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Staunton Spectator: June 22, 1858

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The Shayer's Fund
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Summary: Margaret Shayer left a fund for children in Staunton, selected the late Samuel Clarke, Esq., as trustee. By the time of Clarke's death, the fund was close to $4,000. In the absence of an heir, Clarke's administrator, John N. Hendren, Esq., asked circuit court to appoint a new trustee. Judge Thompson declared the fund void and the possession of the commonwealth. Following a petition from residents of Staunton, however, the legislature authorize the court to dispose of the sum. The court decided to distribute the money among the various male and female academies. J.B. Baldwin, Geo. Baylor, and A.D. Trotter were chosen to select pupils who would receive assistance from the fund.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Margaret Shayer, Samuel ClarkeEsq., John N. HendrenEsq., Judge Thompson, J. B. Baldwin, George Baylor, A. D. Trotter)
Flour Inspection at Waynesborough
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Summary: Governor intends to appoint a flour inspector at Waynesboro.
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Summary: Rev. V. Bolton, formerly pastor of several churches in Augusta County, has accepted the post of pastor of a church near Troy, NY.
(Names in announcement: Rev. V. Bolton)
Origin of Article: Rockingham Register
Murder in Gilmer
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Summary: Robert Johnson of Gilmer County was killed by his slave, Bill. Johnson, formerly of the Valley, had planned to return.
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Summary: M. ?? L. Hite, of Augusta County, married to Sarah M. Lupwick, of Rockbridge County, by Rev. C. Beard on 5/27/1858.
(Names in announcement: ? Hite, Sarah M. Lupwick, Rev. C. Beard)
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Summary: E.W. Shott married to Ann Eliza Cook by Rev. Thos. W. Roberts on 6/18/1858. All of Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: E. W. Shott, Ann Eliza Cook, Rev. Thomas W. Roberts)
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Summary: Henry ??? married to Jane C. Anderson by Rev. J. Kilian on 6/3/1858. Bride daughter of Capt. John Anderson, dec'd. All of Augusta County
(Names in announcement: Henry ?, Jane C. Anderson, Rev. J. Kilian)

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Trial of Rev. Daniel Downey
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Summary: Arguments in Downey's trial ended on 6/15/1858. Two days later, the judge proclaimed a hung jury and discharged all the jurors. Rumors indicate that nine jurors thought Downey was guilty of second-degree murder. Evidence indicates that on 12/12/1857, the body of Mullins was discovered on the pavement near Downey's house. Downey was drunk, lying on the floor of his front room. Apparently, Mullins had seduced Downey's housekeeper, Margaret Lee. Mullins promised to marry her, but constantly postponed the wedding. When several of Downey's associates confronted Mullins, he proceeded to confront Downie. The two men met in private, after which a short was heard. Witnesses found Mullins shot, either dead or dying, and took his body out of the house. Nobody actually saw Downey shoot Mullins.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Daniel Downey, Mullins, Margaret Lee, McAlear, Housepan)
Sudden Death
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Summary: Special obituary for Mary A. Garber, who died on 6/16/1858. Daughter of Col. A.J. Garber, Esq.
(Names in announcement: Mary A. Garber, Col. A. J. GarberEsq.)
Origin of Article: Vindicator
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Summary: Franklin Davis brought samples of his strawberries to the newspaper office.
(Names in announcement: Franklin Davis)
A Swindler
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Summary: Slosenger, from New York, has been traveling through the region selling useless steel pens at high prices.
Interesting Exhibition
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Summary: Annual Exhibition at the Institution for the Deaf and Dump and the Blind will be on 6/24/1858. Rev. W.E. Baker will deliver and address.
(Names in announcement: Rev. W. E. Baker)
The Wheat Crop
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Summary: Numerous people have reported rust in the what crop, but apparently there has been little damage. Harvesting will start later in the week.
Augusta Rifles
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Summary: New rifle company elects officers.
(Names in announcement: Captain Absalom Koiner, 1st Lieutenant George T. Antrim, 2d Lieutenant Washington Patterson)
Melancholy Suicide
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Summary: Benj. F. Fishback, 35 or 36, of Dayton, committed suicide on 6/15/1858 by hanging himself on a rope attached to a spike driven into a joist in his shop.
Origin of Article: Rockingham Register