The Shelby Republican
The second piece of real estate owned in Shelby county by
Sylvester Bankert, whose wife, Anna Bankert, is on trial at
Rushville charged with the murder of Norman Cook, has been
sold. The transfer of 25 acres of land yesterday in Hanover township,
Shelby county, is shown in the office of county recorder Van Lee.
The price was $2,400 and the buyer is Charles Kemp. Two weeks
ago one other piece of land owned by Bankert was sold in the same township
to Sallie A. Barnes, fifteen acres at a price of $1,500.
Friday, February 16, 1906
SELLS SECOND FARM IN SHELBY
Sylvester K. Bankert sells another farm of
25 Acres in Hanover Township
to Charles Kemp for $2,400 -- Will Use
Money To Fight
For The Liberty Of His Wife, Anna
(From Tuesday's Daily.)
already spent thousands of dollars in his effort to keep his wife out of the
penitentiary and the transfer of his two farms is taken as in dication[sic] that
he will spend his last dollar in her defense. No expense has been spared
in all the long legal fight to furnish her with the best of attorneys.
thrid day of the Bankert trial opened yesterday morning, Mrs. Emma
Johnson, of New Castle, and her little daughter, Edith Cook, daughter
of the murdered man, were found seated with the attorneys for the State.
work a dark colored shirt, a cream colored waist and a black hat. Her
sister, Mrs Baker, sat with her. Sylvester Bankert, the husband,
did not enter the court room until long after court convened.
The crowd in
attendance in the morning was not so large as that of Saturday. With the
exception of Mrs. Bankert, Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Johnson and little Edith Cook, no
women attended the trial.
Herkless, county surveyor, who made a map of the Bankert house and premises
at the solicitation of the State's attorneys, was the first State witness.
He explained the map and measurements and described the rooms.
Dr. W. S.
Coleman, coroner, was the next witness. He told of his being called to
the Bankert home shortly after 7 o'clock on the evening of the shooting and of
what he found when he arrived there. Cook lay on the floor in the north
bedroom bloody from head to foot, groaning ... [several paragraphs are missing
from my copy - pmf]
remember," was the reply.
hear Cook say anything."
did Sadie do when Cook asked for water?"
did Sadie do then?"
hear Cook say anything?"
that I remember of."
did Wes do?"
go out of the room?"
you in the room?"
you say a minute ago that you were in the room."
Sadie come back with the water?"
Cook asked for water did you hear any more shots?"
sir, I don't remember."
questions Willie was unable to answer at all.
[All three Shelbyville newspapers were filled, for many days, with the accounts
of this trial.]
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming