June 23, 2011

Sheriff Candidates Draw Straws to Determine Winner, 1904


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[November 25, 1904] -

In the race for sheriff, there was no official count of the vote as both candidates agreed that upon the face of the returns it was a tie vote, and owing to the irregularity in many precincts, neither candidate was willing to stand a contest, so it was agreed to draw straws for who would be sheriff, the unlucky candidate to be a deputy, which resulted in R. L McFerron's nomination, with G. S. Griffin as deputy. For the other two deputies, it was agreed that, the two running with McFerron and the two with Griffin should decide the question among themselves in the same manner, which resulted in the selection of John Robins and J.T. Nicely. Reubin Abney and D. G. Clark were the unsuccessful candidates.


Republican nominee for sheriff of Rockcastle.  Upon the face of the return it seems that it was a tie-vote (although there was no official count of the vote) between Mr. McFerron and Mr. Griffin and neither one being willing to stand a contest as irregularities existed in almost every precinct in the county, a compromise was effected, which resulted in Mr. McFerron's nomination, with Mr. Griffin as one of his deputies.


Who will be one of the deputies under McFerron.


[1] Mt. Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. November 25, 1904. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1904-11-25/ed-1/seq-1/

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