(Monday November 4) The large barn on the farm of Frank and Samuel C. Love, two miles northeast of the city, was discovered on fire this morning about 3:30 o'clock, and with contents, was completely destroyed. The fire created more than ordinary excitement, owing to the fact that the charred remains of a human being were found lying in the west end of the north shed, where the poor victim had gone the evening before, evidently, to sleep. By the remians were found a male syringe, a pocket knife and a souvenir of brass, representing a Tribly shoe, and which came from the store of George J. Marlott, East Washington Street, Indianapolis. The report was current that the fellow had been murdered and afterward thrown into the barn, after which fire was set to the building, to cover up the crime, but this theory is exploded by Coroner Knapp, who was called to the scene at six o'clock. Dr. Knapp states that he found the remains in a rising position, the right lower limb being raised a foot off the ground, showing that the man had attempted to rise and that while doing so he suffocated. The Coroner also made a careful examination of the bones in an effort to discover any indications of the fellow having met with foul play, and was unsuccessful in finding anything which would lead to that belief. He gives it as his opinion, and it seems to be the general belief, that the barn was set on fire by an incendiary, as fresh buggy tracks were found leading to the barn this morning. There is no clue other than that given above which would tend to lead to the identity of the unfortunate man, who was a laborer and who wore overalls, a small particle of which was found near the bones. Coroner Knapp describes the man as having been a man of middle age, five feet, six inches in height and having all his teeth with the exception of one, which was missing from the left side of the upper jaw. This fact might also aid in his identification. Oliver Founty says that last evening about six o'clock, an old man named Ross, who visits the Love brothers every few years, and who is a wanderer over the country, came to him on the street and asked if the Love Brothers
still resided east of the city, and on being informed that they did, started in that direction. He never showed up at the Love residence, and it might be that the dead man is Ross. But why would he go to the barn when he would have been welcome in the house? And, again, Ross is an aged man, while Coroner Knapp says the dead man was only middle aged. There were twenty ton of clover hay, eight ton of timothy hay and three hundred bushels of corn in the barn, all which was destroyed. There was but one horse in the barn and it was removed. One large male hog was roasted alive. Insurance carried on the barn and contents will cover the loss.
Thursday, November 7, 1895
Page 3, column 4
WAS IT A MURDER?
Charred Remains of a Human Found, This Morning
In The Ashes of the Love Brothers Barn
Which Was Consumed By Fire
Coroner Knapp Says the Man Was Not Murdered
Submitted by Barb Huff
The Shelby Republican
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Love, entertained a number of friends at their residence on Tuesday evening.
December 19, 1878
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming