July 22, 2015

Two Killed, Two Wounded At Christmas Celebration, Laurel, 1910

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[December 27, 1910] -

Christmas Tragedy in Mountains.

Pineville, Ky., Dec. 27. (Special.) -- William and Andrew Patterson were killed, and two children were wounded by stray bullets at a Christmas entertainment. Marcus Graham, who did the shooting, was attacked by the Pattersons. [1]







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[December 28, 1910] -


TWO KILLED IN CHRISTMAS FROLIC


TWO CHILDREN ALSO WOUNDED AS RESULT OF STRAY BULLETS.

PINEVILLE, KY., Dec. 28. -- William and Andrew Patterson, brothers, were killed, and two children, the ten-year-old son and eight-year-od daughter of Rad Robinson, shot and seriously wounded at a Christmas celebration at the Big Hill mines on Straight Creek.

The two Pattersons, it is said, were drinking, and Marcus Graham, who was assisting in the entertainment, attempted to put them out of the hall. 

The Patterson boys attacked Graham, the one using a pair of brass knucks and the other a pistol, knocking him down. Andrew then began beating Graham, when Graham drew his pistol and fired, the ball hitting Patterson in the right side and passing through the heart, killing him instantly. Graham then fired two shots at Bill Patterson, one shot taking effect in the breast. He expired in ten minutes.

The children were struck by stray bullets. The boy had his left elbow shattered, and a bullet passed through the little girls right wrist.

Graham surrendered to the officers and admits the killing, claiming self defense. [2]





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[1]  "Christmas Tragedy in Mountains." Paducah Evening Sun, Paducah, KY. December 27, 1910. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052114/1910-12-27/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] "Two Killed in Christmas Frolic." Lexington Leader, Lexington, KY. December 28, 1910. Page 6. Genealogybank.com. 

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