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Man Attacks Family with Axe, Wounds Several While Blowing Off Own Head, North Dakota, 1911    PETERS

Boy Shoots Himself, Preferred Death to School, Missouri, 1911    DAVENPORT

ROUSE Executed for BAILEY Murder, GA, 1911

Miners Battle, 3 Killed, AR, 1911    McCANE, KRAPMAN, FORSYTHE

And we thought the testimony from today's murder trials was gruesome! Prosecutors Produce Murdered Man's Head in WERTELEWSKI Trial, WI, 1911

Ernest LANE Arraigned on Drunk Driving Charges, Pittsburg, Kansas, 1939    BIGGS, HAVENS

Fire Damages RANGELL Store, Detroit, 1909

STOCKTON Family Returns from California, Eyes Notus Property, Idaho, 1907

D. D. BESSE to Raise Turkeys, Idaho, 1907

Gainesville Belles Help Fight Fire, 1881    SNOW, SNEDECOR, MORSE

Fire Destroys Half of Gainesville Business District, Alabama, 1881    JACKSON, FLAMME, WOODSON, SHOLL, WINDHAM, GOODLOE, FRENKEL, HEMENWAY, GILL, LOFTIN, WOLF

Parson LAKIN a Witness in Trial, Alabama, 1881

Passengers from New York to California via the Steamer Alaska, 1869  Names not yet indexed, but surnames include the following:    KNIGHT, HYATT, BLAIR, NELSON, CORTIS, PATSCALL, SAWTELLE, TOWNSEND, JONES, WILLIAMS, FARGO, JEFFRAS, HARRINGTON, McDANIELS, MYRES, SARLS, COURS, REILLEY, ADAIR, WHEELER, NYE, WALTES, UPTON, PULLEN, GIBSON, RYDER, HASKILL, SIMONS, POTTS, CONRADE, BRASNAHO, LENRO, WEST, KIRK, TAYLORS, HASLO, BUCKINGHAM, McLAIN, BARGION, BADGER, CLASBY, ADDINGTON, FOX, WELCH, DAVIS, ESTLE, CHILDS, TAALBURG, HORN, IRVINE, MOODY, SANDERS, DALLAS, SMITH, AMBAND, MINENSAGUE, JACOBS, GOLDSTONE, WINES, WILSON, IRVINE, STACKLER, THORNE, HORNBECK, WHITE, SCHENEBLER, GREENBAUM, LIBBOLD, STROWBRIDGE, STACHHOUSE, ESPRIELLA, SOLIS, BUSTAIRES, ASHE, HARPER, BAILEY, BALLARD, SUTTON, CUMMINGS, LEE, BAMFORD, JOHNSTON, DONELSON

Democratic Republicans to Meet, Vermont, 1836    LATHROP, ROBINSON, ROBERTS, HASWELL

Society News from Rockwall, Texas, 1914     Not yet indexed, but surnames include the following: REESE, MARTIN, CLARK, REEVES, REED, PAYNE, TALLANT, SNEAD, BLOCK, HARTMAN, MASON, WALKER, HASKINS, CHANDLER, ZOLLNER, JONES, TRAMMEL, YEAGER, BENBROOK, PATRICK, HAISLIP, SPONG, PARKER, BONDURANT, MEYERS, WELLS, HASKINS, RIDGELL, EMAN, LOWEMiss HUNTOON Loses Voice, 1871

A. O.  McCORD Disappears, Alabama, 1898

Calhoun DUNN Convicted of Raping Daughter, Macon, 1876

1927 Photo: Miss Nadien STEWART of Exeter, member of the Royal Court, Fresno Raisin Festival

1927 Photo: Miss Ruth E. IRWIN of Lindsay, Maid of Honor, Fresno Raisin Festival

Three Indictments for WILLIAMS, Atlanta, 1898

Deadly SUTTON - TAYLOR Feud imported from Alabama, DeWitt & Neighboring Counties, Texas, 1874

