|Birth: ||Dec., 1855|
|Death: ||Oct. 3, 1900|
The Freeborn County Standard
October 3, 1900
JOHN HARE, CRAZY MAN, SHOOTS POLICEMAN SUBBY.
Resists Arrest, Is Fired on by Chief Sullivan, Returns the Fire and Shoots Another Man and is Finally Killed.
Last night about 8:30, John Hare, supposed for many years to be harmlessly unsound of mind, overtook Supt. Schmitz of the city schools as the latter was going home and violently complained because the board would not employ him to teach penmanship in the city schools, and demanded the position of Prof. Schmitz, displaying at the time a savage-looking revolver. Prof. Schmitz argued with him, saying he had nothing to do with the matter, and finally opposite the Blackmer residence, Hare left Prof. Schmitz, and returned to Broadway, viciously talking on the way. Several ladies who met him were badly frightened. When he reached the Briggs company store, he was still very violent and threatened people with the revolver. Policeman Subby at once undertook to arrest him when Hare quickly drew a bead and fired, shooting policeman Subby in the left side, making a very dangerous if not fatal wound. The latter was at once conveyed to Dr. F.L. Wilcox's office where he received attention.
As soon as he had shot Subby, Hare started down Broadway, taking the middle of the street and threatening to shoot anyone that dare to approach him. He held his revolver above his head and many sought hiding places, while hundreds of men and boys followed the frenzied man at a distance. Chief Sullivan was in the lead and demanded of Hare that he put up his revolver and surrender. The latter refusing, Chief Sullivan began firing at him, at first to frighten and at last to disable him so he could be captured. But Hare fired back, thirty or forty shots passed, it being for a few minutes a hot and dangerous fusillade, particularly for the curious and excited crowd. Two of Hare's shots hit W.H. Jones, landlord of the Albert Lea house, who was standing in Dr. Nissen's stairway, and the wounded man was taken into the hospital and cared for. They policeman Sullivan and several others in the crowd shot to hit, and brought the infuriated man to the ground, one shot hitting him in the right eye, the bullet passing through the brain, which will prove fatal.
The event created intense excitement, and all are shocked and greatly regret that the awful event should happen. John Hare was a man of superior education and had been a teacher, but recent years had lived with his mother, Mrs. hare, an estimable widow woman, living in a humble home at 301 E. Third Street. There is also a maiden sister, a teacher, a member of the family. Hare has never been considered at all dangerous. He had no confidants and few if any associates. It seems that his malady at last became intensified, and this led to his murderous assault and to his unavoidably tragic end. Policeman Subby and Sullivan only performed their duty and they would not have been brave and faithful officers if they had done less.
Later- Policeman Subby's wound is not as bad as first supposed, and is not likely to prove fatal, unless a hemorrhage of the lung ensues. Mr. Jones was shot through the right arm, a flesh wound, and in the lower portion of his right abdomen, and it may prove very serious. Hare was alive at midnight, but his recovery was deemed impossible, the bullet plowing its way entirely through the brain. The bullets flew thick and fast for a time, and it is remarkable that more were not hit, several having very narrow escapes. Several men who finally fired on Hare had rifles, and one of those no doubt fired the fatal shot.
The Freeborn County Standard
October 10, 1900
SEQUEL OF THE TRAGEDY
Hare, the Maniac, and W.H. Jones, One of His Victims, Die.
Policeman Subby Recovers, and the Terrible Event is Ceasing to Excite Interest.
