Bigfoot Skeptic Turns Believer

by Chuck Collier, Capital Journal Reporter, 1 Nov. 1969, Sat., Page 31, Re-posted by Linda Stewart, 16 October 2022

Under ideal conditions it would be about as easy to sight one of the tracks as it would be to trail a Sherman Tank across a golf course.  They are big –outlandish–like a human foot that just kept growing for laughs.

But a lack of ideal conditions–or even minimal conditions, for that matter–is one of the obstacles of tracking this thing, Bigfoot, a legendary wild man of the forest lands of the Pacific Northwest.  Some people believe it is not legendary however, but real.

Bigfoot, real or legendary, has been striding through American history for more than a hundred years.  Some of the first white settlers in the area spoke to him.  But the Indians preceded them with their tales of Sasquatch, a man-like creature, mostly used by Indian parents to frighten their children into obedience.

Sasquatch, in a coastal Indian dialect, means big foot, but some historians believe the Indians only referred to the track of the grizzly bear, and not a mythical man creature.

Jess Paschall, a plumber living in Rickreall, has entered the argument over the Bigfoot controversy.  He’s on the side of those who believe that an ill-smelling, elusive humanoid, actually exists.

Before moving Rickreall, Paschall lived in northern California where he hunted all kinds of game.  When later hunting the elusive Bigfoot, he said he traded on this acquired knowledge of tracking and animal responses.

Today, summing up his feelings about the man-animal, Paschall says, “I don’t know what it is or even what it looks like.  But I am convinced that Bigfoot exists.”

Paschall says that his belief in the existence of Bigfoot marks a turnabout in his earlier thinking.  His acquaintance with “it” began approximately 9 years ago in the Marble Mountain wilderness in California.

At that time, Paschall says, he was a friend of a road contractor who had received a contract to build a logging access road to the edge of the wilderness.  In the newly scraped dirt of the roadbed one morning, the contractor discovered a set of large foot tracks as the men assembled to begin work.

But in addition to the huge footprints, measuring 17 1/2 inches long by 8 inches at the broadest point, the contractor noted a significant act of “looting” at the construction site.  A tire from a piece of road equipment had been thrown–not rolled–over the lip of the road, and a filled 55-gallon drum of diesel oil was given the same treatment.  (A drum of diesel fuel weights approximately 500 pounds).

The contractor staked off one of the footprints at the campsite and posted a man to protect it while he drove to the nearest town for some plaster of paris for a casting of the print.  Paschall, since he was a friend of the contractor, later received a cast of the footprint taken from the original on at the road camp.

“It was about three years later that I actually went out looking for Bigfoot,” Paschall said.  “Some of the things we did were to set camera traps in various areas we thought might be used by him.”

The traps netted a variety of photographic glimpses of animal life, as well as one surprised hunter, but nothing of Bigfoot.

In his searches in the California forests Paschall claims to have found many examples of Bigfoot’s spoor, and even experienced one whiff of him, which, in Paschall’s words, “was horrible but I can’t quite pinpoint the odor.”

The near-sighting came one evening when Paschall and two companions, armed with rifles and equipped with small 2-cell flashlights, were on a stalking expedition.  According to Paschall, first came the indescribable odor and later the sound of treading through the waist-high snow brush below them.

Snow brush is described by Paschall as a thick tangle of undergrowth that is extremely difficult to walk through.  It is a growth that bears crash through and deer traverse in a series of high leaps.  Yet the sound he claims to have heard that night was the unmistakable, measured tread of something striding through the brush.

While listening to the sound of the striding below, which was beyond the range of the flashlights, Paschall decided to test the creature’s reflexes.  He sucked in a huge breath and then cut loose with a loud scream.  He later reflected that the reflexes of the thing making the noise seemed to be under better control then those of his surprised companions–they bolted while the crashing stride from below continued unbroken by the sudden shout.

“I felt that if it had been a bear or deer,” Paschall said, “the sudden should would cause it to either freeze or flee.  It doesn’t prove anything that neither of these actions were taken, but it does indicate to me that this was not the normal reaction of animals I have had dealings with.”

