|DAWSON'S FORT WAYNE WEEKLY TIMES,
Fort Wayne, Indiana
September 3, 1859 pg. 1
MARRIED--At the residence of G.R. HARTMAN, this morning,
September 1st in this city by Rev. V.M. Beamer, RESIN V.
JONES of Lafayette, to MISS CHRISTIANA JONES of this place.
October 1, 1859 pg. 1
The Lafayette Courier of Tuesday evening gives the
following account of an attempt at a most abominable
outrage in that city a few days before:
An outrage upon the person of a respectable lady of
this city was perpetrated on Sunday night, under
circumstances of peculiar atrocity. The lady in
question is a MRS. STEVENS, residing on Missouri St.,
opposite the late residence of JUDGE BARBEE. Her
husband was formerly connected with the City Hotel, in
this city, and for some months past has been prostrated
by sickness, and for the support of his family has been
dependent upon private charity. On Friday night he
died. The same charitable hand which had provided
for his family and soothed his dying pillow, were no
less meritoriously employed in the management of his
interment. Arrangements were made for a decent
burial, the funeral to take place on Sabbath morning.
On Saturday night a number of watchers were required to
sit up with the corpse. Several ladies and three
or four young gentlemen volunteered their
services. Among the latter was one THOMAS WICKENS
alias English Tom, a young man about twenty-three years
of age. About ten o'clock at night he went out
under the pretext of getting some candles, and climbing
over a back shed he raised the window of an upper
chamber to which MRS. STEVENS, worn out with long nights
of weary watching, and reduced almost to a skeleton, had
retired for the night. He stealthily entered the
room, and then and there, in the same house with the
corpse of her husband, this brutal wretch attempted an
outrage upon her person! The affrighted woman fled
for protection to the room where the other watchers were
assembled, and the villain, defeated in his hellish
purpose, sought safety in flight. He saved himself
from a coat of tar and feathers by leaving town on
(Note: I checked the 1858/1859 city directory and found a
W.T. Stephens, clerk City Hotel, no address given.
He was listed in the 1860/1861 directory. I also did
not find a woman with the name of Stevens/Stephens listed
in the 1860/61 directory. Missouri Street is now
known as Sixth Street.)
October 5, 1859 pg. 1
On Friday night last a very great attempt was made by
incendiaries, to burn the city of Lafayette, Ind., which
consisted of firing the city in five different places
within twenty minutes. The damage, however, was
prevented by timely discoveries.
October 12, 1859 pg. 1
ROBERT PATTON who escaped some weeks since from Lafayette,
Ind., with a young woman of that county, and leaving his
wife and business affairs neglected, was lately found at
Mackinaw, Mich., and his boy taken from him and restored
to his mother at Lafayette. The parting with his son
was to him a bitter moment. P. was working at the
carpenter's trade. The way of the wicked is hard -
and in the case of PATTON let the world see what should be
January 4, 1860 pg. 1
MARRIED--On the 28th ult., at the residence of Rev. J.H.
HULL, in Lafayette, Ind., his daughter SARAH E. to SIMON
T. BAILEY, by Rev. Geo. Guild.
April 18, 1860 pg. 3
HON. DAN MACE had a bout of fisticuffs in Lafayette with
COL. JOHN BALL. Nobody hurt.
FORT WAYNE WEEKLY SENTINEL, Fort Wayne,
June 25, 1879, pg. 3
Lafayette Courier: MRS. "WASH" CARPENTER, of Fort Wayne,
who is visiting her parents, MR. and MRS. WOODWARD PORTER,
of this city, gave birth to a fine boy baby last
evening. The happy papa, who manipulates a
locomotive on the Wabash, though a hundred miles away when
he heard of the little pleasantness, was so elated that he
pulled the throttle wide open, placed the stoker on the
safety valve, and arrived here during last night away
ahead of the fast time of JAY GOULD and BOB HAMILTON.
July 2, 1879, pg. 1
The infant son of JACOB NEIBANER (or NEIBAUER) of
Lafayette, fell into a tub of scalding water Wednesday
morning and died soon after.
MISS E. M. BOYER, 75 years old, was found dead at her
house in Lafayette. She lived the life of a hermit,
and from appearances had been dead several days.
July 9, 1879
LEWIS SMITH, a boy aged thirteen, shot WILLIE SANDMEYER in
the face with a powder charge, with an old horse-pistol,
last Wednesday, at Lafayette.
Several days ago a murderous attack was made on MIKE
KENNEDY, at Dayton, Tippecanoe County, his home.
