OLD NEWS - Stinson Woman Burns Child To Death, Boy Rescued From Drowning, Millstone Woman Dog Bitten During Affray

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle

- Peacemaker Gets Nasty Dog Bite in 1897

A four cornered fight on Millstone one evening last week was one of the interesting topics of conversation. It happened to be a kind of family fight in which old man Dillman and his wife, A. O'Donald and the faithful old dog Scott participated.

According to our informants story, Dillman was the aggressor. O'Donald acted in the defensive and Mrs. Dillman and the dog were trying to make peace, but they seemed to misunderstand each other as the dog bit and gave her a dangerous wound.

The screams of the woman while the fight was on attracted the attention of Squire Keith, who lives some distance below the O'Donald residence, and he deputized F.N. Hays to go up and quell the disturbance and arrest the guilty parties, which he did.

It was necessary to call a physician to attend Mrs. Dillman.

- Boatman Sustains Serious Injuries in 1920

Dye Bennett, a prominent and popular young man of Hattie, met with a very serious accident Thursday.

He was starting the engine on a gasolene boat operated by him and his brother, Troy Bennett, when his foot slipped through the spokes of the engine fly-wheel and his leg was broken and badly crushed.

The fracture was reduced by Drs. Dye and Morford and the young man is getting along as well as could be expected. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Bennett.

- Mother Burns Child to Death in 1901

An insane woman has burned her child to death.

Word reaches us that a Mrs. Morris, living on Stinson, in Clay county, close the Calhoun county line, while in a fit of insanity one day last week, burned her year old baby to death.

We have been unable to learn the details, but it is said that she held the child with its feet in the fire until they were burned almost off, and then held its head in the fire until the poor thing was dead.

The report is well authenticated, and there is no doubt as to its truth.

- Child Rescued from LK River in 1897

Two small boats collided here last Saturday evening, which came very near costing the life of little Russel, son of A.R. Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson and son, Fred, were coming to this side with a boat and little Russel got in another boat and started to meet them, and did without their seeing him, and when the boats came together Russel fell out in deep water.

This frightened the woman and boy in the boat until they were wholly unable to render any assistance or help the boy out.

Jesse Scott happened along and without hesitating jumped in the river and swam to the boy just as he was sinking to rise no more.

He was perfectly limber and apparently drowned when taken from the water, but after working with him for some time he came around all right.

- Calhoun County Bank Opens for Business in 1901

The Calhoun County Bank opened its doors for business this morning. The room was finished and arranged Saturday, by Roy Stump, and presents a splendid appearance. It will always be a pleasure to go in there, for with gentlemanly Mr. Smith to do business with, and the luxurious surroundings, even the most fastidious will be pleased.

- Penitentiary has 3 Calhoun Inmates in 1909

A.J. Coleman, a guard from the penitentiary, arrived here Tuesday evening and left Wednesday morning taking with him John Lowers, who was convicted of attempted rape and sentenced to one year in the penitentiary at the recent term of circuit court. As Lowers is 72 years of age and claims to be in poor health, his sentence may mean the balance of his life.

He is Calhoun county's third representative in the big institution at Moundsville, Bub McCrosky and Lewis Hendricks, who were given life terms for the murder of Henry Blackshere about four years ago, are the other two.