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Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette
Date: Jan. 31, 1870
WIGGINTON - BECKETT - On the 15th of January, 1870 at the residence of Mr. Leander Beckett, by the Rev. T. H. Scott, Mr. James B. Wigginton to Miss Hannah E. Beckett.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Summit County Beacon - Ohio
Dated Dec. 12, 1883
From Friday's Daily Beacon
People in the Sixth Ward were very much excited this afternoon over the rumor that Adam KATZENMEYER had attempted to kill his wife, her three children and then burn the house.  KATZENMEYER, it is said, has for some time past been trying to persuade his wife to deed to him some property which she holds in her possession for her three children by her first husband, William WALKER, who dropped dead in this part of the city about three years ago.  KATZENMEYER was this morning discharged from the empl9oy of the Akron Sewer Pipe Company, and it is supposed got drunk during the day.  This afternoon, he is said to have gone to hiss house and again being refused the deed, seized a butcher knife and attempted to take the life of his wife.  She, however, warded of the blow and in doing so received a deep gash in one of her hands.  Her loud shrieks soon brought assistance to the house, whereupon KATZENMEYER is said to have fled.  Police officers were at once called and at 4:30 were in search of the fugitive.  KATZENMEYER and his wife had not been married more than about six months.
From Saturday's Daily Beacon:
     "I'll kill you and your d__d children," is what Adam KATZENMEYER said to his wife in the Sixth Ward yesterday afternoon, while he stood over her with an ugly looking knife drawn in his right and ready to strike his trembling victim.  The affairs was briefly reported in THE BEACON yesterday evening soon after the attempted murder had taken place.  As soon as KATZENMEYER's murderous attempt became known a large crowd of people congregated about the house, which is a small frame building located on Water street, in the north part of the Sixth Ward, and much excitement prevailed.  Officer CORLEY, of that part of the city, at once made a search for KATZENMEYER, who had fled from the house after wounding his wife with a pocket knife resembling a dirk, the blade being nearly three inches long and very heavy and pointed.  CORLEY went in the direction of Fountain Park while Marshal McCOURT, who hurried to the scene, kept a watch near the premises and soon found his man in SMITH's boarding house near by.  When KATZENMEYER was arrested he asked the Marshal to be allowed to see his wife.  McCOURT also wanted to talk with Mrs. K. and the two started in the direction of the KATZENMEYER's domicile, when they met CORLEY.  After a brief interview with the wounded woman, in which the prisoner was not allowed to participate, he was brought to the city prison and locked up for the night.  He resisted the officer vigorously and was carried bodily from his house to the herdic line nearly half a mile.
     At 9:30 o'clock this morning KATZENMEYER, was arraigned before Mayor WATTERS on a charge of assault with intent to kill Martha KATZENMEYER.  He pleaded not guilty but said he did not want an attorney.
     Harry WALKER, 15 year old son of Mrs. KATZENMEYER, was then called and testified in substance as follows: "KATZENMEYER, came home about 1:30 o'clock.  He went upstairs and remained about a minute, when he came down and went out, saying good bye to us.  Mother said good bye.  He was gone about 10 minutes when he came back to the house and went upstairs to my mother.  I heard him say he wanted to fight and was ready for six policemen.  Mother soon came down stairs and he followed her.  Mother was combing my little sister's hair when Adam attempted to hit her.  I opened the kitchen door and stepped out and mother followed me.  I saw him felling in his pockets for a knife.  He drew a knife and stuck it into the door case two or three times.  He then knocked mother against the stove with one hand and with a knife in the other struck at her.  I took hold of his coat and tried to hold him.  He turned on me and drew his knife over my head.  Mother cried 'my finger is cut off.' I then helped her to Mrs. Cain's house.  KATZENMEYER drew his knife and said he would kill mother and her children.  He said he would chop her into mince meat."
        Mrs. KATZENMEYER then testified substantially the same as her son, adding that when her husband came upstairs he called her vile names and said that he was now ready to go to the Penitentiary and that he was determined to have revenge on her.  She further said that KATZENMEYER had aimed his knife at her left breast and that to save herself she caught the knife blade in her left hand, which was terribly lacerated.  She then fainted and did not recover until she had been taken to Mrs. Cain's house.  She further testified that KATZENMEYER said when he approached her, "I am going to kill you and your d--d children."
     James McWILLIAMS, a resident of the Sixth Ward, was next called and testified: " I met KATZENMEYER yesterday and he told me that he was going to Springfield, that he was going to leave his folks; that he had had trouble with his wife the evening before and that he had not had supper or breakfast.  I went to the Valley depot with him when he said he would not go.  We then started for the Sixth Ward.  He said I am going over there to raise h--l.  I have got the things to d it with."
     KATZENMEYER, in his own behalf, said that he did not mean to kill his wife, and that a man would do many things when he was drunk that he would not do when he was sober.  He further said that his wife had struck her hand on his knife when he had it in his hand.
     Mayor WATTERS, without any useless ceremony, fixed KATZENMEYER'S bond at $500,and subsequently changed it to $1,000 on the strength of a peace warrant.  Mrs. KATZENMEYER stated that she was afraid of her life if KAZENMEYER was at large, as he had threatened at a livery stable to kill her and her family if he got at them again.  In default of bail KATZMEYER was taken to jail.
     Mrs. KATZMEYER said to a BEACON reporter this morning that the difficulty had arisen over her refusal to deed to KATZMEYER some real estate which had been left her and her seven children by her first husband, Wm. WALKER, but that nothing was said about the deed yesterday.  Six of her children were at home but two boys, one aged 15 and the other 16, worked every day in the sewer pipe shops and she herself worked whenever the opportunity afforded.  For the past few months, after a marriage of one year and three months, she said KATZENMEYER had shown the bitterest disposition to the children and had frequently threatened "to burn the house and destroy the d--d children because it cost so much to keep them."  Much sympathy is expressed for Mrs. KATZENMEYER, who is said to be a worthy woman.  KATZENMEYER is short in stature and has a savage countenance.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Montgomery Advertiser - Alabama
Date: July 19, 1919
Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Lloyd have returned from a delightful trip to Canada and Niagara Falls. Before returning home they visited their daughter Mrs. Charles Carroll in Akron, Ohio.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)





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