Sunshine Lady Hears Plea to Free Church -- Gill

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Sunshine Lady Hears Plea to Free Church Offer 1,080 Signatures . lAp Welfare Body Proposed Here Harb Resolution Is Sent To Committee for Study On Petition for Clemency unshice lacy of ' Jefferson," I Mrs. Carrie Gill, sat in a hearing room at the Capitol today and heard attorneys plead for executive clemency for Carl D. Church, who is serving a life prison sentence at Wau pun for the murder of Earl Gentry in a charge of Consolidation of Dane county welfare activities under a new department of public welfare was proposed in a resolution introduced at tne iuj supervisor 1934. Mrs. Gi.i w accessory befc acquitted by a Jellcrson county juij. Gentry was referred to as Jefferson county's "public enemy No. 1." He ciison, former Indiana Ku Klux Klin j hoard meeting tocn: leader. , George waro, Maaison. Claim conspiracy A: the hearing before the state pardon board today, attorneys claimed that Mrs. Gill conspired with Church to get Gentry "out of her life" because of abuses to which she said he subjected her. A' petition bearing the names of 1,080 jenerson county residents, s - ing Gov. Julius He:l tD grant executive clemency to Church, was presented the pardon board by the attorneys for Church, D. B. Malone, Waukesha, 1 Herbert, Siggelko, Madison. Maionc 1 the board that 5,000 names could re been obtained, because Jefferson county sentiment overwhelmingly fa vors clemency for Church. Malone described Gentry as a Jef ferson county "bully," declaring he ! bi was frequently involved in brawls. j it Sicaelko presented a petition signed m by the 12 jurors who cacultted Mrs. Gill, asking clemency for Church. A letter by Harold M. Dakin, Jefferson lour.ty district attorney at tne time of the slaying, suggesting that Church s life sentence be reduced to 15 years, was presented to the board. Tells Events Before Slaying Malone and Siggelko described the events beginning in 1922, when Gentry first came to Jefferson, leading nr. tn the slaving June 30. 1934. Ma lone declared that Gentry Inveigled Harb proposed that the board create a standing committee of seven members cn public welfare, that this committee supervise the work of the relief ar.d pension departments and that it appoint a single director for the two The work which would be directed by the new committee would be the administration of relief, old age pen sions, mothers' pensions, blind pen - sinn nnr! nirl to dependent children. The resolution was referred to the judiciary committee. Also referred to the judiciary com mittee were additional bills totalling several thousand dollars submitted the cltv of Madison for tuition of i digent children. About $50,000 In such ;s oi :.ct - that a test case to deter mine whether or not the county is lia ble for the bills will scon be heard in cither circuit or superior court. A request of Dist. Atty, Norris Z. Maloney to carry the test case to the supreme court in" the event the lower court decides against Dane county was also referred to the judiciary corr.mit - and Im.ced Mrs GU, mto giviEg him a it, or mi as a to ,000 of $35,000 which she inherited from her husband, over the period, 1922 to 1924. During much of that time, Malone stated, Gentry and Mrs. Gill lived together in Jefferson. Siccel'KO and Ma'.one told the board that Gentry subjected Mrs. Gill to j Nl "unspeakable" abuses, un one occasion. Malcne stated, neighbors living 350 feet from the Gill home heard Mrs. Gill scream with pain from npntTv treatment of her. It was in lias tnai vnurcr. mai, Came :nto the picture. Maionc t.v - .lrurerl Church was described as ( 'drifter, a sort of fellow who didn't worry about himself after the Siggelko ex - plained that Mrs. bin, who was known as the "sunshine lady of Jefferson," befriended Church bv giving him work about her home ar.d that Church came to look upon upon Mrs. Gill as a "mother." Malone declared that Mrs. G1U and Church did not intend to slay Gentry. They planned, he said, "to knock him out," tie him up, and "in timldate" him into leaving Jefferson. Malone explained, however, that nvoirr - h. who had drunk about "a quart of whisky" became confused when Gentry allegedly reached lor his hip pocket. "Believed He Had Gun" Malone stated that Church, believ ing Gentry was reaching lor a gun, shot Gentry with his own gun which Church had found in a bedroom drawer. Church waived preliminary Av.mination and pleaded guilty before Circuit Judge George Grimm on July 5. less than a week after the mur der, without representation of attor Local Banks' Thanksgiving To Be Nov. 30 All Madison banks will be 0 m observance ol inanics the date decreed by Gov. Jul us P. Heil, and remain open Nov. 2, he date set by Pres. Roosevelt, it wa .nnnnncerl today bv Richard Mai hall of the First National bank, peaking for local financial ins.uu - Tlie Madison Federation of Labor and the city board of education both went on record Monday night, in favor of observing Thanksgiving Nov. 23, the date set by the president and proclaimed by Mayor Law. In making the announcement Mar shall said that local banks decided on Nov. 30 as this date coincides with the one selected by the Milwaukee clearing house and legal counsel for the Wisconsin Bankers' association. According to the attorneys the date set by the governor is the legal one. according to their interpretation the statutes. The attorneys construe the statute to mean that governor has the right to set date of the holiday ar.d the president can do so only If the governor fails to set a date. the and j had 1 civil loica Grid Fan Pays $25 For False Fire Alarm An Iowt ' r.at Inhistir.e has been done - lnjs miin," sairj Malone to the board, ,i,rt bv counsel he cer not 1 iiniy wouldn't have been convictcn i,rHr In the first degree." Malone explained that Gentry first came to Jefferson to investigate the Ku Klux Klan organization m Jef ferson and became acquainted with Mrs. Gill because she had invested money in a business Arm in which Klan organizer wm. - .' m.. . in, who celebrated football victory over Wisconsin by turning in a false fire alarm on night of Oct. 2H, enncneo tne supeuur court coffers by $25 today. The man. Charles Moyer, Toma, forfeited $25 bail on a charge of telephoning a false fire alarm. Fire Chief Richard Widmann Police Inspector Leo J. Kinney tne telephone ca.l to a jsaaoma questioing persons wno nan tended a party at the home after Wisconsin, Iowa game, were informed Mover had turned in the alarm. Informed he was Deing cnargea

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  1. The Capital Times,
  2. 07 Nov 1939, Tue,
  3. Page 15

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