Stolen Watch Turns Up in Spencer in 1906


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 12/4/1906.

It will be remembered by our readers that at the Arnoldsburg fair last fall, "Dad Bruce" had a fine watch stolen from him and no trace could be gotten of it.  The watch was a present to Mr. Bruce from the Lowther Oil Co., and was valued at $200.  Mr. Bruce gave several parties a description of the watch with instructions to watch for it, so on last Wednesday, a teamster by the name of Kurkpatrick discovered the watch in the possession of Floyd Mountz a rig builder, who was trying to pawn it to a saloon keeper at Spencer, for $2.00.  Kirkpatrick called Mr. Bruce on the phone, who ordered Mounts arrested and held until he got there.  He went over and proved his watch, and had a warrant sworn out and placed in Constable Eli Roberts hands, who started with his prisoner for Grantsville, all went well until they reached the top of the hill near Newt Cunningham's on Pine creek, when Mountz leaped from his horse and took to the woods.  Mr. Roberts chased him a short ways, but soon gave up the chase, and Mr. Mountz is still at large.