After due deliberation the jury came in with a guilty verdict and the Judge gave him the death sentence. At the time the judicial system was much faster than today and within a few weeks the sentence was to be carried out.
Of course, there were no facilities for such an event in the county so a gallows was built at what is now Fourth and Main streets. The hanging was the social event of the year and drew spectators from all over the middle of the state. The town was crowded with visitors here only to see a man die. Vendors from all over came to town to hawk their wares and a rather festive atmosphere was in Rushville. The judge was a compassionate man and gave the defendant much of what he asked for when it came to his final resting place. The man was hung and his body given over to a close friend. The final request of the condemned man was that his grave be forever forgotten. So after the deed was done the body was put in a wooden coffin and the friend and the friend only placed it in a wagon and left town. The final resting place of our only execution is forever lost as that friend never divulged the final resting place of the condemned. Rushville and Rush County rapidly got back to normal and as law abiding as before.