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Monday, November 25, 2019

1921 Unsolved Brutal Murder of Harry Higel On Sarasota Key Fl, Was Harry Pistol Whipped with a Colt Police Positive .32 Caliber Revolver Found in 2019?

      photo credit Tampa Tribune News Jan 8th, 1921 from Florida Historical 
COLD CASE MURDER HARRY HIGEL SIESTA KEY, WHO KILLED HARRY? UPDATED THURSDAY FEB 27, 2020. Harry Higel was making a huge impact in the real estate and hotel business in South West Fla on an Island in the Gulf of Mexico that had no bridges to the mainland. Harry Higel was drawing rich tourists and fishermen from New York City and Philadelphia to his Higelhurst beach hotel on Siesta Key. His competition was losing money, first they burned down his hotel in 1917 and when that did not slow him down they killed him in 1921. Tracks in the sand near where Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key led in the direction of Rube Allyn's house. Deputy Sheriff D. R. Brown and Marshal L. D. Hodges followed the tracks to Rube Allyn's house and called Allyn out of the house. "Did you know Higel had been murdered"? Hodges had asked the newspaperman. "No I didn't" Allyn said and went back in the house. Later the two officers returned to the Allyn house with Harry Rigsby, Brown asked Allyn to return to the crime scene with them. Harry Rigsby stayed at the house with Mrs Allyn. Mrs Allyn asked Harry Rigsby if they were going to arrest Rube for Higel's murder. Mrs. Allyn said "that Rube had not been himself this week, he had been out of his head and acting queerly for some time". 
Rube Allyn's best pal and drinking buddy since at least 1916 was private investigator Noel A. Mitchell who owned the Noel A. Mitchell National Detective Agency in Tampa and St Pete. Rube Allyn and Noel Mitchell were drinking buddies who got in a lot of trouble between 1921 and 1930 with multiple arrests for violent crimes. Noel Mitchell was Mayor of St Pete for only 1 1/2 years, kicked out of office in Nov 1921 for holding drunken parties in his office at City Hall during Prohibition. Noel A. Mitchell ran for Governor of Florida in 1916, he was not on the ballot, but he spent thousands on political ads and ended up with just 193 write in votes out of over 85,000 votes cast. Noel Mitchell and Harry Higel were rivals for the beach front real estate business and the beach front Hotel business since at least 1915 in South West Fla. Noel Mitchell was called the 'Sandman' for his aggressive approach to selling real estate lots on the beach. Noel Mitchel owned Mitchell's Beach Hotel on Johns Pass near Treasure Island St Pete and Harry Higel had his Higelhurst Hotel on Big Sarasota Pass on Siesta Key Fla. Both Hotels sought the rich fishermen from the North East to stay at their facility. Harry Higel was mayor of Sarasota 3 times and on the City Council he had a very successful political career and flourishing real estate business, he was connected. Higel could have run for the Senate or Governor if he had not been murdered. Noel Mitchell and Harry Higel were chasing the same dollar in South West Fla and Rube Allyn was right in the middle of it all.
        photo credit Tampa Tribune News from Florida Historical
In 1921 there were 2,210 people living in the City of Sarasota Fl, on Siesta Key there were about 3 dozen year round residents, Harry Higel and Rube Allyn were two of them. In fact Harry Higel and Rube Allyn were just about next door neighbors on the very north end of Siesta Key, that was part of the problem as they both quarreled frequently. Rube Allyn lived all the way to the end of Gulfmead Drive. Harry Higel lived directly across Bayou Louise from Rube Allyn towards the very end of Higel Ave. It appears Siesta Key was not big enough for these two Capricorns to coincide, Harry Higel just had a birthday on December 31st and Rube Hllyn had his on January 1st, both just days before the Higel murder on January 7th, 1921. Both Higel and Allyn in their own ways and worlds were ambitious, determined, overachieving workaholics who wanted to reap the rewards and benefits of success, such as fame, prestige and money, Harry Higel was on his way, Rube was not.
It was a typical winter day on Siesta Key and the surrounding areas on Friday Jan 7th, 1921. The low last night was 51, today's high would be around 70, clear and sunny, low humidity not raining and no sea fog, a perfectly clear day. That is why Charles Rodman and Herman Rosener who had set up tents near the Beach were able to see and identify Rube Allyn as the man they saw a few minutes before 8:00 am walking in the vicinity of where Harry Higel would be found at 8:30 am in a pool of his own blood just steps from his house on Higel Ave. Rube Allyn became the only suspect arrested in the brutal bludgeoning murder of Mr. Higel whose head was bashed in. No actual human blood was found on the supposed murder weapon, an iron pipe found some 70 feet from Harry Higel's body that was supposedly used to kill Mr. Higel. No blood was found on Rube Allyn's pants or Rube's shoes linking him to the murder of Harry Higel whose body was found Jan 7th, 1921 at about 8:30 am on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl.
Rube Allyn was living at the very end of Gulfmead Dr, he was able to see Harry Higel's house at 3308 Higel Ave directly across Bayou Louise. Rube would know whenever Harry Higel left his house on Siesta Key Fl. During the Manatee County Grand Jury investigation later in March of 1921 no direct evidence of Rube Allyn killing Harry Higel was presented, no witnesses, no murder weapon, all circumstantial. Apparently the stains on newsman Rube Allyn's canvas shoes (sneakers) were old printers ink stains. Any blood stains on Rube's pants or shoes was washed off from salt water when he most likely waded across Bayou Louise and went back to his home, (where his wet pants were found), on the north end of Siesta Key at about 8:25 am on Jan 7th. Rube Allyn lived right next to what was the old Sarasota Yacht Club at Fishery Point, the very north end of Gulfmead Dr.

Harry Higel appears to have had multiple depressed skull fractures
according to a report from Dr. Joseph Haldon on Friday Jan 7, 1921. A depressed skull fracture is a type of fracture usually resulting from blunt force trauma, such as getting struck with a hammer, rock or getting kicked in the head (or butt of a pistol). Harry Higel had a gash on his head exposing a crack in his skull above the right eye, multiple broken facial bones and several depressed fractures on the top, side and back of his head. These types of fractures—which occur in 11% of severe head injuries—are comminuted fractures in which broken bones displace inward. Depressed skull fractures present a high risk of increased pressure on the brain, or a hemorrhage to the brain that crushes the delicate tissue and results in death. The butt of a gun like the rusted out 1920's era Colt Police Positive .32 Caliber revolver with a broken grip found buried on north Siesta Key in Nov 2019 could very well have caused the multiple depression fractures to the face and head of Harry Higel during a pistol whipping.  
   photo credit Tampa Tribune News from Florida Historical
Dr. Joseph Haldon was quoted in an article published by the Sarasota Times in January 1921 that went into detail of the wounds Harry Higel suffered to his head and face during the fatal attack Thursday Jan 6th, 1921 on Sarasota Key. According to the article Harry Higel had an ugly cut over his right eye with the top of the skull being split open for about two inches and gaping apart. The wound on the left side of his head was equally dangerous, the skull crushed in BUT the skin not being broken. The wounds on the back of the head indicated the head had been beaten with a club or some instrument. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. In my opinion this was a pistol whipping of Harry Higel. Harry Higel was left for dead with head split open, he wasn't supposed to survive, but he did until mid-day on Friday January 7, 1921. The extensive and multiple brutal depressed fractures to the head and face of Harry Higel indicates great rage and some sort of personal vendetta from the attacker. It is my impression that Mr. Higel received multiple and extended blows to his head and face after he was already down on the sand and unconscious, way overkill, this was payback of some sort.
Bloodhounds brought to the Harry Higel murder scene of the crime by Deputy Sheriff Brown initially picked up a scent on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave but soon lost it, most likely because Rube Allyn had waded into the salt water of Bayou Louise to get back to his house. If Rube Allyn was the murderer he would have been covered in blood and left a scent for bloodhounds. Interestingly Rube Allyn's best pal and drinking buddy private investigator Noel A. Mitchell advertised that his detective agency used bloodhounds to track and catch criminals, Noel had the best manhunters. Did Rube Allyn's pal private detective Noel A. Mitchell tell him about law enforcement techniques and how to avoid capture. Like how to throw off the scent of bloodhounds in salt water? Private detective Noel A. Mitchell claimed he had "secured some of the greatest Kentucky bloodhounds ever bred by the greatest American breeders of manhunters". Noel would know how to throw bloodhounds off the trail.
        photo credit Bill Warner Investigations
There is a plaque in a small park at the corner of Siesta Dr and Higel Ave on Siesta Key that commiserates the sad and unsolved murder of Harry Higel who was attacked on Friday Jan 7th, 1921 prior to 8:30 am. Rube Allyn was the only suspect in Mr Higel's murder and there was a great amount of favorable articles written about newsman Rube Allyn by his pals in the local media while he spent 61 days in the Manatee County Jail waiting for the the Grand Jury to convene. Obviously no fingerprints linking Rube Allyn to the iron pipe were found, the iron pipe was ruled out as the murder weapon. No murder weapon was ever found. But a rusted out Colt revolver with broken grip linked to the 1920's was found buried near a canal off of Higel Ave on north Siesta Key 98 years later in November 2019. Does the 1920's era Colt revolver link to the brutal bludgeoning murder of Sarasota Mayor Harry Higel in January 1921? Sarasota Mayor Harry Higel had multiple depressed fractures all over his head and face that would usually indicate a pistol whipping. Sarasota Mayor Harry Higel had no other injuries to his body, all the damage was to his head. Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl on January 7th, 1921 at 8:30 am. The 1920's era rusted out Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver with fancy hard rubber grips, parts and broken grip were turned over to the Sarasota County Sheriff Department in late November 2019. 
   photo credit Bill Warner Investigations Sarasota Fl 
According to several books and news articles written about the unsolved murder of Sarasota Mayor Harry Higel in January 1921, the murder weapon was never found. "Will the axe, shovel, handgun or whatever that took the life of Mayor Higel, possibly buried on Siesta Key, yet surface in an excavation? Maybe it did 99 years later with the discovery of a buried and broken 1920's era Colt revolver on Siesta Key off of Higel Ave in Nov 2019 that could have been used in a deadly pistol whipping of Harry Higel. The firearm was a Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver with fancy hard rubber grips. Newsman Rube Allyn was known to own and carry firearms of all sorts, he was an outdoorsman, he published a monthly magazine called the Florida Fisherman. Rube would have known where to get a gun in 1921. Rube's best friend was Noel A. Mitchell who owned a private detective agency that employed armed private detectives who would have carried the Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver with fancy hard rubber grips in 1921.
    photo credit Colt firearm parts bill Warner investigations
No one had any idea as to what the remains of the antique revolver found buried on north Siesta Key were until Monday evening Nov 25th, 2019. There was on live .32 caliber round that fell out of the rusted cylinder of the Colt revolver. Permission was obtained from the property owner to turn over the antique revolver early on Tuesday Nov 26th, 2019 to the Sarasota County Sheriff Department. "Harry Higel Unsolved Murder", the Sarasota County Sheriff Department has opened an investigation looking into possible DNA on a pistol grip and possible serial numbers that can be lifted from a 1920's era Colt revolver with a broken grip found buried on north Siesta Key in November 2019. A Sarasota County Sheriff Dept Detective who is a cold case expert has been assigned to the 'Higel Case'.
The Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver with fancy hard rubber grips was made of carbon steel, and was finished with either a polished blued finish or nickel-plated. The Colt .32 caliber revolver was issued to law enforcement all over the USA and of course in South West Fla in 1921, it was also a favorite of private detectives who tended to have been prior law enforcement. Harry Higel was murdered on January 7, 1921 on Siesta Key, Rube Allyn was also on Siesta Key on January 7, 1921 and witnesses saw Allyn near the crime scene. On January 7, 1921 Rube Allyn's best pal and drinking buddy was private detective Noel A. Mitchel. Noel Mitchell also happened to be the mayor of St Pete on January 7, 1921. Noel A. Mitchell was a big time real estate mogul who sold beach front lots on Johns Pass St Pete, they called him the "Sandman". Mitchell was just like Harry Higel who sold beach font lots on Big Pass Siesta Key. The two were rivals for the rich north east tarpon fisherman who would stay at their respective beach front Hotels. Harry Higel and Noel A. Mitchell were rivals and competing for the same big dollars in real estate. Noel A. Mitchell had a Florida carry permit for a revolver in 1921, it was revoked in 1924. The First issue of the Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver with hard rubber grips ran from the revolver's introduction in 1907 until 1923. Sporting Colt's standard hard rubber grips, it was offered with barrel lengths of 2.5, 4, 5, and 6 inches, and was chambered for the .32 Long Colt it would also accept the .32 Short Colt, .32 Colt New Police, and .38 Colt New Police cartridges. Checkered Walnut grips became standard after 1923.
Rube Allyn's best pal and drinking buddy since at least 1916 in St Pete and then again in early 1920 after Rube returned from Hog Island PA was private detective Noel A. Mitchell. Rube Allyn born January 1st 1866 Mt. Forest, Ontario, Canada, deceased October 23rd 1947 Ruskin Fl. Noel A. Mitchell born April 27, 1859 Block Island RI deceased October 6, 1936. Noel A. Mitchell owned the "Noel A. Mitchell National Detective Agency" in Tampa and St Pete, they would have been armed with Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolvers. Rube Allyn's best pal private detective Noel A. Mitchell ran a very aggressive detective agency. Noel Mitchell's detective ads requested burglary victims to call his night phone office at 782-M and he would have his detectives respond to help, "armed to the teeth". 
From 1920 to 1924 Noel A. Mitchell never made mention of contacting the St Pete Police Dept or the Pinellas County Sheriff if you were robbed or the victim of a burglary in any of his private detective agency ads, Call Noel, We See All Hear All Know All. Noel A. Mitchell seemed to feel his detective agency was equal to or better than local law enforcement in Pinellas County. Noel A. Mitchell claimed "we have the best and most skilled detectives in the nation". Noel A. Mitchell ran unsuccessfully for the actual office of Sheriff of Pinellas County in June of 1924, he lost. Noel A. Mitchell had a deputy sheriff card that allowed him to carry a concealed revolver but that card was revoked in May 1924 due to prior bad acts and just before he ran for County Sheriff. Noel's private detectives would have carried the Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver with fancy hard rubber grips from 1920 to 1924, it was the standard.
After unsuccessfully running for mayor of St Pete between 1912 and 1919 private detective Noel A. Mitchell would not be denied. Noel Mitchell was Mayor of St Pete for a short period of time, April 6, 1920 to November 15, 1921. Noel Mitchell was recalled for having a drunken party at City Hall during Prohibition, Rube Allyn was there. Rube Allyn and Noel Mitchell were drinking buddies who got in a lot of trouble between 1921 and 1930, Rube knew Noel Mitchell since at least 1916 when Noel ran for Governor of Florida. Noel A. Mitchell and his detectives at the 'Noel A. Mitchell National Detective Agency' would have carried Colt .32 caliber police positive revolvers from 1920 to 1924. Most likely the men working for Noel Mitchell's Private Detective Agency were former law enforcement and the standard issued weapon of the time to police agencies was the "Colt .32 caliber Police Positive Revolver with Hard Rubber Grips". Just like the rusted out Colt .32 caliber Police Positive revolver with fancy hard rubber grips found off of Higel Ave on Siesta Key with a broken grip buried down about 3 feet in November 2019.
Harry Higel had his Higelhurst Hotel built on the Gulf side of north Sarasota Key overlooking Big Sarasota Pass in 1915, the hotel would have been on old Beach Rd, there would have been a road to the HigelHurst Hotel especially from Harry Higel's house just to the north on Siesta Key at the end of Higel Ave. Rube Allyn was the only suspect in the brutal murder of Harry Higel on Siesta Key. Rube Allyn's best pal and drinking buddy was Noel A. Mitchell of St Pete and Tampa Fla. Noel Mitchell was the former Mayor of St Pete fom 1920 to 1921, he was a big time real estate guy known as the 'Sandman' who sold beach properties in St Pete Fla. Noel A. Mitchell was also well known for his Mitchell's Beach Hotel on John Pass St Pete Fl as a fishing and bathing headquarters since at least 1914. Harry Higel in Sarasota appears to have been Noel Mitchell's main rival in selling beach front properties in South West Fl and with the addition of his Higelhurst Hotel on Big Pass Siesta Key in 1915 Higel was able to pull Mitchelll's Beach Hotel customers and fisherman to Siesta Key. Fishing was a big part of the HigelHurst Hotel's allure as it was with Noel A. Mitchell and his Mitchelll's Beach Hotel on John Pass, big competition here.
In February 1914, St. Petersburg developer Noel A. Mitchell and his associates acquired lands north of Johns Pass from George Roberts. Noel Mitchell, often known as the "Sandman," developed plans for a community named "Mitchell Beach." Mitchell sent crews by boat to develop infrastructure such as sidewalks, built a hotel on the shore of what was then called Olive Island, and hired a "fine chef" with expertise in cooking seafood to serve meals to prospective residents and investors from the north east. Harry Higel did the exact same thing in 1915 on Siesta Key with his Higelhurst Hotel. Harry Higel's HigelHurst Hotel was on on Gulf Ave just south of N. Shell Rd built in 1915 and burned down in 1917. The Higelhurst Hotel was overlooking Big Pass with an unobstructed view of the Gulf of Mexico, the only way to get to it was by boat, (just like Mitchell's Beach in the begining). No bridge to Siesta Key until May 1917. Mitchell's Beach Hotel on John Pass St Pete Fl was known as fishing headquarters since at least 1914, Noel Mitchell would not have liked the competition from the HigelHurst Hotel, which even copied the look of his hotel, opening in 1915. Noel Mitchell would not have liked the Higelhurt Hotel drawing away the well healed fisherman from the North East who spent big money at his Mitchell's Beach Hotel on Johns Pass Madeira Beach St Pete Fla. If the Higelhurst Hotel had not burned down (suspiciously) and with the opening of the north bridge to Siesta Key in May 1917, Mitchells Beach Hotel would have had some very serious competition and loss of income.
Siesta Key became one of Higel’s passions years before a bridge to the island was built. In 1907 he formed the Siesta Land Company with two partners, Capt. Louis Roberts and E.M. Arbogast. In 1915 Harry Higel and Noel Mitchell were competitors selling beach front property in South West Fla and owners of big Hotels on the Gulf of Mexico pulling in well healed fisherman from the North East. They both wanted the exact same thing. Harry Higel's HigelHurst Hotel was burned down on March 31st 1917, just 2 months before the North Bridge to Siesta Key was completed in May of 1917 which would have allowed a big influx of tourists and fisherman to the HigelHurst Hotel. Rube Allyn was considered the person responsible for torching the HigelHurst Hotel, his pal Noel Mitchell would have been very happy with his competition Harry Higel out of the Hotel business.
Newsman and outdoors-man Rube Allyn had a violent criminal history, he shot a young guy in the back with his shotgun just for walking too close to his cottage in Ruskin Hillsborough County Fl. It appears Rube liked to hurt people, there should be police records archived on microfilm in Pinellas and Hillsborough County for Rube Allyn's Attempted Murder arrests in 1929 and 1930 and another Attempted Murder charge in 1918 Philadelphia PA.
1). On Feb 20th 1918 Rube Allyn gleefully told a Senate Committee investigation of the US Naval shipyard at Hog Island where he was working that he threw two Jews off the trolley into the street on his way to work, he was arrested for Attempted Murder and what today would have been also considered a "HATE CRIME", outside Philadelphia PA, charges dropped, victims disappeared. 
2). On Jan 7th, 1921 Rube Allyn was arrested for the Murder of Harry Higel, the Manatee County Grand jury failed to indict, no "True Bill". A Grand jury indictment is a constitutional right in felony cases. It is an alternative means of prosecution in many states. In either system, the grand jury is the people’s panel (Rube Allyn pals). It stands as a group of randomly-selected members of the community, strategically placed “as a kind of buffer or referee between the Government and people.”
3). On May 22, 1929 Rube Allyn shot a young man, Brooks Brewer, 19, who was walking on the road near Rube Allyn's secluded cottage in Ruskin Fl. Rube was charged with Attempted Murder with a shotgun, Rube shot the young guy in the back. Charges eventually dropped by Brooks due to pressure from his father, Dad said "Brooks wasn't hurt that bad, we need to get along in Ruskin", OMG what the hell? 
4). In April 1930 Rube Allyn was arrested again, this time in St Petersburg were he had been living at his mother-in-law's house. Rube plotted with ex-Mayor Noel Mitchell of St Pete to shoot and kill newspaper columnist James Ravenscroft with a shotgun. James Ravenscroft was a columnist for the Tampa Tribune. Rube had been living directly across the street from the Ravenscroft home. Rube was eventually released from jail on April 30th, 1930 and driven out of St Petersburg via the Gandy Bridge by former mayor Noel A. Mitchell to Ruskin Fl. Ruskin is where private detective Noel A. Mitchell aka 'Sandman Mitchell' and Rube Allyn owned land, they were followed out of St Pete by a police escort of two City detectives, Bob Black and J. B. King, don't come back Rube. 
An extensive search of news articles from 1918 to 1930 concerning newsman Rube Allyn reveals a very disturbing pattern of violence. Rube Allyn was a badass, don't cross Rube you'll end getting shot. Rube Allyn and Noel Mitchell were known to drink to excess in Ruskin and then return to St Pete during Prohibition times. Rube Allyn was kicked out of town in April 1930, don't come back to St Pete Rube, murder plot charges eventually dropped. Prior to this incident, Noel Mitchell was the mayor of St Pete Fl from April 6, 1920 to November 15, 1921 before he was kicked out of office for hosting a drunken party at City Hall during Prohibition, LOL. Noel A. Mitchell was very good friends with Rube Allyn (Rube of Siesta Key) they were drinking buddies since at least 1916 during Noel A. Mitchell's disaster of run for Governor of Florida, he got 193 write in votes (total) and spent thousands on political ads.
Rube Allyn and Noel A. Mitchell were best pals from at least October 1916, see glowing article above penned by Rube Allyn speaking about his drinking buddy Noel A. Mitchell on October 12, 1916 in the Tampa Bay Times St Pete. Rube goes on about how Noel A. Mitchell is the best friend of the newspaperman by buying thousands of dollars in political ads. Rube Allyn recommends that Noel A. Mitchell should be elected Governor of Florida if he had been on the ballot, he was not, he ran for write in votes. Noel A. Mitchell got 193 write in votes in the November 1916 election for Governor of Florida and spent thousands, he didn't even get 1% of the vote. 
Results for Governor of Florida November 1916 Election:
Sidney J. Catts (Prohibition) 47.71%.....39,546 VOTES
William V. Knott (Democratic) 36.61%..30,343 VOTES
George W. Allen (Republican) 12.47%...10,333 VOTES
C. C. Allen (Socialist) 2.98%....................2,470 VOTES
Noel A. Mitchell (Independent) 0.23%....... 193 VOTES
It appears that Rube Allyn was complaining about how the State press was having considerable fun at Noel Mitchell's expense because Noel referred to himself as "The Cyclone". Noel Mitchell spent thousands and thousands of dollars in his bid for Mayor of St Pete, 2 time loser, and in his bid for Governor of Florida which was a disaster. Noel finally bought the St Pete Mayor's job in 1920. The funny part of Noel A. Mitchell's platform for Gov. of the State of Florida was that he supported Prohibition on the State and Federal level and yet he was recalled from his position as Mayor of St Pete in Nov 1921 because he had thrown drunken parties in his office at City hall 'During Prohibition'. During the same time frame in 1916 newsman Rube Allyn was writing negative articles about Harry Higel in his bid for Mayor of Sarasota, Rube questioned Mr. Higel's character. Rube hated Harry Higel and it just got worse. Harry Higel and Noel Mitchell were big time rivals in the beach real estate business and in the Hotel business in South West Fla.
Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver with fancy hard rubber grips seen above. Harry Higel was murdered on January 7th, 1921, he was beaten to death. Rube Allyn had been in St Pete all that week with Noel Mitchell before returning to Siesta Key on Thursday night Jan 6th, 1921. Rube Allyn owned a shotgun and very likely other firearms, like handguns or rifles, did Rube Allyn own a Colt .32 caliber revolver with fancy hard rubber grips, one side broken, that ended up buried 98 years ago? Or did Rube obtain a Colt revolver from his pal private detective Noel A. Mitchell. Noel A. Mitchell and his detectives at the 'Noel A. Mitchell National Detective Agency' would have carried Colt Police Positive .32 Caliber revolvers from 1920 to 1924.
Noel Mitchell former mayor of St Pete Fl from April 6, 1920 to November 15, 1921 was good friends with Rube Allyn (Rube of Siesta Key). It appears that Rube Allyn and Noel A. Mitchell hooked up in late 1916 and 'worked' together thru all of the 1920's into the 1930;s. The Tampa Bay Times published an article in December 1921 concerning Mayor Noel Mitchell traveling to Tampa and then Ruskin Fl with Rube Allyn. The story goes on as how Noel Mitchell came back from Ruskin, and the author of the story, Frank Pulver found Noel Mitchell in the lobby at City Hall very drunk after being with Rube Allyn all day in Ruskin. Both Allyn and Mitchell were Liberal Progressives and known to be heavy drinkers with hot tempers, multiple violent arrests for both of them.
Rube Allyn was living on and off again in St Pete in 1920 starting up his Florida Fisherman magazine, he lived at his mother-in-law's house at 743 35th Ave South St Pete. Rube Allyn's main residence was his home on the north end of Siesta Key. In 1920 it was at least a 3 1/2 drive from St Pete to Siesta Key. Rube Allyn's drinking buddy in 1920 was St Pete Mayor Noel Mitchell whose outward and friendly manner would bring an early end to his tenure as Mayor of St. Petersburg. Ever the socialite, Noel Mitchell loved throwing lavish parties for his friends and constituents. While throwing a party during the prohibition era was not illegal, drinking was. In November 1921, the local police raided a drunken party Noel Mitchell hosted in his mayoral office and later charged Noel Mitchell with public drunkenness. Rube often traveled with Noel Mitchell when he was Mayor of St Pete, Rube Allyn would have been at this party.
After Noel A. Mitchell's refusal to resign from office of Mayor due to his drinking, Noel A. Mitchell was recalled on November 15, 1921. Noel A. Mitchell immediately announced his intention to run again for the Mayor of St. Petersburg and later for the Governorship of Florida, he would never again attain office in the State of Florida or anywhere else. Later in June 1930 Noel Mitchell was the main suspect in the murder of George Council in St Pete and also he was implicated with Rube Allyn in a plot to kill St Pete newsman James Ravenscroft in April 1930.
Ex-Mayor Noel Mitchell of St Pete supported Rube Allyn when he was charged with the murder of Harry Higel in Jan 1921. Noel Mitchell and Rube Allyn were pals all during the 1920's and into the 1930's. Rube Allyn supported Noel Mitchell when he was a suspect in the murder of George Council in June 1930. It appears that Noel Mitchell was a heavy drinker just like Rube Allyn. In April 1930 Noel Mitchell and Rube Allyn were suspects in a plot to murder news editor James Ravesncroft in St Pete. Charges eventually dropped and Rube Allyn kicked out of town, Noel Mitchell drove Allyn back to Ruskin Fl under police guard in April 1930. Two months later in June 1930 ex Mayor Noel Mitchell was the suspect in the murder of George M. Council who Mitchell was with the day Council was murdered, burned to death in an arson fire (possibly shot first). Noel Mitchell had been in the Council house that evening according to eye-ball witness Mrs. V. W. Hicks St Pete. There does appear to be some link to organized crime and corrupt political bosses  in St Pete with Rube Allyn and ex St Pete Mayor Noel Mitchell.
According to Detective Captain E. E. Lipphard of the St Pete Police Dept they had sufficient evidence from the Coroners jury to charge Noel Mitchell who hurriedly left St Pete for New York City the night of the fire. Testimony of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Meredith indicates the Noel Mitchell was hiding in a rear room of their house when Detective Todd Tuucker was interviewing the couple about the Council fire. Noel Mitchell had Council's .38 caliber revolver in his hand and claimed it was his and demanded transportation form the Meredith home that night, he had been drinking. Ex-St Pete Mayor Noel Mitchell was not convicted in the murder of Charles Council or indicted in the plot to murder newsman James Ravenscroft with Rube Allyn. Rube Allyn was not indicted in the murder of Harry Higel nor did Rube do prison time for shooting 19 year old Brooks Brewer with a shotgun in Hillsborough County. I'll say it again, there does appear to be some link to organized crime and corrupt political bosses in St Pete and Hillsborough County with Rube Allyn and ex St Pete Mayor Noel Mitchell. During the 1920's and into 1930 Charlie Wall was the crime boss in the Tampa Bay area.

