Other Witnesses Quizzed by District Attorney on Dance Hall Shooting.


Chester C. White, Employer of Dead Man, Says He Drew Gun in Self-defense.

Investigation today into the fatal shooting yesterday of Arthur Bowe, 26, or 211 North Edwards Avenue, Eastwood, by Chester C. White, 25, of 242 North Edwards Avenue, Let loose charges by Eastwood authorities that lawless conditions with which they have been unable to cope with there led directly to the tragedy.

Bowe, the father of two young children, was wounded while trying to act as peacemaker in a row in front of the Domino Inn, James Street and Stafford Avenue, at 3:40 o’clock yesterday morning. White fired the fatal shot while in a scuffle with Herman Staats, 24, of Camillus and Augustus HartKopf, 28, of  Syracuse according to their lawyer.

Bowe and White had attended a dance earlier with their wives.  The men continued the party after midnight at the inn, and White had a brush there after an accidental collision with a woman on the dance floor.  The scuffle and it fatal outcome outdoors followed.

Shot Through Abdomen.

Bowe died in the Hospital of the Good Shepherd late yesterday afternoon, punctured through the abdomen by a .32-calibre revolver bullet which entered the left side and lodged just under the skin in the right hip.  White was arrested soon after the shooting.

Besides Staats and Hartkopf, other witnesses at the district attorney’s office today included Beryl Dane, 32, Syracuse, Louis Kemper, 26, Camillus and Ernest  Brandt, 27, Syracuse, all represented by F. A. Lyman as their lawyer.  He insisted that his clients had not been drinking and that they had no woman in their party.  Hartkopf danced with a woman acquaintance there., Lyman said, but the couple did not arrive together.

Staats pitched on White in front of the place when he saw Hartkopf and Bowed apparently squaring off for a fist fight., according to the lawyer’s version.  Staats thought White was going to mix in a fight between Bowe and Hartkopf, Lyman said.  White, who is proprietor of a James Street Bakery where Bowe was employed, is held.  Two Eastwood witnesses are missing.  Other witnesses have been allowed to go after making statements. District Attorney Malpass obtained an ante-mortem statement from Bowe.

Eastwood Officers Aroused.

The death of on resident and arrest of another has arousd Eastwood offcials.  They charge that half a dozen establishments are brazenly selling booze day and  night in James Street extension of the most fashionable Syracuse thoroughfare.

According to the combined stories of White and Bowe, who was able to tell something of the fight before he died, the two men went to Domino Inn shortly after midnight yesterday morning after the had taken their wives home from a dance at H…

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Source : Syracuse Herald, Monday Evening, November 24, 1924

Naked Man Scares Children In Woods


Unknown Miscreant Terrorizes Residents of Teall, Paul and Peck Avenues


Two Little Girls Chased by Strange Character Flee to Their Homes – Others Report Seeing the Undressed Man – Neighborhood Pestered by Tramps.

Residents at the junction of Paul, Peck and Teall avenues are incensed at the acts of an unknown man who for several days has been suddenly appearing before children in the woods about that neighborhood only partially dressed.

On Tuesday afternoon, Helen Yorman, the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Adolph T. Yorman of No. 137 Paul avenue, and Eva Harrington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Harrington of Peck avenue, asked their parents if they could go and pick thimbleberries in a woods that runs near the junction of Teall and Peck avenue.

The request was granted and the two little girls, who are about 10 years old, started out on the journey.  The children picked berries in the woods for some time and shortly after 4 o’clock in the afternoon they started back home with their baskets full.

When they had passed out of the woods and were walking along Teall avenue a man leaped out from among the bushes.  He was nearly naked and motioned to the girls to come back.  They children, terror-stricken, dropped their   baskets and ran toward the Harrington home on Peck avenue.

Woman Took Whip in Hunt.

Hurrying  into the house they told Mrs. Harrington what had happened.  Mrs. Harrington took a long whip, which she thought would serve the purpose if the man was found, and started in search with the children.  The place where the man jumped out from the underbrush was visited, but there was no person about or no clothes on the ground.  Mrs. Harrington walked about the district for some time, but she could find no trace of the man.

