Attica Ledger Press (Newspaper) - October 20, 1911, Attica, Indiana The Attica Ledger press Iloo per Yea Rattican Indiana. Friday. October 20, 191l established 1851�?no. 3 t mlis Boro swept by a Tornado which destroys much property fierce Gale wrecks houses and snaps off Strong Trees storm proves worst seen in Fountain conty since Attia Cyclone 25 years narrow escapes but not a fatality occurred exaggerated first reports cause consternation and attract Trio Sands to the Village to View the reported devastation. T about 4/>0 o clock saturday afternoon the most violent windstorm that has visited Fountain county since the memorable Attica Cyclone of May 12, 1886. Swept across the town of Hills Horo fourteen Miles Southeast of this City and within the few minutes that it raged did damage estimated at fifty to Moisand dollars or More. The storm burst upon the Village in the midst of a driving rain and with Little warning Havethe Dull Roar of the wind. For nearly ten minutes it raged and few of the inhabitants had any idea that the storm was As severe As it was or that they were within the grip of a Cyclone until after the danger had past. In a it ite of the Large property damage no lives were lost and but one person sustained any injuries of consequence. The Telephone and Telegraph wires were All blown Down and to this fact is due the wildly exaggerated reports that first reach this City. A yellow Jeoomal of Danville iii., with a correspondent on the spot came out sunday morning with a sensational Story pro claiming in glaring headlines that Hills Boro had been Wipt from the map and that the business Section was almost entirely in ruins and not a building in town a adapt injury. In View of the fact that the Hillsboro Telephone Exchange was out of business and the facts could not be Learned this report a it read alarm thru out the county and Many hundreds of people hurried to Hillsboro to see the ruins or to see if relatives there were in distress. Many went from Attica in fact nearly every surrounding town was represented by automobile loads of sightseers the majority of whom were More or less Dis a pointed when they saw that the work of the storm had been grossly exaggerated. As it was however the storm was a severe one and it is rather a remarkable fact that there were no ser Kos injuries or Deatly As a result of it. Tho bams were levelled one House utterly demolished Many buildings partially a roofed verandas torn Down and Shade Trees and Telephone poles a Nat off like Sticks of Candy Only one Man was Hurt. E. I. Wilt sustained a three Inch Gash in the forehead extending above the Eyebrow when a Sheet Iron awning of Bis hardware store was blown in and crashed on his head. The Accident might easily have Cost him his life but be escape with Only a painful flesh wound. The Cyclone struck about three Miles West of Hillsboro. Its first act was the destruction of a Large Bam on the farm of Wallace Epperson. A new silo had been built adjacent to the barn and this was carried away. The loss is approximately $2,500. Two Small to it ams on the farm of Thomas Taylor and j. W. Hayes were next in line. These were levelled entailing a property loss of $1,200, include ini some hogs that were killed. At the Western Edge of Hillsboro not far from the big four depot the Tornado playfully tips Over the garage at the Home of j. H. Mcgee proprietor of the Novelty works. The top and fender of his Maxwell Auto were broken and other damage was done to the machine. The Chimney was blown from his residence and part of the roof earned with it. His Mill across the Street was badly shaken up. The roof was torn off in part and the smokestack blown Down. The building lists badly As a result of the blow. Fut Yards beyond the Mcm Home Rathe scene of the quid s greatest Farj. Where stood uie Humble Home of Clyde a crimes before the storm there waa Only the Stone foun Atiim left when the Tornado past. Portions of tiie Hai Hiing were scattered Over the. A Gonna for a distance of 300 to 400 Yards. The floor of the House stood on and with the matting still attached a a Fay against Aeo crib across the one beam was carried 300 Yards across the big four tracks and rammed into the Side of Glen Templeton s House. Scarcely any of the meager furnishings of Holmes House could be found. Fortunately none of the Holmes family was at Home when the storm struck. Mrs. Holmes and the children were on a visit with her Mother in Veedersburg at the time. Holmes had been in the House during the afternoon but left a few minutes before the arrival of the Cyclone. Had the family been Home it is inconceivable that they could have escaped unhurt. The destruction of the House meant the toss of everything to the family. Holmes is a Labouring Man and was