Youthful Indiscretion Circa 1901


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 12/3/1901.

On last Monday, Will Stockwell a boy about 16 years old whose parents reside in Lee District, decided he would like to be the owner of a horse. He was working for a Mr. Fahey in Lewis county, and a neighbor by the name of Welch owned the animal which particularly struck Billy's fancy. So. after taking what loose change he could find about the clothes of Mr. Fahey, including an $800 New York draft, he headed this way on his stolen horse. Passing through town, he tried to sell the horse to everyone he met for any old price. He tried to sell the horse to "Dick" Hays, of this office, whose suspicion was aroused, and he reported the occurrence to the authorities. Soon afterwards Messrs. Fahey and Welch came through hot on the trail, and they were joined here by J.T. Waldo. The party soon found the horse running astray, and, proceeding on their way, they found Billy comfortably situated in a school house at the head of Rowells run, making goo-goo eyes at the school girls. They loaded him on the same horse he had stole, and headed for Weston.