June 13, 2014

Neighbor Kills Another Over Corn Debt, Laurel, 1912



[January 19, 1912] -

Debt Leads to Murder.

London, Ky., Jan. 13.-- Reuben Arthur was shot and killed by Leonard Allen at the home of the former, near the Pulaski county line, fifteen miles west of here today.  The two men quarreled over a small amount of corn which Allen claimed Arthur owed him.  Allen claims self-defense.  He says that Arthur attached him with an ax and that he fired to save his own life.  Arthur received a bullet in the stomach and only lived a few hours.

The two men were neighbors and were married.  Allen has sent word to Sherif Scoville that he will be in London tomorrow to surrender. [1]


[January 12, 1912] -

Name: James Rheuben Arthur, Date of Death: Jan 12, 1912, Cause of Death: Gunshot wound of abdomen, Homicide [2]


[March 28, 1912] -

London.-- The jury returned a verdict of guilty against Leonard Allen in the Laurel circuit court and fixed his imprisonment at from two to 21 years.  Allen was charged with killing Rube Arthur at the home of the former in this county two months ago.  Both men were farmers living on adjoining farms.  The killing occurred over a small amount of corn Arthur claimed Allen owed him. [3]


[1] "Debt Leads to Murder." The Hartford Republican, Hartford, KY. January 19, 1912. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069313/1912-01-19/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] Ancestry.com. Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.

[3] "London." The Citizen, Berea, KY. March 28, 1912. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052076/1912-03-28/ed-1/seq-3/


1 comment:

monica bonner said...

Thanks for taking the time to do this with the newspapers. I'm working on my husbands genealogy and have found some interesting information on your site! I'm always looking for information on Burdine, Arthur, Woodall, Barnes, Wells, Whitaker and more from Pulaski Co

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