Josephine <I>Mitchell</I> Crowther


Josephine Mitchell Crowther

Roundhead, Hardin County, Ohio, USA
Death 1 Aug 1934 (aged 54)
California, USA
Burial Dinuba, Tulare County, California, USA
Plot Block 4, Row 6C, Grave 13
Memorial ID 53855502 View Source

Wednesday, 9 May 1934


We regret to chronicle that on Tuesday morning about two, Charles Skipper, whose home had been for years at the Mrs. S. G. Mitchell place, east of Altamont, severely injured Mrs. Josephine Crowther, Mrs. Mitchell's daughter, and then ended his own life with a shot gun. Mrs. Crowther is at St. Anthony's Hospital, as we write this, and it is doubtful if she will recover.

9 May 1934


The condition of Mrs. William Crowther, victim of a savage attack with a hatchet by Charles Skipper, drink-crazed farm hand, remains a great deal the same, Wednesday morning as it was yesterday, it was leaned from the local hospital.

Mrs. Crowther who was struck twice on the head as she sat up in bed to confront Skipper, is said to be in grave danger, since one of the blows dented her skull and an operation will be necessary if she is to recover.

The funeral of Skipper, according to present plans, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon from Johnson's chapel. The remains will be taken to Funkhouser for burial. His
brother Frank of Oklahoma has been heard from and will be present.

No date has yet been set for the Inquest, it was learned from Coroner C. M. Doty; though an inquest jury was sworn in and allowed to view the body Tuesday afternoon.


Thursday, May 10, 1934


Mrs. Crowther is suffering from concussion of the brain and a possible skull fracture. She was struck on the head three times with the hatchet. Her condition on Wednesday morning was reported to be about the same, with chances possibly for recovery

Crazed By Liquor

Apparently crazed by booze, Skipper returned to the farm home at 2:30 a.m. after being away from the place during the early part of the night.

He went to the bedroom in which Mrs. Crowther and her aged mother were sleeping. Without provocation it is said, Skipper started beating Mrs. Crowther with the hatchet. He attempted to strike Mrs. Mitchell, who has been critically ill for several days, but she succeeded in dodging the blows.

A son, John Mitchell, aged about 45 was awakened in an adjoining room and started to the aid of his mother and sister

Shoots Self

Skipper ran from the women's bedroom, slipped past Mitchell and locked himself in his bedroom, where a moment later he shot himself through the body. The entire charge from the 12-gauge shot gun passing through his body, leaving a large cavity, but missing his heart. He died on the way to the hospital in Johnson's ambulance, in which Mrs. Crowther was also being brought to the hospital.

Mrs. Crowther was brought to the hospital unconscious. She regained consciousness a few hours later and mumbled a few words. Her condition is regarded as critical, however.

Mrs. Mitchell remains in critical condition in her home, suffering from shock as well as the illness with which she has been addlicted. Her daughter had come from California last Wednesday to be at her bedside. Mrs. Crowther husband, son and daughter have been summoned.

Skipper, an ex-service man, came to the Mitchell farm shortly after the war and had been a trusted employee. He took an active part in the management of the farm following the death of Mr. Mitchell about three years ago.

No date for the inquest into his death has been fixed by Dr. C. M Doty, Effingham Co. Coroner.

The funeral services of Mr. Skipper are planned for Thusday afternoon (today) at 2:00 o'clock from Johnson's Chapel. Burial to be made in Funkhouser cemetery.

Newspaper articles furnished by Dennis Lutz of Minot, N.D

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