"History never looks like history,
when you are living through it."
John W. Gardner (1933-1982)
In 1884, a widowed mother, who lived in Hamilton Ohio, traveled to Darrtown to visit her son and his family. After arriving in Darrtown, she walked 2 ½ miles to her son’s farm, west of Darrtown. She was never seen again. Read about Catherine Schneider’s disappearance and the subsequent trial that ended with her son becoming the last man in Butler County Ohio to be sentenced, by a jury, to hang for his crime.
“Where’s Your Mother, George?”
is the title of a novella that reveals this tale of murder.
Links to Darrtown History Pages:
Introduction/overview - Purpose of this history section
Maps - See location of Darrtown & historical maps
Early History - The first half-century of Darrtown history.
Historic Time Line - Associating world and local events
Darrtown Chronology - Darrtown events in timely order
Historic Sites - See location of local historical sites
Folklore, anecdotes and trivia - Stories told thru the ages
Railroad plans verified - Proof that a railroad was planned
German heritage - Achtung! Sprechen sie Deutsch?
Unwritten history - Rectifying an overlooked story
The Unknowns - Answers needed!
Darrtown doctors - Who were Darrtown's physicians?
Lanes Mill - One of Darrtown's earliest businesses
Four Mile Valley Railroad - Plans and route revealed
Darrtown Family Tree - Darrtown's pioneer families listed
Murder-1865 - Murder times two
Bus Line - "Next stop...Darrtown!"
The story of a murder near Darrtown in 1884 and the subsequent trial of George Schneider was unknown to this website, until November of 2015.
As indicated by the following graphic, several individuals helped bring this story to the Darrtown website.
Additionally, the book titled, "Where's Your Mother, George?" is central to the information that appears here.
Below the following graphic, you will find:
of "Where's Your Mother, George?"
was taken from the back cover of the novella.
Acknowledging the author
Richard O Jones, of Hamilton, Ohio wrote the novella titled "Where's Your Mother, George?" His telling of the 1884 murder that occurred about two and one-half miles west of Darrtown and the trial that followed is the genesis for this web page.
Richard O Jones explains that he intentionally does not use a dot after his middle initial. Other than that, Mr. Jones gives ample attention to detail - especially when retelling stories about murderous misdeeds.
Information about how to buy "Where's Your Mother, George?" appears at the bottom of the column at the right.
The True Crime Historian website is hosted by Richard O Jones. It provides a comprehensive history of murder in and around Hamilton, Ohio. Several hundred vodcasts are included. Click the following link to access the TrueCrimeHistorian website.
Reviewing Catherine Schneider's intended route
On the day of her disappearance, October 31, 1884, Catherine Schneider rode in a horse-drawn buggy, from her residence in Hamilton (Ohio)  to Darrtown (Ohio) . She then walked about two and one half miles to the residence of her son, George . She planned to have George deliver her to McGonigle Station (Ohio)  where she would ride a traction car back to her home in Hamilton. We now know that Catherine Schneider did not live to complete her planned trip.
NOTE: The map image (above) is a section of an 1875 Butler Couny map.
Locating George Schneider's farm
The location of George Schneider's farm is not specified in the novella, "Where's Your Mother, George?" However, the farm's location has been deduced by considering the following facts reported in the novella.
The following image illustrates the findings that are presented above.
The contention that the George Schneider farm was located on Lanes Mill Road (site #2 in the above image) was bolstered on December 2, 2015, when Rick Martin shared the following anecdote.
Rick Martin shared a memory from his boyhood about riding in a car with his father and Luther McVicker, along Lanes Mill Road.
Just south of the bridge over Four Mile Creek, Luther pointed out a gravel lane on the east side of the road and remarked the last man ever sentenced by a Butler County jury to hang until dead had lived back that driveway.
George Schneider was the last man sentenced to hang by a jury in Butler County, Ohio.
Rick Martin provided this hand-drawn map to clarify his account of Luther's story.
A SECOND PUBLISHED ACCOUNT OF THE SCHNEIDER MURDER CASE IS FOUND
On February 18, 2019, Marvin Russell submitted the following information about a book that devotes two pages to the Schneider murder of 1864. Authored by Kerry Seagrave and printed in 2009, the book is titled "Parracide in the United States, 1840-1899,"
Images of the book cover and the text from the two pages appear below.
The book is available for purchase at: https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/Parricide-in-the-United-States-1840-1899/
WEBMASTER NOTE - 02/18/2019: Marvin Russell pointed out that the above resource cites two different ages for George Schneider. The opening sentence lists George as being age 40. The final sentence lists him as age 33. More research needed...