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Thomas Baldwin Murders Four, continued...


	Age Cleared Up.
Another point about Baldwin that Mr. Bach had cleared up in
preparation for the trial was that of his age.  Baldwin was born
on June 27, 1850 and was, therefore, not quite 58 years old at
the time of his death.  When he was charged with the offense that
finally led to the quadruple killing he said, for an obvious
reason, that he was 68 years old.  This bit of information Mr.
Bach obtained from a policy taken out in the Court of Honor by
Baldwin, which gave the date of his birth and included the
statement that there was "no insanity in his family."

	Wrote Letter in December.
After Baldwin had committed his atrocious crime a letter
addressed to Mrs. Emma Grau, his daughter, undated, and with the
request to "please open" was secured by Mr. Bach.  According to
the testimony of another daughter, Bee Baldwin, it had been
written on December 31.  In view of the fact that it opens
another light on the case, this letter is of interest and is
reproduced below.  Barring mistakes in spelling, it reads as
follows:

"Dear Children:  I want you to be good to one and another
for my sake.  I love you all.  Now, I will tell you what to do. 
I give piano and my picture and Mama's and Clevies and Netties to
Hattie and Bee and they are to have their bedding and bedclothes. 
And all the rest of the stuff to be divided equal between you
all.  Now I have divided what I had as near equal as I know how
and if Bee and Hattie wants to try and keep house let them have
the house to live in and rent the other houses and divide it up,
keep the taxes up on them and when Hattie becomes of age sell all
of them and divide it equal.  I will leave money to bury me
decent and to keep the graves up and Emma can see to it.  And one
more request, I want to be buried in the clothes I got on, for
poor wife picked them out for me.  I am glad I am going to her
and Clovie.  So don't grieve for me for I am happy to think I
will soon be by my dear loved ones.  I know the blessed Lord and
His Christ will forgive me.  Good bye to all.  Hope we may all
meet again.  Your Father,

"THOMAS BALDWIN."

Below the body of the letter is word "goodbye" again and six
crosses.
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                        Court Met pursuant to adjournment
    Court adjourned until Saturday.
                        Saturday, June 15th, 1907
    Court met pursuant to adjournment
                          Court adjourned until Wednesday.
                        Wednesday, June 19th, 1907
                          Court met pursuant to adjournment.

#8351

PEOPLE
       vs                  INDICTMENT FOR RAPE.
    THOMAS BALDWIN


                   And now at this day come the People by their
States Attorney William R. Bach and make due proof to the Court
that said defendant Thomas Baldwin died in the McLean County Jail
on or about June 14th, 1907.  And now on Motion of the States
Attorney, it is ordered by the Court that this case be stricken
from the Docket.

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#8357
                              Wednesday, June 19th, 1907.
       PEOPLE                                                              
vs                 Indictment for Murder
     THOMAS BALDWIN

                   And now at this day come the People by their
States Attorney, William R. Bach and make due proof to the Court
that said defendant Thomas Baldwin died in the Mc Lean County
Jail on or about June 14th, 1907.  And now on Motion of the
States Attorney, it is ordered by the Court that this case be
stricken from the Docket.

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#8358

     PEOPLE
      vs               Indictment for Murder
   THOMAS BALDWIN

                   And now at this day come the People hereto by
their States Attorney, William R. Bach and make due proof to the
Court that said defendant Thomas Baldwin died on or about the
14th day of June 1907, at the Mc Lean County Jail.  And now on
Motion of the States Attorney, it is ordered by the Court that
this case be stricken from the Docket.

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#8359

     PEOPLE                   
       vs             Indictment for Murder
   THOMAS BALDWIN

                   And now at this day come the People by their
States Attorney, William R. Bach, and make due proof to the Court
that said defendant Thomas Baldwin died on or about the 14th day
of June 1907, at the Mc Lean County Jail.  And now on Motion of
the States Attorney it is ordered by the Court that this case be
stricken from the Docket.

                          Court adjourned until Thursday
                       Thursday June 20th 1907.
                          Court met pursuant to adjournment.

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Typing completed by Sandra L. Clippinger, 4091 Casebeer Drive,
Altoona, Iowa 50009-9517, 515-967-2956, on the 6th of March,
1996, 89 years after the murders.  I am the great grand daughter
of Jane Smith Eiseman and Simeon Eiseman,  Grand daughter of
Mabel Eiseman and daughter of Ardis Remsburg Beaver.


"Family ties are precious bonds.  May the four deceased never be
forgotten."

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Thomas Baldwin of Colfax Murdered Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennedy, Mrs. Simeon Eiseman and her daughter Cora Eiseman, All Residing in the Same Neighborhood
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