The children were so frightened on  sight of the naked individual that they could not render a very good description of him.  However, they stated that he was more than six feet in height and wore glasses and a soft hat.  They said that he didn’t speak to them, but that when they started to run the man followed them for a short distance along the side of the trees, making motions to them.  Other children have reported seeing the miscreant in the woods at various times.

Mrs. Harrington said that she had lived on Peck avenue for a little more than a year.  The neighbors had warned her of treacherous men who were in the habit of lounging along Teall avenue.  She has relatives living on Manlius street and when going to their home often take a short cut.  When asked if she was not afraid to go along the way alone and sometimes even at night, Mrs. Harrington replied :

“No, why should I?”

“What if the man should jump out into the road and stop your journey?”

“Well, I always carry a rawhide whip, and if the man gets in my way he will get one of the best beatings ever.”

Complain of Tramps

People in Teall avenue have complained of tramps making the district near Paul avenue a hangout. They come in troupes of four and five and make the fields their night lodging house.  Some of them even come along in the day and, discovering a shady tree, take part of their clothes off and sleep for two and three hours.  Most of them, if awake when women pass by, make remarks to them.

Within the last week on of these men approached two small girls who were walking along Manlius street.  He walked up between them and started in a conversation.  He showed them some lewd post cards and then asked one of the little girls for a kiss.  The children became scared and ran away.  The man also disappeared when a search was started.

The fathers of children in the neighborhood, where all of these incidents are taking place, have been discussing plans of getting rid of the men.  It is said if one of them is caught a sound thrashing will be his pay.

Source : The Syracuse Herald Saturday Evening, August 5, 1911.



Solvay Woman Topples Backwards From Car Into Coat Room, Thence Down Shaft.


Question Whether Elevator Door Was Closed – Victim’s Husband Recent Heir to Fortune of $40,000

Mr. Mary Dunn Mathews, 43, wife of Daniel C. Mathews of No. 130 Freeman avenue, Solvay, was instantly killed at 3:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon by falling off the elevator at the second floor of the Wieting Block, while the car was ascending, and into the pit of the building, at South Salina and West Water streets.

Her death was tragic and and the accident most peculiar.

In the car with Mrs. Mathews at the time were John J. Driscoll of No. 104 Tennyson avenue, janitor of the block, and another man and a boy.

With the three passengers aboard, Mr. Driscoll said he closed the door entering the elevator shaft, on the Water street side, and the car door on that side.  He then stepped across the car to start it upwards.  He stated positively that the door was closed tightly but as the car reached the second floor Mrs. Mathews fell through the door and into a coat room on the north side of the shaft.

Screamed as She Fell.

There is another door in the coat room opening from the elevator shaft, and it swung open under the woman’s weight.  Mrs. Mathews screamed as she fell, as did the man and boy in the car.  As the car went up the woman rolled out of the coat room doorway and dropped to the bottom of the elevator shaft, two floors below.  Mr. Driscoll stopped the car, but it was too late.

George W. Garrett of No. 1138 South Salina street, for eighteen years agent of the block, rushed out of his office and into the basement.  He was the first to reach Mrs. Mathews and to all appearances she was dead when he got to her.

Calling the engineer he lifted her out of the pit, with the engineer’s assistance, and then telephoned to the Hospital of the Good Shepherd for an ambulance.  The ambulance surgeon pronounced Mrs. Mathews dead and the body remained in the basement of the building until Coroner George R. Kinne arrived and gave permission for its removal to Meagher & Cody’s undertaking rooms.

Coroner Kinne at once started an investigation, questioning both Mr. Driscoll and Mr. Garrett.

Running Car Two Days.

Mr. Driscoll, who has been janitor of the Wieting Block for a number of years, had been running the car two days, in the absence of the regular conductor, who is ill.  “Mr. Driscoll was one of the most careful men who ever stepped into that car,” said Mr. Garrett after the accident.  “He is positive that he closed the door.  It is a folding door and the only solution we can offer is that the woman must have become faint and in falling against it forced it to slide open.

