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Father Feels Child is Dead

July 17th, 2014

BannerYankton Press & Dakotan

4 Jun 1938 (Evening), p. 1, col. 6

Photo - Kidnapping

FATHER FEELS CHILD IS DEAD

But Has Faith Persons Who Kidnaped His Son Will Be Caught

PRINCETON, Fla., June 4, AP – Wearied, grief-ridden James Bailey Cash, Sr., said today he was resigned to the death of his only child but convinced the kidnap-slayers would be caught.

Cash, his shoulders bent by fatigue and his eyes bloodshot from sleepless nights, appeared on the porch of his home to express to reporters his thanks to the 2,000 persons who hunted fruitlessly for the blond five-year-old boy snatched from his bedroom last Saturday.

Asked if he thought the case would be solved, he said:

Father Feels Child is Dead“Yes, I think so, as far as catching the fellows who did it is concerned.  Once we catch them we will be able to find out what they did with the boy.”

“I expect a break within the next week or ten days,” he said.

The stricken father said Mrs. Cash still was under a physician’s care but was “some better.”

With the baffling case entering routine phases of investigation, most of the 2,000 persons who tramped in vain over 120 square miles of territory bordering the Everglades returned to their homes.

The fleet of boats which cruised along the coast and through canals dispersed.  Divers who sought clues at the bottom of creeks and water-filled quarries turned to other tasks.

But the squad of federal agents headed by J. Edgar Hoover worked on every lead, mindful of the fact almost a week had passed since the Cash boy was stolen from his bed last Saturday night.

Agents continued to question a number of person — Hoover called “voluntary witnesses” – at federal bureau of investigation headquarters in Miami.  Hoover said no one had been charged with the crime.

This case made national headlines in 1938, with the FBI assuming control over the investigation the day before this article appeared.  Ten days later, Franklin Pierce McCall was indicted by a federal grand jury and pleads guilty.  He is executed in February the following year under the “Lindbergh Law,” which made kidnapping for ransom a capital offense.  You can read more about it here and here.  

I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946.  I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals.   I am happy to email full-size scans of any article.  Feel free to ask.

 

 

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Harold John Crowe – Indiana National Guard (WWI)

July 14th, 2014

Harold Crowe Sr military photoWhen I requested my great grandfather’s records from NARA a couple of years ago, I received the same letter as many researchers, politely explaining that the records had burned in 1973.  Not one to take ‘no’ for an answer, I began looking elsewhere to piece together his service.

Harold John Crowe was born September 15, 1899 in Cannelton, Perry, Indiana.  When he reached the age of 18 years, he traveled from his home in Rockport, Indiana to Princeton, Indiana (roughly 60 miles away) to enlist with the Indiana State Militia (aka Indiana National Guard).  On December 28, 1917, he presented to Medical Officer J. S. Critchfield for his physical, and on December 31, 1917, he took the oath before Major James T. Cutler and became Private Harold Crowe of Company D, 1st Infantry.Harold Crowe enlistment paper p1

Fortunately, the Indiana State Archives has some records for soldiers who served in the National Guard during World War I.  I requested copies of the records and received 7 pages: Enlistment papers (5 pages) and his discharge papers (2 pages).  Unfortunately, they did not keep copies of the DD-214s issued by the Army.  But perhaps with his serial number I will be able to contact a researcher in St. Louis to see if there is any additional information in the “other” military records kept at the Archives.

Harold Crowe statement of svc p1He never served overseas during the war, probably since it was over less than a year after he enlisted.  With the exception of about 6 months at Indiana, he spent his entire enlistment assigned to Camp Johnston, Florida.  He was a member of the 26th Road Company, 2nd Regiment until September 18, 1918, then to the Quartermaster Corps until October 1918, and finally to Motor Transport Company 809 until he was discharged.

He reached the rank of Corporal on March 15, 1919, and Sergeant on April 30, 1919.  He was honorably discharged on May 29, 1919, after only 1-1/2 years of service.

 

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Days Gone By (4 Jun 1938)

July 9th, 2014

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Yankton Press & Dakotan

4 Jun 1938 (Evening), p. 2, col. 6.

Days Gone By

Days Gone ByTWENTY YEARS AGO

Mrs. M. P. Ohlman was a Sioux City visitor today.

E. O. Walgren was a Sioux City visitor today.

Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Lennon, guests of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Todd, returned home to Sioux City this morning. Mrs. Lennon is a sister of Mr. and Todd.

Mrs. Mary Gillis and little son Charles, were Sioux City visitors today.

Miss Pearl McCormick arrived home this morning from school duties at Ravinia.

