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Governor Theodore T. Geer's Administration

Pardons and Commutations for 1899-1900

Source: Journal of House of the Legislative Assembly, 1901, Governor's Pardons, Page 59, Salem, Oregon, W.H. Leeds, State Printer, 1901.

STATE OF OREGON, EXECUTIVE DEPARMENT,
Salem, Oregon, January 14, 1901

Gentlemen of the Twenty-first Legislative Assembly:

In compliance with the law, I herewith submit to you a statement of the pardons, commutations, and remissions granted by me during the years 1899 and 1900. Included in each statement is a synopsis of the reasons upon which action was based, and all papers relating to each case have been filed in the office of Secretary of State as required by law.

Appended is also a statement of the executions that have taken place during the biennial period just closed.

Very respectfully,
T.T. Geer,
Governor.

FULL PARDONS
Jung Heung. Murder in the second degree. Sentenced January 1894 to life in prison. Pardoned March 3, 1899. Deportation
Luther Perkins. Larceny. Sentenced October, 1897 for 3 years. Pardoned July 26, 1899. Short unexpired term; exemplary conduct.
James Lee, Jr. Rape. Sentenced July 1899 for 3 years. Pardoned July 29, 1899. Recommendation of ten trial jurors, four grand jurors, sentencing judge, and citizens.
W.A. Willison. Forgery. Sentenced October, 1894 for 18 years. Pardoned Aug 2, 1899. Recommendation of district attorney, his successor and all jurors who signed verdict; served five years, exemplary prisoner, sufficiently punished.
Joseph N. Russell. Murder in second degree. Sentenced October 1897 for Life. Pardoned Aug. 29, 1899. Sentencing judge thinks prisoner was insane; prison physician thinks he can live but a short time
Charles Montgomery. Illegal disinterment. Sentenced June 1897 for 2 years. Pardoned Oct. 3, 1899. Including time in jail, served more than his sentence.
Edward E. Fuller. Burglary. Sentenced March 1899 for 2 years. Pardoned Nov 10, 1899. Recommendation of prosecuting attorney and sentencing judge; youth of prisoner; will be removed form state.
Thomas Goldworthy. Manslaughter. Nov. 1895 for 10 years. Pardoned Dec. 30, 1899. Recommendation of sentencing judge and a large number of people; district attorney has no objections.
R.F. Hollis. Forgery. Sentenced March 1897 for 8 years. Pardoned Feb 23, 1900. Recommendation of sentencing judge; prosecuting attorney and numerous citizens.
M.E. McElvain. Forgery. Sentenced October 1896 for 2 years. Pardoned March 26, 1900. More than three years have elapsed since sentence, and the prisoner, in the meantime, has been out on bonds; large number of citizens ask his pardon.
William Marshall. Manslaughter. July 1898 for 8 years. Pardoned April 13, 1900. Recommendation of five trial jurors; youth; provocation.
George Gay. Larceny. Sentenced April 1899 for 2 years. Pardoned April 28, 1900. Recommendation of district attorney and prosecuting witness; no criminal disposition, law vindicated.
Bert Jacobs. Larceny. Sentenced February 1897 for 8 years. Pardoned June 14, 1900. Recommendation of prosecuting attorney and eight trial jurors; exemplary prisoner.
Otis Savage. Larcenyy. Sentenced November 1894 for 4 years. Pardoned Nov 15, 1900. Recommendation of district attorney; petition of citizens; out on bonds six years while sentence was only four.
Dennis Whitmore. Perjury. Sentenced May 1900 for 3 years. Released Nov 27, 1900. Recommendation of sentencing judge, district attorney, and taxpayers; youth; influenced by older parties; first offense.
George W. Bartmess. Manslaughter. Sentenced Oct 1898 for 10 years. Pardoned Dec 31, 1900. Nine of trial jurors and numerous citizens recommend pardon; served part of sentence; exemplary prisoner and previous good character; sufficient punishment.

