feath (feath) wrote,

Since discovering this, and talking to other family members (newly discovered!) I've been told from two different sources that they'd heard rumors that Jack changed his name because he'd killed someone. I did more researching, and found this:

The Lima Daily Times
Lima Ohio, Friday, May 17, 1889
Fears of a Riot
Dover, N.H. May 17. -
When work was recommenced on the water works this spring, Alonzo Smith, who did the shooting in the Fourth street Italian riot here last June, was given charge. Trouble has been brewing for two weeks and a climax was reached yesterday when sixteen Americans left work. Another riot is feared for the workman swore vengeance on Smith. The works are a mile from the city.

Now, I've been reading a lot of news papers from the '85-'90s, and getting lynched is pretty common. If I had 16 guys swearing vengeance on me, I'd high-tail it out of town and change my name, too!
I've not been able to find any articals on the Fourth st. Italian riots of June 88, yet.
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