Paschall has seen several examples of Bigfoot tracks, he claims, as well as a few attempts of what he believes to be deceptions made by someone pressing a large footprint into soft dirt.

“The way to tell the fakes,” he said, “is to notice that they never go up or down embankments.  They are always on level ground.  The reason for this is that when a person climbs or scrambles downward, his foot digs into the dirt in peculiar patterns, and it’s too difficult for anyone to try to fake such a print.”

Besides the footprint of Sasquatch, which he says has taken 54-inch strides on level ground — about 20 inches more than the normal man — he has observed the indentations of what appears to him to have been a female and a youngster sitting in the sand by a creek.  It was also on a sandbar by a creek that he saw some tracks on Bigfoot as he had walked under a projecting log, narrowly missing the trip wire of one of his camera traps.

“Those, particular tracks,” Paschall said, “are perfect examples of genuine prints showing the way a foot is twisted and the toes dug into the sand as a person would bend underneath a log, step through, and then stand erect again.  I don’t believe anyone could have faked those tracks.  Besides,” he added, “this particular place was a long way from civilization and why would anyone go to the bother of going out there to plant some phony tracks on the off chance that someone might see them?”

He also observed a camp or sleeping area once that had been built–in Paschall’s estimation–by Bigfoot.  The bed was made of moss pulled from alder branches some 13 feet above the ground.  There was also sword fern snapped off and tossed onto the ground for extra padding.

Paschall described sword fern as extremely tough and fibrous and almost impossible to tear by hand.  Yet those pieces of fern appeared to have been ripped off, several stalks at a time.

Paschall is used to skepticism about his belief in Bigfoot.  When asked to explain the creature’s continued scarcity in this age of vast technology and rapid discovery, he simply replies with a shrug.

“The area we are talking about in California,” he said, “is almost 100 miles square.  It is a trackless, mostly uninhabited by man, and the floor of the forest itself is a deep cushion of rotting material that almost never leaves a footprint of any kind of animal.”

It is not inconceivable to Paschall that such a man-like creature, thought to be about 8 feet in height and tremendously powerful, could live for the most part unmolested and unobserved by man in his secluded forest.

To most people, Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, is no more than an interesting legend.  But to Jess Paschall, it is alive and hiding in the immensity of the forest lands of the Northwest.

Mason M. Paschall, Uniontown Planter, Qualifies for Legislature

The Marion Times-Standard, (Marion, AL), Thu., February 19, 1942, Page 1.  Reposted by Linda Stewart, 1 September 2022

Mason M. Paschall has officially qualified for place number two in the legislature from Perry County.  Mr. Paschall has been in the state for over 20 years, and a registered citizen of Perry County.  During this time Mr. Paschall has taken part in many of the worthwhile and progressive legislative movements in the state.  Though this is his first bid for public office, Mr. Paschall has been indirectly active in state affairs for a number of years.  This experience should merit consideration by Perry County voters as it has given him marked qualifications for filling the office to which he aspires.

Mr. Paschall is a member of the American Legion, having enlisted in 1917 as an aviator.  He is also vice-president of the Alabama Ginner’s Association.

Mr. Paschall is the originator of the now world famous annual Uniontown Turkey Carnival, and is now service this organization as vice-president, which has brought fame and prosperity as well as invaluable publicity to Perry County.

To the farmers of Perry County Mr. Paschall has this to say: “If elected to the legislature, I propose among other vital bills, to introduce a bill which will have as its purpose greatly increased and regulated production of high quality turkeys.  This will ultimately attract to our counties those industries such as canneries, hatcheries and storage plants which have always followed such movements in the other turkey and poultry sections of the U. S.

Mr. Paschall is a member of the Presbyterian Church in Uniontown.  He is engaged in farming, ginning and stock raising.

