Ex-Lincolnite Slain by Bandit
Elsberry Democrat, September 25, 1925.
Ex-Lincolnite Slain by Bandit
John M. JAMISON, a former resident of the southern part of the county, but for many years employed as a motorman by the United Railways in St. Louis, was slain Saturday afternoon by a bandit when he refused to open the door of the car after the bandit had robbed and shot a woman passenger.
The tragedy occurred on a Bellefontaine car on Herbert Street, near Twelfth. Miss Sophie Wiesniewski had been down town (St. Louis) to cash a check of $500 for her father to be used in cashing pay checks of customers of the elder Wiesniewski. She boarded a Bellefontaine car, and shortly thereafter a man boarded the car and occupied the seat beside her. She carried the money in a handbag. The man seized the handbag, but a rubber band around it was held by the young lady, and the bandit believing she was resisting his efforts to rob her, shot her through the arm, the bullet piercing her breast. With his loot in one hand and the pistol in the other, the bandit hastened to the front platform and demanded of the motorman to open the door. JAMISON was a little slow in acceding to the bandit's request and was shot through the back. The bandit opened the door and made good his escape. Both victims were hurried to the City Hospital, but JAMISON was dead before reaching the institution. The young lady is in a critical condition, but she has a chance of recovering. JAMISON, who is survived by a widow and seven children, was brought to Lincoln county Monday and the body buried in Highland Prairie cemetery.
[John Morgan JAMESON (1883-1925), was my Great Uncle. John was the son of Willis Franklin "Dock" JAMERSON and Flora Ann PIERCE. John married Mary Ellen "Molly" CLUNY on March 25, 1903 in Lincoln County. Their children were: Eula Blanche, Ira Edwin "Bud", Ruby Dell, Vincent Arnold, Dorothy Muriel, Clifton Grenville, Doris Marie (twin) and Darlene Mae (twin). The youngest seven children were living at home when John was killed. Molly went to work at Brown Shoe Company, and opened her house up to boarders in order to support her family.]
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