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Title: Williamsport, IN. Warren Review- Thursday, December 30, 1897 Edition
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As people came down town this morning they were informed that the treasurer of Benton County had been murdered and robbed last night. Folwer and Boswell were called up for the purpose of ascertaining the particulars of the tragedy and some facts were gleaned that denote suicide rather than murder. It seems that the treasurer, James M. Kirtly, failing to come home, his wife became uneasy and sent a son to the office to look for him. The lad, accompanied by another boy, tried the office door and finding it locked and unable to get any response from the inside they went outside and looked in the window, as the room was lighted. They discovered a body lying on the floor. An alarm was given and entrance was soon gained. Mr. Kirtly was found lying on the floor in a pool of blood with three bullet holes in his hear and a revolver lying near him with three chambers empty. the only scrap of evidence sustaining the theory of murder is that a piece of paper was found on which Mr. Kirtly has written the words, "There are two men in the room," and the fact that one of the windows was not fastened, but nothing was discovered on the outside to show that persons had left the office by the window. The suicide theory seems to prevail in Fowler. Mr. Kirtly is well known in Williamsport and Warren County, and regrets are heard on every hand regarding his sudden and tragic death. He was raised in Tippecanoe County by James P. Rhodes, father of our townsman, Atty. W. P. Rhodes. Isaac O. Arms, who formerly resided in this county, and went to Florida several years ago, was recently murdered. A dispatch from Ocala, Florida, dated Dec. 28, says: "News has been received here of the murder of Isaac O. Arms of Emeralda, this county, the guilty parties burning his body afterward. Mr. Arms was a prominent citizen, cattleman and orange grower, and had made enemies of the cattlemen by fencing in his lands. Shots were heard from his backfields Thursday and his absence being known, the entire neighborhood turned out to search for him. Finally, on top of a mound the remains of a fire were found, bone, buttons and shreds of cloth also being found. Posses are scouring the woods in search of the murderers. Arms came here from Indiana several years ago and made himself a fine home in this county." Mr. Arms is a brother-in-law of Jesse Swisher, and is well known in this county. His death is regretted by a large circle of old time friends. Died at her home in Walnut Grove, Tuesday morning, Mrs. Nathan Gehris, wife of Nathan Gehris, Jr. Deceased has been an invalid for four years, and has been a great sufferer. She was a sister of Mr. J. Frank Hanly. The funeral occurs today at 10 o'clock at Locust Grove where the remains will be laid to rest.

Date: 12/30/1897
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003626
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 7/8/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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