Great Falls Tribune newspaper
Great Falls, Montana
Saturday, 6 Sept. 1924
â€˜HEALERâ€™ Fined $250 Here Faces Larceny Count
Adam Rice, Charged by Blind Woman in Falls, to Be Returned to Butte.
Arthur Rice, whom Silver Bow county authorities will return to Butte from Denver on charges of grand larceny, formerly practiced in Great Falls as a divine healer and one year ago was fined $250 in the Wilson justice court for defrauding a blind woman, Justice Wilson said Friday. Riceâ€™s operations attracted much attention while he was here, large crowds attending his mission and many of his congregation stoutly defending him.
Under the name of Adam Rice, the â€œhealerâ€ conducted meetings for a time in the Palace theater and later procured the confidence and backing of a mission located in the city. It was there Rice is said to have met Mrs. Mary Waldo, aged blind woman. Mrs. Waldo had a short time before received some money from oil lands in the northern part of the state and according to Wilmer Jeannette, her attorney, Rice asked her for $90. It was alleged that the blind woman told him to write out the check and that instead of making it for $90 Rice wrote in a larger amount.
Riceâ€™s trial was a stormy one. The â€œhealerâ€ had gained the confidence of many women who attended his meetings and these were present as strong partisans for the defendant when the evidence was submitted. When the fine of $250 was imposed, members of Riceâ€™s congregation raised the money and later appeared before Justice Wilson and asked that it be returned. Rice accompanied his parishoners when the petition was presented. The county board denied the petition for a refund of the fine when the matter was taken before the commissioners.
Rice continued to hold his meetings for a considerable length of time and eventually left the city. Little or nothing had been heard from him when it was learned that he was accused of grand larceny at Butte. He is charged by the Silver Bow authorities with appropriating $117 in his possession as the agent of Frank Bradshaw. His name appears on the police records at Billings and Roseberg, Wash. according to Mr. Jeannette.
WILMER JEANNETTE / JEANETTE of Montana - records
Montana Death Index 1954 â€“ 2002 has no entries for the Jeannette surname, but has 2 entries for the Jeanette surname.
World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917â€“1918 - Montana
Wilmer Jeannette born 16 Apr 1888 in New York - residence Cascade Co., Montana.
1910 Montana census lists
Jennett, Fredrick age 49 born Illinois residence Butte, Silver Bow Co., Mont.
1920 Montana census lists
Jeannette, Wilma age 31 born New York residence Great Falls, Cascade Co., Mont.
(this would be Wilmer Jeannette â€“ lawyer of Great Falls, Mont.)
Jeannette, Fred age 59 born Illinois residence Butte, Silver Bow Co., Mont.
Jeannette, Homer age 24 born Kansas residence Butte, Silver Bow Co., Mont.
1930 Montana census lists
Nellie A. Jeannette age 37 born Virginia residence Great Falls, Cascade Co., Mont.
Elizabeth V. Jeannette age 12 daug. residence Great Falls, Cascade Co., Mont.
(Nellie & Elizabeth are widow & daug. of Wilmer Jeannette)
Orlene Jeannette age 72 born Canada residence Silver Bow Co., Mont.
Great Falls, Montana City Directory 1928-29 pg. 233
Jeanette Wilmer (Nellie E. ), lawyer and United States Commissioner
415-417 Ford Building, Tel 6649, house 2020 4th Ave, N. (Great Falls) Tel 7062
(They are the only Jeanette / or Jeannette listed in the Great Falls City Directory)
Montana Death Index 1907 â€“ 1953 lists
Wilmer Jeannette male age -1 died 27 mar 1917
(appears to be son of Wilmer & Nellie Jeannette)http://www.rootsweb.com/~mtcascad/Cemetery/cemetj.html
Cascade County, Montana â€“ Cemeteries
JEANETTE, WILMER; 1930-NHLD
JEANNETTE, WILMER JR : 1917-OHLD
JEANNETTE, WILMER, JR ; 1917-NHLD
This OHLD & NHLD are the Highland Cemetery in Great Falls, Cascade Co., Montana - being the old section and the new section.