Recently the Montgomery Advertiser had this to say of Mr. Paschall and his qualifications:

“Whaddya you think?  That fellow, Mason M. Paschall of Uniontown, is in the race for the legislature from Perry County.  And we believe Mason will be elected.  He is a progressive, upright, honest, capable and bold man.  He has a temper that would give the devil something to think about when he (Paschall) becomes aroused.”

“Paschall is the great anti-sales tax man.  He made the rotunda of the capitol turn blue in the last administration with his vehement protests against the sales tax.  And at that time, of course, we felt the same way Paschall did.  Paschall was on the right trail but in the wrong scouting party.  Today Paschall is still on the right trail but with the right scouting party.”

“The legislature will be better off for having Paschall in it.  He is no smug prude, no narrow bigot.  He looks at things with a wide open eye and his thinking is straight.  Perry County, we say, would do well to let Paschall have a shot at a legislative session.”

“We predict Paschall will be a great help to Gov. Graves because he has business sense and common sense as well.”

Fred Taylor writing in the Birmingham News says under the heading “Talking Turkey,” “Mason M. Paschall has entered the race for legislature from Perry County.  Mr. Paschall is the originator of the now famous Uniontown Turkey Carnival which has literally put Uniontown and Perry County on the map throughout the nation.  Mr. Paschall seeks place number two.”

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Paschall Married Half Century Ago

Latrobe Bulletin, (Latrobe, Pennsylvania), Tuesday, July 1, 1941, Page 3.  Reposted by Linda Stewart, 16 August 2022

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Paschall, [John Lincoln Paschall and Ada Laura Gray] of near New Alexandria, residents of Westmoreland County for the past 47 years, will observe their golden wedding anniversary on July 4th, when they will hold open house from 2 to 5 o’clock in the afternoon and from 7 to 9 in the evening, for their many relatives and friends at their home on the William Penn Highway, east of New Alexandria.

Mr. Paschall and the former Miss Ada Gray were united in marriage, in Pittsburg, Pa., on June 11, 1891, by the late Rev. Kiser then pastor of the Christ M. E. church.  Following their marriage, the couple resided in Derry, Pa., for one year where Mr. Paschall operated a meat market.  They later removed to Latrobe, and thence to Lancaster during which time, Mr. Paschall was employed in the steel mills.  In 1894, Mr. and Mrs. Paschall returned to the home farm, in Westmoreland county, near New Alexandria.

Mr. Paschall’s parents were the late Abram[ham] and Carrie Horton Paschall, former residents of Westmoreland county.  Prior to locating in Westmoreland county, they had moved from Delaware county where Mr. Paschall was born on October 29, 1856.  Mrs. Paschall, a daughter of the late William and Agnes Gray [William M. Gray and Agnes Hurley], was born in Blaine, Pa., in Perry county, on November 22, 1865.

The romance had its origin in Kansas where Mr. Paschall spent ten years before returning to the East in 1890, and where the former Miss Gray taught school for several years.  It was while teaching school at Rossville, Kansas, that she met Mr. Paschall, then a member of the school board.  For the past 47 years they have resided in Derry Typ.

Mr. and Mrs. Paschall have six children: Henry, of Oceanville, N. J.; Mrs. Grace Bash, of Delmont; Leroy, of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Edith Ribblett, of Conemaugh; Mrs. Eva Newdorfer, of Alameda, Cal.; and John, of Nyack, N. Y.  There are also ten grandchildren.


Paschal – What’s In A Name

The Daily Olympian, (Olympia, Washington), Tue., June 9, 1970, Page 5.  Re-posted by Linda Stewart, 21 June 2022

The French surname Paschal derived from the Hebrew word pasakh indicating the Passover, a festive day when it is said that “God passed over” the houses of the children of Israel.  In England, the name was associated with Good Friday.  Boys born on that day were often given the name Paschal.  The name became a favorite in France where Pascal was a noted philosopher.  As Pascoti, it was the name of an Italian poet.

There is a slight difference in the armorial bearings confirmed to the noble and honored Pascals of years past, all of whose coats of arms contain the words ” … un agneau pascal … ” meaning a paschal lamb.

