looked, remains upon the retina after death.  In the vain hope that examination, under the photographer's lens, of the retina of the murdered woman's eye would reveal a likeness of her slayer, one of the eyes was cut out yesterday and placed in the hands of a well known photographer.  It is expected that a negative proof will be obtained to-day.

   This trouble will be wasted.  The most the retina will show will be a blurred figure whose shape will be unrecognizable.  In the first place, the chances are ten to one that her murderer was not the last object upon which the poor woman gazed.  In the next place the light was bad, only a small coal oil lamp.  Under the most favorable circumstances, in bright sunlight, if the woman had eyed her slayer when the fatal blow was struck, there would only be an indistinct image of him.  It could not be told whether it was a man or a woman.  The latest tests by scientists upon animals show that a bright object, for instance a large white letter of the alphabet, on a black background, will be retained by the eye of an animal if killed while looking at the letter.  A bright red circle on a white background would also be retained, likewise a black square on a white background.  Further than this, science has demonstrated that nothing can be accomplished in this matter.   Chief Parish has offered a reward of $200 for the arrest and conviction of the murderer of Emma Merlotin, and other rewards increase the amo9unt to $700.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Ir.), 6 February 1886


The claim of Samuel Walker, J. P., acting coroner at inquest held on the body of Gustav Wickstrom deceased, deferred until May 17886 session.

   J. A. Graham, J. P., for jury fee and costs in the matter of an inquest held on the body of Frank nelson, deceased, $41.80.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Or.), 22 May 1886


On Monday afternoon of this week Eddie McMahon and Willie Grob went up to Johnny Ransdell's reservoir on Rich Gulch to take a swim.  Ransdell was at the dam when the boys arrived and as both were small he asked them if they could swim, they replied no, and he advised them to keep away from the "gate" as the water there would be over their head.  Both promised and Johnny left to go to work.  After this according to William Grob's story both boys undressed and went into the reservoir.  After a short time Grob got out and dressed and the McMahon boy refusing to come out the former said he would leave him there, which he did.  William came home at once and nothing more was thought of the matter till about ten o'clock that night when Eddie had failed to return home.  The alarm was given at once and when the Grob boy stated that he had left his companion in the reservoir a party of citizens started for the scene at once to make a search.  Arriving there they found the boy's clothing on the bank proving conclusively that the boy had been drowned.  The gate of the reservoir was opened at once and when the water had ran off there the dead body of Eddie McMahon was found.  His remains were then brought to the Town Hall where an inquest was held after which he was taken to the residence of his parents.  The inquest was held by Justice Foudray Dr. DeBar acting as Coroner, H. Klippel, Chas. Prim, J. H. Huffer, John Orth, and George Beck as jurymen. Their verdict was in accordance with the above facts.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Pat McMahon were absent from town at the time and parents can imagine the shock theory received when notified of the sad occurrence.

   Edward Daniel McMahon was 11 years and 21 says of age at the time of his death, and the bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction.  The funeral was held on Tuesday Rev. Father Blanchet officiating.


GRANT COUNTY NEWS (Canyon City, Or.), 15 July 1886

Jo Roberts allowed $8 for team to convey coroner's jury to hold an inquest on a dead Chinaman.


OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville, Ir.), 7 August 1886

On July 24th a dead man was found floating in Smith River, about half a mile below Ford's ferry.  In the absence of the Coroner, James Brooking Justice of the Peace was notified who took charge of the body, and from whom we gain the following particulars.  Inquest held July 15.  Name unknown; aged about 78 years; verdict, accidental drowning; had on his person cash $2 in silver and a nickel.  One pocket knife two broken blades and one whole one; also a match box.  No papers to identify him.  Had probably been in the water two or three weeks - greasy curly hair; had on black diagonal coat, checked vest patched with a piece of gunny sack, common gray pants, old coarse boots and two cotton undershirts.  All his clothing denoted poverty.  Has been buried in Smith River cemetery.


THE OREGON SCOUT (Union, Union County, Or.), 11 September 1886.


