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From the Vault: News from the Saturday, Aug. 2, 1902, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 8/7/19

Highway robbery: Boggs relieved of his valuables

Mr. George M. Boggs, the ice cream dealer, was the victim of a highway robbery Wednesday while returning home from Steelton.

Mr. Boggs, after …

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From the Vault: News from the Saturday, Aug. 2, 1902, edition of the Press & Journal


Highway robbery: Boggs relieved of his valuables

Mr. George M. Boggs, the ice cream dealer, was the victim of a highway robbery Wednesday while returning home from Steelton.

Mr. Boggs, after disposing of his cream, left Steelton about 10 o’clock and proceeded to drive home at a good gait. About a quarter of a mile above the toll gate he was confronted by three men, all of whom were disguised by handkerchiefs tied about the lower portion of their faces.

One of the highwaymen grasped the bridle of the horse while the other two with revolvers pointed at Boggs relieved him of a gold watch, about $18 in money, bank and check book and pocket knife. Boggs was then ordered to drive home and the highwaymen proceeded up the pike.

Boggs drove a short distance when he met with a trolley car on its way to Middletown. He stopped the car and told the motorman to keep a lookout for three men when going up the road.

In the meantime, his horse started for town on its own accord so he waited and boarded the car on its return from Middletown. He notified the police authorities at Steelton and returned home on the last car.

Middletown officers are also looking up the case, but have but a slight clue to work upon as Boggs is unable to describe the men who held him up.

Death of well-known citizen Dr. Musser of town

At 7.30 a.m. Tuesday, Dr. Clayton E. Musser, the well-known dentist of this place, breathed his last at the residence of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Cole, on North Union Street. Death was due to Bright’s Disease, from which the deceased had been a sufferer for some time.

Eight weeks ago, he was compelled to give up his dental practice and since that time his condition grew steadily worse until the visitation of the grim reaper put an end to his suffering.

He was aged 48 years and in 1891 graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery at Philadelphia. In May of the above year, he opened a dental parlor in the rooms above Hoff Raymond’s store, and his excellent work soon brought him a lucrative practice.

On Oct. 9, 1895, Dr. Musser was united in marriage to Miss Marion Cameron Cole, of town, who survives him. He is also survived by a father, Mr. Abram Musser, of Marietta, and sisters Mrs. James A. Bonsack, of Philadelphia; Mrs. J. A. Jeter-Bonsack, Virginia; Misses Fannie and Josephine, who reside at Marietta.

The deceased was a charter member of Columbian Commandery, No. 132, Knights of Malta, and the Odd Fellows and Encampment at Marietta.

He was possessed of many noble qualities of mind and heart, and had a large circle of friends. His demise will not only be deeply felt by his relatives, but will be a loss to the entire community.

The funeral was Friday at the residence of Mrs. Cole. Rev, R.H. Crawford officiated. Interment was in Middletown Cemetery.

Held up on Wood Street; Fetter stopped by three men

Mr. Harry Fetter, while going to his home on Market Street about 11 o’clock Thursday, was held up by three men south of the Wood Street crossing, near the residence of Mrs. Lena Schadt.

One of the trio was masked and held a revolver in front of Fetter, while the other two went through his pockets. He had just returned from camping and had his valuables in another coat, so the highwaymen only got a pocket knife, paper knife, a bunch of keys, card case, two handkerchiefs and a number of letters.

Mr. Fetter had 37 cents in one pocket, but the money was covered with a number of matches, and the knights of the highway failed to lay their hands on it.

A knife and letters were found this morning at the scene.

After they concluded examination of Fetter’s pockets, they told him to run down Wood Street as fast as he could and advised him not to look back. Fetter was not loath to do this and made excellent time to his place of residence.

There are others

In last week’s issue of one of the local papers, someone reported an item concerning cornstalks of extraordinary growth. Since then, we have received reports of some of our subscribers that far exceed those referred to. Mr. Henry Shenk, of East Middletown, has a pop-corn stalk on his premises that measures 11 feet, 6 inches in height.

A monster bass

Mr. Wm. H. Stager, who resides at the point and who is an authority on fish and fishing, says the water has been too muddy this season for bass fishing. Despite this, he has succeeded in landing a 6-pound bass to the envy of fishermen in this locality. This is the largest bass reported in this section this season.

Hurt at car works

Mr. A. Zimmerman, residing on Water Street, while working at the car works Wednesday, was caught between a moving car and a coat bin and his left leg was badly bruised. Dr. C.E. Pease dressed the injury.

Other headlines

• Regular meeting held by the Middletown Fair Association

• A fine time: Rain did not materially decrease ardor of picnickers

• Wilson Distillery sends whiskey to Manila

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