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BOOE - Jesse - stole meat

Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal 20 September 1893 p 7
Jesse Booe, who stole meat from F. M. Dice last winter, has skipped and left his grandfather to pay his bond of $500. Booe was given a jail sentence, and about the same time that the meat was stolen from Mr. Dice, several persons around Hillsboro had been missing meat and upon coming to this city found that Booe had also stolen their meat, a part of it being found and identified where he had sold it. A complaint was made against him and when released from our jail he was taken to Covington to answer to the charge of stealing Pres Cooper’s meat. He was placed in jail but in a few days his father, Sam Booe, and his grandfather, Jesse Mendenhall, went on his bond, which was placed at $500, and Jesse was released. He went to Hillsboro and then came to this city, where he has remained most of the time, going in a buggy with his wife to Hillsboro Sunday and on Monday morning he, in company with his grandfather, went to Covington to appear for trial. He went into the court room and seeing that all the witnesses were against him were present, quietly walked out and left the country, telling his brother that as the chances were against him, he would skip out. His wife has returned to this city.

Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal Monday, 30 April 1894

Hillsboro, April 30, 1894—Sheriff Moore yesterday morning arrested Jesse Booe, who has been wanted in this county for several months past, on a charge of petit larceny. It will be remembered that Booe was convicted in Crawfordsville, about a year ago, for stealing meat from a Mr. Dice, and received a 60 days’ sentence in jail. When his time expired, he was brought to this county and placed in jail at Covington, on a charge of stealing meat from J. P. Cooper. He was bailed out, however, under a bond of $500, his grandfather, with whom he has always made his home, going on the same. When his trial was called he appeared, but glancing around the courtroom and seeing the many witnesses who could testify against him, he walked out of the courtroom and made his escape. Gov. Matthews remitted the bond, a petition being presented to him signed by several hundred of Fountain County’s most influential citizens. Sheriff Moore has kept a sharp lookout for Booe since he disappeared and has several times been very near him, but could never arrest him. A detective traced Booe from Indianapolis to this place Saturday night and wired Sheriff Moore that Booe was here. The sheriff and deputy McClure came up on the midnight train and deputized a half dozen citizens to assist in the capture of Booe.

The house was surrounded and men stationed at all the doors and windows. The sheriff rapped on the door and in a moment Booe was downstairs;; but there was no possible means for him to escape. The sheriff finally gained admittance and placed Booe under arrest. He was immediately handcuffed and taken to jail. The sheriff admitted that he never could have taken Booe single handed and it is doubtful if he would have ever caught him at all had he not surrounded the house.
Jesse Booe came from a high and well respected family and his actions have not only cast a gloom over his relatives, but the community also. No blame can be attached to his grandfather for he did not know Booe was there. A better and kinder old man never lived than Uncle Jesse Mendenhall.

Jesse Booe was reared in an honest life, but he fell in with bad associates and for the past two or three years has led a wild and reckless life.

Over a year ago he was married to Emma Crique, of Crawfordsville. It is thought that Booe will get not less than two years in Michigan City.

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Argus News 19 May 1894 p 1

A telegram from Covington states that Jesse Booe, the ham thief pleaded guilty and has  been sentenced to 28 months in the northern penitentiary.

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