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THE BLOOMFIELD NEWS
Volume XX, Number 21, Bloomfield, Greene County, Indiana
Friday, April 24, 1896
Page 1, Columns 1-16

"SOUTHERN PRISON. A HISTORY OF GREENE COUNTY'S WAYWARD CITIZENS.

Early History of the Penitentiary-Names of Convicts, Date, Crime, When Discharge, or Date of Death and Many Other Items of Interest."

Through the kindness of John A. PATE, who formerly lived at Bloomfield, but is now Clerk of the Indiana State Prison South, we are enabled to give the readers of the News a history of all the convicts sent from Greene County to the State's prison at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

The prison was established in 1822. It has not been the custom until recent years to record the particulars of the crime a prisoner was convicted of, hence the record history of the early convicts is very incomplete.

Up to about 1820 all had to serve the full term of sentence. Since then we have had what is called a good time law, under which a convict can gain good time by good behavior. This good time may be taken from a convict as a punishment for bad conduct. Hence you will see why to the average reader it will appear that some do not serve their full sentence.

The Penitentiary, as it was then called was completed and ready to receive convicts from the various counties of the State in the year 1822. The Governor appointed a gentleman whose name was WESTOVER as Superintendent or keeper of the prison. He held this position from 1822 to 1829. WESTOVER was afterward a soldier in the Mexican war and was killed at the massacre of CROCKETT and his army at the battle of the Alamo, Texas.

The first man received in prison was James MILLER, from Crawford County, November 1, 1822, for passing counterfeit money; sentence two years. The first woman brought to prison was Margaret BLUNK, from Sullivan County, June 3, 1830 for assault and battery with intent to kill: term eleven years and seven months; died October 6, 1830. The first man sentenced for life was Martin CROTTY, from Jennings county, October 18, 1837, who was afterward pardoned.

1. First man from Greene County was Julius DUGGER, June 2d, 1824, four years for manslaughter; served his sentence.

2. Thomas FOSTER, November 10, 1829, larceny, five years; served his sentence.

3. Thomas WATSON, April 12, 1830, larceny, one year, served his sentence.

4. Seth CATTALON, October 11, 2833, grand larceny, three years; served out term.

5. Jackson WARREN, April 15, 1834, grand larceny, two years; discharged June 29, 1836, by reversal of judgment in Supreme Court.

6. Joseph MALCOM, April 25, 1843, forgery, four years; died August 29, 1846.

7. Thomas MCDANIEL, November 6, 1843, grand larceny, four years, escaped Mar 31, 1846.

8. Ballard THACKER, April 18, 1849, forgery, two years; served out term.

9. Merida KESTERSON SR, September 30, 1852, grand larceny, two years, died of dropsy March 5, 1853.

10. Merida KESTERSON, JR. September 30, 1852, grand larceny, two years served his term.

11. George WOOD, April 24, 1854, grand larceny, three years, served his term. WOOD had served a longer term of three years from Vigo County.

12. James BAYS, October 26, 1854, assault and battery with intent to kill; died of consumption, October 25, 1855.

13. Alex STEWART, May 9, 1855, murder in second degree, two years, pardoned May 26, 1856.

14. Andrew HALE, April 26, 1856, grand larceny, three years, served his term.

15. William DRAPER, April 17, 1857, petit larceny, one year; served his term.

16. Alexander JACKSON, alias WEYER, alias BOYD, October 22, 1858, grand larceny, three years, transferred to Northern Prison, April 25, 1860.

17. Jefferson RAPER, April 16, 1858, forgery, two years; served out term.

18. Mansfield CROW, October 23, 1859, murder, life; transferred to Northern Prison, July 22, 1861. Crow killed Arthur H. NEAL on Sunday at church at Dresden. He served about seven years of his sentence and was pardoned. Was first life man sent from Greene County.

