19 August 2012

Murder in Williams Co, OH - Mrs. John Wisman (Wilda Squires Weaver Wisman) - 1904

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Bryan Democrat, 16 June 1904 p1
Edon Man Shoots Wife in Stomach
John Wisman Perpetrator of the Crime Now Safely Lodged in County Jail
The village of Edon figured last Saturday morning in another shooting episode.  John Wisman of that place went Friday to Montpelier, where he remained all day and returned home in the evening under the influence of liquor, it is claimed.  It is alleged that he commenced abusing his wife and family who fled in terror to a neighboring home remaining away until the next morning.

In the morning his wife, thinking his brother-in-law, who works in Frank Hawk’s gristmill, might assist her in calming him, went there for help.  Her husband followed her and catching up, whipped out a revolver and shot her in the stomach.  The bullet followed a peculiar course, going half way around her body and lodging near the spinal column.

It was feared she would die and an operation was decided upon as the only means of saving her life.  She is very low and few hopes are entertained of her recovery.  She is a sister of E E Squire, mayor of Edon and chief clerk of the Edon store.  Wisman was promptly arrested and brought to Bryan for safekeeping.

Edon, June 15 – Word comes to us from the attending physician, Dr Hathaway, that the victim is getting along nicely and if no serious complications set in that she will be all right in a short time.

Bryan Democrat, 7 July 1904 p1
Inmate of County Jail Attempted Suicide Sunday
John Wisman, who attempted to kill his wife at Edon, a few weeks ago, and who is now confined in the county jail, attempted to commit suicide last Sunday, he was immediately put under the care of a physician who worked diligently with him for several hours and at last reports he is improving slowly from the affects of the poison.

It was thought that Wisman had been handed the poison through one of the outside windows – but that theory was soon found to be without foundation; but instead it is said he took a portion of the contents of a small spraying apparatus used inside the jail for the purpose of disinfecting, as well as to kill lice, bed bugs, etc

Bryan Democrat, 1 Sept 1904 p3
Mrs. John Wisman is suffering from blood poisoning.  She is very low and there is little hope for her recovery.

Bryan Democrat, 15 Sept 1904 p3
Mrs. Wilda Wisman died at her home in Edon on Tuesday.  She has been in poor health for several weeks.  She leaves a son and daughter and many friends to mourn her departure. (died 30 Aug 1904 Edon, Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH @36Y; married; d/o N Wesley Squires/Anges Hoag) V3 p145

John M Wisman (6 July 1874 NW Twp or Superior Twp, Williams Co, OH – 6 Aug 1904 Bryan, Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, OH @29Y); s/o William Wisman and Mary Lawson; he was a married engineer

Note that John M Wisman was buried in the Edon Cemetery, Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH (WCGS Florence Township Cemeteries, p59: born in OH, s/o William and Mary Lawson Wisman; d 6 Aug 1904 at Edon)

John M Wisman’s parents:
William Wisman (1828-21 Mar 1915; burial in Floral Grove Cemetery, Madison Twp, Williams Co, OH) – (WCGS Madison Township Cemeteries, p16
Mary Lawson ( - 1880; burial in Floral Grove Cemetery, Madison Twp, Williams Co, OH)

1880 Madison, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 474B; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 0583.
h/h /93 Wisman, William 50 OH-MD-OH carpenter
Mary wife 47 OH-PA-PA
Emma dau 24 OH-OH-OH (all the way down)
Sermantha dau 19
Susana dau 17
George E son 14
William F son 13
Jacob A son 11
Elizabeth L dau 8
John M son 7
Elmer M son 3

John M Wisman married Della Frisbie Darget on 7 April 1899 in Williams Co, OH by Rev NH Smith (Marriage V8 p23)

John M Wisman 27 on 19 Aug 1899 res of Edon; born in NW Twp; farmer; s/o William Wisman and Mary Lawson; he was previously married – (possibly Millie A Eaton on 28 Aug 1892 Harrison Co, IN

Della Darget 28 on 28 June 1898; res Montpelier; born Bridgewater Twp; d/o Ed Frisby and Mary Pool; she was married previously and is divorced

