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ICPR > State Archives > Online Indexes > Index to Life Prisoner's Statements: State Prison at Michigan City Index to Life Prisoner's Statements: State Prison at Michigan City

A page from the Life Prisoners Photo Album

 

In the early 1900’s the Board of State Charities conducted interviews with inmates at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana.  Each prisoner was given the opportunity to give his side of the story. The men often named family members and others involved in the crime for which they were sentenced, and discussed whether or not attempts had been made to secure a parole or pardon.

The statements sometimes include follow up notes indicating the prisoner had died or was pardoned by the Governor, or in at least two cases the President.

There are a few prisoners who do not have photographs in the album; however, the Indiana State Archives has a large collection of early mug shots available as well. There is a group of prisoners at the end of the photo album who do not have corresponding statements available.

Reproductions can be made of the individual photographs. Microfilm copies of the statements are also available.

 

A page from the Life Prisoner Statement book.

Name Date of sentence ID No. Volume Page
Abbott, Louis 1878/10/05 8 1 61
Adams, Randall 1895/02/19 312 1 164
Adams, William 1899/04/20 1490 1 264
Alexander, Martin 1894/03/09 144 1 148
Andrews, James 1903/07/06 2610 2 166
Aszman, Edward C. 1890/11/17 51 1 118
Baker, James 1882/03/18 13 1 272
Baker, Lewis 1901/01/26 1938 2 118
Benson, William 1889/04/17 366 1 173
Blackwood, James 1887/01/31 22 1 78
Blume, William 1899/04/18 1473 1 261
Booker, Siemon 1894/06/15 151 1 274
Boyd, William 1900/04/20 1732 2 114
Bridgewater, William 1898/02/19 1274 1 240
Brown, Claburn C. 1892/06/16 2336 2 137
Brown, Cyrus 1895/02/18 318 1 169
Burke, Jack 1898/04/23 1166 1 224
Burton, James 1897/11/29 1038 1 206
Caves, James 1891/03/17 69 1 132
Clay, Fred 1905/11/25 3309 2 250
Clements, Henry 1902/03/31 2281 2 74
Cline, John 1898/07/23 1272 1 238
Constantus, Vassil 1905/10/28 3273 2 244
Cook, William 1905/03/14 3110 2 242
Coolman, Claude L. 1903/10/03 2641 2 176
Corey, Thamer 1898/10/23 1316 1 244
Coryell, Frank 1898/01/28 1092 1 213
Cripe, Frank 1884/01/28 3179 2 231
Darling, Clifford 1904/12/02 2996 2 210
Davidson, Thomas 1890/07/08 53 1 121
Derrigo, William 1899/09/29 1552 1 280
Dickerson, Nelson 1900/03/02 1682 2 58
Donahue, Edward 1905/02/23 3107 2 225
Drake, Ralph 1894/10/05 165 1 150
Duncan, David 1900/04/17 1726 2 110
Dunn, Charles 1902/02/03 2238 2 79
Ellis, Fred 1898/04/28 1217 1 226
Esra, John 1895/04/18 355 1 171
Eubanks, Henry B. 1890/12/23 54 1 124
Fenninger, John 1902/12/01 2467 2 159
Ferriter, John 1897/10/12 987 1 204
Fitzgerald, William 1899/01/23 1417 1 254
Fleming, John E. 1889/07/02 43 1 109
Flora, John 1899/11/17 1596 1 270
Flowers, William 1877/09/19 6 1 59
Freeman, Ernest 1898/11/15 1321 1 246
Fritts, George 1901/11/29 2192 2 91
Fritts, Nelson 1901/11/27 2191 2 87
Futrell, Robert 1901/03/15 1987 2 120
Gaynor, William 1897/03/12 904 1 202
Gehrs, Herman 1904/06/04 2846 2 201
Gibson, Harry 1895/09/10 367 1 276
Ginn, Vincent 1901/04/27 2039 2 55
Gray, Charles 1897/03/12 903 1 200
Gray, E. E. 1899/05/22 1500 1 284
Green, William A. 1887/11/10 26 1 81
Hampton, Charles 1902/02/25 2254 2 76
Harris, David O. 1900/01/02 1634 1 282
Harrison, Jackson 1889/03/28 47 1 112
Haxmon, Samuel 1902/06/27 2084 2 95
Haycock, Oliver 1906/04/16 3425 2 261
Heilman, Frank 1903/01/24 2488 2 150
Herbert, Joseph 1902/11/07 2428 2 144
Hinshaw, William E. 1895/11/05 370 1 178
Hobbs, Hiram 1887/09/21 27 1 85
Hobbs, Thomas 1887/02/18 28 1 89
Holland, Samuel 1905/06/20 3199 2 234
Homair, Fred 1898/07/05 1239 1 235
Hooper, Harry 1904/01/04 2729 2 194
