gypsies in table rock
eli the gypsy king's money recovered - 1909
Marshal G. M. Scott of Table Rock captured three gypsies here, a man and two women. They were wanted by St. Joe authorities. They had allegedly stolen $100 from Eli George, "the Gypsy King" while in St. Joe. Marshal Scott found the stolen $100 on them. The man also had a $20 gold piece in the toe of each show. The gypsies were tried and fined, although the article does not say for what, nor how they had any money left to pay their fines. The man was fined $100 and each woman $25, plus "all the trimmings." Marshal Scott was given a reward of $50. No mention is made as to whether Eli George, the Gypsy King, got his money back.
historical society member jennifer hunt commented on the article, memories from ruth purcell mccoy muscheites:
My Grandma Ruth told me that her Grandpa Purcell used to let Gypsies camp on their farm. She remembers being quite afraid of them, but also that they had good skills that made them welcomed in the community.
grandpa Purcell, the man behind the stovepipe - circa 1904:
The Purcell family in about 1904. Jennifer Hunt's mother wrote on this picture: “Uncle Jake Yearing, Margaret Engberry, Aunt Jane Yearing, George Purcell, Grandma Purcell, Sissie Engberry, Grandpa Purcell, Aunt Ida Purcell, Bertha Hays, Grandma McCoy, Aunt Stella, Ruth, Uncle Jack behind basket of apples.