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- 1936 -

Weston County Gazette
Upton, Weston Co. Wyoming
January 2, 1936

Upton Physician Is Called To Iowa
Dr. C.J. Reed left Tuesday morning for Webster City, Iowa, stating that his brother, J.D. Reed of Webster City, was critically ill. Stricken suddenly, with a [illegible] disease known as "Berger" the unfortunate man was rushed to the Mayo Clinic at Rochester, Minnesota, for medical attention. It is reported that Dr. Reed went to Rochester Wednesday. Few cases of Berger are known and they are strange to this part of the country. It is feared that Dr. Reed's brother will have to have his leg amputated. He is suffering from blood [illegible] which make his condition serious.

[transcribed by S.F., Sept 2007]


Weston County Gazette
Upton, Weston Co. Wyoming
April 2, 1936

John Allison Henderson, son of George W. and Lavantia Henderson, was born at Neola, Iowa, May 7, 1861, passed away at his home in Newcastle, Wyo., March 16, 1936 at 4 P.M., from a prolonged illness. Mr. Henderson received his early education in the schools of his native state being an honor student in History and Composition. In June 1882 he with an Uncle came to the Black Hills looking for work. They secured employment on a ranch for the summer then went to Deadwood where his Uncle took the state to return to his family in Iowa but John remained. he and partner spent the winter hunting buffalo north of the Black Hills. Mr. Henderson's folks moved to Deadwood from Iowa in November 1882. John worked at the carpenter trade during his stay in Deadwood. He was an active member of the Good Templars and served as president of that organization for one year, in Deadwood. He was also Past Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows Lodge. In 1889 he decided to go to Newcastle where he built a home and was engaged for many years in contracting and building. He also did considerable work in Cambria and the surrounding towns. He was very active in the Episcopal church in the early days [illegible] had a class of young men in a Sunday school and served as superintendent of the same in Newcastle and was a member of the choir. He was just and upright in all his dealings, having high ideals. Mr. Henderson was a member of the Weston County Trail Blazers [illegible] was truly a pioneer of this section and could tell many interesting stories of the early days of Newcastle and Cambria.

On December 24, Christmas 1907, he was united in marriage to Miss Lucy D. Andrews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Andrews of Sundance. To this union six children were born, one dying [illegible]. The Hendersons located on a [illegible] near Upton, residing there a number of years and later moved to their home in Newcastle where Henderson was an employee of Burlington Railroad. Mr. Henderson was a nature [?lover or naturalist] and spent some of his time writing short stories on the subject. [illegible] of these stories were accepted and published ina number of the nature magazines of the [illegible]

The last few months he was confined to his bed most of the time, and on Monday March 16 at 4 P.M. the end came. The funeral was held at 2 P.M. Wednesday, March 18 at the Methodist church in Newcastle, Rev. Ralph Schneider officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the beautifyl Greenwood cemetery in Newcastle beside his son. The widow, Mrs. Lucy Henderson, three sons, Lawrence, Melvin, Kenneth and two daughters, [illegible] and Virginia, three sisters, Mrs. Anna Miller of 53 Harriet St. [illegible] California; Mrs. Hattie [illegible] of Pasadena, Calif; Mrs. Ella [illegible] of Rawlins, Wyo. and one brother, James C. Henderson of [illegible], Wyoming remain to mourn his passing.

[transcribed by S.F., Sept 2007]


Ironwood Daily Globe
Ironwood, Michigan
May 23, 1936

Three Face Trial in Hillbilly Case - Others Held in Murder of 'Old Dan' Shine to be Released.
Elkader, Ia., May 23 -- Sheriff L.J. Palas indicated today he probably will bring only three persons to trial for the "Hillbilly" murder of "Old Dan" Shine, although he still held seven in jail as he wound up his investigation. Six of the seven, including Mrs. Pearl Shine, 28-year-old, bride-widow of the 60-year-old farmer, and her boy-lover, Maynard Lenox, 19, are charged with murder.

"Mrs. Shine and Lenox," the sheriff said, "have made new confessions which state they and Jim Hines were the only ones present May 5 when old Dan was beaten, shot to death by Lenox and his body arranged to look like a suicide."

Jim Hines is the 26-year-old, third husband of Mrs. Shine's "Aunt Minnie." who is 49 and the mother of 18 children. Both Mrs. Shine and Lenox declared in their confessions that Jim and Minnie Hines hatched the plot to trick farmer-bachelor Shine out of his 80-acre farm by getting him to marry Pearl Shine, twice wed before, deed her the property and then to kill him in order to cash in.

"Lenox maintained he shot old Dan," the sheriff said, "because Pearl promised to marry him if he'd get the old man out of the way." Sheriff Palas yesterday released Albert Hines, 68, Mrs. Shine's father; Maurice Hines, 32, her brother, and Sam Cornwell, 55, Manchester, Ia., junk dealer. "We're convinced these three members of the Hines-Cornwell family weren't in on the job," he said.

[transcribed by S.F., January 2007; see March 4, 1937 for more of this story]


Gettysburg Times
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
June 3, 1936

Youth who Killed Girl Dies of Bullet Wound
Des Moines, Iowa, June 3 (AP) - Reece Lewis, 20-year-old member of a well known Iowa family, died Tuesday from pistol bullet wounds he had himself inflicted less than 24 hours after he had killed his high school sweetheart, Eileen Pratt, 18. The youth, son of J.C. Lewis, president of the Iowa State Federation of Labor, and the girl were found Monday after the double shooting on a bed in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Beckman, with whom she lived.

[transcribed by S.F., August 2007]

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