April 21, 2014

Man Killed in Fight at Christmas Celebration, 1905



[December 29, 1905] -

Green Wiley Burton shot and killed the son of William Tartar at a Christmas tree celebration at Nancy, Pulaski county. [1]


[January 2, 1906] -

Green Burton killed Banloe Tarter with a thrown rock in Pulaski. [2]


[May 11, 1908] -


Man Who Killed Another Sixteen Years Ago Is Among the Number.

(Herald Bureau.)

FRANKFORT, Ky., May 10--Five paroles were granted yesterday by the Board of Prison Commissioners, three of the men who were released being convicts who are dying of incurable diseases.  They were paroled through Finley Fogg, a member of the Commission.  Mr. Fogg went through the hospital at the prison several days ago and found these three men, and Abe Willis, who was paroled yesterday, all in serious condition.  The physician in charge at the prison said that the men could not live long, so Mr. Fogg took the matter up with the commission and the paroles were granted so that the men could have a chance to get out in the sunlight and air before they died.

Those released because of their health were: John Henry Young, sent from Pulaski county for twenty-one years on the charge of manslaughter, served three years; J. R. Cooper, sent from Greenup county, for carbreaking, served for years; Green Riley Burton, also sent from Pulaski county for three years, on the charge of manslaughter, had served two years.

In addition to these three, the board paroled Frank Martin, sentenced for life from Bell county, on a charge of murder. Martin was only sixteen years old when he was convicted and has served sixteen years.  The crime was committed so many years ago that everybody seems to have forgotten whom he killed and the papers filed with the Commission do not state whom it was.  Martin's record has been so good that the Board thought he was entitled to release.  The board also granted a parole to James W. Dashwood, sent from Simpson county, on a charge of manslaughter.  He was sentenced to five and one-half years confinement and has served one year. [3]


[1] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 29, 1905. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1905-12-29/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 2, 1906. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1906-01-02/ed-1/seq-4/

[3] "Dying Men Paroled from Penitentiary." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. May 11, 1908. Page 2. Genealogybank.com.


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