Category Archives: William B. Schwartz

Fingerprints and Measurements

Schwartz, W. B. - Fingerprints

Fingerprints of William B. Schwartz, taken at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1906.

Schwartz, W. B. - Measurements

Body measurements and biographical information of William B. Schwartz, taken at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1906.

Source:

Fingerprints and measurements, 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.

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.

Source:

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.

Warrant to Marshal

Schwartz, W. B. - Warrant to Marshal coverMarshal’s Criminal Docket No. 4193
No. 6742
DISTRICT COURT U.S.
DISTRICT OF INDIANA
THE UNITED STATES
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
Kealing
U.S. Attorney

EXECUTED BY DELIVERING THE
BODY OF THE WITH-IN NAMED DE-
FENDANT TO THE WARDEN OF THE
UNITED STATES PENITENTIARY AT
FORT LEAVENWORTH KANSAS, THIS
14th DAY OF December 1906,
Henry C. Pettit
MARSHAL

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.

 

Source:

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.

 

On Way To Prison

Schwartz, W. B. - 1906-12-13
ON WAY TO PRISON

GROUP OF CONVICTED MEN STARTED WESTWARD IN MARSHAL’S CHARGE

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 (http://www.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 16 April 2014).

United States vs. William B. Schwartz

United States vs. William B. Schwartz Cover

No. 6742
U. S. DISTRICT COURT
November Term, 1906
At Indianapolis
UNITED STATES
vs.
William B. Schwartz,
Indianapolis
INDICTMENT
Counterfeiting
Sec. 5457 & 5458
A TRUE BILL:
Mark Hillsarne
Foreman
Filed Nov 22 1906
Noble C. Butler, Clerk
Joseph B. Kealing
U.S. DISTRICT ATTORNEY
U.S. WITNESSES
T. E. Halls, S.S.O. – Indianapolis
Chauncey A. Manning – ”
Merrill Wilson – “

United States vs. William B. Schwartz, p. 1

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA }
DISTRICT OF INDIANA      } SS:

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF INDIANA.
November Term, A.D. 1906, at Indianapolis.

THE GRAND JURORS OF THE UNITED STATES, Within and for the District of Indiana, impaneled, sworn and charged in said Court, at the term aforesaid, to inquire for the United States, within and for the District of Indiana aforesaid, upon their oath present that William B. Schwartz late of said District, at the District aforesaid, on sixth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand, nine hundred and six, unlawfully, knowingly and feloniously did then and there have in his possession, at the same time, with intent then and there to pass, utter and publish the same as true and genuine, to some person or persons, to the Grand Jurors aforesaid unknown, two similar pieces of falsely made, forged and counterfeited coin, in the likeness and similitude of the silver coin of the United States, which has been coined at the mints of the United States, commonly called a —; and also thirty-eight similar pieces of falsely made, forged and counterfeited coin, in the likeness and similitude of the silver coin of the United States, which has been coined at the mints of the United States, commonly called a half dollar (crossed out) with intent then and there to defraud the said person, or persons, unknown, as aforesaid, to the said Grand Jurors, he, the said William B. Schwartz then and there well knowing the same to be falsely made, forged and counterfeited, contrary to the form of the statute of the United States in such case made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the United States of America.

United States vs. William B. Schwartz, p. 2

Second COUNT

And the Grand Jurors aforesaid, upon their oath aforesaid, do further charge and present that William B. Schwartz late of the said District, at the District aforesaid, on the first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand, nine hundred and six unlawfully and feloniously did then and there falsely make, forge and counterfeit, and did cause and procure to be falsely made, forged and counterfeited, and did willingly aid and assist in falsely making, forging and counterfeiting ten similar pieces of falsely made, forged and counterfeited coin in the resemblance and similitude of the silver coin of the United States, which has been coined at the mints of the United States, commonly called a — dollar; and also fifty similar pieces of falsely made, forged and counterfeited coin in the resemblance and similitude of the silver coin of the United States, which has been coined at the mints of the United States, commonly called a half dollar, with intent then and there and therewith to defraud some person, or persons, to the Grand Jurors aforesaid unknown, contrary to the form of the statute of the United States in such case made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the United States of America.

Joseph B. Keating
U.S. Attorney

SOURCE:

Indictment Counterfeiting, 22 November 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.

Schwartz To Prison

Schwartz, W. B. - 1906-11-27Schwartz to Prison.

William B. Schwartz, the Indianapolis attorney, who was indicted on a charge of coining and passing counterfeit dollars, entered a plea of guilty, and was given a $10 fine and costs, and five years in the United States prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., at hard labor. Schwartz pleased his own case, and gave the judge a written appeal for clemency. Judge Anderson was not inclined to show mercy. After Schwartz stated that he had been an attorney for 18 years, the judge replied: “After 19 years as a lawyer you deliberately turned and violated the laws of the country.” He then fixed the sentence.

“Schwartz to Prison,” Indianapolis Sun (Indianapolis, Indiana), 27 November 1906, p. 1, col. 5; digital image, Newspaper Archive (http://www.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 7 April 2014).

Jail Plot Exposed (Part 7)

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“The men are well treated,” he said. “Their food is good. It is utterly false that Edward Franklin, the night turnkey, has been intoxicated. I know he has not touched a drop in ten years. As to the complaint about the filth, they are expected to clean their own quarters. I announced to them in criminal court, where some of them were arraigned, that none would get a bite to eat until the cells were thoroughly cleaned.

“Yes, Judge Alford asked me about the complaint, and I showed him the evidences of the plot to escape. They made the complaint in order to escape punishment.”

Inspection of Ward.

