Saturday, January 21, 2006

Frank Ohlegschlager Dies

From: The Oregonian, 27 Feb 1894, page 2, col 3


Frank Ohlegschlager Expires, With
Less Than a Year to His Credit,
at the Penitentary

SALEM, Feb 26. – Frank Ohlegschlager, aged 21, life-timer, died at the penitentiary today at 2:30 a.m. from inflammation of the bowels. He was committed from Portland February 28 last, for murder in the second degree. His relatives at Fulton Park have been notified by Superintendent Downing, but no answer has yet been received as to the disposition of the remains.

[Frank Ohlegschlager was convicted of murdering William Henry Woolridge at the “double bridge,” six miles west of Portland, Friday night, January 27, 1893. Woolridge was an old soldier, and had lived 25 years in the Northwest – 17 in Portland. Ohlegschlager was a son of John Ohlegschlager, a farmer living near Fulton. The two men were walking home together and both had been drinking. While crossing the bridge the young man killed the other with a club, rifled his pockets and threw the body into the gulch. He then went to the cabin of the murdered man and told his son his father had been murdered by a stranger and he himself had escaped. At the coroner’s inquest he broke down and confessed, but said the murder was the result of a quarrel. This was not believed because of the robbery, but the jury gave him the benefit of the doubt and gave a verdict of murder in the second degree.]

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