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The Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport, Iowa
September 10, 1893


TERRE HAUTE, IND., Sept. 9. -- Early in the morning, two robbers captured a mail wagon, bound and gagged the driver, Ray Dinkins, beat him with a revolver and then robbed the mail pouches. They then drove the wagon about the streets and at the end of an hour, released their prisoner. They secured nothing but ordinary letter mail. The wagon would have contained more valuable matter but for the lateness of a certain train. There is no clew to the robbers.

The Columbus Evening Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio
Friday, August 9, 1895


Results in the Deliberate Killing of the Accuser - Sensational Shooting

Jackson, Miss., Aug 9 -- A special to the Associated Press from Brandon, Miss. 15 miles east of here, gives particulars of a horrible shooting affair which took place there at 9 o'clock this morning, in which T. Dabney Marshall, a prominent lawyer and member of the state legislature from Vicksburg, and two of his friends, shot and killed R. T. Dinkins, agent of the Austin road machine company.

While standing on the platform of the depot, Dinkins was approached by Marshall and his two companions, H. H. Coleman and R. P. Fox of Vicksburg. Marshall walked up to Dinkins and said, "This is Mr. Dinkins," and placing a pistol at Dinkins stomach, discharged the weapon. Dinkins grabbed the pistol just as it was fired, and possibly the first shot did not take effect. As Dinkins backed away from Marshall, there was a fusillade of shots from Marshall's companions. It is thought Dinkins fired Marshall's pistol at the latter, as it was found in his hand when dead. Marshall, Coleman, Fox, and Marshall's law partner, Mr. Vallens, met in the waiting room of the depot as soon as the bloody work had been completed, and announced that they were ready to surrender, and Sheriff Dobson was called for.

The cause of the killing is the sensational story told on Marshall by Dinkins. Two weeks ago, Dinkins and Marshall occupied the same room, but different beds at a hotel in Raymond and next morning, Dinkins told of what transpired during the night, stating that Marshall was guilty of a crime similar to the one for which Oscar Wilde is now serving a term in the English prison.

When the story came to the ears of Marshall, he denounced it as a lie through the press. Dinkins, however, maintained that the story was true. Mr. Marshall was the Democratic nominee for floater senator from Warren and Hinds County. The killing is strongly condemned by the people.

The Daily Gazette and Bulletin, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Saturday Morning, August 10, 1895


R. T. Dinkins had Circulated Sensational Reports
While Marshall Was Running For Office

By United Press

Jackson, Miss., Aug. 9 -- Hon. T. Dabney Marshall, Senator-elect from Warren and Hinds counties, shot and killed R. T. Dinkins of Jackson, at Brandon this morning. Marshall and three friends, H. H. Coleman, R. P. Fox, and W. P. Vollens, drove to Brandon this morning in a hack and met Dinkins at the depot. As he turned a corner of the building, they opened fire on him and shot him fifteen times. Dinkins was unarmed, but grabbed Marshall's pistol from him as he fired the first shot. The shooting was caused by a sensational report circulated by Dinkins. Two weeks ago, Dinkins, it is said, spread a report that Marshall had attempted an infamous crime while he and Marshall roomed together.

This report was damaging and there was a clamor that Marshall be taken off the ticket for State Senator. Marshall denounced the report as a lie, but Dinkins stuck to it and everybody looked for a killing sooner or later. Marshall is a little fellow and weighs about seventy-five pounds. He is highly educated a lawyer and man of letters, and his family is one of the most prominent in the state. He has a host of friends at home and elsewhere. He has served a term in the Legislature.

The Dinkins family is equally as good. Marshall and his companions are under arrest at Brandon. The affair is deeply regretted here, where both men are well known and highly respected. 

The Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport, Iowa
Friday, August 16, 1895


Most Cowardly Murderers Sent To State's Prison For Life

JACKSON, MISS., Aug 16. -- On Wednesday, Aug. 7, Hon. T. Dabney Marshall, Democratic nominee for state senator and a member of the state legislature, accompanied by H. H. Coleman, W. J. Vollnor, and R. T. Fox, all prominent citizens of Vicksburg, arrived in this city and proceeded to search for R. T. Dinkins, a gentleman highly connected in this state, who had circulated very sensational stories about Marshall. Dinkins was in Brandon, fifteen miles east of here, and his hunters went there and found him standing on the station platform waiting for a train.

Without warning, Marshall opened fire on Dinkins and a struggle ensued, Dinkins showing himself the best man. When this phase of the case developed, Marshall's friends came to his assistance and sent a fusillade of shots at Dinkins, who was unarmed. Dinkins fell dead, pierced by half a dozen bullets. Marshall and his companions immediately surrendered to the sheriff. Circuit Court met at Brandon Monday last, and the grand jury immediately proceeded to work on the case, and brought in a true bill against Marshall, Coleman, and Fox, and discharged Vollner, who, it appears had taken no part in the shooting, but was present merely as an attorney.

The prisoners were arraigned in court yesterday morning, and by agreement pleaded guilty of murder in the first degree, and were sentenced to life imprisonment in the penitentiary.

The Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport, Iowa
Monday, November 19, 1900


The Best Yet

T. W. Dinkins' VAGABONDS

Big Burlesque Co.