a renter. The heaviest individual loss probably Falls on the Telephone system of which county commissioner we. A. Wright is the owner. He had his linemen Busy Early sunday and before the Day was past in re establishing service Over part of the town where the damage was least. Poles were broken wires tangled and severed and dam age done in other ways which or. Wright estimates will amount to nearly $10,000. The big four Railroad Rusht to the scene a special train saturday night to put up its Telegraph wires and remove obstructions from the track a number of freight cars on the siding were Biown Down the track and upset by the derail. The roof of the depot was Tom away and carried 200 feet by the wind. One Freak of the storm was that it struck the town from two directions at the same time. The it Westem half of the town which includes the business District was struck from the Southwest while the Eastern Edge was struck from the Northeast the wreckage indicating that the opposing currents had formed a huge whirlwind. So far As can be leased however there was no funnel shaped Cloud such As usually figures in to Roslof this kind. The Gale was accompanied by a violent Hail storm. Hail the size of huge walnuts fell in immense quantities the fall of rain was not excessive and was of Short duration. The wind struck the Row of Brick buildings occupied by the Hillsboro Sute Bank a. Linville &co., h. T. Scharf Wilt amp Laird and several other business firms with full Force tearing the Sheet Iron awnings supported by one Inch rods from the front of each. With the fall of the awnings e. I Wilt a hardware dealer of Hillsboro of the firm of Wilt amp Laird Rashed to the front and started to open the door. He was struck with great Force by the falling awning and was badly Cut. Bars. Ethel Watkins a widow and two Little children had a narrow escape from death. Their House was shifted from its foundation by the Gale and they were held prisoners in an upper room. Relatives released them an hour after the storm. Practically All the furniture in widow a Innie Wood s Home was demolished when the Tomado struck it. The House was partially moved off the foundation and threatened to crash Down on mrs. Wood and one child with her. She has four other children. Her loss is heavy and a grievous Burden to her. Morrison,.finch amp co. Grain dealers Are also heavy losers. Two Large elevators were a roofed smoke stack levelled and with other things their loss is estimated at $1,000. Wind Mills were broken like Reeds before the wind and no Small building stood before the storm unless protected by larger ones. O. P. Hatt s Chicken House was Biown Down and before the chickens could escape a number of them were crushed by falling timbers. A Large Hay a in on the farm of Joe Hays was blown Down and one Hundred tons of Timothy Hay was whisked away. His loss is estimated at $1,500. The barn on Alvin Hal More s farm East of town was also demolished. Two Fine mules were caught in the wreckage but were taken out uninjured. His residence was also badly damaged and he estimates his loss at $1,500. The storm which h reach the magnitude of a Tomado at Hillsboro saturday seems to have swept half Way across the state starting in near Covington where some of the Fine sugar Camps of that Vicinity suffered severely. Wesley Sprankle lost about three Hundred Trees and his neighbor will Helper lost nearly two Hundred besides suffering other loss. Comrad Weber had eighteen shocks of com blown away and so Thoro by were they scattered that he has not been Able to find any of the fodder since. Wesley Carpenter lost about two Hundred Trees from his Maple Grove and will Barcley half As Many. Sweeping eastward the storm next singled out the Home of Lewis Roach South of Veedersburg a coir in of Miles. His Boose was we Down and the wreckage strewn for Miles. His barn outbuildings and fences were Laid Low and some of his poultry and live Stock killed. Or. Roach and his wife were trading in Veedersburg when the storm visited their Home but some of their children were at Home and fortunately escape unhurt altho they were frightened nearly to death. When a summer Kitchen was blown against the House the Walls crashed in and the children fled ust As the Hiu be went to pieces. Bill Quot Bailey s woodshed was carried fifty Yards and stoves and Small farming implements stored therein were badly broken. Two Sheds owned by Harvey Mcbroom were blown Down. George Mcbroom s Orchard containing Many old but valuable Trees was almost wiped out. Russell Kegg waa leaving town in a buggy when the storm overtook him. He was badly shaken up and bruised. For a time it was thought he sustained a facture of one Arm. A tree fell on a Pony owned by Dan Harding and the animal was