Insanity Charge Against Manfredi Dismissed (August 14, 1912)

Insanity Charge Against Manfredi Dismissed

The charge of insanity against one Frank Manfredi, of  Yelm, was dismissed by Judge C. M. Easterday after a hearing of that case. The insanity charge was formally filed against the advice at Prosecuting Attorney Wilson who was of the opinion that the circumstances would not support the charge.  Relatives and the neighbors of the man  however, insisted on the hearing.

While it seems established that the man is unbalanced mentally It is not to, the extent warranting commitment to a state institution.

It is stated that one phase of the  man’s irregular mentality is that he seems to be bent on marriage, which  he proposed as soon as he can earn fifty cents in money. Who the woman of choice shall be appears to be a mere detail.  (Olympia Daily Recorder August 14, 1912)

Man Returns to Yelm After Visit to U.S. (June 27, 1917)

Man Returns to Yelm After Visit to U.S.

The police were called upon yesterday to return John Gunston to the Steilacoom asylum. Gunston was picked up in Yelm and it was learned that he had escaped from the hospital for the insane. He told the residents in Yelm that he had just returned to his home In Norway after taking an extended trip to the United States.  (Morning Olympian June 27, 1917)


Committed to Asylum (May 19, 1916)

Committed to Asylum

Mike Pleschuk, the Austrian who was picked up by the side of the road between here and Yelm a few days ago by Sheriff Fred McCorkle, was committed to the Steilacoom asylum by Judge Mitchell’s court this afternoon. Dr. K. W. Partlow and Dr. F. A. Longaker were the examining physicians.

Naturalization papers and a deed to a lot in Hagnsville, Canada, were found in his pockets. (Olympia Daily Recorder  May 19, 1916)

Leavitt is Taken Away To Asylum At Steilacoom (December 31, 1912)

Leavitt is Taken Away To Asylum At Steilacoom

M. Leavitt, who has been committed to the state asylum for the insane at Steilacoom, was taken away yesterday by a traveling guard from that place. Lcavitt threatened to destroy the buildings bt a rancher near Yelm and as he talked in an incoherent manner, it was decided to have him locked op tor safe keeping. (Morning Olympian December 31, 1912)

Polander Becomes Unbalanced at Yelm (June 20, 1912)

Polander Becomes Unbalanced at Yelm The sheriff’s office made an unsuccessful effort yesterday to locate a Polander who could talk to a man arrested near Yelm as the prisoner is supposed to be insane. Word was sent to the sheriff’s office by Homer Raymond that the man was causing considerable uneasiness in the neighborhood of his home, about fourteen miles east of the city and Deputy Sheriff McCorkle made a trip in an auto and arrested the wanderer. Not -withstanding the excessive heat the unfortunate who was arrested yesterday insisted upon wearing an overcoat He could not speak English and nothing could be learned as to his name or as to from where he came. (Morning Olympian June 20, 1912)

[Construction in Yelm] January 24, 1914

Work was commenced Wednesday of last week on the garage of Morris & Rieschl, and it will be the first building in Yelm to be constructed of corrugated iron. It will be 24×50 feet and will furnish room for from 12 to 15 average-sized cars, besides office and show room. (Washington Standard      January 24, 1914)

Business is Booming in Yelm Town; Railroads to Build New Sidetrack

Business is Booming in Yelm Town; Railroads to Build                                            New Sidetrack                                                                    

Unknown paper or date (Between 1907 and 1922)

The town of Yelm is a bustling little community with many accommodations and advantages that some of the larger towns have not. The Northern Pacific and Great Northern practically pass through the town and the Milwaukee is only a mile away. As business demands, a siding will be constructed by the Milwaukee to Yelm.

The railroads show an Increase in business of 1.200 per cent over the business for last year. The passenger traffic has increased 110 percent and 100 cars are being billed through from Yelm every month. The freight business has increased so fast that the N. P. will build a new 600 ft. sidetrack as soon as labor conditions will permit.

Yelm boasts two large general stores, the Mossman General Merchandise store and the Martin General Store. J. L. Mossman and J. P. Martin, the proprietors, are alive to the needs of the community and keep their establishments up-to-date. Yelm has no lawyers, but boasts a drugstore and a physician.

