The Lancaster Daily Intelligencer tracked a murderer On This Day in 1881 through various accounts, including a burglary in Leaman Place.
The home of Charles Lafferty, the station agent at
Leaman Place, was
broken into on 22 February 1881. A pair of pants, $40, and a valuable watch
were taken. At that time, there was no reason to suspect anyone other than a
Samuel Clugson was murdered at his
Forge home when he surprised a burgler. The burglar/murder left
behind his clothes, which contained a pawn ticket for an watch. The watch was pawned at
Consolidated Loan office in Elgin . Baltimore,
The watch had been made, it was determined after an examination, for H. F. Andrews. Andrews is a jeweler in Strasburg,
. The watch is described in
detail. Andrews, confirmed, through his records, that the watch had in fact
been sold to Lafferty on 21 December 1872. Lancaster County
Police continued on the trail of the murderer after another burglary. This burglary, which happened on 18 March 1881, was in Malvern, just six miles from
Valley Forge (Chester County). It occurred –
here is where my interest got piqued! – at the home of J. Jones Still. The
burglar took only food and a change of clothes. This time thought the
burglar/suspected murderer left behind a footprint. The police tied the
incidents all together nicely and believed they had a good description of the
J. Jones Still
This is one relatively (no pun intended) geographically close Still but I have not been able to connect him with certainty to my Still line. That said, I believe he may be distantly related. It is so hard sometimes tracing my Still line since Margaret got “put out” by her father, Charles Still. Nonetheless, a copy of this article from the Daily Intelligencer will get clipped and put into my general Still folder where I have much other information about J. Jones Still.
On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015