|Birth: ||Jun. 27, 1871|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 1895|
February 15, 1895
A TALE OF TWO VILLAGES.
A Maroa Girl is Ruined in Waynesville.
And Death from Abortion is the Result.
Minnie BENNETT, aged about twenty years, ended her young life last Sunday evening, at her home in Maroa, in a sad manner. While visiting in Waynesville occasionally last year she made the acquaintance of a young man living in that town which finally led to her ruin. Her condition began to alarm her and means were used to hide her shame. She was in Waynesville the first part of last week, where violent means were used, after which she was taken across the country to her home on a bitter cold day. The result was that when she got to her home in Maroa she was dangerously ill and a physician was called to attend her. She grew worse from hour to hour when the doctor told her that he had no possible hopes of her recovery. The girl's grandmother, with whom she was living, tried to learn the true history, and besought her grandchild to tell her the whole truth. The girl resisted all appeals and said that the secret would die with her. She was conscious that death would end her sufferings in a few hours more.
A relative of the deceased girl went to Decatur on Monday in order to institute criminal proceedings against the young man who was the author of her ruin, but as the crime was committed in DeWitt County, also the supposed abortion, the matter was referred to State's Attorney FULLER of this county. Mr. Fuller took Dr. WILCOX with him to Maroa on Tuesday morning, when a post-mortem examination was held, conducted by Dr. Wilcox. Sufficient indications were present to show that violent means had been used, but Dr. Wilcox was satisfied from his examination that no doctor had any part in it for the work was done in a very bungling manner. An effort was made to create the impression that the abortion had been performed by a Waynesville doctor, but Dr. Wilcox's examination sets this story aside.
The girl claimed before her death that her ruin was accomplished under promise of marriage. Her father lives on a small farm in Tunbridge township, and she is connected with several families in this county. She was said to be a very attractive girl, and her beauty proved to be her ruin. The young man has got himself into close quarters.
Wrights Grove Cemetery
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Record added: Jan 12, 2008
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