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1875 Court Case
Posted by: Pam Eagleson (ID *****0055) Date: May 15, 2005 at 09:19:12
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I am researching a court case from the 1870s. The case Lena Henze vs. St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern Railway Company was moved from Montgomery County to Audrain County. The trial began 30 Sept 1876 with jurors S.M. Donley, B.F. Trear, G.A. Donnell, S.C. Hill, RI Freeman (foreman), Jna Allen, B. Whately, R.D. Alexander, T. Morsan, M. Dulanny, E.T. Mings and C.P. Writee. Lena's husband Fred and young son Henry (returning home to Loutre Township in a farm wagon) were hit and killed by a train at a crossing in Jonesburg. The train, an empty unscheduled one, issued no whistle or warning sign. Henze apparently did not see or hear the train. The jury found in favor of the widow and awarded her $5000 for each death. The railway company appealed and the case went to the MO Supreme Court where in 1880 it was remanded and compromised. I have yet to locate the records relating to the compromise or any newspapers covering the case. Does anyone know of any existing newspapers from that time period?
Thanks,
Pam Eagleson
Kennebunk ME


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