Charlie Wall in the 1920s was the crime czar in the Tampa - St Pete area. For the 16 years that followed the 1919 Prohibition Act till 1935, widespread non-compliance of federal and state prohibition laws made the Tampa St Pete area one of the "wettest" spots in the United States and Charlie Wall ran it all. In the 1920's there was not one single honest election in Tampa/Hillsborough County and also most likely in St Pete/Pinellas County that Charlie Wall did not control. Noel Mitchell the former mayor of St Pete Fl from April 6, 1920 to November 15, 1921 was good friends and drinking buddy of Rube Allyn (Rube of Siesta Key). During the 1920s, a turf war began between Charlie Wall and Ignacio Antinori in the Tampa Bay area. They fought each other, as well as the Trafficantes, for control of the numbers rackets in the Tampa area, it was known as "Era of Blood". Charlie Wall in the 1920s, controlled a number of gambling rackets, illegal booze and corrupt government officials in the Tampa Bay area. 1920's Gambling Czar  Charles M. Wall with his brilliant organizational skills and powerful political connections, (his father Dr. John Perry Wall was early Mayor of Tampa), became the undisputed master of Tampa’s bolita empire and controlled it for nearly three decades. 
As both his parents suffered early deaths young Charles M. Wall was subsequently raised by his stepmother, a woman whom he despised and would eventually shoot and wound with a .22 caliber gun. Despite a morphine addiction, which he overcame, Charlie Wall rose to become Tampa’s gambling and political czar. He maintained this position for over three decades by controlling the city’s "hot" voting precincts. When Charlie Wall could not purchase the necessary votes to win an election, he simply stuffed the ballot boxes. At the height of his power, few Tampa politicians won their elections without first securing Wall’s blessing. In fact, "Many observers staunchly believed that during these decades, 1920's to 1950's (when Charlie Wall ruled the city’s political structure) there was not one single honest election in Tampa Hillsborough County." Noel Mitchell the former mayor of St Pete Fl from April 6, 1920 to November 15, 1921 was good friends and drinking buddy of Rube Allyn (Rube of Siesta Key).  
Crime and Political Czar in the Tampa St Pete area Charlie Wall started out running gambling houses in 1907, see arrest record above. Charlie Wall controlled the booze in the Tampa St Pete area during Prohibition starting in 1919. Charlie Wall retained his title as Bolita King by eliminating his potential opponents. At least six rivals met violent deaths attempting to dislodge the city’s powerful vice lord. Charlie Wall was a fascinating anomaly. A cold-blooded killer who did not hesitate to order the execution of anyone encroaching on his territory. 1920's Gambling Czar and Crime boss in the Tampa Bay area Charles M. Wall was a rival of reputed mobsters Santo Trafficante Sr, and Santo Trafficante Jr. Charlie Wall's parents were Dr. John Perry Wall and Matilda McKay, a former Tampa Mayor and daughter of a former Tampa Mayor. Charles Wall rapidly gained status within the criminal underworld from his early endeavors in the operation of several gambling, prostitution and illegal numbers rackets. Charlie Wall was killed - beaten with a baseball bat and his throat slit - on April 18, 1955 in Tampa. Rube Allyn and his drinking pal former St Pete Mayor Noel Mitchell were both involved in a murder plot and were suspects in serrate murder and attempted murder cases from 1921 to 1930 in Manatee County (Siesta Key), Pinellas County and Hillsborough County (twice). Rube Allyn and his pal Noel Mitchell were never convicted of any of the violent crimes, but both Rube and Noel were connected politically in Tampa and most likely linked to Tampa crime and political boss Charlie Wall who ruled all from 1921 to 1930 and into the 1950's. Noel A. Mitchell's political expertise running for Governor and Mayor of St pete was a disaster from 1915 to 1919, he spent thousands and thousands of dollars on political ads and always lost by a landslide how did he get elected to the position of Mayor of St Pete in April 1920?
"Rube" used at least 3 different variations of his name and it's spelling during his lifetime, he was Rube Allyn his stage name, Rubert Royce Allen and William James Allen his actual birth name, 1/01/1866, lot of deception here. Rube Allyn claimed during his lifetime that Minnesota was his home State even though he was born in Ontario Canada on Jan 1st, 1866, lot of deception here. Wonder what arrests and charges "Rube" picked up under the name William James Allen DOB 1/01/1866. Rube, a con man's con man, the ultimate scam artist. As you will see in the following newspaper articles and various reports, Rube Allyn exhibited all the traits of a person with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). Rube was extremely violent in an instant over trivial incidents. Newsman Rube Allyn was egotistical and wanted the spotlight in everything he did, he was charming one second then violently explosive the next. "I think Rube Allyn was a psychopath". Psychopathy is traditionally a personality disorder characterized by persistent antisocial behavior, impaired empathy and remorse, and bold, dis-inhibited, and egotistical traits. It is sometimes considered synonymous with a sociopath.
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Multiple news articles were posted immediately after the murder of Harry Higel who was found at the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl January 7th, 1921 at 8:30 a. The news articles, indicate that Mr. Higel had multiple injuries to his head, all different sides of his head and face. The Tampa Daily Times put out an  EXTRA edition newspaper seen above late on Friday Jan 7th 1921 with pertinent information the same day of the Harry Higel murder. The Daily Times wrote that the Higel line fence blocking the north end of Higel Ave was the back story for Rube Allyn attacking Harry Higel.
The Tampa Daily Times wrote that Mr Higel had multiple wounds to his head, it appears he was hit at least 7 times on the top, front and back of his head with some sort of hard object. This was not a 'one shot deal' or 'one to the head' drive by mugging, the killer took pleasure in repeatedly and with great force bashing in Mr. Higel's head from different sides and from different angles, this was personal. It also looks like the beating continued when Mr Higel was unconscious and on the ground and unable to protect himself, his face was bashed in, he was totally unrecognizable when found within 10 to 15 minutes of the beating at 8:30 am. Mr Higel suffered no other wounds to his body, this was not an automobile 'hit and run'. It appears harry Higel was attacked somewhere in the time frame of 8:15 am when he was last seen and 8:30 am when he was found at the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl.
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In the unsolved murder of Harry Higel on Friday morn Jan 7th, 1921 at about 8:30 am, two campers Charles Rodman and Herman Rosener who various newspapers had reported seeing Harry Higel on the morning he was killed, say the story was false, fake news. The man the campers saw on Siesta Dr was a tall man, over 6 feet tall, Harry Higel was a much shorter man. Private detective Fred Thomas from Tampa interviewed the two campers, Charles Rodman and Herman Rosener, who had set up tents on the Beach who might have information about the murder of Harry Higel, they didn't. The campers claim newspaper people made up the whole thing, they never saw Harry Higel they saw a tall, thin man. The campers said they did not see Harry Higel, given the description of Mr Higel as about 5' 6", the man they saw was much taller, more like over 6 foot tall, like Rube Allyn who was 6' 2' tall. "As for another man getting out a car and meeting Mr Higel and following him into the bushes we never said anything of the kind, said Rodman and Resener". It's tommy rot of the purest sort. If anything like that happened we never saw it". The false report of the two campers seeing Harry Higel with another man who got out of a car was just more favorable propaganda for Rube Allyn planted by his friends in the media. The factual information reported above about the campers true story was in the The Tampa Times (Tampa, Florida) on Wednesday Jan 12th 1921.

