January 15, 2015

Man Shot and Killed at Train Depot, Rockcastle, 1889


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[November 18, 1889] -

Another Kentucky Murder.

LOUISVILLE, November 17.--At Mt. Vernon, Ky., William Bloomer and Hugh McHargue, both under the influence of liquor, fought over an old grudge. Both were killed. McHargue was charged with having before killed two officers, who had him under arrest. [1]


[November 19, 1889] -

SHOOTING AND CUTTING.--At Mt. Vernon Saturday afternoon Hugh McHargue attacked William Bloomer at the L. & N. depot with a pocket knife, cutting a gash in his side close to the heart. Bloomer pulled a pistol and shot McHargue, the ball entering his right eye. McHargue fell from the four-foot platform to the railroad track. The parties had been at outs heretofore and had had several quarrels. Both were drinking considerably when the fight occurred. It was at first hoped that both men would die, but they wont, yesterday's news from them being to the effect that they were getting well. Dr. Peyton went up to see about them. [2]


[November 20, 1889] -

At Mt. Vernon, Ky., on the 16th William Bloomer and Hugh McHargue, both under the influence of liquor, fought over an old grudge. Both were killed. [3]


[November 22, 1889] -

Hugh McHargue, who was shot by Bloomer at Mt. Vernon, Saturday evening, was moved to his home at this place. The ball entered the left eye an passed out at the top of the head. When he was sent from Mt. Vernon his friends thought him dead, but he improved after reaching home, and Dr. Peyton was telegraphed for on Monday and he reports a chance for recovery.

McHargue has since died. [4]


[November 22, 1889] -

Hugh McHargue, who was shot in a fight with William Bloomer at this place last Saturday, died at his home near Pine Hill. He never regained consciousness after the ball passed through his brain. Bloomer is not yet out of danger from his knife wound, but will probably recover. Both men were quiet, hard-working citizens, except when drinking, then both were inclined to be noisy. McHargue was about 33 years of age and leaves a wife and two children. He was the young man nominally under arrest, in charge of Walter Mullins and Bob Chumley three years since, when they list their lives at Roundstone bridge by falling, or being shot, from the front end of a passenger coast and falling into the creek 40 feet below. McHargue was on his way to fill a marriage contract, which he was said to have been avoiding; but he afterwards complied with his agreement. In the mysterious double killing at the bridge no definite conclusion as to the cause was ever reached. [5]


[November 28, 1889] -


The Lexington Tragedy Nearly Duplicated.

MT. VERNON, KY., November 16.--[Special.] -- Hugh McHargue, of Pine Hill, and William Bloomer, living three miles miles west of town, were the participants. They met here to-day about 1 o'clock on the depot platform. Both men were drinking. Both  magnified a slight difference of two years' standing, and both meant fight. With an angry word or two as preliminary, both drew weapons--Bloomer a pistol, McHargue a knife. McHargue stabbed Bloomer over and near the heart, producing an ugly and dangerous wound. Bloomer fired at almost the same instant, the ball striking McHargue in the left eye, and coming out at the top of his head. McHargue fell from the platform to the railroad track, the blood pouring in a stream from the eyeless socket. He presented the most ghastly sight I ever witnessed, even in this fighting locality. McHargue was taken home on the 2:30 passenger train, and a report from there says he is dying. Bloomers death is a question of a few days, perhaps hours. Both men had borne the reputation of being peaceable citizens. Bloomer was but recently married, while McHargue has a wife and two children. Both men are well connected, Bloomer being a nephew to H. H. Baker, one of our most prominent citizens. -- Commercial Gazette. [6]


[December 24, 1889] -

Wm. Bloomer had an examining trial Friday last for killing Hugh McHargue and was acquitted. [7]


[1] "Another Kentucky Murder." Pittsburg Dispatch, Pittsburg, PA. November 18, 1889. Page 6. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024546/1889-11-18/ed-1/seq-6/

[2] "Shooting and Cutting." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 19, 1889. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1889-11-19/ed-1/seq-2/

[3] Excerpt from "West and South." The Enterprise, Wellington, OH. November 20, 1889. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84028272/1889-11-20/ed-1/seq-2/

[4] Excerpt from "Pine Hill, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 22, 1889. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1889-11-22/ed-1/seq-4/

[5] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 22, 1889. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1889-11-22/ed-1/seq-3/

[6] "Kentucky's Honor." The News-Herald, Hillsboro, OH. November 28, 1889. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038161/1889-11-28/ed-1/seq-1/

[7] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 24, 1889. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1889-12-24/ed-1/seq-1/


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