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Harry Emerson COLLINS

Male 1875 - 1967  (91 years)


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  • Name Harry Emerson COLLINS 
    Born 15 Dec 1875  Stoughton, Dane, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jul 1967  Nyssa, Malheur, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • From the Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 06 Oct 1906, Sat.
      "THE BROTHER'S STORY
      Young Man Who Slept Through the Collins Murder and Robbery Tells What He Knows
      Dog Gave Warning of Strangers Near the House But It was not Heeded by Collins
      Parker, Oct. 6 - (Special to the Argus-Leader.) - Had the intelligence displayed by a dog been given the consideration it merited, in all likelihood Mrs. Harry E. Collins, the unfortunate woman who met death near Parker as the supposed result of having been chloroformed by robbers who entered the Collins home, would yet be alive and well.
      Last Sunday night, the night of the tragedy, it has since developed the family dog did its best to warn at least one member of the family of the presence of skulkers in a grove near the Collins home. The information concerning this interesting incident in the tragedy is furnished in a statement made by Earl Collins, the seventeen-year-old brother of Harry Collins, who was living with Harry and his wife and was working on the Collins farm at the time of the tragic death of Mrs. Collins.
      His statement is as follows:
      'On the night of the murder I went to bed about nine o'clock; I slept upstairs. Harry and Emma went to bed soon after I did; the dog was making some noise just before I went to bed and I went out a few rods from the house and the dog ran up to me and lookin in my face and then looked toward the grove and whined as if someone was there.
      'But I thought little of it, as the dog often made a fuss when people passed on the main road near the house. Harry and Emma always had a lamp burning at night on account of the babies. I slept soundly. The robbers entered through a window right under my bedroom window. Some time about midnight, I think, I heard some noise, but did not become conscious enough to discern whether it was made by the horses in the barn or not, and I settled again into deep sleep and did not awaken until about 5:30. I awoke with a headache; I dressed and went out to do the chores; found one of our horses saddled and bridled and standing near the barn; the horse by the sweat marks on him showed that he had been ridden smartly and then turned loose.
      'At first I thought Harry had saddled the horse to go somewhere. Afterward, I saw where this horse had been tied in the night to an ash near Harry's bedroom window; also another horse; the latter horse was sharp shod, for the shoes made dents in the ground. None of our horses were shod; from this I judged there were at least two of the robber-murderers.
      'After I had been out doors a little while in the cool air my headache left me. I was milking when Harry came out. He was almost crying and called to me that he had been robbed and that he thought Emma was dead, too. I followed him to the house and helped try to awaken her. Aftrward, Harry told me that he was awakened just before he came out by the children crying; he had a headache and a queer dizzy feeling and fell against the childrens' bed, which was close by Harry and Emma's bed; that he called his wife, but got no answer; the lamp had been blown out.
      'He said he found a pillow over Emma's face and removed it and tried to arouse her, but could not, and then went to the stair door and called me, as he had not heard me get up; that he went to the phone to call the doctor, but could not phone (the wire had been cut just outside the house); that he hurried to the barn and called loudly to me.'
      Earl Collins then told of going to neighbors and summnoning them and a physician. Misleading reports have been placed in circulation to the effect that the window through which the robbers entered the Collins home was up only five or six inches, and that Monday morning the curtain was down, exactly in the position it had been on Sunday night when the family retired.
      In reference to this Earl Collins said:
      'The window (spring) stop to the window through which the robber or robbers entered was cut in two in the morning, and part was lying outside and part was in the window case.
      'The curtain was clear down in the evening and up in the morning, and the window clear up; and the lamp which had been left burning near the children's bed was out when Harry got up.'
      Earl Collins described at length other matters in connection with the death of his brother's wife.
      In view of the mystery surrounding the case the following, which is the first authentic and detailed statement made by Harry E. Collins, husband of the unfortunate woman, will be of importance at this juncture:
      'I was in Parker on Saturday with wheat, and drew the money and paid the dentist. The only man or men I then met of suspicious action (I now recall) were a couple of hard-looking fellows who met me and my little Floy in front of the Star restaurant and butted into me. We attended church in Parker on Sunday and visited, and did not get home until evening. We put our babies' Floy and Fay, a little three-year-old and a one-year-old, to sleep after supper in their little trundle-bed. Fay had slept with wife and I always before, but Floy teased to have baby in with him, and we humored him and that probably saved the baby's life.
      'At about 9:30 we went to bed. Just before Will Coddington talked to me over the telephone and I noticed the clock. I set the alarm for 4:30 the next morning, for I intended to start early for Parker to arrange my auction. My wife and children were going to our claim beyond the Missouri, and close to Draper, on the 8th inst., and I was going to follow as soon as I got my affairs settled a few weeks later.
      'I heard the dog, Carlo, bark before we went to bed, and remarked 'They may get me tonight.' I had made such thoughtless remarks before. The robber picked the best horse (grey) among the several to ride and found the saddle in the back part of the barn. Earl after the inquest said that when he saw the mare in the morning, saddled and bridled by the barn, that he thought I had her ready to go for the cattle.
      'The alarm clock did not wake me as usual; it was about 6:20 when I was aroused by the children crying at the top of their voices; they were uncovered and cold from the open window; the robbers and murderers had to climb over their bed in getting into the room through the window. I saw by the sun I had overslept; I felt dizzy, and fell on the children's bed; I called to my wife to quiet them, but got no answer; I went to her to awaken her and found a pillow over her face! I removed it and tried to arouse her, but could not.
      'She was cold. I was not dressed, but I called Earl; he wasn't up stairs so I went out to the barn, and he was there milking. Yes, we rubbed camphor over her lips and face to revive Emma; that might have caused the discoloration - I don't know. Yes, I think we were chloroformed - then drugged.'"


