Posted By:Laura Mattingly
Subject:John McGrath, b. 1843 PA
Post Date:October 09, 2012 at 10:03:55
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As it turns out, this is not the John McGrath in my tree. Hope this information can help someone else.

John McGrath, b. 1843 PA, Coal Miner, wife deceased by 1910, 2 children in Sydney, Australia in 1910.

1910 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus Twp, April 30, 1910
(Lines 27 – 32 City Jail)
Line 27 McGrath, John, M, W, age 67, Widow, born Pennsylvania, parents both Irish, no occupation, “Hobo”, can read and write.

The Columbus Journal, Wed. May 1, 1910, pg 1, col. 2
“As the result of an encounter with John McGrath, at the Union Pacific depot Monday afternoon, Bernard McTaggart is now at St. Mary’s hospital with a bad knife wound in his side. Mr. McTaggart is janitor at the depot and it is his duty to see that the bums do not remain in the building, and it was while doing this that he was cut by McGrath. Some of those who know say that McGrath has been hanging around the depot since Friday and that he had been put out of the waiting rooms once or twice, which resulted in his being in an ugly humor. When McTaggart told him to leave the waiting room Monday afternoon he informed McGrath that the next time he found him in the building he would call an officer and have him taken to jail. This seemed to enrage McGrath and he began to get ugly and in the trouble that followed he stabbed McTaggart, and also tried to cut baggageman Smith, who came to McTaggart’s rescue. After the stabbing officer Schack arrested McGrath and he was lodged in the county jail and given a hearing Tuesday afternoon. He offered no defense and County Judge Ratterman bound him over to the district court, which commences next week, fixing his bond at $3,000. At the hearing he gave his name and said he was a coal miner from Pennsylvania. The officers think his is an old offender, as his actions indicate that this is not the first time he has been in the toils. McTaggart did not rest well Monday night and his condition is not as favorable as could be expected. The knife used by McGrath has a long blade and made a rather formidable weapon.”

The Columbus Journal, Sat. May 11, 1910, pg 1, col. 2
“Rather than stand trial in the district court on the charge of stabbing Barney McTaggart, John McGrath decided to plead guilty and take his sentence. Accordingly he made his desire known to Judge Thomas, who held a short session of court last Saturday and after McGrath had plead guilty he was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary. It is said that when McGrath came to his sober senses after the cutting affray he realized what he had done and seemed sorry because of his actions. Sheriff Lachnit took McGrath to the penitentiary at Lincoln the first of the week, where he will commence his sentence.”

Nebraska Prison Records 1870 – 1990
John MCGrath, b. ca. 1843, Prisoner Number 5466, Reel #RG034#3

Descriptive Register, Nebraska State Penitentiary
John McGrath, Received May 12, 1910, from Platte County for Assult to wound
Sentenced to 1 year, Convicted May, 1910. Time expires May 7, 1910.
Good Time Mar. 7, 1911, Discharged Mar. 7, 1911
Born Pa, Religion Catholic
Wife Dead, “Children ? & Jos. Sidney, Austria (Australia?)
Mother Dead, Father Dead, Friend –
Age 67, Occupation Miner
Height 5 ¼, Weight 109
Complexion Lt, Hair Gray, Eyes Lt Blue
More physical description, but very difficult to read.