22 September 1899
Chariton County Courier
22 September 1899
Donated by :  Madeline Reese
Death by Accident

Joseph H. Johnson, the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Thoms R. Johnson,
deceased, formerly of near Dalton, was knocked from a refrigerator
railroad car by an ice bucket in Swift & Co.'s packing house at Kansas
City last Friday afternoon about 3 o'clock and fell between two cars.
His skull was was fractured by striking the iron railing on the railroad
track, and death resulted at  10 o'clock Saturday night from the injury
sustained the unfortunate man never regaining consciousness after
he was hurt.

Jos. H. Johnson was born in Aurain County, MO. but moved to
Chariton county when about 14 years of age with his parents and
lived in the vicinity of Dalton for several years but was in the employ
of the Swift & Co. at Kansas City at the time he came to his death by
the carelessness of a fellow laborer who shold have held the ice bucket
on the trackway instead of letting it loose.

Had Mr. Johnson lived until NOvember next he would have been 43
years old.  He was married 10 or 11 years ago to Miss Lizzie Thomas
of Tipton MO. who in Ouray Colorado when her husband died.

Besides a wife by whom he had no childrne, Mr. Johnson leaves four
sisters and three brothers to mourn his death. viz. John Yarbrough of
Chillicothe, Mrs. R. M. Dejarnette of near Dalton, James O. and Bate
Johnson of Kansas City, Mrs. Ross Heriford of near Chillicothe, Miss
Julia Johnson of Washington DC and Thomas R. Johnson of near Dalton.

The remains were shipped to Keytesville Monday and deposited in the
City cemetery by the side of the deceased parents. Apprpriate remarks
were made and a fervent prayer offered at the grave by Rev John
Holland of the M. E. church, South. The COURIER tenders its
sympathies to the bereaved wife and sorrowing brothers and sisters.
 

Criminal Calendar

"Ves" Hardin will be tried in Justice Wm Clark's court in Westville next
Monday on the charge of distrubing the peace of Sid Smith and family
by loud and unusual noise, profane and indecent conversation,
quarreling. challenging, etc.
 

Chas. Littrell, the coal miner living two miles east of Keytesville, whose
arrest was chronicled in the COURIER of last week on charges of
carrying concealed weapons and disturbing the peace of of his rival coal
digger, Frank Gamble and family, pleaded guilty to the charge of
disturbing the peace and was fined $1 and costs by Justice J. M. DeMoss
last Saturday and was given a stay of execution for 10 days. The
concealed weapons charge was dismissed.

Frank Gamble, charged with disturbing the peace of Chas. Littrell, was
taken before Justice J.M. DeMoss last Monday and the defendant was
released on his personal recognizance to appear at such time as the
prosecuting witness, Chas. Littrell, can be located subpoenaed and a
day set for Gamble's trial.  It is said that Littrell has shaken the dust of
this vicinity and is now at Richmond MO. If he will stay there or
somwhere else outside of Chariton county the local authorities will
probably not make an effort to bring him back in order to prosecute
Gamble.