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In Years Past

November 13, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, Wilhelmina Wilson, the young woman who, on Labor Day, at the corner of Main and Second streets in Jamestown, fired a .38 caliber revolver at her husband, John J. Wilson, at close range, and missed his heart by a few inches, would not be imprisoned for the act. She escaped with a fine of $500. It was planned to try the woman in county court this day. At the last minute, she agreed to plead guilty to a charge of assault in the second degree. Her attorney James L. Weeks made an eloquent plea on her behalf. He stated the reason that impelled her to endanger the lives of hundreds of persons out for a holiday. She met her husband with her children. He refused to let her speak to her children and he applied an epithet which was so vile it could not be repeated in court. Angered to the point of insanity, she produced the revolver and fired at him.



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