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TALL MAN MUST HAVE HIT HIGEL
. 'Rube Allyn' spent most all of his adult life using an assumed name while publishing exaggerated news stories and we're supposed to believe this eccentric newspaperman when he says he did not kill Harry Higel? Rube Allyn was a very tall man at 6' 2", long arms, lanky build, Harry Higel at about 5' 6" tall was much shorter that Rube. Harry Higel had wounds on top of his head. The Coroner's Jury heard witness testimony as to Rube Allyn near the crime scene early on Friday morn January 7, 1921. Bloody canvas shoes worn by Rube matched prints in the sand near where Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl at about 8:30 am January 7th, 1921.
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Frank Higel Jr the brother of murdered Harry Higel questioned why newspaper man Rube Allyn hid in his house for over 3 hours while several groups searched the north end of Siesta Key for Higel's killer on Friday Jan 7th, 1921? The whole Island buzzed with excitement, a crowd had gathered at the murder scene on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave and Rube stayed home? Frank Higel Jr said "a seasoned newspaper man as Rube Allyn was, with the instinct of his craft strong with him, could not have kept away from the place of the tragedy, UNLESS he did it". "Where was this journalist and writer Allyn WHO HAD BEEN NOTIFIED THREE HOURS BEFORE OF HIGEL's DEATH, Rube Allyn never showed up at the crime scene? 
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Rube Allyn was a veteran newsman but seemed uninterested in the beating and eventual death oh his neighbor Harry Higel just a very short distance from his house, see map. Rube stayed home, he never came out until the sheriff went to arrest him. Newsman Rube Allyn was a media darling and put himself in the spotlight every chance he got and yet when Harry Higel the former Mayor of Sarasota and one of the most highly regarded and well known man in the area is found near death after a savage beating just a four minute walk from his house, Rube stayed home and away from the gaggle of reporters who had shown up, all of which he knew, what the hell? The real Rube Allyn would have set up shop on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave where Harry Higel was found and held a press conference declaring Mr Higel's murderer must be found and no stone will be left unturned and divert all the media attention to himself, that was the real Rube Allyn.
THAT WASN'T BLOOD IT WAS PRINTERS INK: Rube Allyn was a longtime newsman and fisherman he also ran his own monthly newspaper called the 'Florida Fisherman' in 1921. Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr plied his trade as a typesetter all over North America for decades. Rube had been in St Pete all during the week prior to Friday Jan 7th getting out his newspaper and working with a printing press, he would have had printers ink stains on his canvas shoes, he only had one pair. A search of Rube Allyn's house on Friday January 7th 1921 at about 11:00 am found a pair of trousers belonging to Rube Allyn Sr that had been recently washed and were still wet, possibly washing away any blood evidence. When examining Rube Allyn’s house the Deputy Sheriff noted a pair of wet blood-soaked (or printers ink) canvas shoes with a rubber sole that appeared to be similar to those that left tracks at the scene of the crime. This was enough evidence for Rube Allyn Sr to be arrested.
The Deputy Sheriff reported that the shoes had been covered in blood stains (or more likely printers ink stains) and they would have been shown at the Coroner's inquiry on Friday afternoon Jan 7, 1921 convened by County Judge Cary B. Fish in Bradentown Fl. According to Frank Higel Jr he surmised that Rube Allyn left the scene of the crime on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave at about 8:25 am and waded across Bayou Louise to his house at very north end of Siesta Key washing out the blood on his canvas shoes and his pants in the salt water. Bloodhounds brought to the Harry Higel murder scene of the crime by Deputy Sheriff Brown initially picked up a scent but soon lost it, most likely because Rube Allyn had waded into the salt water of Bayou Louise. If Rube Allyn was the murderer he would have been covered in blood and left a scent for bloodhounds. Interestingly Rube Allyn's best pal and drinking buddy Noel A. Mitchell advertised that his detective agency used bloodhounds to track and catch criminals, the best manhunters.
Did Rube Allyn's pal private detective Noel A. Mitchell tell him of law enforcement techniques and how to avoid capture. Like how to throw off the scent of bloodhounds? Private detective Noel A. Mitchell claimed he had "secured some of the greatest Kentucky bloodhounds ever bred by the greatest American breeders of manhunters". Noel would know how to throw bloodhounds off the trail. No blood trace would be found later on any of Rube Allyn's shoes or clothes by a Tampa lab, Rube washed it all off in the salt water of Bayou Louise. A fresh blood stain would disappear easily if it is immediately covered with salt and blotted with cold water, like in Bayou Louise. The stains on Rube's canvas shoes were old dried printers ink stains. There was no trace evidence high tech means of examining clothes and shoes for blood stains such as with luminal in 1921. Luminol is a highly sensitive blood reagent used to detect latent bloodstain evidence, usually associated with a clean up subsequent to a bloodletting event. A strong steady chemiluminescent (Low blue light production) reaction takes place when the luminol formula is applied to blood, even in "very trace amounts".
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In the Obituary for Harry L. Higel published in the Sarasota Times on January 13, 1921, the writer, who appears to be very close to Mr. Higel possibly brother George, strongly indicated that the murder of Harry Higel was planned, "Mr. Higel was struck down in a moment of insane frenzy or a deliberately planned and cruel murder, left bleeding and dying alone, only a short distance from those dearest to him, at his house." The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl on Jan 7th, 1921. In 1921 the Harry Higel compound was and still is in the 3300 block of Higel Avenue on the very north end of Siesta Key. Back in the day, old Beach Rd ran all along the shoreline on Sarasota Key (Siesta Key) from where the Siesta Key Public Beach is at 948 Beach Rd Siesta Key all the way up to the north end of the Key. Harry Higel was not killed way down near the Siesta Key Public Beach at 948 Beach Rd Siesta Key which is a 1 hour and 10 min walk from his house, one way. 
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Newspaper reports on Jan 8th, 1921 and much later indicated that an iron pipe was found some 70 feet from the battered body of Harry Higel with stains on it that looked like blood (could be rust) and was entered into evidence at the Manatee Coroners Jury on Jan 7th, 1921 and the Manatee County Grand Jury investigation of suspect Rube Allyn that finalized on March 9th, 1921. No actual human blood was found on the iron pipe, or Rube's pants or Rube's shoes, (washed off in salt water) obviously no fingerprints linking Rube Allyn to the iron pipe were found. The murder weapon was never found. In 1901 American police departments adopted the same method as used in London UK in late 1880's and fingerprint identification became a standard practice in the United States. The Scheffer case of 1902 is the first case of the identification, arrest, and conviction of a murderer based upon fingerprint evidence.
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ACCORDING TO A NEWSPAPER CLIPPING IN JAN 1921, The battered warm body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl on January 7th, 1921 at 8:30 am. In 1921, Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) was the main road from mainland Sarasota to Siesta Key over Higel bridge (north bridge). Rube Allyn the suspect in the murder of Harry Higel lived at the far north end of Gulfmead Dr where the Sarasota Yacht Club had been prior to 1913. At the time there was a land connection between north Gulfmead Dr and north end of Higel Ave. According to the article after Harry Higel's battered body was found footprints (tracks) were located near the body that led towards Rube Allyn's house at the end of north Gulfmead Dr.COLD CASE HARRY HIGEL UNSOLVED MURDER: The only suspect in the January 1921 brutal murder of Harry Higel on Siesta Key Fl was Rube Allyn Sr. Harry Higel suffered multiple depressed fractures all over his head and face possibly from a pistol whipping on January 7th, 1921. A Manatee County Coroners Jury inquiry convened by County Judge Cary B. Fish in Bradentown Fl found probable cause to arrest Rube Allyn Sr for Harry Higel's murder on Friday Jan 7, 1921. At a Coroners Jury inquiry investigating the murder of Harry Higel several witnesses gave testimony as to have seen Rube Allyn Sr near the Higel crime scene. Manatee County Judge Cary B. Fish convened the jury at about 3:00 pm Friday Jan 7, 1921 in Bradentown Fl. The Coroners Jury viewed the remains of Mr Harry Higel at the morgue and returned to the Bradentown City Hall to take testimony.
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Possible Break in 99 Year Old Cold Case Murder of Harry Higel With
Discovery of a Buried Colt Revolver With Broken Grip That Could have Been Used to Pistol Whip and Crush Harry's Skull on Sarasota Key in January 1921.
The Colt revolver had been buried with six live .32 caliber rounds and a broken grip, no one would have buried a gun that was easily repairable and cost about a full weeks working man's wages ($24) in 1921, unless it was linked to a murder. NOTE THAT ALL the information in this article was obtained from public records concerning the murder of Harry Higel on Sarasota Key in January 1921. Any items found that may be related to the murder of Harry Higel in 1921 were found on private property and given to me to identify by the property owner late on Saturday Nov 23rd, 2019. The Sarasota County Sheriff Dept was notified and all of the remains of a antique revolver (over 100 years old) were presented to them early on Tuesday morn Nov 26th, 2019.
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According to the Tampa Tribune, Rube Allyn had been away from his Siesta Key home all week, he had been working late on Thursday Jan 6th, 1921 till about 9:00 in St Pete on his Florida Fisherman magazine put out by the St Petersburg Times newspaper. Apparently Rube drove to his Siesta Key home late that night, Thursday Jan 6th, after being in St Pete all week. It is almost 120 miles from the St Pete Times at 490 First Avenue South St Pete to north Siesta Key with bad roads in 1921 and no Skyway Bridge (opened in 1954) and no Ferry service (opened in 1925). Before the Gandy Bridge was built in 1924, it was a ninety-mile drive from St. Pete to Bradenton by way of Tampa and then from Bradenton to Siesta Key add another 30 miles or so for a total trip of 120 miles for Rube Allyn that night.

Rube Allyn owned a Ford Model T, colloquially known as Tin Lizzie, he had made past reference to it when he was returning from the Hog Island shipyard in Philadelphia PA towards the end of 1919. The Model T Ford had a top speed of 45 mph in 1921 and the 120 mile trip to Siesta Key from St Pete by way of Tampa by Rube Allyn would have taken at least 3 hours. Rube Allyn would have got home to Siesta Key at about 12:30 am on Friday morn Jan 7th, with luck. By Friday January 7th, Harry Higel had completed his line fence on his property blocking the road on the north end of Higel Ave, Rube Allyn did not know this when he left St Pete Thursday night. Rube Allyn would have gone up Higel Ave at about 12:30 am to find a fence blocking the road, he was blocked from getting to his house. Rube Allyn would have had to turn around go back down Higel Ave turn right on Mangrove (Siesta Dr) go across the small bridge turn right on Strand (Gulfmead Dr) and then out to the north end of Strand (Gulfmead Dr) to his house at about 12:30 am. Rube Allyn was hot tempered and most likely had Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), the line fence across the road on north Higel Ave blocking him from getting to his house at about 12:30 am would have set Rube off.
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Mrs. Rose Allyn claims in one news report that Rube Allyn got home at about 11:00 pm on Thursday Jan 6th and went right to bed as he was sick, next day Friday Jan 7th, 1921 he was up and out of the house at 7:30 am. Mrs. Rose Allyn claims there was a gate in the Higel line fence across the road large enough for an automobile to get through if it was unlocked. Mrs Rose Allyn would also have had an attitude about the Harry Higel line fence blocking the road as she had opened their home to paying tourists as a retreat and now they had difficulty getting to the site thus losing much needed revenue for the Allyn family. A late night 120 mile trip from St Pete by way of Tampa to Siesta Key over bad roads, Rube apparently is sick, a fence across Higel Ave road blocking access to his house on tip of Siesta Key, creditors after him from his failed newspaper, Harry Higel looking to possibly foreclose on unpaid house loan that was now due, all in all a perfect storm for Rube Allyn in confronting Harry Higel Friday morn Jan 7th at about 8:20 am. 
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Rube Allyn was seen by witnesses 5 hours later (after getting home from St Pete at 2:00 am), at around 7:30 am on Friday Jan 7th, 1921 near the Higel crime scene on Siesta Key, Rube's wife confirmed that he had gone out early that morn. Was Rube looking for Harry Higel. It appears Harry Higel was attacked sometime between 8:15 am and 8:30 am on Friday Jan 7th, Rube Allyn was in the vicinity on foot. The battered body of Harry Higel was found in the road by 8:30 am at the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. It was reported that Rube Allyn hated Harry Higel. During the Sarasota Mayor elections of 1916 and 1917 Harry Higel had a bitter battle against editor Rube Allyn Sr who published the Sarasota Sun newspaper and who was also running for Mayor. Rube had violently argued with Higel during the mayoral elections. Rube Alllyn Sr was frequently drunk and generally hot-tempered. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. A Manatee County Grand Jury later failed to indict Rube Allyn Sr on March 9th 1921, taking only 10 minutes to deliberate. No blood was found on Rube's shoes or pants (washed off in Bayou Louise salt water) or the iron pipe by a lab in Tampa, no murder weapon was ever found and there was never a trial. Doesn't mean Rube Allyn Sr didn't do it!
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UPDATE It appears that "Rube Allyn Sr" aka Rubert Royce (Rube) Allen Sr, was born in Canada, DOB 1/01/1866 Mount Forest, Ontario Canada to Alex and Anne Allen, Irish immigrants. After release from jail in March 1921 as the only suspect in the Harry Higel murder, Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr aka William James (Rube) Allen with his wife Rose Evelyn Knestrick Allyn and a son who the elder Rube Allyn Sr had named Rubert Royce (Rube) Allyn Jr moved to Ruskin Fl from Siesta Key Fl on June 2nd 1921. Rube's monthly Florida Fisherman was published in color, the same color that stained his canvas shoes on Jan 7th, 1921 that looked like blood. Rube Allyn claimed to speak Swedish, Norwegian, French and German. According to the 1920 US Census Sarasota Fl also moving from the Siesta Key 'Allyn Home' to Ruskin in June of 1921 were 5 other Allyn children, Charles L. Allyn age 18, Mary A. Allen age 23, George W. Allyn age 14, and Dorothy Allyn age 12, there was also another female by the name of Eileen Anita Taylor age 22. Most of the children's last name was Allyn but the oldest girl's last name was Allen. "Rube" used at least 3 different variations of his name and spelling during his lifetime, lot of deception here. Rube Allyn claimed during his lifetime that Minnesota was his home State even though he was born in Ontario Canada, lot of deception here.
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RUBE ALLYN 1929 ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE: According to the Tampa Times on May 22, 1929 Rube Allyn shot a young man, Brooks Brewer, 19, who was walking on the road near Rube Allyn's secluded cottage in Ruskin Fl, Hillsborough County. This Attempted Murder Charge for Rube Allyn is 8 years after he was arrested and acquitted of the murder of Harry Higel on Siesta Key Fl. Rube Allyn apparently felt it was no big deal to fire a shotgun at Brooks Brewer, he claimed he had problems with the 'young bloods' in Ruskin and you never know what they could be up to. Rube Allyn admitted to the Tampa Times that he fired his shotgun into the night to scare away the Ruskin boys. Brooks Brewer claimed that after Rube Allyn shot him in the back with the shotgun, from distance, Allyn came up to him as he was lying in the road, told him to get up with his hands held high and then Rube marched him off down the road. Brooks Brewer's 'bird shot' wounds in his back from Rube's shotgun were supposedly minor. Brooks Brewer dropped the charges 2 1/2 days later upon pressure from his father J.F. Brewer. The father, J.f. Brewer, said "Ruskin is a small place and we want to be neighbors there. Brooks was only peppered with a few bird shot in the back and not hurt much, we ask the court to drop the charges", what the hell?  Rube was released from jail, Rube got away with it again.
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In April of 1930 Rube Allyn was arrested again, this time in St Petersburg were he had been living. Rube Allyn plotted with Noel A. Mitchell to shoot and kill newspaper columnist James Ravenscroft with a shotgun, Rube had been living directly across the street from the Ravenscroft home. James Ravenscroft was a columnist for the Tampa Tribune. Rube Allyn also cussed out Mrs. Effie Ravenscroft, Rube was arrested on Disorderly Conduct charges he plead not guilty and was released on his own recognizance. Apparently Rube and Noel took offense to several articles written by newspaper columnist James Ravenscroft. Rube Allyn was displaying some severe mental problems over the years, most likely he had Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). Someone with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) could destroy property, react way out of proportion to things that happen and could attack or kill another person for really no reason. 
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True to form most local newspapers downplayed Rube Allyn's arrest for threatening to kill newspaper columnist James Ravenscroft in St Pete, but the Miami Herald laid it all out, see above. Apparently Rube Allyn and former Mayor Noel Mitchell had plotted to kill columnist James Ravenscroft. Mrs. Effie Ravenscroft had overheard Rube and Noel Mitchell planing to kill columnist James Ravenscroft who worked for the Tampa Tribune on the pretext of Rube Allyn shooting rabbits in his yard, which was directly across the street from the Ravenscroft house and "accidentally" kill James Ravenscroft with a shotgun blast. Rube was eventually released from jail and driven out of town via the Gandy Bridge by Noel Mitchell to Ruskin followed by a police escort of two City detectives. And Rube Allyn didn't plot to and beat Harry Higel to death on Jan 7th, 1921 on Siesta Key, sure he didn't.
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Apparently Rube Allyn was re-arrested on a Failure to Appear on the Disorderly Conduct charge in St Pete where he had plotted to kill columnist James Ravenscroft. Rube Allyn was arrested for Failure to Appear by City detectives Bob Black and J. B. King. Mrs Effie Ravenscroft testified in court that she heard Noel Mitchell and Rube Allyn "plotting to get James Ravenscroft on 35th Ave South St Pete". Rube Allyn was living at 743 35th Ave South St Pete directly across the street from the Ravenscroft home. The address 743 35th Ave South St Pete was owned by the mother of Rube's wife, Rose Evelyn Knestrick. Rube Allyn was escorted out of town by City detectives on April 25th, 1930, don't come back Rube, Rube got away with it again. Rube Allyn was a loaded gun just waiting to go off, he was a very dangerous man. Another neighbor dispute gone bad just like Rube Allyn's dispute with Harry Higel in Siesta Key that led to Higel's murder, and Rube didn't do it, BULL CRAP.
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According to the 1920 US Census 2,149 people were living in Sarasota Fl and Siesta Key was reported to have about 3 dozen people (36) living full time on the Island including the Higel Family and the Allyn Family who were all there on Friday Jan 7th, 1921 when Harry Higel was attacked, small world eh? During 1920 and 1921 there was a lot of pressure on Rube Allyn Sr to come up with the money he owed Harry Higel for the Allyn house loan on Siesta Key. Rube Allyn was responsible for his wife and it appears 6 children ranging in age from 12 to 23 living at the Allyn House. Where would they all go if Harry Higel evicted them for Rube's non-payment of the house loan on Siesta Key? Rube Sr named one of his six children Rubert Royce Rube Allyn Jr (after himself) when the boy was born in 1901 Iowa. At the time of the murder of Harry Higel in Jan 1921 Rubert Royce (Rube) Allyn Jr was 20 years old and had been working with his father Rube Allyn Sr on the 'Florida Fisherman' published by the St Pete Times. See more info on the mysterious Allen - Allyn family from Canada at bottom of this article.
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The Tampa Times (Tampa, Florida), 23 Sep 1913, Tuesday. Rube Allyn was known to drink to excess and was often drunk in Sarasota Fl. One day Rube Allyn almost blows himself and his house up lighting an alcohol stove with no wick. Rube burned his face badly that Friday night and almost lost his eyesight, possibly drunk. The weekly Sarasota Sun newspaper was delayed due to this incident.
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Did the Media influence the Manatee County Grand Jury 99 years ago that failed to indict and then free Rube Allyn Sr in the murder of Harry Higel as claimed by brother George Higel. One of the members of the Manatee Grand Jury investigating the murder of Harry Higel and the suspect Rube Allyn was a fellow newspaper man and personal friend of Rube Allyn. Did Fake News help free a sadistic bigoted killer? It was suspected that one of Harry Higel’s known enemies Rube Allyn Sr, the former editor of the Sarasota Sun and editor of Florida Fisherman in the St Pete Times, was responsible for his death. While Rube Allyn’s eccentrics were condemned in Sarasota, co-workers who described him as a “story-book character” heralded him. The St Pete Times describes him as “a man of high romantic imagination, a philosopher, a poet in prose and a lover of nature (BULL CRAP).” Rube Allyn Sr was a man of moods-witty and charming one moment, and venomously bitter the next and known to drink to excess. Harry Higel died on Jan 7th 1921 from the brutal beating he took. George Higel wrote his concerns in a Sarasota County Times article that the media, Sarasota County Times, the Bradentown Manatee River Journal, the Tampa Tribune, the St Pete Times and others had influenced the members of the Manatee Grand Jury that set free Rube Allyn Sr the only suspect in Harry Higel's murder.
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MEDIA IN FLORIDA INFLUENCED RUBE ALLYN GRAND JURY IN MANATEE COUNTY. George Higel questioned as to why the Florida press wanted Rube Allyn freed as he was the only only legitimate suspect in the brutal murder of his brother Harry Higel on Siesta Key Fl? George Higel wrote: "With the attitude of the Florida Press in general, preceding any trial and the Grand Jury, viewing reports in an unbiased manner, it seems to this writer that the whole trend of the press was to create sympathy and sentiment favorable to Rube Allyn Sr.". 
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Rube Allyn's racist testimony before a US Senate Committee in Feb 2018 concerning the German speaking Jews at the Hog Island shipyard where he had been working was never published in detail in any of the newspapers in the Tampa Bay area or in Sarasota Fl, no mention of his hatred of the German speaking Jews, I wonder why, it was in the Congressional Record. Everybody read the newspapers in 1921, it was the only form of information. Did 'Fake News' help sway the Manatee County Grand Jury and set Rube Allyn Sr free on March 9th 1921?
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The Tampa Tribune wrote a favorable article about Rube Allyn Sr on Feb 27, 1921 while Rube was passing time in jail waiting for the Grand Jury to convene. The Trib wrote how there did not seem to be a motive for Rube Allyn Sr to kill Harry Higel as Rube was just a 'good ole boy' who would not hurt anyone. The Trib wrote of how Rube wired one of his reporter friends for $75 so that an 'Old Drunk' incarcerated with him in the Bradentown Jail could pay his fine and go home. The Trib wrote about how Rube Allyn Sr was holding meetings with his reporter friends at the jail and was in good humor and confident of acquittal in the Harry Higel murder. The Tampa Trib wrote about how the State has only circumstantial evidence against Rube Allyn Sr and that they knew Rube and Harry Higel had shook hands last year and Rube was just trying to get along with the Higels', OMG, what the hell
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The Tampa Trib wrote that after Harry Higel sold his house in Sarasota and moved to the Island (Siesta Key) full time in 1920 that "Harry Higel annoyed" the Rube Allyn family by various acts the last one was a line fence on Higel's property that cut off the Rube Allyn family in Jan 1921. The Tampa Trib wrote on how Harry Higel had put up a line fence at his property across the Higel Ave road and appeared to be cutting off Rube and his family at the north end of Siesta Key just as Mrs Allyn was endeavoring to operate a retreat for tourists. The fence was completed just before the attack on Harry Higel that eventually caused his death, (motive?).
ST PETE TIMES WROTE March 9, 1921: FLORIDA EDITOR ACQUITTED OF MURDER CHARGE. Rube Allyn, editor of the St. Petersburg 'Florida Fisherman' and former publisher of a Sarasota Newspaper was released from jail after the Grand Jury found insufficient evidence to support a true bill to indict. Rube Allyn is one of the best known paper men in Florida. I find it outrageous how the media in Sarasota, St Pete and Tampa wrote glowing and supportive articles about racist Rube Allyn Sr while he was in Jail awaiting the outcome of a Grand Jury investigation into the murder of his adversary Harry Higel on Siesta Key, but never wrote about Rube's racist hate filled testimony before the US Senate 3 years earlier. "Rube was just a Good Ole Boy who wouldn't hurt anyone", BULL CRAP. On Wednesday February 20, 1918 Sarasota's Rube Allyn Sr testified before the 65th Congress in Washington DC at a Senate Committee investigating delays in ship building at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA where he had been working during WWI with Germany. Rube Allyn Sr blamed the German speaking Jews at the work site for all the problems, he hated them, he despised them, HIS WORDS. The current 2020 crop of newspaper editors in Sarasota, St Pete, and Tampa Fl will never pick up on Rube Allyn's bigoted, racist testimony before the US Senate on the Congressional record in Feb 1918, see Rube's racist testimony CLICK HERE.
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WHO OWNS THE 1920'S ERA COLT REVOLVER FOUND BURIED ON NORTH SIESTA KEY WITH A BROKEN GRIP? The remains of a badly rusted Colt revolver traced to the early and prior 1920's era with a broken grip was found buried on north Siesta Key near Higel Ave in late November 2019. There was a lot of anti-German sentiment (like Rube Allyn Sr) resulting from World War I in America, Harry Higel was of direct German heritage, his grandparents on his father and mothers side were German immigrants to America. Rube Allyn Sr hated the Germans, he tried to sign up with the US Military in 1917 to go to the Western Front and kill Germans he was 50 at the time. At the time of his barbarous death Harry Higel had just turned 53 years old, he was Director of the Bank of Sarasota and the Seaboard Airline Railway. More on who "Rube Allyn Sr" really was at the bottom of this article, Rube used an assumed name for most of his adult life, the ultimate poser. A poser is someone who tries to fit into a profile they aren't, that's Rube.

