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This information was gathered and submitted by Reid Johnson.
Thank you Reid, for your diligent detective work.

The attached articles refer to the murder of twin infants in Howard Co. during April of 1903 and the subsequent trials and verdicts rendered. The articles are all from outside the immediate area newspapers and represent essentially all that was reported of the incident by them. As the most informative and accurate reporting of this murder and the subsequent trials will be found in the Cresco, Iowa, newspapers and courthouse records it is hoped that someone in the Cresco area will visit the local newspaper office, library and courthouse to ascertain the facts. Who were Thomas and Hannah, what families were they part of and what ultimately became of them ? To the articles I can only add the following from the 1930 Federal Census of the Iowa State Penitentiary and Penitentiary Hospital, Ft. Madison, Lee Co., Iowa:

Robinson, Thomas, prisoner, MW, 53years, Divorced, Born Wisconsin, Parents born Wisconsin, Laborer, Veteran of Sp.

Of Hannah Bries/Dreas/Dreis/Dries/Dreves I can find no further information. With all of her different surnames from the articles it becomes impossible to find further information about her. Again, only local research can ascertain the facts.

The mother, Hannah Dreas/Dreis/Dreves/Bries got 2 1/2 years in prison for her part in the murder/cover-up. With all the surnames it is very hard to track any more information about her. Who was she, who were her family, what was her final fate ? What happened to her father who was also involved ? I note on the Howard Co. site, using the search engine, a reference to the death of a Mrs. Dreas in the Plain Dealer of 7-21-1903. Also a reference to the Dreas-Robinson twins death in the Plain Dealer issue of 6-2-1903. I can not "see" these articles but they might be very informative.

1900 Federal Census, Vernon Springs Township, Cresco City, Howard County, Iowa.

Dreuss, William, head, W, M, born July 1854, age 45, married 15 years, born Germany,
            parents born Germany, immigration 1888, naturalized.
Dreuss, Frederika, wife, W, F, born Aug. 1845, age 54, married 15 years, 2 children born,
            2 children living, born Germany, parents born Germany, Immigration 1888.
Dreuss, William, son, W, M, born April 1883, age 17 years, single, born Germany,
            parents born Germany, Immigration 1888.
Dreuss, Hannah, daughter, W, F, born September 1884, age 15 years, single, born Germany,
            parents born Germany, Immigration 1888.



Index

SourceDayDate
Palo Alto ReporterThursdayJune 11, 1903
Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealerFridayJune 12, 1903
Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealerTuesdayJune 16, 1903
Burlington HawkeyeSundayNov. 1, 1903
Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealerTuesdayNov. 3, 1903
Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealerTuesdayNov. 3, 1903
Howard County TimesThursdayNov. 5, 1903
Elgin EchoThursdayNov. 12, 1903
Lime Springs SunThursdayNov. 12, 1903
Elgin EchoThursdayNov. 19, 1903
Tri City Star, Davenport, IowaTuesdayNov. 15, 1904
Cedar Rapids Evening GazetteTuesdayDec. 13, 1904
Oxford Mirror,Oxford Junction, Jones County, IASundayFeb. 12, 1905
Mason City GlobeSundayMay 15, 1934
The Oxford MirrorThursdayFeb. 18, 1909


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Palo Alto Reporter Thursday June 11, 1903



Cresco Twin babies Murder Palo Alto Reporter Thursday June 11, 1903


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Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealer Friday June 12, 1903



Cresco Twin babies Murder Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealer Friday June 12, 1903


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Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealer Tuesday June 16, 1903



Cresco Twin babies Murder Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealer Tuesday June 16, 1903


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Burlington Hawkeye Sunday Nov. 1, 1903



Cresco Twin babies Murder Burlington Hawkeye Sunday Nov. 1, 1903


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Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealer Tuesday Nov. 3, 1903



Cresco Twin babies Murder Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealer Tuesday Nov. 3, 1903


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Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealer Tuesday Nov. 3, 1903



Cresco Twin babies Murder Cresco Twice-A-Week Plain dealer Tuesday Nov. 3, 1903


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Howard County Times Thursday Nov. 5, 1903



Cresco Twin babies Murder Howard County Times Thursday Nov. 5, 1903


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Elgin Echo Thursday Nov. 12, 1903



Cresco Twin babies Murder Elgin Echo Thursday Nov. 12, 1903


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Lime Springs Sun Thursday Nov. 12, 1903



Cresco Twin babies Murder Lime Springs Sun Thursday Nov. 12, 1903


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Elgin Echo Thursday Nov. 19, 1903



Cresco Twin babies Murder Elgin Echo Thursday Nov. 19, 1903


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Tri City Star, Davenport, Iowa Tuesday Nov. 15, 1904



Cresco Twin babies Murder Tri City Star, Davenport, Iowa Tuesday Nov. 15, 1904


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Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette Tuesday Dec. 13, 1904



Cresco Twin babies Murder Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette Tuesday Dec. 13, 1904


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Oxford Mirror,Oxford Junction, Jones County, IA Sunday Feb. 12, 1905



Cresco Twin babies Murder Oxford Mirror,Oxford Junction, Jones County, IA Sunday Feb. 12, 1905


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Mason City Globe Sunday May 15, 1934



Cresco Twin babies Murder Mason City Globe Sunday May 15, 1934


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The Oxford Mirror Thursday Feb. 18, 1909



Cresco Twin babies Murder The Oxford Mirror Thursday Feb. 18, 1909

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