Howley, Martin 1894/03/24 181 1 153
Hubbard, Charles 1902/06/04 2325 2 93
Hugis, Taylor 1898/04/25 1230 1 233
Hull, Samuel 1897/12/18 1053 1 208
Jackson, Virgil 1899/03/28 1472 1 259
James, John 1905/12/12 3333 2 252
Jaquith, Louis 1901/06/21 2082 2 84
Johnson, James E. 1893/12/21 116 1 138
Johnson, Noah 1898/01/22 1085 1 211
Johnston, James L. 1901/11/29 2200 2 99
Jones, Alfred 1874/08/06 189 1 155
Joyce, James 1906/05/18 3447 2 272
Julian, James A. 1899/12/12 1604 2 57
Kays, John 1887/01/18 29 1 93
Kendricks, Isaac 1882/08/06 14 1 67
Kenny, Charles 1891/05/23 75 1 136
Kessler, Levi 1886/02/20 20 1 167
Kettlehake, Fred 1900/10/12 1847 2 112
Knapp, John 1905/10/23 3268 2 236
Koerner, Andrew 1884/11/20 17 1 73
Lane, Robert 1898/04/01 1156 1 222
Lee, William H. 1868/01/22 1 1 53
Light, Ira 1900/04/27 1739 2 62
Lillard, Zachary 1897/04/12 794 1 194
Lint, Philip 1893/10/31 119 1 144
Love, Robert 1898/12/17 1350 1 249
Mallady, William 1900/12/21 1905 2 116
Mallory, Josephus 1903/06/11 2595 2 162
Masterson, James 1902/12/08 2474 2 155
Mauzy, John 1905/11/06 3283 2 245
McClure, Thomas Jesse 1903/11/30 2718 2 189
McDougal, Anthony 1883/12/08 16 1 70
McGlatchling, Estelle   2874 2 202
McIntosh, John 1898/01/28 1096 1 217
Messenger, William 1898/01/10 1075 1 209
Musser, Albert 1898/12/22 1365 1 252
Neaphon, Patrick 1902/02/15 2258 2 133
Nolting, Joseph 1906/04/04 3414 2 257
Nulton, Wiley 1903/11/05 2699 2 179
O'Neil, Daniel 1904/11/03 2975 2 207
Osborne, Joseph 1904/03/14 2794 2 199
Owens, Elias 1897/01/24 830 1 196
Perry, William 1896/12/31 564 1 192
Petilliot, John F. 1890/12/20 58 1 127
Phillips, Lee 1902/09/12 2391 2 97
Pittser, Charles 1902/04/21 2289 2 70
Plew, Joseph W. 1887/10/18 32 1 97
Pope, Penfield 1904/09/22 2899 2 204
Porterfield, Horace 1904/12/10 3005 2 215
Powers, Alonzo 1895/12/10 263 1 160
Price, Samuel 1893/12/14 123 1 145
Purcell, Frank 1900/04/18 1738 2 60
Rankin, Nathan 1903/10/14 2649 2 169
Read, George B. 1894/12/22 212 1 157
Richards, Frederick 1885/03/06 19 1 75
Ritter, Henry 1890/11/07 60 1 129
Roach, Joseph 1905/05/05 3164 2 230
Robey, John 1906/04/16 3426 2 264
Rogers, Charles L. 1901/04/08 2035 2 127
Rubright, George 1896/04/11 413 1 278
Rutter, James 1900/02/23 1687 2 108
Ryan, Peter T. 1888/06/05 39 1 102
Sanderson, Earnest 1905/11/20 3306 2 247
Sauley, Elmer 1887/10/26 33 1 99
Shepherd, Charles E. 1902/06/27 2342 2 68
Shields, Frank 1896/09/21 433 1 186
Shultz, Victor 1901/05/10 2053 2 66
Siple, Frank 1899/02/04 1430 1 256
Sloan, Isaac 1895/11/29 280 1 162
Sluder, Jesse 1906/04/04 3416 2 259
Smith, Claude 1897/01/23 853 1 198
Smith, Henry 1900/01/24 1684 2 106
Snow, Isaac 1898/09/20 1280 1 242
Spaulding, Joseph 1902/11/13 2454 2 147
Spencer, Edward 1900/05/15 1740 2 64
Spicher, David 1905/01/16 3052 2 219
Sprong, Charles 1905/05/03 3154 2 228
Strine, Ora 1902/03/02 2259 2 72
Stroud, George 1903/11/21 2712 2 183
Suggs, George 1906/02/10 3363 2 256
Taylor, Edward 1896/02/04 460 1 188
Terry, Charles 1903/12/01 2471 2 141
Thrawley, John W. 1898/06/09 1224 1 229
Thurman, Frank 1906/05/14 3445 2 270
Tracy, Thomas 1904/10/14 2949 2 206
Trombly, Frank 1905/02/04 3086 2 223
Tucker, Thomas 1901/06/04 2071 2 81
Turner, John 1900/02/01 1683 2 104
Ulmer, John 1896/05/11 473 1 190
Van Blaricon, Charles 1904/12/28 3027 2 217
Vogus, James 1880/10/21 11 1 65
Waggoner, William H. 1899/11/10 1593 1 267
Waggoner, William H. 1899/11/09 1593 2 101
Wall, Josiah 1876/05/29 5 1 56
Warner, Edgar 1896/09/19 390 1 181
Welker, John M. 1905/11/25 3308 2 248
While, Nelson 1906/01/19 3360 2 254
White, Oliver 1889/05/15 50 1 115
William, William 1905/01/23 3077 2 221
Williams, Gus 1888/04/07 40 1 105
Williams, Jonah 1906/07/09 3480 2 278
Williams, Pack 1903/01/22 2501 2 152
Williams, Robert 1906/05/26 3450 2 276
Williams, Wesley 1906/07/09 3481 2 280
Winn, Louis 1901/08/12 2109 2 122