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Rube Allyn's anti-Semitism and patriotic extremism were on full display during his statements on Wednesday Feb 20, 1918 before a Senate Committee in Washington D.C.. Rube Allyn Sr admitted to an arrest for attempted murder during the commission of a Hate Crime on two German speaking Jews. Rube hated and despised (his words) the German speaking Jews at the Hog Island PA shipyard where he was working in 1917 to 1919. The remains of a Colt .32 caliber Police Positive revolver were found buried 98 years later with a broken grip and fully loaded on north Siesta Key Fl in late November 2019, it's owner is unknown at this point. The information that I have compiled in this article is based on facts that have been corroborated and published in various news articles and books on the unsolved murder of Harry Higel. The end result of this article is strictly my opinion that Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr. was the correct suspect in January 1921 for the murder of Harry Higel. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr was a hot tempered Irishman whose parents, Alexander 'Alex' Allen and Harriet 'Anne' Allen were Irish immigrants, refugees to Ontario Canada due to the Great Potato Famine in Ireland from 1845 to 1852. Rube Allyn Sr was born on 1/01/1866, he grew up in Mount Forest, Ontario Canada. Rube was born in Canada as per all indications and yet he was an extreme American Patriot, a Nationalist, part of the nativist movement.
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WWI Jul 28, 1914 – Nov 11, 1918, America, the USA, entered the world war on April 4th 1917, Rube Allyn Sr tried to join the US Military to go to the Western Front and kill Germans, he was rejected as too old at 50. On February 13, 1918 President Woodrow Wilson called for a Congressional Inquiry into delays of construction of shipways and Merchant ship building at the U.S. Naval shipyard at Hog Island PA. Somehow the suspect in Harry Higel's unsolved murder, Rube Allyn Sr from Sarasota Fl, got right in the middle of it all. Rube Allyn Sr. testified before a Senate Committee Investigation on Wednesday Feb, 20 1918 at 2:00 pm about conditions at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA where he had been working as a dock builder while America and her allies were at war with Germany. 
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Rube's testimony was about 3 years before the murder of Harry Higel on Jan 7th, 1921, and gives the reader an incite into Rube's mindset and bigoted prejudices against Jews and Germans and an admission of guilt to his violent tendencies. Rube blamed all the problems at the Hog Island shipyard on the German speaking Jews on the written record for the Senate Committee inquiry. Murdered Harry Higel of Sarasota Fl and his family were of German heritage. Harry Higel named his prized Hotel the 'Higel-Hurst' to recognize his German ancestry, Higel is the family name and it appears they were from Hurst Germany, somebody burned it down on March 31st 1917. There was a lot of anti-German sentiment (Rube Allyn Sr) resulting from World War I in America prior to Harry Higel's Hotel burning down on March 31st 1917.

  
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Rube Allyn super patriot during WWI wanted a soldiers uniform to wear to make speeches asper the Tampa Times Tampa Fl, Wednesday May 16th, 1917. Rube Allyn has volunteered to go out and make the greatest patriotic speech ever heard in America provided Sgt. Parker McKinney will provide him with a uniform while he speaks. Rube's wife wants him to enlist in the Army as a General. Rube has been making an attempt to break in on the officers' reserve corps, but too late, all vacancies are filled. Later in life Rube Allyn wanted people to address him as "Colonel Allyn". Something wrong here with this guy.
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America enters WWI on April 6, 1917 joining it's allies in the fight against Germany on the battlefields of France. Rube Allyn Sr, "the liberal newspaper guy", tried to join the US military to take up a rifle and kill Germans in France, he was rejected, he was too old at 50. Rube Allyn Sr then leaves his Siesta Key family of seven in the fall of 1917 to take a job at the US Naval Shipyard Hog Island Philadelphia PA building docks at .60 cents an hour. Rube Allyn Sr had a wife Rose Evelyn Knestrick Allyn and 3 daughters and 3 sons (one boy was disabled) at the time living at the Siesta Key house. Times were tough for Rube Allyn Sr his Sarasota Sun newspaper had failed, he had borrowed heavily to open and operate the newspaper and was being hounded by his creditors, he was doing odd jobs in and around Sarasota and writing articles for the St Pete Times but apparently he had to go and do his patriotic duty at the Hog Island shipyard and leave his family in Siesta Key, (this makes no scence). 
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It appears Rube Allyn Sr gave up his newspaper gig in warm Sarasota Fl in November 1917 to build wooden docks and shipways for the US Government at Hog Island PA, about 12 miles from Philadelphia. Rube worked for 2 years outside in the dead of winter and the heat of summer at the Hog Island shipyard, eight hours a day for .60 cents an hour when he was in his 50's, why? Rube Allyn Sr was making about $25 to $30 a week at the Hog Island Shipyard, which was the average weekly salary in 1917 to 1919 for a working man, but not ideal for a guy living in Philadelphia PA and providing for a family of seven in Siesta Key Fl, 1,200 miles away. Rube choose his idealistic, obsessive "patriotic duty" and hatred of the Germans over the needs of his own large family.
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Rube Allyn Sr claimed he was as good a man as any man with an axe or crosscut saw, he was a big strong man, he was in his 50's and willing to do hard labor. In 1917, as part of the World War I effort, the US government contracted American International Shipbuilding Corp to build ships and a shipyard at Hog Island PA. Apparently military aged men would receive a deferment from joining the military if they worked at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA in 1917-1918. Rube Allyn Sr was too old for military service in 1917 (50 years old), so he went to work in the mud and cold at the shipyard. Hog Island became the largest shipyard in the world, with 50 slipways. Rube Allyn Sr was working as a dock builder, working on a two man 65 inch crosscut saw (no power tools) to cut the huge lumber for the framework of the shipways by hand for .60 cents an hour, he was in his 50's and had been working as a newspaper guy. 
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"Congress to investigate the goings on at Hog Island". Rube Allyn Sr indicated his permanent home residence as Sarasota Fla to the Senate Committee investigating the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA. Rube Allyn Sr came across as a white nationalist who hated the German speaking Jews working at Hog Island or anyone speaking German. Rube Allyn Sr testified that he was arrested for attempted murder after he threw two German speaking Jews off the trolley and into the street on his way to work at Hog Island PA, it was a 'Hate Crime'. Rube Allyn Sr testified he worked a bit as a night watchman at Hog Island PA and had a firearm, Rube claimed he had the authority to kill somebody. Rube testified he hated hearing the German language spoken at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA. Rube Allyn Sr testified to the Senate Committee in Feb 1918 that the German speaking Jews, the 'foreigners', who came from the slums of New York City and Philadelphia were not suitable or equals as workers for the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA, not like himself an 'American Patriot' and the 30,000 other men who Rube Allyn Sr felt should have been provided with uniforms much like the soldiers at battle in France during WWI, this was an odd statement. 
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Rube Allyn Sr was working on a two man 65 inch crosscut saw to cut the huge lumber for the framework of the shipways by hand, as seen above, he was in his 50's. Despite the rancor surrounding the shipyard’s construction and operation, the U.S. Naval Yard at Hog Island only existed because of the backbreaking labor of nearly 30,000 workers laboring throughout the cold winters of 1917-1918 and into 1919 when Rube Allyn Sr was there. Whether it was the poor conditions of the site or a tough winter or contractors’ graft, preparatory construction began to drag on interminably, leading Congress to investigate the goings on at Hog Island. By February of 1918, seven months after the issuance of Hog Island’s contract, a New York Times reporter touring the site was surprised to hear no sound of rivets on steel and only 12 of the planned 50 shipways completed and Sarasota's Rube Allyn Sr got right in the middle of the investigation. The Higel family in Sarasota Fl was of German heritage all the way back to the old country, Rube Allyn's testimony before a Senate Committee in 1918 indicates he had a big problem with the German speaking Jews or anyone speaking German at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island as America had been at war with Germany. Looks to me like Rube hated Germans.
In doing research for this article on the murder of Harry L. Higel information was obtained from vintage 'Sarasota Times' newspaper clippings, the 'Sarasota County Historical Resources', the Colt Firearm Manufacturing Co, vintage newspaper clippings of the 'Philadelphia Inquirer', the New York Times, the 'Alexandria Gazette Newspaper' Alexandria VA on October 24 1892, the book The Story of Sarasota,” published in 1946 by Karl Grimser, the 'Weekly Star' newspaper on October 28 1892, the 'Der Deutsche Correspondent' newspaper in Germany on October 24 1892, the book "An Illustrated History of Siesta Key: The Story of America's Best Beach" by Thomas Philip Farrell and Philip M. Farrell, which I purchased at Barnes and Noble in Sarasota Fl. Information was also obtained from Newspapers where Rube Allyn Sr had worked or published. Rube Allyn Sr started in the newspaper business in the 1880's working as a apprentice type setter in Ontario Canada in the office of the 'Mount Forest Representative', later as editor at the 'Daily Times' Crookston, Minnesota in 1898, editor at the 'Reporter' in Rapid City Canada and editor and publisher at the Sarasota Sun in 1913 to 1916. Most important was Rube Allyn's racist bigoted testimony on February 20th, 1918 at the Hearings Before the 65th Congress, Senate Committee on Commerce, United States Senate Capital Building Washington DC concerning working conditions at the Hog Island ship building facility where Rube was working building docks and his views on the German speaking Jews working there and his admission of an 'Attempted Murder Charge' during a 'Hate Crime', CLICK HERE FOR LINK.
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The beaten and bloodied body of Harry Higel was found in the northwest section of Sarasota Key on Jan 7th, 1921. Harry Higel was killed near his house, the Higel compound in the 3300 block of Higel Avenue on the very north end of Sarasota Key (Siesta Key), near where Rube Allyn Sr lived with his large family. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. In 1913 Rube Allyn Sr and his large family were living in the old Sarasota Yacht Club building on the north end of Sarasota Key. At its inception the Sarasota Yacht Club was organized in the summer of 1907 on the north end of Siesta Key. It closed for several years during the depression, but was revived in December 1911. In 1913 the Club purchased a tract of land on Gulf Stream Blvd in downtown Sarasota (moved from Siesta Key), and erected a large clubhouse which soon became known as the center of social life in Sarasota. Sarasota Yacht and Automobile Club, 339 N Gulf Stream Blv'd Sarasota Fl.
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The first issue of Rube Allyn's weekly Sarasota Sun appeared on Saturday, February 6, 1913. Rose Wilson, editor and publisher of the established Sarasota Times 221 Main, Sarasota, announced the advent of her competition on the bottom page of page 4 and opined that Allyn "is a good writer and has a newsy paper." Some time after Feb 1913, Rube Allyn Sr his wife and 6 children moved to Siesta Key from Palmetto and made a home in the old Sarasota Yacht Club building on the north end of Siesta Key near Harry Higel's home. Rube Allyn Sr had purchased his printing press from the White Springs Messenger (on credit) and moved it into the building at the end of a dock off North Gulf Stream Blvd Sarasota and later he moved the newspaper operation right next to Harry Higel's Higelhurst Hotel on Sarasota Key in 1915.  
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In late 1919 and through 1920 Harry Higel quarreled with Rube Allyn Sr over an unpaid debt after he’d lent Allyn money for a home near his prized Higel-Hurst Hotel aka Hurst Inn (that burned down) on the north end of Siesta Key. Rube Allyn Sr printed the Sarasota Sun News inside a dockside office, near the Higel-Hurst Hotel. Rube blamed all the problems at the Hog Island shipyard where he was working in 1918 on the German speaking Jews, on the written record, to the US Senate Committee. Rube's adversary Harry Higel of Sarasota Fl and his family were of direct German heritage. Harry Higel named his prized hotel the 'Higel-Hurst' to recognize his German ancestry, Higel is the family name and it appears they were from Hurst Germany. There was a lot of anti-German sentiment resulting from World War I in America. Rube Allyn Sr with his wife and six children left Sarasota and the Key after the Grand Jury failed to indict with a true bill on March 9th 1921 in the murder of Harry Higel. On or about January 10th, 1924 Rube Allyn Sr and his wife returned to Sarasota Key to sell their house on the north end of Sarasota Key near the Higel compound to H. E. Walton as reported by the Sarasota Times. 
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1916 Manatee County Fl City of Sarasota Directory
1). Mayor H.L. Higel, 
2). Chief of Police - L. D. Hodges. 
3). Harry L Higel (wife Gertrude), Mayor and home/office real estate, 107 N Gulf Stream Blvd Sarasota Fl.  
4). Higel-Hurst Hotel aka Hurst Inn, Siesta Key, H. L. Higel, proprietor. 
5). Rube Allyn Sr (wife Evelyn), editor office The Sarasota Sun 120 N Gulf Stream Blvd, phone 73-M, home Siesta Key, (Rube Allyn Sr had a phone in 1916). 
6). Street Address directory: 120 N Gulf Stream Blvd, Rube Allyn Sr, Sarasota Sun. Harry L Higel Land Developer home/office 107 N Gulf Stream Blvd Sarasota. Higel was Mayor of Sarasota Fl from 1911-1914 and then again in 1917. Harry L. Higel, Land Developer, Sarasota mayor 1916-1917. It looks like everyplace Harry Higel shows up living or having a business in the Sarasota area Rube Allyn Sr was following close behind. Rube Allyn's Sarasota Sun newspaper at 120 N. Gulf Stream Blvd Sarasota first publication was Saturday Feb 1913. Rube Allyn Sr stopped the Sarasota Sun newspaper publication in early 1916. In 1914 Rube Allyn Sr ran a column that caricatured the political leaders and countries that contributed to the recent outbreak of World War I. Rube Allyn Sr put out a lively paper, but could not resist employing satire in many stories and poking fun at political figures. He was particularly fond of gossip and social items. Rube was pointedly harsh on European leaders and their conduct during World War I. Harry Higel was mayor of the city of Sarasota when it was incorporated in 1913, he was elected mayor two more times in 1916 and 1917. During elections of 1916 and 1917 Mr. Higel had a bitter battle against Rube Allyn Sr who published the Sarasota Sun according to “The Story of Sarasota,” a 1946 book by Karl Grimser. 
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After America entered WWI in April 1917 Rube Allyn Sr tried to register and join the US Military, he was rejected as he was too old, he was in his 50's. Rube Allyn Sr was an extreme American Patriot he hated the Germans. Since Rube could not join the US Military in the fight against the Germans he traveled to Philadelphia in late 1917 during WWI and went to work as a dock builder at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA for .60 cents an hour, he stayed for 2 years doing his patriotic service, 'so say him'. Rube Allyn got involved in a US Senate Committee investigation into the slow progress in building Merchant Marine ships at Hog Island in February 1918. One of the Senators who heard Rube's racist testimony was future President of the USA Warren G. Harding who took office on March 4, 1921.
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Article: New York Herald (New York, New York) 02 Jun 1918, Sunday Page 48. Photo above Sarasota's Rube Allyn speaking to the men of Group 2 Hog Island PA during Liberty Loan rally for war bonds, he was working there as a dock builder. Rube was responsible for over 10,000 German speaking Jews in getting fired at Hog Island. Rube claimed they were slackers and not equal to the Americans and Irish like him. 10,000 German speaking Jews from the slums of New York City and Philadelphia with families were out of a job at Hog Island after Rube Allyn's testimony before the the 65th Congress in Washington DC at a Senate Committee investigating delays in ship building at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA during WWI with Germany. Rube hated the German Speaking Jews, he claimed they were Bolsheviks slowing down any progress at the US Naval shipyard Hog Island PA building the Merchant Marine fleet to support WWI efforts, he got rid of them, Rube was a bigoted racist.
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On Wednesday February 20, 1918 Sarasota's Rube Allyn Sr testified before the 65th Congress in Washington DC at a Senate Committee investigating delays in ship building at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA during WWI with Germany, Rube Allyn Sr blamed the German speaking Jews at the work site for all the problems, he hated them. Presiding was Senator Duncan U. Fletcher (D-FL), with Senator Knute Nelson (R-MN), Senator Morris Sheppard (D-TX), Senator James K. Vardaman (D-MISS), Senator John H. Bankhead (D-ALA), Senator William M. Calder (R-NY), with Senators, Martin, Johnson and Jones. Hiram Johnson had a stark evaluation, "Hog Island is the most reckless waste of public funds which has ever come to my attention," announced the Senator from California. On April 6, 1917 the Congress of the United States had declared war on Imperial Germany, in accord with the impassioned entreaties of President Woodrow Wilson. Barely five months after winning re-election, mainly on the slogan "He kept us out of war," the first of the great liberal heroes of the 20th century turgidly proclaimed the necessity of joining the great war now 2 1/2 years under way in the rest of the world. WWI lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918. The entry of the USA into the First World War on the side of France and England immediately led to immense demands for men and materials to help them fight a successful war against the Germans.
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Rear Admiral Francis T. Bowles was Managing Director of the EFC with full responsibility for overseeing the work at Hog Island starting around February 7, 1918. On February 19, 1918 Attorney General Gregory announced in Washington that the Hog Island investigation ordered by President Wilson would "begin at once." The next day Rube Allyn Sr from Sarasota Fl testified on February 20th, 1918 at the Hearings before the Committee on Commerce, United States Senate Washington D.C. concerning conditions at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA ship building facility. Rube Allyn Sr was working as skilled labor making .60 cents an hour at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA building docks and had been there since at least November 1917. Rube Allyn Sr testified he was a dock builder able to work a crosscut saw or an axe and not afraid to get down in the mud or work near the pile drivers. Rube Allyn's testimony indicates he was a very strong individual working at a very hard, dangerous and difficult job when he was in his early 50's. Rube Allyn Sr was born in 1866 in Ontario Canada, his parents were Irish immigrants to Canada.