Illinois Accuses Reconstruction-Era Tennessee of "Kidnapping" Accused Murderer, Army of the Tennessee Reunion Planned, 1874    CUSTER, BEVERIDGE, BROWN, SMITH, WARD, WILLIAMS, BELKNAP, LINCOLN

David OWENS, Colored, Convicted of Theft, 1866

Fight in Philly: Lager Beer Deliveryman vs. Milkman, 1866    RISING, BARKER

Assault with Intent to Kill, Memphis, 1860    SAULS, POSTALL, METSALL

Shipwreck of the Tamarac, 1837    KANE, HEWSON, SIMMS, SHARPLES, ANSLOW

Boy Detective Arrested, Cincinnati, 1885    HART, CISILIO

Rebel REIL Trial News, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1885

FORD Sentenced for Rape, Robbery of BARTLETT, NY, 1885

Harmon COX Honored, Fair DODD Elected, Georgia, 1898

Home of Col. FINNIE Burglarized, Tennessee, 1860

CALLAHAN & MILLER Arrested... Again, Tennessee, 1860

MATHEWS Home Burns, New Jersey, 1837

News from the Criminal Court, St. Louis. 1874     Now indexed!  Surnames include the following: MOORE, HULSE, WILLIAMS, FREESE, ROBINSON, SMITH, ANDRES, COLLINS, DUFFY, SHERMAN, O'CONNELL, GROGMAN, BOHN, CAMPBELL, BURNS, McGEE, PRICE, FLYNN, COLVIN, FIFE, CROVER, COLVIN, GRENNER, LEWIS, DEAN, BEDFORD, RYDER, MILLER, SIEBERT, CONNERS

Thieves! Blacklegs! Ruffians! Gamblers! Arrests made in New Orleans, 1837    RYNDS, CLARKSON, GLENN, alias "Boston Bill"

David WHITE Death at Cape Palmas, West Africa, 1837

Pistols & Bowie Knives: Deadly Words in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1837    LELAND, MABRY

New York Merchant James GAZE Wins Louisiana Footrace, $500, 1837

Subscription Agents for the Christian Register, Several states included, 1832  Now indexed! Surnames include the following: REED, METCALF, HALL, INGERSOLL, CROCKER, SHATTUCK, RICE, KILBY, ANDREWS, PRENTISS, OSBORN, HOWE, FRANCIS, BROWN, FOSTER, COLMAN

Police Court News, including commentary about the presence of "Hibernian (Irish) names among those arrested for being drunk & disorderly, Tennessee, 1855    MORRIS, QUINLAN, HILL, KENNEDY

Personal News, Tennessee, Mississippi, Washington, 1879    ALLEN, WHITE, ETHERIDGE

Registered Voters of the Sutro Precinct, Lyon County, 1874    Now indexed! Surnames include the following: ALERTON, BARTELLE, BASTIAN, BEAGLEHOLE, BISHOP, BLUITT, BLACKNELL, BREEN, BROWN, BARKELOW, LUCHA, MAURICE, MIDGLEY, MURPHY, McNAB, O'DONOHUE, McPHERSON, PEARCE, PINNEY, PRAHL, BOYD, BOURNES, BURKETT, CONLON, CARR, COLLINS, COONEY, COMBELICK, DALTON, DONELLY, FORD, HYDER, KELLEY, JOHNSON, LAMB, LEONARD, LOVERING, LOFTUS, LOTHROP, ROBERTS, RAMPKAMP, ROWLAND, STEPHENS, SULLIVAN, SILVERTHORN, SCHROEDER, SUTRO, SORENSEN, TIDDY, THOMPSON, WALSH, WEBSTER, WALKER, WORSTELL, WILSON, WILCOXEN