“Mr. Driscoll stopped the car withing two feet, but Mrs. Mathews went through the door of the cloak room and fell back under the floor of the elevator.  The only opening in the coat room is into the elevator shaft.  This room is used by the men to hang their coats in and it is probable that the door opening into this room was not latched.  It was closed.”

After his investigation Coroner Kinne said,

“The theory  is that Mrs. Mathews was startled as the car was started up and leaned against the door, grasping hold of the door to regain her balance.  In doing so she probably opened the door and fell out.  The clothes room door might have been closed, but I do not believe it was fastened.  This door swings open.  I believe internal injuries caused her death, but have ordered a post-mortem that we may know definitely.

Mr. Mathews was at work in the coal and wood yards of his cousin, James M. Mathews, at Solvay, when informed that his wife had been killed.  He hurried to the undertaker’s rooms.  The scene as he viewed his wife’s body was heartrending.  “Now that we had everything to live for she has been taken away from me,” he cried.

Recently Inherited $40,000.

Mr. Mathews inherited something over $40,000 from the estate of John Davin of Liverpool, a relative, about one year ago.  Last fall he and Mrs. Mathews made a two months’ trip to Kansas City, Kan., to visit Mr. Mathews’ brother, Hugh Mathews.  Among the dead woman’s effects were found two $50 bills, which the husband said he had given her when they were in Chicago on their way home in November.  For more than an hour efforts to console Mr. Mathews failed, until finally Rev. James F. O’Shea, his pastor arrived from Solvay.  Miss Stella Dunn, a sister of Mrs. Mathews, collapsed when told of Mrs. Mathews’ death.

Besides her husband Mrs. Mathews is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Maude Dunn Hunter, wife of William Hunter of Caroline avenue, Solvay, Frances and Stella Dunn, who resided with her, and a brother living at Cleveland.  The husband is  a cousin of former Coroner Daniel F. Mathews.  Detective Harvey Larum, detailed from Police Headquarters immediately after the woman met death, investigated, but did not appear fully convinced that the elevator door had been closed


No Sign of Illness Just Before Mrs. Mathews Fell, Verdict of Autopsy

Coroner’s physician, Archer D. Babcock, and Dr. Herman L. Weiskotten, pathologist, performed an autopsy last night at Meagher & Gocdy’s undertaking rooms to ascertain the exact nature of the injury which  had caused Mrs. Mathews’ death.  The autopsy was under direction of Coroner Kinne.

It disclosed a fracture at the base of the skull.  This, Dr. Kinne said, produced a shock which had resulted in almost instant death.  The post mortem showed nothing to indicate that Mrs. Mathews had been taken ill just before she went through the elevator doors.

Source : Syracuse Post Standard, March 18, 1910.

Village Split After Red Cross Show; Dancer’s Costume Shocks Minister

Village Split After Red Cross Show; Dancer’s Costume Shocks Minister

“She Wore Tights,” Says Clergyman, and Attacks Minstrel Performance from Pulpit – Receipts Doubled at Next Performance.

Dancer, a Syracuse Woman, Says She Didn’t Wear ‘Em – Leading Citizens Rush to Her Defense – Only Kicked as High as Elbow Is Testimony

There’s just as big a sensation in the unusually quiet little village of Parish as there would have been in the Pilgrim days if a Theda Bara had stalked into Plymouth and pulled off a Cleopatra stunt with Capts. John Smith and Myles Standish in the front row of the spectators’ seats.  Mrs. Grundy is on the job in Parish all because of a minstrel show for the benefit of the Red Cross and critics declare one of the pretty feminine participants appeared in a costume that was “perfectly shocking, in fact scandalous.”

On the other hand, social and financial leaders of the town are flocking to the defense of Mrs. Jack Gillickson of No 529 Seymour street, Syracuse, the brunette beauty who is under fire.

Mrs. Gillickson a Syracusan.

Mr. and Mrs. Gillickson
Dancer and Her Husband
Couple Whose Dancing Act has Caused a Sensation in the Village of Parish

Mrs. Gillickson, who is employed on the ribbon counter of the Metropolitan 25 and 50 cent store in South Salina street, has pretty thoroughly demonstrated she is able to take care of laying her own verbal barrage.  Yesterday she scored heavily against what her champions term “the Parish poison gas attack,” by forty-two-centremeter statement gunfire in the form of a rebuke to the malcontents.

