Detroit Attorney Thomas J. Narvin
Conspiracy With Intent To Defraud
Mr. Samuel D. Smith claimed estrangement from his wife; Mrs. Smith called Mrs. Cameron and concurred. Mr. Smith said there was a divorce in the works but the information was suppressed from public view. At that time Mrs. Cameron had $2,500.00 in the Wayne County Savings Bank [Detroit] she converted into a certificate of deposit. She gave Mr. Smith $350.00 in cash. On April 17th Mr. Smith took the certificate of deposit from Mrs. Cameron for safekeeping; that was the last Mrs. Cameron saw the CD. Mr. Smith and Mrs. Cameron arrived in Duluth a few days later. Mr. Smith had Mrs. Cameron write her maiden name, [Mary] Emma Schatzell (or Schotzel), her current name, Mrs. Cameron and her hoped to be future name, Mrs. Smith. Using those signatures, the real Mrs. Smith converted the certificate of deposit.
Additional information here in the May 28, 1895, edition of the Duluth News-Tribune about the Smith residence in Detroit.
The news in the Duluth News-Tribune of October 21, 1895, stated that Mrs. Smith confessed that she and her husband conspired to rob Mrs. Cameron.
Newspaper account of Mrs. Cameron's suicide attempt
A. H. & Minnie Cameron were witnesses to the marriage between Normal/Noral/Norval (age 53, born in Ohio, son of Robert and Sarah Cameron) and Mary E. Franklyn Schatzell (age 40, born in Ohio) on March 19, 1891, in Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan.
Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995
Name: Norval Cameron
Death Date: 08 Mar 1894
Death Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Birth Date: 1838
Marital Status: Married
Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953Name: Mary Emma CameronDeath Date: 26 Jan 1931Death Place: Toledo, Lucas, OhioBirth Date: 31 Oct 1849Birthplace: Millersburg, OhioDeath Age: 81 years 2 months 25 daysMarital Status: WidowedResidence: 935 Superior St.Burial Date: 28 Jan 1931Burial Place: Detroit, MichiganCemetery Name: WoodmereSpouse's Name: Norvall CameronFather's Name: SchatzelMother's Name: UhlMother's Birthplace: Millersburg, Ohio