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Moose Jaw Herald Times, 20 January 1891

   A report reached town on Thursday last to the effect that a young boy whose name is Albert Henry Case, had strayed away from the residence of Mr. J. W. Case, of 32-14-24, with whom the young fellow was living.  The facts as near as can be ascertained are as follows:- On Monday Mr. Caser, the deceased's eldest brother, and Mr. Coventry started for a load of hay; the hay which was some distance from the farm would necessitate their being away the larger portion of the day, leaving Albert at home with orders to look after the stock etc.  On their return home in the evening they found that the boy had deserted the place, and the choirs had not been done up as usual. They were not at all alarmed, as the boy was in the habit of visiting the neighbours, so retired for the night, thinking perhaps he would return before morning.  Morning came but no Albert had put in an appearance; they immediately began to search for him.  Several days was spent searching the prairie, but could find no traces of him whatever.  On Thursday they renewed the search, but with no better results.  He was found by Mr. Coventry about a quarter of a mile from his home.  A jury consisting of R. L. Alexander foreman, J. A. Kerr, Regina, A. McFall, G. Vogen, W. Armstrong, and T. E. McWilliams of Moose Jaw, with Dr. Cotton of Regina, ass Coroner, visited the place on Friday, and carefully considering the case brought in a verdict, "that Albert Henry Case aged 13 years, died from exposure, he having wandered away from his home and got lost on the prairie."  The remains were brought to Moose Jaw, and on Sunday at three o'clock, was interred in the new cemetery.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 15 May 1891


A Man Named Jamieson, After a Debacle, Ends His Existence.

SWIDFT CURRENT. - A man named Jamieson, formerly a member of the mounted police, arrived here three days ago, looking for employment.  He had been drinking heavily. This afternoon he was found dead in the C. P. R. Dining Hall coal shed, with a bottle marked "Chloral," and containing a small quantity of clear liquid and a substance resembling gum camphor besides the body.  There was no evidence of foul play.  It is supposed to be a case of suicide and an inquest will likely be held. - Free Press.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 21 August 1891

   The inquest on the death of Adam Johnson and Ida Doherty, who were drowned in the Thames by being swept over the waterworks dam on Monday, May 26th, was held before Coroner Smith last night.  A verdict was brought in of accidental death by drowning.  No blame was attached to anyone.

   The boy Ned, who was burned at the election bonfire at Stratford, is dead, and at the instance of the Crown Attorney an investigation will take place.

   In the matter of Edward [Rumford], accused of murdering his workmate in Logan township on June 3rd, the coroner's jury Saturday brought bin a verdict of wilful murder.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 28 August 1891

Calgary, Aug. 24. - A French half-breed called Francis [Brenneau] was killed at Sheep creek Saturday by being thrown from a waggon in which a number of companions were.  His neck was broken.  Coroner Toofold will hold an inquest.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 3 March 1893

   The Grenfell correspondent of the Moonomin Spectator says: A shocking case of cruelty has come to light here through the recent death of the victim under most painful circumstances.  On Tuesday last word was brought to town that a young lad in the employ of James Brown had been frozen to death the night before.  Coroner Hutchison was sent for and an inquest was held on the body, when it was ascertained that the boy had been compelled to sleep in the stable during the intensely cold weather and as a result had been severely frozen, and not having received proper care died in great agony several days after.  Brown was arrested yesterday on a charge of manslaughter, but was released on bail until Thursday, when the preliminary hearing will take place.  The public feeling is very strong against Brown.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 2 June 1893

   Rather a peculiar incident occurred at Medicine Hat last week.  While the train was standing at the platform a respectably dressed German went over top one of the drug stores and asked for twenty grains of morphine.   The druggist questioned him as to his  knowledge of the drug  and the man informed him that he was  addicted to the use of morphine and that he took it in doses of about one half of a grain.   He got the quantity he asked for and as soon as he had the opportunity he swallowed the entire twenty grains.  He was buried on Sunday.  The order of the coroner read that he should be interred "according to law," which requires that he should be buried at the cross roads without a coffin and with a stake through his heart.  The strict letter of the law was not, however, carried out and the suicide received decent burial. 