killed. Holland s Fum iture store was partially a roofed. A portion of mrs. Emma Layman s House was blown from its foundation and scattered promiscuously for More than a mile while the bed clothing and wearing apparel was left behind. J. A. Wilt must advertise for 300 shocks of Corn if he Hopes to get Back the portion of his crop which the Tornado showed a liking for. The com was scattered to the Quot four winds of heaven Quot and is a Complete loss. On top of this or. Wilt lost two bams by the storm and a third Bam was a roofed. He thinks he is Lucky As his loss does not exceed $800. The most serious loss to the town a a whole is the destruction of the handsome Maple Trees which shaded its residence streets for it will take years to replace the Trees which the storm destroyed in a few minutes. The broken and twisted tranks of these Hardwood Trees show More clearly than anything else the tremendous Power of the wind. Trees six inches in diameter and even larger were snap off like fragile saplings and scores of them blocked the sidewalks in All parts of the town. One of these is a tree with a history and its loss is mourned by All. The old state Road passes thru Hillsboro and near the Central part of town stood a huge Maple tree Over a Hundred feet tall and probably two Hundred years old. In other years when the old Road was a Stagecoach route this tree was a favorite resting place and it said by old residents that Abraham Lincoln general Lew Wallace senator Hanne Gan. Senator Voorhees and other notables have rested beneath its branches and quench their thirst at a nearby Well. The Tomado seemed to have spent its fury by the time it reached the Home of Jesse Brant two and a half Miles East of Hillsboro altho it damaged fences and Orchards As far East As Wingate and in the Vicinity of Newtown. After Quot tearing up Jack Quot at Hillsboro the storm abated in fury but continued to sweep Onward toward the South East a High wind velocity with More or less damage being reported in several places Between Hillsboro and Indianapolis. Four Miles this Side of that City the storm reach its Comax and practically Tore up the thriving Village of Ben Davis. The damage there was Many times worse than at Hillsboro altho by another seeming Miracle not a death occurred altho a score of dwellings were wreck and scattered Over the in a fall. A. T. Leath is Laid up at his Home in this City with a broken rib received while picking apples out at the farm near Bethel Church tuesday. Or. Leath is 72 years old and somewhat Handicap from previous injuries but he insisted in helping Harvest the apples. While on a ladder eight or ten feet from the ground with a bag half full of apples the ladder he was on tips with him throwing him to the ground. The ladder fell upon him and it is thought that gave him the broken rib but in addition he sustained severe bruises in the fall that Are causing him a great Deal of plan to save Heathen missionary societies of Lafayette District hold annual convention in this Over $10,000 yearly to spend in foreign Fields Large attendance and Good interest Mark sessions of two Days meeting which closed yesterday in methodist Church. Committee reported the following and they were elected As officers for the ensuing year mrs. A. W. Wood West Lafayette president mrs. Laura osterday Mulberry first vice president mrs. Edwin Randall Ambia. Second vice president mrs. Flora Lutz Shade land third vice president mrs. Donald Mcclurg Lafayette correspondent Secretary mrs. T. T. Coffing Attica recording Secretary mrs. Lula Bartholomew Stock Well treasurer miss Deborah Elliott Stock Well. Supt. Young people s work miss Kate Finney Attica superintendent children s work mrs. J. A. Me Harry Shawnee Mound superintendent mite boxes mrs. Thos. Taylor West Lafayette Branch Delegate mrs. Or. Hiner West Lafayette alternate mrs. J. E. Marshall Montmorenci Reserve Schlosser dead. John 8cblesser, one of the and Best known residents of can Ltd of will Lamport died Home just West of town morning at the age of 71. Oldest the al at his tuesday the fun the methodist woman s foreign missionary societies of the Lafayette District closed a very pleasant and successful two Days convention at the methodist Church in this City yesterday afternoon and the ninth eight delegates and visitors resumed to their Homes last night. At the final session yesterday Kirklin was selected for the meeting place next year winning out Over Frant fort with Only a few votes. The first meeting opened at 2 30 wednesday aft Moon with devotions Lead by mrs. Caroline Finney of Attica. At Theu conclusion mrs. A. W. Wood of West Lafayette took charge of the meeting and presided thereafter. T he minutes of the 1910 meeting were followed by the Roll Call and