Mug Shots

Schwartz, William B. - Inmate 5476 (1906) #1

Before Shot – Photograph presumably taken when William B. Schwartz arrived at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1906.

Schwartz, William B. - Inmate 5476 (1906) #2

After shot – Photograph of William B. Schwartz after he had been processed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1906.


Mugshots, William B. Schwartz, Prisoner no. 5476; Inmate Case Files, U. S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1895-1931, Record Group 129; National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri.

Tail End of a Cyclone (Gladys)

1943-04-16Letter transcription:


Dear Daddy – A windy day – such a wind all night that I was afraid the S. E. dormer would lift right off and blow away, a time or two the wind hit the metal pieces of the windows just right to make them buzz – it was so loud it awakened David twice. I had to get up and go over to his bed and get him quieted down. I feel a little sleepy today. Mr. Healy came out today to assess us and he said he thought we got the tail end of a cyclone – - Mrs. Roberts called me this a.m. – she had some letters from Joe and he is being moved – you may see him some time. The boys wrote you thanking you for the souvenirs. They said your imagination was better than theirs but I think mine is better than theirs. I didn’t get any letters today. The first letter I rec’d after you could write you said you had written three but to date those haven’t come. Mrs. R. said Joe’s uniform money just came – so maybe yours will come sometime. I haven’t bought any bonds so far this year – was waiting for that money to come. There is a 13 billion Bond drive on now – - I was out spading some – had D. out for first time in almost a week. He sat in his buggy and watched me work then got sleepy so brought him in and he is taking a nap. I want to go back and work some more in a little while and get broken in again.

Love – Mother

Yegerlehner home, E. Dunlop Street, Kentland, circa 1943

Yegerlehner home, E. Dunlop Street, Kentland, circa 1943

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A Mystery Solved? (Part 5)

Now that it has been established that James Laughead was likely the father of Joseph Laughead, the next step is another trip back in time (census-wise) to the 1820 census.

Since Joseph was born in Pennsylvania, circa 1817, and his sisters, Susannah and Ruth, were born in Ohio in 1821 and 1825, searching both states is necessary to establish when the family moved. Five James Laugheads appeared on the 1820 censuses of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

James Laughead Families in Pennsylvania & Ohio 1820
James Laughead Union, Fayette, Pennsylvania
James Laughead Bath, Greene, Ohio
James Laughead Washington, Licking, Ohio
James Laughhead Warren, Belmont, Ohio
James B. Laughead Union, Erie, Pennsylvania

It appears that James Laughead arrived in Belmont County as early as 1820. This is consistent with the births of Joseph (1817) and Susannah (1821). The household consisted of six individuals: one male aged 26-44, two males under the age of 10, one female aged 26-44, and two females under the age of ten.

Other clues this census provides:

  • James was born between the years 1776 and 1794.
  • Bathsheba (or James’ wife) was born between the years 1776 and 1794. This fits with what we know of Bathsheba, born circa 1790.
  • Since all the children were under the age of ten, James and Bathsheba (or James’ wife) were married circa 1810. Bathsheba would have been around 20 years old.
Laughead, James - 1820 Census

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The only other Laughead who lived in Belmont County during this census year was William Laughead. William was enumerated directly above James on the census page. This page was not arranged alphabetically, indicating a physical closeness between those enumerated. William’s household consisted of 12 individuals: one male aged 26-44, one male aged 16-25, one male under 10, one female aged 26-44, two females under 10, and 6 “other free persons.”

It is possible that James and William were brothers, and the 16-25 year old male who lived with William was another brother, Elisha. Both men lived in Warren Township, Belmont County for many years. In 1830, Elisha Laughead first appeared as a head of household in neighboring Guernsey County. Likely this same Elisha was the man who married Nancy Cowen in Guernsey County, Ohio on 10 May 1821.

Elisha was a name that was used often in the family of Joseph Lawhead. He named his first born son Elisha, and the name was used into the next generation. When the search for Joseph’s parents was begun, an assumption was made that perhaps Joseph’s first born son was named after his grandfather “Elisha” Lawhead. However, that does not appear to be the case as James Laughead is now the most likely candidate. Joseph did name his second son James.


James Laughead moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania between the years 1817 and 1820. By 1820, he was the father of at least four children, all under the age of 10, including Joseph (1817). James had at least two brothers, William and Elisha.


1820 U. S. census, Belmont County, Ohio, Warren Township, population schedule, p. 272 (penned), line 5, James Laughhead; digital image, ( : accessed 18 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M33, roll 86.

1820 U. S. census, Belmont County, Ohio, Warren Township, population schedule, p. 272 (penned), line 4, William Laughhead; digital image, ( : accessed 18 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M33, roll 86.

1830 U. S. census, Guernsey County, Ohio, Richland Township, p. 436 (penned), line 7, Elisha Lawhead; digital image, ( : accessed 18 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 131.

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1944,” database & images, Family Search ( : accessed 18 April 2014), Elisha Lawhead and Nancy Cowen, 10 May 1821: citing Guernsey Marriage records 1810-1840, v. A: 48.

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Warrant to Marshal

Schwartz, W. B. - Warrant to Marshal coverMarshal’s Criminal Docket No. 4193
No. 6742
William B. Schwartz

Warrant to Marshal to Deliver Convict to
United States Penitentiary
At Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Filed Dec 26, 1906
Noble C. Butler, Clerk
U.S. Attorney

14th DAY OF December 1906,
Henry C. Pettit

Schwartz, W. B. - Warrant to Marshal

United States of America             }

District of Indiana                          } SS:

The President of the United States to the Marshal of said District – Greeting:

WHEREAS, By the judgment of the District court of the United States, in and for said District, at the November Term thereof, on the 27th day of November, A. D. 1906, William B. Schwartz who before, in said Court, had been convicted of record of the crime of Counterfeiting was sentenced therefor to be imprisoned in the United States Penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for the term of Four (4) years at hard labor and to pay unto the United States a fine of ten Dollars ($10⁰⁰), and the costs of this prosecution, taxes at $ – .

