Source: Ottumwa Semi-Weekly Courier
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Albia Man Saw Czolgosz”
City of publication: Ottumwa, Iowa
Date of publication: 17 September 1901
Volume number: 53
Issue number: 53
|“Albia Man Saw Czolgosz.” Ottumwa Semi-Weekly Courier 17 Sept. 1901 v53n53: p. 7.|
|James Spavin; McKinley assassination (eyewitnesses); McKinley assassination.|
|Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley; James Spavin [misspelled below].|
|The identity of Mrs. Story (below) cannot be determined.|
Albia Man Saw Czolgosz
Was in Buffalo When Assassin Fired Shots.
James Spaven, of Albia, grand deputy organizer of the Foresters of America, was in the city yesterday en-route home from Buffalo where he a-ttended [sic] the Supreme Foresters’ convention. Mr. Spaven attended the Pan-American exposition and was in attendance last Friday when President McKinley was shot. In company with a number of the supreme officers of the Companions Mr. Spaven was near the scene of where the accident occurred. When the first shot was fired Mrs. Story, of Buffalo, who was in the crowd, threw up her hands and screamed and Mr. Spaven presumed that she was shot, and stepped to her assistance. The second shot was fired by Czolgosz with his left hand, and his right arm was under Mrs. Story’s elbow. After the shooting the assassin was removed and for a time it was not known who was shot. Mr. Spaven kicked at the assassin and has blood on his clothes, from the effects of a blow which Czolgosz received from a colored man who was standing near the scene.