The Sage Brush says that after the Coroner had issued his warrant for the arrest of Dr. E. M. Clemens last Wednesday evening at Huntington, after the inquest, he turned the papers over to Justice J. W. Gray, who then took charge of the case as required by law, and set the hearing for the preliminary examination of the case for Thursday morning. ... and now the Doctor practices behind the bars of our county jail.


Mrs. Moa, who has been living with her daughter, Mrs. Willis Skiff of this city, died suddenly last Monday morning.  She was a very aged lady, and had not been well for some time.  Monday morning she got out of bed and had partly dressed herself, when she complained of being sick and lay down again.  A doctor was sent for , but when he arrived it was too late to render assistance, and she died in a few minutes afterward.  The immediate cause of her death was heart disease. ,...


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 16 February 1887

Last Friday's ASTORIAN had an item regarding one Christian Ayous, who left here with some provisions in a skiff for Knappa the Friday before and had not since been heard of.  Yesterday Angus Gor got a letter saying that the unfortunate man had been found the day before at Harrington's point - dead.  Everything was in the boat just as he left Astoria, except one oar and rowlock, which were gone.  He was sitting aft, between the thwarts, cold and stiff, his eyes open and glassy.  It is supposed he went to sleep and became numb and weak from exposure. N A coroner's inquest was held yesterday, the result of which was not learned.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 17 February 1887

CATHLAMET, W. T., Feb. 15, 1887.

   Chris Ahouse was found dead in a skiff on the rocks near Harrington's point.

    It appears that deceased was a native of Holland, aged 42 years; that he left Charles Wood's scow, near Fluid slough, in a small boat for Astoria, February 4th, with sixty dollars to purchase supplied for Mr. Wood; that he went to Astoria purchased the supplies and also two bottles of whisky, leaving Astoria the same day to return to Wood's scow.  When on his way he must have been caught in a floe of ice, as his fingers were much worn, and one thumb nail entirely worn off.  One of the bottles of whisky was nearly empty; the other had not been uncorked.  Inquest held, the verdict being death by exposure.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 9 June 1887


Sudden Death of John Chappell. - News Notes,

ILWACO, June 8th, '87.

Last evening at 8:15 John Chappell dropped dead while standing by N. C. Kofoed's fence and joking with Mr. and Mrs. Kofoed about some chickens in the yard.  Deceased had been working hard all day teaming lumber from a scow and was apparently in the best of health and spirits.  Dr. J. B. Price was summoned immediately and pronounced the man dead.  At the coroner's inquest held last night the doctor decided that death was caused almost instantly by paralysis of the heart. 

John Chappell lived several years in Astoria, working at carpentering, and was well known there.  It is supposed with us that he was an Odd Fellow.  [Funeral.] Deceased was about 44 years old, married, but childless.  His wife has been living with her mother for some time in Yankton, Dakota.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 26 June 1887

Drowned Himself in Young's River.

Jas. A. Rowan from Young's river reports a case of suicide there yesterday afternoon.  Henry Prince, who came here from Tillamook some time ago, is the unfortunate man.  After coming here he fished on the river for a week or so and being taken sick had been for the last week in a house on Young's river, near the brick yard, with two other men, being delirious the greater part of the time.  Yesterday afternoon he said: "Make me a cup of strong green tea." When it was made he drank it and said: "This is a hell of a place for a man with the measles to be."  Shortly after he made a dash for the door and running wildly down to the river, a distance of about two hundred yards, followed by the attendant, he plunged in the water and wading out waist high ducked his head under and then after a few seconds raised his head above the surface, looked round and snorted, then deliberately submerged his head again and so drowned miserably.  Prince was a native of England, aged 32 years.  The coroner was notified of the occurrence yesterday afternoon.

Fatal Accident at the Clatsop Mill.

