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John Hermann Pappe and the Law

John Pappe had a number of run ins with the law while he was in Newton, Kansas and even spent some time in jail. Beginning in 1883 there were also a number of legal actions brought against him and his wife, Mary, for failure to pay their debts. In October 1882 the Pappe's purchased a lot on West Fourth Newton (lot 18, block 43 ) for $400 and then built a house. But, by October 1885 a lien was placed on John and Mary Pappe's home to repay debts in the amount of $1,187 plus legal fees. In May 1886 the house was sold by the sheriff to a Mr. P. E. Hazeltine by order of the court. Legal problems may have been the reason that the Pappes finally moved away from Newton. By 1889 J. H. Pappe was listed in the Southwest Business Directory as a baker in Coolidge, Kansas, which is in the western side of the state on the Kansas-Colorado border.

Local News

The Newton Kansan, December 11, 1884

J. H. Pappe was brought to town the past week on requisition served by Sheriff Stimmel, but proved himself innocent and was released. 



The Newton Kansan, January 28, 1886

The saloon business has not been as flourishing in this city during the past week as heretofore.  The reason is because, five of the keepers are now in jail to await trial, one (J. H. Pappe) got away from the officers and skipped the town, while the others are out on $2500 bail.



The Newton Kansan, May 27, 1886

J. H. Pappe to-day plead guilty to selling liquor contrary to law, and was fined $1000 and costs, and a month in jail.



The Newton Kansan, July 1, 1886

J. H. Pappe paid his fine and costs and was released from jail.



The Newton Kansan, January 20, 1887

The Pappe house on West Fourth street, now the property of Mr. Hazeltine, is undergone a thousand dollars worth of repairs and when completed will be occupied by Mr. Hazeltine and family.


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