The lamb became the symbol of Christ frequently used in manuscripts and paintings of the fourth and fifth centuries.  The banner bearing a lamb signified the Resurrection, the cross emblazoned banner being the sign of triumph.  This symbol became decisive influence in the expression of the Easter liturgy until a synod of church officials meeting in A.D. 692 in Trullo passed legislation forbidding the representation of the paschal lamb as a symbol of Christ.  The reasoning for this act being that the symbol was becoming misunderstood, the people imagining that Christ in the Incarnation has assumed this form.  Truth required the use of human image of Christ and the lamb was relegated to secondary importance thereafter.

Paschal is the mour literary spelling of the name taken directly from the Latin ‘paschalis’ … more commonly spelled Pascal in France.  Paschal was the name assumed by three early Popes.  These included Paschal I, Pope from A.D. 717 to 824 … Pope Paschal II, 1099 through 1118. known for his conflict with Henry I of England and emperors Henry IV and Henry V of the Holy Roman Empire.  Paschal III, the anti-pope, opposed Alexander III forcing him to seek refuge in France in 1162.

‘Hush’ Insider Is Pursued by Spies and Ills

By Virginia MacPherson; The Dispatch, (Moline, Illionis), Sat. Nov 20, 1948, Pg 9.  Re-posted by Linda Stewart, 5 February 2022

HOLLYWOOD — (UP) — Having a tough time figuring out who Mama and Papa Hush are?  then relax and listen to the troubles of the man who helps confuse you.  He gets all the ailments your dimes help fight.

He’s Al Paschall, 31-year-old right-hand man of Ralph Edwards on Truth or Consequences and This Is Your Life, and he is, he says, a hypochondriac.  “When we’re giving money to the infantile paralysis fund I go home every night feeling like I have polio,” He said.  “When we help out the cancer drive I’m sure I’ve got cancer.”  “We just finished up with the heart association.  My ticker’s still weak.  Now … we’re collecting money for the mental health drive … and …”

Paschall is one of four men who knows for sure who Mama and Papa Hush are.  And it doesn’t help his peace of mind any to know a few commercial contest enterers [sic] have private detectives on his trail to find out.

“That’s only the beginning,” He says.  “We have to keep moving the Hush people from place to place every week.  We sneak in and out windows, hid away in out-of-town auto courts, and sometimes we even move in the Hush of the moment.”

When Clara Bow was Mrs. Hush, Paschal said, he and his engineer had her broadcast the riddle from her bedroom in the Nevada desert.  “And just before show-time, Charles Farrell dropped in for dinner,” he added.  “He kept talking about the contest and saying he knew who it was and we figured we were dead for sure.”  “When the program started he and her ex-agent had their ears glued to the radio.  Clara sauntered into the bedroom, I sneaked in a minute later, and our engineer climbed in through the back window.”  “We did the riddle not three feet from ’em and when we cam out the ex-agent said: ‘I’ve got it.  It’s Mary Pickford using a high voice.'”

Now Edwards is on the air with This Is Your Life and it looks like he has another sock show.  He’s had two programs so far, and they wound up with everybody in the cast and everybody in the audience happily weeping buckets.  That’s another Paschall chore.  Cheering everybody up.  “I wouldn’t,” he says, “do this for anybody in the world except Ralph.”

A Life In A Garden

Reposted By Linda Stewart, 5 January 2022

The story about Gene and Beth Paschall is featured in the article “A Life In A Garden” by Nina A. Koziol, Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), Sunday, 11 Aug 2013, Page 6-23.  Her article features Patricia Lanza, Kay Mangan, and Gene and Beth Paschall.

Gene and Beth Paschall have gardened in their Palos Heights, Ill., home for 50 years.  He’s 91 and she’s 90.  Their garden is filled with more than 100 rhododendrons and azaleas, many of which Gene hybridized.  There are towering spruce trees — once seedling that they brought back from vacation and planted.  Mass plantings of ferns, ginger and other ground covers, along with many shrubs and small ornamental trees, help keep maintenance to a minimum.  The couple are outside everyday in good weather, doing a few chores.