The terrible tragedy briefly described in our last issue, which occurred Tuesday evening as the Standard was going to press, resulted in the death of two persons, the insane murderer, John Hare, and his victim, William H. Jones, landlord of the Albert Lea House. Oscar Subby, the policeman, is at the Wilcox hospital suffering with a bullet wound in his lungs, and while very sick, is in a fair way to recover. It was not thought at first that Jones' injuries were serious, although wounded in the arm and abdomen, but the bullet pierced his intestines and he died at Nissen's hospital at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. He was standing with chief Sullivan near the north end of the Morin building, and both were shooting at the maniac when Hare turned and seemed to single out Jones, firing two or three shots at him. Hare then turned and proceeded but a few steps until he was nearly opposite Hansen's marble shop, when the bullet which pierced his brain laid him low. It is not known who fired the shot that killed him, as there were, at least, half a dozen revolvers and three or four rifles being trained on him at that time. He was removed to the city hall, and afterwards to the Nissen hospital where he expired at about 11 o'clock Wednesday night without regaining consciousness. Hare had been insane a number of years, and while he has been an inmate of several asylums he was not considered dangerous up to two months ago, when his malady began to assume a more frenzied and vicious turn. He became imbued with the idea that he should be appointed an instructor in penmanship at the high school and had made life a burden to Supt. Schmitz by repeatedly calling on him and importuning him for the position. He secured possession of a couple of revolvers, and it is said had been practicing shooting with them, and he went to Prof. Schmitz' home Tuesday evening with the probable intention of shooting him, and not finding him at home returned to meet him, first firing two or three shots near the house.
It was Prof. Schmitz' coolness when he met Hare that saved his life, and the poor, demented man went on down town to commit his terrible crime. He was in a state of frenzied viciousness, and the mere attempt of officer Subby to approach him made him shoot the brave policeman down in his tracks. He then took to the street, flourishing his revolvers, and it is needless to state that after that no one attempted to stop him. He turned around frequently and shot at the officers and others who were following him, and even drove the crowd scurrying back several times. He shot in all over a dozen times, and it is a miracle that more were not hit by his bullets. No more exciting or thrilling episode ever occurred in this city's history, and Broadway, which was crowded at that hour of the evening, came near witnessing a veritable panic. The fusillade of shooting resembled a battle, and many in the residence portion thought bunches of giant fire-crackers being exploded. It was a most deplorable affair, and one which might have been averted had Hare been committed to the asylum where all insane belong.
What might have been as serious a tragedy occurred after Hare was shot. A crowd was discussing the dreadful occurrence, and one, Hans Tenold, an employee of Ole Knutson's was "showing how it was done" with a revolver, when he accidentally discharged it, the bullet passing through city clerk C.E. Brainerd's hat just above his forehead, the powder burning his face.
Mr. Jones was formerly a railroad man, and has lived here about two years. He was 36 years of age, and leaves a wife and two children. A brother arrived from Mankato last Wednesday, and his remains were removed to Wilton, near Waseca, Thursday for burial. His grief-stricken family have the sympathy of all in their great misfortune.
Hare's funeral occurred from his mother's home, on Third Street, Friday afternoon, Rev. Abbott officiating, and the remains were interred in Albert Lea Cemetery beside those of his father, one of the earliest settlers of this county. John M. Hare was born in Chicago 45 years ago. At the time his father died, about 21 years ago, he suffered an attack of typhoid fever, which affected his brain, and he was confined for a short time in the asylum for the insane. Returning home he disposed of his share of his father's estate and left the country, his mother hearing from him at infrequent intervals in various parts of the east and even in England, where it is supposed he was teaching penmanship. It is supposed that he was incarcerated in various asylums, and finally about six years ago his people learned that he was an inmate of the Rochester Institution. They secured his release and brought him here, hoping that home life and care would help his clouded brain and shattered intellect. Coroner Luce empaneled juries to view the remains of both victims of the bullet, and the customary verdicts were returned.
William Hare (1813 - 1876)
Mary Ann Howley Hare (1832 - 1902)
Alexander Noble (1849 - 1914)**
Mary Ann Hare Brown (1853 - 1932)*
John M. Hare (1855 - 1900)
Ellen Hare (1859 - 1948)*
Plot: Section H, Lot 237
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Record added: Nov 09, 2013
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