May 3, 2015

Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1890s


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The clippings below are non-fatal incidents (as far as I know) that reportedly took place in either Pulaski, Rockcastle, or Laurel county. I've clipped all these over time because I've found it to be a helpful research aid so I don't have to backtrack if I later come across an article that says, for example, someone died of a gunshot wound. I know it's not the most efficient way to do things, but it works for me.

In keeping with other posts on this blog, I'm going to organize these by decade. This list/collection is hardly comprehensive and is a work in progress. I plan to continue to update these posts as if they were still just the file on my harddrive, except now they're public. This means that future updates will only be denoted by a change of date on the next line. 

Last updated: 4/20/2017

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Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, 1890s


Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. January 19, 1890. Page 3. LOC.

[PULASKI] [January 10, 1890] -

The Somerset Reporter says it has information that a party of men from this [Lincoln] county went to where Squire S. D. Gooch is teaching school at Tatesville and tried to shoot him, in order to get him out of the way as witness in a murder case in which they are implicated.


Excerpt from "City and Vicinity."


Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 15, 1890. Page 2. LOC.

[ROCKCASTLE] [August 15, 1890] -

A very mysterious shooting took place in Morris Valley, on Crooked Creek, nine miles east of here, last Sunday night, when Miss Maggie Adams, daughter of Granville Adams, was probably fatally shot. The shooting occurred at the residence of James Jones, to where Miss Adams had accompanied a daughter of Mr. Jones from church. Mr. Jones, his daughter and Miss Adams were the only occupants of the house at the time. The shooting took place after midnight. Some one was seen to run from the house after the report of the pistol was heard but it was too dark to recognize the assassin. The ball entered just above the right eye, cutting the skull as it ranged back. The wounded girl is in a critical condition.


Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 15, 1890. Page 3. LOC.

[LINCOLN] [August 15, 1890] -


"Over a Board Bill."
Evansville Courier and Press, Evansville, IN.  July 15, 1891. Page 1.

[ROCKCASTLE] [July 15, 1891] -

Over a Board Bill.

MT. VERNON, KY., July 14.-- Yesterday afternoon at Wilkie, this county, in an altercation over the settlement of a board bill, Dr. L. L. Sowdee[?] was dangerously cut in the head with a hatchet in the house of Fleming Butler, a prominent farmer.


Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 18, 1892. Page 2. LOC.

[PULASKI / BOYLE] [March 18, 1892] -

The notorious Foley boys, of Pulaski county, who recently tried to assassinate Frank Martin and John Hardin, of Boyle, have been arrested at Somerset. 


Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 8, 1892. Page 5. LOC.

[ROCKCASTLE] [April 8, 1892] -

At Wildie, this county, last Friday, in a scrap over some dispute, Dr. Sowder shot P. Palmer twice, both shots taking effect in the head though the wounds are not dangerous. The doctor received several blows over the head from a stick in the hands of Palmer.


[] "Gun and Poison." The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY. May 26, 1892. Page 1. LOC.

[PULASKI] [May 26, 1892] -


The Things Used by a Kentuckian to Kill a Man.

Somerset, Ky., May 26. -- Tip Dopkins, of Wayne county, was brought here last night. He was arrested near Greenwood. Fifty dollars reward had been offered for his capture for shooting with intent to kill Moses Lewis, near Greenwood.

Dobkins emptied one of his pistols at Lewis, one shot taking effect in his right arm, which paralyzed it. Another shot passed through his clothing in front of his abdomen. Lewis had a shotgun, but, after he was shot in the arm, he was unable to use it.

Dobkins fled, but was captured yesterday in a barn. He was armed with a Winchester rifle and two pistols, but surrendered without a fight. He had been courting Lewis's daughter, but, as Dobkins bore rather an unfavorable character, Lewis opposed his attention. This enrage Dobkins and he threatened to kill the entire family.

His case was before the last grand jury, charged with poisoning Lewis' family. He hired a man to come to Somerset and buy a box of rat poison, a part of which he emptied into a bucket of drinking water at the Lewis house. The family was made violently sick from using the water, but all recovered. []


[] "Shooting in a Saloon." The Courier Journal, Stanford, KY. January 10, 1893. Page 2.

[PULASKI] [January 10, 1893] -


Tom Parker, Colored, Wounds James Carson at Somerset.