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Rube Allyn Sr testified before the Senate Committee that he had been a newspaper publisher prior to coming to Hog Island PA to work in the mud. Senator James K. Vardaman (D-MISS) a renowned racist questioned Rube Allyn Sr about his testimony concerning the German speaking "Jews" he worked with at the US Naval shipyard Hog Island PA. Known as "The Great White Chief", Sen. Vardaman had gained electoral support for his advocacy of populism and white supremacy, saying: "If it is necessary every Negro in the state will be lynched; it will be done to maintain white supremacy. But even racist Senator James K. Vardaman was taken aback by Rube Allyn's damming comments about the German speaking Jews at Hog Island. Sen Vardaman said to Rube Allyn Sr " I know that in the Civil War the Jew was a loyal soldier on both sides, I think it is hardly fair to make the fight against the Jew as a race." Racist Sen. James K. Vardaman was appalled at Rube Allyn's hate filled rhetoric about the German speaking Jews he had to work with at the US Naval shipyard Hog Island.
Rube Allyn Sr testified before Racist Sen. James K. Vardaman that he had serious problems with the Jews at Hog Island. The Jews who spoke German, the "foreigners" whom Rube designated as Jews. Rube Allyn Sr claimed they were Bolsheviks who delayed work on the ship building at Hog Island. Rube had what appears to be manic patriotism and Germanophobic sentiment and a bigoted, racist attitude toward Jews. Rube claimed he hated hearing the German language spoken at Hog Island, "not exactly a highly dignified language", Rube Allyn Sr was a bigoted racist. Murdered Harry Higel in Siesta Key was of direct German heritage. Rube admitted before the Senate inquiry that he had been arrested for attempted murder during the commission of a hate crime on two German speaking Jews on the way to the Hog Island shipyard. I find it outrageous how the media in Sarasota, St Pete and Tampa wrote glowing and supportive articles about racist Rube Allyn Sr while he was in Jail awaiting the outcome of a Grand Jury investigation into the murder of his adversary Harry Higel in Siesta Key, but the Media never wrote about Rube's racist testimony before the US Senate. "Rube was just a Good Ole Boy who wouldn't hurt anyone", BULL CRAP.

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Rube Allyn Sr testified before the Senate Committee in Feb 1918 that he was arrested for attempted murder after he threw two German speaking Jews off the trolley going to work at Hog island from his hotel in Philadelphia. Rube Allyn's testimony indicates he was a rough and tough guy in his 50's that took no guff from anyone at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA and he hated and detested anyone speaking German at the job site. Rube Allyn Sr was employed for a time as a night watchman at Hog Island it appears he was assigned a firearm for his night watchman work as the Hog Island shipyard was dangerous. Many men were robbed and murdered coming from the Hog Island shipyard at night after being paid in cash, claimed Rube Allyn Sr. In 1918 the Colt Police Positive Revolver .32 Caliber with hard rubber grips was used by watchmen. Rube Allyn Sr claimed he had the authority to kill somebody. Rube Allyn Sr comes across in his testimony as a extreme white nationalist who hated the German speaking Jews working at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA and anybody speaking German. Rube Allyn Sr came across in his testimony as a racist bigot who had tried to kill several Jews who spoke German at the Hog Island shipyard. Rube Allyn's racist testimony before the Senate Committee in Feb 1918 was never published in any of the newspapers in the Tampa Bay area or in Sarasota Fl, I wonder why?

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In one statement made by Rube Allyn Sr in his Senate Committee testimony he claimed "the work at Hog Island was overrun with Russian Jews speaking the German language overrun to such an extent that he feels his life is in absolute danger of being smothered by them (Jews) in the the cars (trolley) going to and from work." In the movie 'Gangs of New York' Bill the Butcher is played by the Anglo-Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis who rules the Five-Points NY. The character is a 'Nativist' and wants America to remain a white Anglo-Saxon country. He despises the recent and numerous foreign emigrants in the New York slums. Rube Allyn's rants against the German speaking Jews, the foreigners, at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA before Congress in February 1918 mimics "Bill the Butcher' In the movie 'Gangs of New York'. Rube Allyn Sr was a white nationalist who identifies with America even though he was born in Canada. Rube Allyn Sr spoke to the Senate Committee that the German speaking Jews, the 'foreigners', who came from the slums of New York City and Philadelphia were not suitable or equal workers for the U.S. Naval shipyard at Hog Island not like the Americans and the Irish, not like him an American Patriot. The German speaking Jews were the cause of the ship building delays at Hog Island claimed Rube Allyn Sr in his testimony. 

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In another statement by Rube Allyn Sr before the Senate Committee in Feb 1918 Rube further stated that the Jews were were slowing down progress at Hog island, quote Rube "the Jews were purposely lazy, the less you work the longer the job will last and the more money you can make." Rube also talked about how the Jews one day just disappeared from the Hog Island shipyard. Rube claimed he did not know where they went but was glad they were gone. Rube said "there was a migration of the Jews, I do not know whether they (Jews) got acros the Jordan (river) or not but if so. I hope the waters closed on them (drowning the Jews)".
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HATE CRIME: Was Rube Allyn's Jew hating bigoted testimony before the Senate Committee in Washington DC published in the Sarasota Times or by his pals at the St Petersburg Times in 1918, I doubt it. Rube's Senate testimony should have been a very big deal back in Sarasota Fl, front page news, it was but no mention of Rube's racist comments on the Jews. Rube was a news guy testifying before a US Senate Committee federal investigation of the Merchant Marine ship building facility at Hog Island during WWI. Rube Allyn Sr was a very dangerous man, he was no 'liberal' as portrayed in the Florida newspapers. UNSOLVED MURDER OF HARRY HIGEL: I wonder how the media in Sarasota and St Pete would try to spin the racist Senate Committee testimony of murder suspect Rube Allyn Sr who admits in his testimony to an 'Attempted Murder Charge' during the commission of what today would most assuredly be classified a 'Hate Crime'. Rube Allyn Sr threw two Jews off a moving Trolley Car and into the cobble stone street on his way to work at Hog Island PA just to make room for himself. Rube Allyn Sr came back to Sarasota Fl in late 1919 after working two years at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA with a hatred of German speaking Jews and anyone who spoke German. Rube Allyn Sr. "was a loaded gun just waiting to go off", see Rube's racist testimony CLICK HERE.
RUBE ALLYN ARTICLE, NATIONAL PRESS: "BREEDING PATRIOTS in HOG ISLAND MUD". Rube Allyn got National Press coverage on his activites at Hog Island, he wrote the story as seen in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA July 21st, 1918, Sunday. Rube wrote extensively about himself and his testimony before the 65th Congress in Washington DC at a Senate Committee investigating delays in ship building at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA during WWI with Germany, but he left out all his bigoted, racist remarks about the Jews. All the National Press was extremely favorable of Rube Allyn's efforts at Hog Island, especially so as Rube was writing his own script, but left out gems like this "We American workmen have acquired a hatred for them (Jews), they are worthless" (the German speaking Jews)".
Rube Allyn claimed the Jews from the slums of New York City and Philadelphia who were not equal to Rube and the other Americans or Irishmen workers at Hog Island. Rube Allyn Quote " they, (the German speaking Jews) are an ignorant class of people, not equal in anyway. The Jews who he despised and hated, like the two Jews he threw off a Trolley car and into the cobblestone street on the way to work at Hog Island. The Jews who he wished were killed (drowned) when they left Hog Island in mass and "crossed the Jordan". Quote Rube "the Jews were purposely lazy, the less you work the longer the job will last and the more money you can make." Rube Allyn Sr testified before the Senate Committee in Feb 1918 that he was arrested for attempted murder after he threw two German speaking Jews off the trolley going to work at Hog island from his hotel in Philadelphia. Racist Sen. James K. Vardaman was appalled at Rube Allyn's hate filled rhetoric about the German speaking Jews he had to work with at the US Naval shipyard Hog Island. 15 years after Rube Allyn's racist anti-Semitic testimony before the Senate Committee investigating problems at the US Naval shipyard at Hog Island PA during WWI, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis rose to power in Germany in 1933 on a platform of German nationalism, racial purity and global expansion. Hitler, like many anti-Semites in Germany, blamed the Jews for the country’s defeat in World War I, and for the social and economic upheaval that followed. Adolph Hitler blamed the Jews for all the problems in Germany. Sarasota's Rube Allyn Sr blamed all the problems at the US Naval shipyard Hog Island on the German speaking Jews who he had to work with during WWI. Rube Allyn Quote " they, (the German speaking Jews) are an ignorant class of people, I am convinced from things I hear on trips to Philadelphia that those people, (the Jews), are disloyal to America. They are dangerous in every way and ought not to be associated with public work in anyway. We American workmen have acquired a hatred for them, they are worthless" (the German speaking Jew).
See Rube Allyn's billing above for his time and travel to Washington D.C.. On Wednesday February 20, 1918 Sarasota's Rube Allyn Sr. testified before the 65th Congress in Washington DC at a Senate Committee investigating delays in ship building at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA. Rube Allyn Sr blamed all the problems at the shipyard on the German speaking Jews. It appears that Rube Allyn Sr was in Washington D.C. for 3 days, Feb 19 to Feb 21, as per his billing at $3.00 per day for $9.00 and he charged $10.40 for round trip travel from Philadelphia PA to Washington D.C.. There was no explanation given as to why Rube Allyn Sr was chosen out of 30,000 workers at the Hog Island shipyard to testify before the 65th Congress in Washington DC at a Senate Committee investigating delays in the Merchant Marine ship building at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA during WWI with Germany. There did not appear to be any media coverage or mention in Sarasota or St Pete or Tampa of Rube Allyn's racist testimony before the 65th Congress in Washington DC about the Jews, 'it was kinda a big deal for Rube, should have been front page regional news in Florida with his racist tirade about the Jews', but it wasn't.

Rube Allyn kept up with his bigoted Jew bashing even in his monthly magazine the 'Florida Fisherman' put out by the St Petersburg Times. The Miami News on May 8, 1923 re-published a comparison of Jews and Jewfish that was in Rube Allyn's May 1923 monthly 'Florida Fisherman'. Rube Allyn in his words explained as to why a certain fish was called a Jewfish, "they won't bite a piece of pork, they are not fighters (lazy) and they are so hard to skin". The Atlantic goliath grouper, also known as the Jewfish, is a large saltwater fish of the grouper family found primarily in shallow tropical waters among coral and artificial reefs at depths from 16 to 164 ft.
 
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Harry Higel was born on the last day of 1867 in Philadelphia, to Frank and Adelaide Higel. In 1884, at age 17, he moved to Venice, Florida with his parents. Harry Higel in the 1890s bought the dock at the end of Main Street in Sarasota for his steamship Vandalia to take potential land buyers over to Sarasota Key and to his Hotel Higelhurst which opened its doors on March 9, 1915, there was no north bridge to Sarasota Key until later in May 1917. The steamship Vandalia appears to be the vessel in the photo above with twin steam pipes. Harry Higel was one of the most prominent developers in Sarasota and the first city mayor who served during Sarasota’s 1913 incorporation. Harry Higel was Mr. Sarasota he was integral to the City of Sarasota and Sarasota Keys development, he was Mayor 3 times back in the days when the citizens actually voted for the position. Siesta Key became one of Higel’s passions years before a bridge to the island was built. In 1907 he formed the Siesta Land Company with two partners, Capt. Louis Roberts and E.M. Arbogast.
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EARLY TRAGEDY IN HIGEL FAMILY 'ATTEMPTED MURDER AND SUICIDE' WITH A REVOLVER IN 1892 PHILADELPHIA PA. Born in Philadelphia from a German immigrant parents, Francis 'Frank' Higel Sr married Adelaide (Addie) Kirchoff in 1863, Frank would have been 24 years of age. Frank Higel was born on December 20, 1839. Frank Higel married 23-year-old Adelaide (“Addie”) Kirchoff, from another German immigrant family in 1863. Their son Harry L. Higel was of direct German linage. Francis "Frank" Higel (father of Harry Higel) was a skilled chemist and discovered a process by which starch could be obtained profitably from the roots of the cassava plant. This plant had been grown in the Venice area successfully by early pioneers. Frank Higel saw the money-making potential in this process and went looking for investors. Frank Higel arrived in Venice in 1883 with his wife Addie and six sons one of which was Harry Lee Higel. Frank Higel had six sons: Frank, Jr., Harry L, Ralph, Eugene, George and Wesley. Of these men, George and Harry became prominent residents of the Venice-Sarasota region. Francis 'Frank' Higel Sr did not see Venice grow because he died on a trip to Philadelphia in 1892, (he committed suicide with a revolver). By 1892 apparently the winters in Venice had been extremely cold and Addie Higel being a city girl did not like the rural and harsh lifestyle of early Venice Fl, she left Frank and returned to Philadelphia. Frank Higel was furious and found Addie on October 22, 1892 in Philadelphia and demanded she return to Venice, she refused so Frank shot Addie twice with a revolver, thinking she was dead he then shot himself in the head and died, as per his obit in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The attempted murder of Addie Higel was also reported in the 'Alexandria Gazette Newspaper' Alexandria VA, on October 24, 1892, Frank Higel of Florida, 53, shot his wife Addie in the head and neck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It was also reported in the 'Weekly Star' on October 28, 1892...Frank Higel aged 53 years of Florida shot his wife who is visiting here in Philadelphia. Francis 'Frank' Higel and his son Harry L. Higel both succumbed to violent deaths at the exact same age, 53. Frank Higel shot himself in the head with a revolver after trying to kill his wife Addie in Philadelphia and his son Harry Higel was beaten to death possibly with a revolver on Siesta Key Fl in January 1921. Rube Allyn Sr. was and remains the only suspect in Mr Higel's brutal murder on Siesta Key Fl, the murder weapon used to bludgeon Harry Higel to death was never found.
The attempted murder of Addie Higel and the suicide of Frank Higel was reported in the Baltimore 'Der Deutsche Correspondent Newspaper', in German, on October 24, 1892. Der Deutsche Correspondent was a German-language newspaper in Baltimore, Maryland. It was the most influential newspaper among Germans in Baltimore, lasting longer than any of the other German newspapers in Maryland. The paper closed April 28, 1918, due to anti-German sentiment resulting from World War I. There does not appear to be any reports of the attempted murder of Addie Higel by Frank Higel or the suicide of Frank Higel in Florida newspapers, wonder why? Addie Higel somehow survived the horrific shooting, a bullet in neck and one in her head, and eventually returned to Venice Fl where she died in 1928. The vicious attack on Addie Higel by Frank Higel in Philadelphia with a firearm on October 22, 1892 was verified from 4 different sources. Francis 'Frank' Higel and his son Harry L. Higel both succumbed to violent deaths at the exact same age, 53.
The 1921 Unsolved Brutal Murder of Harry Higel On Sarasota Key Fl, Was Harry Pistol Whipped with a Colt Police Positive .32 Caliber Revolver the Rusted Parts Found 98 years later in Nov 2019 on north Siesta Key with a broken grip? Harry Higel appears to have had multiple depressed skull fractures according to a report from Dr. Joseph Haldon on Jan 7th, 1921 which could have been caused during a pistol whipping. Did Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr kill Harry Lee Higel on north west Siesta Key in Jan 1921? The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl on Jan 7th, 1921. Rube Allyn was his stage name. Is it a Break in the Harry Higel 99 Year Old Cold Case With Discovery of Possible Murder Weapon on north Siesta Key? 
NOTE: Apparently there are no records of any kind at the Sarasota County Sheriff Dept or the Manatee County Sheriff Dept which actually investigated the attack and subsequent death of Harry Higel on Friday January 7th, 1921 on Siesta Key. The Sarasota County Sheriff Dept was not formed until July 1921, six months after Mr. Higel's murder. So who owned the 1920's era Colt Police Positive .32 Caliber revolver with FANCY grips found buried with 6 live bullets and a broken grip in November 2019 on north Siesta Key? Did Harry Higel run into Rube Allyn Sr on north Siesta Key, they both lived in the same area? Was there a confrontation between the two men? Did Rube Allyn Sr. a much larger and stronger man in a fit of rage beat Harry Higel to death? Did Rube Allyn Sr ambush Harry Higel when he was out for a walk and beat him to death with the Colt revolver? Ultimately Harry Higel was found by accident at about 8:30 am on Beach Rd on north west Siesta Key by a father and son going to work on Friday January 7, 1921.
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At a Coroners Jury inquiry investigating the murder of Harry Higel several witnesses gave testimony as to have seen Rube Allyn Sr near the Higel crime scene. Manatee County Judge Cary B. Fish convened the jury at about 3:00 pm Friday Jan 7, 1921 in Bradentown Fl. The Coroners Jury viewed the remains of Mr Harry Higel at the morgue and returned to the Bradentown City Hall to take testimony. Sheriff Brown testified he found tracks at Bayou Louise that reassembled the tracks of Rube Allyn Sr. found near the crime scene. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. Mr Reed who was doing work on a house of his on Siesta Key and two other men working for the Palmer Company claimed they saw Rube Allyn Sr in the woods at about 7:45 am Friday Jan 7, 1921. The last time Harry Higel was seen alive was at about 8:15 am Friday Jan 7, 1921 when he left the shell pit where he was working on the beach. The Manatee County Coroners Jury convened by Judge Cary B. Fish found probable cause to arrest Rube Allyn Sr for Harry Higel's murder on Friday Jan 7, 1921.  
A Manatee County Grand Jury later failed to indict Rube Allyn Sr on March 9th 1921, no murder weapon ever found and there was never a trial. After the arrest of Rube Allyn Sr for the murder of Harry Higel in Jan 1921, the Bradentown Manatee River Journal printed an article that was in strong support of Rube Allyn Sr. It stated, “There is not, we will be willing to take oath, a newspaper man in the state who knows Allyn, and that includes all of us, who believes he is guilty of murder.” Possibly if the boys at the Manatee River Journal knew of Rube Allyn's racist testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee 3 years earlier in Feb 1918 and his admission of an arrest for 'Attempted Murder' of two Jews on the trolley to the Hog Island work site they might think differently, or would they?

