· It Was All a Terrible Mistake It’s Thursday night, June 19, 1934, in Hutchinson, Kansas. Dorothy Swafford Simon Cunningham, 25, wife of Reno County Sheriff Ed Cunningham, age, 37, has just returned to town after running off with a saxophone player. Having been apprehended days earlier in Columbus, Ohio, Dorothy is welcomed by her father, Tom Swafford, 45. * Tom opens his arms to greet his daughter, “Dorothy, we're so glad you’re safe." “Oh, Daddy, I’m so sorry; it’s all my fault,” … [Read more...] about It Was All a Terrible Mistake
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· Hello Girls It’s Wednesday, March 16, 1927. Cora Brown’s thirty-third birthday isn’t until Thursday, but she’s expecting her sister, Occie, and brother-in-law, to arrive any minute to help her celebrate. Occie’s promised to bring a freshly baked cake; Cora and Fay, her husband, will provide tea. * “It’s Occie and Sidney,” said Fay. “I’ll get the door.” “Hello, Fay,” said Occie, handing him a picnic basket and receiving a kiss. “Where is she? Does she suspect anything?” “She’s got … [Read more...] about Hello Girls
Reno County: What Happened to Morality?
What Happened to Morality? • It’s Friday, June 6, 1924, outside the Reno County courthouse in Hutchinson, Kansas. Reno County Sheriff Jesse Langford, 45, and his wife, May Burkhalter Langford, 42, are walking to their sheriff’s residence next door, east of the courthouse. * “He thought he could get away with murder,” said May to her husband, Jess, referring to Dr. Kenn B. Uhls, 31, of Overland Park. Uhls had just been convicted of second degree murder in the brutal slaying of William … [Read more...] about Reno County: What Happened to Morality?
Reno County: Good-bye, Rosa Carney
Good-bye, Rosa Carney • It’s Wednesday morning, June 1, 1921, at the Reno County sheriff’s residence attached to the jail, 15 Avenue, East, Hutchinson, Kansas. Rose “Eva” Hopper Clark, 44, jail matron; and Minnie Marshall Deck,35, custodian for traveling prisoner Rosa Carney, 37; are talking prior to collecting prisoners for the train trip to Lansing State Prison. * “Please be careful,” said Eva, as she sipped her coffee. “You know she nearly killed Mrs. Mary Elward.” “If we eat … [Read more...] about Reno County: Good-bye, Rosa Carney