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Charles Walter Allison

  • Birth 25 Feb 1861 Holmes County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 18 Mar 1908 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Welcome, Holmes County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 55977873

OBITUARY: unknown newspaper, Millersburg, Holmes Co., OH, Mar 1908, pg.

Charles W. Allison

A Holmes County Boy, Accidentally Killed at Cleveland.

Charles Walter Allison was born Feb. 25, 1861. His life was brought to a close accidentally by a stray shot from a revolver while he was eating his supper in a restaurant in Cleveland on March 17, 1908. He was the oldest son of the family of David and Joanna Allison of Monroe township, the family consisting of three sons and two daughters. Father, mother and one sister, Mrs. Bowers, preceded him in death, thus leaving Frank a prominent attorney of Spokane, Washington; and Ed of Garrett, Ind., a R.R. engineer and Bertha, wife of J. E. Anderson of this place to mourn his departure. Charles was a graduate of the homeopathic Medical College of Cincinnati. Since the death of his father and the settling up of the estate he had been in Cleveland further pursuing his medical studies. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Tilock in the Monroe Christian church and the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by. Saturday's Cleveland Plain Dealer contained the following: A wandering medical student searching for a way to prolong life - this was Charles W. Allison, whose own life was snuffed out with a bullet from a drink crazed boy's pistol in a tenderloin saloon a week ago, and who lay a week at Hogan & Co's morgue. Allison was a cousin of Rev. J. P. Allison, pastor of the Dunham avenue Disciple church, and a man of good family. His life was one of promise unfulfilled, of a bright career cut short in its awakening. He had already sacrificed himself for others. At forty-six, his own real life was beginning. Born near Millersburg, Allison grew up on the old farm. When the other children went away, one to become a successful lawyer in Chicago, another to be a constructing engineer on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad. William Allison stayed at home took care of the farm and his parents. The years dragged on till two years ago, when both his father and mother died, and he was freed of the responsibility that had held him shackled until middle age. During the long winter evenings the man had studied. With a mind naturally bright and acute, he preferred medical and scientific subjects. He had a special liking for electricity and had worked out a theory of the effect of electrical stimulation in quickening physical impulses, so that the jade tissues could be reinvigorated and life of man prolonged beyond the present mortality. Two years ago, when the affairs of the farm was adjusted, Allison went to Cincinnati. But he would have none the conventional medical college course. He attended lectures and used the laboratories, but the idea was his own and he must work it out alone. Taciturnity developed by his long days behind the plow and in the hay field was stimulated by his realization that he must guard his precious invention. He talked little to people. He went his own way, lived obscurely, took quiet lodgings in lower parts of the city. About a year ago he came to Cleveland, Where he continued his studies according to the same plan. A day or two previous to his death a sister came to see him at his lodgings at 1847 E. 17th street. He secured quarters for her at a rooming house across the street. On the evening of March 16 the second day of his sister's visit, he went out in the evening to get a lunch at an E. 9th street saloon, near by. He did not return. His sister, thinking it another of her brother's eccentricities, left for her home the next morning without feeling any alarm. While eating his frugal meal at the saloon, the brawl which cost him his life came. William Krueger, nineteen, firing at another man, hit Allison, killing him almost instantly. The body was taken to Hogan & Co's morgue where it remained a week unidentified. Then Mrs. Frank Scott, his landlady recognized the body. For the first time William Krueger, nineteen, Allison's slayer, told of the event that led to the shooting. "I was crazy - crazed with drink," he whispered to detectives at Huron Road, hospital. "Everything grew black before me when I clutched the revolver. I didn't dream even of killing anyone. All that I seemed to desire was to hear the report of that revolver." Detectives Fischer secured a signed statement from the boy. Krueger is still in a serious condition from the effects of the bullet that he fired into his side in his effort to commit suicide.

OBITUARY: unknown newspaper, Millersburg, Holmes Co., OH, Mar 1908, pg.

Shot In Akron

C. W. Allison, a Former Monroe Township Citizen.

Was an Innocent Bystander and Struck by Stray Bullet.