At half-past one yesterday morning Harry Sievenson, a young man aged 22 years, employed in the Clatsop mill, met with an accident that terminated his life.  He was at work taking large timbers away from the big saw and while doing so one of the cants struck him and threw him between it and another large piece of timber.  The upper part of his body was caught and crushed.  He was taken out as soon as possible, and medical aid summoned, but he was too badly hurt to admit of any assistance and breathed his last shortly after two o'clock.  He was a native of Sweden, had been at work in the mill but two days, and is not known to have any relatives or friends in this section of country.  The funeral will take place to-morrow.

Drowned Near Westport.

Coroner Ross received a dispatch from Westport yesterday afternoon, saying that a logger named Colvin had been drowned from a whisky scow near that place the day before, that his body had just been discovered and asking him to go up there and hold an inquest.  Particulars of the matter are not obtainable, but foul play is suspected.  The coroner will go up on the Favorite this afternoon.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 28 June 1887


The Testimony at the Coroner's Jury.

Coroner Ross went to Westport yesterday morning to hold an inquest on the body of C. Colvin, a logger, aged 26, who was drowned off a whisky scow in the slough near there last Friday night, and his body recovered the next day.

   He impaneled a jury consisting of S. M. Coffinbury, Wm. Ross, Wm. McFarland, J. Beaten, Jas. Van and Chas. Root.  Chas. Eaton, who runs the scow, was the first witness.  He said Colvin went to his place Friday afternoon.  During the afternoon Colvin and a man named James Ruby quarreled.  About 2 o'clock he refused to give Colvin any more liquor; Colvin struck at him.  He took a knife and told Colvin to keep off, or he would certainly hurt him.  He asked J. L. Morgan to put Colvin out.  Then he took a shotgun and told Colvin and Ruby if they didn't keep their hands off him (Eaton) he would certainly protect himself.  Then they began fighting again.  About 6 o'clock Morgan told him Colvin had fallen overboard.  He jumped into a skiff, watched for him to come up; when he came to the top of the water he went down again; then another man jumped over and tried to save him, but couldn't.  That was the last Eaton saw of him till he was taken out of the water by Chas. Forrest the next day.  After it was all over there was a cartridge in his (Eaton's) shotgun, and he couldn't get it out; so he fired it off.  Morgan was on the end of the scow with Colvin when he went overboard.

   J. L. Morgan was the next witness.  Knew deceased for 16 years.  Went to Eaton's scow at 2 P.M., Friday; he, Colvin, Graham and two others  took a drink at the bar; then wrangling began; Colvin and a half-breed were both drunk; they had two fights.  Colvin and Eaton had some hard words; Colvin struck at Eaton.  Eaton took a knife from under the bar and told him if he didn't get out of there he would trim him down.  Then Eaton put the knife away and got a shotgun, and said he would protect himself and scow.  Morgan got Colvin outside and told him he was foolish to go in and run against a shotgun.  Eaton told him to keep Colvin out as he would hurt him if he got in again.  He was between Colvin and the door; Colvin was trying to get in; he said: "Jake, old man, get out of the way; I can take care of myself." Then he made a spring or stagger and went off the upper end of the scow; Morgan shouted "Eaton is overboard," and stood quite a while and waited for him to come up.  Then two men, Eaton and a man thought to be Jim Ruby, the man he had been fighting with, jumped into a boat, but didn't get him.  Then witness left the scow.

   Andrew Anderson and R. B. Graham testified substantially the same.  Colvin had been at Reynold's and had been drinking before he went to Eaton's.  Eaton wanted to bet $10 that he could get a man who could whip Colvin, and Morgan wanted to bet $20 that he could find a man who could whip him.  The bets were not made.  He, Graham, was overcome and went to sleep.  When he woke, Morgan said Colvin was overboard.  Went out and saw Colvin about ten feet from the scow, apparently swimming.  Heard him say: "I'll be even with the sons of ------- yet!"  Eaton and Ruby's boat puller were in a skiff below the piles reaching for him.

   Further examination and a verdict were postponed.  There is considerable feeling reported in the vicinity and a suspicion of foul play.  The verdict will be given on Thursday and Coroner Ross will go up the next day.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 14 July 1887

Four Men Drowned at Tillamook.