      1910 Census: SD: Turner: Parker:
      Collins, Harry E., head, 34, second marriage, number of years married: 0, born in Wis, father and mother born in WI, farmer, general farm;
      Lydia, wife, 27, first marriage, number of years married: 0, born in SD, father and mother born in Germany;
      Floyd, son, 7, single, born in SD, father and mother born in WI;
      Fay, son, 4, single, born in SD, father and mother born in WI;
      Morgan, Andrew, uncle, 39, single, born in WI, father born in Scot., mother born in Ireland, laborer, farm.
    Person ID I5014  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2019 

    Father John Oliver COLLINS,   b. 3 Mar 1851, Rochester, Monroe, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1907, North Branch, Isanti, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Anna Russell MCAVOY,   b. 17 Jul 1853, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1927, Parker, Turner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 3 Jul 1872  Dane, Albion, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F1946  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Emma Carolina HEINOLD,   b. 31 Jul 1875,   d. 6 Oct 1906, Parker, Turner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1901 
    Children 
     1. Floyd Lovell COLLINS,   b. 17 Mar 1903, Parker, Turner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1996  (Age 92 years)
     2. Fay Harrison COLLINS,   b. 19 Apr 1905, Pierre, Hughes, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1984, Parma, Canyon, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F7519  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lydia Paulina HEINOLD,   b. 14 Aug 1883, Howard, Miner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1925, Davison Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 7 Mar 1910 
    Children 
     1. Lyle COLLINS,   b. 21 May 1911, Parker, Turner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1978, Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     2. Ralph Oliver COLLINS,   b. 1913,   d. 1994  (Age 81 years)
     3. Marvin E. COLLINS,   b. 1915,   d. 2011  (Age 96 years)
     4. Donald Charles COLLINS,   b. 1916,   d. 1985  (Age 69 years)
     5. Anna Kathrine "Kitty" COLLINS,   b. 1919,   d. 2007  (Age 88 years)
     6. Ardene Joyce COLLINS,   b. 1921,   d. 2009  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F16374  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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