As the matter now stands, flanking movement on the part of critics have at least been met by strong offensives launched by Mrs. Gillicksons’s husband and dancing partner, Jack Gillickson – employed in the store room of the Hotel Onondaga in this city – and a host of staunch admirers, including many church people residing in Parish.

Storm Broke Sunday.

The storm broke last Sunday at 11:45 by the town ticker, when the Rev. William Hall, pastor of the Methodist church, diverged from the text and course of his prepared sermon of the day, to declare that the Ragtime minstrels, given under the auspices of the Nu club (young ladies) and held the preceding evening in Masonic hall for the benefit of the Red Cross, was “a disgrace and a scandal to the fair name of Parish.”  When he got down to brass tacks and the compiling of a who’s who as offender, Mr. Hall let it be known that he was particularly displeased with the dancing act put on by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gillickson.  He asserted that both he and Mrs. Hall had attended the performance, and according to headquarters’ report as filed with Mrs. Gillickson, said the latter work tights, thereby bringing out expression of opinion on his part that fleshlings should be extremely taboo in Parish.

Sensation of Week.

Pastor Hall’s reference to the performance of the minstrels was the sensation of the week in Parish and promises to be talked about even up to the Fourth of July the way things now look.  Friday night the show was repeated, this time for the war fund of the Y.M.C.A., and whereas it had only cleared about $55 on the first occasion, it then netted more that $100 for a most worthy cause.  It is being whispered, however, that many strange faces were seen in Friday night’s audience and the impression prevails that admirers of tights and stage lingerie from adjacent towns, attracted by Pastor Hall’s remarks, bore down upon Parish with the view of taking in all the sights that were to be seen, instead of hitting the high spots in Syracuse for their entertainment.

Advertised the Show.

All in all, it is regarded that the Methodist minister certainly advertised the show and added materially to Y.M.C.A. coffers.  It also became known yesterday that Pastor Hall and Mrs. Gillickson’s stepbrother, according to letters just received in this city, indulged in a very heated session following the close of the former’s sermon last Sunday. On that occasion, it is claimed, the stepbrother gave the minister “a piece of his mind,” or “balling out,” as some have alluded to it, he will not soon forget.  Others have since pointed out that whereas Mr. Hall scored Mrs. Gillickson, in their opinion he would have been more justified if he had launched his broadside against the fair members of the Nu club who, they assert, appeared in bloomers minus skirts, while on the other hand, Mrs. Gillickson was well supplied with draperies.  It was also brought out that many of the dainty bloomer girls are 21 years old or thereabouts, and on the whole, well developed for their years.

Did She Wear ’em or Not?

Figuratively speaking of figures, however, Parish is agog with debate waxing heated as to whether Mrs. G. did wear ’em or did not.  Pastor Hall declared that she did – and that they were pink and scandalous.  Mrs. Gillickson got after the minister and other critics when she learned what has transpired by forwarding the following statement to Parish :

“Syracuse, N.Y., April 10, 1918.
To Whom it May Concern:

I, the  undersigned, wish to make a public and complete denial of the Rev. Mr. Hall’s statements in regard to my costume worn the evening of the Red Cross entertainment.  I did not wear tights , and furthermore can say, I hope the entire public will never see anything more shocking.  Any one who felt ill at ease had a perfect right to leave the hall – the doors were plenty large and I am sure they would have been allowed to go without any trouble.

I wish the public do know I came here to do what I could to help the boys over there, and everyone who had anything to do with the entertainment felt the same way.  And should one of your sons or brothers fall on the field and a bandage of bed be purchased with the money received in Paris at that minstrel be used for their comfort – how many will condemn?  My best advice to those who feel it their duty to criticize is to put their shoulder to the wheel and help a good cause along, and let the other fellow do the knocking.

Discussion More General.

