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George Joseph O'Neill
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Birth: Nov., 1884
McLean County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 29, 1904
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA

Evening World-Herald (Omaha, Nebr.), February 29, 1904, p. 1, col. 6 & 7


George O'Neill, Beaten with Club Resisting Arrest Sunday Morning, Dies in Hospital.

Officer Moore Who Hit Him Is Held Pending Investigation Moore's Previous Trouble in Hayes Case.

George O'Neill, aged 19 years, died at noon today in the operating room at St. Joseph's hospital.

He had been clubbed thirty-six hours before by Policeman Moore.

Moore is now relieved of duty and held pending investigation.

O'Neill was taken to St. Joseph's hospital at 8 o'clock this morning, after having lain unconscious most of Sunday and Sunday night.

The affair took place Sunday morning at 5 o'clock, when O'Neill and a companion were returning from a dance. They stopped at Henry Keating's saloon, Sixteenth street and Davenport, and were followed into the barroom by Officer Moore.

Moore asked a man what he was doing at that time of night. The officer says in his written report to the chief that O'Neill then came up and told the man not tell that "bull nothin'." The next instant, the officer reports, he made an effort to arrest O'Neill for interfering. Then the melee began.

O'Neill's head was plunged through a plate mirror which serves for a screen at the end of the bar. The hand of Policeman Moore was also cut. Then the officer and O'Neill got on the other side of the screen, where the young fellow was knocked unconscious. The officer says that another man, name unknown, made a effort to get the club, and that as soon as Moore got the billet away he struck O'Neill.

The barkeeper denies this version of the story. He holds that while O'Neill and the policeman were struggling the young fellow who come into the saloon ran out through the door without taking any hand in the difficulty.
After being hurt O'Neill, who was boiler maker residing at Florence, was first taken to the police station and afterward to the home of his sister at 2510 Bristol street. Here his injuries were looked after by Dr. W. C. Upjohn. The physician states that the skull of his patient was not fractured, but it was feared that the bone was pressed down upon the skull. Therefore an operation was performed. The young fellow did not regain consciousness. For a time he understood where he was and how he happened to be there; then he sank back into a state of coma.

"Was the young fellow drunk when he came in here?" was asked of the barkeeper by a reporter.

"He had been drinking; he was talkative and so noisy that I was looking for him to get into trouble with some of the other people in here. He didn't act like he was looking for a fight; he was just noisy."

"Do you think the officer was justified in striking the lad with a club?"

"Well, I'll tell you, the boy was small enough so that he looked to me that the policeman could have picked him up and carried him out here under his arm."

The police deeply regret the affair. Captain Mostyn said that people were prone to put blame upon an entire department for the individual act of one of its members. "Now the truth is," he added, "everything was done for the injured boy that could be done after the young man was brought to the police station. First Police Surgeon Trostler did what he could and afterward Dr. Arnold was called in."

"Why," it was asked, " was the boy registered here as Busch instead of O'Neill?"

"He simply did as most people do when arrested he gave a fictitious name."


When Chief Donahue was asked as to whether O'Neill had threatened or attempted to draw a razor upon Officer Moore, the chief said:

"That is what Moore says here in his report. He says at the patrol box O'Neill attempted to draw a razor."

"Do you know anything about O'Neill?"

"My boys know him, and say that he is a quiet fellow so far as they know. They say they never knew of him getting into trouble before or of drinking to excess."

"What were the injuries that O'Neill sustained?"

"His head was cut and bruised and three of his teeth were knocked out."

Immediately after his death upon the operating table, O'Neill's body was taken charge of by the coroner. This evening a post-mortem examination will be held. It is probable that the inquest will be held tomorrow at 4 o'clock.

O'Neill was made of medium height, measuring not quite five feet six inches. He had dark hair and a thin, freckled face which, since the time of his injury, has been remained as gray as tallow. His weight was about 150 pounds.

NOTE: The article continued with an account of Officer Moore's arrest and a discussion of a previous clubbing by Moore which resulted in the victim's death.

Dr. Upjohn gives the opinion that O'Neill died from concussion of the brain. The doctors were trephining to raise the depressed skull from the brain when the lad died.


Morning World-Herald, March 1, 1904, p. 2, col. 2


O'NEILL George, aged 19 years, Monday morning at St. Joseph's hospital. Funeral Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from residence, 2510 Bristol street, to Sacred Heart church. Interment at Holy Sepulcher.
Family links: 
  John Denis O'Neil (1851 - 1919)
  Margaret Scannell O'Neill (1850 - 1905)
  Dennis James Scannell O'Neil (1875 - 1930)*
  George Joseph O'Neill (1884 - 1904)
*Calculated relationship
R.I.P. / GEORGE JOSEPH O'NEILL / DIED FEB. 29, 1904 / AGED / [illegible] Y'S
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Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Section 3, Block 1, Lot 6
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Originally Created by: Scott
Record added: Nov 02, 2012
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George Joseph O'Neill
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