College Chicken Thief


By Bob Boldman



“Charles Danford, known as the “college chicken thief,” was arrested here Friday answering the description of William Gagnier, aged 30 years, who is wanted in Detroit, Michigan, for forgery and kidnapping, it is the firm belief of Police Chief W.T. McCarty. Danford who ever since his arrest maintained a sphynx like silence smiled and became talkative for the first time Saturday when told an officer would be down from Michigan to look him over. He gave a sickly laugh when told he was suspected of being a forger and kidnapper and declared he has never been in Michigan in his life. Chief McCarty had the mysterious stranger photographed by Virgil Fowler, of the Camera Shop, and will send a picture and description of him to Sheriff Milt Oakman of Wayne County, Michigan. The young man answers the description of Gagnier as to height, weight high cheek bones, hair combed in a pompadour style and clothes. Danford was brought before the night police force Friday evening but evaded all questions put to him, standing before the officers like a statue. Gragnier kidnapped 10 year old Elsie Streicher from her home in Wyandotte, Michigan, on February 1st and when last heard from, was masquerading as the child’s father.” Whatever his name – was he taken back to Michigan?

Sally Sold Family Cow

“Ed Sally, an East End young man, who has a penchant for getting into trouble, and quite frequently at the expense of his own people, broke into the limelight again Friday evening. Joseph Sally, aged father of the irrepressible Edward, called at police headquarters and unfolded a sorrowful tale of how his son had made way with his only milk cow. He had sold it to S.W. Miles, a Gallia street meat dealer, he said for ($31.) The cow was with calf. The son, it is presumed skipped out for Illinois.

Mr. Miles says he did not know the cow was with calf until after it was butchered and soon as he discovered this fact – he sent the carcass over to the Portsmouth Chemical company, declaring that he does not or never did deal in questionable kind of stock. The night before, Capt. Grant Cooper received a complaint from an East End young man – said that Sally had walked away with 50 cents he had entrusted to him with, to buy some beer. “Well your $25 better off that he didn’t come back,” assured Capt. Cooper. The young man looked up in surprise and asked what he meant. “Simply this,” said the officer. “If we had caught you two drinking beer in an alley it would probably have cost you that much of a fine.” Is it possible that Ed Sally made it to Illinois? Wonder if Joe Sally got another cow?

Hunt Says He Is Innocent

“Portsmouth Daily Times: Your paper that was printed the 8th of February has just fallen into my hands and I was very much surprised to see the write up concerning my arrest in connection with the Stockham case, and ask you kindly to please correct some of the mistakes of your informant as to the officer’s swooping down on me. They did not as I was looking for them. I had been informed as to my indictment and the arrest came as no surprise to me. I had plenty of time to get away but did not wish to do so as I am innocent of the charges brought against me, and see no occasion for an innocent man to run. And for the officers tracing me through a letter that was easy to do as the county attorney of Greenup county had in his possession a letter from me stating that I was ready to come back and face the charge, as I will have no trouble in proving my innocence. Another thing I would call your attention to, is that I never made my home at South Portsmouth but have, I am proud to say, made some staunch friends there, as I have three of the most prominent men in South Portsmouth on my bond and could have had a dozen more had I needed them. I was a guest at Greenup instead of a prisoner. I was also informed about this trouble by my friends when it first occurred and if I wanted to hide, then would have been my time, but no, the Lord will not suffer the innocent to be punished. So thanking you in advance for the correction, I am respectfully, FRED HUNT, 672 South 5th Street Louisville, Kentucky.” I noticed that Mr. Hunt wrote the letter from Louisville, Kentucky. Wonder if he came back to face the music?

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By Bob Boldman

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