Mrs. Margaret Thornton Noll was the daughter of Edward Thornton, a brother to my 3rd great-grandfather, James Patrick Thornton.

17 Aug 1937, Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois.
2014-12-29_0005Mrs. Margaret Noll Dies at Virden
Mrs. Margaret Thornton Noll, wife of Jacob Noll, died last night at 7 o’clock at her home in Virden, Ill.
Mrs. Noll was born and reared in Alton, but had resided in Virden since her marriage.
She is survived by her husband, one son, Henry; a daughter, Eleanor, and a grandchild, Mary Noll.
Mrs. Noll also leaves one brother, Philip Thornton of New York; two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Blackburn of Alton and Miss Annie Ward of Granite City; a nephew, Philip Blackburn, and a niece, Mrs. Frank Womack, of Alton.
Mrs. Noll suffered a heart attack at 6 o’clock and her death occurred one hour later. She had been ailing for several days.
Requiem mass will be sung by the Rev. Fr. W. B. Whalen at St. Catherine’s Church in Virden Thursday morning at 9 o’clock, and burial will be in the Virden cemetery.

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I found a true thriller this time!!

My husband’s grandparents were held up at their farm by 5 escaped prisoners from Ft. Leavenworth.

Thankfully, they weren’t hurt.

The Emporia Gazette, Emporia, KS, 10 Apr 1945
2014-12-28_0018Five Disciplinary Prisoners Escape
Flee Ft. Leavenworth In Truck, Garbed In Officers’ Uniforms

Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., April 10 – Five prisoners at the U.S. disciplinary barracks were sought today after overpowering their guard and five fellow prisoners and kidnapping a truck driver in making their escape.
Lt. Col. William Wurgler, public relations officer at Ft. Leavenworth, said the men fled Monday from the post golf club where they had been working. All were dressed in stolen Army officers’ uniforms.
Their trail, Wurgler said, led to a farm house three miles north of Lawrence, where Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Weeks reported they had been tied up in a bedroom of their home and their car, a 1931 model A Ford, stolen.
At Lawrence, Sheriff Rody Skinner said the Weeks car was found abandoned north of Williamstown on highway 59 and that Pete Tenpenny of that locality had reported his 1934 Plymouth coupe was stolen.
Overpower Guard.
Wurgler gave their account:
Guarded by a soldier armed with a carbine, the men were part of a 10-man detail assigned to the golf course.
Between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., the five overpowered their guard and when the five other prisoners attempted to intervene in the guard’s behalf they, too, were overpowered. The fugitives then tried the guard and the other five prisoners together with wire and rope.
One of the prisoners then donned the guard’s uniform and led his four companions up Grand Avenue to the student officers’ quarters, where all slipped into Army officers’ uniforms.
Then they attempted to start a car parked nearby. Jame McCaffery a laundry truck driver, noticed the men were having trouble and when the prisoners saw him looking at them, they rushed him, put him in the back of his truck, bound him with rope and drove off in the laundry truck.
The truck got as far as three miles north of the airport at Lawrence, where engine trouble developed. Taking McCaffery along, they walked to the Weeks home.
Sheriff Skinner said the men arrived about 9 p.m. and remained until 2 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Weeks were tied up in a bedroom and McCaffery was left bound on a sofa. The two Weeks children, Elizabeth Ann, 4 1/2 years old and David Lyle, 17 months, were not disturbed.
Cook Meal
Mrs. Weeks said the men cooked their meal in her kitchen.
When they left they took three of the Weeks’ ration books, a shaving mug, some “A” gasoline coupons and departed in the Weeks’ model A Ford.
After freeing himself McCaffery called his wife and Ft. Leavenworth authorities.
The prisoners were listed as Richard R. Gombert, 28, Pittsburgh, Pa; Donald Hass, 25, Kent, Wash.; Pat L. Hardmen, 22, Thomaston, Ga; Clifford J. Meeks, 20, Atlanta, Ga, and Lewis C. Mathis, 20, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

  • Nick Woods - February 13, 2015 - 5:52 am

    Glad you found this, Jennifer. I remember this event. In fact, the men also took a battery from the phone so no one could call out if they got free from their ropes. Dad took the laundry truck driver over to a neighbor’s after it got light so he could call his wife and Dad called the Sheriff. The went on the tractor. Mom W.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Henn - March 11, 2015 - 10:05 pm

    Wow! What’s exciting story — well, pretty terrifying if you were living it! But an exciting read!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Henn - March 14, 2015 - 1:05 pm

    I just wanted to tell you that I’ve included this post in my NoteWorthy Reads post for this week:

    • Jenn - March 22, 2015 - 8:12 pm

      Thanks Jo!!! I appreciate it!! :)ReplyCancel

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This is the marriage of Miss Pearl Sherlock to Napoleon Bonaparte Thornton. It was published in the 9 Aug 1949 issue of the Alton Evening Telegraph.

I love the descriptions of her clothing.  I don’t know much about fashion, so I had to look up Brooks Cadwallader to see who it is.  Here is a blog post I found with some more info on it.
2014-12-28_0011Thornton-Shearlock Wedding

N.B. Thornton and Miss Pearl Shearlock were married this afternoon at 1 o’clock in the rectory of Old Cathedral, with Msgr. W. T. Sloan officiating. The couple dispensed with attendants.

Miss Shearlock wore a champagne suit, accented with a Brooks Cadwallader scarf, and brown acessories.

After the wedding Mr. and Mrs. Thornton left on a honeymoon strip. They will be at home, at 1810 State street, after September 1.

Mr. Thornton, son of the late City Attorney James P. Thornton and Mrs. Thornton, is a veteran of World War 1. He served in France with Battery C, 43rd Artillery, A.E.F.

Mrs. Thornton is the eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Shearlock. Until recently she was in the Wood River office of Shell Oil Company.

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