19. George W. HALL, October 23, 1858, grand larceny, two years, served out sentence.

20. William BLAND, April 19, 1859, assault and batter with intent to kill, two years; served out sentence.

21. Charles JUDD, April 23, 1859, grand larceny; two years, served out sentence.

22. Harrison W. MILLER, April 26, 1860, grand larceny, tree years, served out sentence.

23. James CASE, July 18, 1859, burglary, thirteen years transferred to Northern Prison, July 8, 1861.

24. Richard W. HAMER, July 18, 1859, burglary, thirteen years, transferred to Northern Prison July 8, 1861.

25. Adam SNYDER, January 12, 1860, burglary, two years; transferred to northern prison, May 15, 1860.

26. Frank EVERILY, January 12, 1860, burglary, three years; transferred to Northern prison May 15, 1870.

27. John WINTER, January 12, 1860, burglary, two years; transferred to Northern Prison, July 23, 18632

28. Joseph PARSE, October 26, 1861, grand larceny, three years; discharged August 13, 1864.

29. John WILLEY, April 18, 1864, assault and battery with intent to kill, ten years; pardoned May 21, 1869.

30. Robert GOAD, May21, 1864, assault and battery with intent to kill, five years; pardoned March 17, 1866.

31. Joseph SOUTHERN, April 8, 1864, burglary, five years; pardoned March 29, 1867.

32. John HALL, February 1, 1867, burglary, three years; pardoned June 19, 1867.

33. William VALLANDINGHAM, April 23, 1867, petit larceny, two years; discharged March 21, 1869.

34. Edward DAVIS, April 13, 1868, grand larceny, two years; discharged March 9, 1870.

35. Cyrus MILLER, April 13, 1868, grand larceny, two years, died September 18, 1869.

36. William WILSON, April 13, 1868, grand larceny, two years, died August 9, 1868, at 6 o'clock a.m.

37. James WILLEY, October 19, 1868, petit larceny, one year; served out term. He was a son of John WILLEY, who was then in prison.

38. Jeremiah GOAD, October 19, 1868, burglary, nine years; discharged April 17, 1876.

39. Henry REDNER, October 19, 1868, grand larceny, two years; discharged September 11, 1870.

40. James WILLIAMS January 18, 1869, grand larceny, three years; discharged November 17, 1871. This man had served a two years sentence from 1863 to 1865, being sent from Vigo County for grand larceny.

41. Gardner P. WILL, January 18, 1869, grand larceny, two years; pardoned March 22, 1870. WILL's wife, father and mother lived in Terre Haute.

42. John SIMPSON, April 17, 1869, assault and battery with intent to rape, two years; mandate from Supreme Court for new trial, August 2, 1869.

43. Andrew HARPER, April 17, 1869, grand larceny, two years; discharged March 12, 1871.

44. John ROSE, April 18,1870, murder, life; pardoned January 14, 1876.

45. William CARRY, April 19, 1871, grand larceny, three years; discharged March 30, 1874. CARRY escaped from the lumber yard December 9, 1871, and was recaptured January 18, 1872. His mother and step-father lived in Terre Haute.

46. John W. DONALDSON, April 28, 1871, burglary, four years, discharged October 29, 1874. This was DONALDSON second term in this prison. He was sent from Monroe County, October 28, 1867, for one year for grand larceny. He was a widower and his father and mother lived at Woodbury, Georgia.

47. John HENDERSON, January 34, 1872, grand larceny, two years; discharged December 13, 18i73. He was a widower, born in England, had daughter, living in Lafayette, Indiana.

48. William KEELER, September 16, 1872, grand larceny, on year; discharge September 4, 1876. Claimed to have no relatives.

49. James CLIFTON, November 6, 1873, grand larceny, two years, died October 4, 1874. He had served one term of one year before under the name of ALLEN, sent first time form Wayne County, Indiana.

50. Moses SUELLENBERGER, March 26,1874, receiving stolen goods, two years; discharged August 3, 1876.

51. James BRANNON, April 4, 1874, petit larceny, one year; died July 9, 1874.

52. Aden D. GAINEY, April 4, 1874, burglary, two years, pardoned November 28, 1874.

53. John CLARK, March 22, 1875, grand larceny, two years; discharged February 15, 1877.

54. John R. CHIPMAN, October 25, 1875, murder, life; pardoned November 22, 1888.

55. George WILLIS, June 12, 1876, burglary, three years; discharged April 5, 1879.

56. William JONES, alias LAWRENCE, June 12, 1876, burglary, two years; discharged May 11, 1878. Jones claimed his relatives lived in St. Louis, Missouri.

57. John HUEY, January 8, 1877, manslaughter, twenty-one years; discharged November 4, 1891. HUEY escaped from prison August 13, 1890 at 7:30 p.m., recaptured May 11, 1891, at St. Louis, Missouri after being out eight months and twenty-eight days. He was wanted by the United States District Marshal, and at the expiration of his term was arrested at the prison door by the United States Marshal on a charge of counterfeiting, taken to Indianapolis, tried before the District Court, found guilty and sentenced for one year, December 17, 1891; discharged March 3, 1893. On October 26, 1893 he was again convicted of burglary and larceny and received a sentence of ten years, which is now serving. Counting his recapture makes four times he has been in this prison. Was forty-two years old when he received last sentence.

58. John W. BYERS, January 8, 1877, grand larceny, two years; discharged December 6, 1878.

59. Joseph L. WHITE, June 11, 1877, grand larceny, seven years; discharged April 19, 1883. This was the second term for WHITE, he having served a former term of two years for grand larceny from Sullivan County

60. Charles JOHNSON, June 11, 1877, grand larceny, four years; discharged February 12, 1881.

61. William SNYDER, June 11, 1877, forgery, two years; pardoned July 1, 1878.

62. Charles CUMMINGS, June 11, 1877, burglary, five years; pardoned August 18, 1880. His correct name was R. P. WILSON.

63. William THOMAS, June 11, 1877, burglary five years; discharged December 13, 1881. Correct name was George BOGART.

64. Lewis MENK January 29, 1878, assault and battery with intent to murder, two years; discharged December 18, 1879.

65. Jacob JAMISON, October 21, 1878, assault and battery with intent to kill, two years, discharged September 21, 1880.

66. James WINTERS, October 21, 1878, grand larceny, one year, discharged October 9, 1879. WINTERS afterwards served a three year term in this prison for grand larceny, from November 25, 1885 to May 24, 1888. After finishing his second term, he was again convicted for assault and battery with intent to murder and is now servings two years sentence in this prison.

67. Elisha RAINBOLT, January 11, 1879, assault and battery with intent to kill, three years; discharged November 4, 1881.

68. Mont JOHNS, January 22, 1879, burglary and larceny, three years; pardoned July 23, 1880.

69. David HEATON, June 19, 1879, grand larceny, four years; discharged February 19, 1883.

70. John HILDERBECK, July 8, 1880, grand larceny, two years, discharged June 3, 1882.

71. Tracy OWEN, July 8, 1880, grand larceny, two years; died April 23, 1882. This was OWEN's second term. His relatives lived at Terre Haute.

72. E. M. LESLIE, November 4, 1880, petit larceny, two years; discharged September 29, 1882. Leslie was a physician. He afterward served a two years sentence in this prison for burglary form December 9, 1884 to September 9, 1886.

73. Jacob SHRANK, November 4, 1880, grand larceny, two years, discharged October 1882.

74. William BAYS, April 1, 1881, assault and battery with intent, two years, discharged February 4, 1883.

75. John WOODSMALL, June 21, 1881, murder, twenty-one years, pardoned June 4, 1888. Taken home by his brother to Elnora, Indiana where he died July 8, 1888. This case was venued from Daviess County to Greene County.

76. John BLAND, October 26, 1881, petit larceny, one year, discharged October 16, 1882.

77. __ GEORGE, February 1, 1882, burglary and larceny, two years; discharged November 23, 1883.

78. Henry L. WHITE, January 24, 1882, larceny, two years; discharged November 20, 1882. WHITE was afterward sent from Clay County, under the name of Lee WHITE, March 18, 1884, grand larceny, five years; discharged March 15, 1888. He was again convicted of grand larceny in Vigo County, June 2, 1888, and sentenced to a term of five years which expired April 26, 1882. Las time he was sent as Emory WHITE. If alive , he is no doubt in some other prison now.

79. James MYERS, January 8, 1883, larceny, two years; discharged October 11, 1884.

80. John R. EATON, June 6, 1883, two years, manslaughter; discharged March 6, 1885. EATON was sent for killing KING near Koleen in 1882.

81. Thomas DOVER, September 15, 1883, petit larceny, one year; discharged August 23, 1884.

82. John SMITH, September 15, 1883, petit larceny, one year; discharged September 8, 1884. SMITH was seventeen years old and claimed he had no relatives.

83. Andrew J. HUEY, December 20, 1883, burglary and larceny, five years; discharge October 14, 1887. HUEY had served a former term in this prison; being sent from Clay County, October 10, 1881, two years for burglary and larceny. Later he was sent from Vigo County, May 12, 1888, three years for petit larceny. On October 26, 1893, he was convicted in Clay County of stealing eighteen bushels of wheat and was sentenced for a term of ten years which he is now serving.

