Look Back: Crime and punishment in Parkersburg

Historical newspaper excerpts from the Wood County Historical Society

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Shown above is a portion of the old Parkersburg City Building that faced Fifth Street.  This portion housed the Fire Department and Police Patrol.  The city “lock-up,” or jail, was below street level. This building was not completed until 1896.

Photo Provided Shown above is a portion of the old Parkersburg City Building that faced Fifth Street. This portion housed the Fire Department and Police Patrol. The city “lock-up,” or jail, was below street level. This building was not completed until 1896.

Regulators at work

On last Monday morning a bundle of withes were found in front of Dr. Bailey’s drug store and to them was attached a note warning the druggist not to sell whiskey. It is not known who placed them there.

The Parkersburg Daily State Journal

Jan. 27, 1888

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A well-known painter of this city, who has been on a protracted spree, found a bunch of hickory switches on his front doorstep the other morning, attached to which was a note advising him to brace up and go to work or else suffer the consequences. He was at work yesterday.

The Parkersburg Sentinel

Feb. 2, 1892

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He was hungry

Officer Nolan arrested a man last night, who came into the city from out about Rockport. The man was evidently very hungry, and was trying about midnight or one o’clock, to hook some nice, juicy chicken sandwiches from Brown’s lunch stand, at the Market house. Nolan arrested him and started to the coop to coop him, along with the chickens which he had eaten. He tried to get away from Nolan, but the latter caressed him in an affectionate manner a time or two, and he submitted like a lamb.

The Parkersburg Daily State Journal

March 16, 1888

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Rotterdam on a tear

An old gentleman from the lower side of the little Kanawha came in today and got an old fashioned Amsterdam. Officer Hendershot collared Jenne, after the latter had let off several torchlight whoops, and tried to get him down town. Jenne put on his air brakes and the procession came to a semi-colon–Hendershot says it was a full stop. It stopped the passers-by anyhow. Jenne got his second wind, and tried to lift the officer out of the township, when the latter drew an affidavit (a locust one) and smote the gentleman from Amsterdam on top of his hat. Jenne still continued to resist and threw all sorts of English and Dutch adjectives all over the ozone. Capt. Mehen came along, caught a few abjurations and a section of Holland, and then the procession moved quietly and serenely down town.

The Parkersburg Sentinel

Feb. 22, 1892

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John Jenne, the well known German resident of Lubeck, left to-day for Germany and will be gone a year.

The Parkersburg Daily Sentinel

May 25, 1892

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Three men sentenced yesterday morning at police court to work out their fines on the streets took French leave of Mr. Oliver, under whose charge they were yesterday afternoon. It is more than folly to sentence men to work on the streets. It is a stone pile that’s wanted, and the new council should establish one.

The Parkersburg Sentinel

April 9, 1892

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Arrested

Lee Mason was arrested Saturday night by officer McNerney for using foul language on the street and disorderly conduct generally. Judge Drennan gave him a scorning this morning and sentenced him to jail for 15 days.

The Parkersburg Sentinel

July 3, 1893

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Bob Enoch is the president of the Wood County Historical Society. The group meets at 7p.m. on the last Monday of each month in the Summers Auditorium at the Wood County Public Library on Emerson Avenue. They do not meet in December. For more information, contact P.O. Box 565, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

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