|Birth: ||Jan. 29, 1900|
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 1927|
Son of James W Halterman and Elizabeth Cummins. Executed for the murder of his half brother & wife, Charles and Caroline Halterman on Dec 23, 1926.
Beaver, Ohio, June 20, 1927
A drab hearse pulled up to the gates of the Ohio State Penitentiary at Columbus about 8:30 oclock Friday night and stood a silent sentinel, while within the grim prison wall society claimed, "It's An Eye For An Eye" and was satisfied. A rigid form was borne from the prison and hurriedly placed into the waiting vehicle by prison attendants and in the silent watches of a late spring night the mortal remains of Leo Halterman started on the final journey back to the heart to the hills of Marion Township, Pike County and a grave in the Salem Cemetery., near the scenes of his childhood. Mother Nature shed copious tears over the silent form of her wayward son, as the silent journey continued down through the beautiful hills of Marion Township where in a little cottage home, a mother and father bereaved by a man-made decree, awaited the arrival of the one who had gone astray. Some time before his execution Halterman requested that undertaker Omar Davis visit him and witness the execution. Undertaker Davis and Paul Adams of Beaver drove to Columbus Friday afternoon and Mr Davis spent about a half hour with Halterman and also witnessed the execution. Mr Davis stated that Halterman was resigned to his fate and kept his nerve walking to the chair unassisted. Halterman answered the questions relative to the making out of his own death certificate while Mr Davis filled out the certificate. Halterman's last audible words were: Chaplain, pray for my children." He seemed to be mumbling a prayer when the current was turned on. Undertaker David and Paul Adams started from Columbus with Halterman's remains at 9:25 Friday night and arrived at Beaver at one o'clock Saturday morning. The body was prepared for burial at the Davis morgue Saturday morning and removed to the home of Halterman's parents, Mr & Mrs J W Halterman, three miles south of Beaver, at 10 oclock Sat morning. The Halterman home Sunday was the scene for hundreds of people, some actuated by friendship for the family and to pay their last respects to the deceased, while morbid curiosity led many people to view the remains. The casket was opened at noon so that people might view the remains and a constant stream of people filed past the silent form until 2:45 oclock, when the funeral started. Many people were left outside and did not get to view the body on account of the lateness of the hour. Machines lined the highway for a half a mile on each side of the house and the yard and nearby fields were filled with machines. Hundreds who viewed the remains did not stay for the services and it is estimated that all told, between three and four thousand people viewed the remains and attended the services Sunday afternoon. Such a crowd was never known to attend a funeral in the history of Pike county people from all parts of the state being in attendance. The service opened with a beautiful vocal selection sang by a quartet from Beaver made up of R R Sheward, Frank Crabtree, Ernest Swan and Calvin C Bumgarner. This music was given by the above quartet at Halterman's request. Rev Clary, pastor of the Beaver M E Church, read the fourteenth chapter fo John and the text: "If a Man Die, Shall He Live" was taken from the fourteenth verse. Rev M R White, pastor of the Untied Brethren Church at Lucasville, read the obituary and Rev O E Halt of Wheelersburg delivered the funeral sermon. Following the sermon a long letter, part of which Halterman had written when there was yet hope for a stay of execution, and the rest, written after Gov Donahey had failed to intervene, was read. Pallbearers were Arthur and William Graham, Herbert Reed, H O Nutt, Harley Adrain and Selby Stirr. Interment was made at the Salem cemetery near Beaver. Halterman is survived by his parents, Mr & Mrs J W Halterman of near Beaver; his widow, Mrs Garnet Thornton, of Portsmouth; three children, James, William and Joan. One brother, Scott Halterman of Peoria IL; One sister, Cloe Johnson of Cheshire OH and one nephew, Russell Halterman of Peoria IL.
There is no stone
Salem Cave Cemetery
Created by: Carolyn Hines Smith
Record added: Apr 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35597233