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|Source: Daily National Intelligencer
Dated: May 30, 1831
A young man who taught school in
Palmyra, Wayne county, New York, was lately hoaxed by a
traveller who told him of a rich old man in Ohio, who had a
daughter, half Indian, and that he would give a barrel of
dollars to any white man who would marry her. He wrote a
letter to the old gentleman, which was answered by a young man
in the secret, and teh schoolmaster visited Ohio, was introduced
to an elderly man, and after midnight informed of the joke,
which sent him home with a heavy heart.
There are four candidates for the representation of the
district in Vermont, lately represented by Mr. MALLARY.
They are William SLADE and Robert B. BATES of
Middlebury, and William TEMPLE and Charles WILLIAMS
|Source: Albany Evening Journal - Albany New York -
Vol. 15 - Issue 4503 - Page 2
Dated: Jan. 23, 1845
The WARREN TRAGEDY, the
public will be interested to learn, seems now likely to be fully
revealed. The trial of Peter Parke, indicted as one
of the actors in the wholesale butchery, terminated at Belvidere
on Friday in the verdict of Guilty. The case was committed
after a long and patient investigation and full argument, in a
clear and able charge by Judge Nevious, and the jury was
only out about five hours. The verdict is, we hear, in
perfect accordance with public sentiment in Warren county.
Thus two of the murderers, Joseph Carter, Jr. and
Peter Parke, his cousin, are identified and stand committed.
Abner Parke, either the father or the uncle of Peter,
was tried immediately before on one indictment, and acquitted by
the Jury, though circumstances were strongly against him, in
consequence of an alibi insisted on by some witnesses -
his daughters, we believe - from his own family. Since
that acquittal, farther testimony has been obtained, and he has
been brought up and charged under one of the other indictments -
for fortunately the Grand Jury found an indictment against each
of the prisoners for each of the four persons murdered - so that
it is believed his participation in the dreadful tragedy will
yet be fully established. He will be tried at the February
term - some three weeks hence - Newark Daily Adv.
|Source: Weekly Herald - New York
Dated: Jul. 10, 1852
ARRIVAL OF THE MARION.
The Cholera on Board the Steamship Philadelphia - Names of those
who died on board &c.
The steamship Marion, Capt.
Berry, arrived on Tuesday from Charleston, whence she sailed
on Saturday evening last.
She brings us the particulars of the ravages of the
cholera on board the steamship Philadelphia.
OUR KEY WEST CORRESPONDENCE.
KEY WEST, FLORIDA, June 30, 1852.
The steamer Philadelphia, McGowan, is here in
quarantine, having the cholera among her passengers, several of
whom have died since the departure of the steamer from Aspinwall.
The authorities of Havana would not permit the Philadelphia to
remain in the harbor sufficient time for coaling; she was
therefore obliged to put into this port, where she arrived on
Monday, the 28th inst. The Island of Sand Key, distant
from this place some nine miles, has been assigned to Capt.
McGowan by Lieutenant Mende, U. S. A., as a place of
retreat until further arrangements can be made. The
steamer is there at anchor, and the well passengers are now
being landed on the Key. The hull of the brig Emeline has
been purchased for the accommodation of those sick. The
steamer will be thoroughly purified and cleansed, but will not
be able to proceed on her voyage to New Orleans until the
arrival of a vessel with coal, she having at present on board
only forty tons. No communication has been held with the
steamer, save through the port physician. Water, fuel,
medicines, and every necessary, have been furnished in large
quantities, and every facility afforded the steamer compatible
with the circumstances of the case. Great praise is due to
Captain McGowan for the energy and gentlemanlike
deportment that have characterized him since his arrival in our
port. By a letter received from E. H. Mitchell,
Esq., the Purser of the Philadelphia, dated the 28th inst.,
I learn the following additional particulars: -
The disease first made its appearance as we made Cape
Antonio, at eleven o'clock on the 26th ult., and seemed to come
from the island with the land breeze, as when this breeze was
first felt, a general languor came over a large number of those
on board; and those who died first were immediately taken with
vomiting and purging. The disease has very much abated,
and I hope that on the morrow when we all get ashore on our
little sandy home, the health of those who have thus far been
spared, will be continued to them; and that those who are now
sick, (of which there are some eight or ten) will speedily be
The pilot boat Euphemia has been chartered by twelve of
the passengers, to carry them to Mobile. The Empire City
stopped at Sand Key yesterday morning, with a supply of ice and
fresh provisions; but theses were declined by Captain McGowan.
