March 28, 2014

Pulaski County Jailer Killed in a Blind Tiger, Pulaski, 1898

Previously:

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[June 21, 1898] -

KILLING AT SOMERSET.-- A dispatch from Somerset says that John Perry Colyer, a farmer, shot and killed Jailer A. J. Catron in a blind tiger near the public square Saturday evening.  The men married sisters and had been friendly till Robert Colyer killed Jim Wickersham last December.  Catron espoused the cause of the latter and took considerable interest in the prosecution.  An ill-feeling between the two resulted and when they met in the blind tiger they reached for their pistols.  Colyer was the quicker and shot Catron in the left eye, the ball penetrating his brain.  He was arrested and guarded in the court-house till the first train and then taken to Danville.  There was a good deal of feeling and violence was expected as Catron was a very popular man.  He married a daughter of Hon. Stephen Tate, of Wayne, and she was on a visit to him when the tragedy occurred.  Catron as a cousin of County Judge W. M. Catron, who is well-known here. [1]








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[June 22, 1898] -

Killing at Somerset.

SOMERSET, KY., June 18.  This evening at 6 o'clock John Perry Colyer, a farmer of this county, shot and killed A. J. Catron, Jailer of Pulaski county.  Both were intoxicated.  The trouble came up over bad feeling which grew out of the Colyer-Wickersham tragedy some six months ago.

The principals in to-day's tragedy were at a blind tiger, near the public square.  Catron, Seth Mofield and Colyer met.  It is alleged that they reached for their guns, when Colyer shot Catron below the left eye, the ball penetrating the brain.  Colyer and Catron married cousins, and up to a few months ago had been friends.  Both were well connected, Catron being one of the most popular men in the county.

Colyer is under arrest, and is being guarded in the court-house by Chief of Police R. O. Hughes and a posse.  He will be taken to Danville to-morrow where he will be placed in jail.

Catron, the victim of this evening's tragedy, is a cousin of County Judge William M. Catron.  Catron's wife is on a visit to her father, Hon. Stephen Tate, of Wayne county.

John Perry Colyer, who shot Catron, is a brother of Robert Colyer, the policeman who shot and killed James S. Wickersham at this place last December.  Robert Colyer was tried at the March term of the Pulaski Court and acquitted.  Catron was a warm friend of Wickersham's, and took considerable interest in Colyer's prosecution.  This resulted in ill-feeling, which no doubt caused to-day's tragedy.  Robert Colyer, after his acquittal, moved to Arthur, Ill., where he now resides.

Colyer and Catron were each about thirty-five years of age.  Catron had the reputation of being quarrelsome when under the influence of liquor, but when sober was a thorough gentleman.  He had always been prominent in Republican politics in this county, and was serving his second term as Jailer. [2]




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[June 24, 1898] -


BAIL.

John P. Colyer was allowed bail by the examining court for killing Jailer Catron at Somerset, in the sum of $5,000, which he gave.  W. A. Morrow defended and O. H. Waddle prosecuted. [3]




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[June 24, 1898] -

Largest Funeral in Many Years.

SOMERSET, Ky., June 22. -- The funeral of A. J. Catron, jailer of this county, was held here Tuesday, and was the largest witnessed here in many years. [4]



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[June 28, 1898] -

Samuel Renfro, a relative of Judge Catron's wife, has been appointed by him to succeed the late A. J. Catron as jailer of Pulaski. [5]




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[July 1, 1898] -

Later reports of the killing of Jack Catron at Somerset go to show that Mr. Catron had no weapons at all and it appears to have been wanton murder. Somerset papers speak very highly of the deceased. He stood very high in his county and was everybody's friend. [6]






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[July 12, 1898] -

At Somerset John Satterfield was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary for the killing of Tom Smith.  The trial of Colyer for the murder of Jailer Catron was continued. [7]




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[October 25, 1898] -

The October term of the Pulaski circuit court, which began at Somerset yesterday, promises to be very interesting.  There 322 civil cases on the docket and 291 indictments, making a total of 613 cases.  There are several very important civil cases, but only three or four murder cases.  The case in which the most interest is exhibited is the prosecution against John P. Colyer, charged with the murder of A. J. Catron, late jailer of the county. [8]






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[November 1, 1898] -

SOMERSET, Ky., Oct 28.-- The case of John Perry Colyer, charged with killing Jailer A. J. Catron, last May, was called Thursday. [9]




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[November 4, 1898] -

Henry Catron, [?] Tate, and G. S. Griffin are in Somerset attending the trial of John P. Colyer, charged with the murder of A. J. Catron. [10]





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[June 27, 1899] -

The Pulaski circuit court is in session with the Colyer murder case the most important one on the docket. He killed Jail[er] Catron and at the trial last December the jury hung. [11]





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[July 11, 1899] -

Ross Meece, who killed John Haynes at Science Hill, was acquitted at Somerset.  The jury in the case of Colyer for killing Catron could not agree and was discharged. [12]





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[November 28, 1899] -

The jury in the case of John Colyer for killing Jailer Jack Catron at Somerset stood nine for conviction and three for acquittal and were discharged. [13]





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[December 1, 1899] -

The jury in the case of Colyer for the killing of Jack Catron in Somerset, last summer failed to agree and was discharged last Wednesday.  This is the third hung jury. [14]





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[December 8, 1899] -

Gov. Bradley pardoned John Colyer Wednesday for the killing of Jack Catron at Somerset last year. [15]





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[December 12, 1899] -

The Somerset Paragon doesn't take kindly to the pardon of John P. Colyer for the murder of A. J. Catron and says it will not result in good for the county. [16]





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[1] "Killing at Somerset." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 21, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-06-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[2] "Killing at Somerset." The Hartford Herald, Hartford, KY. June 22, 1898. Page 2. LOC.http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84037890/1898-06-22/ed-1/seq-2/

[3] Excerpt from "Local Happenings." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 24, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-06-24/ed-1/seq-3/


[4] "Largest Funeral in Many Years." The Central Record, Lancaster, KY. June 24, 1898. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069201/1898-06-24/ed-1/seq-4/


[5] Excerpt from "News in the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 28, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-06-28/ed-1/seq-1/



[6] Excerpt from "Local and Otherwise." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. July 1, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1898-07-01/ed-1/seq-3/

[7] Excerpt from "News in the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 12, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-07-12/ed-1/seq-1/


[8] Excerpt from "News in the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 25, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-10-25/ed-1/seq-1/


[9] The Bourbon News, Paris, KY. November 1, 1898. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069873/1898-11-01/ed-1/seq-2/


[10] Excerpt from "Local and Otherwise." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. November 4, 1898. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1898-11-04/ed-1/seq-3/


[11] Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 27, 1899. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-06-27/ed-1/seq-5/

[12] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 11, 1899. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-07-11/ed-1/seq-1/


[13] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 28, 1899. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-11-28/ed-1/seq-1/

[14] Excerpt from "Local and Otherwise." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. December 1, 1899. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1899-12-01/ed-1/seq-3/

[15] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 8, 1899. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1899-12-08/ed-1/seq-3/

[16] Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 12, 1899. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1899-12-12/ed-1/seq-1/

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