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Governor Theodore T. Geer's Administration

Pardons and Commutations for 1901-1902

Source: Oregon Messages and Documents, 1903, Governor's Pardons and Commutations, Page 31, Salem, Oregon, W.H. Leeds, State Printer, 1902.

STATEMENT Of PARDONS, COMMUTATIONS, AND REMISSIONS
Issued by T.T. Geer, Governor of Oregon.
For the years 1901 and 1902
To the Legislative Assembly, Twenty-second Regular Session 1903

State of Oregon, Executive Department,
Salem, Oregon, January 10, 1903.

Gentlemen of the Twenty-second Legislative Assembly:

In compliance with the law, I herewith submit to you a statement of the pardones, commutations and remissions granted by me during the years 1901 and 1902. Each statement includes a synopsis of the reasons upon which action was based, and all papers relating to each case have been file din the office of the Secretary of Stats are required by law.

Very respectfully,
T.T. Geer,
Governor.

FULL PARDONS
Geo. W. Bartmess. Manslaughter. Received at prison Oct 15, 1898. 10 years. Pardoned Dec 31, 1900. Recommendation of nine trial jurors and numerous citizens; portion of sentence served; exemplary prisoner; previous reputation law abiding and uptight; ends of justice best served by his released.
Allen Edwards. Obtaining money by false pretense. Received at prison Feb 18, 1900. 1 year. Pardoned January 19, 1901. Served his sentence lacking one day; exemplary prisoner; not naturally criminal.
Edwin L. Mims. Manslaughter. Received at prison Aug. 24, 1900. 5 years. Pardoned March 30, 1901. Extreme mercy of court recommended by trial jurors, eight of whom petition for his pardon; also numerous citizens; delegation of representatives from that county; belongs to good family in another state; will be removed permanently.
O.C. Newman. Larceny. Received at prison Oct 13, 1900. 1.5 years. Pardoned April 17, 1901. Served portion of his sentence; all trial jurors; sentencing judge; large number citizens Grant and Malheur counties represent he is of reputable family and join petition for his pardon.
Charles A. Combs. Forgery and assault with dangerous weapon. Received at prison Feb 15, 1895. 2 terms, 2 years each; 1 term, 12 years. Pardoned June 21, 1901. Has served both sentences for forgery; part for assault with dangerous weapon; district attorney who prosecuted and party assaulted by him recommend clemency; conduct good; mother residing in another state ready to receive him.
C.A. Brown. Larceny. Received at prison Dec 1901. 1 year in Multnomah Co. Jail. Pardoned March 19, 1902. Sentencing judge, prosecuting attorney recommend pardon because of youth of prisoner minimum sentence imposed; exemplary conduct while prisoner.
M. Brown. Larceny. Received at prison Dec 1901. 1 year in Multnomah Co. Jail. Pardoned March 19, 1902. Sentencing judge and prosecuting attorney recommend pardon because of youth of prisoner; minimum sentence imposed; exemplary conduct while prisoner.
F.S. Ingram. Murder, second degree. Received at prison March 22, 1892. Life. Pardoned June 19, 1902. Model prisoner; in recent outbreak risked his life in defense of unarmed guards; lost a leg in so doing.
Frank Shinn. Larceny from the person. Received at prison March 6, 1901. 5 years. Pardoned June 24, 1902. Numerous responsible citizens of Baker County including many trial jurors, prosecuting witness, who expresses doubt as to guilt, committing magistrate, who doubts at this time if alleged crime was perpetrated at all.
William F. Beckman. Murder. Received at prison March 30, 1902. Life. Pardoned Sept. 9, 1902. Sentencing judge, three trial jurors, citizens of county where crime was committed, recommend clemency; citizens of Minnesota, his former residence, testify to previous good character; arrangements made for transportation to Minnesota, in view of age, infirmity and service during Civil War.
Ezra Durand. Forgery. Received at prison April 2, 1897. 12 years. Pardoned Nov 26, 1902. Prosecuting Attorney Lord, Judge A.F. Sears, Jr., Judge M.C. George, Hon. Henry E. McGinn, Hon. R.W. Hoyt, and many other representative citizens of Multnomah County, and many many of the injured parties, recommend pardon on the ground of his old age, and sufficient punishment. District Attorney Chamberlain waived service of notice.
George Morey. Murder. Received at prison June 22, 1894. To hang, commuted to life imprisonment. Pardoned Dec 20, 1902. He has served about ten years of his sentence, appears to not be of the criminal class, his pardon is recommended by the four judges of Multnomah County having jurisdiction over his district, by the prosecuting attorney, and many other reputable citizens.
Jake Sheets. Arson. Received at prison Nov 1901. 3 years. Pardoned Dec 23, 1902. Prosecuting attorney and reputable citizens of the vicinity where the crime was committed, including those interested in his prosecution, represent that, owing to his mental and physical condition and youth, he has been sufficiently punished.
Marion Hodge. Larceny by bailee. Received at prison April, 1902. 1 year. Pardoned Dec. 23, 1902. Circuit Judge Clifford, who sentenced him, recommends that from what he has since learned of the man and his case, he was only technically guilty and has received sufficient punishment.
J. F. Prestoon. Assault and robbery. Received at prison September 9, 1901. 5 years. Pardoned Jan. 7, 1903. Sentencing judge recommends and citizens acquainted with the prisoner at the time of commission of the act, represent that he has been an inmate of an insane asylum and that his offense was one of a weak-minded, foolish boy, rather than that of a vicious criminal.
Etta Horton. Adultery. Received at prison Nov. 6, 1902. 1 year. Pardoned Jan. 8, 1903. Citizens in the community where the offense was committed believe she has been sufficiently punished and petition for pardon.
W. R. Smith. Assault with intent to kill. Received at prison Feb. 21, 1902. 2 years. Pardoned Jan. 9, 1903. Numerous citizens of the vicinity where the crime was committed petition for his pardon and it is recommended by the district attorney, complaining witness, and nine trial jurors.

