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June 17, 1913
2 MEN KILLED: 1 WOUNDED
As they attempted to place Joseph Tovens* a Russian, under arrest for stabbing Joe Teepil at Brimley, Deputy Sheriff Alfred** Scribner was shot through the thigh, bleeding to death in an hour, and James Sutton, who was assisting in the arrest, died instantly from a bullet wound through the mouth. The tragedy occurred last evening at 8 o’clock at the camps of Otto Schoals at Wellsburg., where Tovens had gone after the stabbing fray at Brimley. When the two deputies had been disposed of, Tovens left for the woods, where he is still hiding.
A posse of 50 men heavily armed are searching the woods for the murderer.
The first quarrel, which led to the stabbing of Joe Teepil, was started on the South Shore train while the men were enroute from the Sault to Brimley. After arriving at the station at 6 o’clock, Teepil proceeded up the street but was followed by the Russian, who drove a knife into his back three times. Tovens then escaped up the track to the camps at Wellsburg, while the injured man was taken care of by citizens of Brimley. Grave hopes are held for his recovery.
Immediately after the stabbing, Deputy Alfred Scribner, accompanied by James Sutton, left for Wellsburg to place the man under arrest. They found Tovens at the camps of Otto Schoals, where he was employed and immediately arrested him. Tovens allowed the handcuffs to be placed on him , and the trip back to Brimley was begun. The deputies neglected to search the man. When the trio was a short distance from the camps, Tovens worked one hand from the handcuff, pulled a revolver from his pocket and shot Sutton in the mouth. The man moved but a few feet when he fell dead. A bullet was put through the thigh of Scribner, who dropped in in his tracks. Tovens released his other hand from the handcuffs and took into the woods. Dr. Stalker was called to Wellsburg shortly after the shooting, but pronounced both men dead.
Very little is known of Tovens, who did the shooting, other than that he was new in this part of the country. Where he came from is not known, except he was born in Russia and spoke the English language very brokenly.
James Sutton was one of the best known farmers in Chippewa County, residing on a large farm a few miles from Brimley. He had served several terms as supervisor and in other county offices. Sutton is survived by a wife and five*** children.
Alfred Scribner is the son of Supervisor Scribner of Brimley. He resides on a farm near Baragon Corners, a short distance from Brimley. A wife and two small children survive him. Teepil is single and resides in Bay Mills.
* name was determined to be Tobias
** name was Allen
*** survived by 8 children, 5 sons and 3 daughter
June 9, 1913
At a double funeral, which was largely attended, held this afternoon from the first Methodist Church of Brimley, services took place over the bodies of James Sutton and Alfred Scribner. As a tribute to the dead men all business houses in the town were closed and the place was garbed in mourning.
Joseph Teeple who was stabbed by the Russian is at the point of death, with but grave hopes of his lasting through the night. A knife wound near the heart will probably prove fatal to the man.
A posse composed of Thomas J. Green, Edward Bayliss and Peter Vocovitch left this noon in Frank McGovern’s car for Weller’s Siding where Tobias is said to be in hiding.
The articles went on for a couple of weeks, detailing the pursuit. Tobias was never captured.
From the Sault Democrat
October 31, 1889
A Well Known Resident of This Vicinity Ends His Life on the Locks
Thomas Lucas, of Dollarville, * well known at the Soo, died on the locks Sunday. It seems that Mr. Lucas had been on the canal an hour or so before the fatality struck him, and had conversed with several of his friends. About six o’clock he was walking up and down on the masonry, when the employes (sic) on the canal noticed him sink as if oppressed by some heavy load, and when they arrived at this side he had drown his last breadth (sic). Mr. Lucas was and old man, well known in the city and there are many who be saddened by his sudden death.
* Spelling should be Luckes; and he lived in Dollar Settlement, not Dollarville. He died on Oct 27, 1889 and is buried in Maple Ridge on Ashmun Street. The “old man” was 63. My gr grandfather