May 4, 2015

Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, P/R/L, 1900s

Previously:

Click here for a list of my other Pulaski/Rockcastle/Laurel County KY articles

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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: 12/23/2015

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Various Non-Fatal Shootings, Affrays, and Other Criminal Incidents, P/R/L, 1900s


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Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 21, 1900. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1900-09-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[PULASKI] [September 21, 1900] -

Arthur Madison stabbed James Hillson fatally at Somerset.





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Excerpt from "Laurel County Criminal Cases." Lexington Leader, Lexington, KY. June 7, 1904. Page 7. Genealogybank.com.

[LAUREL] [June 7, 1904] -


Frank Irman was given five years for shooting and wounding J. D. Cathers.


Ed Wilhite was convicted for shooting and wounding Thomas Newel at Altamont, and sent up for three years. Both are colored.



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Excerpt from "Kentucky News Told in Paragraphs." The Paducah Sun, Paducah, KY. November 14, 1904. Page 8. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052116/1904-11-14/ed-1/seq-8/

[PULASKI] [November 14, 1904] -


BAG GANG BROKEN UP.

Somerset, Ky., Nov. 14.-- A tragedy a little out of the usual order occurred at Sloan's Valley, on the Cincinnati Southern road, south of Somerset. John McKee, Anderson Freeman and Denny Haynes are what are known down the road as "bad boys from the Battle Branch." A band of gypsies was near the village. McKee, Freeman and Haynes visited the camp and raised a rough house. The gypsies took it seriously, and opened fire upon the party. McKee received two loads of bullets from a shotgun. Freeman caught two pistol bullets, and Haynes saved his skin by running away. One of the gypsies was slightly wounded. McKee and Freeman are badly hurt. The good citizens of that region are organized in an effort to break up lawlessness and illicit liquor vending. For this reason there will probably be no prosecution of the gypsies for their part in the little fray.



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"Two Fatally Injured." The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY. November 11, 1904. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060190/1904-11-11/ed-1/seq-1/

[PULASKI] [November 11, 1904] -


TWO FATALLY INJURED

A Pitched Battle Between Mountaineers and Gypsies.

Somerset, Ky., Nov. 11.-- In a pitched battle between citizens and a band of horse-trading gypsies near Alpine, on the Cincinnati Southern railway, in the lower end of this county, two citizens were fatally wounded and others seriously injured. Several of the gypsies fell victims of the skillful aim of the Kentucky mountaineers, despite the fact that they were protected by the barricade of their wagons and paraphernalia. The injured Romanies were shot in the head or breast, and their wounds will prove mortal.

The citizens who fell in the battle are John McKee, Anderson Freeman and D. Haines. McKee's body was fairly peppered with lead fired by the gypsies from a shotgun. Freeman was shot three times. The bullets that hit him were fired from a 38-caliber revolver. Haines was twice hit, once by a revolver bullet and again by slugs from a shotgun.

One gypsy, at least, is known to have been desperately wounded, and several others were badly hurt.



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Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. April 12, 1907. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1907-04-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[ROCKCASTLE] [April 12, 1907] -


We overlooked the item in our last issue of the assault on Tom McClure by Bob Lee and a man by the name of Bullock. For some time there had been a bad feeling existing between McClure and Lee, McClure having once been a witness against Lee in the Federal Court on a whisky charge. Last Sunday evening one week ago, these three parties met and to make a long story short, what Lee and Bullock did for McClure was a plenty. The principal weapon used was a rock, but it was used to a finish. There were between twelve and fifteen gashes cut on McClure's head and face, from one to two inches long and some cut almost to the skull. All the parties were drinking. Lee and Bullock are in jail. McClure is rapidly recovering from the injuries.




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Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. April 12, 1907. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1907-04-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[ROCKCASTLE] [April 12, 1907] -

The case of Bob Lee for the assault on Tom McClure is now before the court.





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Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. July 9, 1907. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1907-07-09/ed-1/seq-1/

[PULASKI] [July 9, 1907] -

In a fight on Buck creek, Pulaski county, between Virgil Sears and Steve Poynter, the former was seriously wounded. An encounter came up between the two men when Sears was ordered to leave the field in which they were standing, and the shooting was the result.






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Excerpt from "Latest News." Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. October 12, 1907. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069117/1907-10-12/ed-1/seq-3/

[LAUREL] October 12, 1907] -


At London, Ky., Chief of Police Eb Moren and City Tax Collector Robert Root shot and seriously wounded each other in a fight over a trivial matter.








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"City Officials Scrap." Hopkinsville Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. October 15, 1907. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069395/1907-10-15/ed-1/seq-5/

[LAUREL] [October 15, 1907] -

CITY OFFICIALS SCRAP

Chief of Police and Tax Collector of London Shoot Each Other.

London, Ky., Oct. 13. -- An altercation took place between Chief of Police E. W. Moren and City Tax Collector Robert Root at Bert Edwards' restaurant late last night, which resulted in a pistol duel, in which both men were painfully, but not necessarily fatally, wounded. Root is shot through the right thigh and left knee, and Moren is shot through the right thigh. Both are doing very well today. Trouble came up over a joke.





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"London Officers Fight." The Citizen, Berea, KY. October 17, 1907. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052076/1907-10-17/ed-1/seq-1/

[LAUREL] [October 17, 1907] -


LONDON OFFICERS FIGHT

Chief of Police Eb. W. Moren and City Tax Collector Robert Root, of London, engaged in a close range pistol duel, in which both were seriously injured Friday night. Two years ago both men wre candidates for City Marshal.

The trouble arose over some trivial jokes, and Root fired first.




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Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. October 18, 1907. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1907-10-18/ed-1/seq-3/

[LAUREL] [October 18, 1907] -


At London an altercation took place between Chief of Police E. W. Moren and City Tax Collecter Robert Root at Bert Edwards' restaurant, which resulted in a pistol duel, in which both men were painfully, but not necessarily fatally, wounded. Root is shot through the right thigh and left knee, and Moren is shot through the right thigh. Both are doing very well. Trouble came up over a joke. 









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Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. October 1, 1909. Page 10. Genealogybank.com.

[PULASKI] [October 1, 1909] -

SOMERSET, Ky., Sept. 30.-- As the result of a fight during the street fair here, Will Gossett, 18 years old, son of Filmore Gossett, is in the hospital with a crushed skull, and Allen Sears is out under a $300 bond.

The boys have been at outs for some time and when they met in the crows before the "Electric Fountain" show a fight was soon started. Sears claims that he had been mistreated by Gossett on former occasions and that Gossett attempted to do the same thing again. Sears seized a brick and struck Gossett a heavy blow on the head just over the eye. Gossett was carried to the Somerset sanitarium, where an examination showed that his skull was fractured.



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[] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 5, 1909. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1909-10-05/ed-1/seq-1/

[PULASKI] [October 5, 1909] -

In a fight at Somerset between Will Gossett and Allen Sears, the former got his skull cracked by a brick in the hands of Sears.




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Findagrave.com - Gossett lived til 1917.


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