LeRoy Reporter
April 16, 1915
Zirkle Case Dismissed; Mrs. Cushman Discharged

Last Tuesday was a big day for LeRoy in the district court. Big because two cases which promised great sensations ended very quietly.
The State vs. Frank Zirkle was the title of the first case. Zirkle was charged with a criminal assault upon the person of "Jake" Draper in the City Park one night last September. The case was based on complaint made by Draper that Zirkle was implicated in the assault. Later Draper made an affidavit before County Attorney J. M. Pleasant, in which he repudiated his previous statement. As there were no other important witnesses, the court sustained a motion to dismiss. Joe Rolston was the attorney for the defense.
Mrs. S. A. Cushman was charged with assault with intent to kill. She shot Oscar Rohr on or about the 11th of December, 1914. Mr. Rohr did not care to prosecute her as she has several small children who need her and it didn't take a jury long to render a verduct of acquittal.

A. T. Neyhart Dead.

A. T. Neyhart, one of the most prominent citizens of Burlington, met death Thursday morning, April 8th in that city. He was taking some ashes from his furnace basement. It is thought death was the result of apoplexy or some similar trouble, although the fall backward into the cellar crushed his skull.
The funeral services were held Saturday morning. Rev. John L. Kell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and Supt. W. S. Rupe of the city schools paid tributes to his memory. The ceremony at the cemetery was in charge of the Masonic lodge with Wm. J. Armstrong as Master.
During Mr. Neyhart's residence in Burlington he has been actively identified with various interests for the upbuilding of the city. He was 66 years old.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Campbell went to LeRoy Saturday to visit her daughter Mrs. Ada Hayes and family.--Garnett Review.
Mrs. Susan Heddens Dead.
L. H. Heddens received word Friday that his mother, Susan Heddens had died that morning at Lawton, Oklahoma, at the home of his brother James Heddens and that the body would be brought here for burial.
The funeral services were held at Valley school house Sunday afternoon and interment made in the old Fairview cemetery, better known now as Schlichter cemetery.
Mrs. Heddens was an old time resident of this vicinity and the funeral was largely attended. L. H. Heddens of this place and James Heddens of Lawton are the only surviving children. A brother S. R. Harrington of Portland, Oregon and a sister, Miss Lue Harrington of Lawton, are left with the bereaved sons to mourn the loss of their sister. Mrs. Heddens was eighty-one years old.

Change at Burlington Postoffice
Wm. S. Lang was checked in as temporary post-master of the Burlington office Monday afternoon by Post-office Inspector O. C. Pierce of Kansas City.
The change in the office was made after a serious charge had been made against Postmaster J. G. Denslow by Miss Florence Puffer, daughter of Assistant Postmaster Geo. Puffer and as an employee in the office. The inspector investigated and wired his report to the department and was instructed to put Wm. S. Lang in as acting postmaster. Mr. Lang is the local agent for the bonding company which gave bond for Mr. Denslow.
So far as reported the accounts at the post-office are all right and everything checks up correctly.
Postmaster Denslow left town Friday to go to his farm in Arkansas where he had planned to go after his term as postmaster expires next fall. His friends can scarcely credit the charge. His wife expects him home tonight or tomorrow.
The matter has created a profund sensation and many strange and unfounded rumors are out.
The matter has stirred up the candidates for appointment as postmaste and the campaign for the office is on in earnest.--Burlington Republican.


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