Nebraska Obituaries - Red Cloud Chief - Aug 30, 1907

Of Local Interest

Charles Doty, one of the earliest settlers in Adams county, died last night.   He was 82 years of age.

Source = Red Cloud Chief; Aug 30, 1907, Page 1 Column 3



Irene Hickel, Insane, Threw Acid In Face of Jay Gallogly at Lincoln.

Lincoln, Aug. 27. - Jay Gallogly, attendant at the Bailey sanitarium, died from the effects of carbolic acid thrown in his face in the night while he slept by a patient, Irene Hickel.   She has been kept handcuffed because of her frenzies, but secured her freedom in some way and took thee acid from the medicine chest.   Gaining entrance to the man's room, she threw a large quantity in his eyes, nostrils and mouth.   He died in great agony.   The woman has an insane delusion that he had been trying to kill her relatives.


Train Hurled Into Ditch and Towerman, at Fault, Disappears

Fairbury, Neb., Aug. 26. - Harry Smith, a Rock Island engineer, was killed in a wreck at the B. and M. crossing a few miles west of this city.   His engine was pulling No. 8, the eastbound limited, and at the crossing he received a clear signal, which was changed too late for him to stop.   The engine remained on the track, the tender and three cars, mail express and one coach, going into the ditch.   Smith put on the air brakes and reversed his enginee and then either jumped or was thrown into the ditch, where the derailed cars crushed him. A new man was in chaarge of the semaphore at the crossing and it is supposed he thought the train was on the B. and M. line.   He disappeared as soon as the train was wrecked and has not been seen since.

Two Killed by Train.

Marshalltown. Ia., Aug. 28 - Clifford Atwood, the three-year-old son of the proprietor of a hotel at Montour, fourteen miles east of here, was instantly killed by a Northwestern freight train at the Main street crossing.   Paiquadi Zella, an Italian track laborer, who attempted to rescue the child, was also instantly killed.



Masked Men Overpower Sheriff and Prisoner Is Taken From Train and Scarcely Given Time to Make Statement Before Death - Allowed to Pray

Bancroft, Neb., Aug. 27. Loris Higgins, alias Fred Burke, who shot and killed Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Copple, farmers of Rosalie, May 17, was lynched one mile trom the town by a mob of twenty masked men.

Higgins reached Bancroft on the Northwestern train in custody or Sheriff Sid Young of Thurston country (sic) and a deputy at 8:37 a. m., from Omaha, where he had been confined in the Douglas county jail since his arrest soon after the murder.   The masked men met the train, brushed the sheriff and his deputy to one side, threw a rope around the murderer's neck and led him forth.   He was placed in a dray and hauled to the Logan bridge, a mile out of town, where the lynching was performed.

The rope was tied to the highest beam of the bridge and after the victim made a statement he was thrown by the mob into the air and reached the end of the rope with a terrible bound, snapping his neck and producing instant death.   Forty bullets were then shot into his body, which was left dangling in the air for the officers to care for, while the executioners unmasked themselves and scattered in all directions in the timber which skirts the scene of the lynching.

The whole affair was performed with little excitement and was over before most of the people of Bancroft knew it was contemplated.

Sheriff Young, finding himself confronted by a resolute mob of masked men offered no forcible resistance to the taking of the prisoner.   The sheriff was visibly affected by the demonstration, far more so than was Higgins.   Higgins appeared little concerned, and when the rope which was to send him to his death in a few minutes was slipped over his head, he did , not even flush or move, but stepped lightly from the train to the platform, surrounded by the masked crowd.   He prayed as he alighted, and continued his prayer until the train had gone and he was loaded into a dray which was standing conveniently by.

Deputy Sheriff Knocked Down.

The sheriff's deputy pulled his revolver when the mob appeared.   The men told him to put up his gun and when he refused they knocked it out of his hand and knocked the deputy down and told him "not to be foolish."

None of the mob had much to say to the victim and he was not assaulted until the bridge was reached.   At the bridge, after the rope was tied and just before he was thrown into the air he was given permission to make a statement.   He availed himself of the opportunity, saying he had long ago repented for his terrible deed, that he had made his peace with his God and was now ready to go and face Him. feeling that all would be well hereafter.   He said he had tried to atone for his wanton murder, but had no excuse to offer as he had no cause for committing it.   He reavowed his faith in the religion he had found through the help of the "good women" in Omaha who came to his cell and prayed with him.

Hard to Fix Responsibility.

He asked God to bless the little children whom he had left without parents by his deed and then to the masked men about him he requested that a note be sent his mother asking her to write to his father at Nanta, Ida.

The possiibility of finding out the names of those who formed the mob is exceedingly remote.   No one is standing on street corners condemning them nor professing that he knows a single man who engaged in the affair.   So far as Sheriff Young is concerned, he does not appear to know them.

Thurston county authorities declare that they have proof that Higgins mistreated the thirteen-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Copple after the murder.

Source = Red Cloud Chief; Aug 30, 1907, Page 2 Columns 2 and 4



Mrs. Oliver Wright died at her home in Bladen last Sunday.   We have been unable to learn any of the particulars of her illness.   Mr. and Mrs. Wright formerly lived in Red Cloud, where Mr. Wright was engaged in the blacksmithing business.   Mrs. Wright was a Miss King of Blue Hill before her marriage.   She leaves a husband and a six weeks old babe to mourn her death.

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