“Beth carries a plastic bucket and pulls weeds for a while,” Gene said.  “And as soon as he gets wobbly, he comes in,” Beth said.  A landscaping service cuts the lawn, and their son mulches the beds and planted their vegetable garden this spring.  But Gene is out there with pruners in hand, snipping off any dead or broken branches.

“I hate the idea, the thought of going into a condo.” says Gene, who spent several stints in the hospital last year.  “I like to look at the rhododendrons every morning, and they’re pretty low maintenance.  It’s very therapeutic.”

Eugene Forest “Gene” Paschall, the son of Samuel Fred Paschall and Ota Vera  Hatfield, was born 7 January 1922 in Neosho, Newton Co., MO, died 1 April 2018, and was buried in the Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Willow Springs, Cook Co., IL[i].   Eugene married Elizabeth G. Lincoln.

Elizabeth “Beth” G. Lincoln, daughter of James William Lincoln and Olive Geneva Mason, was born 25 January 1923, died 6 June 2018, and was also buried in the Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Willow Springs, Cook Co., IL[ii].


Obituary Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Wed., 11 Apr 2018, Page 2-6

National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Colorado, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 185

Year: 1930; Census Place: Coal Creek, Montrose, Colorado; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0025; FHL microfilm: 2339982

Year: 1940; Census Place: Oak Grove, Montrose, Colorado; Roll: m-t0627-00472; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 43-21


Obituary Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Sun., 17 Jun 2018, Page 1-39

Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 11, Rio Grande, Colorado; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 2339986

Year: 1940; Census Place: Rio Grande, Colorado; Roll: m-t0627-00478; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 53-16

Texas State Legislators – To Whom It May Concern

By Linda Stewart, 2 June 2021

Every morning I peruse numerous news sites reading the titles of articles to see if there is something that I should be informed about.  Imagine my reaction when I read several articles about the Texas Democratic Legislators who walked out of session because they did not want to vote on Senate Bill 7.  Shocked, Appalled, Anger … are a few of the adjectives to describe my reaction.  Well, anger has set in and it is not leaving!

Seriously people???  What are you?  Three year olds, who are throwing a temper tantrum on the playground.  You are an adult Texan, and Texans don’t act like this.  Adults sit down and discuss issues.  If an issue cannot be resolved, you take a break, pray about the issue and ask the Lord to direct your path.  If you don’t believe in the Lord, then hire a third party mediator.  You don’t text your fellow Democrats “Members, take your key and leave the chamber discreetly. Do not go to the gallery. Leave the building.” and hide “Democrats chose a hideout that was unmistakable in meaning: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a Black house of worship more than 2 miles away.”  “‘Leave the building’: Texas walkout escalates voting battles”

Texas governor Abbot has threatened to defund state legislature after Democrats block voting bill as well he should.  If you worked at McDonald and you talked your friends into walking off the job before their shift was over, do you think the Manager of McDonald would pay you a day’s pay?   No!  You did not work therefore you do not get paid.

So what is Senate Bill 7?  It is a bill that includes provisions to limit early voting hours, curtail local voting options and further tighten voting by mail, and includes a new ID requirement for mail-in ballots.  If you would like to read the bill, here’s a link

If you would like to know who the Democratic Texas Legislative Leaders are, here is a link to their website.

After writing this my anger has subsided, but my disappointment has not.  It does not matter what party you affiliate yourself with.   The fact is each of you swore an oath to faithfully execute the duties of the office of the State of Texas.  You broke that oath when you walked out of the Capitol and hid in a church building.  Shame on you all!

IN THE NAME AND BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, I, , do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of the State of Texas, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.

Has Cure For Tuberculosis

Dr. Benjamin S. Paschall, M.D. Declares He Has Found New Way To Fight Disease.

