(Please note that most of the
'typos' here are exactly as they appeared in the newspaper articles)
|Source: Courier - Connecticut
Dated: Feb. 14, 1810
In Adams County (Ohio) a
Mr. James Miller, has six children all born cripples, and
remain as helpless as infants, being unable to walk or talk.
They are from 8 to 25 years of age.
|Source: The Supporter - Chilicothe, O
Date: September 14 1811
Married on the 23d ult. Mr.
Solomon MASHONE, to Miss Polly CRAWFORD, all of Adams county,
(Contrib. by Mary Paulius)
|Source: The Torch Light And Public
Advertiser - Maryland
Dated: May 22, 1828
The bodies of Dr. Cooper, his wife
and daughter, were found in the Ohio River, near
Manchester, Adams county, Ohio, on the 6th instant. They
left this place in February last, in a skiff, which a few days
afterwards were discovered adrift, near where the bodies have been
found. There were two horrid stabs in the left side of the
body of Dr. Cooper, and the jury of inquest brought in a
verdict of "Wilful Murder." No marks of violence were found
on the other bodies.
~ Wheeling Gazette.
|Source: Baltimore Patriot - Maryland
Dated: Mar. 31, 1829
Extract of a letter from a gentleman in West Union, Adams
County, Ohio to a merchant in Cincinnati, dated March 17.
"Yesterday two swindlers were on
Brush creek, in this county, passing counterfeit notes on the U.
States Branch Bank at Louisville, very defective, letter M,
passable to S. Ormsby, dated 1st Oct., 1828, signed Jona.
Smith, Cash'r. and L. Cheves, President, singly
numbered. The letter s, in the word discount, is wrong end
up. Any Judge of paper can easily detect them.
|Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer -
Dated: Mar. 9, 1869
The Recent Murder in Adams County, Ohio
From the Cincinnati Commercial, Mar. 6
Frank Hardy, the young man
supposed to be the murderer of his step-father, J. H. Rice,
the farmer who has killed on his farm, at Shamrock Landing, near
Rome, Adams county, Ohio, a few days since, arrived in this city
late night before last, in charge of Detective Boifteau, who
received him from the arresting officer at Cairo, Ill.,
Hardy is slenderly built, and ecceedingly youthful in appearance.
He will be 21 years old in May, but does not look to be over 17.
His complexion is dark, and his hair black as the raven's wing.
The expression of his countenance is not really bad, but there are
certain sinister lines about his face, and a stealthiness in the
glance of his eye that is by no means prepossessing. Having
confessed to the Cairo officers that he committed the deed with
which he is charged, he concerses very freely about it with those
around him. He pleads no justification for his terrible act.
The old man was always kind to him, he says, and deserved a more
peaceful death. And yet the young murderer states that he
dug his stepfather's grave a week or ten days before he killed
him. According to his own account he got only $145 from the
body, and ransacked the house to get more. He stoutly denies
that the little bound boy who left with him had anything to do
with the murcer.
|Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette - Ohio
Dated Aug. 27, 1870
President Grant has been honored in a way he perhaps
has not counted on. In the returns made by Assistant
Marshal Andy C. Smith, of Monroe township, Adams county, Ohio,
appears "Ulysses Grant Hoffman, female, two years of age,
daughter of Alfred Hoffman." The President has
promoted many a man for "gallant service." Why should not
Mr. Hoffman be remembered when honors are distributed.
|Source: Cincinnati Commercial Tribune - Ohio
Dated: Feb. 14, 1877
MRS. NELLIE WHISTLER, the postmistress of Cherry
Fork, Ohio, who was arrested on the charge of robbing the mails,
was released yesterday on $500 bail, W. C. Ramsey, of
this city, being her bondsman. A good deal of sympathy is
manifested for Mrs. Whistler, who has previously borne, a
good character, and it is thought that she was dragged into this
trouble without any designing on her part.
|Source: The Columbus Enquirer-Sun - Georgia
Dated: May 1, 1891
The terrible effects of
smoking is shown in the case of Mrs. Eva Cross, of Adams
County, Ohio, who, although 125 years of age, still indulges in
the reprehensible practice of smoking the strongest sort of
tobacco in the strongest sort of a pipe.
|Source: The St. Louis Republic -
Dated: Aug. 23, 1895
Z. T. Lewis Seen Bond Forger Hiding to Adams County, Ohio
Cincinnati, Aug. 22 - A West Union (O) special says:
Z. T. Lewis, the absconding forger from Urbana, O., who did
such a heavy business in forged municipal bonds, has been seen in
partial disguise near his old home in Adams County. He is
said to live in a lonely cabin, among friends, who would be
hostile to any one seeking to molest him. The country is
very wild and difficult.
|Source: The Lexington Herald
Dated: Dec. 29, 1910
MOTHER SOLD VOTE OF SON FOR FIVE DOLLARS
Adams County, Ohio, Widow Caught In Dragnet of the Grand Jury
106 MORE INDICTMENTS
One Farmer Confesses Selling Out Three Times In One Election.
