News Items Found in Fort Wayne, Indiana Newspapers


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 Sunday night.

(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 avoided.

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.

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 pistol.

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 heart disease.

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
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 Monday.

November 26, 1879 pg. 5
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 justifiable manslaughter.

February 16, 1881 pg. 7
AUGUST WILEY, the first sheriff of Tippecanoe county, died recently in Arkansas.

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