January 12, 2015

Man Shot and Killed While Riding on Automobile Running Board, Laurel, 1921


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[June 8, 1921] -

Shots In Night Kills Merchant Autoing

London, Ky., June 8-- George Jones, a young merchant and coal operator at East Bernstadt, was shot near London last night and died a few hours later.  Jones was riding on the running board of an automobile when a bullet fired from a distance of more than 100 yards, pierced his head.

Chris Evans, an old man who lived nearby, was lodged in jail here last night charged with the shooting.

Boys passed Evans cabin frequently tormented him with jibes and it is believed he fired at the body of the machine to give vent to his anger.  Feeling was high against him and for a time it appeared that an armed crowd from East Bernstadt would try to take him from the officers. [1]


[June 17, 1921] -

Judge L. W. Bethurum was in London last Friday assisting in the prosecution of Chris Evans who shot and killed George Jones the 19 year old son of Frank Jones, a prominent business man of East Bernstadt. [2]


[1] "Shot in Night Kills Merchant Autoing." Richmond Daily Register, Richmond, KY. June 8, 1921. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069168/1921-06-08/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] Excerpt from "Locals." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. June 17, 1921. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1921-06-17/ed-1/seq-3/

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