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Lowell Daily Citizen and News (Lowell, MA)
Vol. VII Issue: 616 Page: 2
Dated: Apr. 30, 1858
An elderly man named
Recker, near Fort Jennings, Putnam County, Ohio,
was murdered last week by his wife, who is now in
jail, having confessed the crime. The
circumstances were horrible. It seems that
Recker was affected with a disease of the eyes,
which often made it painful for him to come in
contact with the light, and that while in this
situation, there having been some misunderstanding
between him and his wife, she dealt him a blow on
the head with an iron wedge. She then sprang
upon him and continued to beat his head till life
Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Vol. III
Issue: 183 Page 2.
Dated: Sept. 24, 1874
SENTENCED TO BE HUNG.
John Goodman Tried and Convicted for the Murder of
Old Mr. and Mrs. Hayward in Putnam County, Ohio.
Story of One of the Most Brutal Crimes.
Correspondence of the Inter-Ocean.
Ottawa, Ohio, Sept. 21, 1874.
Two weeks of intense yet subdued excitement on the part
of the citizens of our town and county finally
culminated in the conviction of John Goodman,
on Wednesday, of murder in the first degree; for
which crime he was sentenced to be hung in the jail
yard on the 30th of December.
THE STORY OF THE MURDER
as developed by the testimony, was as follows:
John Hayward and his wife, each aged about 60
years, lived alone on a farm in the southwest part
of this Putnam county, their nearest neighbors being
a Mr. and Mrs. Funk, who lived about 400 feet
south of the Hayward house. Old Mr. Hayward
was known to be well off, and to be in the habit of
keeping considerable money about the house.
John Goodman, the murderer, know the old folks
well, being the brother-in-law of Mrs. Funk,
their nearest neighbor. Some time last winter
he remarked to one of his companions that "old
Hayward would be killed for his money some of
these days, and it would serve him right, too."
On the 6th of last April Goodman endeavored to
buy or borrow a revolver in Columbus Grove, where he
lived. Failing in that, he borrowed a gun,
saying that he was going hunting. He bought
powder and ran some bullets in a neighboring shop,
making the same statements as to what he intended to
do. He was traced by a succession of witnesses
along the raod from Columbus Grove to Hayward's
house, until he got to within less than a mile
of the place; from that time until after the fearful
deed was done
NO EYE SAW HIM.
Some time in the afternoon Mrs. Funk heard a
gunshot in the direction of Hayward's house,
but apparently some distance beyond it. Coming
out of the house, she looked over in that direction,
but could see nothing. She heard, however, a
singular moaning sound. Then she got up on a
stump standing in the yard, but still seeing
nothing, she returned to the house, Goodman
came in from the direction of Hayward's.
He seemed to be much excited, so much so that she
asked him what he had been doing. He answered,
"I DID IT."
"What did you do?" asked she.
"I have put the old folks out of the way", was his
He seemed, from his remarks afterward, to have thought
she had seen him, as while he was in the act of
killing Mrs. Hayward he had seen her from
where he stood. He then threatened, if she
told any one what he had said, he would kill her.
As soon as he was gone she informed some of the
neighbors, and a
SEARCH FOR THE BODIES
was instituted. These were found on the 8th,
the old man's in Sugar Creek, held under about three
feet of water by the end of a heavy log, a bullet
hole in the head; and the old lady's in the same
creek, about thirty rods further up, kept down by a
Goodman was then arrested and, amid intense
excitement, taken before a justice's, and while
being conveyed from thence to jail, he stated that
he had asked the old man to go down and help him
shoot a squirrel, and while down there he had
SHOT HIM THROUGH
While this was going on, old Mrs. Hayward came
out of the house, and when she saw Goodman
coming back alone she started to run to Funk's.
Goodman cut her off, and, overtaking her,
with the old man's knife, which he had taken from
the dead body,
COOLLY CUT HER THROAT.
He then returned to the house and ransacked it,
breaking open chests and cupboards, but finding
nothing of value. What little money the old
folks had about the house, being mostly gold and
silver, escaped his notice. He took the old
man's watch, which was found on his person when
After ransacking the house he went to Funk's as
before stated, and when he left there proceeded to
conceal the bodies where they were afterward found.
