|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 9/16/1915, 9/30/1915 and12/9/1915.
Baby Drowned at Gilmer
The body of a little baby boy was found in the Little Kanawha river
near Gilmer in Gilmer county early last Thursday morning. The child was
about two months old and it presumably had been in the water twenty-four
At the inquest held over the body Thursday afternoon no conclusion was
reached as to who had committed this atrocious deed or for what reason
it was done. The only clue found was the stock number of the goods
on the child's dress and there is some probability of the mystery being
unraveled by this slight means of guidance.
The baby was buried in a cemetery at Gilmer Thursday evening.
Woman Held for Drowning Babe
At a preliminary hearing before a justice at Glenville Thursday, Miss
Ora Wilson, a teacher about thirty years old, of Strange Creek, Clay county,
was bound over to await action of the grand jury on a charge drowning her
two months old baby in the river at Gilmer, September 9.
In the last few days the woman has been acting crazily, and a plea of
insanity will no doubt be entered at her trial.
Failed to Indict
Glenville, Dec. 1. - Miss Ora Wilson, a school teacher of Clay county,
charged with murder of her infant child in Gilmer county, was given her
freedom, the grand jury having failed to present an indictment. Miss
Wilson had been imprisoned in the Glenville jail about three months.
It will be remembered that the body of an infant, a boy about six weeks
old, was found floating in the little Kanawha river just below the Braxton
county line, by a deputy sheriff. At a coroner's inquest it was determined
that the baby came to its death by drowning and charges were made against
Miss Wilson. She was arrested and placed in the Glenville jail.
Before the grand jury no witnesses were found who had ever seen the mother
and the child in Gilmer county.