Yesterday the matter had reached the stage where discussion became even more general.  Rev. Mr. Hall was reported to be out of town, with the chances looming of his not returning until Monday, but Mrs. Hall gave her version of what transpired at the Saturday night show.  She said:

“I don’t care what that woman says.  I attended the show with my husband and thoroughly agree with him that her costume was truly shocking.  It was extremely immodest.  If she did not wear tights, as she says, she certainly wore pink stockings and her dress only reached to her knees.  She did not take part in last nights’ show and I do not wonder that she did not appear here.  It is very probably she discovered Parish does not like this sort of thing.”

Others Do not Agree.

The Halls’ views are by no means shared by the residents of the town in general.  Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mosher, for instance, dissent and are not backward in letting people know they do not share in such criticism of Mrs. Gillickson. Moreover, Mr. Mosher is one of the big men of Parish and his wife is very prominent socially.  Both yesterday rose to the dense of Mrs. Gillickson.  Mr. Mosher said:

“All this is due to two or three prudes we have here.  Mrs. Gillickson’s costume was modest and her dancing was modest.  I am astounded that criticism has since arose as to her act.  She is one of our Parish girls despite the fact that she is now residing in Syracuse.  She was brought up here and for some years she and her husband have taken part in various amateur shows here.  Time and time again they have given their services and aided in making church events successful.  I cannot speak too highly of them.

Only Pink Stockings.

“Mrs. Gillickson wore pink stockings and bloomers and a heavy skirt that had innumerable ruffles on it.  It was the kind of skirt you see on the stage.  I’ve described it from a man’s standpoint.  The women folks could probably tell  you more about it. Why, a fellow up here complained that she kicked as high as her elbow, when everyone knows that the regular stage dancer kicks higher than her head.

“The Nu Club that gave the show, is a sewing club. Its members are aiding the Red Cross and it is made up of Parish young women.  All the members of of the faculty of the high school took part in the show.  There are only about three people in town who have had anything adverse to say in the way of criticism and its unfortunate that this has occurred.”

Mrs. Florence Mosher, wife of Robert Mosher and acknowledged leader of the Parish society, wrote Mrs. Gillickson a letter of sympathy yesterday and stands by her in the present line-up of conflicting opinions.  She also stated that every effort had been made to have the Gillicksons take part in the show of Friday night but they refused to appear.  Mrs. Gillickson was seen last yesterday at her place of employment by a Sunday Herald reporter  She said:

Criticism Unbelievable.

“It is almost unbelievable there should be any criticism by minister or anyone else of my costume or act.  I did not don tights.  Mrs. Charles Allen, wife of a very prominent coal dealer in Parish, assisted me in dressing and she will confirm the statement that I did not wear them.  It is true that I wore pink stockings.  However, I had on bloomers and besides these wore three petticoats, all ruffles, and a skirt as well.  The Nu club girls wore only bloomers and laid aside skirts during their part of the performance.  Neither did I do any high kicking as has been asserted. My husband was my partner and we just did some fancy dancing.  I went out to Parish to help the boys who are fighting for liberty and justice.  We paid our own fares and gave our services without it costing the club one cent.  During the past week we were daily deluged with letters requesting that we be certain to appear a the Friday night show, but in view of the fact Pastor Hall made the statements berating us, felt it best not do so.  I shall certainly never again face a Parish audience after all this unjustified criticism.”

Parish Views on Costume Worn by Mrs. Gillickson

By the Minister’s Wife.

How Mrs. William Hall, wife of the  Rev. William Hall, pastor of the Methodist church of Parish, regards Mrs. Gillickson’s minstrel show costume:

“I don’t care what that woman may say in explanation of things.  My husband and myself certainly regarded her costume as shocking. It was extremely immodest.  If she did not wear tights, as she says, she certainly wore pink stockings and her skirts were up to her knees.”

By a Leading Citizen

What Herbert Mosher, leading citizen of Parish, says of Mrs. Gillicksons’s furbelows and dance:

“Only one or two prudes have found fault.  Mrs. Gillickson wore bloomers and a heavy skirt, I should say from a mans’s standpoint.  There were  lots of ruffles on it.  She had on pink stockings.  One fellow out here complained that she kicked as high as her elbow, whereas stage dancing isn’t considered the real thing unless they kick over their heads.”