Accidental Shooting Claims One ERCHENBACK Child,  Wounds Another, TX, 1912

WILDER, DEMAS Case Postponed, Pistols & Bananas, 1898

Escapee Andrew ABNER, Alias Matt IRWIN, Arrested in St. Louis, 1874    CRANE, HERCULES

Mary BROWN Escapes Orphanage, Memphis, 1879

10-Year-Old Killer Claims Self-Defense, Atlanta, 1910     GLAZE, GRANT

GLOVER Lynched for Murder of TERRY, Alabama, 1910    CRAWFORD, McCLENDON

CRUMLEY Death at Macon, Bitten by Rabid Dog, 1910    STAHLE, DECKER, BURDEN

MATSUMOTO Death, Knoxville, 1886  "Thought to be the first Japanese in East Tennessee."

Liverpool Passengers Arrive in New York, 1850      MOORE, NANNAU

BLAIR - GRANGER Annulment Granted on Grounds of Bigamy, 1879

Deadly Indian Raid, Idaho, 1879    DAWSON, JOHNSON

Willis HENRY, Colored, Drowns in Mississippi River, Memphis, 1879

Drunks & Wife-Beaters in Police Court, Memphis, 1855    DONAHOE, FITZGERALD, KENNEDY, HILL

LEWIS Charged with WILSON Murder, Montgomery, 1898    JACKSON, WALLER

BREETZ & GOELTEL Arrested, Florida, 1898

HEIMACK Arrested in Grave Robbery Case, Bodies of CORBETT & BENNETT Recovered, 1898

Farmersville Society News, 1914    Now indexed! Surnames include the following:  GIST, BENNETT, ALLEN, HUDDLESTON, MURCHISON, BECKLEY, WILMETH, TAYLOR, BATTLE, HOCKER, ARCHER, BURT, NEATHERY, CARVER, WORDEN, PURVIN, LEWIS, DOGGETT, MCBRIDE, BALO, CHASE, HONAKER, PHILLIPS, RUSSELL, MILLER and DUNN

Wash HARVEY Murdered, 1914    BROWN, HARRISON

Music Teacher Takes a Fall, Omaha, 1889    CRAP, BARR, KENNARD, RISZON

BURDEN Convicted of Burglary, Atlanta, 1898    SWEVOLEVITZ

Visitors to the State Museum, from everywhere! 1912 Now indexe!, Surnames include the following: FERGUSON, ANDERSON, NIELSON, STAEWART, STONELL, BALDWIN, ARNOLD, VIVIAN, WATKINS, LANDEER, WODRELL, HARMION, KRABILL, PEDORSEN, McCOY, LeROY, PHILIPS, CHENDWORTH, HADEN, LIMBECK, MARRAIN, NEWHALL, LYDEARD, YOUNG, HART, SEVENDON

Instructors at the Idaho Industrial Institute, Weiser, 1901    BROCKMAN, CANDEE, CLARK, DOOLITTLE, HENION, KEYES, MARYATT, PADDOCK, SLOCUM

Accident on the Katy Railroad: Engineer EVANS Leaps to his Death, 1920

Arsonist Makes Good Hand at Convict Farm, Georgia, 1898    TRAYLOR, MADDOX

Saloon Keeper Kills Man Who refused to Pay, Cincinnati, 1898    DONNELLY, GREEN

TUFLY & SCHOOLING Face Off in Election, Nevada, 1874

PICKETT Cotton Burned by Horsemen in Disguise, Alabama, 1868     MOORE

Major WILSON Returns, 1909

Iowa Woman Wins Louisiana Lottery, 1880    WHITTLESEY, HENDRICKS

News from Storm Lake, Iowa, 1874    LEMON, SAMPSON

Disaster on the Ohio& Mississippi Rivers: Steamboats Glencoe & Redstone Explode, Killing Many Passengers & Crew, 1852      BERRY, DAVID, DURBIN, SMITH, SCOTT, PATE, LANGLEY, JACKSON, FRITZ, BRECK, BOZEI, COLLARD, WILSON, STIRGEL, BATES, SOPER, CABLE, CHRISMAN, LANGHENY

