Minor State News

Schwartz, W. B. - 1906-06-07After nearly two years’ search to find the man who was making the most dangerous counterfeit half dollar ever manufactured secret service officers arrested William B. Schwartz, a well-known lawyer of Indianapolis, and an hour later he is said to have confessed. The molds at his house were given up, and an electric battery and a spurious half dollar were found at his office. Schwartz once had a fine practice, but neglected it to care for a deranged wife, who is now in an asylum.

“Minor State News,” The Plymouth Tribune (Plymouth, Indiana), 7 June 1906, p. 3, col. 8; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 4 April 2014).

4 thoughts on “Minor State News

  1. davidmadison1942

    I got a chuckle too out of the word “dangerous” ! This little news item captures so much of the tragic Schwartz story.

  2. thegenealogygirl

    I know this is ridiculous and I understand what they meant but even still when I read the phrase “the most dangerous counterfeit half dollar ever manufactured” I couldn’t help but facetiously wonder if these simple coins did something dangerous like explode. 🙂

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      LOL!! I believe they are saying they were dangerous because they were so well made. It was hard to tell that they were fakes. But exploding coins would be cool….


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