The following list, obtained from the Purser, will show
the names of all the passengers, together with the number of
deaths, and the names of those who have fallen victims to the
PASSENGERS ON BOARD STEAMSHIP PHILADELPHIA
FOR NEW ORLEANS.
|Mrs. Nelson and daughter
L. A. Middleton
S. T. Goodwin,
J. B. Clark
Wm. McLain, of Mo., died June 26, boy,
H. B. Cook, of Ky, died June 26
T. E. Ridley of Tenn., died June 27
G. W. Jackson
W. J. Jackson, of Tenn., died June 27,
D. C. Smith
P. R. Smith
G. W. Burkhart
Wm. Morrow, of Ark., died June 27
A. G. McNeely
R. D. Coleman
Jno. T. Pea
P. M. Box
E. F. Bogeman
T. H. Brown
A. Roundtree, of Mo., died June 27,
Chas. McDonnell and boy,
W. S. Barrett
J. T. Metcalf and friend
L. G. Aspers
J. P. Barrie
FOR NEW YORK.
|Henry Gonpillo, of New York,
died June 27.
Mrs. Doubeski, of New York, died June 27
J. S. Jones
L. F. Jones
Mr. Walters and brother, L. Wilcoxin, of Kentucky,
died June 28.
P. L. Bastelle
S. L. Wheeler
M. L. Bost
W. J. Davis
R. B. McCutcheon
D. M. McCutcheon
J. R. Russell
J. O. Russell
R. C. Conner
S. R. Patten
Joseph Grennan, of New York, died June 27
D. T. Mulnir
J. H. Stewart
William Hutton, of Iowa, died June 27
E. Fennell, of Iowa, died June 27
Pat Hurley, 2d, of Cork, Ireland, died June 28
John Maxwell, of Scotland, died June 25
Mr. Story and son
E. H. Haywood, of N. Carolina, died June 27
J. W. Clarke
J. N. Doby
H. C. Dow
D. B. Mosely
A. M. Mitchell, of Mo., died June 26
P. M. Barber
A. Corille of New York, died June 26
J. R. Casey
G. W. Owens
W. B. Grimes
A. W. Craigmiles
J. P. Tyffe
J. P. McAdams
C. B. Wright
M. Hall and son
H. D. Frederick
N. B. Webster
Andrew J. Jones, of Illinois, died June 23,
E. P. Bassette, of New York, died June 27
C. A. Gardiner
C. H. Field, of New York, died June 27
T. H. Goodman
W. A. Wood
H. Saunders, of Bremen, died June 28
J. W. James
J. C. Tompkins
C. H. Parker
D. C. Bellows
Pat Kavanagh, of New York, died June 24
Thomas Foley, of New York, died June 26
R. Thompson, 1st
R. Thompson, 2d
Pat Hurley, 1st
W. S. Belser
Wm. O. Brien
J. C. Clark
|V. Alvanas, of Austria,
died June 27
LIST OF CREW WHO HAVE DIED ON BOARD THE PHILADELPHIA.
|Lewis Baelius, of New
|Jesse Sinnet, of New York
|Patrick Somers do
|M. McSweeney do
|Michael Mullen do
All of the above
were waiters, with the exception of McSweeney, who
acted in the capacity of barber.
Ira Burdsal, Esq., mail agent in charge of the
California Mals, of June 1st, died on the 27th.
Total number of deaths up to 6 o'clock, P. M. June 28,
Andrew J. Jones, Pat Kavanagh, John Maxwell, and
Thomas Foley died of the Chagres or Isthmus fever -
the remainder, of cholera.
|Source: Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH) Page: 6
Dated: Thursday, Apr. 8, 1875
A SINGLULAR STORY
A Prisoner with a Dead Keeper Refuses to Escape, and Informs the
From the New York Commercial Advertiser, March 30.
One of the particulars surrounding the death of
Solomon Purdy, keeper of the Harlem Prison, who
dropped dead upon seeing Kate Nugent, a prisoner, attempt
to burn herself to death by setting fire to her bed, is
deserving of mention. This Kate Nugent is the
daughter of a man once well known in Manhattanville as a
politician. At one-time he was worth $15,000 or $10,000,
and was looked up as a reputable citizen. But, becoming
addicted to drink, he squandered his property, and his family,
becoming reduced, all took to drink. Kate, his
daughter, has spent from ten to eleven months of each year, for
the past four years, in the Penitentiary. As soon as one
term would expire she would go on a debauch, be arrested and
sentenced again. Last Saturday she was released from the
Penitentiary, but, getting drunk on Sunday, was arraigned
yesterday morning, and sentenced to two months. Her
unhappy fate seemed to discourage her, and last evening she
endeavored to hang herself. She was discovered before
doing herself any great injury, and was removed to a cell, where
it was thought she would not be able to repeat the attempt on
her life. The keeper, Prudy, was in conversation
with a prisoner, and observing a light from the cell in which
Kate was confined, he proceeded in company with the
prisoner, to ascertain its cause. She had set fire to her
bed, and her clothing was all aflame. The spectacle was so
horrifying that Purdy dropped to the floor. The
prisoner took him in his arms, but in a minute he was dead.
