Justice in Marysville - 1863
by William G. Cutler (1883)

On October 3, 1863, an attempt was made by G. and W. Reedy and William Schroyer on the life of P. Hutchinson, now a resident of Marysville, and formerly Captain of Company E, Thirteenth Kansas. The attempt failed, but nearly cost the lift of J. Heasly, who interfered in behalf of Hutchinson.


No attempts were made for the apprehension of the party until October 26, when G. Reedy was brought before the grand jury, and two bills of indictment were brought against him. On the first, by introducing false testimony, it is claimed, he was cleared. On the second indictment, for "assault with intent to kill J. Heasly," he was sentenced to the State Penitentiary for one year, and was taken to the county jail.

Reedy, who was a member of the Thirteenth Kansas at the time, was home on a furlough. A few days after the trial, Company B, Ninth Kansas, passed through the town en route to Fort Leavenworth. Learning that a comrade was confined in the jail, a party of them, numbering about twenty, came back that night from their camp, a few miles distant, and going to the jail, demanded the release of the prisoner. It being refused by the Sheriff, they drew their weapons and swore they would blow out his brains. One of the guards, fearing they would carry out their threat, delivered up the keys of the jail, and the prisoner was released.

Perhaps one of the most brutal and uncalled-for murders, in the history of Marysville, occurred October 8, 1864. During the afternoon of the above mentioned day a political meeting had been held, and in the evening the festivities were to conclude with a ball. During its progress, when all were enjoying themselves, S. J. Goisney, who had during the day made several attempts to create a disturbance, tried to force his entrance into the ballroom, with the purpose of stopping the dance.

He was stopped at the door by a constable, and a scuffle ensued, during which Goisney drew his revolver. During the melee Patrick Cassey, a highly-esteemed citizen of the place, interfering in the interest of peace, was shot by Goisney and instantly killed. In the sequel of this affair Judge Lynch officiated with his usual promptness. Goisney was confined in the jail immediately after the shooting, but during the night a party of unknown citizens took the prisoner away. Next morning, suspended from the limb of a tall oak on Spring Creek, was found, swinging to and fro, the body of the murderer -- Goisney.

Some time in 1863-64 the trial of an Indian occurred in Marysville -- it being the first of its kind in the county. The trial was held before R. S. Newell, Justice of the Peace, upon a writ of habeas corpus issued by him in case of the State vs Medicine Horse, an Otoe chief, who had been charged with being an accessory of Moses Betine for the shooting of V. C. Poor at Oketo. As he was arrested on suspicion, and not charge being found against him, he was released, and showed his gratitude by extravagant gestures and incomprehensible language.


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