Anyone know this bad boy?Did he murder Savallah?
Brooklyn Eagle,; March 24, 1898: Page 2
KNEW J.W.MOLLENHAUER AS WILLIAM WILLIAMS
He Was A Frequent Visitor at Mrs. Mallory's House.
SHE WILLED HIM HER MONEY
Now the Mother and the Brother of the Dead Woman Seek to Secure Control of Her Property--A Strange Story Concerning the Relations of the Wealth Eastern District Man With A Woman Who Died in the Brooklyn Throat Hospital--What a Friend of Mrs. Mallory Says.
The Events involving wealthy John W Mollenahauer, revealed by the sudden death of Mrs. Savallah Mallory, have created a sensation in fashionable Eastern District society, of which the Mollenhauers have for many years been recognized leaders.In his beautiful home at 159 Rodney street, opposite former Mayor Wurster's residence, John W Mollenhauer is know as the son of Mollenhauer, the millionaire sugar refiner; as an offical of the Mollenhauer Sugar Company, and a prominent member of the Hanover Club.At the pretty little two story house at 349 Gates avenue, where Mrs. Mallory lived, Mr. Mollenhauer was known as William Williams, as knownas William Williams, Mrs. Mallory's kind and loving brother.He called frequently at the house and the neighbors who asked questions were quietly informed that Mr.. Williams conducted a profitable business in Manhattan.
PS: John W Mollenhauer was born in 1855...his father was also John b 1827 in Germany.
Mrs. Mallory's friend claim that Mollenhauer posed as a widower and the assert he proposed to marry Mrs. Mallory as soon as she was able to decure a divorce from her husband.Her mother, Ellizabeth Leach, says that Mollenhauer told her that he was willing to furnish the necessary money to secure the divorce if Mrs. mallory desired."
"Just where she met Mr. Mollenhauer is not known, but it is claimed that the latter was introduced to Mrs. Mallory by Miss Augusta Cassidy of 541 Bedford Avenue, four years ago.Two or three years ago Mrs. Mallory moved the Gates Avenue house.Since that time William Williams, suposed to be Mollenhauer, has spent a great deal of time at the house.Mrs. Mallory occupied the apartments on the upper floor, the lower floor and basement being rented to William J Howden.Mrs. Mallory's rooms were luxuriously furnished."
Mrs. Leach, as already stated, lives in Sunderlinville, Pa.When her husband died two years ago (1896) she felt lonesome and came on to Brooklyn to visit her duaghter.Mrs. Mallory introduced her mother to William Williams, and it was at that time that she told her mother that she hoped some time to be able to marry him.Williams, Mrs. Leach, and Mrs. Mallory talked about the divorce at that time, and within the past two or three days Mrs. Leach has indentified Mr. Mollenhauer as the man who said he was willing to advance the money for Mrs. Mallory's divorce.Mrs. Leach also says that she is sure that her daughter believed Mollenhauer to be a widower and knows positively that the dead woman was not aware of the fact that William Williams was married and had several children.
The circumstances surrounding Mrs. Mallory's death are interesting.On Friday, march 5, she went for a carriage dirve and on the afternoon of March 6 attended a matinee performance at one of the Brooklyn theaters.The following morning, Sunday, Mrs. Mallory was taken ill.The people who live on the first floor say that Mollenhauer was present when Mrs. Mallory first became ill.
Mr. Mollenhauer dispatched a messenger to Dr. John Polk of Clinton and DeKalb avenues, but it was 2:30 o'clock in the afternoon before he arrived.What happened after that is best told in the words of a man who has gtaken an unusual interest in the case ever since Mrs. Mallory was taken ill.He, although prepared to substantiate his statements at any time, does not wish his name to appear in the newspapers in connection with the case.
"Mr. Mollenhauer did not return to Mrs. Mallory's apartments until 8 o'clock the next evening," sadi the Eagle reporter's informant this morning."During the meantime, Mrs. Mallory had suffered the most intense pain.She screamed in a manner that must have aroused the whole neighborhood.A friend of mine cared for the woman as best she could and I believe that another woman stayed all night with Mrs. Mallory."
On the evening of March 7 Miss Augusta Cassidy called at the house and tried to get Mrs. Mallory to make her will.The will wasn't made, however, and on the following day Mrs. Mallory was taken to the Brooklyn Throat Hospital, at South Third street and Bedford avenue.Dr Polak is, I understand, interested in that institution.As sonn as we learned that Mrs. Mallory had been taken to the hospital I called there and asked to see her.The attendeant told me that no one except Mrs. Mallory's brother, meaning, I suppose, Mr. Mollenhauer, and her sister could see the woman.
"Mrs. Mallory was taken to the hospital in a closed carriage and, although she was so weak she could hardly speak, they carried her downstairs and out onto the street.Mrs. Mallory....(something about not wanting to go.) go...but she was, nevertheless, forced to do so."
"Mrs. Mallory died at the hospital on the morning of March 9." continued the Eagle reporter's informant."As soon as I heard of her death I went to the hospital and discovered that no arrangements had b een made for the funeral or for caring for the body.Being a friend of Mrs. Mallory's I realized that it was my duty to notify her relatives of what had happened.Accordingly, I send a despatch to Mrs. Mallory's mother, Mrs. Augusta Leach (Elizabeth Leach) at Sunderlinville., Pa., and another one to a relative at Westfield, Pa.I then call on Miss Cassidy at her home, 451 Bedford avneue and insisisted that she should divulge the identity of the mysterious brother, William Williams, who up to that time had made no arrangements for his sister's funeral.Miss Cassidy was not inclined to tell me where I could find the man and it took a great deal of persuasion before she agreed to tell me that William Williams was none other than John W Mollenhauer, the sugar house man.