COMMUTATIONS
William Brownlee. Larceny. Received at prison March 23, 1900. I year. Commuted to expire Feb. 5, 1901. Served his term lacking twenty days; numerous citizens, including prosecuting witness, petition for his release.
Joseph Gentemann. Uttering a forged check. Received at prison Nov. 22, 1899. 2 years. Commuted to expire Feb. 23, 1901. His release is recommended by prosecuting witness; all the trial jurors; large number of citizens among whom he has lived testify to previous food character, and ask for clemency.
Harry Dowling. Larceny. Received at prison Dec. 19, 1896. 7 years. Commuted to expire April 1, 1901. Served the major part of a long sentence; deputy district attorney who prosecuted case; five trial jurors recommend pardon; am assured employment awaits him in another state, and he will immediately depart for that state.
Jerry Nooman. Larceny. Received at prison Dec. 26, 1896. 7 years. Commuted to expire April 1, 1901. Served major part of long sentence; deputy district attorney who prosecuted case, five trial jurors recommend pardon; am assured employment awaits him in another state, and he will immediately depart for that state.
Samuel Mills. Rape. Received at prison July 1, 1899. 3 years. Commuted to expire April 9, 1901. Served major portion of his sentence; all trial jurors, district attorney, and numerous citizens recommend pardon; exemplary prisoner.
A. J. Gabhart. Larceny by bailee. Received Oct. 15, 1900. 1 year. Commuted to expire Aug. 24, 1901. Served his sentence lacking one day; merit time deducted; reputable citizens and taxpayers of county in which crime was committed, including prosecuting witness, petition for his pardon.
Benjamin Ownbey. Robbery, being armed with a dangerous weapon. Received at prison April 9, 1897. 7 years. Commuted to expire Aug. 27, 1901. Served his sentence lacking two months; sentencing judge and prosecuting witness, together with number of citizens recommend his pardon.
Robert Jordan. Larceny. Received at prison June 5, 1897. 7 years. Commuted to expire Sept. 27, 1901. Served portion of his sentence; prosecuting witness, prosecuting attorney, sentencing judge, ten trial jurors, numerous citizens petition for his pardon.
J. G. Lurman. Manslaughter. Received at prison July 8, 1900. 5 years. Commuted to expire Dec. 24, 1901. Sentencing judge, eleven trial jurors, together with majority of people of Sumpter, where crime was committed, numerous reputable citizens of Baker County petition for clemency in his behalf.
Gustave Lagney. Larceny. Received at prison Mar. 21, 1896. 10 years. Commuted to expire Dec. 24, 1901. Exemplary prisoner; rendered valuable service as prison druggist; little more than six months to serve; release strongly recommended by prison officials; prosecuting witness; prison officials and others.
George W. Baxter. Manslaughter. Received at prison July 3, 1896. 15 years. Commuted to expire Dec. 24, 1901. Served considerable portion of his sentence; district attorney who prosecuted him; his successor in office; his deputy; nine trial jurors reputable citizens acquainted with circumstances recommend pardon and represent hum not to belong to criminal class.
Neil Campbell. Assault to rape. Received at prison Oct. 6, 1896. 10 years. Commuted to expire Jan. 14, 1902. Served his term, lacking one day, allowance being made for time earned.
Claude McHargue. Forgery. Received at prison Mar. 17, 1899. 4 years. Commuted to expire Mar. 11, 1902. Petition of representative citizens of Linn County; recommendation prison physician on account of failing health, been in hospital six months with no apparent hope of recovery.
P. G. Morris. Larceny of public money. Received at prison March 21, 1900. 4 years. Commuted to expire April 8, 1902. Served sentence, lacking less than three months; sentencing jurors and large number of citizens petition for pardon.
