Ada Ware

“Seymour Washington, Polk County, September 1, 1901.— As Miss Ada Ware was crossing the fields on her way to Valley Junction on September 1, 1901, two negroes assaulted her. She succeeded in getting away and ran home. Her father mounted a swift horse and rode to town as quickly as possible and aroused the police. Search for the offender was begun, and many suspects were brought in for identification by Miss Ware. The news spread and caused a large mob to gather about the jail, and the ones brought in were closely watched. Finally Miss Ware identified one negro, Seymour Washington, and the mob, already very much excited, grew worse and ropes were procured and attempts were made to lynch him. The jail was besieged and was the object of a bombardment of flying missiles for some time. Washington was placed in a car and taken to Des Moines as soon as possible, and the lynching was prevented. TM”

Reference Data:

Annals of Iowa, Vol. 11, by Howe, Patton, Lloyd, Huff, Aldrich and Iowa Division of Historical Museums and Archives, 1915, page 282


Ada Ware — 1 Comment

  1. These assaults are happening much too often today. Tougher laws are needed in this area to include harsher punishment for offenders, Lawmakers….WAKE UP!

    Wayne said that

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