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August 14, 2020

7/1/2020 11:45:00 AM
100 Years Ago
Items gleaned from newspapers on file on microfilm at the Jennings County Public Library
Tracy Eder

One Killed

Robert Swift, aged 13 years, was almost instantly killed and his companions, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Osborne and son, Raymond, were injured when the automobile in which they were riding was struck by an engine on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at the Greensburg Street crossing in this city at about four o'Äôclock Friday afternoon.
Mr. Osborne was driving the car and had his wife in the front seat with him. Their son and the Swift boy occupied the back seat. They had just left the Osborne home on Hoosier Street and were going to the home of relatives on Buckeye Street, which was their reason for driving south on Greensburg Street across the railroad. A long freight which was standing on the side track had cut the crossing at Greensburg Street thus leaving a cut of cars on each side and it was between those cars that Mr. Osborne drove his machine, dashing immediately in front of a locomotive which was coming West on the main track.
The locomotive was what is known as the Milan Fly Light and consisted of an engine and caboose which had taken a train to Milan and was returning light. The engine was backing and pulling the caboose so that it was the rear of the engine that struck the automobile.
It was the rear end of the car that received the crash from the engine and the machine was tossed off the track, all of the occupants, except the Swift boy, being thrown out. Those who were on the street near the scene, rushed to the rescue of the victims. They found Robert Swift unconscious, still in a sitting position in the car. Mr. Osborne, Mrs. Osborne, and Raymond were found entangled in the wreckage of the automobile, all of them cut and bleeding.
The Swift boy was carried to the home of Mrs. Ann McCauley and a physician summoned but a hurried examination revealed a fracture at the base of the skull and the boy expired about 25 minutes after the accident.
Mrs. Osborne suffered much loss of blood from a gash in her head and was also bruised about the body, but her injuries are believed to be slight. Raymond suffered a broken rib but after receiving attention from a physician he was able to get around all right and is no believed to have suffered serious injury. Mr. Osborne'Äôs injuries proved to be the most serious as he sustained broken ribs and it is feared internal injury as he has suffered much with pains in his chest.
Fred Swift, the father of the unfortunate lad, is in the train service of the Big Four and was out with his train when the accident occurred. A telegram from Mrs. Swift reached him at Knightstown, telling him that his son was injured. He received the telegram announcing his death before he reached this city.

Buys Plant

The King Manufacturing Company has sold its plant, located on the Pennsylvania Railroad in the northern part of the city to W.J. Hare. Mr. Hare, who formerly had an office located in the rear of the Carter & O'ÄôHaver Dug Store on Walnut Street has moved his office equipment to the factory and all his business transactions will be carried on there.
Mr. Hare will continue operating the plant for the cleaning of clover seed and the manufacturing of stock feed, as the King Company had been doing, but in addition he has installed a lumber department with machinery for the manufacturing of crating. This new department will be in operation continuously during the summer months.

Suicide Attempt

John McAfee, a young man who came to this city last week from Hominy, Oklahoma, attempted to commit suicide in the Carter & O'ÄôHaver Drug Store on Walnut St. Saturday afternoon. He was prevented from accomplishing the purpose by the proprietor, J.A. Carter, who jerked the bottle from his hand, just as he was placing it to his lips.
When questions as to his motive for trying to end his life, the fellow said, 'ÄúIf you had as much trouble as I have, you would want to commit suicide too.'Äù Later it was learned that the young man had been disappointed in a love affair.
According to the report McAfee, who is an ex-soldier became acquainted with Miss Ruth Day, daughter of Sherman Day, of this city while passing through here with army troops some time ago. He kept up a correspondence with Miss Day until a few weeks ago when he was notified by her to cease writing s she was married. He immediately came here to investigate and finding the girl was married, he decided to end his troubles via the carbolic acid route.
Miss Day was married to Leonard Young of this city about four weeks ago.
Chief of Police Schwacke was notified of the young man'Äôs actions and he took him into custody and as he had money enough to return home, he advised him to leave the city before he got into further trouble.


Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Crocker of Commiskey Monday evening at 9 o'Äôclock June 14th, taking from their midst their daughter, Bessie May, after three months of suffering, which she bore with patience. Bessie was born at Hillsboro, Ore, in 1900, being 19 years, 8 months, and 19 days old. She come to this place last September. Her kind and cheerful ways have made for her many friends. The funeral took place at the family residence Wednesday and interment was in the Nelson Cemetery, Jefferson County.

Local Interest

Mrs. Thomas Romine went to Indianapolis Sunday to visit her sister-in-law, Mrs. Richard Burke, who is ill.
Miss Ruth Smeltzly, who for some time has been employed as telegrapher for the Big Four at Marion came here Saturday to take the position of third trick operator for the Big Four here.
Mrs. Anna Overturf went to Holton Tuesday for a visit with relatives.
Mrs. G.M. Hopkins spent Tuesday at Seymour.
Miss Helen Siener went to Louisville Tuesday for a visit with relatives.
Mrs. Joe Coquerille returned to New Albany Saturday after a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Semm.
Mrs. H. Auerswald attended the funeral of Irwin Culver at Seymour Tuesday. Mr. Culver was a former resident of this city. His death occurred suddenly from an attack of heart trouble Sunday, June 24. He was 63 years of age and is survived by his wife.