Louis Level. Burglary. Received at prison Feb. 21, 1902. 2 years. Commuted to expire Oct. 8, 1902. Sentencing judge is now in possession of facts, which if known at time would have given lighter sentence; district attorney recommends clemency; large number of citizens petition for pardon, recommend him to be not of vicious disposition.
H. S. Warriner. Burglary. Received at prison March 1, 1902. 3 years. Commuted to expire Nov. 13, 1902. Reputable citizens acquainted with the circumstances of the crime, represent that he is a young man, that it was his first offense, that he belongs to a hard working, industrious, respectable family, and the district attorney recommends clemency.
John Campbell. Murder in 2d degree. Date received at prison not known. Life sentence. Commuted to expire to a term of twelve years. District attorney, ten trial jurors, and large number of citizens recommend pardon.
George W. Hayes. Adultery. Received at prison May 12, 1902. 1 year. Commuted to expire Feb. 1, 1903. Citizens of the community where the offense was committed believe he has been sufficiently punished, and petition for his pardon.
Lafe Engel. Having is his possession deer meat out season. Received at prison Feb. 18, 1901. $100. Commuted to expire Mar. 12, 1901. Petition unanimously signed by reputable citizens that he was more technically guilty than otherwise; is poor man, with family.
J. H. Harbin. Selling liquor with out license. Received at prison June 10, 1901. $300. Commuted to expire Aug. 19, 1901. Sentencing judge, prosecuting attorney, and county court recommend remission, on ground that after two mistrials immunity from punishment may be asked for if he plead guilty; he has since taken out license.
Charles Wooley. Selling liquor with out license. Received at prison Aug. _,1902. $200. Commuted to expire Sept. 26, 1902. Sentencing judge gave shortest sentence; ends of justice best subserved by remitting $100.
Andrew Olsen. Selling liquor without license. Received at prison Aug. _, 1902. $200. Commuted to expire Sept. 26, 1902. Sentencing judge gave shortest sentence; ends of justice best served by remitting $100.
John Bartell. Violating fishing laws. Received at prison Sept. _, 1902. $20. Commuted to expire Oct. 11, 1902. Defendants made diligent effort to learn provisions of law and were misinformed by peace officer who labored under misapprehension of its provisions; justice of the peace who imposed fine recommends remission; reputable citizens represent ends of justice will be subserved by granting remission.
Daniel Brack. Violating fishing laws. Received at prison Sept. _, 1902. $20. Commuted to expire Oct. 11, 1902. Defendants made diligent effort to learn provisions of law and were misinformed by peace officer who labored under misapprehension of its provisions; justice of the peace who imposed fine recommends remission; reputable citizens represent ends of justice will be subserved by granting remission.
W. G. Cleveland. Violating fishing laws. Received at prison Sept. _, 1902. $20. Commuted to expire Oct. 11, 1902. Defendants made diligent effort to learn provisions of law and were misinformed by peace officer who labored under misapprehension of its provisions; justice of the peace who imposed fine recommends remission; reputable citizens represent ends of justice will be subserved by granting remission.
John Whitehurst. Assault and battery. Received at prison Sept. 9, 1902. $25. Commuted to expire Oct. 17, 1902. Superintendent of City Schools, Principal of Park School, Clerk of District No. 1, and Board of Directors represent that it was in discharge of his duty as janitor at the Park school that the crime was committed.
Sidney G. Dorris. Gambling. Received at prison March 1902. $500. Commuted to expire Nov. 24, 1902. Many citizens represent that fine was unjust and ask for remission of sentence.
Chris Lund. Selling liquor without a license. Received at prison Oct. 15, 1902. 100 days. Commuted to expire Dec. 13, 1902. Prosecuting judge who imposed sentence, and numerous citizens of Union County, where the crime was committed recommend that the ends of justice have been subserved by the punishment received.