From the Rosie Olsen, lying at Hume's wharf, is learned tidings of a dreadful accident at Tillamook last Sunday by which four men lost their lives.  It appears that a man named Albert Briggs, who runs a sloop from Lincoln to Hobsonville and Garibaldi, started from the former place carrying five passengers.  When off Hobsonville a flaw struck the boat and she capsized and sunk.  The owner of the boat and a boy named Woodruff got on the flats and were saved from the cannery, the other four unfortunate men were drowned.  Three of them were new arrivals from Pennsylvania and had only got there the day before.  The body of one was found next day; in his pockets were $3,350 in gold and notes.  An inquest was held by a jury of which ex-governor Thayer was foreman, and a verdict returned of accidental drowning.  The fourth man was from the Nestucca.  Efforts were making when the Rosie Olsen left to find the other bodies.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 26 July 1887

Found Floating Near Cathlamet.

Last Sunday morning Jno. Whalkie found the body of an unknown man in the Columbia river near Cathlamet.  J. H. Graham, J.P., was notified, who summoned a jury and proceeded to hold an inquest, the following facts being learned:  Age, 40 or 45 years; height, 5 feet 8 inches; heavy moustache and chin whiskers, sandy color; index finger off on left hand; dressed in blue overshirt, black and brown plaid pants, red flannel undershirt, low quarter shoes, one of left foot having cut across on the toe, mended by herring-bone stitch; weight, 155 or 160 pounds; nothing found on the body by which it could be identified.

Died Suddenly Among Strangers.

A man on a railroad train between Hood River and The Dalles died suddenly last week, he being found lifeless in his seat when the train stopped at a station.  The remains were brought to The Dalles and an inquest held.  Several letters from his wife were found in his pockets, and from these it is learned that he left a family of five children, the youngest of whom, "little Davy," seemed to be his father's pet.  The letters, poorly spelled and almost illegible, were full of tenderness and anxiety for the absent husband, and were penned by an honest and true woman.  It was pitiful to stand beside the dead man and read the messages from home filled with the humble home cares of his little family.  The letters tell of how many "rows of potatoes and corn" were planted; how Berthas was "working out;" how "Tom chewed ten cents worth of tobacco a week," and how Davy, ";little Davy," wished he had wings to fly out where his papa was; how the true loving woman wanted him to "come back and we will make a living somehow;" and "if you were here, I could earn $20 a month if you could take care of little Davy."  All very common, very prosaic, but somehow it seemed lifted above the common-place when read beside the poor remnant of mortality, whose eyes will never more moisten over messages from home.  Poor woman!  Poor 'little Davy.":


THE OREGON SCOUT (Union, Union County, Or.), 3 September 1887

La Grande, 1 September.

The body of Wm. Caldwell was brought here for a Coroner's inquest Monday.  The jury returned a verdict of death at the hands of Thomas Lemon.  On Tuesday morning the corpse was interred in the old cemetery by his neighbors of Ladd canyon, no relative being present to shed a tear at his grave. [See 10 September below.]


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 9 September 1887


Mysterious Disappearance of C. A. Reed.

The following from THE ASTORIAN'S Ilwaco correspondent in reference to a former Astorian and well known resident of Pacific county will be read with personal interest by the missing man's friends and acquaintances:

ILWACO, September 8th.


C. A. Reed, a gentleman well known throughout this county and some time ago a resident of Astoria, has been missing for over a week and his friends suspect he has met with foul play.  A week ago last Monday or Tuesday he remarked he was going to Astoria to collect some money, and started to go.  He missed the first boat, but declared he would be sure and be on time for the second or afternoon boat.  At that time he was dressed in a suit of blue.  Yesterday his room at the Ilwaco ho9tel was opened with a pass key and the same suit was found therein, also his watch and spectacles, and a cane which he was accustomed to carry everywhere.  The key found on the body lately found at the cape fits the door of Mr. Reed's room.  The coroner informed your correspondent that the body found had no marks of violence upon it.  On the other hand, the bearer of the message from the cape to the coroner told here that over the left eye of the dead man was a bullet hole and knife cut on the neck.  All kinds of rumors are about and it's difficult to get the true facts.  X

   This suggests further inquiry.  The verdict of the coroner's jury should throw some light on this mysterious affair.  Inquiry here developes the fact that his usual business associates and friends in this city had not seen him darting the last ten days.