Fever has set in and his life is despaired of.
On Monday morning last the office of the MESSRS. BEHM,
lawyers in Lafayette, was the scene of a lamentable
occurrence. MR. LEWIS BAKER had stepped in to
transact some business and complained of not feeling
well. He was invited to lie down and DR. POWERS
being present was called on to attend. He
discovered, at once, that BAKER was dangerously ill and in
a few minutes he was dead.
July 23, 1879
The coroner's inquest on the death of LEWIS BAKER at
Lafayette last week was that the deceased came to his
death by reason of poison by strychnine, administered in
an unknown manner by person or persons unknown.
August 6, 1879 pg. 4
About three weeks ago the wife of JOHN NOBLE, of
Tippecanoe County, took sick and died. A young child
next sickened and died, now MR. NOBLE and his remaining
daughter, are both lying at the point of death.
MRS. M.S. SCUDDER, an old resident of Lafayette, and the
mother of the first white male child born there, died on
Tuesday after a lingering illness.
Near Lafayette on Sunday night an old named HENRY WHITE
attempted to chastise a boy named MANSFIELD, when the boy
drew a knife and stabbed him several times in the
abdomen. The wounds are not fatal.
An Indianapolis Journal special says there is a breeze
coming from Battle Ground which, when the facts are all
brought to light, will reveal a lamentable state of
affairs on the part of a couple of wayward people. A
committee to investigate has been appointed, so dame rumor
says. At this hour nothing definite can be learned,
but there is so much talk about it that there seems to be
grounds for the story. (I couldn't find anything
more about this in later issues.)
August 13, 1879 pg. 4
JOHN W. MARTIN, ex-treasurer of Tippecanoe County, and an
old citizen, died in Lafayette on Tuesday night.
ISAAC GUSHWA, aged 12, of Lafayette, was shot and fatally
wounded by a playmate by the accidental discharge of a
PROF. LAMBERT, of Purdue University, has accepted the
presidency of a Methodist College in Oregon, and leaves
for his new field in the course of a fortnight.
AMANDA MORROW, a Lafayette grass widow, charges DR. J. H.
ANDERSON, of Colburn, former member of the state
legislature, with being the father of her unborn child.
(Note: In the Dec. 24, 1879 issue of this same paper,
AMANDA MORROW dropped her suit because the defense proved
she kept a house of prostitution.)
JOHN E. WEMETI? WEMCTI?, of Lafayette, aged 60 years,
committed suicide yesterday by taking chloroform, all
because MRS. HOOVER wouldn't marry him.
September 24, 1879 pg. 4
JOHN COSGROVE, of Lafayette, has been sentenced to two years
and six months' time in the penitentiary for robbing WM.
DILLINGER on the fourth of July.
JAMES CONNORS, of Lafayette, aged fourteen, is about to
die from injuries received Thursday in falling from a
tree, a distance of thirty-five feet, breaking his wrist
and collar-bone and receiving a concussion of the brain.
October 8, 1879 pg. 4
GEO. JESSUP, of Lafayette, attempted to commit suicide in
a saloon on Friday night by cutting his throat with a
butcher knife. He was prevented by bystanders, but
not before he had cut a horrible gash in his neck.
The next morning he was fined $1.50 for being drunk.
DR. GLICK, an old resident and prominent physician and
surgeon at Lafayette, died suddenly on Monday night, of
October 22, 1879 pg. 5
ALBERT LEPLER, of Americus, Tippecanoe county, almost
killed his wife last Friday by brutally beating her.
November 5, 1879 pg. 1
November 26, 1879 pg. 5
A well known young man of Lafayette, named JAMES JAMISON,
was found Sunday night crushed under his overturned
buggy. He was carried to his home, where he expired
H.S. GRUBER, of Battle Ground, died Tuesday evening.
He was an earnest worker in the cause of temperance and
labored hard for all that was calculated to better the
condition of society.
December 24, 1879
JULIA GLONS, of Lafayette, died mysteriously on
Tuesday. Foul play is suspected.
December 31, 1879
WM. BUCK, an old resident of Lafayette, was found dead in
his bed Sunday morning.
MRS. BOWER, an aged lady of Lafayette, died of starvation
on Christmas night
JEREMIAH ASHBY, of Delphi, who a few days since killed
NATHAN THOMAS, was freed from jail on the grounds of
February 16, 1881 pg. 7
AUGUST WILEY, the first sheriff of Tippecanoe county, died
recently in Arkansas.