1956, Sheriff Recalls, Boy Learns His Lesson

Sheriff Recalls

Boy Learns His Lesson

The prisoner who sneaked in and out of the Williamson County jail is remembered by Sheriff Carl Miller.

He was a 13 year old Herrin boy who weighed only 115 pounds. That enabled him to slip through a six inch hole in the cell door used for passing food trays back and forth.

On February 16, 1956, deputy sheriff Ora Collard was on duty in the front office about 2 A.M. He stopped a 15 year old Johnston City youth who was being held in the same cell with the Herrin boy as the youth tried to slip out the office door.

The youth said the cell door had been unlocked by the Herrin boy after he slipped through the opening and got keys from the kitchen. Continue reading

Jones, Henry C. 1853-1949, Commissioner, Postmaster & County Clerk

Henry C. Jones, Marion City Commissioner and Postmaster, was born November 3, 1853 near Creal Springs in Williamson County, Illinois to John S. and Sarah F. (Powers) Jones. He secured such education as farm boys generally get in the district schools and followed the plow until 25 years ago.

Henry’s marriage took place while he was living on the farm, February 13, 1871. His wife was Miss Mary J. Bower, daughter of William J. and Elizabeth J. (McInturff) Bower, who farmed near Crab Orchard. Mary J. Bower was born in Christian County, Kentucky on January 4, 1852. Continue reading

Scates, Walter B. 1808-1886, Circuit Court Judge

Walter B. ScatesAlthough Walter B. Scates never resided in Marion he served as one of Williamson County’s first circuit court judges that resided over court in the small county clerk’s office on the public square in Marion before the first court house was ever built. He also helped form not only the statutes of Illinois but was responsible for the passage of legislation allowing lawyer’s to have access to their clients in jail.

Walter B. Scates was born on January 18, 1808 in South Boston, Halifax County, Virginia, and when but a child his parents removed to Tennessee, and soon after to Christian County, Kentucky. He was the son of Joseph W. Scates (1775-1842) and Elizabeth Eggleston Bennett (1774-1849). His brothers and sisters were:  William Bennett (1802 – 1882), Harriet Fields (1804 – 1855), Joseph W., Jr. (1805 – 1856), Elizabeth Eggleston (1810 – 1860), Isaac Coleman (1812 – 1854) and John Tyler Scates (1814 – 1888). Continue reading

Rice, Jeremiah S. 1820-19xx, Marion Trustee

Jeremiah Rice was a pioneer farmer of Southern Illinois, a carpenter and served on the first board of trustees for the city of Marion where his children were born, but before they grew to maturity he moved to Dunklin county, Missouri, to live out his years.

Jeremiah S. “Jerry” Rice was born in November of 1820 in Tennessee. 

He married Susan A. Sanders on September 9, 1840 in Williamson County, Illinois.  Continue reading