THE ASTORIAN is in receipt of positive information that the body found floating near Cape Hancock at noon last Tuesday was the dead body of C. A. Reed.  Coroner Hanselman and two other men held an inquest, their verdict being unknown, beyond the conclusion that it was the body of a stranger, and the body was buried near Fort Canby.  Suspicion being aroused a party of citizens went out from Ilwaco yesterday, exhumed the body and identified it as the body of C. A. Reed.  Another jury was impaneled, but THE ASTORIAN was unable last night to get their verdict.  It is probable, however, that it will be found to be a case of accidental drowning.

A Change of Proprietorship.

Retirement of County Co0roner J. C. Ross, and appointment as deputy pro tem of F. H. (Frank) Surprenant.


THE OREGON SCOUT (Union, Union County, Or.), 10 September 1887


The Coroner's inquest held on the body of Wm. Caldwell at La Grande was entirely uncalled for and certainly without any authority of law.  If a person is found dead, it is unquestionably the duty of the coroner, or some peace officer acting in his stead, to hold an inquest to ascertain if possible, how or by what means he came to his death.  What light can an inquest throw upon the death of a person who is shot down before witnesses, and when the party who did the killing says he killed that person?  The only object one can have is either to gain absurd notoriety or to replenish his pocket with an anticipated fee.

"COLD BLOODED." - Some of the prints in speaking of the killing of William Caldwell, alias "Curly Bill," by Thomas Lemon at Ladd canyon, a short time ago, call it "cold blooded murder." ..... It is our opinion that there are some very mitigating circumstances connected with the killing.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 15 September 1887

Killed by a Locomotive.

At 8 o'clock yesterday forenoon, says the News of the 14th, a farmer named J. L. Brenham was crossing the North Pacific track at Columbia crossing with his team.  Just as the horses got across the track freight train No. 2 came tearing along the track northward bound.  The cowcatcher struck the front wheel of the vehicle, smashing it to pieces and killing one of the horses.  Brenham was struck, just how no one knows, and fell on the cowcatcher and was carried 240 yards before the train was stopped.  When this was done Brenham was found dead, and this must have resulted instantaneously, judging by the way the body was mangled.  The train proceeded on its way, but the conductor, engineer and firemen have been summoned to appear at the inquest to-day.  The acting coroner, A. H. Blakesly, commenced the inquest yesterday, but had to adjourn over until to-day, owing to the absence of the conductor, engineer and brakeman of the train.  Benham lived on a farm twelve miles from St. Helens.


THE OREGON SCOUT (Union, Union County, Or.), 7 October 1887


Considerable difficulty was experienced in obtaining jurors, this week, in the case of State against Lemon, charged with the killing of "Curly Bill," near La Grande a few weeks ago.  Among others examined as to their qualifications for jurors, was a merchant of La Grande who stated that he didn't know anything about the occurrence, hadn't heard of it and consequently couldn't have any opinion about it.  As the killing occurred within a few miles of La Grande, and the coroner's inquest was held there, and as the local papers contained full accounts of it, and as, according to their statement, the town was "in a fervor of excitement," it seems remarkable strange.  It is quite evident, however, that the aforesaid "fever" was not catching.


THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN (Astoria, Or.), 19 November 1887

Coroner Surprenant returned from Skamokawa yesterday whither he had been summoned by telegraph to hold an inquest on the body of Wm. Pray, who had been found dead in his scow near there.  He found that deceased had died of heart disease; he brought the body down, and will give it interment to-day.

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