40 - People - 40
30 - Pretty Girls - 30
10 - Clever Comedians - 10

A Star Olio, including Opera, Comedy, and Vaudeville

2 Big Funny Burlesques
The Lady or the Lobster, and From the Tenderloin to Tokio
The 4 Mignanis
Topac and Steele
The 4 Nudos
Flo Jansen
Lillian Washburne
Morris and Daly

See the 20th Century Soubrettes; the Souse Girls; the Japanese Policeman; the U.S. Marines; and “Uneda Bath”, the trick elephant

Shooting folly as it flies
Prices $1.00, .75, .50, and .25
Seats sale at Fluke's

The Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport, Iowa
Wednesday, November 21, 1900


On next Thursday, T. W. Dinkins' Vagabonds come to the Burtis, a brand new show, full of up-to-date and sparkling ideas, and including the following well known people; Lillian Washburn, "the ideal of the vaudeville"; dainty Flo Jansen; the Mignani Family; musical barbers; Topack and Steel, the two runaways, the Three Nudos; gymnasts extraordinary; Morris and Daly, exchangers of Celtic wit and comedy; and twenty others. Two new burlesques will be presented. They are based upon prevailing topics of the times, and are intermingled with novelties including the funny elephant, "Uneeda Bath." New and elaborate scenery will be used, and magnificent and gorgeous costumes by Hayden and Rowley. The calcium and light effects are by Charles Cox. The chorus consists of twenty handsome young girls. The management claims it is the most beautiful entertainment on the road this season.

The Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois
Saturday, April 28, 1928


Miami, Fla., Apr. 28 (A.P.) - More than 600 creditors of Coral Gables Consolidated, developers of the tract that became a city on the outskirts of Miami, and the biggest of the southern Florida subdivisions Friday were offered choice between receivership and a plan under which Lynn H. Dinkins, New Orleans financier, and Seneca D. Eldredge, New York, who have taken over direction of the corporation, said they would get a large part of their money. ______________________________________________________________________________

The Decatur Review, Decatur, Illinois
Sunday Morning, October 26, 1930


Moweaqua - Four generations are represented in this picture. They are Mrs. Nancy Dinkins of Moweaqua, aged eighty years, her daughter, Mrs. Charles Kramer; Mrs. W. M. McCord, granddaughter and daughter of Mrs. Kramer; and Mrs. McCord's nine year old son, Billy, great grandson of Mrs. Dinkins.

With the exception of Mrs. Dinkins, all are residents of Chatham. A birthday dinner in honor of Mrs. Dinkins' natal day was given recently in the home of her granddaughter, Miss Gladys Seybold.


The Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois
Friday Evening, July 26, 1929
Charleston Man Seeks Valuable Mineral Deposit
Charleston, July 25 - George Dinkins, former Charleston resident, living in Long Beach, Cal. for the last twenty years, and returning here a month ago, has leased the fair ground from the Coles County Agricultural Association for the purpose of drilling for a mineral he says is worth $400 a cubic foot.
Dinkins, who met with the fair board twice on Wednesday, completed the contract. He is to use the fair ground for nothing but drilling. The first well will soon be drilled in the southeast part of the grounds in the near future.
Mr. Dinkins refused to tell the board officials the kind of mineral he is drilling for, but declares he knows the mineral is there. Twenty years ago, when water wells were drilled, he remembers this mineral was struck and now it is worth hundreds of dollars a cubic foot. He states this is the only part of the country he has ever heard of where it was ever found.
The agricultural association will spend nothing for the experiment. In case a water well is struck, a pump will be installed and the fair grounds will be enriched by one more well. Mr. Dinkins, who says he is putting in his own money, states he will show the citizens they have a mineral under their feet that will put Charleston on the map.
Alvin Talbott, president of the fair association, who owns land near the fair ground, has leased his land to Mr. Dinkins for the same purpose.
The Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois
Sunday, October 20, 1929
Charleston, Oct. 19 - George Dinkins, returning to Charleston from California where he spent the last twenty years, to drill for a rare mineral at the fair ground, has given up after drilling two test wells, and has returned to California.
Mr. Dinkins said he didn't have the proper tools, and that next spring he would return to again attempt to put Charleston on the mining map.
The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, Illinois
Saturday, August 25, 1945
Charleston, S.C. - "I've got a job for you," a man's voice said as a local undertaker answered his phone the other day.
"What is it," the undertaker asked. "Me," was the reply.
The phoner identified himself as C. R. Dinkins of Rose Garden Cabins, Mt. Pleasant St. The undertaker wrote the whole thing off as a joke.
Three hours later, the police received a call to the Mt. Pleasant St. address, found Dinkins lying on the floor with a bullet wound in his chest. He died at a local hospital several days later.
The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio
Tuesday, November 22, 1949
LORAIN - An amateur boat builder and his wife were rescued from Lake Erie this morning when both engines on their 45-foot cruiser, Scalawag, failed.
The ore carrier Bethlehem picked up Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Dinkins of Wyandotte, Mich., about 26 miles northwest of Lorain, from the rough water of the lake after they had drifted without power for an hour and a half. A Coast Guard cutter took the cruiser in tow to Marblehead.
The couple planned to go from their home in Wyandotte to Florida in the home-built boat by was of the St. Lawrence waterway.
Dinkins narrowly escaped injury when he slipped on the ladder while boarding the Bethlehem. Crew members leaning from the portholes caught him when he fell.