By Mrs. Gillickson

What she did wear, according to Mrs. Gillickson’s own version:

“I had on bloomers and wore pink stockings.  I dd not wear tights as some people have claimed.  I also wore a skirt of the stage type and three petticoats with deep ruffles.  I just went through a simple dance with my husband as my partner and did not high kicking.”

By Her Husband

This from  Jack Gillickson:

“My wife and I will never sing in Parish again or dancer there either.  We gave our services entirely free to aid a good cause and it is unfortunate that all this tempest in a teapot has been raised.”

Source : Syracuse Herald, April 14, 1918

Vandal Rips 17 Tires in Shotwell Park Garages

Vandal Rips 17 Tires in Shotwell Park Garages

Urge Police Throw Guard Around Area

Puncture Believed to Be Maniac, Police Told

Brief Case Stolen

Same Man Slashed 25 Tires Some Time Thursday Night

Residents of the Shotwell Park section are up in arms today with demands that police throw a net about that vicinity and round up the vandal who is puncturing automobile tires with an ice pick.

Last night there were two garages entered and 17 tires punctured by the marauder, believed to be somewhat of a maniac.  The night before last the vandal perforated 25 tires.

The victims last night were E.R. Bishop, 158 Shotwell Park; J. J. MacWilliams, 170 Shotwell Park, and Charles E. Lipe, 710 Rugby Road.

Mr. Bishop’s garage was forced open, the five tires on his car badly punctured.  The cars owned by Mr. MacWilliams and Mr. Lipe, both in a garage at the rear of the MacWilliams’ home, has six tires each deflated.  All 12 tires badly punctured.

Mr. MacWilliams said his dog barked during the night, probably at the time the vandal was at work, but no attention was paid to it as they thought the animal might be barking at a passing car.

Two brief cases, containing papers of no value to anyone but the owner, were taken from Mr. MacWilliams car but tools and other valuables about the garage were untouched.

Thursday night the same vanndal punctured 25 tires on cars owned by R. L. Manning, executive of L.  C. Smith & Corona Typewriter Company, Lawrence Witherill of  Witherill’s store, and Paul Jordan, head of the firm Harris, Forbes & Company, all residents in the Shotwell Park section.

Policy say the vandal must be demented.  They can figure no reason for his action and a close guard will be kept about the Shotwell area in an effort to track him down.

Source : Syracuse Herald, October 27, 1928

Planned Killing Wife Before Ending Life

Planned Killing Wife Before Ending Life

Mrs. Ingoldby Says Her Husband Was Jealous

Man Took Poison in Police Cell Soon After His Arrest

That Edward Ingolby, 30-year-old clerk, of No. 215 North Wilbur avenue, arrested for assault upon his wife and found dying of poison in his cell at police headquarters a few hours later last night, meant to kill her because of insane jealousy, is the story of the widow to-day.

Ingoldby went to the house last night and beat her with a club, threatening to kill the whole family, she says, before the police arived.  She stood him off by stabbing him with a table knife.  She was to have had separation proceedings papers served on him to-day.

Her story, told to a Herald reporter, is borne out by bruises and discolorations on her arms, and by report of morgue officials.  A superficial stab wound, showing the passage of a knife blade through the chest muscles, was noted on the man’s body.  It is also reported enough cyanide of potassium was found in his clothing to kill a hundred men.

Had Poison in Tobacco Box.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ingoldby
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ingoldby

The man had the deadly powder in his tobacco box, which was not suspected when he was arrested.  He got it at the plant of the Crucible Steel Company of America, where he was employed.

Difficulties of the couple date back nine years, according to the widow.  From the day of their wedding he kept her constantly under watch through apparent jealousy.  She tried constantly, she protests, to prove to him he never had or would have cause for such behavior.

They had three children born but this did not make much change.  He became more suspicious yearly and abusive in the last few months they lived together, she claims.  A fortnight ago they separated.  She became sick and a woman friend has been tending to her needs.  Ingolby frequented the neighborhood for the past week, and nightly calls for a patrolman to guard the house were sent in.

Wife Grabs Knife.

