July 28, 2014

Q. & C. Brakeman Kills Section Foreman, 1910



[January 11, 1910] -


Warrant Issued for Brakeman Charging Him With the Crime.

(Special To The Herald.)

SOMERSET, Ky., Jan 10.-- William McKee section foreman was shot four times at Sloans' Valley about 6 o'clock Sunday night.  A passenger train had just pulled in and McKee was standing in the crowd on the station platform, when a man approached in the dark and without removing his pistol from his overcoat pocket fired.  Four shots took effect in McKee's abdomen.  The assassin ran off in the darkness, pursued by Deputy Sheriff Holloway, who fired three times at him but failed to catch him or to wound him. 

A warrant was issued Monday for Luther Sharpe a brakeman charging him with the shooting.  It is said that Sharpe mistook McKee for Walker.

Sharpe and Walker are young men.  McKee is about fifty years old and has been section foreman for twenty years.  He is at his home and is not expected to live. [1]


[January 14, 1910] -

William McKee, section foreman of the Q. & C., was shot near Sloans Valley, Pulaski county, by unknown parties and probably fatally wounded. [2]


[January 14, 1910] -

Luther Sharpe, a Q. & C. brakeman, is in jail at Somerset charged with attempting to assassinate Section Foreman William McKee. [2]


[January 21, 1910] -

William McKee, who was shot by Luther Sharpe, died of his injuries.  Sharpe is in jail. -- Somerset Times. [3]


[March 5, 1910] -

Luther Sharpe confessed to the killing of William McKee, and was given twenty-one years in the penitentiary.  He mistook McKee for his rival in love and shot McKee in the dark while the latter was standing on the railroad station platform at Whitley Station. [4]


[March 7, 1910] -


All of Them Convicted of Felonies At Recent Term of Circuit Court

(Special To The Herald.)
SOMERSET, Ky. March 6.--Sheriff John M. Weddle, assisted by Deputy Sheriff James Ellis, Squire Chaney and Robert Cain, left on the noon train Sunday for Frankfort with seven prisoners convicted at the present term of the Circuit court.  They were Luther Sharpe, 21 years for killing William McKee; Frank Perkins, 21 years for aiding and abetting Frank Crabtree in the murder of Andy RamseyVirgil Starns, 2 years for killing his father; Tom Martin, 2 years for stealing a cow; Millie Gilmore, colored, 2 years, for killing her infant child;  Fred Crozier, colored, 1 year for grand larceny; William Gilmore, colored, 2 years for killing his brother-in-law.  William Gilmore and Millie Gilmore are brother and sister.

French Singleton, colored, who was given 3 years for shooting with intent to kill, was allowed 60 days to secure a new trial.  Frank Crabtree, who was given the life sentence for murdering Andy Ramsey, was also allowed 60 days to get a new trial.  The widow and friends of the murdered man have expressed themselves as being willing for a new trial, and are confident that the next trial will result in a heavier penalty.

The jury has the case of Lum Souders for the killing of a man named Bullock in the eastern part of the county.  The evidence was completed Saturday afternoon. [5]


[1] "Section Foreman Shot and May Die." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. January 11, 1910. Page 2. Genealogybank.com.

[2] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 14, 1910. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1910-01-14/ed-1/seq-2/

[3] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 21, 1910. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1910-01-21/ed-1/seq-1/

[4] Excerpt from "Crabtree Given Life Sentence for Murder." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. March 5, 1910. Page 2. Genealogybank.com.

[5] "7 Pulaski Prisoners Taken To Frankfort." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. March 7, 1910. Page 2. Genealogybank.com.


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