Spavy Gets His Man in 1898


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/15/1898.

Charley Stump has long enjoyed the reputation of being one of the best jailers this county has ever had, and his watchfull eye has been continually on his prisoners.  But last Saturday evening, just before dark, while cleaning out ashes and getting in coal for the night, Joe Drake, a prisoner confined on a charge of felony, gave him the slip and was 150 yards away before the jailer noticed his flight.  A hot chase to the top of the adjacent mountain followed, but Joe succeeded in reaching the woods.  Whereupon a posse was summoned and the mountain surrounded, and by 11 o'clock, the same evening he, the said Joe, was again safely behind prison bars; Fred Pell and George Boayers having caught him at the Bethlehem cemetery.  Charley had his posse so systematically arranged that escape was impossible.  Much credit is due him and the brave boys for getting him.  This will give Charley another pointer on how to prevent escapes.

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