Cora A Dell (Adele) Frisbie married Wesley B Dargitz in Williams Co, OH on 28 Feb 1889 (Marriage V5 1445); Wesley, born Mar 1867 in Williams Co, OH, was the son of Washington Dargitz and  Martha Broden; Wesley died c1908 in Chicago, Cook Co, IL;
Their son, Roy Otho Dargitz was born on 11/14 Oct 1888, Cambria, Hillsdale Co, MI; he married 15 Aug 1910 in Elkhart Co, IN, Pearl E Hockert

In 1900 census for Chicago he was married to Mary c1890
Married Mary A Crater of Pittsford, Hillsdale Co, MI on 17 June 1893 in Pittsford; his parents were Washington Darget and Rebecca Brandon; he was 24, res of Hillsdale Co, MI, a railroad employee, married once before and Mary was 19
Wesley B Dargit
Birth Date:            abt 1869
Birth Place:            Ohio
Death Date:            20 May 1908
Death Place:            Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Burial Date:            24 May 1908
Cemetery Name:            Oakwoods
Death Age:            39
Occupation:            Clerk
Race:            White
Marital Status:            Married
Gender:            Male
Residence:            Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Father Birth Place:            Ohio
Mother Birth Place:            Pennsylvania
Divorce Detailing of Cora A Dell Dargitz v Wesley B Dargitz, Roll 52 #3123

Mrs. Cora Adell Dargtiz married Clinton L Siple on 12 Sept 1908 in Williams Co, OH (Marriage V 10 p8); service performed by Rev R Powell of Van Wert, OH
Clinton L Siple 50 on 7 July 1908; res Montpelier, born Montpelier; laborer; s/o Joseph Siple/Elizabeth Swalley; married once before; CL Siple married Sarelda Hager on 5 April 1873 in Williams Co, OH by JR Colgan
Mrs. Cora Adell Dargitz 39 on 28 June 1908; res Montpelier; born in Pioneer, OH; housekeeping; married once before and is a widow; d/o Edward Frisby/Malissa Pool

Cora Della Siple – Leader Enterprise, 30 April 1942 p4
Clinton L Siple – Leader Enterprise, 24 Jan 1935 p3 c4

1900 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 105.
h/h 28/29 Hawk, Franklin 41 (Sept 1858) mar 19Y OH-OH-OH miller
Louisa wife 42 (Oct 1857) 1/0 ch OH-OH-OH
Wisman, John M bro-in-law 26 (Aug 1873) mar 1Y OH-OH-OH engineer
Elmer M bro-in-law 24 (Mar 1876) single OH-OH-OH miller
Dale nephew 4 (June 1896) MI-OH-blank

John M Wisman married Mrs. Wilda Weaver on 7 November 1903 in Williams Co, OH by Rev GW Long of CU Church (Marriage V8 p536)

John M Wisman 34 on 19 Aug 1903; res Edon; born in Superior Twp; s/o William Wisman and Mary Sosson; previously married twice before; engineer
Wilda Weaver 35 on 31 Oct 1903; res Edon; born Edon, OH; d/o Wesley Squier and Agnes Hogue; married previously once and “is not a widow”

Wilda Squier married Ephraim H Weaver in Williams Co, OH on 23 Mar 1886 by Eli Swigart, JP (Marriage V5 #807). Ephraim, the son of Anthony and Rebecca Weaver, was born c1862 in OH and lived in Center Twp in 1870 and 1880; EH Weaver died in Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH on 9 April 1895 @32Y; he was a married laborer.  Ephraim H (1862-1895, husband of Wilda Squier, was buried in Edon Cemetery, Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH (WCGS Florence Township Cemeteries, p21)

1870 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 79A; Image: 161; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h 282/282 Squier, Wesley 39 carpenter NY
Agnes 30 OH
Estella 12 OH
Celestia 10 OH
Elmer 8 OH
Alwilda 2 OH

1880 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 561A; Enumeration District: 8; Image: 0756.
h/h 145/154 Squires, Wesley 48 farmer and painter NY-CT-NY
Agnus wife 37 OH-OH-OH
Estella dau 22 OH-NY-OH (all along)
Celestia dau 19
Elmer son 18
Zora E A dau 12
Delphia J dau 10
Henrietta dau 6
Jonnie son 1

Wesley Squires (1831 NY – 26 Aug 1884 Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH @53, married

1900  Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 105.
h/h 110/113 Weaver, Wilda (Mar 1869) 31 widow 2/2 ch OH-OH-PA
Delphia dau (Nov 1888) 11 OH-OH-OH
Fay O son (Nov 1891) 8 OH-OH-OH

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