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The Bedell Brothers: Convicted, Then Pardoned

March 26, 2009



Frank and Dick Bedell of Baraboo have been sentenced to three years in prison for horse stealing.

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) Nov 2, 1899


Were Two Men Now Pardoned Convicted and Imprisoned.

(Special to The Northwestern.)

Madison, Wis., Nove. 26. — The Bedell brothers, Frank and Dick, sent to prison from Sauk county in 1899 under conviction of horse stealing, have been granted absolute and unconditional pardon by Governor LaFollette, after a special investigation into the case, the governor being satisfied of their innocence of the charge.

Their conviction was based mainly on the evidence of William Good, Good himself was sentenced to a term in the state reformatory later, and since his confinement there has made a sworn statement that his evidence at the trial was false.

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) Nov 26, 1901


Gov. LaFollette Grants Absolute and Unconditional Pardon.

Frank and Dick Bedell of Sauk County Convicted Through False Testimony of an Enemy.

Madison, Wis., Nov. 26. — [Special.] — Gov. LaFollette has granted absolute and unconditional pardon to Frank and Dick Bedell, the two brothers sent to state prison from Sauk county under conviction of stealing a team of horses June 30, 1899. The governor has made a special investigation of the case, and is satisfied that the Bedells are innocent of the charge of which they were convicted.

The conviction was mainly upon the testimony of William Good, who claimed to have met the Bedell brothers, by previous arrangement, a short distance from the barn from which the horses were stolen, received them from the Bedells, drove them to another county and sold them, and on the night of June 24 met Frank Bedell and divided the money with him.

After the conviction of the Bedells, Good was sentenced to a term in the state reformatory, and since his confinement there has made a sworn statement that the Bedells were not implicated in stealing the horses, and that his evidence at their trial was false.

The Grand Rapids Tribune (Grand Rapids, Wisconsin) Dec 7, 1901

If you have more information on the Bedell brothers, please leave a comment. I am trying to prove/disprove that their parents were William and Emaline (McConnell) Bedell.

Printing Press Trivia

March 26, 2009


These are some random “printing press” items I ran across while searching for printing related topics. Previous related posts :  The Poetic Printers, Robert Hoe of R. Hoe & Co., and Richard M. Hoe: Celebrated Inventor.

A citizen of Connecticut has invented a printing press, which he claims will strike off four thousand copies of the New Testament per diem, or four hundred copies of a newspaper per minute.

Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas) Sep 27, 1867


The first printing press ever taken West of the Missouri was established by the Mormons at Independence, in 1832.

Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas) Aug 13, 1868

Robert Hoe, the printing press inventor, began life as a Leicestershire (England) mechanic, and came to New York in 1815.

Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas) Dec 31, 1868

Not satisfied with the great advances in the printing press, R. Hoe & Co. are at present engaged in perfecting a press on the principle of printing both sides at once from a continuous roll of paper.

Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas) Oct 21, 1869


The well known press builders, R. Hoe & Co., have instituted an industrial school in their manufacturing establishment, convinced that the efficiency and success of their corps of workmen would be greatly increased if they possessed a good English education and a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles of mathematics and mechanics.


The course of study embraces grammar, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, reading, writing, drawing, composition, the ten science principles and Overman’s Mechanics. The classes in these various branches recite once a week, the recitation being an hour in length. The lessons given are long, but the apprentices have ample time out of work hours not only to prepare them but to reflect upon and study their practical applications. All the apprentices, numbering upward of a hundred, are compelled to go through this course of study, and as the term of apprenticeship ranges from five to seven years, they have time to become proficient in every branch taught, so that when their apprenticeship is over they have a thorough English and technical education so far as mechanics is concerned. Everything is furnished gratuitously, the best of instruction, text books, and drawing materials; and the annual outlay required is very trivial compared with the valuable results already attained.

Daily Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania) Jan 19, 1875


THE will* of the late George P. Gordon, the inventor of the printing press that bears his name, and who left an estate valued at $800,000, has been contested in the King’s county Surrogate’s Court, New York, and refused admission to probate on account of insufficient execution. It seems to be an easier matter to make an intricate piece of machinery than to legally give away the profits of it. Millionaires must feel disgusted with themselves as they contemplate the fun their taking-off gives rise to.

Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas) Apr 11, 1878

George Gordon, aged 68, died Jan 27, 1878 at his farm near Norfolk, VA.

*This will contest was not settled until 1897, after the heirs had all passed away.


Pioneer Women Journalists.

Of the 37 newspapers in the American colonies at the time of the Revolution, says E. Cora Depuy in The Household Realm, several were owned and managed by women.

The first newspaper published in Rhode Island was owned and edited by Mrs. Anna Franklin and established in 1732. She and her two daughters wrote the items and set the type, and their servants worked the printing press. For her quickness and correctness Mrs. Franklin was appointed printer to the colony, supplying pamphlets to the colonial officers. In 1772 Clementine Rind was publishing a paper in Virginia called the Virginia Gazette, favoring the colonial cause and greatly offending the royalists. Two years later Mrs. H. Boyle started a paper under the same name, advocating the cause of the crown. Both were published at Williamsburg, and both were short lived.

In 1773 Elizabeth Timothy started a paper in Charleston. After the Revolution Anna Timothy became its editor and was appointed state printer, which position she held for 17 years. About the same time Mary Crouch started a paper in Charleston in vigorous opposition to the stamp act. She afterward moved it to Salem, Mass., and continued its publication for many years.

The Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts) Feb, 21 1898

For more, read Women in Newspapers at the Matilda Joslyn Gage website.

Samuel Pennypacker

Samuel Pennypacker

All the newspapers of Pennsylvania, regardless of party, have joined in the crusade against Gov. Pennypacker on account of his signing the new libel law. It is quite possible that they will find that they are protected under the clause of the Pennsylvania constitution which says that “the printing press shall be free to every person who may undertake to examine the proceedings of the legislature or any branch of government, and no law shall ever be made to restrain the right thereof.”  That is very broad and seems to cover amply such cases as those designed to be hit by the new law. It would be most logical if the law were declared unconstitutional.

The Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts) May 18, 1903