The prisoner, who is under $5,000 bail on a charge of false
pretenses, instead of escaping, as he might, by taking the keys
from the dead man, placed the body on the floor, and went around
in One Hundred and Twenty-sixth street to the Twelfth police
station, informed the officers what had occurred, and with them
returned to the prison, where he permitted himself to be locked
up again. This is one of the most singular occurrences in
police history, and seems to go to show that the prisoner is
innocent of the offense with which he is charged. The
woman Nugent did herself no injury, and is not at all moved by
the terrible death she caused the keeper.
|Source: Jackson Citizen - Jackson, MI - pg. 7
Dated July 18, 1882
Death of Dr. Powers.
Dr. George B. Powers, of Spring Arbor, May 22,
1882, of heart disease, while temporarily absent from home in
Larimore, Grand Forks county, D. G. The remains were
brought to Adrian for interment. Dr. Powers was
born Oct. 6th, 1800, in Casanovia, Madison county, N. Y.
When but 9 years of age he united with the Presbyterian church,
of which he was ever a consistent, and honored member. He
was married in 1825, received his diploma in 1827 at Fairfield,
Herkimer county, N. Y. and commenced his arduous life work.
In 1886 he became a member of the Monroe County Medical society,
of Rochester, N. Y., and for twenty years or more continued to
practice in the town of Ogden, where he made many warm friends
and where he buried his mother, wife and four children. In
1855 he was again married and leaves a wife to mourn his sudden
departure. Dr. Powers removed to Michigan in 1871,
and for the past eight years has been a resident of Spring
Arbor, Jackson county. Although a man of modest
pretentions, one more self-sacrificing or more loyal to duty is
seldom found. "Tis said the fragrance of a good life
endures forever, and is more convincing than argument, more
eloquent than oratory, more persuasive than fine rhetoric and is
it own best eulogy.
|Source: Irish World
Dated: Aug. 27, 1892
John BLAUVELT, of
Blauveltville, N. Y., _at his hand in the feed box in the stable
and was badly bitten by a rat. He thought nothing of it at
the time, but it became a severe wound and he is suffering
intense pain. His hand and entire arm are terribly swollen
and blood poisoning may ensue.
|Source: Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH) Page: 6
Dated: Saturday, Sept. 30, 1893
REMOVED TO ROCHESTER.
Dr. S. Handler, a well-known physician of Newburg,
has been appointed superintendent of the Jewish Orphan Asylum,
at Rochester, N. Y., and he removed to that city with his family
on Thursday. The Rochester asylum is as yet in its
infancy, having been founded but few years ago. It
is controlled by the Hebrews of Rochester, Syracuse, and
Buffalo, and has about thirty children.
(Source: Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
|Source: New York Herald (New York, NY) Issue: 275
Dated: Oct. 2, 1895
NO WARNING WAS GIVEN
Both Women Tossed from Their Wagon Into the Air and One
THE REV. MR. LUM'S SAD FATE.
There was a fatal accident
yesterday morning on the Jamesburg branch of the Pennsylvania
Railraod at Monmouth Junction, a few miles from New Brunswick.
Mrs. Clara Buckalew, fifty-five years old, and
her niece, Miss Griggs, both of Monmouth Junction, were
driving across the tracts of the road when they were run into by
a fast train for Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Buckalew was driving the horse and she did
not notice the train until it was almost upon her. The
horse seemed to be terror stricken at the sight of the train,
and stood still on the track.
BOTH WERE DEAD.
Both women were thrown a considerable distance,
Miss Griggs falling in front of the train. The train
ran over Miss Griggs, decapitating her. When
Mrs. Buckalew was picked up she was dead.
Both women were returning home after visiting Dayton,
where they had been with farm produce. There are no gates
at the crossing where the two women were run down, and it is
alleged that the engineer of the locomotive did not blow his
whistle warning persons that he was nearing the crossing.
The carriage was smashed into splinters, but the horse
was just beyond the track and escaped uninjured. The
harness was torn to bits and the animal dashed home.
NO ALARM WAS SOUNDED.
Isaac Schenck, who was driving not far behind
Miss Buckalew and Miss Griggs, is authority for the
statement that no warning was given them that a train was
The train hands, after the accident, picked up the
bodies of the two women and removed them from the track.
The county authorities at New Brunswick were notified and an
inquest will be held.