Then he returned to his home in the Grove, some
seven or eight miles distant, arriving there some
time in the night. After his arrest he was
confined in our County Jail. On the evening of
the 27th of July, he, in company with four others,
knocked down and trampled on the Sheriff, and
SUCCEEDED IN BREAKING JAIL.
The Sheriff, who has "lots of sand," recovered
himself, and, wounded as he was, overtook and
I interviewed the fiend on Saturday, and while he
seems to have no hope of a commutation of his
sentence he is not at all disturbed at the thought
of his approaching doom. He chats and laughs
as freely as any of the rest of the prisoners.
I did not ask him what he thought of the future, as
I thought it might be treading on delicate fround
Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) Page: 8
Dated: April 22, 1875
sheriff of Putnam County, Ohio, got $800 for hanging
the criminal Goodman.
Inter Ocean - Illinois
Dated: Dec. 22, 1891
FIRE at Leipsic, Ohio, Monday, did $25,000 damage.
Morning Star - Illinois
Dated: Feb. 5, 1899
BURGLARS SHOOT WATCHMAN.
Use Dynamite to
Blow Open Safe of Postoffice in Ohio.
Leipsic, Ohio, Feb. 4. - Early this morning three
burglars gained an entrance to the postoffice here and
dynamited the safe. The night watchman,
Peter Bowman, discovered the cracksmen just
after the explosion and opened fire on them. The
burglars returned the fire, but eventually made their
escape. Bowman was shot twice
through the leg. It is understood the cracksmen
got about $200 in money and $600 in stamps. The
authorities are hot on their trail.
Jackson Citizen - Michigan
Dated: Oct. 4, 1901
Was A Tough - Though A Member Of An
Influential Cleveland Family - Armada Safe Robber
Killed in a Duel With Citizens - He Served
a Term at Columbus, Ohio, Prison.
Detroit, Mich., Oct. 3 - Advices from Toledo give a
possible clue to the identity of the gang, the result
of whose burglarious visit to the postoffice at
Armada, Mich., early Saturday morning, one of its
members was killed.
Graham, the dead burglar, was a resident of
Cleveland, where he was also known as Thomas
Burns, and had but recently been released
from prison at Columbus, where he been sent on his
recapture shortly after his escape from the Lucas
county jail, May 7, 1899, with four companions.
He was caught in company with Henry Duplantey,
alias William White, alias
Bay City Whitey, also a member of the
escaping quintet. The latter was shot and killed
while trying to escape, after having robbed the house
of a priest in St. Paul de la Croix.
George Jones, leader of the gang, was
captured by a reporter of the old Grand Rapids Morning
Commercial, having been held up by the reporter in the
dead of night, and in a lonely stretch of country in
Ada township, Kent county, this state.
Jones was sentenced to a long term in the
pen. William Johnson, alias
Miller, alias "Indianapolis
Billy," was recaptured at Flint, and
Graham brought back to Toledo and given a
two-year term in the Columbus penitentiary.
Fred Williams, alias
Joe Dunn, was recaptured at the entrance to
the tunnel at Sarnia, Ont. He was given a
penitentiary sentence. The fellows who made
their escape were United States prisoners, and were
being held for blowing open the postoffice safe at
Leipsic, Ohio. Graham came of a
good family in Cleveland. The only request he
made while under arrest at Toledo was that his real
name be suppressed, so that his family could never
know of his downfall. He remarked to the then
deputy sheriff, John A. O'Dwyer:
"I never want them to know that I've been in such
business. It would break their hearts."
Citizens of Armada caught the gang in the Armada
postoffice, where the safe was blown open. A
running battle took place, in which Graham
was mortally wounded. His three companions
carried him to a handcar, which was abandoned near
Richmond. Graham's body has
been sent to the university of Michigan pickling vat.
