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Clayton Co. Justice & Court Proceedings
... as reported in the 1890 newspapers

~unless otherwise credited, the articles were contributed by Reid R. Johnson for Clayton Co. IAGenWeb


Elkader Register, Thur., January 16, 1890. District Court-Last Saturday was sentence day for the January term of court, and Judge Hoyt furnished the penitentiary at Anamosa with four new inmates.

The first unfortunate to be called up for sentence was C. H. Barrett, charged with larceny, to which crime he had entered a plea of guilty. His offense consisted in hiring a team of W. C. Austin, of McGregor, and forgetting to return it until after he had been arrested by officers in Minnesota. His term was fixed at three years and six months at hard labor. 

The next to be brought before the bar of justice was James McGraw, the young man we mentioned last week as having burglarized the clothing store of H. Hirshfield at McGregor. He plead guilty to the charge, and was sentenced to four years at hard labor. 

Following him came William Wadsworth, of McGregor, who was charged with the crime of cheating by false pretences in that he had secured the sum of $5.00 from J. Mellose, of McGregor, upon the representation that it was for his mother, who is a hard working widow woman. He entered a plea of Guilty and got off with one year at hard labor.

The fourth sentence was that for John Wesley Elkins, for murder in the first degree, to which he confessed and was sentenced to life in prison. (See the Elkins murder file. The murder occurred in 1889.)


Elkader Register, Thur., January 23, 1890. District Court-State of Iowa vs. William Lenth, indictment; defendant plead not guilty. Jury impaneled and after trial return a verdict of guilty of assault and battery, and defendant fined $15.00 and costs.


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