Last night the husband burst into the place through a rear door while his wife, three children, the woman friend, a Miss Thomspon, and a friend of hers, giving his name as Edward Guilfoyle, were seated about the dining table.

His little daughter asked the police for help, rushing to the telephone as soon as he came in.  Miss Thompson, the man, and the children fled.  The wife backed in to a corner kept the man from closing in on her by using the knife, she says.  He was able to beat her head, shoulders and arms.

Patrolman Davern got there in time to prevent any serious outcome immediately, and arrested the man.  He was taken into custody at 6:30 o’clock.  He was dead before an ambulance arrived.

Source: Syracuse Herald, December 1, 1916



James Moran Walked Nearly All the Way From Camden to Canton.

Watertown, Nov. 3 – After tramping most of the way from Camden, James Moran, aged 80 and an old time Maine lumberman arrived here yesterday footsore and weary as a result of his fifty four mile hike, being on his way to Canton to enter the St. Lawrence county home. He said that when he left Rome Tuesday he supposed they had given him a ticket to Canton, but that at Camden he was put off the train that being the destination the ticket called for. The rest of the journey to this city he made on foot with the exception of an occasional lift from some kindly driver. He was sent temporarily to the Jefferson county alms house and will probably be transferred to the St. Lawrence county home. He claims Fine, St. Lawrence county, as his boyhood home, but worked in the Maine lumber woods many years.

Source: Syracuse Herald, November 3, 1916


John H. Wilsey, 70, Suspected of Separating Husband and Wife, Thrown Into Creek

Oneonta, Oct. 23. – Believing that John H. Wilsey, 70, had lured his 14-year-old bride away from him, Leo Morano, 28, threw the aged man over the Schoharie creek bridge at Richmondville Saturday night.  A posse is searching the vicinity for Morano.

Morano was married ten days ago. His bride lived with him three days and then went to the home of the daughter of Wilsey’s housekeeper.  Morano believed thatWilsey had had something to do with the girl’s action and threatened vengeance.

Saturday night, Marona [sic], who is foreman of a State road gang, waited for Wilsey on the bridge.  Yesterday morning the man was found unconscious in the creek.  He died a few minutes later.

Source : Syracuse Herald, October 23, 1916

Bugs Baer’s Rules to Take the Brutality Out of Football

(Copyright, 1916, by The Press Publishing Company)

  • No player shall be kicked for a goal by a player on the opposing side.
  • Cleats may be worn on the shoes, but not on the face.
  • The referee may arbitrarily award the contest to the team with the most teeth at the end of the game.
  • A down is declared when the ball is as dead as some of the players.
  • A foul shall be declared when one contestant refused to take his ear from between an opponent’s teeth.
  • Both sides will be frisked for weapons before the actual time of play.
  • Not more than twenty-one players shall loiter on the runner’s face at one time.
  • Plows may be secured from the National Harvester company and will do the work much better than the fullback’s nose.
  • No contestant may leave the field during the time of play unless identified by some near relative.
  • No hooks shall be used.
  • Ears, chins and toes found on the field of play will be kindly returned to the Lost and Found department.

With this set of rules the Ladies’ Auxiliary believes that football will be made so safe that even an insurance agent can enjoy the game.

Source : Syracuse Herald, October 23. 1916

In A Mad House

Text from the Syracuse Evening Herald, September 1, 1886 with some added breaks and pictures.


Two early and shocking crimes – The Grave at Pompey Hill


Eliza Steel Killed by Her Rejected Suitor, Who Afterwards Murders an Infant, Cutting Its Head Off

The attention of the visitors to the cemetery at Pompey Hill is naturally attracted to the monument that stands at the right of the entrance.

It is an imposing shaft, placed midway of a long narrow lot and flanked on either side by a row of graves.  It is the burial place of Isaac Baldwin and his numerous descendants. In an obscure part of the eastern face of the obelisk is the inscription, “Isaac Baldwin, died January 27th, 1844 age 59 years.” This simple line perpetuates the memory of a madman. 