Affray on the Magenta, 1868    REILLY, KELLY

Georgetown Commencement, students from several states, 1847     Now indexed! Surnames include the following: FULMER, LONGSTRETH, RILEY, GIBSON, ALLEMONG, DONEGAN, ANDREWS, OLIVEIRA, SMITH, MILLER, DE BLANC, EDELEN, DUFRESNE, CAULFIELD,  MACKENZIE, SEMMES, MAY, JOHNSON, FOUREY, PORTER, GILLIS, CRAWFORD

3 Arrested for Bold Robbery and Assault of Negro, Memphis, 1868     ACKERMAN, SANDERS, CALLAHAN, CONNELL

Army News: Appointments, Resignations, Special Order, 1836   SPENCER, HUNT, BOYCE, WARD, SMITH, BARRY

Murder in Marshall, 1881    PHILIPS, McNEALEY

GROVE Discovers JONES was Embezzler; LONGNECKER Cleared, PA, 1888

Martin DURAND Hung for Murder, AZ, 1888

Incident from the Anti-Rent Movement: Mrs. HUNTING's Courage, New York, 1845   STEELE, PARKER

John McCANN Crushed to Death by Train, Wyoming, 1888

Jacob BROOM Death at Philadelphia; Delaware Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1810

Maggie FITZGIBBON of Edinburgh a Candidate for State Librarian, Indiana, 1874

Society News from Clifton, Texas, Bosque County, 1914    Now indexed!  Surnames include the following:  BROOKS, BETTIS, SUMMERS, SWENSON, BRONSTAD, HILL, PARKS, BASS, BRYANT, BRASWELL, MAJORS, COOPER, CAMPBELL, BUTLER, REED, KUGLE

Officer KINSLER Arrests MOSKWA for Larceny, 1909     JACMIERSKI

Hebrew Free Loan Association Celebrates Anniversary, 1909     FRIEDBERG, MURPHY, FRANKLIN, GINSBERG

Fatal Shooting at Mountain Home, 1881    PICKENS, LETSON, DAVIDSON

Charles FLORRA Arrested at Edith TERRY's Bawdy House, 1889

Spectators Praise Bicycle Road Race, 1897    DEKAY, HARRIS, POPE, GILLETTE

Undeliverable Letters in the Laramie, Wyoming Post Office, 1897
DAYTON, BENHAM, BROCKLESBY, HOVIC, MELROSE, MCGINNIS

News from Gansevoort, NY, 1881
STEENBURGH, GRANGER, GARFIELD, WICKS, RICE, CLUETT, GRISMER, COCHRAN

Foul Play Suspected in DUCKER Disappearance, OR, 1870

Passengers: San Diego and Way-Port per the Moses Taylor. San Francisco, 1870. Now indexed! Surnames include the following:  SLOAN, LANE, PALMER, JACOBS, PAULY, LAWRENCE, VINCENT, GOLLER, AIKEN, MILLER, HORN, MORRIS, McGRATH, SHEPPARD, CASEY, CHAMBERS,  BANA, GARFIAS, CARVERWELL, WOOD, EAMES, STILL, RICHARDS, BRIGHAM, COFFIN, COCHRANE, FISH, ROSENTHAL, CORCORAN, GOLDWATER, HOWARD, FLIPPEN, RICHARDSON, MORRISON, OILER, LAPUNT, MURPHY, GOODRICH, ROGERS, HAMPHILL, MOROUSE, JARVIS, JONES, PETIT, TAYLOR, FORNEY, BARDEN, GARDNER