COMMUTATIONS
J.M.Olberman. Murder in first degree. Sentenced March 22, 1898 to Hanging. Commuted to life. Existence of extenuating circumstances seeming to remove clime from class of deliberately planned murders; provocation; penalty too severe.
Frank L. Smith. Murder in first degree. April 3, 1899 to Hanging. Commuted to Life. Mental weakness; moral irresponsibility; recommendation of citizens; doubt as to guilt.
William Lindgren. Mayhem. Sentenced October 21,1898 to 15 years. Commuted to April 21, 1899. Sentencing judge expresses doubt as to guilt; recommendation of prosecuting attorney and numerous citizens.
L.F. Gardner. Rape. Sentenced July 17, 1897 to 7 years. Commuted to April 21, 1899. Recommendation of trial jurors; prosecuting attorney expresses doubt as to guilt.
Lewis J. Allen. Larceny. Oct 19, 1896 to 3 years. Commuted to May 9, 1899. Recommendation of prison superintendent; extra service, good conduct.
James McDonald. Burglary, not in dwelling. Sentenced Oct 22, 1898 to 2 years. Commuted to Oct 22, 1899. Recommendation of sentencing judge and prosecuting attorney; trial jurors and prosecuting witness asked mercy of the court.
Ben A. Childers. Forgery. Sentenced Feb 19, 1896 to 6 years. Commuted to May 17, 1899. Recommendation of circuit judge and prosecuting attorney; sufficiently punished.
John Peterson. Mayhem. March 5, 1895 to 15 years. Commuted to May 17, 1899. Doubt as to guilt expressed by sentencing judge; recommendation of prosecuting attorney.
E. Enmark. Larceny. Sentenced March 23, 1896 to 4 years. Commuted to May 29, 1899. Recommendation of prison superintendent; poor health; good conduct.
John Vineyard. Assault with deadly weapon. Nov 19, 1898 for 1 year. Commuted to July 1, 1899. Recommendation of prison superintendent; time almost expired; good conduct.
Marcus Scholl. Larceny. Sentenced Nov 2, 1898 to 1 year. Commuted July 10, 1899. Recommendation of sentencing judge, petition of citizens.
R.G. Keith. Larceny. Sentenced Nov 18, 1898 to 1 year. Commuted to June 17, 1899. Recommendation of sentencing judge, prosecuting attorney, complaining witness, and reputable citizens; youth; good conduct in prison.
Lee Gett. Murder. Sentenced Dec 7, 1895 to Life. Commuted to July 8, 1899. Deportation.
W. Drollinger. Burglary. Sentenced July 7, 1897 to 5 years. Commuted to January 18, 1900. recommendation of sentencing judge, trial jurors, and numerous citizens; prosecuting attorney has no objections; good conduct in prison.
Zibe Morse. Larceny. Sentenced March 7, 1899 to 3.5 years. Commuted to expire May 8, 1900. Losing eyesight; friends to have him treated at their expense.
W.E. Howe. Larceny of public money. Sentenced Dec 21, 1894 to 9 years. Commuted to June 15, 1900. Sentencing judge and prosecuting attorney favor clemency; exemplary prisoner; sentence almost served.
T.R. Vincent. Robbery, armed with a dangerous weapon. Sentenced October 30, 1893 to 15 years. Commuted to July 27, 1900. Recommendation of sentencing judge; evidence of previous good conduct.
Merton H. Cox. Larceny. Sentenced Oct 16, 1899.Commuted to July 30, 1900. Only one more day to serve; youth; previous good character.
John Lavery. Assault with a dangerous weapon. Sentenced April 27, 1899 to 2 years. Commuted to Aug. 1, 1900. Petition of citizens, ten trial jurors, and prosecuting witness.
F.I. Copeland. Forgery. Sentenced May 28, 1897 to 12 years. Commuted to Dec. 22, 1900. Recommendation of eight trial jurors, prosecuting attorney and successor in office to the judge who sentenced him, sentencing judge being dead, all on the ground of sufficient punishment.

REMISSION OF UNSERVED PORTION OF SENTENCE
William Taton. Selling Liquor w/o a license. Sentenced Aug. 26, 1898 to 3 charges, $600. Remission on March 25, 1899. Time almost served; petition of services.
Henry Scott. Larceny. Sentenced October 28, 18998 to 1 year. Remission on March 30, 1899. Recommendation of British vice-counsel; favorable statement of prosecuting attorney.
Hollerz Hanson. Larceny. Sentenced January 30, 1899 to 8 months. Remission on April 14, 1899. Youth, sufficiently punished; recommendation of sentencing judge.
M.P. Evans. Larceny. Sentenced January 18, 1900 to 1 year. Remission on April 14, 1900. Recommendation of sentencing judge and prosecuting attorney; mental irresponsibility.
J.E. Robinson. Larceny. Sentenced January 5, 1900 to 3 months in jail. Remission on March 2, 1900. Recommendation of injured party, deputy district attorney causing arrest, deputy sheriff who made the arrest, and magistrate who imposed the sentence.
Elmer Scott. Sodomy. Sentenced March 19, 1900 to 6 months in jail. Remission on May 7, 1900. Friends secure him a place on a seagoing vessel.
Edward Worden. Larceny. Sentenced April 18, 1900 to 1 year in jail. Remission on August 8, 1900. Recommendation of sentencing judge, prosecuting attorney, their successors, superintendent of Boys” and Girls’ Aid Society; youth; previous good conduct; time served; assistance to his mother.