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He was the son and bore the same Christian name as did the founder of the Baldwin family in Pompey. For thirty years before his death he was confined in a small building back of his father’s house on Pompey Hill. The little pen was known as the “Baldwin mad-house” and it now forms an insignificant wing of the Hilltop House. Strangely enough, its diminutive proportions make a striking contrast with the stately upright of that famous resort. Doubtless very few of the guests who have summered at Pompey Hill know the history of that little structure. The story of its former occupant was related on a recent visit to Pompey.

“Isaac Baldwin,” said the informant, “was rarely allowed to leave the mad-house. Only when the accumulations demanded a cleansing of the interior would they let him come out. He seldom wore any clothing, as it was impossible to keep him dressed, as he tore everything in to shreds. One peculiar phase of his malady was his ability to read intelligently. A newspaper would be read through and then torn to bits. The Greek testament would be treated in a like manner after he had perused its pages. He had been liberally educated, being, I understand, a graduate of Yale college. The family seemed to have had very little affection for the unfortunate man, and there was good cause for it. He was fed regularly and given all he would eat, but it was the coarsest kind of food. In cold weather he had plenty of blankets with which to keep himself warm, but I do not think they ever kept any fire in the house, as it was not safe. Still they may have done so and had a stove in the hall, which was partitioned off in the front part of the building.

“Isaac was brought here when his father came to the village, about 1814.  The father, mother and all the other children were more than ordinarily bright and were prominent people during their lifetime. No manifestations of insanity were evinced by Isaac Baldwin during his boyhood nor during his college life. After graduating he selected the ministry as a profession, and was studying for the work when he met Eliza Steel, a young lady from Amenia, Dutchess county, New York. The reputation of the seminary at Litchfield had induced her father to send her to that institution to be educated.  Litchfield was the home of the Baldwin family, and the young lady became acquainted with the theological student. Baldwin fell desperately in love with Miss Steel, but she did not reciprocate his passion. He declared his love and was rejected. Eventually she returned home and went to teaching in a district school.  

Baldwin brooded over his ill-success and finally determined to follow the girl to Amenia. Encouraged by the kindly reception which he received, he renewed his protestations of love and was again refused. His second rejection made him a lunatic. Rushing on the unsuspecting girl he plunged the blade of a small penknife in to her breast. Terrorized by his attack, she made no attempt to escape and he continued the diabolical work until the bleeding girl fell in a swoon on the floor. When assistance came to her she was unconscious. An examination of her body disclosed more than fifty wounds. She lingered some weeks, then died.  

Baldwin was arrested and jailed, but before the time came for the trial his father arrived from Connecticut. In an interview with his son the father became convinced that Isaac was insane.  The authorities were apprised of the young man’s mental condition, and they decided to release him without trial.  It was arranged that Isaac should be committed to his father’s care and by him confined in some secure place where he could do no further harm. 

On the journey back to Connecticut he eluded the vigilance of his father and escaped. He disappeared, and the family was unable to find him. Some months later he turned up at Cherry Valley, Otsego county. He came to the house of a young couple who had been his neighbors in Litchfield.  They had not heard of the murder at Armenia [sic], and he was welcomed by his old acquaintances. 

The family were in the midst of a logging bee when Baldwin arrived. The wife in preparing the dinner for her husband, and his help was greatly harassed by an irritable child.  “I will take the baby and quiet it,” said Baldwin.  Glad of his help, the mother handed the little one to him, and he left the house. He went directly to a stump about four rods from the door.  He laid the infant on top of the stump, and seizing an axe that was lying near by, he severed its head from its body. 


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Ward family; descendants of William Ward, who settled in Sudbury, Mass. in 1639. With an appendix, etc

The first the mother knew of its death was on the return of the madman.  As he stepped inside the door he said: “There’s your baby; it won’t bother you any more.” Her back was toward him, and when she turned he had the child’s body in one hand and its head in the other. The agonizing screams of the woman brought the man to the house in a run, but Baldwin made no effort to get away.  I can’t say how he was treated, but I don’t think he was tried for the second murder. He never was a free man after that until death mercifully released him.

“He is dead and so are the parents of his victims, but the memories of his crimes steeled the hearts of his own relatives against him.”


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Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College: June 1792-September 1805