Memphis Police Court News, 1855    BLACK, FRANK

John McELTHONE Finds Giant Bones, Ulster County, NY, 1858

COOPER Ambushes, Murders LITTLEPAGE, Washington County, Texas, 1858

Illnesses and Accidents Keep Santa Barbara's Hospital Busy, 1908        STEVENS, BAKEWELL, STAMBACH, MOODY, HOEL, VRODIE, SHEPARD, WESTON

Battle with Apaches at Las Animas Canyon, 1879    HATCH, DAY, DAWSON, WRIGHT, BEYER, MORROW, BLACKSON, GATEWOOD, EMMETT, Victorio

COX Replaces HOOPER in the Farmville Post Office, VA, 1875

COOK Divorce, San Antonio, 1881     NEWTON, MINTER

Bleeding Kansas: More Trouble in Gray County, 1880     BROOKS, MYERS

Murder Among the Louisiana Troops in Mexico, 1846    OVERTON, KING, McINTOSH

Miners Succumb to "Black Damp," Pottsville, PA, 1880    WASLEY, WILLIAMS, REESE

Coleman MAY Arrested for Murder of W. H. McDEARMON, JUREY in Penitentiary for Forgery, Virginia, 1845

Buster JONES Acquitted of Esteban CERVANTE Murder, 1910     HOPKINS

Got a "Lead Foot?" Blame it on Your Ancestors! What the heck! New Orleans Citizens Receive Speeding Tickets, 1913
HUNTER, GOLDSTEIN, WEXLER, MILNER, TESTARD, WILLIAMS

Passengers Arriving from Nicaragua via the Marietta di Giorgio, 1912     BAKKIE, WESTERFIELD, WOOD, LEE, LOE, BRIGHTMAN, HARRELL

Larkin NIX Lynched, Mitchell County,  1891

Prisoner LABONNE Assaults Captain HOLLAND, Montreal, Canada, 1833

Visitors at the Richmond Tobacco Exchange, 1875  Not yet indexed, but surnames include the following: JOHNSON, STAPLES, PAYNE, JENKINS, NORZLEY, SKIPWITH, VENABLE, SMITH, EPPS, BOOKER

Before Alderman TITTERMARY: Philadelphia Crimes, 1866    MORGAN, SHEPPARD, ROBERTSON, HARMER

THIBAULT Hung for Murder of HILL, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1881

Musician Edmund DEDE Survives Shipwreck of Steamer Marseilles, 1893

ANDREWS Family Celebrates Wedding, Mourns Deaths, TX, KY, 1851

War of Words Draws No Blood, Charleston, SC, 1870     WOOLF, DeLARGE

Judge WILSON Sentences Richard WILSON, the "Latchkey Man," 1893

A. E. PRATT Delayed in Pratt, Kansas Train Wreck, 1905

Local News from Tucumcari, 1905     SHINN, HODGES, HENDREN, CLARK, BUSH, CARTER, DAIN, KRUEGER, GOLDENBERG

U. S. Ships Vincennes and Union Arrive  in New York and Norfolk; A List of Their Officers; Four New Ships Authorized by Congress; Members of the Board for Their Design, 1847
Now indexed!  Surnames include the following: PAULDING, SWARTWOUT, McINTOSH, ARMSTRONG, WILLIAMSON, BOWIE, WALL, MASON, AINCRON, RUDD, GREEN, SHIELDS, BLEEKER, VAN ZANT, OTIS, RAGGART, MORRIS, WARRINGTON, SMITH, HASWELL, GRICE, HARTT, LENTHAL, COPELAND, REID, NOLAND

Crow Indians Attacks Travelers at South Pass, 1859    STEPHENSON, HALL, MOORE, FLORENCE

Planter Reginald GLANVILLE Murdered in Ceylon, 1903

5-Year-Old James TEELING Saves Baby Brothers' Lives, Given Gold Medal by A. BURTON & Citizens of Whitewright, Dallas, TX, 1914

More From the All-Too-Familiar Jihad Department: Texan Executed by Turks (Different country, same region.)  GEORGE, THROCKMORTON

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