EXECUTIONS
Claude Branton. Crime of Killing of John A. Linn on June 15, 1898. Sentenced Nov. 4, 1898. Hanged May 12, 1899, at Eugene, Lane County.
William G. Magers. Crime of Killing of Raymond Sink on Sept. 1898. Sentenced Dec. 14, 1898. Appealed to Supreme Court; reversed, resentenced June 2, 1899; appealed to Supreme Court; affirmed; sentenced third time, December 13, 1899; hanged February 2, 1900, at Dallas, Polk County.
Coleman Gillespie. Crime of Killing of Christina Edson on Sept. 17, 1899. Sentenced Aug. 23, 1900. Hanged October 5, 1900.

PARDONS TO RESTORE CITIZENSHIP THOSE WHO HAD SERVED THEIR TERMS
Name / Crime / Sentence / Date / Term / Discharge / Pardon
Geo. F McConnell Forgery Sept 1896 3 yrs Nov 19, 1898 Jan 19, 1899
Geo. R. Lash Larceny Jan. 1897 3.5 yrs Jan 29, 1898 May 17, 1899
John R. Zachary Burglary June 1897 2 yrs Oct 26, 1898 June 27, 1899
I.V. Howland Larceny by bailee Nov 1897 1.5 yrs Oct 1, 1898 Oct 29, 1899
James Moxley Larceny Apr 1896 1 yrs Nov 23, 1898 Nov 11, 1899
F.M. Simpson Embezzlement May 1898 2 yrs Nov 17, 1899 Nov 18, 1899
John W. Baker Assault w. a dangerous weapon Dec 1892 1 yr July 20, 1893 Dec 2, 1899
Geo H. Newsom Arson Feb 1893 6 yrs Dec 9, 1897 Dec 6, 1899
Frank C. Davis Adultery Feb 1897 1 yr Sept 30, 1897 Jan 4, 1900
Eli Derk Assault w. a dangerous weapon June 1896 1 yr (1st) Mar 16, 1897 Jan 19, 1900
C. E. Dart Larceny Apr 1886 1 yr (1st) Nov 6, 1886 Feb 8, 1900
C. E. Dart Larceny Apr 1891 3 yrs (2nd) July 20, 1893 Feb 8, 1900
W.S. May Larceny June 1896 2.5 yr Dec 9, 1897 Mar 26, 1900
A.B. Fuller Forgery Dec 1893 6 yr Sept 30, 1897 Mar 28, 1900
R. Williams Assault w. a dangerous weapon Jan 1895 2 yrs Mar 16, 1897 Apr 2, 1900
A. Turner Larceny Oct 1894 3 yrs Nov 6, 1886 Apr 14, 1900
N.I. Curl Burglary Feb 1897 3 yrs Nov 19, 1891 Apr 16, 1900
T.E. Scott Burglary Jan 1898 2.5 yrs Nov 10, 1899 Apr 16, 1900
James Wetle Larceny Mar 1894 1 yr Apr 6, 1896 Apr 18, 1900
John Tharp Larceny Oct 1894 4 yrs Aug 30, 1896 Apr 18, 1900
John C. Manning Arson May 1895 5 yrs June 17, 1899 Apr 26, 1900
R.M. Stevens Burglary June 1895 2 yrs Aug 26, 1896 May 1, 1900
David L. Gee Forgery May 1895 5 yr July 4, 1898 May 4, 1900
Orville Perdue Larceny Apr 1897 3.5 yrs Jan 7, 1900 May 7, 1900
Enoch Rhoten Larceny Dec 1889 1 yr Sept 19, 1890 May 7, 1900
John McDowell Manslaughter July 1897 2 yrs Aug 6, 1896 May 10, 1900
J.C. Hartman Larceny June 1896 1 yr Dec 15, 1896 May 14,1900
W.O. Rust Larceny Oct 1894 3 yrs June 12, 1897 May 26, 1900
James Burns Murder in the second degree May 1893 Life Mar 1, 1898 June 8, 1900
Burdett Perkins Burglary Apr 1897 3 yrs May 15, 1899 Aug 17, 1900
C.H. Davis Obtaining $ by false pretense Oct 1897 4 yrs June 3, 1900 Oct 20, 1900
Edward Long Illegal disinterment Oct 1897 2 yrs Apr 24, 1899 Oct 22, 1900

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