Morning Herald - Kentucky
Dated: Mar. 15, 1902
KILLED BY HEADACHE POWDER
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Mar. 14. - Sheriff
Chapman has received word from Toledo that a
young woman named Brown, at Miller
City, Ohio, died under almost the same circumstances
as Mrs. Klump, at Lowells. She
was driving in Leipsic, Ohio, when what purported to
be a simple headache powder was thrown in the
carriage. She took the powder a few days later
and died with all symptoms of strychnine poisoning.
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page 1
Dated: Jan. 28, 1903
ARE SEARCHING KLONDIKE
Putnam County People Want to Locate Former Ohio
SPECIAL TO THE PLAIN DEALER.
TACOMA, Wa., Jan. 27. - Relatives from Putnam county,
O., are having the Canadian police at Dawson make
vigorous search in the upper Yukon country for
James Herbrt Letscher, formerly of Ohio, who
went to Klondike several years ago and whose
whereabouts have been unknown for some time.
Letscher was a job printer by trade, editor
of different country weeklies at various times and
also once in the theatrical business.
Letters written to Dawson indicate he has fallen
heir to property and the estate cannot be closed up
without knowing whether he is dead or alive.
Register Gazette - Illinois
Dated: June 3, 1912
On account of serious eye trouble, Mr. Daily has gone
to his home in Leipsic, Ohio. It is feared he
will go entirely blind.
Hobart Republican - Oklahoma
Dated: Nov. 21, 1912
MRS. FOCKLER DEAD.
Mrs. J. N. Fockler, who with her
husband came to Hobart on August 5, 1901?, the day
before the opening, and who has resided here ever
since, died at the family home on Jefferson street,
Wednesday night at 11:30, after an illness of about
services will be held from the home at 1:45 p.m.
tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 22, after which the remains
will be sent to Mrs. Fockler's old
home at Leipsic, Ohio, for interment.
These services will be conducted by Rev.
Willingham, and will be followed by a more
extended funeral upon the arrival of the body at
The body will be
accompanied upon this last journey by Mr.
Fockler and Mrs. Fockler's mother.
Mr. Fockler expects to be gone about
thirty days before his return to Hobart.
Daily Review - Indiana
Dated: July 9, 1914
LEG BROKEN IN FALL DOWN BASEMENT STAIRS
Woman From Ohio Who is Here Visiting a Daughter Meets
With Accident While Attending Dance.
Ella Wood of Leipsic, Ohio
aged about 45, who is here visiting a daughter at 526½
South Main Street, sustained the fracture of vboth
bones of her right leg just above the ankle in a fall
down the basement stairs while attending a dance at
the home of Frank Wengets, 1309
Harrison street, last night. She was taken to
the General Hospital.
Sergt. Wooley and Officer
Williams had arrived at the house just prior
to the accident, having been summoned by neighbors who
complained that too much noise was being made at the
Jackson Citizen Patriot - Michigan
Dated: May 27,
R. H. Thompson of Leipsic, Ohio,
Has Leased the Place - Other Clinton Nows.
Clinton, May 26. - The Clintonian hotel, which has the
reputation of being among the best in southern
Michigan, has again changed hands. Miss
Eleonor Mohr, who has been a very courteous
manager for several years, has retired and R.
H. Thompson and family of Leipsic, Ohio, have
leased the building for some time. All the
employes of Miss Mohr leave this week
for their various homes. After a short time
Miss Mohr will leave for an extended
visit at her home at West Unity, Ohio. During
her stay in Clinton she has won many friends who
regret her leaving the town.
Elkhart Daily Review - Indiana
Dated: Feb. 18, 1918
JENNIE M. HOSTETLER.
Jennie M. Hostetler, wife of
John D. Hostetler, died at their
home, 817 Wolf avenue, at 5:30 yesterday morning.