Somerset, Ky., Jan. 9. -- (Special.) -- This afternoon Tom Parker, colored, shot Jas. Carson in the left side. The shooting occurred in Luke Kilcoyne's saloon. Carson's wound is painful, but not necessarily fatal. Parker claims the shooting to have been accidental. Parker was arrested and is now in jail, where he is charged with shooting with intent to kill. Parker has been in trouble before.


[] Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 10, 1894. Page 3. LOC.

[PULASKI] [April 10, 1894] -

J. S. McWilliams, who used to be a merchant at O. K. this county, was sent to the penitentiary for one year by the Pulaski court, we learn from the Reporter. He was found guilty of maliciously shooting a child of W. H. Gooch. He went to his house at night and fired into it, striking the child. McWilliams with but little to start on, has been going from bad to worse for some time. The first rascally business that we knew him guilty of was to get money here on his check on a Somerset bank, where he had no money. He however, refunded the amount on being threatened with prosecution.


[] "City Attorney Shot." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. July 8, 1894. Page 4.

[PULASKI] [July 8, 1894] -

City Attorney Shot.

Somerset, Ky. July 7. -- (Special.) -- A. J. Crawford, a prominent merchant of this place, this morning at 7:45 o'clock attempted to assassinate J. P. Hornaday, City Attorney and lawyer of this place. Two shots were fired, both inflicting flesh wounds. They are not dangerous. Crawford is in the custody of the Sheriff. 


[] "An Ordinary Fight." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. July 10, 1894. Page 5.

[PULASKI] [July 10, 1894] -


A. J. Crawford Denies That He Attempted to Assassinate J. P. Hornaday.

Somerset, Ky., July 9. -- (Special.) -- A. J. Crawford, who attempted to kill J. P. Hornaday, city attorney, last Saturday, has been indicted by the grand jury for shooting with intent to kill, and is on bond for his appearance at the October term of the Circuit Court.

(To the Editor of the Courier-Journal.)

Somerset, Ky., July 9. -- In your issue of the 8th inst., a special from this place is made to say "that A. J. Crawford attempted to assassinate J. P. Hornaday." This does Mr. Crawford an injustice, for in the personal difficulty to which it refers his conduct had no element of attempted assassination. Ill-feeling has existed between the parties for months. They accidentally met face to face at the time referred to, when an altercation ensued, resulting in Crawford firing two shots at Hornaday, which penetrated his clothing, but no other damage was done. Crawford immediately gave himself up to the Sheriff, and was shortly afterward released on bail of $300. Crawford claims to have done the shooting under a reasonable apprehension that Hornaday was about to make an attack upon him.

JOHN S. VAN WINKLE, Editor Reporter.
JAMES DENTON, Editor Paragon.


"Only the Result of Sudden Passion." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. July 12, 1894. Page 5.

[PULASKI] [July 12, 1894] -

Only the Result of Sudden Passion.

(To the Editor of the Courier-Journal.)

Somerset, Ky., July 9. -- As a sequel to the unpleasantness between A. J. Crawford, merchant, and J. P. Hornaday, lawyer, of this place, and the unfortunate difficulty between them on last Saturday. Mr. Crawford today entered his appearance to the indictment returned against him and requested an immediate trial, which was acceded to by the Commonwealth. The facts showed that the meeting between Messrs. Crawford and Hornaday was purely accidental, and that Crawford had fired the shots under a sudden impulse, and the case was entirely relieved of any felonious intent. Mr. Crawford was consequently found technically guilty of shooting in sudden heat and passion, and a fine assessed at a nominal penalty. After fully understanding the facts which actuated Mr. Crawford from his inception of them, Mr. Hornaday expressed satisfaction and entertains no malice toward him on account of the occurrence. Mr. Crawford has always borne a high reputation for honor and integrity, and his friends can now be assured that his conduct has not forfeited the respect due him as such which might have been indicted in dispatches sent under the excitement of the moment just after the occurrence. Both parties deeply regret the occurrence, and their friends can be assured that no further trouble will occur. []


Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 24, 1894. Page 1. LOC.

[ROCKCASTLE] [August 24, 1894] -

In a family difficulty at Pine Hill, Doc Berry was shot in the leg by his brother-in-law, Jesse Pike. The wound is not considered dangerous.


Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 14, 1894. Page 3. LOC.

[PULASKI] [September 14, 1894] -

Not satisfied that the negro arrested at Somerset was not the man who shot and robbed Tom Ferrell, Chief of Police, Jumbo Hughes, with Jim Wickersham, brought him here [Stanford?] Tuesday. He was taken before Mr. Ferrell, who was very emphatic in the assertion that he was not the man, who used him up so badly. The negro gave his name as Henry Johnson and told so many conflicting stories that he convinced everyone, who talked with him, that he was a thief and a rascal. He was kept in jail till Wednesday, when he was permitted to go his way.

