May 9, 2015

One Killed in Quarrel Between Horsebus Drivers, Pulaski, 1886


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[December 21, 1886] -

Still another fatal shooting occurred in Somerset, Beddow, the driver of a rival bus line, firing a centre shot into Hodgecraft, another driver. [1]


[December 21, 1886] -

Two 'bus drivers named Hedgecraft and Beddow got into a fight at Somerset and Beddow fatally shot Hedgecraft. [2]


[April 19, 1888] -


Charles Beddow Gets a Seventeen Years' Sentence at Somerset -- The Sidebottom Wilson Case.

Somerset, Ky., April 18. -- (Special.) -- The jury int he case of the Commonwealth vs. Chas. M. Beddow, charged with killing Winfield Hedgecraft, a boy of eighteen, in December 1886, brought in a verdict of guilty, and sentenced him to seventeen years in the penitentiary. At the time of the shooting Beddow and Hedgecraft were conductors on rival bus lines and became involved in a quarrel over a passenger. Hard words were passed, and Hedgecraft struck at Beddow with a knife. They were separated and Beddow went back to North Somerset, got a pistol and returned to the depot. Hedgecraft was standing in the ladies' waiting room when Beddow came. Mr. and Mrs. White, of Fargo, Dak., were the only witnesses to the shooting, and they claim that Beddow walked into the room, laid the pistol on the stove, and without saying a word pointed it at Hedgecraft and fired. Hedgecraft was shot in the abdomen, and died the next day. Several of the jurymen were for hanging him on the first ballot. 

The case of Manna Sidebottoms, who so foully murdered James Wilson in March of this year, was called to day, but they could not impanel a jury from this county, as every one summoned had expressed an opinion. Judge Morrow sent Sheriff Elrod to Boyle county to summon fifty jurors. The case will be called at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The G. A. R. posts in Kentucky and Tennessee are doing all they can to convict Sidebottoms, as Wilson was a member of their order. [3]


[April 20, 1888] -

Mr. T. M. Pennington, who came up from Somerset yesterday, tells us that Beddow, for killing Hedgecroft, got 17 years in the penitentiary. Steve Pennington's case was continued. [4]


[September 6, 1889] -

Three more convicts, making 40 in all, were paroled this week: Charles M. Beddow, sent from Pulaski county in 1888, for 17 years for manslaughter; H. C. Haynes, sent from Laurel county in 1888, for two years for malicious shooting and wounding; N. B. Taylor, sent from Pendleton county in 1888, for three years for horse stealing. [5]


[1] 2nd column. Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 21, 1886. Page 5. LOC.

[2] Excerpt from "Kentucky Knowledge." Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. December 21, 1886. Page 2. LOC.

[3] "Two Murder Trials." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. April 19, 1888. Page 5.

[4] Excerpt from "Somewhat Personal." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 20, 1888. Page 3. LOC.

[5] Excerpt from "News Condensed." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY.  September 6, 1889. Page 2. LOC.


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