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 27 October 1893

Mrs. Hooper, of Ottawa, was taken suddenly ill in the baggage car of a railway train in Quebec, and died in a few hours.  Since that time there has been nothing to show that her death resulted from other than natural causes, notwithstanding which the press of the country have almost unanimously returned a verdict of guilty of poisoning against her husband. A coroner's jury at Port Hope will come to some conclusion in a few days, but without waiting for the usual preliminary in such cases the ordinary preparations for a trial are going on.  It is a complicated case, and promises to be one of the most extraordinary that has come under judicial investigation for many years past.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 3 November 1893


REGINA, OCT. 30 - Deep anxiety reigned in many hearts on Monday night when it was learned that a German labourer named Vincent Weidman was lying at the point of death as the result of injuries sustained in an altercation with young John McDonald.  The unfortunate occurrence took place at the new court house shortly before six o'clock, and as Weidman lived until about 10 o'clock that night many citixxxens were not aware of the fatality until next day, when it became the main topic of conversation and when many versions were afloat.

   The young man McDonald has been for a couple of years employed as driver of the Western Milling Co.'s delivery in town and surrounding districts.  He was sent to the court house, now under construction, to get some mortar and feeling that he had proper authority proceeded to get what he wanted out of convenient box.  Weidman who was looking after the mortar for contractors Willougby & Mollard objected in a rather arbitrary manner, so it is said, whereupon the lad moved off to another place.  Here Weidman followed him and hot words were again exchanged.  The prisoner's story was related by himself to the writer is that Weidman called him a son of a ----- and jostled him about, and that to frighten Weidman off he (McDonald) raised his grain shovel, with which he was lifting the mortar.  At this Weidman became more irritated and closed upon him with clinched fists, when he (McDonald) in self defence let drop his shovel which struck jis assailant on the top of the skull.  As already stated, other versions are afloat but as there were several persons in the vicinity it is likely the facts will be elicited in due course.

   One of the stories which rapidly passed from mouth to mouth will bear contradiction here.  It was that McDonald had made an effort to flee.  He did nothing of the kind.  Although apparently much agitated he said little or nothing about the matter when he came home at tea time.  He went about his chores as usual and was in the act of carrying a pail of water to his home when Chief Williams arrested him, almost two hours before Weidman was dead.

   On Tuesday the policeman laid the necessary information before Coroner Lee who proceeded to arrange for the inquest. It was nearly five o'clock when the following jurors were drafted and sworn in  Robt. Martin, Foreman, E. McCarthy, R. B. Ferguson, J. S. Donahue, John R. Marshall,. John Moody. Mr. P. McAra, jr., acted as coroner's clerk.  After viewing the body the coroner's court was adjourned until. 2 p.m. tomorrow, when evidence will be taken.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 10 November 1893



REGINA, Nov. 4. -The adjourned coroner's inquest on the death of Vincent Weidman was held in the town hall today at 3 p.m.  The evidence of Drs. Willoughby and Dickenson on the post mortem examination was taken.  The found the man's skull badly fractured.  A broken piece was driven into the brain.  Large clots of blood were found on the brain, sufficient to cause death.  The rest of the body was found to have been in a healthy condition.  Dr. Willoughby said, judging from the nature of the wound, it must have been made by a heavy blow from above.  The jury brought in a verdict that Vincent Weidman came to his death through injuries received by being struck on the head with a shovel in the hands of one John McDonald.





Moose Jaw Herald Times, 3 August 1894

   A Macleod dispatch says: A man named Wilson, a section hand of the C. P. R. Macleod branch, living at the station, was found dead in a shed lately.  The circumstances of his death being suspicious an inquest was ordered, and an examination of the body is being made by the doctor.  It is supposed he committed suicide, as he had purchased strychnine previously.  He leave s a wife and family, who are now living in the Old country.

  While a young man named Sword was going down the river in a punt near Brandon lately, he found a pail containing the body of a newly born babe.  He at once informed the chief of police of his discovery.  An inquest was held by Dr. Fraser.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 17 August 1894

Willie Cadden, son of Mr. Wm. Cadden, watchman on the C. P. R. at Roger's Pass, lost his life by drowning.  He and some other boys were bathing in a slough upon the Indian reservation when he got beyond his depth and was unable to swim.  The body was recovered soon afterwards.  No inquest was thought necessary.


By The Finding of the Body in a Badger Hole.

   A few days ago the body of an Indian was found partially concealed in a badger hole, which to some extent clears up an Indian mystery.