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"DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER": "I am not the person who found the old, rusted, and corroded parts of an antique gun (over 100 years old) on Siesta Key in November 2019 that was apparently buried near a salt water canal sometime in the 1920's. The rusted antique gun parts were passed on to me late in the day on Saturday Nov. 23rd, 2019 to figure out what it was. But I am the person who took the old, rusted, and corroded parts of the antique gun to the Sarasota County Sheriff Dept and turned them in on the morning of Tuesday Nov. 26th, 2019 and gave the Sheriff Dept all my information and details of the antique gun parts as soon as I found out what they were and possibly linked to the murder of Harry Higel in January 1921". "Before Saturday Nov. 23rd, 2019 I had never heard of Rube Allyn Sr or the unsolved murder of Harry Higel. Everything in my article grew out of the discovery of the rusted remains of the 1920's era Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver with FANCY hard rubber grips and one grip that just happened to be broken".
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Seen above is what the rusted antique gun parts found on Siesta Key most likely looked like when new, this is a 1919 production Colt Police Positive revolver chambered in Colt's .32 caliber Police cartridge. The Colt firearm was rugged and manufactured with a jointless solid frame, one piece construction that would cause significant damage during a "pistol whipping". Harry Higel appears to have had multiple depressed skull fractures according to a report from Dr. Joseph Haldon on Jan 7th, 1921. The firearm seen above is a 1st issue model Colt .32 caliber revolver with a 5" inch barrel. The 1st issue Colt Police Positive revolver was introduced in 1907 and remained in production until 1922 with the FANCY hard rubber grips seen above. It was a successful model for Colt, as it proved to be very reliable, well-made, and accurate it featured a square-butt frame, and FANCY hard rubber grips with the Colt logo initially. Checkered American Walnut grips became standard in 1923 till 1945 and over 450,000 total units were sold from 1907 to 1945 to anyone and everyone.  
I obtained a 1920's aerial map of Sarasota Key showing old Beach Rd on north end of Sarasota Key, running parallel to Higel Ave, possible location where Harry Higel was murdered. Information and a map obtained Dec. 5th, 2019 from the Sarasota County Historical Resources on Porter Way indicates that back in 1925 (and prior) old Beach Rd ran parallel from the top of north Higel Ave, as you come across the north bridge on Sarasota Key, all the way around the perimeter of the Island down to past the village and then runs along the Siesta Public Beach and connects to Midnight Pass Rd. On the old map above on the left you can see Midnight Pass Rd as the straight line coming form the bottom right hand corner going north west crossing over Higel Ave, where the traffic light is now, and continuing to link up with old Beach Rd on north end of Sarasota Key.
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Aerial map of north end of Sarasota Key from 1925 showing old Beach Rd courtesy of the Sarasota County Historical Resources. 'SHELL BEACH' Public Beach Access #1 on N. Shell Rd is nearest to Siesta Key’s north bridge, and offers terrific views of Big Sarasota Pass at the end of N Shell Rd. Harry Higel had his house located all the way to the very north end of Higel Ave on Sarasota Key. It appears that Harry Higel was attacked on Friday Jan 7th, 1921. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl, on north Sarasota Key and near where Harry Higel's house was located at the very north end of Higel Ave. Harry Higel was not found on Beach Rd below the Siesta Key village near what is now the Siesta Key Public Beach, he never would have walked that far at night, over 1 hour one way. 
Mr. Higel's HIGEL-HURST HOTEL appears to have been on N Beach Rd somewhere south of N. Shell Rd on the north end of Siesta Key Fl facing Big Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. Sarasota County has been involved in controversy over beach access on Siesta Key since the early 1970s. Until 1972, Shell Road was an approximately ¾-mile long unpaved road that ran along on the western edge of northern Siesta Key. At that time, the majority of Shell Road ran parallel with Higel Road (today’s main thruway in that area), connecting to Higel Road at its north and south ends. In 1972, the large, middle portion of the U-shaped road was closed to vehicular traffic due to complaints from local residents about excessive noise and danger from careless drivers. The road remained open to pedestrians and bicyclists. Many local residents who did not live along Shell Road were upset with the closure, having used the road for more than 60 years as a means of accessing the quiet and uncrowded shoreline. 
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Platted in 1907, the subdivision where eventually Harry Higel lived was located on the north end of Siesta (Sarasota) Key and was two and a half miles across Sarasota Bay from the mainland. There was a small bridge that connected the tip of Siesta (Sarasota) Key where Harry Higel lived to the small barrier island to the West. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. There were also small bridges at Mangrove, Ogden and N. Shell Rd/Roberts to the small barrier island to the West. Siesta Key became one of Higel’s passions years before a bridge to the island was built. In 1907 he formed the Siesta Land Company with two partners, Capt. Louis Roberts and E.M. Arbogast. 
According to the Tampa Tribune Rube Allyn, originally from Ontario Canada, first landed in Palmetto Fl in November 1911 when he purchased land and a home there before he came to Sarasota and Siesta Key most likely in early 1913. Two different articles indicated that Rube Allyn was born in Ontario Canada, his parents were Irish migrants, his father Alex from Sligo Ireland and his mother Anne from Galway Ireland. Parents: Alexander "Alex" Allen 1827-1914 and Harriet "Anne" Thompson Allen 1835-1905 Rube Allyn was known to speak Swedish, Norwegian, French and German.
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Harry Higel's Higel-Hurst Hotel was on on Gulf Ave (Beach Rd later date) just south of N. Shell Rd from 1915 to 1917 overlooking Big Pass. There was a road at the time that went all along the shoreline of North Siesta Key it was called GULF AVE it later became BEACH RD it was not paved it was rough, just crushed sea shells. At the time it was conceived in 1907, the only access to Siesta Key was by boat and that is why every homeowner owned the beach in front of their home to dock their boat, no bridge from Sarasota until May 1917.
    HURST INN WAS ON THE BEACH..  photo credit Sarasota County Historical Resources
It was always envisioned by Higel as part of a residential waterside development called Siesta on the Gulf and he unofficially gave the name of Siesta Key to the barrier island known as Sarasota Key. The land for the development (79 acres) was part of an inheritance that came to his wife Gertrude Edmondson, who was a granddaughter of the earliest Sarasota settlers William and Jane Whitaker. The murder of Harry Higel remains unsolved. He left a mother, wife and three children. Fishing was a big part of the HigelHurst Hotel's allure, it appears to have been built on the beach just south of N. Shell Rd on Sarasota Key. Just outside the front door of the Hotel was a well known fishing spot just a 1/4 mile off the beach in Big Pass.

Harry Higel's house on Higel Ave is near to old Beach Rd. It is a 10 minute walk from Harry Higel's house at the north end of Higel Ave to the end of N. Shell Rd on the Gulf of Mexico and where old Beach Rd or Gulf Ave would have been along with Harry's prized HigelHurst Hotel, I walked it Friday Dec. 6th 2019. Rumors have it Rube Allyn Sr was responsible for burning down the Hotel on March 31st 1917. There was a lot of anti-German sentiment (Rube Allyn Sr.) resulting from World War I in America. Harry Higel was found unconscious and severely beaten around the face and head on January 7th 1921 lying in the middle of the road. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl on north end of Siesta Key, he died later that morn, Rube Allyn Sr was arrested for the murder but never tried. 
Rube Allyn's best pal and drinking budy Noel A. Mitchell the former Mayor of St Pete ran a very aggressive Private Detective Agency. An ad posted in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan 14, 1922 claimed Noel A. Mitchell Detective Agency had armed men, "armed to the teeth" with shotguns loaded with buckshot and high powered rifles, ready to spring into action. "Crack shots that can hit a silver dollar at 30 paces". One of his detectives was Joseph Neil "the best shot in Florida with a revolver", "Joe was a sharpshooter in France and what he did I will tell you not", WOW this guy Noel was way out there. Two years later he lost his permit to carry a firearm. Rube Allyn's best pal Noel Mitchell had access to multiple weapons of all kinds, most likely they carried "Colt .32 caliber Police Positive Revolvers with Hard Ruber Grips". Standard issue during this time frame.
Former Mayor of St Pete was running a private detective agency called "The Noel A. Mitchell National Detective Agency" providing protection for home owners who go North during the summer months. Noel A. Mitchell Detective Agency, " We Hear All See All Know All". It appears to have started operation in 1921.
May 24, 1924, Unfortunately for Noel A. Mitchell he was not allowed to carry a firearm to accompany his private detective license. Apparently private detective Noel A. Mitchell the former Mayor of St Pete was denied the right to carry a pistol in May 1924 by George M. Coslick St Pete Chief of Police after Mitchell's Deputy Sheriff card had been revoked by Pinellas County Sheriff Lindsey due to prior bad acts.
Detectives at Noel Mitchell's Private Detective Agency would have carried Colt .32 Caliber revolvers from 1920 to 1924. Most likely the men working for Noel Mitchell's Private Detective Agency were former law enforcement and the standard issued weapon of the time to police agencies was the "Colt .32 caliber Police Positive Revolver with Hard Ruber Grips". Just like the rusted out Colt .32 caliber revolver found off of Higel Ave on Siesta Key with the broken grip buried down about 3 feet in November 2019. The Colt .32 Police Positive Special incorporated Colt’s “Positive Lock” safety which prevented the firing pin from hitting the primer unless the trigger was deliberately pulled. Colt's Positive Lock prevented an accidental discharge even if the lowered hammer was struck or the pistol was dropped, (or used to hit someone). In April 1930 Rube Allyn was arrested again, this time in St Petersburg were he had been living at his mother-in-law's house. Rube plotted with ex-Mayor Noel Mitchell of St Pete to shoot and kill newspaper columnist James Ravenscroft with a shotgun. Charges eventually dropped, Rube kicked out of town.
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Harry Higel was known to always be a dapper dresser and dress for any occasion with his ever present bow tie, even fishing with the Bay Island Hotel gang on Sarasota Key, see photo above. Harry Higel was not a tall man, he is seen in the photo above and appears to be the shortest man out of the 13 fishermen, he is probably around 5' 6" tall. Rube Allyn was much taller at 6' 2' tall. Apparently Harry Higel was murdered along the stretch of Siesta Dr somewhere near Higel Ave on the north end of Siesta Key, he was out walking by himself. Harry Higel was found on Friday Jan 7th at 8:30 am, on north Siesta Key which was a very sparsely populated area back in 1921.
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The north bridge to Sarasota Key was completed in May 1917, it was first known as Higel Bridge. Harry Higel's Higelhurst Hotel aka HigelHurst Inn had burned down (suspiciously) just one month before the bridge was completed. Everybody now wanted to visit Sarasota Key by car. During the 1920's the car to have for the 'everyman' was the Ford Model T, it appears from old photos that the car was very popular in Sarasota Fl. Between 1908 and 1927 the Ford Motor Company made about 15 million cars with the Model T engine, Rube Allyn had a Model T. In the 1920s, according to some estimates, every other car on the road was a Model T. Harry Higel and Rube Allyn Sr, who both lived on north Siesta Key, would have had a car most likely a Ford Model T to get back and forth to Sarasota by the north bridge starting in May 1917.
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Rube Allyn Sr was the Editor and Publisher of the SARASOTA SUN NEWSPAPER at 120 Gulf Stream Ave Sarasota Fl (1st issue Sat June 28, 1913) that came out every Saturday, it appears it was mailed via USPS. You could purchase a one year subscription to the SARASOTA SUN NEWSPAPER for just $1.00 as seen in the Saturday June 28, 1913 issue above, it only lasted a couple of years. Rube Allyn Sr would have been aware of the mass marketing of the Colt firearm company products via newspaper ads and sporting goods catalogs in the 1900's. The Lakeland evening telegram, March 10, 1914, Rube Allyn Sr. of the Sarasota Sun, attended the recent Gasparilla festivities in Tampa and for the first time met some of the big men of Florida. Rube was impressed and had this to say: "By the way, I cannot refrain from calling attention to the fact that Florida has for State officers some of the largest men physically of any state of the Union" A GRATUITOUS SLANDER. Rube could/would have placed Colt firearm ads in one of his many different newspaper publishing efforts in Canada. Rube started in the newspaper business working as a apprentice type setter in Ontario Canada in the office of the Mount Forest Representative in the 1880's, later as editor at the 'Daily Times' Crookston, Minnesota in 1898, the 'Reporter' in Rapid City Canada in 1902 as editor, Sarasota Florida the 'Sarasota Sun' in 1913 as publisher-editor and the 'Florida Fisherman' in 1920's St Petersburg Fl as editor, Rube would have known how to get a gun in the 1920's.
1921 Unsolved Brutal Murder of Harry Higel On Siesta Key Fl. Although he is now now largely forgotten, except as the name on the Higel Avenue street sign, Harry L. Higel was one of the most important people in Sarasota’s early growth and development. Was Harry Lee Higel pistol whipped with a revolver on Sarasota Key on Friday morn Jan. 7th, 1921. Harry Higel was severely beaten around the face and head. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. Mr Higel had a deep laceration over his right eye and a skull fracture, his face was so badly bludgeoned he was unidentifiable, a footprint found in the sand next to Higel's body appeared to match one of Rube Allyn's rubber soled canvas shoes. Harry Higel died Friday January 7th, 1921 from his injuries 99 years ago.  
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The remains of a rusted antique Colt revolver were found in late November 2019 buried on the north end of Siesta Key off of Higel Avenue with a broken grip. Nothing in this article indicates that anyone linked to Law Enforcement was involved in the murder of Harry Higel. The sidearms chosen by law enforcement agencies usually mark the next stage of handgun innovation, when police departments start carrying a new type of handgun civilian ownership is often not far behind. This is the case of the rusted remains of a antique Colt Police Positive .32 Caliber Revolver found buried on Siesta Key in November 2019. By 1921 over 150,000 of the mass marketed Colt revolvers were on the streets of the US, the gun was first manufactured in 1907, everyone had one. Nothing in this article is meant to disparage or disrespect anyone in Law Enforcement. 
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The remains of the antique Colt Police Positive .32 Caliber Revolver found buried on Siesta Key in November 2019, apparently the gun was buried with 6 live rounds in the cylinder. The Colt revolver had at least one live round still visible in the #1 cylinder before it fell out. As this firearm was made to rotate to the right the next time the trigger was pulled a live round would have fired back in the day, see photo above. No one buries a firearm with live rounds unless it is linked to a crime.  As it was in 1921, the main suspect in the brutal bludgeoning murder of Harry Higel was and is Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr who had been Mr. Higel's adversary and antagonist since 1911 when Rube shows up in the Sarasota Palmetto area. Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr was an Irishman 'through and through' with all the baggage from heavy drinking, he was married to the long suffering Rose Evelyn Knestrick Allyn.
Sometime during the morning of Friday January 7th, 1921 between 8:15 am and 8:30 am Harry Higel was severely beaten around the head and face, falling limp by the side of the road on Siesta Key. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl on January 7th, 1921. Harry Higel had a gash on his head exposing a two-inch wide crack in the top of his skull above the right eye, several broken facial bones and several wounds on the top and back of his head according to a report from Dr. Joseph Haldon. Harry appears from the description of the wounds to have had severe brain damage from the beating. Harry Higel was found Friday January 7th, 1921 at 8:30 am laying in a pool of blood, but still alive. 

Apparently Harry Higel did not have any injuries to his body below his neck, he was not hit by a car, no broken arms or legs, no mention of defensive wounds on his arms or shoulders, some investigators have indicated he was hit with a shovel but if he was, there most likely would have been other wounds to the body like his shoulders and neck, there were not. When someone is pistol whipped it is up close and personal. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl.
In a pistol whipping the victim usually is held by his shirt collar and blows are reigned down on the head and face area with the revolver and as the victim falls to the ground more blows can be inflicted on the face and head fracturing the skull, breaking teeth, breaking nose, fracturing the eye orbits, breaking jaw, making the face unrecognizable, just like the skull fractures in the simulated skull in the photo above.  One detail accurately portrayed in Movies and TV is "Old West" Marshal Wyatt Earp's Dodge City KS method of administering an NFL-style concussion through a practice known as pistol-whipping. Earp was renowned for this brutal and debilitating technique. It involved slamming his long-barreled Colt revolver into the side of a misbehaving cowboy’s head with such force that the victim was knocked unconscious, if not permanently comatose.
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An article published in the Sarasota Times in early January 1921 went into some detail of the wounds Harry Higel suffered to his head and face during the fatal attack Friday Jan 7th, 1921 on Sarasota Key. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl at 8:30 am. According to the article Harry Higel had an ugly cut over his right eye with the top of the skull being split open for about two inches and gaping apart. The wound on the left side of his head was equally dangerous, the skull crushed in BUT the skin not being broken. The multipe wounds on the back of the head indicated the head had been beaten with a club or some instrument (possibly a steel hardened revolver?).
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Harry Higel had a gash on his head exposing a crack in his skull above the right eye, several broken facial bones and several wounds on the top and back of his head. The butt of a gun like the Colt Police Positive .32 Caliber revolver could very well have caused the multiple depression wounds to the face and head of Harry Higel during a pistol whipping including the two-inch gash above the right eye. The murder weapon was never found, was it an axe, a shovel, a club or a hard steel revolver? Rumors had it that the murder weapon that killed Harry Higel was buried somewhere near what is now the Siesta Key Village on Beach Rd. When you look at a revolver for identification, the best place to locate latent fingerprints is on the smooth surface of the barrel, the cylinder or the ammunition. Conversely, DNA-containing material is best found on uneven or rough surfaces where cells have rubbed off or collected in low spots. The best place to locate DNA evidence on a gun is in the ridges of the grip, hammer or trigger. When DNA is analyzed for criminal-case purposes, the result is termed a “DNA profile.” The DNA profile can then be compared to known DNA profiles, commonly called standards, obtained from victims and suspects associated with the case. 
    photo credit Harry Higel Sarasota County Historical Resources
Photos above of Harry Higel and Rube Allyn Sr when both men were in their 20's. Harry Higel was born 12/31/1867 in Philadelphia PA. Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn was born 1/01/1866 in Canada as per all indications (Ohio as Rube indicated on the 1940 Census). Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr grew up in the small town of Mount Forest, Ontario Canada. Rube Allyn has a history with Philadelphia PA, Hog Island PA, Crookston, Minnesota and New York City NY. Harry Higel and Rube Allyn Sr were both born after the end of the US Civil War that wrapped up in 1865, sort of war babies, both men were Capricorn's on the Zodiac table. Harry Higel is of direct German heritage while Rube Allyn Sr was an Irishman 'through and through' with all the baggage from heavy drinking. The portrait photo of Rube Allyn Sr on the right above was taken in New York City sometime between 1889 to 1890 when Rube Allyn Sr would have been in his 20's. Rube Allyn Sr from all accounts was a tall man at 6' 2', apparently much taller than Harry Higel. Rube Allyn's real name is Rubert Royce Allen he grew up in Mount Forest, Wellington County Ontario Canada. Rube Allyn was his stage name. Rube Allyn aka Rubert Royce Allen's parents were Irish refugees to Ontario Canada from the potato famine in Ireland, Rube was born in Canada. 
The Tampa Bay Times St. Petersburg Fl on Sunday September 11th 1927 published an interview with Rube Allyn at his cottage/shack in Ruskin Fl. During the interview by conducted by reporter Tom Haaris,  Rube Allyn came clean on his actual name at birth in Canada on Jan 1st, 1866, his true name is William James Allen. Rube Allyn was just his stage name as an actor and he contiued to use it as he leagl name for most all of his adult life, even when he married his wife Rose Evelyn he gave her the last name Allyn. Rube Allyn aka  William James Allen Born January 1st 1866 - Mt. Forest, Ontario, Canada. Deceased 23 October 1947 Lot of deception here.
      photo credit Florida fisherman magazine
Photo above on left shows Rube Allyn Sr in later life, photo appears to be from the 1940's, he died in 1947 at 81 he had been living in Ruskin Fl. Rube Allyn Sr appears to be a rather large man, well over 6 feet tall with long arms. Harry Higel was a much smaller man, at most he was 5' 6" tall. Rupert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr aka William James (Rube) Allen died in October 1947 he was 81 years old. After Rube Allyn Sr. went to drama school in Philadelphia in 1887 and in New York City in 1889 he eventually became a vaudeville actor and at one time lectured on the Chautauqua circuit all around the north east. 
      photo credit Sarasota County Historical Resources
The first time Rube Allyn Sr grew weary of the stage he took over a newspaper in 1898 at about age 32, the Daily Times, of Crookston, Minnesota, in the western part of the state near East Grand Forks MN, an area rich in Canadian immigrants and railroad workers. The Crookston Daily Times is the smallest daily newspaper in Minnesota, and one of the smallest daily newspapers in the United States it was founded in 1891. Rube Allyn's  venture lasted from late 1898 to 1901. Related Titles: 'The Crookston Times' Crookston, Minn 1885-1914. Over his time, late 1898 to 1901 in Crookston, Minnesota, Rube Allyn Sr built on what he had learned at the Mount Forest Representative in Ontario Canada regarding the editing and publishing of a paper.
   photo credit Sarasota High School 1910.
In "The Story of Sarasota," Karl Grismer described Rube Allyn Sr as " a cross between a genius and a bum...(with) the eloquence of an old-time Shakespearean actor...a man of mood...long hair...seldom if ever bathed...never wore socks...an excellent writer." In October 1911, the Sarasota Times ran a notice that Rube Allyn Sr humorist and impersonator would be entertaining at the Sarasota school hall. Tickets were 25 cents, 15 cents for children.
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When not on the stage, Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr plied his trade as a typesetter. Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr worked in the Mid West, all over the East Coast and over time eventually covered much of the United States on travels as far west as Nebraska, Iowa and Crookston, Minnesota in the late 1890's and early 1900's. Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr would sometimes pause on his travels for a year or more in a town but never really settle down. Over the years, 1890 to 1910, Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr became increasingly eccentric and combative. He wore his hair long, and bore a resemblance to his fellow Irishman, Oscar Wilde, in appearance, mannerisms, and wit. He had frequent bad moods, often drunk and a fierce Irish temper flared up when anyone disagreed with him. In 1911 he landed in Sarasota Fl and decided to stay. By then Rube was married, and he and his wife, the long suffering Rose Evelyn Knestrick Allyn had reconciled again, they had separated several times over the previous 15 years most likely due to his heavy drinking. Rube Allyn Sr started a newspaper in Sarasota called the 'SARASOTA SUN' in 1913 that eventuality failed in early 1916, just like others he had started in Canada. Rube was supposedly liberal and progressive but unstable and not dependable, most likely linked to his heavy drinking. Rube Allyn Sr appears to have been someone with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). 
Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr left Sarasota and his family of 7 on Siesta Key in Nov. 1917 and found work in the U.S. Navel Hog Island PA shipyard until after the end of World War I in 1918 and then into 1919, the shipbuilding continued until 1921. Rube was making .60 cents an hour as skilled labor with Board and Lodging advanced against wages, he would have been in his 50's at this time. After the war and the eventual shipyard layoffs he returned to Sarasota Fl in late 1919. Rube began publishing the 'Florida Fisherman' in August 1920 with help from his pals at the St Petersburg Times. During the travels of Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr all over the US were Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr plied his trade as a typesetter, it is my opinion that at one time or another he obtained a firearm for protection, very possibly the remains of a Colt .32 caliber Police Positive revolver found buried 98 years later with a broken grip on north Siesta Key in November 2019.
       photo credit Sarasota County Historical Resources
Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr was an Irishman, he was born January 1st 1866 in Canada as per all indications (Ohio as he indicated on the 1940 US Census). Rube's parents, Alex and Anne Allen, born in Ireland were refugees from the Great Potato Famine who settled in Mount Forest, Ontario Canada where Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr grew up. Rube Allyn Sr was an Irishman through and through including all the baggage associated with heavy drinking. Harry Higel, born December 31st 1867, was the polar opposite of Rube Allyn who is about the same exact age as Harry. Harry Higel was of direct German heritage. Harry Higel and his wife came from affluent families, they were land owners and very influential members of the Venice, Sarasota and Sarasota Key area, Rube Allyn Sr was not. Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr and Harry Higel would butt heads on several issues beginning in 1911 when Rube shows up in Sarasota Fl. Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr was a hard drinking Irishman.
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Photo above of the front and back of loaded cylinder of the remains of a Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver found buried on Siesta Key in late November 2019, it had been in the ground for at least 90+ years, with a broken grip and 6 live rounds in the cylinder. In late November 2019, I was made aware of a rusted out antique gun found buried off of Higel Ave just south of the 'Out of Door Academy' on north Siesta Key. The rusted remains of the antique gun turned out to be a Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver with one live round still in the six shot cylinder, the other 5 bullets had rusted out. The gun appears to have been fully loaded when it was buried 90+ years ago, it has a broken hard rubber grip on the right side of the gun. The metal on the remains of the rusted antique Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver has oxidized quickly since pulled out of the ground. 