84. William L. BECK, May 24, 1884, petit larceny, one year; discharged May 10, 1885.

85. Charles CALKINS, June 3, 1881, assault and battery attempted to rape, two years; discharged May 13, 1886.

86. William E. GENTRY, October 3, 1884, forgery, three years; discharged July 3, 1886.

87. Charles BROWN, February 17, 1885, petit larceny, two years; paroled June 15, 1886. BROWN was eighteen years of age and claimed Ft. Wayne as residence.

88. John H. STROPES, April 28, 1885, embezzling and grand larceny, two years; discharged February 5, 1887.

89. Wm ATKINSON, May 18, 1885, murder, fifteen years, paroled October 22, 1889. ATKINSON was a coal miner and his family lived at Edwardsport, Indiana.

90. Lewis DAUGHERTY, May 27, 1885, petit larceny, one year; discharged April 27, 1886. DAUGHERTY claimed his wife lived in Vincennes.

91. Edward LANCASTER, May 27, 1885, assault and battery with intent to rape, two years; discharged Mary 17, 1887.

92. James HOWELL, November 22, 1885, robbery, five years; died September 28, 1888.

93. Tobias TUNGATE, February 25, 1887, burglary, two years; discharged November 25, 1889.

94. Alfred JOHNSON, September 6, 1887, petit larceny, one year; discharged August 6, 1888. JOHNSON served three terms in this prison. Second term for petit larceny, December 12, 1888, to November 14, 1889, sent from Dearborn County. Third term was sent from Daviess County, March 7, 1892, one year for petit larceny, stole $15.00, sentenced as Stephen A. JOHNSON.

95. Donald A. LECLAIR, May 10, 1888, forgery, two years; discharged February 10, 1890. Claimed Canada as his home.

96. Henry LYNCH, September 19, 1888, burglary, two years; discharged June 21, 1890.

97. John MCGREGOR, February 21, 1889, receiving stolen goods, two years; discharged November 24, 1890. MCGREGOR was born in Scotland and claimed to have served in Battery D, Heavy Artillery, in the English army, June 13, 1891, he was sentenced from Clark County to a term of one year for stealing whisky and cigars to the value of $4.00. Served second term under name of John THOMAS.

98. Edward R. STROPES, May 11, 1889, embezzlement, one year; released by mandate of the Supreme Court, November 5, 1889.

99. William GOENS, December 5, 1889, assault and battery with intent to kill, two years, discharged September 4, 1891. GOENS was a private in CO A 4TH TENNESSEE INFANTRY VOLUNTEERS.

100. William S. MARTIN, February 22, 1890, petit larceny, one year, discharged January 22, 1891.

101. Leander CITY, March 15, 1890, manslaughter, nine years; discharged April 14, 1896.

102. Charles STEELE, May 12, 1890, grand larceny, one year; discharged April 14, 1891, Charged with stealing $30.00

103. Ross ELROD, May 14, 1891, larceny, one year; discharged April 14, 1892. Charged with stealing a suit of clothes valued at $30.00.

104. Liberty STALCUP, May 17, 1891, grand larceny, two years; discharged February 7, 1893. Charged with stealing a horse valued at $100.

105. William BLAKER, October 1, 1891, larceny, one year; discharged February 1, 1892. Charged with stealing a horse valued at $100.

106. Sylvester HANLEY, October 1, 1891, forgery, three years; discharged April 1, 1891. Charged with forging a note for $100.

107. Ed ROBINSON, October 1, 1891, burglary and larceny, one year; discharged September 1, 1892. Charged with breaking into warehouse and stealing wool value of $5.00. Wife lived in Columbus, Ohio.

108. William GAINEY, October 1, 1891, burglary and larceny, one year; discharged September 1, 1892. Charged with breaking into wareroom and stealing wool value of $5.

109. Byron NOEL, September 17, 1892, larceny, two years; discharged June 17, 1894. NOEL was eighteen years old and charged with stealing $45.

110. Wm MCKINNON, May 13, 1893, larceny, one year; discharged April 15, 1894. Charged with stealing a basket of groceries.

