|Birth: ||Mar. 3, 1856|
|Death: ||Jul. 30, 1888|
Son of Jerome Amasa & Mary Emmons, brother to Anne, Charles and Lilly Emmons.
FREMONT EMMONS HUNG BY AN ANGRY MOB FROM A RAILROAD TRESTLE.
PAWNEE CITY, NEB., JULY 31.-SPECIAL TELEGRAM
Fremont Emmons, the murderer of Bertha Schultz, was brought here from Beatrice yesterday for preliminary examination, and bound over to the District Court His presence here caused great excitement, and about midnight a crowd began to gather, determined to lynch him. Emmons was concealed in the third story of the court house, but the crowd discovered his hiding place and took him away from the officials by force. A rope was palced around his neck, and he was led through the public street to the high Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska trestle, over the Burlington and Missouri track. Arriving there the citizens asked that Emmons should be identified as the party wanted. The identification was complete. Emmons was then given an opportunity to make a statement. He gave the history of his life for the past two years. He claimed to have been a Christian, but he lately fallen from grace. He admonished the young men to reform from the habit of using strong drink. He also stated that he had been disappointed in love; that Miss Schultz had circulated false reports in reguard to him, and maintained that he knew nothing about commiting the murder. He asked if a minister was present and would pray for him, after which he asked to pray for himself.
In his prayer he asked God to forgive him for committing the murder, and that God would forgive all those who were implictaed in punishing him if they were guilty of any sin. he then took several steps further out on the trestle, and, his arms being tied behind him and his legs free, he was told to jump. The rope was fastened to a cross-tie over the wagon roadway. Emmons jumped about thirteen feet and died without a struggle. The crowd quiety dispersed and left him hanging. He remained suspended until sunrise, and was then cut down and turned over to the undertaker to await the arrival of friends from Kansas. The lynchers were masked. The attending crowd comprised citizens of all grades.
Jerome A Emmons (1829 - 1908)
Mary E Emmons (1833 - 1889)
Pawnee City Cemetery
Created by: Leo James
Record added: Jan 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33168158