mrs. Wood appointed the following committee enrolment miss Adda Foster of Attica resolutions mrs. Case of Attica mrs. Geo. Haywood of Lafayette and mrs. Hooker of Dayton press reports mrs. R. E. Ray of Attica and mrs. Kessler of Lafayette. Mrs. Lucie f. Harrison of Pasadena calif., general Secretary of children s work then gave a Short talk and outlined a plan for securing subscriptions to the Junior missionary Friend. Thru her plan the Friend gained 6,000 sub of Ribers last year 2,800 of which were cured by the Northwest pm Branch 800 being secured at the Branch meeting at it. Carmel last month. She also gave plans for securing life Mem be ships in the Little Light bearers Ano the King s heralds. For these campaigns mrs. Randall of Ambia and mrs. Jesse Meharry of Shawnee Mound were appointed captains for life memberships and mrs. Case and mrs. Kelsey of Attica captains for securing subscriptions to the Junior Friend. Mrs. Martha e. Howard of Thom town conference Secretary then gave a talk telling of the missionaries the society has in the foreign Field. She read a letter from or. Emma Martin the missionary which this District sustains. Mrs. A. P. Green pleased the audience with a Solo rendered in her usual excellent style. The evening meeting began with a processional Lead by Daniel and Martha Young followed by members of the King s heralds and the choir. Rev. C. W. Postill conducted the devotions. Quot Mother Goose and her family As Mission workers Quot was greatly enjoyed by everyone. Mrs. T. R. Zeigler and miss Mildred Campbell Sang a duet after which mrs. Lucie f. Harrison talked to the children in such a Way that one feels sure the King s heralds will increase rapidly in membership. She followed this with a talk to the older people along the lines of the afternoon work. Owing to a delayed train some of the program had to be omitted. The meeting was followed by an informal reception Given in the sunday school rooms held to afford Opportunity for the visitors to become acquainted. Punch and wafers were served. Thursday coming after the meeting was called to order a number of new delegates reported making the attendance of delegates from other societies 32, and the number of visitors was brought up to 66, making the total number from the other societies 98. Devotional exercises were conducted by mrs. Randall of Ambia which were followed by a report from the Branch meeting held at it. Carmel last week. This we read by miss Elliott of Stock Well and showed that lady to be a very close observer and Able to Tell the result of her observations in a most entertaining manner. Among other things she stated that the society had obligated itself to raise $10,000 last year but by the report Given at the Mtcarmel meeting $10.931.71 was raised and the delegates there obligate neral was held thursday afternoon st one o clock and was in charge of Corwin Colvert of this City. Or. Schlosser is survived by a wife and four children mrs. Leroy Swank or. Or. Mccullough miss Tressle Schlosser and Leroy Schlosser Thea a inf tit. Three former being residents of wll society to raise $11,000 this year. Lla sport. H. C. Mart a co., has four and five Inch Drain tile for Sale. The rest of the morning program was followed out with a few changes and several interesting talks listed to. Thursday aft Moon the nominating Williams Case to be heard soon. The current term of the Fountain i circuit court is having More criminal business than any term that has been held for Many years. Next tuesday the 24th inst has been fit As the Dat upon which the sensational trial of Joseph Williams the wealthy Millcreek township Farmer charged with an almost unbelievable crime is to begin. The Petit jury has been summoned to hear this Case and it promises to be one of the most remarkable in the criminal annals of the county. The specific charge upon which Williams is to be tried is incest and criminal assault upon a Young woman named Zola Williams who is commonly reputed and recognized to be Williams own daughter bom out of week it cd. She is not the prosecuting witness altho when examined by the prosecutor prior to the filing of the Case admitted the truth of the charges. She was taken into custody and for her own Protection was adjudged a delinquent and sent to the girls Reform school at Clearmont where she is not permitted to communicate with the defendant in any Way. Williams himself fled when the matter first became Public but returned to his farm near Yeddo later and was arrested there while hiding in a Hay mow. After spending a Short time in jul he gave a Cash Bond of $1,500 and has since been at Liberty. In the meantime his wife has left him and applied for a divorce and in addition filed a suit to have set aside a deed which