The Yelm post office is under the direction of Postmaster D. R. Hughes, who reports that the postal business has more than doubled in the last year. Bige Eddy, who has charge of the rural mall route that covers 31 miles of the surrounding territory, has been on the job since the route was established.

Miss Mary Eddy keeps the people of Yelm informed as to the happenings in the district by means of the Yelm Times, of which she is the editor. The Times Is a newsy weekly paper.

There are two creditable rooming houses in Yelm, the Mt. View Hotel and the rooming house conducted on one of the main corners by Mrs. E. 0. Hetrlck. Mrs. Hetrick is in charge at the telephone office. A thrivingmeat market is under the direction of Floyd Rice and a first class creamery operated by Manager Swanson take care of their end of the business of the prairie. Farm implementsand blacksmithing are the drawingcards of C. H. Hughes. Dick Murphy is proprietor of the town’s confectionary shop and club room.


Game Warden Will Make Investigation Morning Olympian April 8, 1913

Game Warden Will Make Investigation

Morning Olympian  April 8, 1913

No Clue is yet discovered as to assailant of Yelm victim – James Fennell, county game warden, intends to do a little investigation of the mystery of the death of the man whose remains were found near Saturday afternoon.  As yet Coroner Sticklin has been unable to get any trace of the identity of the man, , and the authorities have taken no action in the matter.  Fennell hopes to get some trace of the affair, although he has no clues of any kind to work on at present.  Only the skeleton and fragments of clothing remained.                                                                                                                       Some months ago a body was found on the west side under similar circumstances, and the authorities were never able to get any clue as to the identity of the person.  The Yelm skeleton adds another mystery, and present indications are neither will ever be solved.

Nitro Used to Blow Open Safe in Yelm Store (Morning Olympian October 12, 1913)

“Nitro Used to Blow Open Safe in Yelm Store”

(Morning Olympian  October 12, 1913)

Nitro-glycerine is believed to have been used a by a burglar in blowing the safe if the Yelm post office in this county early yesterday morning, when about $300 in stamps and $100 in cash were taken.  No clue other than papers fond along the line of the railroad toward Tacoma had been secured at a late hour this afternoon, according to word from Yelm.  It is thought that the burglar took the early morning train for Tacoma or Seattle, and threw the worthless and damaging papers out of the car window.”

“Neighbors of D. H. Hughes, in whose general merchandise store the post office is kept, say that the heard noises about 3 o’clock, and it is thought this was about the time of the burglary.”  (Morning Olympian  October 12, 1913)

Rock Fight Leads to Arrest; Woman Thrown Over Fence July 19, 1918

Rock Fight Leads to Arrest; Woman Thrown Over Fence

(Olympia Daily Recorder  July 19, 1918) 

Sometimes disputes, verging on comic soap opera, made the “news”.  These tales are pretty much gone from today’s papers, but we encounter similar stories on Facebook or see them on YouTube.  I would love to see this on YouTube.

“It happened in Yelm.  A.C. Goodno denies it, but a Seger says ‘tis so.  Goodno was arrested yesterday by Deputy Sheriff Hoage and released when his friends put up $200 bail.”

“Goodno, it alleged, bought some chickens from Seger.  But, says Seger, he failed to pay.  She says Goodno became annoyed and threw her over the fence.  On her return home, Mr. Seger rolled up his sleeves and sallied out to interview said Goodno.  He had no better luck than Mrs. Seger, but it is not known whether he, too, was thrown over the fence.  He says Goodno talked bad at him, and Goodno meekly remarked that Seger used some powerful language.  Somebody threw a rock.  Goodno says it was Seger and Seger says it was Goodno.  Seger finally picked his way carefully through a barrage of flying dornicks, now and then replying with a vocal poison gas and a carefully directed long distance shot.”

“Then Seger came to town and got a warrant, and it will be up to Justice Crosby to untangle the affair.  Deputy Sheriff Hoage says Goodno seems to have a mild disposition and neither combatant bears marks of a struggle.”  (Morning Olympian   July 19, 1918)