History(s) from New Jersey

Was this Girl entrapped?

Katie Hierse Accuses Mrs. Steup of a Revolting Crime.

A shocking story of depravity came to light in the Recorder's Court at Hoboken this morning. A young German girl named Katie Hierse made a complaint against Mrs. Eva Steup, of No. 83 Hudson Street, for forcing her into a room with a man - one of the transient boarders at the house - and turning the key on them.
Katie, the complainant, is a prepossessing little brunette, about eighteen years of age. She said that in answer to an advertisement she applied for a position as kitchen maid. Mrs. Steup, she says, told her that she was a nice looking girl, and would suit her purpose. It is claimed that Mrs. Steup has had several other girls with her who have been served in a like manner. When Katie was telling her story she cried, and said that she first found out the kind of a place she was in when Mrs. Steup endeavored to corrupt her with stories of money and fine clothes. She would not comply with these suggestions. Thursday afternoon of last week she was dusting a room when her mistress came in and told her to alter the position of the chairs. She did her bidding, but before she had finished her work a well dressed man entered and Mrs. Steup locked the door after him. The strange man attempted to take liberties with her, and she screamed until the door had to be unlocked.
Mrs. Steup said that when she engaged the girl it was on the understanding that she was "not to be too particular!"
Recorder McDonough remanded Mrs. Steup for examination, as it is expected that several other complaints of a similar nature will be made.

Eva's assignment to the family tree is not yet possible.

 

Source: Newspaper "The New Jersey City News" from 21. Juni 1889

The Newspaper "The Jersey City News" published on August 20th 1896 the following Article about a young German called Arthur Steup. His assignment to the family tree is not yet possible.

HIS WIFE NEEDS PUNISHMENT.

Arthur Steup, a young German of No. 33 Third Street, Hoboken, was arrested this morning on complaint of his wife, Georgiania, who charged him with beating and kicking her last night. She presented a pitful appearance in court. Her face was battered in a terrible fashion. She said that she had given her husband no provocation, and that he had acted from sheer malice. Steup said that his wife was too fond of the company of other man. "I found," he said, "that this was the only way i could bring her to her senses. She needed punishment and i gave it to her." The Recorder could not take this view of the case and committed the brutal husband for the Grand Jury.

 

Source: Newspaper "The Jersey City News" from 20. August 1896