made her and her husband share equally in the ownership of a Large tract of land. Prosecutor Philpott will be assisted on behalf of the state by James Bingham former attorney general now of Muncie while the defendant has retained Charles f. Mccabe the Well known Crawfordsville la eras his chief to pass on Baird s a tints. The trial of the suit filed against Frank Baird former trustee of Davis township at the instance of the state Board of accounts after an examination of the township books will come to trial nov. 8th. This is the Case which caused a sensation in Davis township when the report was first made Public in As much As the Field examiners charged that or. Baird had expended about $35,000 contrary to the Laws gov Eming the township funds. Much of the amount charged Back against the sex trustee is known to have been expended with the knowledge and approval of the township advisory both but technicalities relative to letting out work by bid and the keeping of close records was in Many instances neglected. A statute was past by the last legislature for the Relief of cases of this kind of which there were scores Thra out the state and it provided that in All cases where it can be shown that the township got full value received for the Money expended and there is no evidence of fraud trustees shall not be compelled to pay Back the amounts charged against them. Other trustees in this county have already taken advantage of this Law and been cleared from the charges pending against them and it is expected that or. Baird will be Able to show that All the Money he expended was for the Benefit of the township. He was trustee from 1900 to 1904, and is now a trustee of the Northern Indiana state prison. Green s photos Tell his Story career of crime writes its impress on face of noted Wayne town horse thief. Capt. Colvert tells details of capture in Pennsylvan after being caught in Possession of stolen Rig he attacks officer who arrested him and makes Effort to escape. Bob Green a a he was three years ago and As he is Titus married. The marriage of Clyde e. Titus a former Williamsport boy and miss Maude Essex which took place in the first Baptist Church in Indianapolis on wednesday night was one of the most Beautiful weddings that has been celebrated in the capital City this fall. Is was one of the big social events of the City and was of such prominence that the Indianapolis Star devoted a half column of its society Page to the details thursday. The marriage was solemnized by Rev. J. N. Green of Watertown s. D., brother in Law of the Groom and formerly pastor at Williams port. Following the ceremony a reception was Given at the Home of the ladies parents in Woodruff place after which the newly weds left for a wedding trip thru the West. The Groom is the son of or. And mrs. Jesse Titus who for a number of years were prominent residents of Williams port but who now reside in Indianapolis. For the past eight years he has been in the undertaking business in Indianapolis and is a member of the firm of Whit sell Titus amp Hisey. The Bride is the Only daughter of or. And mrs. Bert Essex and comes from Well to do family. She just recently resumed from a trip abroad with her Fath a. Or. And mrs. Titus will go to housekeeping in a residence adjoining that of the Bride s parents in Woodruff place and will be at Home to their friends after dec. 1st. Among the out of town guests were miss Caroline Harbaugh of this City who is a Cousin of the Home from Hospital Enos Nebeker Covington s most distinguish citizen is Home from the Hospital and is Happy As a Schoolboy Over the fact that he can now sees gain. As yet he is compelled to Wear smoked goggles but it is expected that As his Eye becomes stronger he will be Able to abandon them and be Able to see almost As Well As Ever. He was practically Blind for nearly four years his vision being obscured by the growth of a Cataract which was recently removed by an Indianapolis Sarge Ltd. Uncle Enos is kid King Forward to the Celebration of thanksgiving with a great Deal of Fervour this a new Lodge. It would seem that Attica is Well provided with local lodges of Frateman societies of various kinds but that there is always room for another has been demonstrated within the last few Days. S. V. Hose one of the runners for Hunter Springs has been interested for some time in the fraternal order of bears and recently secured an appointment As a Deputy grand organizer. For thi Pust two weeks he has been engaged in working up a Quot Den Quot of the new order Here and is meeting with splendid Success. Already he has forty eight pledged to become charter members and is looking Forward to the installation of the society As soon As the necessary arrangements can be made. The order