August 31, 2016

Town Marshal John Stringer Kills Jons Chumley, Laurel, 1888

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[March 6, 1888] -


A Deputy Marshall Kills Johnson Chumley in a Row In Laurel County.

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MT. VERNON, KY., March 5. -- [Special.] -- At Pittsburg, Laurel county, this morning Jons Chumley was shot and killed by John Stringer, town Marshal. Bill Chumley, a brother of Jons, brought on the shooting by engaging in a difficulty with a man who had garnished his wages. William Stringer, deputy town Marshal, stepped in to separate the parties, when Jons Chumley ran in and grabbed Stringer and seized his pistol and was drawing his own when Stringer called to his brother John to shoot his antagonist loose. Two shots were fired, one ball entering Chumley's neck and the other his back. Chumley died in about an hour. Stringer surrendered. [1]






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[March 9, 1888] -

KILLED. -- Town Marshal John Stringer shot and killed Jons Chumley, at Pittsburg, Laurel county. Bill Chumley, a brother of Jons, brought on the shooting by engaging in a difficulty with a man who had garnished his wages. Will Stringer, deputy town marshal, stepped in to separate them when Jons Chumley ran up and grabbing Stringer seized his pistol and was drawing his own when Stringer called to his brother to shoot his antagonist loose. Two shots were fired, one ball entering Chumley's neck and the other his back. He is a brother to Bal Chumley, who fell from a moving train near Livingston a short time since, and was killed, at the same time Young Mullins met the same fate. [2]










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[April 13, 1888] -


The trial of John and Bill Stringer for shooting Johnson Chumley at Pittsburg came up again Monday before Judge Baker. They waived examination and gave bond in the sum of $300 each. [3]






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[1] Excerpt from "The Criminal Calendar." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. March 6, 1888. Page 3. Newspapers.com.

[2] Excerpt from "Local Lore." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 9, 1888. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-03-09/ed-1/seq-3/

[3] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weeky Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. April 13, 1888. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1888-04-13/ed-1/seq-1/

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