She had been afflicted with heart trouble and asthma
for several years, and on Friday night suffered a
severe attack. However, she rested well Saturday
night, and until she woke at 5 o'clock. Soon
after she was again stricken, and died within a short
time, despite the efforts of a physician who had been
Hostetler was born February 24, 1864, at
Montpelier, Ohio, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William Swaney, also now deceased. Her
marriage took place March 27, 1905, at Mishawaka, and
Mrs. and Mrs. Hostetler located in
Elkhart eight years ago. She was a member of the
Church of Christ (Disciples) and of the Royal
Neighbors of America.
burial will take place at New Carlisle, the former
home of Mr. Hostetler. The body
will be taken to that place on an early train
Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at
the Elkhart home at 7 o'clock tomorrow evening,
conducted by Rev. F. C. Lake.
Surviving Mrs. Hostetler besides her
husband is a brother, John Swaney of
West Leipsic, Ohio. At the time of her fatal
attack her husband was assisted in calling the doctor
by Mr. Hostetler's brother, who
happened to be visiting in the home.
Members of the Royal Neighbors are requested to meet
at the home of Mrs. Emma Holdeman,
701 Blaine avenue, 6:45 tomorrow evening, to attend
the funeral services of Mrs. Hostetler.
New Orleans States - New Orleans, La.
12 DIE, 53 HURT WHEN THEATER
Clyclone Cuts Path
Quarter-Mile Wide and 20 Mile Long Through Ohio; Much
Loss of Life and Property Is Reported.
WINCHESTER, Ky., Mar. 9 - Twelve persons were killed,
ten of them children, 23 persons so severely injured
it was found necessary to remove them to the Clark
county hospital, and about 30 others were less
seriously hurt here tonight, when the walls of a
burned building adjoining a moving picture theater
collapsed, crush in the theater roof.
Six of the 23 injured taken to the Clark county
hospital were thought to be fatally hurt. The
majority of these, as well as those not so seriously
injured, were children, several hundred of whom were
crowded into the theater when the crash came.
The wall that collapsed was also used as the wall of
the theater, but projected considerably above the
theater's roof. The wall's collapse at the same
time removed the support from under the roof on that
side and it crashed down into the theater.
The first result of the crash was panic, in which the
hundreds of children and a smaller number of grown
persons struggled to reach the entrance. Within
a short time hundreds of persons had been organized
into volunteer rescue squads and soon cleared away the
2 Known Dead and Much
Property Is Destroyed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 3. - Two persons are reported to
be killed, many injured and thousands of dollars of
property damage was done by a tornado which cut a
swath through northwestern Ohio.
A dispatch from Lima says that reports reaching there
say the storm's victims number 10.
The center of the cyclone seems to have been in Van
Wert county, although serious damage has been reported
between Lima and Findlay.
Continental, Ohio, is reported to have been almost
wiped out by the high wind, and the towns of Van Wert,
Defiance, Middlepoint, Convey and Lima are reported to
have suffered heavily. Jantoria, Bluffton,
Ottawa and other towns between Lima and Findlay are
reported to have been hit hard.
Telephone and telegraph lines are down and railroad
and interurban traffic has suffered, while indications
are that the loss of life will not be known before
The heart of the
storm apparently was in Van Wert county, where the two
deaths occurred. The tornado, a quarter of a
mile wide and more than 20 miles long, struck
Harrison, Union, Hoaglin and Washington townships in
houses were demolished. The known dead are:
Mrs. James Geyer, of Harrison township, Van Wert
county, died at a hospital in Van Wert from injuries
received when her home was demolished.
Rey Ley, aged 12, killed at Middlepoint, Van Wert
persons have been taken to hospitals in Van Wert
Conditions west of
Van Wert, between Van Wert and Fort Wayne, Indiana,
are said to be critical. Farmers are reported to
have started out to hunt victims in the ruins of
houses which were blown down.
It is reported that the towns of Holgate and Halmer,
Ohio, west of Leipsic, have been practically destroyed
by a tornado. Appeals for immediate help have
gone out to adjacent cities.
