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Staunton Spectator: August 24, 1869

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Sad Occurrence--Jacob Scherer Killed
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Summary: Account of the death of Jacob Scherer, who was a member of a party that broke into the home of a "Cyprian quadroon" woman who had been co-habiting with John M. Stanley. Stanley allegedly fired a pistol as the party entered and killed Sherer.
(Names in announcement: Ginnie Sorrels, Jacob Scherer, John B. Scherer, Jacob Parent, John M. Stanley)
Full Text of Article:

On Saturday night last, about 12 o'clock, a party of young men of this place, some disguised as colored men, went to the house on Market street occupied by Ginnie Sorrels, Cyprian quadroon, with the view of ducking a man whom they suspected of co-habiting with her, and whom they expected to find there at that time. Several entered the house; a pistol was fired, and Jacob Scherer (son of John B. Scherer, Esq., of this place) one of the party disguised, was almost instantly killed. The ball entered the left side broke a rib and passed through the heart and both lungs. A man was seen to run from the house as soon as the shot was fired. After some time had elapsed, the chief of Police, Jacob Parent, accompanied by others, went to the house of John M. Stanley, and arrested him as the party charged with firing the pistol which caused the death of Jacob Scherer.

On the evidence adduced at the Coroner's inquest on the same night, Stanley was committed to jail to await his trial before an examining court this morning.

This is one of the saddest occurrences that has ever taken place in this community. There was no malice, not even ill-will, on the part of either party. They were mutual friends, and the friends of both parties are the friends of each other. -- The friends of Stanley, in common with the whole community, deeply sympathise with the sorely distressed relations and many friends of the deceased, so unexpectedly and suddenly cut down in the full vigor of health and in the prime of life.

A Girl Shot and Killed
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Summary: John Risk, who lives on the farm of Samuel X. Kerr near Summerdean, accidently shot and killed his twenty year-old daughter while handling his gun.
(Names in announcement: John Risk, Samuel X. Kerr)
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Summary: The Rev. William E. Munsey will deliver an oration in the M. E. Church on the subject "Man." Admission is 50 cents.
(Names in announcement: Rev. William E. Munsey)
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Summary: Robert Knowles and Mrs. Ellen Rader were married in Churchville on August 19th by the Rev. J. J. Engle.
(Names in announcement: Robert Knowles, Ellen Rader, Rev. J. J. Engle)
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Summary: George W. Haines of West Virginia and Miss Carrie G. Reeder, daughter of John W. Reeder of Waynesboro, were married on August 19th by the Rev. W. T. Richardson.
(Names in announcement: George W. Haines, Carrie G. Reeder, John W. Reeder, Rev. W. T. Richardson)
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Summary: Col. George C. Robertson died near New Hope, Augusta County, on August 21st. He was 80 years old.
(Names in announcement: Col. George C. Robertson)
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Summary: James B. Sandage died in Staunton after a short illness. He was 57 years old.
(Names in announcement: James B. Sandage)

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