The People of the State of Michigan - - - (Complainants)

VS

William Shimmel - - - (Defendant)

Mrs. Minnie Golden

†††††††††† Direct Examination

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M R S.†† M I N N I E††† G O L D E N,†† having been produced as a witness for and in behalf of the people and having first been duly sworn, testified as follows:

 

DIRECT EXAMINATION BY MR. LILLIE.

 

 

Q

Where abouts do you reside now?

A

Coopersville.

 

 

Q

Prior to living at Coopersville, did you live at Denison?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

You were living at Denison on the 23rd day of April 1906 were you?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

And Martin Golden was your husband?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

What was your physical condition on this 23rd day of April as to whether well or not?

A

I was not well.

 

 

Q

Had you been sickly for some time before that?

A

No, sir.

 

 

Q

And there was a baby born there how long before this?

A

Four weeks.

 

 

Q

You were just getting up then?

A

Just up, that was all.

 

 

Q

About what time of night was it that Martin usually used to come from the store?

A

Well some nights he closed early and some nights it was nine oíclock, maybe sometimes later than that.

 

 

 

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Q

Do you know whether or not he used to cash checks for the creamery there?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

How long had he been in the habit of doing that?

A

Why ever since he moved there.

 

 

Q

Do you know of his having any money with him on the Sunday before, the day before?

A

I do.

 

 

Q

What if anything do you know of his doing with it or some of it on Sunday?

A

Why he put some in the bank Monday morning, the rest he kept out to pay bills.

 

 

Q

And do you know whether there were any certain bills that he expected to pay Monday?

A

Yes, sir, he expected to pay them Tuesday.

 

 

Q

What was his habit in regard to the payment of his bills, was it to keep the money at the store or with him and pay cash or did he pay by check?

A

Why he sometimes paid by cash and sometimes by check.

 

 

Q

And at this particular time do you know of his having kept money for the purpose of paying the store bills?

A

I do.

 

 

Q

Have you any way to determine about the amount of money that Martin should have had that night?

A

Why I think he had about a hundred dollars that night so far as I can figure.

 

 

Q

What did you first hear about nine oíclock that night?

A

About nine oíclock?

 

 

Q

Or a little earlier than that?

 

 

 

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A

Half past eight I heard like two foot steps and then there was two shots fired.

 

 

Q

After that did you go out?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

Do you remember what you said if anything when you went out?

A

Why I took a small lamp in my hand and I went to the door and I called for Mart and he didnít answer me so I went down the walk.

 

 

Q

And there you found him?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

And did you call then when you found him

A

I screamed.† I called back to the girl and told her to get help and I stepped down and wiped - - took the orange out of his mouth that he had been eating.

 

 

Q

And who were the first ones that came after you screamed?

A

Tom McCarthy and Ed.

 

 

Q

About how soon after that was it, after you screamed was it that they came there?

A

I couldnít say, it didnít seem no time to me.

 

 

Q

Now do you know whether at that time Martin had any money with him or not, at the time you found him there?

A

Why he just had one small bag of five cent pieces, about a dollar and a half in it.† Whoever shot him had rolled him over and they didnít get a chance to take those.

 

 

Q

Now speaking about a small bag what do you mean by that?

A

Why it was a small bag made out of dimity.

 

 

Q

That you made?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

 

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Q

Did you make more than one?

A

Yes, sir, he had three, to carry change in.

 

 

Q

And how many of those bags did you find?

A

Just the one.

 

 

Q

Just the one with the nickels in?

A

That is all.

 

 

Q

The other two that he used for change were gone were they?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

How about his pocket book?

A

His pocketbook and watch, everything he had on except just this one small bag of change.

 

 

Q

And in what position was that small bag when you found it?

A

Why it was on this side in his coat pocket where they had rolled him over, he had layed on it.

 

 

Q

And he was lying on the side that the bag was in?

A

Yes, sir.

 

 

Q

Would you be able to identify that pocketbook of Martinís?

A

Yes, sir, I would, I could tell it anywhere I seen it.

 

 

Q

Whether or not you ever carried it?

A

I did.

 

 

Q

Would you be able to identify the watch?

A

I would.

 

 

Q

Now do you know whether your sister has ever seen or handled that pocketbook?

A

She has.

 

 

Q

What is your sisterís name who has seen and handled that pocketbook?

A

Eliza FitzPatrick.

 

 

 

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MR. TURNER: I might say your honor that if my brother refers to the stuff that was found that belonged to Mr. Golden, there will be no question as to the identification as long as Mrs. Golden says they were his, there will be no question about it at all, about that part of it.

 

 

 

MR. LILLIE:† I think you may inquire of the witness.

 

MR. TURNER:† I donít think I have any questions to ask Mrs. Golden.

 

 

 

Minnie Golden

 

Subscribed & sworn to before me this second day of July 1907

 

 

 

Daniel C. Wachs

 

Justice of the Peace