        photo credit Harry Higel Sarasota County Historical Resources
Many small parts of the Colt revolver found buried near Higel Ave have already turned to dust since the homeowners found the gun during some excavation work in their front yard. I came in contact and possession of the Colt gun late on Saturday November 23rd, 2019 and it wasn't till Monday evening November 25th, 2019, after a lot of research with the Colt Mfg company and every printed article concerning the murder of Harry Higel and deep background on Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr aka William James (Rube) Allen did I understand that the antique firearm could be linked to Mr. Higel's death. I took the old rusted Colt firearm remains, parts and pieces, to the Sarasota County Sheriff Dept 6010 Cattleridge Blvd the morning of Tuesday November 26th, 2019 and explained it's origin on Siesta Key and that I had the permission from the property owner to deliver the remains of the revolver to the Sarasota County Sheriff.
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The rusted remains of a Colt .32 caliber revolver that had been buried on private property on Siesta Key for 90+ years was identified from it's distinctive brown hard rubber grips and the word COLT circled high up on one of the grips. Typical to the time period of early and prior 1920's. The hard Colt rubber grips with the COLT logo were made from 1907 to 1922 and then changed in 1923 to Walnut wood stock grips. If the Colt gun found buried had wooden grips they would have been long gone and made identification of the revolver very difficult as any serial number or identification on the barrel was corroded. The live round was identified as a .32 caliber long, it was not operable. The gun appears to have been coated with cement and buried, the gun dates to at least 1907 thru early 1920's. The area where the gun was found on north Siesta Key is near salt water canals, it is surprising that anything at all remains of the Colt revolver.
Why would anyone bury a Colt revolver with 6 live rounds in the cylinder and a broken grip and do everything possible to make it disappear when the cost of the Colt revolver ($25.00) was equal to a full weeks wages of a working man in the 1920's and it was easy to repair? Was it covered in blood? Was it the murder weapon used to beat Harry Higel to death? The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. Photo above, left and right side of hard rubber grip of a rusted antique Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver found buried in a yard off of Higel Ave on north Siesta Key in late November 2019. The right side grip had what appears to be cement stuck to the back of the grip, it crumbled and fell off during examination. Several people on Siesta Key reported that they had seen Rube Allyn Sr close to the crime scene in a nearby Palmetto thicket Friday morning. Harry Higel was beaten early on Friday January 7th 1921 between 8:15 am and 8:30 am. What was Rube Allyn Sr looking for in the Palmetto thicket, why was he there early on Friday morn Jan 7th, 1921? The formative Colt .32 Police Positives took off like rockets and rapidly became law enforcement favorites as well as civilian staples over 450,000 were sold to anyone and everyone.  Colt's Positive Lock prevented an accidental discharge even if the lowered hammer was struck or the pistol was dropped, (or used to hit someone) allowing the revolver to be safely carried with all six chambers loaded, the gun was ahead of it's time. "That Colt .32—you go out and hammer nails with it all day, come back and it will cut dead center on target every time. It's got a really nice action to it and a hell of a wallop."
            photo credit Harry Higel Sarasota County Historical Resources  
Who bludgeoned Harry Higel about the face and head on that Friday morn January 7th, 1921 and left him for dead on the side of the road in north Sarasota Key (now Siesta Key). The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. Who did it,to this day, no one knows! Harry Higel was born on December 31, 1867 in Philadelphia, to Frank and Adelaide Higel. In 1884, at age 17, he moved to Venice, Florida with his parents where he and his brothers helped his father start a canning business. He moved to Sarasota in 1890 and became an entrepreneur developer. He purchased the dock at the foot of Main Street that had been built by the (Scottish) Florida Mortgage and Investment Co. and had the first gasoline and kerosene tanks installed. Higel operated and docked his boat, the Nemo here, and later he bought and operated the steamer Vandalia. He also purchased a large amount of property on the north end of Sarasota Key, which he renamed Siesta Key. At the time of his barbarous death, he was 53 years old, Director of the Bank of Sarasota and the Seaboard Airline Railway. He had been Postmaster, City Commissioner, and elected Mayor of Sarasota three times. 
Bert Luzier and his son Merle were loading and trucking shell on north Siesta Key on that day early on Friday January 7th 1921 when they found Harry Higel lying by the side of the road at about 8:30 am, unconscious, and so bloody that he was unrecognizable. Harry was moaning and making gurgling sounds, he had been left out by the road.
Bert Luzier and his son Merle loaded Harry in their truck and sped him to Dr. Jack Halton’s office across the Siesta Key North bridge (Higel bridge) to the foot of Main Street in Sarasota. When Dr. Halton cleaned the injured person, (Harry Higel), he discovered the gold signet ring with the initials HH, proving that it was Harry Higel. The fact that the ring, a gold watch, and other valuables were still on the body established that the object of the crime was not robbery. 
    photo credit Sarasota Times newspaper...Colt grips bill warner investigations
Who committed this violent over the top beating murder of Harry Higel and why did he do it? The extent of damage done by the multiple blows to the face and head of Harry Higel indicates great rage and hatred by the perp. Hot tempered Irishman Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr had been in bitter disagreements with Harry Higel, and was known for fierce outbursts of his Irish temper especially when he was drinking. Dr Halton rushed Harry Higel to the hospital in Bradenton (there was no hospital in Sarasota yet) where he died shortly after his arrival on Friday January 7th, 1921. 
Manatee County was created in 1855 and Sarasota County was created much later in July 1921 as was the Sarasota County Sheriff Dept. Any investigation of the murder of Harry Higel by suspect Rube Allyn Sr would have had to been conducted by the Manatee County Sheriff, there was no Sarasota County or Sarasota County Sheriff in January 1921. Manatee County Chief Deputy Sheriff D.R. Brown was on the Harry Higel murder scene Friday January 7th 1921 with men and bloodhounds within 20 minutes of being notified. Several people reported that they had seen Rube Allyn Sr. in a nearby Palmetto thicket early in the morning on Friday January 7th 1921 noting that Higel and Allyn had been quarreling heatedly ever since the 1915 Mayor election in Sarasota. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl.
    photo credit Manatee County Fair, 104th edition in Jan 2020
On Friday January 7th 1921 Manatee County Chief Deputy Sheriff D.R. Brown went to Rube Allyn’s house on Siesta Key where he found what was purported to be a pair of blood-soaked rubber soled canvas shoes that appeared to be similar to the shoes that left tracks at the scene of the crime and that led in the direction to Rube Allyn's house nearby on north Siesta Key. There was also a pair of wet work pants with some sort of stains on the front. This was enough evidence for Rube Allyn Sr to be arrested at about 2:00 pm on Friday January 7, 1921. Although the Manatee County Sheriff deputy reported that the shoes had been covered in blood, when they were sent to a Tampa lab for examination, no trace of blood was found, no chain of evidence? Apparently after the Harry Higel beat down Rube Allyn waded across Bayou Louise and washed off all the blood stins on his shoes and pants in the salt water.

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Read more here: https://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article149809234.html#storylink=cpy The Manatee County Deputy Sheriff, thinking that he remembered tracks on the scene that could have been made by the shoes, arrested Rube Allyn Friday January 7th 1921 and took him to the City of Sarasota’s small jail. 
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The Sarasota Police Dept was formed in 1913 and would not have investigated the murder of Harry Higel as Siesta Key in January 1921 was part of Manatee County and under control of the Manatee County Sheriff. The City of Sarasota Fl had a total population of 2,149 people in 1920, Sarasota Key was reported to have about 3 dozen year round residents, Rube Allyn Sr. was one of them. Despite the fact that Rube Allyn Sr declared his innocence and he was in downtown Sarasota shortly before the crime was discovered the morning of Friday January 7th 1921, which now appears to be a lie. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl.
              photo credit Sarasota County Historical Resources
Rube Allyn Sr. was taken to the City of Sarasota jail initially, as seen in photo above on Friday afternoon January 7th, 1921 by the Manatee County Deputy Sheriff, there was no Sarasota County jail at this time. The jail looks like it had 2 cells with lockable doors and an opening for wooden shutters also lockable, there were 'no windows'. The jail looks like an outhouse with padlocks which it probably doubled as. A crowd gathered at the jail, which soon became a mob, and a rope with a noose was seen. The Manatee County Deputy Sheriff and a few men spirited Rube Allyn to the more secure jail in Bradenton, Manatee County. Judge Reeves called for a Grand Jury to hear the evidence and Rube Allyn's  supposed blood stained shoes were sent to Tampa for analysis.
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Friends and Family of murdered Harry Higel provided a notable array of legal talent to assist the prosecution of Rube Allyn Sr. The service of the Fred Thomas National Detective Agency and the Hon. Tom Palmer of Tampa to assist States Attorney McMullen in the prosecution of Rube Allyn Sr. Private detective Fred Thomas from Tampa interviewed two campers, Mr. Rodman and Mr. Rosener, who had set up tents on Beach Rd who might have information about the murder of Harry Higel. A iron pipe found near the crime scene with what appeared to have blood on it was discounted. A search of Rube Allyn's house on Friday January 7th 1921 found a pair of trousers belonging to Rube Allyn Sr. that had been recently washed and were still wet, possibly washing away any blood evidence. Dr Allen in Tampa the brother of Rube Allyn Sr provided legal defense in the form of Hon. J.B. Singletary for Rube Allyn Sr at his Grand Jury hearing.

      credit Article Sarasota Times March 9, 1921, photo credit Pach Bros 841 Broadway NY, NY
After 61 days in jail, Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr appeared before the Manatee County Grand Jury (Sarasota was part of Manatee County in January 1921) and the report on the shoes was read. No indication of blood was found. Since no evidence to indict was found, Rube Allyn Sr. was freed on March 9th, 1921, see Sarasota Times article above. On June 2nd 1921 Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr with his wife Rose Evelyn Knestrick Allyn and 5 children and a son who assumed the name Rubert Royce (Rube) Allyn Jr, moved to Ruskin Fl. Rube Allyn Sr continued to publish the small bimonthly magazine called "The Florida Fisherman" in Ruskin that he started in the summer of 1920 with the help of the St Petersburg Times. ST PETE TIMES WROTE March 9, 1921: FLORIDA EDITOR ACQUITTED OF MURDER CHARGE. Rube Allyn, editor of the St. Petersburg 'Florida Fisherman' and former publisher of a Sarasota Newspaper was released from jail after the Grand Jury found insufficient evidence to support a true bill to indict. Rube Allyn is one of the best known paper men in Florida. While Allyn’s jail time meant the end of his career at the Sarasota Sun, he was still working as an editor of Florida Fisherman, a publication put out by the St. Petersburg Times. The Times stood by Allyn, considering that he had spent much of his time surrounding the murder in St. Petersburg perfecting the start-up magazine.
See portrait photo above of Rube Allyn Sr above taken at Pach Bros Photography 841 Broadway NY, NY. Pach Bros was at the 841 Broadway location from 1877 to 1890 when they went out of business, Rube Allyn Sr. would have been in his 20's when he had his glamour photo, portrait photo taken. Rube appears to have been a news editor, type setter, vaudevillian, humorist, entertainer, shipyard worker, night watchman and published a small bimonthly magazine called "The Florida Fisherman". He once attempted to float his publishing office across Sarasota Bay to elude creditors, by cutting it loose from the pier it sat on. It sank. In "The Story of Sarasota," Karl Grismer described Rube Allyn Sr as " a cross between a genius and a bum...(with) the eloquence of an old-time Shakespearean actor...a man of bad Irish moods...long hair...seldom if ever bathed...never wore socks...an excellent writer." In October 1911, the Sarasota Times ran a notice that Rube Allyn Sr, humorist and impersonator, would be entertaining at the Sarasota High School hall, Rube Allyn Sr would have been 45 years old at this time.
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Photo above Sarasota County Times Newspaper issue Thursday June 16, 1921. The Sarasota County Sheriff's office was established in July 1921 upon the creation of Sarasota County's break from the southern portion of Manatee County. This was 6 months after the murder of Harry Higel, some speculate the break from Manatee County was the result of the poor handling of Mr. Higel's death investigation. One of the first acts of the Sarasota County Commission, which was formed in June 1921, was a July 21, 1921, resolution offering a $1,000 reward for evidence leading to the capture of Harry Higel’s murderer — more than $12,000 today. But since that day there have not been any new leads in the murder mystery. Florida Governor Cary A. Hardee appointed Burna Dale "Heinie" Levi as the first Sheriff of Sarasota County in July 1921, he had no prior law enforcement background. On August 22, 1921, Sarasota City Marshal L.D. Hodges became the agency's first deputy. Sarasota City Marshal L. D. Hodges was elected Sheriff and took office in December 1922.
On Friday January 7th, 1921, Harry Higel was severely beaten around the head and face, falling limp by the side of the road on Siesta Key near the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl on January 7th, 1921 at 8:30 am. His face was so badly bludgeoned he was unidentifiable. Harry had a two-inch gash above the right eye splitting his skull according to a report from Dr. Joseph Haldon. Harry Higel's multiple facial and head wounds, front and back, could very possibly have been caused by someone pistol whipping Harry with a revolver. The base of the hard rubber butt grip of a 1920's Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver covers a heavy metal frame, there are several sharp edges on the heavy and rugged gun that would cause severe damage to one's face and head in a pistol whipping.
       photo credit Harry Higel Sarasota County Historical Resources
The Sarasota Times reported on September 17, 1914, "that plans have been drawn by a local architect and the Higel-Hurst Hotel aka Hurst Inn was assured. The hotel will have 20 bedrooms and a dining room large enough to accommodate 100 people." The estimated cost would be between $10,000 and $15,000. Work on the hotel began immediately. The contract for the foundation was awarded within a week. Plans were also drawn up for several guest bungalows to be built close to the hotel. Higel's plan included streets along which the bungalows would be built and sidewalks to the hotel from Higel Ave. His idea was to make Siesta Key a settlement where every comfort would be provided. Higel believed that this type of plan would be popular with tourists. Hotel Higelhurst opened its doors on March 9, 1915, with more than 200 people attending the grand opening reception. Since the bridge to the key was not finished, ferry boats provided transportation to the hotel. In Higel's promotional brochure, Siesta on the Gulf, he claimed that his hotel was on of the most modern in Manatee County. The daily rates were $2.50 and up. The hotel had hot and cold running water in every room, large baths, gas and electric lights and telephones. Also, the  Higel-Hurst Hotel aka Hurst Inn was less than 50 yards to the Gulf Pass (Big Pass). The Higel-h-Hurst proved to be very popular and was a success for Higel. For some reason Rube Allyn Sr. put up a ramshackle house/office near the Higelhurst Hotel aka Higel-Hurst Inn. In 1917 Harry Higel was planning an expansion when the hotel caught fire on March 31st, Rube Allyn Sr was nearby that night. Harry Higel's Higelhurst Hotel aka Higel-Hurst Inn on the Gulf located on north Siesta Key at Big Pass burnt to the ground on March 31st 1917. Harry Higel's son, Gordon Higel, a retired postmaster, recalled that tears ran down his father's face as they watched the hotel burn to the ground from the mainland. Although he announced plans to rebuild, there was very little insurance on the building. Higel never rebuilt the hotel.

     photo credit Harry Higel Sarasota County Historical Resources
In 1920 and 1921 Harry Higel quarreled with Rube Allyn Sr over an unpaid debt after he’d lent Rube Allyn money for a home on the north end of Siesta Key. The Higel-Hurst Hotel overlooked Big Pass and suspiciously burned down in March 1917. Rube Allyn Sr and his family lived near the Hotel on Siesta Key. Rube Allyn Sr printed the Sarasota Sun newspaper inside a dockside office at 120 N Gulf Stream Blvd Sarasota. Harry Higel Land Developer office/home was at 107 N Gulf Stream Blvd Sarasota. A mention in the 1917 Sarasota City Council minutes stated that Rube’s building at 120 N Gulf Stream Blvd was declared to be a menace and he was ordered to remove it. Harry Higel's home loan to Rube Allyn was coming due just before Higel was murdered in January 1921. Rube Allyn was known for erratic behavior, bad moods, drinking, combative nature, and a fierce and short Irish temper. Often a donkey-drawn cart carrying Rube Allyn’s disabled son would pass through Higel’s property on north Higel Avenue and the gate to a chicken coop was often left open further inciting Harry. In 1917, the Higelhurst Hotel mysteriously burned down one month before the bridge to Sarasota Key was completed in May 2917. Higel suffered a major financial loss. No one knew whom or what was responsible for the fire, but many folks believed it was Rube Allyn, mostly because of his close proximity to the property and his assertiveness toward Higel. During the 1916 local elections, Allyn is said to have criticized Harry Higel’s character in his newspaper. 
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Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr was born in 1866 he grew up in Ontario Canada where his Irish immigrate parents had settled, he also has early links Philadelphia in 1887 and to New York City in 1889 and Crookston, Minnesota in 1901 and Philadelphia again from 1917 to late 1919. World War I lasted from July 1914 to November 1918. Rube Allyn Sr. worked at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA building docks for the Navy Contractor from November 1917 to late in 1919, the shipbuilding continued until 1921. Rube Allyn Sr. was making .60 cents and hour for a 10 hour day with Board and Lodging advanced against wages. Rube would have been in his 50's at this time working at a very dangerous, hard and dirty job for .60 cents and hour, many men were killed during the shipbuilding. During his time at Hog Island, about 12 miles from Philadelphia, Rube voiced a strong hatred for the German speaking Jews who worked with him. He admitted to having been arrested for attempted murder when he threw two German speaking Jews off the trolley on the way to Hog Island in 1918.  
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The U.S. Naval Yard at Hog Island: in September 1918, cases of the influenza pandemic were reported at the Naval Yard and began to spread. Mortality on some days at Hog Island was several hundred people and, by the time the pandemic began to subside in October 2018, more than 12,000 people had died. Rube Allyn Sr from Sarasota Fl was at the U.S. Naval Yard at Hog Island from November 1917 to late in 1919 and somehow survived all of this.
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Rube Allyn Sr was toiling away outside in the heat or freezing cold at the U.S. Naval shipyard Hog Island PA for .60 cents an hour from November 1917 to late in 1919 when he was in his 50's. Back in Sarasota Harry Higel was the king of Sarasota and Siesta Key, he was very influential in the booming City of Sarasota while Rube was working in the mud at Hog Island. Rube Allyn Sr returned to Siesta Key in late 1919 and set up the Florida Fisherman magazine in August 1920 with the help and financing of the St Petersburg Times. Did Rube bring a gun back with him? The Colt Police Positive would have been used by the police department in Philadelphia in the 1900's and by night watchmen like Rube at the Hog Island shipyard. Did Rube Allyn Sr 'pick up' a Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver while he was working at the Hog Island Philadelphia shipyard as a night watchman. In 1917, as part of the World War I effort, the US government contracted American International Shipbuilding Corp to build ships and a shipyard at Hog Island. At the time Hog Island became the largest shipyard in the world, with 50 slipways. The shipbuilding continued until 1921, after which the facility was rapidly demolished. 
On March 14, 1918 when Sarasota's Rube Allyn Sr was still working at the U.S. Naval shipyard at Hog Island PA there was a huge bomb plot to blow up the shipyard. 245 pounds of dynamite was discovered that had been hidden by German agents in and around the shipyard. The massive bomb plot at the shipyard was discovered just a little over a month after Sarasota's Rube Allyn Sr had testified before the Senate Committee instigation of Hog Island when he voiced his racist comments about the German speaking Jews he worked with. Rube Allyn Sr left Philadelphia for Sarasota in late 1919. When Rube Allyn Sr. returned to Sarasota in late 1919 he returned with a great deal of hatred for the German speaking Jews he encountered at the Hog Island PA shipyard. Rube appears to have had a hatred of anyone speaking German or anyone of German ancestry after the German bomb plot at the Hog Island shipyard where he was working. All of Rube's encounters with Germans or German speaking people occurred during the first World War against Germany. Rube Allyn Sr did not like Germans when he came back to Sarasota in late 1919. Rube was a "loaded gun just waiting to go off".
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In "The Story of Sarasota," Karl Grismer wrote after returning to Sarasota from Philadelphia, Rube Allyn Sr. began publishing the Florida Fisherman in August 1920, four months later on January 7, 1921, Rube Allyn Sr was arrested for the brutal bludgeoning murder of Harry Higel, a respected community leader and three-term mayor of Sarasota. When the announcement of Higel’s murder was made, Rube Allyn Sr was the focal suspect. “All the fingers were pointing at him,” LaHurd said. In 1921 only about 3 dozen people actually lived on Sarasota Key, Rube Allyn Sr was one of them and he was there on Friday morn January 7th 1921. Rube Allyn Sr traveled to Sarasota later on Friday morning January 7th 1921 crossing the north bridge from Sarasota Key. According to Grismer’s book, an enraged mob captured Rube Allyn Sr in downtown Sarasota on Friday afternoon and draped a noose around his neck before authorities interrupted and transported Rube Allyn Sr to Bradenton in Manatee County for the trial. Sixty-one days later, a grand jury failed to indict Rube Allyn of the murder, because the evidence presented was circumstantial, including reported sightings of Rube Allyn Sr in palmetto plants near the crime scene Thursday night. Rumors by locals in Sarasota had it that Rube Allyn Sr confessed to murdering Harry Lee Higel while in the Sarasota jail but Rube later took it back. There was never a trial for Rube Allyn Sr, nor enough evident at the time.
       photo credit Harry Higel Sarasota County Historical Resources
Why would someone/anyone bury a Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver with 6 live rounds in the cylinder and a broken grip that dates to 1907 and the early 1920's in a field, just south of where The Outdoor Academy is located now off of a street that runs west from Higel Ave on the North end of Siesta Key. Was the antique Colt gun with the broken grip, loaded with 6 rounds the Harry Lee Higel murder weapon? A $1,000 reward was offered for the murderer of Harry Higel, but no one else was ever arrested other than Rube Allyn Sr.
According to Colt literature of the 1920s, the .32 caliber Police Positive Special was, "Adopted as standard by many large and hundreds of smaller city Police Departments due to its rugged, sturdy frame, accuracy and hard-hitting qualities. During the early 1900's the Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver was very popular among just about everyone who wanted a reliable firearm, Express Messengers, Paymasters, Watchmen, and Special officers. The Colt Police Positive .32 caliber revolver was also the choice for Home, Store, Motoring and Beach/Camping protection. Rube Allyn Sr. took his show on the road for over 20 years. Rube Allyn Sr traveled all over the US, apparently traveling by train and car from at least the late 1890''s to 1906 and then again from about 1917 to 1919, it is not a reach by any means to think he 'picked up a gun' somewhere in his travels. 
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In the movie 'Goodfellas' Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) pistol-whips Karen's neighbor Bruce with a snub-nosed Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver with a square butt, which he gives to Karen (Lorraine Bracco) to hide. The Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver would appear to inflict serious injury to the victim with blows to the head and face, which would include broken nose, deep gashes in the face and head and multiple depressed skull fracturesPistols and revolvers are not only used to discharge cartridges, but also for hits to the victims head. In such cases, the blows preferably affect the head. The impact is mostly exerted either by the grip of a pistol or the butt of a revolver. As in other kinds of pistol-whipping, the scalp wounds may be associated with fractures of the skull and even with brain contusions and as such could cause death. The Colt .32 Positive Special incorporated Colt’s “Positive Lock” safety which prevented the firing pin from hitting the primer unless the trigger was deliberately pulled. Colt's Positive Lock prevented an accidental discharge even if the lowered hammer was struck or the pistol was dropped, (or used to hit someone). 
It is my opinion that Rupert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr ambushed Harry Higel while Harry was out for a walk near his house on the north end of Higel Ave on Siesta Key. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. A planed and calculated attack on Friday January 7th, 1921 that resulted in Mr Higel's death the same day. In my experiences with physical confrontations, if a person is hit with a shovel or a lead pipe or even a baseball bat the assailant is standing about 2 to 3 feet from the victim to be able to swing down on the victim. Usually one or two whacks to the victims head quickly ends the confrontation with the victim experiencing a fractured skull and lying unconscious or dead on the ground. Most likely the blows to the victims head will be in the same general area, the right side or the left side of the head, because once you get hit you go down. In the brutal murder of Harry Higel, Mr. Higel had multiple depressed skull fractures on the top of his head, the side of his head and several more on the back of his head along with his face beat in. 
Which in my opinion indicates Harry Higel was held up by one hand of the assailant, (grabbing a shirt collar), while multiple blows were reigned down to Mr Higel's face and head from all sides with the assailants free hand holding a hard object, up close and personal, a pistol whipping? Rube Allyn was 6' 2' tall with long arms, Harry Higel much smaller man at most 5' 6" tall, lots of deadly wounds on top of Harry Higels' head. Rube Allyn Sr did the dastardly deed, he murdered Harry Higel in my opinion during a pistol whipping. Rube Allyn Sr. had motive (default on loan to Mr Higel and he hated Germans), opportunity (lives near Mr Higel and was there Thursday night) and the physical ability (big strong man) to beat Harry Higel to death most likely with the loaded Colt revolver with the broken grip found 98 years later in November 2019 buried on the north end of Siesta Key. PRIOR BAD ACT: Rube Allyn Sr admitted in sworn testimony before a Senate Committee in Feb. 1918 that he had been arrested for 'Attempted Murder' during a Hate Crime at the Hogs Island PA shipyard, he hated German speaking people, he hated Germans.
    photo credit Harry Higel Sarasota County Historical Resources
Rube Allyn Sr. was a big man well over 6 feet tall and very strong, Harry Higel was a much smaller man, most likely in the 5' 6'' tall range, which would explain all the damage to Harry Higel's head, multiple depressed skull fractures on the top, sides and back of his head from what appears to be a pistol whipping. Blows appeared to have rained down on Harry's head from the much taller Rube Allyn Sr. It is my opinion that Rube Allyn Sr buried the murder weapon, a Colt revolver with a broken grip, that was found 98 years later on north Siesta Key. I am convinced that Rube Allyn Sr confronted Harry Higel and beat him all over his face and head and into a bloody pulp and left him for dead on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. I am also convinced that Rube Allyn Sr burned down Harry Higel's prized Higel-Hurst Hotel on March 31, 1917, he was there on the Island that night and he despised Harry and Germans. There was a lot of anti-German sentiment resulting from World War I in America (Jul 28, 1914 – Nov 11, 1918). Rube Allyn Sr identified as an 'America Patriot' who worked hard labor at the US Naval shipyard Hogs Island PA as his patriotic duty. Harry Higel was of direct German heritage. The Hurst part of the Higel-Hurst Hotel name appears to link to Hurst Germany. Rube Allyn Sr. was a newspaper guy and linked to the St Pete Times in March of 1917 he would have been well aware of the "Zimmerman Note" and the German plot in America. On March 1st, 1917, an explosive story hit the front pages of major U.S. newspapers about a German telegram that had fallen into the hands of the American government. By then, the United States was already on its slow and inexorable path to WWI with Germany. Curiously 30 days later on March 31st, 1917, Harry Higel's prized Higel-Hurst Hotel was burned down. Rube Allyn Sr was a self proclaimed "American Patriot" and had extreme Germanophobic sentiment, there are no coincidences here. Four days later, after the Hotel was burned down, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany on April 4, 1917. Congress quickly complied by a wide margin, and the United States joined the carnage of World War I. Just a few months after Harry's Hotel burns down in March 2017 Rube Allyn Sr leaves Sarasota and is off to the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Hogs Island PA for two years of hard labor at .60 cents an hour sawing timber and building docks, big change for a newspaper guy in his 50's. Rube claimed in testimony before a Senate Committee that he was an "American Patriot" and hated Germans, there are no coincidences here.
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1940 US CENSUS: Rube Allyn Sr had moved to Ruskin Fl in Mach 1921 with his wife
Rose Evelyn Knestrick Allyn and 6 children after his release from jail as the suspect in the January 1921 murder of Harry Higel. In the 1940 US Census Ruskin Fl, Rube Allyn Sr whose birth name is Rupert Royce Allen and appears to have been born in 1866 in Ontario Canada to Irish immigrant parents Alex and Anne Allen, indicated that his name was Rube Allyn Sr and he was born in Ohio and that he was 73 years old. Rube also indicated that he was retired newspaper publisher on the 1940 Census. Rube's wife Rose Evelyn Knestrick (Allyn) was born in Ohio. Rube Allyn was the stage name of Rubert Royce Allen which was his birth name. Rubert is Irish for Robert. Rube Allyn Sr died in October 1947 he was an self proclaimed "America Patriot" to the end.  
Rube Allyn indicated on the 1940 Census that his Marital Status was Widowed, but Rube's wife Rose Evelyn Knestrick Allyn (1868–1957) did not die until 17 years later (after 1940 census) in 1957? Rube's wife Rose Evelyn Knestrick Allyn (1868–1957) was born on April 2nd 1868 in Wayne County Ohio, she was born in Ohio not Rube. In the 1900 US census Rube and his wife Rose Evelyn were living in Richland, Saunders County, Nebraska his son Rube Allyn Jr was born in 1901 in Iowa. Lots of deception here. "Rube" used at least 3 different variations of his name and spelling during his lifetime, he was Rube Allyn, Rubert Royce Allen and William James Allen his actual birth name, lot of deception here. Rube Allyn claimed during his lifetime that Minnesota was his home State even though he was born in Ontario Canada, lot of deception here. Rube, a con man's con man, the ultimate scam artist.



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RE: Rube Allyn Sr aka Rupert Royce Allen, Newspaper account, Among the notable people who grew up in Wellington County, Ontario Canada was a fellow named Rubert Royce Allen. He was born in 1866. His parents, Alex and Anne Allen, were Irish immigrants. The family, with young Rubert Allen and two sisters, eventually settled in Mount Forest, Canada where the father Alex Allen found employment at his trade as a shoemaker. Young Rubert Allen spent most of his childhood and youth in Mount Forest Ontario Canada. Rubert Allen moved to the Midwest (Ohio), traveling for a few years as a performer under the name of Rube Allyn. Rubert Royce Allen Sr kept the stage name 'Rube Allyn' as his own 'true name' till his death in October 1947 and even passed it on to his son Rubert Royce Allyn Jr. During the early years of Rube Allyn's Sr career the Mount Forest newspapers in Ontario Canada had carried occasional reports of his activities. The Mount Forest Confederate newspaper published a full obituary a few weeks after Rube Allyn Sr's death in 1947. The Mount Forest Confederate newspaper was first printed in 1867.
According to the Tampa Tribune (Tampa, Florida) article on Saturday Feb 25th, 1928, Rube Allyn Sr was a bigamist. Rube supposedly had a wife Laura Huffline Allyn in Alliance Ohio who he married in 1891 that he supposedly forgot about and left 37 years ago. Rube Allyn married wife #2 Rose Evelyn Knestrick (Allyn) also in Ohio in 1897 and Rose moved with Rube to the Sarasota Fl area in 1911, and yet supposedly Rube married another woman in Newark NJ. Supposedly there was an $80,000 inheratance up for grabs if Rube had married Laura. During this fiasco in Feb 1928 wife #2 Rose Evelyn Knestrick (Allyn) was in New York City, she is a playwright and had sold several of her plays for Broadway. Lot of deception here with Rube Allyn, this is probably why Rube Allyn listed himself as widowed on the 1940 US Census in Ruskin Fl where he appears to have been living alone. The whole story about the forgotten wife Laura Allyn in Ohio was a scam scam perpetrated by Rube Allyn whose real true name is William James Allen, he was never married to Laura Huffline Allyn and he never had any sister named Susie. Rube never got the $80,000, Rube Allyn sure could spin a tale, con man.
Information obtained on January 18th, 2020 further indicates contiued deception into the true identity of Rube Allyn aka Rubert Royce Allen Sr from Canada. It appears that "Rube Allyn" aka Rubert Royce Allen Sr real true name was William James (Rube) Allen, DOB 1/01/1866 Mt Forest Ontario Canada:
William James (Rube) Allen Born 1 January 1866 - Mt. Forest, Ontario, Canada. Deceased 23 October 1947 - Bradenton, Florida, aged 81 years old.
Parents: Alexander "Alex" Allen 1827-1914 Harriet "Anne" Thompson 1835-1905
Spouses and children. Rube Allyn Sr (age 31) married in 1897 to Rose Evelyn Knestrick (age 29) who lived from 1868-1957 they had six children:
Mary Aileen Allen 1898-1972
Eileen Anita taylor 1899-1972
Rubert (Rube) Royce Allyn Jr. 1901-1968, St Pete Times editor.
Charles Llewellyn Allyn 1903-1928
George Wayne Allyn 1907-1985
Dorothy Allyn 1909-2001
Siblings, 9 brothers and sisters of Rube Allyn Sr. big Irish family,
Mary Ellen Allen 1855-1936
George Littleton Allen 1857-1942
Harriet Allen 1859-1957
Alexander Hildane Allen 1861-1948
John Thompson Allen 1863-1953
Charles Derondo Allen 1868-1946
Elizabeth Allen 1871-1945
Marcella Allen 1876-1959
Edward Allen 1876-1876

Rube Allyn Sr died in October 1947 after a brief illness he was survived by his long-suffering wife Rose Evelyn Knestrick Allyn, his 2 sons and 3 daughters, and a sister in Mount Forest Ontario Canada. Rubert Royce Allen aka Rube Allyn Sr was born in 1866 in Ontario Canada and died in 1947 in Florida, he had been living in Ruskin Fl, he was 81. Rube is buried in Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida, USA. Rube Allyn Sr Family Members include Spouse Rose Evelyn Knestrick Allyn 1868–1957.
Rube Allyn Sr started a newspaper in Sarasota called the 'SARASOTA SUN' in 1913 that eventuality failed in early 1916, just like others he had started in Canada. Rube was supposedly liberal and progressive but unstable and not dependable, most likely linked to his drinking. Rube was a bigoted racist who hated the German speaking Jews he had to work with at the Hog Island PA shipyard from 1917 to 1919. Rube Allyn was a self proclaimed "American Patriot" and had extreme Germanophobic sentiment.
Harry Lee Higel was born December 31st, 1867 in Philadelphia and died January 7th, 1921 in Sarasota Fl he had just turned 53. The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. Harry Higel and several members of his family are buried in Rosemary Cemetery Sarasota on the Central Ave side. Francis 'Frank' Higel and his son Harry L. Higel both succumbed to violent deaths at the exact same age, 53. Harry Lee Higel and his family members are buried in Section C, Lot 14 which as you face the Cemetery standing on Central Ave is to your left. Lot 14 – The Higels: Gertrude E. Higel, Harry Lee Higel, H. Gordon Higel, Louise K. Higel and Marcia Rader Higel.
Sarasota's Rube Allyn Sr appears to have been the poster boy for someone with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). Rube Allyn Sr was a hot tempered, erratic, hard drinking Irishman whose eccentrics were condemned in Sarasota. Rube was known for fierce outbursts of temper. Rube was venomously bitter when confronted or disagreed with and frequently drunk in Sarasota. Rube had been in bitter disagreements with Harry Higel for years. Rube's testimony before a US Senate Committee in Feb. 1918 reveled a racist, bigoted man who hated Jews and German speaking people. Rube acted violently and impulsively and was arrested for Attempted Murder during the commission of a Hate Crime in Philadelphia in 1918. Someone with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) could destroy property, react way out of proportion to things that happen and could attack or kill another person. Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) involves repeated, sudden episodes of impulsive, aggressive, violent behavior or angry verbal outbursts in which the affected person reacts grossly out of proportion to the situation (Rube Allyn Sr.). Rage, domestic abuse, throwing or breaking objects, or other temper tantrums may be signs of Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). Intermittent Explosive Disorder is a chronic disorder that can continue for years, although the severity of outbursts may decrease with age. Problems with alcohol often occur along with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (Rube Allyn Sr often drunk). The explosive verbal and behavioral outbursts are out of proportion to the situation (Rube Allyn Sr), with no thought to consequences, and can include: Tirades, Heated Arguments, Shouting, Slapping, Shoving or Pushing, Physical Fights, Property Damage, Threatening or Assaulting People (Rube Allyn Sr). They're often perceived by others as always being angry. They may have frequent verbal fights (Rube Allyn Sr) or there can be physical abuse. These actions can lead to relationship problems, divorce and family stress. Other complications of intermittent explosive disorder may include job loss, financial problems or trouble with the law. Rube Allyn's Sun Newspaper in Sarasota failed after just 3 years, creditors were after him for non-payment. Could violent Rube Allyn Sr have beaten his adversary Harry Higel to death on Siesta Key, what do you think? The battered body of Harry Higel was found on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl on Friday Jan 7th, 1921. The murder of Harry Higel remains cloaked in secrecy and always will be one of Southwest Florida’s greatest mysteries.


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