Western Spirit, November, 30 1906

    Eugene Vohs Murdered

    Eugene Vohs, of Wea township, was murdered Saturday evening, the 24th, on his way
    home from Louisburg. Accompanied by his son, Lawrence, he drove to town Saturday
    morning with two loads of hogs. These he sold, and Lawrence returned home early to do
    some evening chores. Mr. Vohs having some trading to do, did not leave Louisburg until
    about six o'clock. No one was seen with him on his departure, but in passing the Fitzgerald
    farm, 1 mile south of the Vohs place, Mrs. Fitzgerald noticed two men in a wagon and
    recognized Mr. Vohs as one of the occupants. About eight o'clock, Lawrence, hearing the
    team at the gate, came out of the house to open it, thinking his father had arrived. He
    called to him several times and received no response, climbed up on the wagon and there
    discovered the dead body of his father at the bottom of the wagon bed.

    The crime had not been committed very long as the body was still warm. Mr. Vohs had
    been shot. Two bullets entering the left side of his head near the temple, another
    penetrated his breast and the other passed through the top of his head. The murderer had
    evidently been in close range as the hair on the side of his victim's head was scorched.
    Upon hearing that her husband had been shot, Mrs. Vohs recollected of hearing two or
    three pistol reports a half hour prior to the finding of the body.

    It is generally supposed that the assailant, knowing Mr. Vohs had sold hogs in Louisburg
    and had considerable money on his person, obtained his consent to ride with him, and
    when the opportunity looked best, killed him, but was too close to the dead man's home to
    rob his person and the money was found intact in his pocket. This seems to be the only
    plausible solution of the tragedy, because Eugene Vohs was a man of amiable
    temperament who had few, if any, enemies in Wea township.

    Carl Baker, sometimes called Carl Warnecke, was arrested last Sunday morning by Andy
    Weir and brought to Paola, where he was lodged in jail to await his preliminary, date of
    which has not yet been set. Baker is about twenty years old and has been working for
    Herman Speilbusch. Suspicions were aroused by Baker being seen walking in the road
    north of Louisburg about the time of the murder. When taken into custody, a revolver of 38
    calibre was found on his person and the bullets which caused Mr. Vohs' death were of this

    The deceased was born in Germany in 1844 and came to America in 1866, coming directly
    to Miami county, Kansas, and locating on Sec. 32, Township 15, Range 25, where he
    engaged in farming. In the year 1876 he bought out the general store at Wea, then owned
    by Homer Mayer, and later was appointed postmaster of Wea post office.

    Mr. Vohs was married at Wea, January 9th, 1872 to Miss Maggie Goebel, daughter of Peter
    Goebel and a sister of P. W. Goebel and F. S. Goebel, of this city. Six children were born to
    themÐMaggie, Albert, William, Ida, Jasper and Lawrence. Maggie is now Mrs. Thos.
    Schwartz, living in Louisburg; Albert lives in Eaton, Colorado; William is located in Kansas
    City, being connected with the Loose-Wiles Cracker Co.; Ida is unmarried and makes her
    home in Eaton, Colorado; Jasper is on a farm adjoining that of his father in Wea township,
    and Lawrence, the youngest son, lives at home. Mr. Vohs has two brothers in Wea
    township, Joseph and Anthony.

    Funeral services were held last Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock in the Wea Catholic church,
    conducted by the Rev. Father hohe. Interment was in the Wea cemetery.

    The Olpe Optimist, 6 December 1906
    Death notice of Eugene Vohs.  

    Found Dead in Wagon. Ð Eugene Vohs, a farmer who lived northeast of Louisburg, was
    found dead with a bullet hole behind his ear in the bottom of his wagon when his team
    reached home. Vohs had been to Louisburg to sell a load of hogs and, if killed for the
    purpose of robbery, the murderer must have been frightened away before he could finish
    his work, as the money was found intact in the dead man's pocket. Carl Baker, better
    known as Carl Warnett, about 20 years old, has been arrested charged with murder.
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