(By Associated Press)
WEST UNION, O., Dec. 28 - Two new features developed at
this afternoon's session of the special grand jury investigating
the wholesale buying of votes in Adams county. One was that
of a woman selling her son's vote, and the other concerned a voter
who was bought in three different ways.
The woman is a widow who lives at Peebles. She is
accused of having accepted $5 for her son's franchise. Both
mother and son were indicted, but neither has been arrested.
A farmer in Jacksonville precinct confessed that for
his promise to vote the straight Republican ticket he had received
$12.50; for the straight Democratic ticket he was paid $10, and
the price for agreeing to vote for a certain Democratic candidate
He pleaded guilty when arraigned and was disfranchised
for five years, fined $5 and costs and given six months in the
workhouse with the prison sentence suspended>
One hundred and six indictments were returned today,
which brings the total up to 998. There are indications that
the number will reach 1,500.
|Source: Morning Oregonian - Oregon
Dated: Dec. 30, 1910
Indicted Voters Number 1071 - Adams County, Ohio Will Be
Cleaned Up Entirely of Bribetakers - ONE DISTRICT VOTELESS
Every Male Citizen Indicted and None Now Qualified - Buyers as
Well as Sellers of Votes to Be Caught in the Net.
WEST UNION, O., Dec. 29 - Seventy-three more indictments were
returned today by the grand jury investigating the selling of
votes in Adams County, under the direction of Judge Blair.
Seventy persons were arraigned, making the total to date 376
arraigned and 1071 indicted.
Judge Blair said tonight it might become
necessary to indict some men who have bought votes in order to
make a clean sweep of all the guilty and to bring about desired
reforms. Judge Blair said:
Party Workers to Be Called.
"After we have had a general
investigation of all the townships in the county I shall call
before me the workers of both parties from every township and
submit to them the lists of those who have been indicted. I
will tell them that they must have knowledge who they are. I
shall demand that they designate every purchaseable voter in their
precincts and I shall put special detectives in the field to bring
these men in. If any worker refuses to disclose the names of
those whose votes he has bought I will bring the 'floaters' in to
testify against him. We are going to clean up Adams County
as it has not been purged sine the Civil War."
It was discovered tonight that not a single voter will
be left in one school district in Jefferson township, which
includes Walmsleyville. Every male citizen has been indicted
and none has been arrested.
Two More Ministers Indicted.
Two more ministers, both residents of
Green township, were indicted today Court officials decline to
give out their names. Each minister received $5 for his
vote. One young man confessed today that he sold out to his
own father and received $10 for his vote.
Many persons are placing chattel mortgages on their
furniture to raise the money to pay their fines. Judge
Blair said tonight that the jury would adjourn Saturday for a
few days to enable him to review the work. Frank Shiveley,
the Democratic prosecutor-elect, will assume charge Monday.
Sheriff-elect James Williams, Democrat, takes office next
week and is engaging extra deputies.
|Source: Anaconda Standard - Montana
Dated: Dec. 31, 1910
Indictments Continue in Adams County, Ohio
West Union, Ohio, Dec. 30. - The
Adams county grand jury today returned 73 more indictments and
more than 50 persons appeared and pleaded guilty in connection
with the investigation of wholesale vote selling. A majority
of them were disfranchised for five years and fined $5 to $15.
The total indicted now is 1,141.
A man 57 years old, who was fined after pleading
guilty, said that vote buying conditions have existed in Adams
county since he was a boy. Judge Blair expressed
the opinion that there was an arrangement for vote buying by
republican and democratic managers. Of the 400 voters who
have been before him each one said he had never been approached by
more than one or two precinct workers, thus indicating that each
one has his own list to look after.
|Source: Aberdeen Daily American
Dated: Jan. 7, 1911
Sold Whole Family's Vote, Adams County, Ohio Farmer
Contracted to Deliver Those of Two Sons and Son-in-law.
RICH FARMER SELLS HIS FOR SUM OF $2
Young Man Charged with Ballot Sale by Mistake Freed; Then
By the Associated Press -
West Union, O., Jan. 6 - This was the day of prominent and wealthy
men in the county vote corruption probe. Those classed as
such were dealt with more severely by Judge Blair than
their poorer fellow-citizens who volluntarily admitted their
John Cooper, a wealthy resident of Brush Creek,
was brought in by a deputy. He was found to have disposed of
his franchise for $2, where as others not so rich have confessed
that they received as high as $25.
A younger man, distant relative of Cooper's and
bearing the same name, but against whom no accusation had been
made, was arrested by mistake. He was about to be dismissed
by the court when he startled all in the room by an open
confession that, while perhaps he was the wrong man named, he was
equally guilty with his relative. Judge Blair thanked
him for his honesty and gave him the minimum fine of $5, with five
Philip Hardin, a farmer worth
$50,000, was fined $100 and costs and disfranchised for having
contracted to deliver the votes of his two sons and his
son-in-law. His sons were fined $25 each and the son-in-law
$30, and each of the three was deprived of his vote for five
(Sharon Wick's NOTE: There are lots and
lots of articles regarding selling votes and indictments)