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Lieb murder case ~ Iowa
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: January 24, 2007 at 08:31:10
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Progress Review
La Porte City, Black Hawk, Iowa
January 19, 1895


Walt H. Butler has arrived at his home at West Union. It is said he
looks bright and happy.

George, the 6-year-old son of B.F. Ibach, living near Whitten, fell
from a wind mill, a distance of fifty feet, sustaining internal injuries
that may prove fatal.

A dispatch says that Alfred Gray, under sentence of death in
Wellington, Kansas, for hyptonizing [sic] a man to murder one of his
neighbors, is a son of A. Gray, who lives near Batavia.

By an explosion of gas in a Japan bake oven at Dubuque the foreman of
the department was killed and his body burned to a crisp. The building was
also destroyed at a loss of $3,000.

While fishing in the South Fork, William Elerding, a farmer living
near Lawn Hill, Hardin county, carelessly picked up and opened a clam. In it
he discovered a pearl of remarkable size and purity, and it is reported that
he has been offered a large price for it. Iowa soil will produce almost

The boiler room of the Fordville Coal company's mine at Ford caught
fire and the boiler was blown about 200 yards. All of the frame work, and
elevators burned. Engineer Baily was bruised, but not seriously injured. The
loss is estimated at about $4,000. It throws about fifty men out of

Andrew Jackson Wilkinson, head of the wholesale drug house of
Wilkinson & Co., of Keokuk, since 1876 died aged 61. He had been a member of
the board of education for seventeen years and was founder of the public
library of which he has been a director since 1863 and was president at the
time of his death. He also served a term as mayor and alderman.

Lewis Smith, a bachelor and highly respected citizen of Harlan, is
lying at the point of death, the result of falling from a train while trying
to jump off with his gun. He struck on his head and fractured the frontal
bone. The doctor who attended him extracted seventeen pieces of bone. It
seems the covering of the brain was not injured and the victim will likely
recover. He retains all his faculties and feels quite comfortable.

Clinton dispatch: County Clerk D. R. Markham has fled from this city,
leaving his bondsmen to make good a shortage of his accounts. The amount
will not be known until the expert now engaged on the books completes his
work. As Markham has been in office four years, it is believed that the
entire accounts are crooked and the amount of the shortage will probably
reach $5,000. His disappearance came to light when the newly elected
officers took charge. Markham's downfall is due to fast living and
dissipation, which habits he contracted shortly after he was elected to
office in 1890. He leaves a wife and one child.

A. Anderson, of Odebolt, was fined $10 in justice court for selling
unwholesome meat in Sioux City. He purchased a number of turkeys some time
ago and kept them in a small room, where a number of them smothered to
death. He bled them, dressed them and sent them to Sioux City where they
were sold by a commission house to the butchers. Some one at Odebolt having
a personal spite against Anderson gave the people in Sioux City information
of the fact and he was arrested. It has been discovered that a large number
of unwholesome turkeys were disposed of in the city during the holidays,
chiefly to the cheap hotels and restaurants.

Ex-Congressman Walt Butler, who disappeared last November and was
recently found in Indianapolis, has arrived at Vinton, where he met his

The Jasper county grand jury brought two indictments against County
Attorney E.J. Salmon, one for keeping a gambling house and one for
oppression in office, and also proceedings were instituted for contempt. The
court made an order suspending Mr. Salmon from office and ordered that the
board of supervisors appoint another county attorney and that such attorney
proceed to remove Mr. Salmon from office permanently. This was quite a
surprise to most of the people of the county, but it is said the cause of
Mr. Salmon's trouble had been an open secret for some time to those on the

At Audubon Judge Thornell overruled the motions of the defendants,
Case and Mushrush, for a new trial and sentenced Walter Case and Mushrush,
giving Case twelve years and Mushrush five years. The charges against
Charles Jones and William Mushrush were dismissed by the county attorney for
lack of evidence to convict. This winds up, so far as the district court is
concerned, the widely known Lieb murder case. Of the five defendants
indicted for murder in the first degree, William McLaughlin the principal in
the affair, is now serving a twenty-two year sentence in the penitentiary at
Fort Madison. Walter Case was found guilty of murder in the second degree
and Robert Mushrush guilty of manslaughter.

John More, a prominent carpenter and builder of Cedar Rapids,
committed suicide a few days ago. Shortly after dinner he retired to his
room saying he wished to lie down a few minutes, and to call him in an hour.
When the time arrived it was found he had fastened his suspenders around his
neck, tied them to a bed post and rolled off the bed. His death was
instantaneous as the family in the adjoining room did not hear him struggle.
He has been fighting the liquor habit for several years and succeeded until
within the last few weeks. He told a friend a few days ago that liquor was
killing him, but for the sake of his family he would never be a drunkard. He
was perfectly sober when he committed the deed.

J.L. Lewis was arrested at Sioux City with a number of copies of the
Kansas City Sunday Sun in his pockets and having in his possession a large
block of subscription receipts of the paper. The arrest was made in
accordance with instructions from Sheriff Davenport to take into custody the
first man found to be taking any part in the circulation of the Sun in Sioux
City. It is intended to hold Lewis under the old indictments returned
against him two years ago of extortion in connection with the Sun and to
compel him to stand trial on some of them. Lewis was convicted and has
already served time on one indictment and the others have been permitted to
stand against him, so that he could be arrested and tried on one of them at
any time the county officials saw fit to renew the prosecutions. He recently
made an attempt at suicide and failed and has since taken up his connection
with the Sun.

Posted at this site with Cathy's permission.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa Old Press

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