"I was of course greatly suprised and when I demanded Miss Cassidy take me to Mr. Mollenhauer's residence she nearly fainted.I insisted, however, and she finally consented.We walked through Beford avenue and up Rodney Street to 159."That is the house," said Miss Cassidy, pointing to the Mollenhauer home.Miss Cassidey remained on the sidewalk and I went in and saw Mr. Mollenhauer.He first denied that he was William Williams., but eventually admitted to the truth of it.Then I explained to Mr. Mollenhauer that he could readily see that it would be desireable to stand all the expenses of the funeral.He seemed to want to be fair enoughand at my suggestions accompanied me to an undertaker and made arrangements for the shipment of the body.We went to Relyea’s at 160 Broadway, and they told Mr. Mollenhauer that they would fix everything all right.
On the morning of March 12 the body was shipped to Westfield, Pa., Mrs. Mallory’s former home.Before it was removed from the undertaking rooms brief services were read by the Rev. Dr. Gillies, who lives in Mrs. Mallory’s house, at 142 Wilson Street. Mr. Mollenhauer was present at the service.
“Two or three days after the body was buried in the village cemetery of Westfield, Pa.,” continued the friend of the Mallory family.Mrs. Leach and her son Alpheus arrived in Brooklyn to claim their duaghter’s estate.They did not know that they had been practically disinherited and when they went to the house at 349 Gates aveneue and found Mrs. Mallory’s rooms locked they were greatly surprised.Mrs. Leach consulted with William J Howden, who lives on the first floor of the house and he advised her to secure a locksmith and break into the rooms.Mr.s Leach remembered that she had the keys from her Sunderlinville house in her grip and she reasoned that they might perhaps fit the doors leading to her daughter’s apartments.By what seemed to be a strange conincidence the keys unlockexc the doors and Mrs. Leach went in and took possession.They discovered that a great deal of Mrs. Mallory’s costly bric-a-brac, much of her clothing and her diamonds were missing.In all perhaps $500 worht of stuff was gone.
“Up to that time Mrs. Leach did not know the terms of the will, which was drawn and signed by Mrs. Mallory after she was taken to the Brooklyn Throat Hospital.Mrs. Mallory, in the will, bequeathed all her property to Mr. Mollenhauer, alias William Williams, except to small pieces of property in Westfield, Pa., which were willed to relatives.Then Mrs. Mallory, also in the will, directs that $50 be paid every month towards her mother’s support.
Mrs. Leach was senn at 349 Gates avenue by an Eagle reporter today.She said that she knew positively that her daughter intended to give all the property to her and that she believed that she would get it all in time. After Mrs. Leach took possession of her daughter’s apartments Mr. Mollenhauer is alleged to have told Mrs. Leach that he was willing to turn over the property to the latter.Mr.s Leach was greatly pleased at the outlook and she believed that she would soon established in her daughter’s comfortable home.
“The second evening after Mrs. Leach arrived Mr. Mollenhauer, Miss Cassidy and a lawyer named McMahon of 57 Pine street called at 349 Gates avenue and talked about the settlement, “ said W.J. Howden to an Eagle reporter.“I am her to protect my friend, Miss Cassidy,” Lawyer McMahon said, “I am willing to do whatever Miss Cassidy things is right,” said Mr. Mollenhauer.“I believe that Mrs. Mallory’s last wishes ought to be carried out,” said Miss Cassidy.
Mrs. Mallory’s property consisted of the house at 142 Wilson street, valued at $8,000; an equity of $2,800 in the house at 349 Gates avenue, and $6,200 worth of personal property.
It was stated that the certificate had disappeared from the Board of Health.An Eagle reporter saw the certificate this afternoon.The number is 3,312.The information given is that Mrs. Mallory died at 8:10 A.M. March 9.
The body was removed from the hospital of Dr. Polak at 342 Bedford avenue to the undertaking establishment of G. & W. Relyea at 160 Broadway.On March 12 it was taken to Westfield, Tioga County, Pa.
PS: Savallah Mallory was born Savallah Ellis in 1853 Tioga Co PA....to Elizabeth Gardner and ___Ellis.Her mother subsequently married Henry I Leach.Savallah had a half brother Alpheus Leac (b 1861)who named a daughter Savallah Leach.Savallah Leach b 1886 married Eugene Coon.Eugene was son of John Coon and Caroline Bowman.
Caroline Bowman's sister Mary Louise Bowman married Elizabeth (Gardner) Ellis Leach's (Savallah's mother)brother Charles Gardner.Witnesses at the marriage were Elizabeth Ellis (Savallah's mother) and Irena Cady....daughter of Sarah Bowman, sister of Caroline Bowman and Sarah Bowman.Sarah Bowman was first married to Elanson Cady and second to Frank Mallory's (husband of Savallah Ellis)uncle William L Mallory, brother to Frank's father Andrew.
JW Mollenhauer eventually gave up title to the dead woman's property which went to Elizabeth Gardner Ellis Leach, Charles Gardner (property inherited from Henry Leach two years prior) and to her niece Savallah Leach.Savallah Mallory is buried in the Mt Pleasant Cem Westfield Tioga Co PA near her brother Charles Gardner and family and near the Bowmans and Ellis family.