County Commissioner McGregor and a representative of The Sun visited the jail Thursday, inspected the United States ward, and talked to the prisoners, who were house-cleaning very industriously, by applying streams of water from the hose to the cell floors. They said they were required to mop the floors every morning, but complained that there was a thorough cleaning ordered only once in about three weeks.

“Everything in that letter was true,” said Attorney William B. Schwartz, the counterfeiter, looking through the bars “Our bed-clothing is full of vermin, which is the worst things we have to bear.”

Prisoners Were Beaten

“Is it true that Jack Blake and L. Knauss were seriously beaten because they did not wish to sign the letter” he was asked.

“They were not hurt,” Schwartz replied, smiling, but he admitted they had been punished by the “Kangaroo court.”

Knauss cried when asked about his experience. “The ‘Kangaroo court’ said that I could not have a cot unless I paid for it,” he said, “and after the first night I had to sleep on the floor. They beat me up when I refused to sign the letter of complaint. I was whipped with a strap. Boys, it wasn’t right.”

Court Must Be Stopped.

Sheriff Sourbler is taking strenuous measures to break up the sessions of the court. John Smith and a prisoner named Greeley, two officers of the court, have been confined with the negro prisoners as a punishment, but the men in the dungeon are thought to have been the ringleaders.

Commissioner McGregor suggested to the sheriff that a garbage can be provided for the prisoners and that the cells be washed out oftener. Otherwise, he thought the prisoners had no right to complain, and will so report to Judge Alford.

“Jail Plot Exposed,” Indianapolis Sun (Indianapolis, Indiana), 20 September 1906, p. 8, col. 3-4; digital image, Newspaper Archive (http://www.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 7 April 2014).

Jail Plot Exposed (Part 3)

Schwartz, W. B. - 1906-09-20, p. 1 (3)Ringleaders in Dungeon.

After the sheriff discovered the kangaroo court, Monday, he sent Thomas McDermott and J. A. Hardin, well known as robbers, to join De Vall in the dungeon. He had reason to believe that these three men had come into possession of weapons and tools with which to manage an escape, but they denied this charge.

Fearing that a serious plot was on foot, Sheriff Sourbler secured a Winchester rifle and patrolled the United States war Tuesday night. Wednesday night, the sheriff, with a force of deputies, made a thorough search of the ward, and learned that their fears were well founded.

In the cells of the three dungeon prisoners were found two revolvers, saws and other tools sewed in the mattresses on the cots. The prisoners had manufactured clubs from the broken, wooden parts of cell cots, and had hidden the bludgeons under the bedclothing. A large numbers of these clubs were found.

May Be Other Weapons.

The sheriff believes there are other tools and weapons yet concealed and he will discipline the three suspected men until they confess. A careful inspection is now being made of the bars in the various cells, as it is feared some sawing already has been done.

The communication sent by the prisoners to Judge Alford is a most remarkable document to emanate from the jail. It was written by William B. Schwartz, attorney, who has been acting as “prosecutor” in the “Kangaroo court” conducted by the prisoners. Sheriff Sourbler suspects that the letter was carried form the jail by some attorney who interviewed his clients at the jail. In fact, the sheriff believes it is possible that the weapons and tools might have been carried to the prisoners by a visiting attorney. The “round robin” is as follows:

Piece of Jail Literature.

“Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 17, 1906 –
“To the Hon. Fremont Alford, Judge of the Criminal Court, Indianapolis, Ind.

(Continued on Page 8, Col. 3)

“Jail Plot Exposed,” Indianapolis Sun (Indianapolis, Indiana), 20 September 1906, p. 1, col. 1; digital image, Newspaper Archive (http://www.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 7 April 2014).

Jail Plot Exposed (Part 1)

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JAIL PLOT EXPOSED

Bludgeons, Revolvers and Saws Found By Sheriff.

“ROUND ROBIN” WAS SENT TO JUDGE ALFORD BY THE U.S. PRISONERS.

DEMAND MADE FOR RELIEF FROM ABUSES

Investigation Disclosed Serious State of Affairs, Said to involve Many Clever Criminals, Who Were Placed in Dungeon.

A most desperate, carefully prepared and widespread attempt at jail delivery by a gang of the smartest prisoners ever held in the United States prison ward of the Marion county jail, has been discovered by Sheriff Edward Sourbler, who now has a set of ugly saws and files, two revolvers and innumerable clubs, the latter made from dismantled cell cots, to show for the seriousness of the plot.

In order to escape the penalties of discovery, the sheriff believes, the ring-leaders of the plot, who are horse-thieves, safe-blowers and other criminals of the worst type, induced Attorney William B. Schwartz, who is being held on a charge of counterfeiting, to draw up a ‘round-robin” complaining of alleged scandalous management of the jail. The leaders secured the signatures of 58 prisoners, addressed the ‘round-robin’ to Judge Fremont Alford, of criminal court, and it was smuggled to the postoffice. Judge Alford received the letter, Thursday, and sent the following notice to the county commissioners:

[to be continued] 

“Jail Plot Exposed,” Indianapolis Sun (Indianapolis, Indiana), 20 September 1906, p. 1, col. 1; digital image, Newspaper Archive (http://www.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 7 April 2014).

Lawyer A Counterfeiter

Schwartz, W. B. - 1906-06-20LAWYER A COUNTERFEITER

Says He Made Spurious Coin to Support His Sick Wife.

Indianapolis, Ind. – William B. Schwartz, a member of the Indianapolis bar, was arrested by Federal officers on charge of counterfeiting.

Schwartz confessed to the officers and surrendered the things he used in making the spurious coins. His law practice, he said, did not yield a sufficient income for the support of his sick wife.

“Lawyer A Counterfeiter,” The Abbeville Press and Banner (Abbeville, South Carolina), 20 June 1906, p. 2, col. 2; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 4 April 2014).