Rabbit Plains

John M. Bland and sons were at Madison Monday.
Edison Elliott and wife are the proud parents of a new 10.5 pound son which arrived last week.
Mrs. Susan Eble visited her sister, Mrs. Chas. W. Miles at North Vernon recently.
Veryl and Virginia Hoffman have about recovered from the measles.
Meredith Johnson of Harmony Hill spent an afternoon recently with his niece, Mrs. James Morris and family.

Cave Spring

Cecil Schuyler attended the show at North Vernon last Wednesday.
John Rockey and wife were at North Vernon last Thursday shopping.
Wm. Collins made a business trip to North Vernon last Saturday.
Mrs. Ike Beesley bought a new piano one day recently.
Jacob Pierce of Little Bear Creek baled two car loads of hay last week for John N. Kane.
Scott Rudical and wife are the proud parents of a ten pound boy.
S.G. Milholland wife and E. Smith and family all attended the show at North Vernon last Wednesday night.

St. Ann

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Eder, a daughter, Martha Elizabeth.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Streit entertained relatives from Seymour Sunday.
Joe Huhn and family entertained friends and relatives from Cincinnati Sunday.
Miss Clara Daeger spent Sunday with relatives at Four Corners.
Ed Ley and family entertained friends one night last week.


Wm. Herbert and family and Howard Brown and family of Falmouth, Ind., motored here Friday and visited over Sunday with Joseph Mangold and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Spears and children spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Nick Shulthies.
Miss Nine Lewis is attending teachers'Äô college at Indianapolis.
Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Mangold and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Herbert spent Saturday afternoon with relatives at Long Branch.

Mrs. Martha Sands received word that her niece, Mrs. Bessie Herman was seriously injured in an auto accident at
Albert Pool went on Monday to visit relatives in Boone County.
Mrs. J.W. Eakins entertained on Sunday Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Kibler and family and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Eakins and Ora Hendricks.
J.E. Rine, Mr. and Mrs. Fink, Mrs. Sarah Woolman, Rev. Bringle and wife, Misses Mildred Beck and Elsie McCaulou, Frank Woolman, Mrs. Rhoda Rine, Mrs. Bernice Denton and son, Keith, Mrs. Taylor and J.W. Silver attended the Sunday school convention at Zenas on Sunday afternoon.
Cornelio Julian, a medical student of Cincinnati University, was here Thursday and Friday, the guest of Mrs. Bertha Armand.
Mrs. J.M. Swarthout and daughter, Miss Etoile, and Miss Bertha King were shopping in North Vernon on Wednesday of last week and while there attended the movies 'ÄúThe Shepherd of the Hills'Äù at the Jennings Theatre.

Paris & Paris Crossing

Mrs. Maggie Malcomb of Rushville is here spending some time with relatives.
Earl Higgins and wife are spending a few days with relatives near Brewersville.'ĮMartin Wells had for guests over Sunday his brother, Demp Wells, son Mell, and nephew, Clark Wells and family of Ottawa, Ohio.
Mrs. Medford Downing and children of Seymour spent the weekend with her parents, Lee Ayres and wife.


Arch Adams of Indianapolis motored here and visited friends over Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. George Vawter and daughter, Ruth, spent Friday with Mr. and Mrs. Toss Hedrick at Hayden.
Billy Molony, who is attending school at Cincinnati, is home for a few days.
There was a surprise on Mrs. Sara Wilbur Saturday evening and also a surprise and dinner on Mrs. John McCann Sunday.
Ray Beesley spent Sunday with Orlando Beesley and family.
Mrs. Alla Mills of Dale, Ind. was the guest of Chris Dennerlein and children the weekend.
The men gathered at the church Monday morning and repaired the church roof, also fixed the bells rope and have everything ready for the new metal ceiling which has arrived and is being put on by Joe Miler of North Vernon.

Ash Lane

Mrs. Mary Ross suffered a paralytic stroke Sunday. Her friends wish her a speedy recovery.
Henry Abel is entertaining his two daughters from distant cities.
Clifford Hartwell and family, Henry Rotekin and wife and Mrs. Margaret Hartwell were Sunday visitors at Chas. Johnson'Äôs.
Fred Perry had a severe attack of heart trouble Friday.
Clifford Hartwell left Sunday for a trip through the mountains hoping it would be beneficial to his health.
George Hartwell and family and Goldie Johnson attended the play at North Vernon Sunday afternoon.


Miss Edith Wilson of North Vernon was a Saturday and SUnday guest of the Bemish girls.
Mrs. T.W. Kennedy and daughter and Mrs. James Toole were shopping in Cincinnati Friday.
Miss Gladys Edward was a Saturday and Sunday guest of home folks.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Blauvelt are entertaining a number of friends from Cincinnati.
Mr. and Mrs. Hunter and family of North Vernon were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Reese.
Mrs. Arney entertained her two daughter of North Vernon over Sunday.
Frank Johnson made a business trip to Cincinnati Friday.
John Reese and wife were shopping at North Vernon Monday.
Hiram Bemish and family were at North Vernon Sunday evening.

Bennetts Branch

Miss Myrtle Walker, who has employment at Indianapolis, spent Monday night and Tuesday at home.
Miss Murl Fenley and Miss Gladys Bennett were shopping at Grammar Tuesday.
Mrs. Chas. Cooper spent Saturday at Columbus.
Will Schmoe, who is working at Madison, was home over Sunday.
An ice cream supper will be given by the Scipio M.E. Church in the basement Saturday evening, June 26. Everybody come.

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