April 5, 2014

Man Killed in Billiard Room, Pulaski, 1897



[April 23, 1897] -

Murder in Billiard Room.

SOMERSET, Ky., April 23. -- Thomas Smith, living in Burnside, was shot and instantly killed in a billiard room here Thursday by John Satterfield, who was arrested. The murder was apparently unprovoked. [1]


[March 29, 1898] -

Court has now been in session for a week and many cases have been disposed of.  The most important one tried was Satterfield for the killing of Smith at Burnside last summer.  The case was given to the jury Saturday morning and at this writing (Sunday) no verdict has yet been returned, though the general opinion is that a good size term in the pen will be his reward.  The grand jury found an indictment for murder against Robert Colyer, for the killing of James Wickersham, and his trial is set for next Thursday.  A great number of indictments have been returned so far, a majority of which, we are informed, are for toting fire arms and bartering mean whisky.  A couple of more murder cases are yet to be tried, besides a heavy docket of civil cases and the full term of four weeks may be taken up by the court.   V. R. C. [2]


[April 5, 1898] -

The jury in the case of John Satterfield for killing Tom Smith in Pulaski failed to make a verdict after being out three days.  Six were for acquittal and six for two years.  Decker Perkins for killing John Holloway was acquitted. [3]


[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. [4]


[June 12, 1900] -

John Satterfield in the Kentucky State Penitentiary in 1900. Occupation: Blacksmith. (click to enlarge) [5]


[1] Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. April 23, 1897. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069117/1897-04-23/ed-1/seq-4/

[2] Excerpt from "Somerset." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 29, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-03-29/ed-1/seq-1/

[3] Excerpt from "News in the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, Ky. April 5, 1898. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1898-04-05/ed-1/seq-1/

[4] 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/

[5] United States Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Frankfort Ward 2, Franklin, Kentucky; Roll: 521; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0069; FHL microfilm: 1240521.  Retrieved from Ancestry.com.


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