Miss Griggs, who was about seventeen years of
age, was the daughter of Matthew Griggs.
PRESBYTERIAN CLERGYMAN RUN DOWN BY AN
ERIE EXPRESS TRAIN AT RUTHERFORD.
[BY TELEGRAPH TO THE HERALD.]
J., Oct. 1, 1895 - While crossing the tracks of the Erie Railway
at Rutherford to-night the Rev. S. Y. Lum, a Presbyterian
clergyman, was instantly killed by an express train from Jersey
City. The deceased was about sixty-five years old, and
deaf, but had almost cleared the track when he was struck and
thrown a hundred feet.
Mr. Lum was well known in the southern part of
the State and filled a pulpit at Mays Landing a short time ago.
He had lived recently in East Rutherford, where he leaves a
(Source: Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
|Source: Springfield Republican
Dated: Sept. 30, 1909
MYSTERIOUS JOSEPH WEBB
Joseph Webb, a negro 46 years old, was arrested at
New York Tuesday by central office detectives, charged with the
murder of John Osmond at Stonecrusher, Ct., ( Connecticut
) on January 4, 1909. Webb admitted his identity,
and said he was in teh vicinity of the murder at the time it was
committed, but denied any part in it.
State Attorney F. D. Haines of Middleton, Ct.,
under whose direction the murder was investigated, is
somewhat mystified at the arrest. On the 10th he received
word from the New York police that one Joseph Webb, a
negro, had been arrested there after confessing to the Asman
murder. The police made inquiries and were told that
Joseph Webb, a negro arrested in New York, had committed
suicide in his cell without making a confession of any kind.
|Source: Springfield Republican - Massachusetts
Dated: Dec. 2, 1917
A NEGRO WOMAN'S SUCCESS
ALMOST WORTH A MILLION - Starting With Nothing Mrs. Walker
Amassed a Fortune in the Hair Tonic Business.
A genius for business is the
possession of no particular race, creed or color. The case
of Mrs. Sarah J. Walker, the wealthiest Negro woman in
New York, proves this clearly. She is now worth almost a
million made in the hair tonic business, and she is building a
$250,000 home in Irvington-on-the-Hudson. That she is able
to do this is to be attributed to her business a____ and common
The story of her success reminds one of the Alger books
wherein the hero gets his start by selling newspapers, and ends
up by marrying the daughter of his wealthy employer.
Mrs. Walker's cases, however, the start was made over the
washtub. She was born 49 years ago, was married at the age
of 11 and was left a widow at 20, with a little daughter to
support. Twelve years ago she was a washerwoman and
considered a very good one. At times she also did cooking,
but work as hard as she would she could never earn more than
$1.50 a day.
How she got her start is best told by herself. "I
was a my tubs one morning with a heavy wash before me. As
I bent over the washboard and looked at my arms buried in
soapsuds, I said to myself: What are you going to do when you
grow old and your back gets stiff? Who is going to take
care of your little girl?' This set me to thinking, but
with all my thinking I couldn't see how I, a poor washerwoman,
was going to better my condition.
"Now comes the part of my story that may sound strange,
but it is the ____truth. One night I had a dream, and
something told me to start in the business in which I am now
engaged. This I did. I went to Denver, Col. and
began my business career on a capital of $1.25. I began,
of course, in a most modest way. I made house-to-house
canvassed among people of my race, and after a while I got along
pretty well, though I naturally encountered many obstacles and
discouragements before I finally met with real success. I
am not believe in taking chances, and I have never played the
stock market. I was not a millionaire, but I hope to be
some day, not because of the money, but because I could do so
much then to help my race.
Mrs. Walker truly is helping her race for she is
paying the expenses of six students at Tus___ institute and she
is assisting Negroes in other institutions to get an education.
She numbers among her friends Negro professors, teachers,
physicians, lawyers, merchants and preachers, and also has many
friends among the poor of the race. She is self-educated
and has developed a remarkable taste for ancient history.
Although she has made money in her hair tonic business,
she has also made it through good investments, especially in
real estate. The home that she is now building also
represents a good investment, from her point of view. The
site is in the most exclusive part of Irvington village, and
commands a magnificent view of the Hudson and the surrounding
The house itself has been designed by a Negro
architect. It is a three-story and basement affair with
roof of red tile, and is in the Italian renaissance style of
architecture. Plans for furnishing the house call for
bronze and marble statuary, cut glass candelabra, paintings and
tapestries and other luxurious objects. The grounds around
the house will be laid out ion a similarly elaborate plan.
A sunken Italian garden will be one feature. Nearby is the
garage with apartments for the chauffeur and gardener.
Mrs. Walker maintains four automobiles.
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