Amherst, OH School House Fire, Feb 1896

Architect Indicted For Arson.

ELYRIA, O., Feb, 26.---James D. Gawn, a prominent Lorain county architect, has been indicted for arson, charged with burning the Amherst schoolhouse last October in order to get a contract for a new building.

The Salem Daily News, Salem, Ohio 26 Feb 1896


At Elyria, O., James D. Gawn, an architect, was convicted of burning a schoolhouse in order to get a contract for drafting new plans.

Freeborn County Standard, Albert Lea, MN 15 Jul 1896


Sentenced to the Penitentiary.

ELYRIA, O., July 23.---The motion for a new trial in the case of James D. Gawn, who was found guilty of burning a schoolhouse was overruled and he was sentenced for 18 months.

Steubenville Daily Herald, Steubenville, Ohio 23 Jul 1896