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page 7
Dated: Oct. 5, 1920
OTTAWA, Oct. 4. - A series of soils meetings
will be held in Putnam county when the soils of the
county will be considered by Prof. Dustmanof
Ohio State university. The first will be at
the George A. Alt farm, near Miller City,
Oct. 7; Oct. 8 H. C. Schroeder's farm,
Greensburg. The third date will be decided
Dallas Morning News - Texas
Dated July 11, 1936
Mother of Dallas Man Dies at Leipsic, Ohio
Funeral services for Mrs. Viola Ann Smith,
79, of Leipsic, Ohio, mother of George Smith,
1606 Alaska, who died at Leipsic, Wednesday, will be
held there Saturday. Mr. Smith
left by airplane for the Ohio town Thursday night.
Mrs. Smith also is survived by another son,
Dr. Clyde L. Smith of Fremont, Ohio.
Dallas Morning News
Dated: Mar. 11, 1950
Dispute in Order of Eagles Results in Nine
OTTAWA, Ohio, Mar. 10 (AP)
- A dispute within the
Fraternal Order of Eagles erupted Friday into grand
jury indictments against three national lodge
aerie officials and an Ohio state Eagles officer was
named in nine separate indictments - with charges
ranging from blackmail to publicizing a lottery.
The secret indictments were returned Thursday.
Prosecutor J. Harry Leopold said they
were based on efforts to compel the Ottawa lodge to do
business with an insurance company and a supply
company affiliated with the grand aerie, and
2. Engage in the fund-raising campaign which the
prosecutor described as a lottery.
The men named in the indictments were Matthew
L. Brown of Springfield, Ohio, administrative
director of the grand aerie; James Kellner
of Springfield, secretary of the Ohio Eagles;
Joseph Gunderman of St. Marys, Ohio, deputy
grand worthy president and Ohio deputy auditor, and
Barnett H. Goldstein of Portland,
Ore., grand aerie Legal adviser.
Goldstein said the indictments
"were manifestly secured to satisfy the spite and
venom of the prosecuting attorney." He said they
were not justified "in law or in fact."
To this Leopold, once past worthy
president of the Ottawa Eagles Lodge, returned no
and two other Ottawa officers recently were expelled
by the grand aerie. They were accused of failure
to co-operate. The Ottawa lodge later withdrew
from FOE and formed "Freedom Eagles No. 1."
Prosecutor Leopold said the lottery
charges were based on written and oral instructions to
Ottawa, Columbus Grove and Leipsic, Ohio lodges about
details of an "Ohio state fund-raising campaign."
Leopold said profits were to go a
third each to grand aerie organizations department, to
the state aerie and to the local aerie.
The nature of the lottery was not described in the
Leopold said the blackmail charge against
Gunderman was based on oral and
written statements of Richard Recker,
who said Gunderman threatened him
with removal as secretary if he did not follow orders
about doing business with certain firms and about
participating in bingo and the fund-raising campaign.
|SOURCE AND DATE
MELIA - WELLER
The marriage of Miss Alta Weller, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Weller, of Charloe, and
Mr. George Melia, of Fort Wayne, son of Mr.
J. S. Melia, of Mandale, took place at six
o'clock Saturday evening, June 29 at the home of the
bride's parents, with the Rev. Ira Metzger,
of Lima, officiating. The bride was charmingly
attired in a beautiful shade of blue chiffon
georgette crepe, trimmed in cream chiffon and lace.
Her slippers were an attractive colored blue kid.
She carried a neatly arranged bouquet of Swansonia
and white roses.
Miss Alma Weller, sister of the bride acted as
bridesmaid. She was neatly attired in a
beautiful shade of Nile green iris crepe with
Mr. Jake Dittor, of Fort Wayne, was the groom's
After the ceremony a two course wedding dinner was
served to the guests.
Those who attended the wedding were, Mr. and Mrs.
John Weller and son Waldo, Mr. and
Mrs. Ray Weller, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Weller and
daughter, Yvonne and Patricia Joan, Mr.
and Mrs. Coy Weller and Guy Weller, all
of Flint, Mich.; Mr. Jake Ditto, of Fort
Wayne; Mrs. Annie Stauffer and Miss Susie
Stauffer, of Dupont; Rev. and Mrs. Ira
Metzger, of Lima; Miss Alma Weller and
Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Weller.
After a short visit with the bride's parents the
newly weds left for Fort Wayne, where they are at
home to their friends.
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