May 21, 2017

Eugene Spires Kills Henry Lovings, Rockcastle, 1905

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[June 2, 1905] -

Colonel Lovings was shot and killed by a man by the name of Spires last Tuesday near old Providence church. There was a celebration in the grove near the church and the best information we have been able to receive is, that Lovings and Spires met up at a spring near the church and the trouble followed. It was the result of an old grudge. [1]










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[June 9, 1905] -

Well, well, as Schuymerhorn said when he ran for jailer; "every tub stands on its own bottom." On the 30th May near Mt. Pleasant church, Eugene Spires shot and killed Col. Lovings. The trouble originated between these young men a long while ago, which led up to the killing.  The parties to the tragedy were not grown. Spires has fled. He and Lovings lived in Pulaski county. From my best information neither party was wholly in the wrong. The killing occurred in Rockcastle. [2]









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[March 29, 1907] -


Eugene Spires charged with murder, the case continued until next court. [3]






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[June 28, 1907] -

Both sides have also announced ready in the case against Rufus Spires for the killing of Colonel Lovings. [4]




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[July 5, 1907] -


Eugene Rufus Spires was given two years in the pen for the killing of Colonel Lovings, which occurred near Friendship church some four or five years ago. [5]






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[July 9, 1907] -

Eugene Rufus Spires was given two years in the pen for the killing of Colonel Lovings, which occurred near Friendship church some four or five years ago. --Mt. Vernon Signal. [6]






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[May 12, 1908] -


PRISON COMMISSION GIVES TWO PAROLES
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One Man Convicted of Manslaughter and the Other of Larceny Are Released.
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FRANKFORT, Ky., May 11.-- The Board of Prison Commissioners today granted a parole to Eugene R. Spires, sent up from Rockcastle county, to serve two years, on a charge of manslaughter. He has served about a year. Spires killed Henry Lovings. The application for the parole was signed by the Commonwealth's Attorney and County Judge.

The Board also granted a parole to Cornelius Patrick, a young man from Knott county, who was convicted of larceny and sent to the penitentiary for four years. He was only 15 years of age at the time of his conviction, and has served two years. His record as a prisoner has been good. [7]




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[May 15, 1908] -


The Board of Prison Commissioners granted a parole to Eugene R. Spires, sent up from Rockcastle county for two years on the charge of manslaughter. He has served about a year. [8]





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[1] Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. June 2, 1905. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1905-06-02/ed-1/seq-3/

[2] Excerpt from "Level Green." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. June 9, 1905. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1905-06-09/ed-1/seq-1/

[3] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. March 29, 1907. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1907-03-29/ed-1/seq-3/

[4] Excerpt from "Circuit Court." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. June 28, 1907. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1907-06-28/ed-1/seq-2/

[5] Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. July 5, 1905. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1907-07-05/ed-1/seq-3/

[6] 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/

[7] "Prison Commission Gives Two Paroles." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. May 12, 1908. Page 2. Genealogybank.com.

[8] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 15, 1908. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052021/1908-05-15/ed-1/seq-1/

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