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“Robber Given Fifteen Years On Nine Counts – Gordon Clvert Convicted on Variety of Charges in Walkerton Court,” Toronto Globe. October 15, 1936. Page 11.

“Walkerton, Ont. 14 – Gordon Calvert, convicted on nine charges, ranging from minor theft to jail-breaking, was sentenced to a total of fifteen years six months in Magistrate’s court here today. As several of the terms are concurrent with others, he will serve seven years in Kingston Penitentiary.

Calvert, arrested after robberies in the Tobermory district of the Bruce Peninsula, escaped from the Wiarton jail last week, but was recaptured.

The consecutive sentences are: Five years for breaking and entering the postoffice at Tobermory Sept. 10; one year for escaping custody at Wiarton Jail Oct. 3; one year on a breaking and entering charge in the Timagami District.

Concurrent with these Calvert was sentenced to one year for theft of a car in Toronto last month; four years for breaking and entering at Tobermory Oct. 7; one year for malicious damage of property at Tobermory; one year for theft of an auto at Tobermory Sept. 10; one year for obtaining $59 for sale of a car that was not his, and six months for a minor theft at Tobermory.”

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“Grass Fire Laid To Theft Suspect,” Toronto Globe. August 29, 1936. Page 11.
Police Seek Cattle Ruster Near Belleville 
Belleville, Aug. 28 (CP). – Police today blamed a grass fire which broke out on Anderson’s Island on Gordon Calvert, whom they are seeking in connection with theft of forty-five head of cattle from there last weekend.

They said they believed he was hiding out in swamplands near Ivanhoe and set the fire so that remaining cattle on the island would be driven to the upper end, from which they could be driven to the mainland. Farmers extinguished the fire before damage resulted.

Residents of Ivanhoe were puzzled when they heard the cattle being driven through that village at night. They notified police and when an officer caught up to the herd a man said to be Calvert fled. Search of the district so far has been unsuccessful.

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“Rustler Suspect Has Fled County – Gordon Calvert Believed Heading North,” Toronto Globe. August 27, 1936. Page 10

“Belleville, Aug. 26 (CP) – Inspector Frank Gardner of the Provincial Police said today he believed Gordon Calvert, for whom a warrant has been issued charging with theft of forty-five head of cattle, is not in Hastings County.

‘We have not seen Calvert since he escaped Monday noon into the bush after he was seen driving the cattle from Crookston to Ivanhoe. The department is handicapped by lack of constables, many of whom are on duty at Cornwall, but I have called in two officers from Minden and Bancroft, and an active search will be made for the wanted,’ he said.

He believes Calvert hid on Monday night, and then made his way north. He is said to know the district well.

The cattle stolen from Northumberland County farmers were recovered by a police officer who had heard reports of a herd being rushed through Ivanhoe at night, and investigated.”

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“Posse Hunts Cattle Rustler In Hastings Bush,” Toronto Globe. August 26, 1936. Page 09.

45 Head of Jerseys Stolen from Island In Lonely Location

Coat Made in Kingston Penitentiary Left Behind When Fugitive Sees Constable Approaching

Belleville, Aug. 26 (CP). – A posse prowled through the thick brush tonight on the trail of a man believe responsible for one of the greatest cattle thefts in this district.  Forty-five herd of pure-bred Jerseys were stolen, but recovered as a police officer caught up with the herder, who took to the bush.

Police said a warrant had been issued for a man named Gordon Calvert of Crookston, charging him with the theft.  They said he was identified through police photographs and that he had recently been released from the Kingston Penitentiary.  Police also declared the man had escaped from the penitentiary some years ago, but was located again in North Hastings.

Five Own Cattle.
The cattle were owned by Ernest McAdam, Harry Hagerman, Russell Stevens, George Parker and Ernest Mitchell, who discovered the loss when an Ivanhoe resident told friends of seeing the herd being rushed through the night near Ivanhoe.  Sergeant Harry Thompson of Provincial Police Headquarters here was informed and caught up with the stolen herd near Ivanhoe, but he was seen approaching by the man in charge, who made his getaway, leaving behind a coat and a hat.

Examination of the coat, police said, revealed it was made in the penitentiary, the type given men when released.  They also stated that articles found in the coat were the property of Calvert.

Search Continues
The search tonight centre close to Ivanhoe, which is about twenty miles north of here. The theft was believed committed during the week-end, the cattle being driven from Anderson’s island, eight miles west of Stirling, on the Trent River, where they had been pastured for some days. Stirling is about fourteen miles north of here.

Apparently driven by road to a hideout near Crookston, about ten miles northeast of Stirling, the herd, according to authorities, was bound for shipment from Ivanhoe to Toronto.

Authorities stated that the thief apparently made connections with a buyer at Madoc, who is said to have paid for part of the herd, unaware it was stolen.  the cattle were to be shipped from Ivanhoe to Toronto but it was during the drive to Ivanhoe that they were noticed by the resident, who remarked to friends in Stirling he thought it queer cattle should be moved at night and at such a fast rate.

His suspicions reached owners’ cars, and Sergeant Thompson of Provincial Police Headquarters at Belleville was informed, leading to recovery of the herd and the hunt for the man believed to have committed the theft.

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