PARDONS TO RESTORE TO CITIZENSHIP THOSE WHO HAD SERVED THEIR TERMS
Name / Crime / Received at prison / Term.( yrs) / Date of Discharge / Date of pardon
John Lavery Assault with a dangerous weapon 4/27/1899 2 8/1/1900 1/18/1901
Henry Ross Forgery 6/29/1899 2 12/1/1900 2/20/1901
Albert Brannon Polygamy 5/25/1899 2 11/1/1900 2/28/1901
Geo. W. Weaver Rape 6/27/1896 4 7/3/1899 3/30/1901
Neil Campbell Assault to rape 10/6/1896 10 1/15/1902 2/6/1902
Harry Tucker Burglary, not in a dwelling 10/21/1900 2 2/7/1902 2/7/1902
Benj. Ownbey Robbery, being armed with dangerous weapon 5/1/1897 7 10/21/1901 2/14/1902
J. F. Rose Assault to rape 12/12/1895 2 2/3/1897 3/5/1902
Thurston Pettyjohn Larceny in a dwelling 6/26/1901 1 2/1/1902 3/6/1902
Nick Jenkins Rape 3/28/1899 4 12/31/1901 3/13/1902
J. G. Lurhman Manslaughter 3/28/1899 5 12/31/1901 3/14/1902
A. J. Beckelheimer Larceny 10/30/1898 5 12/11/1901 3/19/1902
Oscar Arnold Larceny 10/13/1899 1.5 12/4/1900 3/21/1902
William Hanna Buying stolen property 8/2/1899 3 5/22/1901 3/24/1902
Francis T. Clark Forgery 12/24/1897 5 6/13/1901 4/9/1902
John Kincaid Assault and robbery 9/25/1898 4 10/20/1902 4/16/1902
Claude McHargue Forgery 3/17/1899 4 3/11/1902 4/18/1902
Wm. H. Eusted Larceny 5/9/1897 1.5 3/10/1898 4/23/1905
John Fiester Larceny 5/9/1897 1.5 3/12/1898 4/23/1902
Wm. M. Hendren Larceny in a dwelling 10/17/1900 1 8/1/1901 4/28/1902
Wm. Merrill Assault and robbery 11/28/1894 8 12/14/1899 5/17/1902
Wm. H. Banta Larceny in a dwelling 10/16/1900 2 4/23/1902 5/19/1902
Richard Stevens Larceny 6/8/1901 1.5 4/21/1902 5/31/1902
Charles Clark Rape 5/27/1901 1 4/14/1902 5/31/1901
Charles Gingle Larceny 6/2/1895 5 11/24/1898 5/31/1902
George Sally Larceny 3/14/1897 2 5/11/1898 5/31/1901
Edward Sally Larceny 3/14/1897 1.5 2/11/1898 5/31/1902
Charles Albee Larceny 12/18/1900 3 6/30/1902 6/30/1902
E. Simmons Assault to rob 12/2/1897 4 2/20/1901 8/4/1902
John Kelly Assault with a dangerous weapon 10/24/1901 1 7/18/1902 8/4/1902
Arthur Hicks Wanton and malicious injury to personal property 11/16/1901 1 7/27/1902 8/18/1902
E. D. Horner Forgery 3/17/1899 6 8/8/1902 8/19/1902
R. Blaylock Larceny 10/2/1900 2 3/16/1902 9/2/1902
Frank E. Bodwell Larceny from a warehouse 10/31/1901 1 7/16/1902 9/8/1902
Alfred Henry Hart Manslaughter 6/26/1902 1 9/29/1902 9/29/1902
Henry Schroder Forgery 12/1/1900 3 8/26/1902 10/14/1902
George Monroe Assault to rape 12/19/1895 10 3/22/1902 12/23/1902

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