Newborn's Body Found in Oil Tank in 1910


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 12/20/1910.

The body of a fully developed, newly born male child was found in an oil tank on Rowels Run Thursday of last week by gauger Sam Flemming.  Prosecutor Mathews went over Friday and caused an inquest to be held, which resulted in establishing the fact that the child had breathed and lived, owing to the fact that the body had been submerged in oil and that the weather had been very cold it was impossible to tell how long the child had been dead, but by a newspaper which was found in the tank and with which the little body had been wrapped, it is supposed that not more than a week had elapsed since the fiendish crime had been committed.  The report has reached here that there is strong evidence connecting a young unmarried lady who resides in the Rowels Run oil field with the crime.