Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

Good Old Days: Dec. 3, 2020

Series: Good Old Days | Story 4

December 3, 2020

125 years ago

The Commoner

November 15, 1895

(continued from Nov. 19, 2020 issue)

All this took but the fraction of a minute, and the prisoners at once unlocking the heavy iron door of the jail, and afterwards of that leading from the jailer’s room to the courthouse corridor, were prepared for their run. Short time as this took, Jailer Newcomer, aided by Wm. Peak, who is serving a term for petty larceny, released himself from the gag and bonds, and reached the outer door of the jail, just as five of the escapees had disappeared through the front door, into the darkness of the night.


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