Shortly after the negro had been released, Mr. Wickersham telegraphed Mr. Green from Somerset that a bloody coat had been found that belonged to the suspect and to hold him till he arrived, but it was too late. The rascal had struck for tall timber.


Excerpt from "Of a Local Nature." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 26, 1895. Page 1. LOC.

[LAUREL] [February 26, 1895] -

At Lily, Bram Elam was probably fatally wounded by Jesse Mullins. Elam shot Jim Mullins, father of Jesse in the face, seriously wounding him. Young Jesse then shot Elam in the left side with a 44-caliber revolver. The parties are relatives.


Excerpt from "City and Vicinity." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 29, 1895. Page 3. LOC.

[PULASKI] [March 29, 1895] -

James B. Wickersham, for shooting Marshal R. O. Hughes at Somerset on Christmas day, was fined $25.


Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 31, 1895. Page 1. LOC.

[ROCKCASTLE] [May 31, 1895] -

Joe Mize was badly cut about the throat in a row with Henry Cox, near Pine Hill over a crap game.


Excerpt from "Somerset." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 7, 1897. Page 1. LOC.

[PULASKI] [September 7, 1897] -

At Science Hill, Joe Hines attacked Perry Colyer with a knife and Colyer shot Hines through the shoulder. They had had previous trouble over a girl. Colyer was taken to Somerset and gave bond for $200.


Excerpt from "Vicinity News." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 29, 1897. Page 4. LOC.

[PULASKI] [October 29, 1897] -

Larkin Phelps is in jail at Somerset for burning barns, and barely escaped lynching.


Excerpt from "Vicinity News." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 5, 1897. Page 6. LOC.

[PULASKI] [November 5, 1897] -

Squire Smith and John Pointer, two prominent men of Dallas, Pulaski county, got into a brawl over the election and Smith was very badly cut. Both were drunk.


Excerpt from "News in the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 25, 1898. Page 1. LOC.

[LAUREL] [March 25, 1898] -

A dispatch from London says that two Spaniards came to that place with a performing bear. They proceeded to Pittsburg, a few miles away, where they pitched their tent. A crowd began to guy them about war, and one of the Spaniards remarked that Spain could whip the United States "d--n quick." Everyone within hearing distance drew a gun. When it was all over the offending Spaniard had a ball in his hip, while the tent was riddled. The Spaniards fled after the wound had been dressed.


Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 8, 1898. Page 2. LOC.

[LAUREL] [April 8, 1898] -

In a fight at Pittsburg James Allison was shot and seriously wounded and Charles Anderson, a coal operator, was badly injured. 


Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 8, 1898. Page 2. LOC.

[LAUREL] [April 8, 1898] -

A dispatch says that Jasper Pearl fatally stabbed William Welch at London. The former is one of the leading republicans of Laurel county.


Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 13, 1899. Page 1. LOC.

[PULASKI] [June 13, 1899] -

Jeff Burdine, charged with wounding Dan Pointer, of Pulaski county, was lodged in jail at Somerset. The gun was loaded with large duck shot, and several balls entered the body and head of Pointer, whose condition is very serious. The wounds will probably prove fatal. An old feud caused the row.


Excerpt from "News of the Vicinage." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 27, 1899. Page 1. LOC.

[PULASKI] [June 27, 1899] -

John Sumpter and Quarles Phelps quarreled near Somerset and Sumpter shot and badly wounded Phelps. The weapon used was a Winchester shotgun loaded with No. 4 shot. The sheriff and a posse are in pursuit of Sumpter, who escaped. Phelps' condition is serious. 


Excerpt from "Local Happenings." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 25, 1899. Page 3. LOC.

[PULASKI] [June 25, 1899] -

BOTH SERIOUSLY HURT.-- Near Eubanks the other day, Morse Litton and Tom Akers fell out over a settlement in which $1.50 was involved and fought a terrific battle. Akers had a rock for a weapon an Litton a knife and as a result of their fight both are laid up badly wounded. Litton's head was fearfully bruised and an arm broken, while Akers was cut five times in the face and neck. Two of the gashes in the neck were close to the jugular. Both men live in Pulaski and will be tried as soon as they are able to leave their beds. 



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