August 29, 2012

Two Men Killed, One Injured in Road Ambush, Laurel, 1903


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[June 2, 1903] -



London, Ky., June 2-- John Farmer and a young man named Whittaker were killed near Bernstadt, this county.  A brother of Whittaker was slightly wounded.  The survivor stated that he was riding some distance behind the two men when he heard shots fired.  As he came up to where his brother and Farmer lay dead in the road some persons in the bushes near the roadside fired upon him, wounding him in the arm.  He fired four shots at them and made his escape. [1]


[June 2, 1903] -

John Farmer and a man named Whittaker were shot from ambush and killed near East Bernstadt.  A brother of the latter was also injured. [2]


[June 4, 1903] -

Victims of Assassins.

Somerset, Ky., June 4. -- Further details of the killing of Walter Whittaker and John Farmer, of this county, show that the men were victims of one or more assassins.  They were shot from ambush while passing through a thickly wooded district from London. [3]


[1] "Shot From Ambush." The Paducah Sun, Paducah, KY. June 2, 1903. Page 8. LOC.

[2] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 2, 1903. Page 1. LOC.

[3] "Victims of Assassins." The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY. June 4, 1903. Page 1. LOC.

Also reported in: "Victims of Assassins." Owingsville Outlook, Owingsville, KY. June 11, 1903. Page 2. LOC.


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