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George W. STRAUB
Subject:  George W. STRAUB, alias, George MOORE
Birth:  Nov 1871, MI
Death:  29 Jan 1944, Michigan State Prison, Jackson, Jackson Co., MI
Event:  1902-1907, confined to Michigan State Prison, Jackson, for statutory rape of 13-yr-old girl
Event:  9 Jun 1922, murdered Alice MALLETT (1883-1922), dau/o Charles W. MALLETT (1846- ), sis/o Harold G. MALLETT (1890- )
Spouse:  m. ca. 1893, Ms. __?__; ended in divorce; no apparent issue
Father:  Hiram STRAUB
Mother:  Mary HILBERT
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, California, Maine, Michigan, Oregon


1.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  George W. STRAUB (b. Nov 1871, MI; marital status "Single") is living in Marion, Osceola Co., MI, with his parents (q.v.).  Alice R. MALLET (b. Apr 1883, OR) is living in Ontario, Malheur Co., OR (p. 237A), with her parents, Charles MALLETT (b. Dec 1846, ME) & Mary W. (b. Jun 1856, CA), plus siblings, including Harold G. MALLETT (b. Oct 1890, OR).

2.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  George STRAUB (æ 36, b. MI; marital status "Single") is living in Osceola Co., MI, with his parents (q.v.).  Alice MALLETT (æ 26, b. OR) is living in Ontario, Malheur Co., OR (p. 180A), with her parents, Charles W. MALLETT (æ 63, b. ME) & Mary W. (æ 53, b. CA), plus siblings, including Harrold MALLETT (æ 19, b. OR).

3.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  George STRAUB (æ 40, b. MI; marital status "Single") is living in Jackson, Jackson Co., MI, with his widowed mother (q.v.).  Alice M. MALLET (æ 36, b. OR/ME/CA; "cafeteria director") is lodging in Jackson, Jackson Co., MI (p. 195A).

4.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #13 of 18):  Upper Peninsula State House of Corrections Branch Prison, Marquette, [Marquette Co.,] MI, Roll 1010 (Book 2), p. 36A, Line 11, SN 7A, ED 52-19, SD 1, enumerated 1 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
4 5 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 30
611 Straub George M W 48 D 22 N Y MI Ger Ger Y Planer Box Ship W Y N
This is the first indication we have had that George was ever married.  The enumerator gave every prisoner a different family number; one of 50 prisoners on one of 18 pages of prisoners.

5.  UPI.  Wednesday, 14 Jun 1922.  "Tear Bombs Rout Lynch Mob."  Iowa City Press-Citizen (Iowa City, IA), front page (online at Ancestry.com):


Ex-Convict, Confessing Murder of Miss Alice Mallett,
Saved Ffom (sic) Crowd Bent on Hanging

(By United Press)

JACKSON, Mich., June 14. a mob attempting to storm the Jackson jail and get possession of George Straub, ex-convict, who confessed murdering Miss Alice Mallett, was dispersed early today by tear bombs hurled into the crowd by officers.  Miss Mallett, matron of the Crittendon home, was found slain and her body mutilated with an axe on Jun 9.

Straub, regarded as mentally sub-normal, was under suspicion from the first and a complete confession was made public early last night.

Many Women in Mob

The streets were filled with hundreds of persons who were talking mob violence.  Hundreds of women and children were in the crowd.  Many women took the lead in demanding the confessed slayer's life.

The crowd surged forward to the jail steps.  Sheriff George Larabee ordered the deputies to throw the gas bombs from the second floor window.  The crowd, angrily defiant, was forced to give way.

Straub Taken From Town

In the meantime, Straub, heavily cloaked, was taken out through a rear entrance and whisked away in an automobile to a neighboring town.

As the crowd broke forward a second time, the deputies announced Straub was no longer in the jail.  When the crowd refused to believe he had been taken away, a committee was appointed and searched the jail.

[Head-and-shoulders portrait photo of woman.]


Tear bombs used by deputy sheriffs in Jackson, Mich., early today dispersed a mob bent on taking George Straub, ex-convict and confessed slayer of Miss Mary (sic) Mallett, from pail (sic) and lynching him.

The "Crittendon Home" is the YMCA, where Alice was the cafeteria director.

6a.  Anon.  Wednesday, 14 Jun 1922. Wichita Daily Times (Wichita Falls, TX), p. 3 (online at Ancestry.com):
Tear Gas Is Used To Protect a Man From Angry Mob

JACKSON, MICH., June 14. Use of tear gas to repeal (sic) the advances of more than 1,000 angry citizens of Jackson who sought to take George Straub, confessed slayer of Miss Alice Mallett, from the custody of the sheriff, is largely responsible for Straub's safety in an unnamed Michigan city today.  The prisoner, disguised as a city fireman, marched through the ranks of the crowd that sought his life last night, and was spirited out of Jackson several hours before it was learned he had left the jail.

Early today the city was quiet with several units of national guardsmen, police reserves and state police officers assisting the local authorities in guarding against any recurrence of disorder.

6b.  Anon.  Thursday, 15 Jun 1922. Wichita Daily Times (Wichita Falls, TX), p. 2 (online at Ancestry.com):

LANSING, MICH. Jun 15.A squad of state police officers today continued to stand guard at the city jail where George Straub, alleged confessed slayer of Miss Alice Mallett, was held in safety last night as several score of Jackson men demanded the prisoner.  Local officers also were on duty in all streets to disperse crowds or prevent demonstrations.

The band of Jackson men left that city by automobile late last night for Mason, where they believed Straub had been taken, but were informed en route that the prisoner was still at Lansing.  They came to this city knowing the man was strongly guarded and no attempt was made to rush the jail, members of the band contenting themselves with a look at Straub, who was routed from a peaceful sleep and brought into a corridor.

Harold Mallett, brother of Straub's alleged victim, led the visitors.

The officials take little stock in a second confession Straub is said to have made, in which he named Clarence Meadowlark, a negro circus employe (sic), as an accomplice.  Meadowlark, also in custody, is said to have proved an alibi.

6c.  Anon.  Tuesday, 20 Jun 1922. Wichita Daily Times (Wichita Falls, TX), p. 8 (online at Ancestry.com):
Image of George STRAUB.
JACKSON, MICH., June 20. George Straub, confessed slayer of Alice Mallett, pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the Jackson county circuit court this morning.  He was immediately sentenced to solitary confinement at hard labor for life in Marquette penitentiary.
He was later transferred back to the prison at Jackson, MI, where he died.

7.  See extensitve material on our subject and his criminal brother at the International Blacksheep Society web site (online at RootsWeb.com [link died]).

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