July 7, 2013

Young Girl Killed in Saloon Raid, 1901



[November 6, 1901] -

When Circuit Court convened in Somerset Monday, Sam McClendon walked in and surrendered to the Sheriff, saying that he had killed Robert Johnson a prosperous young farmer.  That was the first that was ever know of the killing.  McClendon first claimed he killed Johnson in self-defense, and then said it was accidental.  He was promptly indicted. [1]


[November 6, 1901] -



SOMERSET, Ky., Nov 6-- News reached here this morning of the killing of the five-year-old daughter of Samuel McClendon.  McClendon is in jail at this place charged with the killing of Robert Johnston, a few days ago.  McClendon and his wife have been running a saloon for some time in this county near the Wayne line.  At an early hour yesterday morning a mob raided their establishment, firing guns and pistols.

McClendon's wife, who was in the house at the time, attempted to make her escape with her five-year-old daughter.  During their flight they were fired on and the child was instantly killed.

Excitement is running high in that section and great sorrow is felt for the father and mother of the young girl. [2]


[November 12, 1901] -

Samuel McClendon, charged with killing Robert Johnson, near Somerset, was acquitted.  McClendon claimed the killing was accidental. [3]


[1] Excerpt from "Late State News." The Richmond Climax, Richmond, KY. November 6, 1901. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069162/1901-11-06/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] "Child Killed." Morning Herald, Lexington, KY. November 6, 1901. Page 7. Genealogybank.com.

[3] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 12, 1901. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1901-11-12/ed-1/seq-1/


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