You are therefore hereby commanded to deliver the body of said William B. Schwartz into the custody of the Warden of said Prison, to undergo the execution of said sentence.

WITNESS, the Honorable Albert B. Anderson, Judge of the District Court of the United States, for the District of Indiana, and the seal of said District Court, this 11th day of December A. D. 1906.

Noble C. Butler Clerk.



Warrant to Marshal to Deliver Convict, 26 December 1906; United States vs. William B. Schwartz, case no. 6742; Criminal Case Files, U. S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1854-1981; Records of the District Courts of the United States, Record Group 21; National Archives, Chicago, Illinois.


Navy 60 (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut R. S. Yegerlehner USNR
Navy 224 60
% Fleet Postmaster
San Francisco

Dear Mother,

You will again note the change in address – just remove the 224 and put 60 in its place. I know that must be a little vexing or amusing the number of addresses I’ve had but there is a reason. This last one did not mean a change in location however.

Yesterday your v-mail letter of Mar 17, 18, 19 & 20 came and I’ve read them but will reread again before the next letter. Also got one from Ruth Y. – Floyd doesn’t do the writing in their family. I enjoy her letters OK and I understand how Floyd hates writing. I also got a

Yegerlehner, Floyd & Ruth - c1930s

Floyd & Ruth Yegerlehner (Photo courtesy of Tom Yegerlehner)

[page 2] card from the Clarence Prue family which was written way back in Jan. From the looks of the thing I think it must have traveled all over the U.S. before it came here.

Ruth M. sent me an extra stamp and sheet of paper so I used that in answering her letter.

There is a boy here from Gary Ind. We have been together since leaving the U.S. He is a Pharm. Mate 2nd class so at times we do have some things in common to talk about. All my Dr. friends are scattered but I hear fom some of them once in a while. I have a feeling that Dr. Walsh is back there some place. He was a little disappointing late to me in some ways.

I had room to put your pictures

[page 3] in the folder with the others you sent.

Again let me say write air mail more often with a v-mail also – say maybe every other day with each. I remember you mentioned in one of those v-mails the guessing that went on in Noumea (we can again use that name) when I first landed in Noumea. I suppose that is going on again and they may hit it by mere guessing.

If I get around to it I shall write you a v-mail today to get the new address to you and to see which goes faster.

Well for now I must get going –
Lots of Love

Russell Islands  Image by Kelisi at (Wikipedia Commons license)

Russell IslandsImage by Kelisi at (Wikipedia Commons license) 

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On Way To Prison

Schwartz, W. B. - 1906-12-13


Eight men sentenced to terms in the United States prison at the last term of the federal court started for that institution at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., Thursday, in charge of United States Marshal H. C. Pettit and Duputies Dave Rankin and Tom Martin, leaving the city at 11:45. The prisoners are William Schwartz, the Indianapolis attorney, sentenced for four years for counterfeiting; John row, one year for making false affidavit as to pension papers; Theodore Linninger, three years, for passing counterfeit coins; Theodore Englebert, of Richmond, one year for taking money from a letter, as an employee of the postoffice; Judson Sturtevant, three years for robbing a postoffice; Alexander Rusilla, one year for counterfeiting; Napoleon B. Livingston, one year for impersonating a government pension officer; Clarence Robertson, one year for forging a money order.

Mrs. Gustave A. Consman, of Terre Haute, true to her husband, who is serving a term in prison for embezzlement, called at the marshal’s office before the officers departed with the prisoners, and entrusted to them a package intended to make her husband’s Christmas brighter.

“On Way to Prison,” Indianapolis Sun (Indianapolis, Indiana), p. 2, col. 6; digital image, Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 16 April 2014).

He certainly does show off (Gladys)

1943-04-15Letter transcription:


Dear Daddy – Two letters came this a.m. (Mar 20 & 24). I am getting that missing week I told you about. I have Mar 31 & Apr 1 – came the first of this week. Had a letter from Jewell – she said Bill had written you and they had a letter from you. She said Dottys’ baby will be 6 mo old the 28th of this month & weighs 14 -10 so our David is some larger. He balances the scale around 18 and isn’t quite 7 mo. He certainly does show off – but why shouldn’t he – the boys are always fussing around him. When we were in C.C. they said Carolyn Mary wanted to follow them around – I said ‘just wait David will to when he can get around.” D. has just awakened from a short nap (I think they get shorter all the time) and is trying to tear his bed down. – - I went to Chapter last nite and Cecil D. said they brought Ira home from the hospital but had to take him back – I didn’t get to ask her what is trouble is. Maybe someone else has written you about him. – - After all the snows and wind yesterday it is calm & sunny today. I have a washing out to dry (baby things) and if it keeps warming up want to work on my flower beds and get them ready for seeds. I have sown some grass seed but think I’ll sow more. The fall grass left large areas in our back yard that are bare and the side yard too. The front wasn’t so bad, but there was so many weeds down by the front walk. It is time for D.’s bath & feeding and he is getting a little whine in his voice so I’ll have to give him the “works.” Have a roll of film so will get some pictures for his 7th month (next Fri)

Love – Mother

Yegerlehner home, E. Dunlop Street, Kentland, circa 1943

Yegerlehner home, E. Dunlop Street, Kentland, circa 1943

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