   On July 29th David Whittney, while looking for a township line about two miles from his hay camp in the Milk River ridge, found the body of an Indian, the greater portion of which was in what looks like a badger hole.  He at once notified the Lethbridge police and an inquest was the result.  Before leaving the ridge it was ascertained from the agent at the Blood reserve that buy toner Indian was missing, and he had been absent about since July last, the date on which his squaw had been found dead.  The man had been treated at the hospital on the reserve by Dr. Girard, who gave him a written statement of his cased.  Capt. Deane and Coroner Higginbotham left at daybreak for the scene returning the next morning.  The Indian had evidently been mutilated by coyotes or wolves, as the skull had been dragged a distance from the hole in which the body was partly hidden.  Various Indian trinkets, a lariat knife, and letter written in French by Dr. Girard, and dated July 1, 1894, Blood Reserve, were found amongst the remains.  The jury retrained a verdict of found dead, with no evidence to show whether from natural or unnatural causes.  This man was suspected of having killed his squaw, and was therefore a fugitive from justice.  It is therefore possible that he enlarged a badger hole with his hunting knife, squatted in the excavation, and stabbed port bled himself to death. His skull bore no marks of injury, and the body was so mutilated as to prevent the finding of flesh wounds.




Moose Jaw Herald Times, 15 November 1895 [8]

   Investigation into the case of the young woman named Thompson who died by poison near Moonomin a few weeks ago revealed a shocking state of things.  It appears the girl, Sarah Jane Thompson, had been living with her father and three brothers in a one roomed miserable shanty for a number of years.  She had had several children all of which died, and when found poisoned, was about to become the mother of another.  As the circumstances and cause of her death were suspicious, a coroner's inquest was held.  The brothers are all more or less weak-minded as is also the father.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 17 January 1896

   An old French pensioner, named Paul Beaufils, was run over and killed by a train at Lethbridge on the night of the 14th.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 10 April 1896

   Six Wingham white-cappers have been found guilty of murder by the coroner's jury in the inquest on the death of J. S. Fields.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 25 December 1896

   P. Pearson of the C. P. R. bridge department went down in the C. P. R. well at Virden some time in the forenoon on de. 21, to measure the depth of water.  When the section men came in at noon they found his clothes in the tank, and a search being made he was found at the bottom of the well dead.  The coroner held an inquest.



Moose Jaw Herald Times, 30 April 1897


   Considerable excitement was caused in town on b Friday last by the report that a man by the name of Flack, a settler of the Caron district, had been arrested on the charge of concealment of the birth of a child, which occurred sometime last February.  Sergt. Hefferman, of Regina, had been in the district for some time working up the case, and on Friday afternoon the child's body was brought to town and on Saturday Dr. Turnbull, assisted by Dr. Lowe, of regina, held a post mortem examination.  Dr. Turnbull, the Coroner, empanelled the following jury to hold an inquest: W. W. Bolo (foreman), Jas. Rollo, A. Hitchcock, R. Fletcher, H. McDonald and J. C. Hamilton.  The inquest has been in progress behind closed doors during the week, and the evidence of Sergt. Hefferman and the doctors is reported to have been taken.  The evidence of the former is said to relate to admissions made by the girl, and that of the later consists of expert testimony, the nature of which cannot be ascertained.  The inquest has been adjourned until Wednesday of next week and the proceedings will probably occupy some time yet.  Neither of the parties interested have been placed under arrest, but they are under strict surveillance.  Neither appear to realixxxe the gravity of the situation in which they are placed.





Moose Jaw Herald Times, 7 May 1897 [8]

   The coroner's inquest on the Flack case convened on Wednesday and again adjourned for one week pending the development of further evidence.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 14 May 1897


   The coroner's jury completed their labors in connection with the Flack case on Wednesday of this week.  The verdict rendered, according to the evidence given and to the best of their knowledge, was to the effect that the child died at time of birth through neglect.

   Immediately after the verdict was rendered the case was brought before W. C. Sanders, Justice of the Peace, who was assisted by Messrs. A. H. A'Court and Jas. Slemmon, Justices from Dundurn and Pasqua respectively. The Crown prosecutor, Mr. T. C. Johnstone, prosecuted.

   After hearing evidence the court acquitted Flack on the charge of concealment of birth but committed the girl for trial on the charge with the intention to conceal the birth of a child, she did wrongfully neglect to provide proper assistance which caused the death of the child.

   She was taken to Regina jail last evening, but bail wil be immediately applied fir.  The severest penalty for the crime meted out by the law is seven years' imprisonment.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 18 June 1897


   In the case of illegal poisoning of the late Joseph A. Macdeermot, by his wife, Sarah Macdermot, at Battleford, additional interest was aroused by the laying of criminal information by Jas. P. Long a son in law of the deceased, and the subsequent proceedings taken under it.  The Herald says the first public information that there was a suspicion of foul play in the case was the statement made to Sergt. Cotton, by Caroline, aged 13, daughter of the deceased, stating that her mother, the accused, had given her father poison, accompanying her statement with many incidents connected with the alleged crime.  On getting the statement, Sergt. Cotton communicated with the Hon. The Minister of Justice, who instructed him to order an exhumation of the body, the holding of an inquest, and the analysis of the stomach, if necessary. On receiving these instructions an inquest was opened by P. G. Laurie, Coroner, as the Mounted Police barracks on the 29th of May.  This was adjourned until the 31dt when the body was exhumed and examined by the jury, after which adjournment was made till Friday.



Moose Jaw Herald Times, 30 July 1897

   It is reported from Saskatoon that the young son of John Caswell, a farmer at Ophir, was drowned while swimming in the reservoir.

   Information comes from Battleford that the result of the analysis of the late Jos. McDermott's stomach by Prof. Kendrick, of Winnipeg, was received by the coroner Mr. Laurie, last Thursday.  According to the report there was no poison found in the stomach, but traces of poison, which, according to the professor, might be caused by Indian poison or decomposition.  The report is of very little use to clear up the case either one way or the other.  The accused, Mrs. McDermott, has been committed to stand her trial at the next term of the court, about October next.

   A man named Olsen was brought to the General Hospital here on Monday evening from Caron, Assn.  It was ascertained here that his neck was broken by the fall. All that could possibly be done for the sufferer was done in the hospital, but the case was a hopeless one and the man died yesterday morning. - News.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 20 August 1897

   A man by the name of Jas. Hilder and three horsed were killed by lightning in a sod stable at Souris on Monday evening.

   On Friday last the steamer Northwest found a dead body floating in the Saskatchewan river and brought it to Walter's Landing.  The police took charge of it and an inquest was held.  The body was identified as that of Robt. McMillan, a school teacher at Stony Plain, who had been on a mining scow up the river.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 27 August 1897


In a Fit of Anger Adam Grega Slays His Aged Father With An Axe.

   A fearful crime was committed at Kaposvar, the Hungarian colony near Whitewood., early  on Saturday morning last by Adam Grega, in the momentary madness of overpowering anger.  The murderer is 28 years old, is married and has one child.  The victim is the aged father, Andrew Grega.  It appears that the latter had been living with the son up to three days previous to the tragedy, retuning on Friday night to collect his property, including a few chickens.  The murdered deposed that shortly after sunrise his wife came to him complaining that the father was taking all the chickens in addition to his own.  On bring remonstrated with, the old man, who is said to be very hot tempered and passionate, insisted on taking them and struck his son in the face.  The latter told him to doi it again, and he did so and a third time also.

   By this time the son was as angry as his father, and catching up the first thing that came to his hand, which happened to be an axe, hit his father with it on the side of the head.  The latter fell to the ground and Adam struck him again on the neck a number of times, how man he has no recollection of, until the head was nearly severed from the trunk.

  Remorse seems to have followed only too quickly, as immediately after his awful crime the parricide started to walk to Whitewood, arriving there about 5 or 6 o'clock in the evening.

   He first went and told the ghastly story to Stephen Kerdba, an Austrian, who is well known in the neighbourhood and who advised him to give himself up to Constable Quinn, which advice he forthwith followed.  The constable wired his superior, Inspector McDonnel of Moonomin, who sent an additional constable to the scene of the murder.

  The murderer made his statement in a simple and straightforward manner, and is evidently in great distress of mind.  He is of a quiet disposition, physically tall and slightly crippled.

   Dr. Allingham, coroner of Broadview, held an inquest on Monday at Kaposvar on the body when a verdict of wilful murder was rendered.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 26 November 1897

   At the inquest held on the body of Mr. Rudd's little girl, who was shot by her brother at Pincher Creek, Alta, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.  Mr. Rudd was severely censured for leaving the children alone for a couple of days at a time and also for leaving a loaded rifle in the house.


Moose Jaw Herald Times, 10 December 1897 (5)

 For several days last week a coroner's inquest was held at Calgary over the death of Freeman Robinson who was killed in a collision of two freight trains at Willow Creek.  The coroner's jury brought in a verdict that one of the train crew is implicated in the charge.

   At Wolseley a few days ago, James Fleming, a well to do farmer of the district, and father of a large family, was thrown from his wagon while intoxicated and killed.  He was driving a team of colts, and the general feeling at Wolseley is that the [circle] who started him for home in the helpless condition in which he was are largely responsible for his death.  A coroner's jury returned the following verdict:- We the coroner's jury find that the deceased came to his death from a wound received by being thrown from his rig while in a state of intoxication, and we find that James Bailey and Stewart Mundell contributed to his death by supplying liquor to deceased while intoxicated and fore allowing deceased to be removed from the premises while in such a condition., and we further find that Chas. Morgan and W. Armstrong are responsible to some extent for starting deceased for home while in such a state.

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