111. Robert BEASLEY, May 22, 1893, larceny, two years; discharged May 22, 1895. Charged with stealing five horse shoes from a man named HAMILTON. On June 20,1896, BEASLEY escaped at 1:00 p.m. and was recaptured at 2 p.m. after being out one-half hour.

112. Ed MCGUIRE, November 20, 1893, grand larceny, five years; serves sentence. Charged with stealing six head of cattle valued at $200.

113. Wm BONHAM, December 11, 1893, grand larceny, five years; serving sentence. Charge same as above.

114. John S. RUSSELL, March 4, 1894, forgery, three years; serving sentence. Charged with forging not [note] for $17.550 17.50]

115. David CONWELL, May 2, 1894, larceny, two years; discharged December 2, 1896. Charged with chicken stealing.

116. John JONES, alias MCNUTT, alias RANSOM, fourth term March 9, 1894, larceny, three years; serving sentence. Charged with stealing clothing. First term from Franklin County, one year, petit larceny under name of Joseph MCNUTT in 1874. Second time was sent under name of MCNUTT from Daviess County, three years, for grand larceny, Nov 17, 1877. After finishing his second term, he was again sentenced for two years, September 4, 1880 from Henry County for burglary and larceny.

117. Peter JONES, March 8, 1894, larceny, three years; serving sentence.

118. John BAIN, Mary 13, 1894, incest, three years; serving sentence.

119. Alfred HASLER, February 27, 1894, petit larceny, one year; discharged January 27, 1895. Charged with stealing tobacco.

120. Jack MONTGOMERY, March 19, 1894, incest, two years; discharged February 18, 1896.

121. Andrew F. DOUGLAS, October 1, 1894, larceny, one year; discharged September 1, 1895.

122. William BENNETT, October 4, 1894, grand larceny, two years; escaped November 20, 1895. BENNETT had been doing work in front office and about 7 o'clock p.m. while count was being made, he escaped. Owing to a misunderstanding between two of the guards as to who should count BENNETT, he was not missed until next morning.

123. George W. RILEY, November 20, 1894, forgery, two years, serving term.

124. Charles RIVERS, alias COOK, alias WEST. It is thought his right name is COOK. December 4, 1894, grand larceny, ten years; serving sentence. RIVERS, it will be remembered, was one of the men who robbed the Bloomfield bank in the fall of 1894. Claims he was born in Texas and that his wife Mabel lives in Canada. She now lives in Chicago. RIVERS has been visited by Chief of Police, of St. Paul and other detectives. He works in the pants factory.

125. William F. HOWELL, December 11, 1894, false pretense, one year; discharged November 11, 1895.

126. Thomas R. COOK, March 4, 1895, embezzlement, one year; pardoned September 10, 1895.

127. Martin PRESCOTT, March 13, 1895, larceny, one year; discharged February 14, 1896.

128. William MCCARTY, September 3, 1895, larceny, eighteen months; serving term. Charged with stealing set of silver knives and forks, near Sandborn, Indiana.

129. Frederick S. SHOEMAKER, October 5, 1895, larceny, two years, serving term. Charged with stealing $115. from W. O. C. DECK, at Newberry, Indiana.

130. Charles WHITTLEVEY, November 15, 1895, larceny, eighteen months, serving time. Charged with stealing overcoat at Bloomfield, Indiana, value of thirty-five dollars. Father lives at Los Angles, California. WHITTLEVEY is sixteen years of age.

131. John H. CARNES, November 26, 1895, larceny, one year; serving term. Charged with stealing a pair of posts from Taylor Bros., at Worthington, Indiana. Gave his occupation as sign painter.

132. Elijah MICHAELS, November 30, 1895, incest, two years; serving term. Charged with committing incest on Harriet BAYS, at Cincinnati, Ind.

133. William SNIDER, December 4, 1895, larceny, one year, serving term. Charged with stealing pork from George and J. D. MYERS, at Worthington, Indiana.

134. Major EVANS, February 15, 1895, larceny, one year; serving term. Charged with stealing five dollars and two gold rings valued at seven dollars from Mamie SMIRK, at Linton, Indiana.

Of the 134, fifteen were pardoned, two paroled, eight died, two escaped, and three were released by mandate from the Supreme Court, leaving 100 who served their term; All the life men were pardoned; neither on serving as long as fifteen years.

There are forty seven life terms in the prison.

Jim RAPER has been here twenty-three years. Sentence fifty.

J. A. R.

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