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Re: John Ash


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 4/26/2021 at 18:32:58

In Response To: John Ash (Jane King)

John Ash murdered James Summers in August 1884 in White Oak township, Mahaska county, Iowa. James Summers was 26 years old and unmarried.

Waterloo Courier --- Waterloo, Iowa
August 27, 1884 Page 4

Word reached Oskaloosa Friday that the body of a man had been found in White Oak township, about ten miles southeast of there. The coroner was notified, and visited the scene and found that a horrible murder had been committed. James Summers is the name of the man found dead. The body was lying on a pick handle, with a wound in the head, having the appearance of being struck by someone behind. Summers was last seen on Monday morning. Sunday night he was playing cards with John Ash, a railroad laborer, who is supposed to have murdered and then robbed him. Marshal E. Skillman, of Sigourney arrested John Ash, near Rose Hill. After Skillman arrested him, he admitted that he struck Summers and took $11 out of his pocket. Ash is only 17 years old, and takes it coolly.

Another account:
Daily Iowa Capital
August 22, 1884 Page 2

The trial:
The Oskaloosa herald -- Oskaloosa, Iowa
May 28, 1885


John Ash was convicted at Oskaloosa and sentenced to 10 years in Fort Madison prison.

There are a number of news items but the above that I cited are among the most comprehensive.

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