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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, Ohio.
(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 - Pennsylvania
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 - Missouri
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 was $3.
     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 Confesses.
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 guilt.
     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 years' disfranchisement.
     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 years.

(Sharon Wick's NOTE:   There are lots and lots of articles regarding selling votes and indictments)

 

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