has its Headquarters and Quot grand Den Quot at Cincinnati where it was organized two years ago. It has Over five thousand lumbers scattered thru out Nineteen states altho most of them Aro in Ohio. The initiation fee for charter members is $5.00 and the monthly dues thereafter Are 75 cents. The order pays sick benefits and $100 funeral expense upon the death of a member. It is patterned somewhat after the eagles and makes a Strong Appeal that it is not a class organization anyone in Good enough health to pass the medical examination being admitted to membership. The tragic downfall of Robert Green the notorious horse thief and his sen National change from a respected citizen and Bank director at Waynetown to a desperate outlaw fleeing for his life and hunted Down like a beast is still fresh in the minds of residents of this Section altho it occurred three years ago. The Story of those three years is told in the face of the Man himself and Tew of his acquaintances about his old Home would recognize in the depraved thief now awaiting sentence in a Pennsylvania jail the Bob Green of three years ago. The accompanying pictures Tell the sad Story and prove the old Law that error like virtue brings its own Reward. The one above shows Robert Green As he appeared just after his first arrest in Indianapolis and was taken by the police before his identity was known. The one below shows him As he appears today having been Takeia after his arrest in Pennsylvania. It was brought to Attica by capt. Will Colvert who went to the East last week As a representative of the Indiana horse thief detective association to see if it would be possible to secure his return to Indiana. It will be recalled that Green escaped from the state prison at Michigan City where he was serving time but in addition to that there Are enough indictments standing against him in this county to keep him in the Penitentiary the remainder of his life. Or. Colvert found that Green is now in jail at West Chester penn., awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to grand larceny. He was arrested August 3d in s in suburbs of Philadelphia while in Possession of a $400 horse and buggy stolen the night before from a farm hand at an elks picnic. He drove out of the Park where the picnic was held about 10 00 o clock and was arrested Early the next coming after having travelled about Twenty four Miles. At the time of his arrest he had the buggy full of chickens which he had stolen during the night. Capt r. O. Jeffers chief of police at West Chester is a shrewd Cri nolo Gist and after looking thru his rogue s gallery identified Green from the upper picture shown Here which had in sent broadcast after his escape at Michigan City. He was arrested by a Railroad detective named Thompson at 69th Street As he was entering Philadelphia. He was locked up in a room Over a livery Bam used by the police to detain prisoners until the arrival of the patrol Wagon and the officers at West Chester notified. The acting chief of police there and the owner of the Rig hastened to the place in an Auto and identified the stolen property. Green gave the name of Harry Church. As the three left the room after interviewing him he ask detective Thompson for a drink and As the latter tuned to get it for him Green attack him with an Iron hinge he had wrench from the cot so furiously did he assault the officer that 32 stitches were necessary to sew up the letter s head. Green got out of the door and leapt thru a window onto a roof. Thompson recovered himself and followed firing his revolver at Green As they ran. The West Chester officer who had gone below heard the scuffle and ran out in time to a percept Green and shot him As he leapt from the roof of a shed to the ground. The Bullet struck his left Temple and dazed him so that the officers were upon him before he could make another attempt to run. When Green saw that he could not conceal his real identity further he wrote to his Mother at Crawfordsville and she sustained the traditions of motherhood by going to him at once buying him decent apparel and providing an attorney for his defense. Green was indicted aug. 30th, and on the same Day was arraigned and entered a plea of guilty. Sentence was not passed upon him however and he still remains in the jail at West Chester while the court is busying itself with the trial of members of the mob that lynched and burned a negro in i that same county a few weeks ago. I there is a possibility that the Jud May decide to Tum the notorious thief Over to the Indiana authorities but this is hardly probable. Or. It Herert was received with the utmost Courtesy by the officers at West Chester a of whom were greatly interested i the details of Green s remarkable criminal career.