Jesse Haggin, of Gayville, is home on a twenty day furlough from Camp Green, N. C.

Mrs. William Higbee has returned to Sacred Heart Hospital from the family home on the west side.

William McKeachie, formerly of Yankton county, now of Trinity, Texas in that wonderful valley now drawing so much attention, sends to Yankton samples of his small grain, alfalfa, and other products. In the assortment are two stalks of corn, ten feet or more long, just taken from the field. The grain, already harvested, shows a splendid crop, from barley to oats.

FORTY YEARS AGO

The Missouri river is stationary at a point about four feet above low water mark.

Lieutenant Alex Sharp’s gunboat, the Vixen, was in last Thursday’s reconnaissance off Santiago.

Miss Alice Spink has sold her dairy business to J. Clausen and will devote her time to the care of her mother who has recently suffered another stroke of paralysis and is confined to her bed.

John Caesar, the big black Newfoundland dog of Magner Bros., is a sight to behold just now. Pat and Mike Magner “scalped” him yesterday and all the hair he has left is on his ears and toes. John is completely disgusted with the whole affair and the flies have already begun to play circus on his back.

The city schools close for the summer vacation one week from yesterday, June 10 on Friday.

 

I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946.  I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals.   I am happy to email full-size scans of any article.  Feel free to ask.

 

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Follow-up Friday: Louis Schneider

July 4th, 2014

To Do List image for blogLast Wednesday, I posted a summary of what I know and what I don’t know about my 2nd great grandfather, Louis Schneider. Using that “brainstorming” list, I created a list of potential places to find the records that I need.

Marriage records:  Will likely have to determine the nearest churches (most likely Catholic) and request lookups in the records.  Neither Ancestry or FamilySearch have any church records available online or on microfilm for Bon Homme County other than Czech Presbyterian.

Farm life:  Unfortunately, I could find no farm schedules remaining for Bon Homme County.  There may be information about the farm if land patent exists.

Land Records:  FamilySearch has land ownership maps for Bon Homme County in 1893 on microfilm (#6080079). I will definitely need to request this.  I checked the BLM-GLO website to see if there were land patents available digitally, but no such luck. However, there is a land patent for a Louis Schneider from 1882, so I can request the file from NARA.

Reason for migration from Iowa:  I need to find county or state histories for both Iowa (Washington) and South Dakota (Bon Homme) in order to find possible reasons.

Incidentally, as I was looking for resources that I needed to answer some of these questions, I stumbled across a birth index for Dakota Territory and discovered that there are now some questions about Louis’ wife’s maiden name as it appears on various birth records for their children.  That may be a blog post all on its own.

 

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What Next? Wednesday – Louis Schneider

July 2nd, 2014

Louis SchneiderLouis Schneider is my paternal 2nd great grandfather.  He is the oldest child of Eugene Schneider and Marguerite “Maggie” Curie/Currie, born in Washington County, Iowa on 2 January 1851.  He lived with his parents and 7 siblings in Washington County until 1876, when he homesteaded in Bon Homme County, Dakota Territory.  He married Mary Alice Egan on 18 November 1877, and they remained in Bon Homme County until 1898.

They had 7 children between 1878 and 1892, all born in Bon Homme County, yet only one was born in the state of South Dakota.  One child, Joseph, died as an infant, likely around 1882.  Their youngest child, Mary Alice Schneider, is my paternal great grandmother.

Louis was a farmer all his life.  He enjoyed growing broom corn and tobacco, even though the climate was not exactly hospitable to such crops.

In 1898, the family bought a farm near Utica, Yankton County, South Dakota.  The remained on that farm until 1914 when the couple retired.  They built a new home at 705 Pine Street in Yankton, where he lived until he died at his home after losing a battle with influenza at 11:30 a.m. on 19 August 1934.  He is buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton.

Louis Schneider home 705 Pine

705 Pine Street, Yankton

What I don’t know – and how will I find the answer?

Where were Louis and Mary Alice married?  Check Bon Homme County marriage records, but will likely have better luck with church records

Other than broom corn and tobacco (which was mostly for his personal use), what other crops would Louis have grown?  Farm Schedules from census records (if they still exist) would be a good start.

Where was the land in Bon Homme where Louis homesteaded?  Look for the land patent, old township maps, etc.

What caused him to go all the way to Bon Homme County?  I may never know the answer to this, but there must be a reason why he bypassed everything in between, including Yankton.

 

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Are My Roots Showing?

Are My Roots Showing?

The chronicle of this woman's perpetual game of hide-and-seek with her ancestors