Seek Key To Mystery In Newton Boy’s Death
Another chapter to a mystery that has baffled the citizens and officers of Harvey County since last Thanksgiving Day, was opened today when a $600 reward was offered for the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered Jacob Sadowski, Jr., in a lonely pasture, where he was hunting, Thanksgiving morning. Charles Dodds, another young man of the neighborhood, and whose parents lived at Chamois, Mo., was also out hunting the same morning and following the scent of a skunk, suddenly came upon the body of young Sadowski lying face downward in the grass, with a bullet hole in his breast. The body was still warm and Dodds ran to the nearest neighbor and gave the alarm. Since it was definitely determined that some one is responsible for the shooting, Governor Capper has offered $150 reward for the arrest and conviction of the guilty party. This amount has been further augmented by $200 given by the boy’s father, Jacob Sadowski, and by $250 given by the two sub-orders of the A.H.T.A. of McLain and Newton, which brings the total amount up to $600. The Wichita Beacon, Wichita, Kansas. Monday, May 8, 1916. Page 2.
Jacob Sadowsky Is Laid To Rest
A large number of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Sadowsky were present at the funeral service of their son, Jacob, which was held this morning at 10:00 o’clock at St. Mary’s church. The requiem mass was sung by the children’s choir, Rt. Rev. Msgr. M. Maguire officiated, and the sermon was given by Rev. J.G. Dambach. The pall bearers and flower bearers chosen from among his class mates and associates were Will and Ed Breitenstein, Albert and John Leffelman, Will and George Endres. The casket bouquets were bourne by Andy and George Breitenstein. A long procession of carriages occupied by families who live in the community in which the Sadowsky family resides in Darlington township and other friends followed the casket to St. Mary’s cemetery, where interment was made. The service at the grave was conducted by Rev. Father Dambach. The tragic death of Jacob has cast a gloom of sadness over the community in which he lived. He was the youngest of a family of six children and was a boy who was a great favorite alike with old and young. He was a robust nature and an excellent helper on the farm. He had an unusually happy, cheerful disposition and was endeared in the most loving ways to parents and brothers and sisters.
He attended school in district No. 31 and was an unusually bright pupil, taking the high school work that is taught in the rural schools. His teacher has said of him that he was a leader in the school and a great favorite, and his high type of manliness made him a worthy example to be imitated. His influence for good in the school as well as his sunny disposition, and his many acts of kindness will make him missed in many ways in the school, as he will be missed in the home. The Evening Kansan-Republican, Newton Kansas. Saturday, November 27, 1915. Page 4.
(c) Except from the book, Deadly Encounters: Murder In Harvey County by Darren McMannis. Used with permission.