By Linda Stewart, 21 March 2020

Dr. Benjamin Stuart Paschall (ID= B2a81172) is a descendant from the Thomas Paschall line.  (Benjamin Stuart, Samuel Edward, Stephen, Thomas Jacob, Stephen, Stephen, Thomas, and Thomas.)  Dr. Benjamin, the son of Samuel Edward Paschall and Elizabeth Caroline Roberts, was born on 12 February 1879 in Buck Co., PA, died on 22 November 1946 in King Co., WA[i]. Benjamin was married first to Rose Garfield on 30 March 1907 in King Co., WA, and secondly to Myrtle Hedman on 10 January 1941 also in King Co., WA[ii].

Photo of Benjamin Stuart Paschall with his sister Mary Paschall.  Taken on 25 September 1903 in Seattle, Washington upon completion of hiking from San Francisco to Seattle along the Pacific Coast Trail.  Photo courtesy of T. MacMillan.

Crenshaw County News, (Luverne, Alabama), Tuesday, March 18, 1920, Page 1

New York – Many physicians of this city have shown interest in a treatment for all forms of tuberculosis developed by Dr. Benjamin S. Paschall, formerly of Seattle, now of New York, and asserted by him to be more effective than quinine is for malaria.

Tuberculosis is not thrown off easily by the body as many other infections are, according to Doctor Paschall, because the term manufactures for itself a capsule of wax which gives it a high degree of protection from the natural powers of the blood to digest and destroy germs and other foreign substances.

The problem which confronted him at the beginning of his research in 1907, according to Doctor Paschall, was to find a method of increasing the power of the blood to digest the wax of tuberculosis germs.

The theory which Doctor Paschall finally adopted was analogous to the use of iron as a tonic.  The blood does not digest iron.  But iron, treated with certain acids, makes a compound which the blood can digest.  Doctor Paschall set out, he said, to combine the wax with chemicals into a substance which the blood could absorb.   His object was to cause the blood to manufacture digestive juices which after absorbing this compound, would remain in the blood to break up the expel the wax of the tuberculosis germs.

Dr. Paschall, then, according to his statement, devoted himself to the study of waxes and sent all over the world for different types.  The analysis of the tubercle wax showed that a great many substances entered into its composition.

He produced his first treatment in 1908.  After various experiments on guinea pigs and other animals he became satisfied that he had discovered a valuable therapeutic agency, and his first human patient was himself.  He had been a sufferer from tuberculosis, and he believes that he cured himself with injections of the compound which he had then made.

The theory on which the treatment was worked out resembles that on which salvarsan was developed, although differing in some particulars.  Doctor Ehrlich, who announced his discover in 1910, which a coal-tar compound which stained the parasite which he sought to destroy, but did not stop its activity.  He combined that chemical with arsenic constituents.  This compound, in staining the parasite, released the poison which destroyed its action, without hurting the human body.  This process is reversed by Doctor Paschall, who possessed the latent enemy of tuberculosis in the wax, but had to find chemical combinations which would make it available.  His “mycoleum” differs also in that it is a combination of chemical and bacteriological products, whereas salvarsan is a union of chemicals only.  And, while salvarsan attacks the parasite directly, the mycoleum is supposed to excite the blood to make the attack.

He at first used the treatment only in the case of persons in advanced stages of tuberculosis, who asked for it.  Even in the advanced stages Doctor Paschall claims a large record of recoveries.

[i] Washington Death Certificate # 4971, 1907-1960. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch Film Number: 2032518

Shoemaker, Benjamin H.  “Genealogy of the Shoemaker Family of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.”  PA: J.B. Lippincott Co., p. 445.

Anderson, Bart, ed.  “The Sharples-Sharpless Family : Volume 1”.  West Chester, PA,  Page 333.

[ii] Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmr_10353

Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmcvol87_547

Harper, Franklin.  “Who’s Who On The Pacific Coast”.  Los Angeles, CA: Harper Publishing Co. 1913, Page 445.