C. W. Allison, of Monroe township, was shot and instantly killed in a restaurant in Akron on Wednesday, March 18, and he was not identified until Wednesday of last week. Deceased was in Akron taking a course of study in medicine, and on the evening of his death had gone into the restaurant to secure a lunch. A quarrel was on between some men in the restaurant and soon after Allison entered he was shot as an innocent bystander. Allison with his sister, Mrs. J. E. Anderson, of Welcome, had been together during the day of the fatal accident Mrs. Anderson returning home on the evening train. Allison was missed from his boarding house, but it was presumed that he had accompanied his sister home. This probably caused the delay in his relatives or friends identifying his body, which was placed in charge of the city officials. In Allison' pocket was found a slip of paper upon which was written the name of Carl Schuler, Millersburg, Ohio. Akron officials immediately communicated with Millersburg and they were informed that Mr. Schuler, our Clerk of Courts, was in his office. They had presumed that the named found on the dead man's person was his name. Later it was learned that Allison is interested in a case now pending in court, and Mr. Schuler's name was given him a few weeks ago by his attorney, Prosecuting Attorney C. J. Fisher, of Millersburg. Allison's body was identified by Mrs. Stone, at whose house he visited, and later was identified by Mr. Anderson, of Welcome. Charles Walter Allison was born February 25, 1861. He was the oldest son of the family of David and Joanna Allison, of Monroe township, the family consisting of three sons and two daughters. Father, mother and one sister, Mrs. Bowers, preceded him in death, thus leaving Frank, a prominent attorney of Spokane, Wash.; Edward, of Garrett, Ind., a railroad engineer, and Bertha, wife of J. E. Anderson, of Welcome, to mourn his departure, Charles was a graduate of the Homeopathic Medical College, of Cincinnati. Since the death of his father and the settling up of the estate he had been in Cleveland further pursuing his medical studies. The body of the unfortunate man was taken to Killbuck on Thursday last, and funeral services were held Friday in the Welcome Christian church, conducted by Rev. H. H. Tilock. Interment was made in the Welcome cemetery. An article was published in a Cleveland paper to the effect that a number of counterfeiter's tools were found in Allison's room at Akron. This was not true, the instruments found being those used in his profession, a number of Akron physicians having examined the instruments and pronounced them as belonging to the medical profession. A letter from the Chief of Police at Akron was read at the funeral to set aside this untruthful story.

HISTORY: (contributed by Shawn-Paul Allison)

Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Summitt Co., OH., Wednesday, 18 Mar 1908, pg. 1. (Very, very hard to read)

[The Edward Brandt mentioned in the article is Charles Walter Allison. Remember, his unidentified body was taken to a morgue for five days! How they came up with Edward Brandt is unclear.]

Killed One, Shot Himself

Cleveland, March 18

William Krueger, 21 years of age, opened fire upon a crowd of men and women in a restaurant last night and instantly killed Edward Brandt (?), 46 years old, severely wounded James Barr and then attempted to commit suicide. After the young man went to the sidewalk and there turned the revolver against his own head and fired. It is believed Krueger will die. Previous to the shooting Krueger is said to have stood at a side door leading into a saloon and from this vantage point scanned the faces of all the occupants of the restaurant. As Barr passed him in the doorway, the police say, Krueger was jolted and opened fire upon Barr and then turned the revolver aimlessly upon the crowd. A panic ensued, men and women seeking shelter beneath the tables and a lunch counter. It is believed by the police that Krueger was waiting for some particular man or woman whom he thought to be in the restaurant and that his anger was due largely to jealously, either fancied or real. At the hospital Krueger lapsed into unconsciousness and unto a late hour no statement had been obtained from him.

Allison lineage back to Thomas Allanson, English extraction, London.

Thomas Allanson/Mary Roberts
Charles Allanson/ ? Posey
Thomas Allison/Barbary Burch
Charles Allison/Barbara Moore
Charles Allison, Jr./Mary Blackmore
Erasmus Allison/Mary Carr
Charles Allison/Jane Crane
David Allison/Joanna Gibson
Charles Walter Allison

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  • Created by: George Alexander Allison, Jr.
  • Added: 5 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55977873
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Walter Allison (25 Feb 1861–18 Mar 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55977873, citing Welcome Cemetery, Welcome, Holmes County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by George Alexander Allison, Jr. (contributor 46812554) .