Bessie Paschal’s Luck

By Linda Stewart, 17 March 2020

Atlanta Constitution – Judge Paschal was a Georgian who emigrated to Texas many years ago.  In the Lone Star state he rose to distinction as a lawyer.  The singular career of his daughter is attracting attention.  According to a Washington correspondent, Bettie Paschal, not yet 30 years of age, was the former wife of handsome Frank Gassaway, (Derrick Dowd), of the San Francisco Post.  He married her when he was cashier of the First National Bank of Washington City.  His brother was some years a doctor in the revenue marine service in Philadelphia.

Bessie, who was a beautiful woman, did not live happily with Frank.  They parted and were subsequently divorced.  The fruit of this union was a handsome boy, now 13 years of age.  Bessie then married Captain Wright of the regular army.  He committed suicide shortly after by shooting himself in the head.  Mrs. Wright then went to New York, where she was appointed a clerk in the post office, through the influence of General Grant who knew her father well, and who was a staunch Texas Unionist.   Sometime after Mrs. Wright tried the stage under an assumed name, but did not succeed. In the meantime she was writing for various newspapers under many nom de plumes, and because a sort of reviser of literary productions in manuscript in the establishments of Frank Leslie and the Harpers.

Mrs. Wright was for a time engaged to be married to William Henry Hurlbut, lat of the New York World, but for some reason or other the engagement was broken off, and Mr. Hurlbut became the husband of an English heiress.  Last summer the cable told of the marriage of Thomas Power O’Connor, member of parliament for Galway, Ireland, to Mrs. Wright, an American authoress.  It has just leaked out that Bessie Paschal Gassaway Wright is the happy woman.  Her distinguished father, the author of Paschal’s “Annotations of the Constitution,” was married to his fourth wife at the age of 60 years, and was a handsome, dignified looking man.  He died a year ago in Washington.  Lawrence Daily Journal (Lawrence, Kansas), Sat., Oct. 3, 1885, Page 2

Additional Sources:

O’Connor, Elizabeth Paschal.  “I Myself.”  New York & London: G.P. Putman & Sons. 1914.  (Picture of Elizabeth, courtesy of “I Myself” book.)

O’Connor,  Elizabeth Paschal.   “My Beloved South.”  New York & London: G.P. Putman & Sons. 1913.   (Both autobiographies may be read through Google Books.)

Handbook of Texas Online, Fannie E. Ratchford, “O’CONNOR, ELIZABETH PASCHAL,” accessed March 17, 2020,

The Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas), Friday, 16 Mar 1928, Page 4.  Obituary of Emily Agnes Paschal McNeir, half sister of Elizabeth.  “She is survived by one sister, Teresa Elizabeth Paschal (Mrs. T. P. O’Connor) of New York city”, etc.

A Murderer At Ten

The Youngster Gets Three Years In The Reform School.

By Linda Stewart, 18 March 2020

Fort Smith, Arkansas – February 22. – Dan Paschall, a 10-year-old boy, was today convicted of murder in Judge Parker’s court.  The crime for which Paschall was convicted was the killing of Arthur Berry at Kreba, L. I.  [Krebra, OK, nickname is “Little Italy.”] Several boys were passing the home of the defendant and threw rocks at him.  This so incensed the little fellow that he took his father’s gun and fired at them, resulted in the death of one of the number.  Judge Parker sentenced Paschall to three years’ confinement in the Reform School, District of Columbia.  He is one of the youngest murderers on record.  Daily Arkansas Gazette, (Little Rock, Arkansas), Thur. Feb. 23, 1893, Page 1, and The LaFayette Sun, (LaFayette, Alabama), Wed, 01 March 1893, Page 3.  No other information has been located for Dan.

Dan Paschall, Defendant Jacket #426, witnesses subpoena were Sam Paschall, Phillip Magdalena, H. Abshire, and P. F. Ruff.

Source:  Defendant Jacket Files for U.S. District Court Western Division of Arkansas, Fort Smith Division, 1866 – 1900. Dan Paschall, Jacket Number: 426.  Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 – 2004, ARC ID: 201532. Record Group Number 21. The National Archives at Fort Worth. Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.