OLD MURDER STORIES
LAWRENCE COUNTY, OHIO NEWSPAPERS
H – L
Submitted by Martha J. Kounse and Sharon Kouns
STILL A MYSTERY
In the case of Sadie Hamilton, who jumped, or fell or was thrown from a steamboat and drowned near Huntington Monday, the coroner’s verdict says: Sadie Hamilton came to her death on the 24th day of May, 1897, by drowning, whether accidental drowning or murder the jury is unable to determine. The woman was from Catlettsburg and was recently divorced from her husband.
IWR Jun 5, 1897
Last Monday, Pinter Haney was before the Mayor again, and with Wm. Woods, was bound over for burglary. They kicked open Mrs. Welch’s door, last Saturday night, and took a pair of shoes. The bond for each is $250.
IR August 9, 1877
I.R. Feb. 13, 1908 – need beginning of this story and end …
Though it sounds like a travesty there is rejoicing today in Jackson. The end of strife has come. Peace has dawned, though its coming was sped by the assassin’s bullet. The tragic end of Judge Hargis was not a surprise, except as to the author of that end. One devout old elder of the Christian church last night, quoted as he shook his head in grave disapproval: “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord God of Hosts,” and then he added, “He who kills with the sword, must be killed with the sword.”
BEFORE ? ?
The tragedy took place at 2:40 in the afternoon, and was witnessed by several customers who were making purchases in the store at the time.
The news was soon spread over the town, and in a quarter of an hour the streets were filled with excited and horror-stricken people, who stood in groups discussing the deed.
Judge Hargis was killed by his own pistol, a Colt’s forty-five, which Beech stole yesterday from a drawer in the store where it was usually kept. A few minutes before the murder Judge Hargis was walking around in the store, chatting pleasantly with his customers, while at the time his son was in a pool room a block away playing pool.
Miss Mary Coffy, a clerk in charge of the women’s dress goods department says she noticed Beech enter through the front door of the store, near where she was waiting on a customer, and take a seat directly facing the door. She noticed that he had been drinking.
In a very few minutes Beech arose and walked over to a counter. At that time Miss Coffy walked through an archway into another department, leaving Judge Hargis, James Brophy and another clerk, a customer whom Brophy was waiting on, and Beech Hargis in the dry goods department. She had scarcely reached the other room when the firing began.
The others who witnessed the shooting say that Judge Hargis walked towards him, whereupon the boy once drew a revolver and began to fire, emptying its contents into his father’s body.
BLINDED BY SON’S COAT
Judge Hargis first caught hold of his son in an effort to disarm him.
(Picture of Judge James Hargis)
The young desparado threw his coat over his father’s face and thus blinding him, pumped the contents of the revolver into his father’s body ….need rest
HARRIS, Cora vs Edward HARRIS
Filed suit in Common Pleas court Sat for divorce. In her petition she avers that she was married to the defendant on April 16, 1901 and two children, Virgie, aged 3 and Marcella, aged 2 years were born of said union. She charges extreme cruelty as grounds for divorce, that on Dec 13, 1904, he assaulted her with a knife and stabbed and cut her in the face, on the head and body and at the same murdered a child belonging to her which was living with them at said time for which crime the defendant Edward HARRIS plead guilty to murder in the second degree and was thereupon sentenced to confinement in penitentiary at Columbus for and during his natural life, which sentence and judgment still remains in force. By reason of said promises the plaintiff prays that she may be granted a divorce and the custody of the children.
IR Oct. 10, 1905
see Bettie ADAMS
HATFIELD’S AND McCOY’S
Gus WARREN, who was struck on the head Tuesday evening with a lard paddle by his nephew Fred HATFIELD, is dead, and young HATFIELD who must now answer to the law for his death, is missing.
Mr. WARREN, who never regained consciousness from the time he was struck until his death, passed to the Great Unknown Thursday evening at the Deaconess Hospital shortly before seven o’clock. He began sinking Wednesday, and his decline ws gradual until the end which came very suddenly and almost without a struggle, death being due to compound comminuted fracture of the skull and a fracture at the base of the brain. As soon as Mr. WARREN was dead, the authorities were notified.
….Others, were of the opinion that HATFIELD has gone to WV, where he hopes to find concealment among the mountains and protection from kinsmen. Many rumors were afloat last night…
IR Mar 26, 1909
HAYES, Minnie B.
see Daniel McDANIELS.
IR Thursday Jun 2, 1892
see James McCLELLAN
HENTHORN, Lot Mrs.
see W.C. MOORE
Edward Gallagher was shot through the heart and John Oliver was killed by a blow on the head with a stone, and Henry Ingalls fatally injured at a dance last night at Ironton, O. The trouble arose over a woman.
Ogden (UT) Standard Examiner December 27, 1890
JONES, Joshua (State vs.)
For Murder. Indicted for the murder of Isam KELLY.
Clerk of Court Journal 1 &2
Lawrence County, Oh
August term 1819
see Joshua JONES
Green River see W.C. MOORE
Winchester see Robert MITCHELL
LEWIS COUNTY, KY.
An old citizen of Lewis county, named Moses Logan, was waylaid, and shot, and mortally wounded, on Monday of last week, near his home on Laurel. A man named Burt, and his son, have been arrested as the guilty parties, and are now confined in the jail at Vanceburg. – Portsmouth Times.
Ironton Register, Feb. 10, 1870
BLOOD NEAR PETERSBURG
Last Monday night, while the Memorial Church Sunday school, just below Petersburg, were enjoying their Christmas eve festivities and were filling the children’s hearts with joy from a well loaded Christmas tree, there was a crack of a pistol outside the church, followed by the noise of a wretched fracas. The happy scenes were forthwith changed into alarm and excitement, and immediately, Samuel Carey rushed in at the front door, followed closely by Sol Kimball. The latter, however, was stopped at the entrance, though it was quite impossible for him to go further on account of the loss of blood and the pangs of a shot in the side of the head near the ear.
Carey and Kimball had been quarreling on the outside of the church. It is said they were both under the influence of liquor. The quarrel soon resolved itself into an altercation, when Carey drew out his revolver and blazed away at Kimball, hitting him below the ear. Kimball, too, had a revolver, and jerked it out, when Carey sought refuge in the church, pursued by Kimball.
So great was the terror in the church, and so eager the desire to end the excitement, that some of the people sought to get Carey out of there as soon as possible, so he was allowed to make his exit through a window. Once out, he made good his escape and has not been seen since. The wound Kimball received is a painful one, but at last accounts will not prove fatal.
We learn since the above was in type that there were nine shots fired altogether; so other persons must have take a part in the melee. Kimball himself had no revolver, but closed in on Carey and took the latter’s revolver from him. It was then that Carey ran to the church, and Kimball followed, trying to get a shot at him. There have been no arrests.
IR Dec. 27, 1888
Tuesday morning the Court sentenced four prisoners to the Ohio Penitentiary as follows:
Lafe Large, convicted of burglary at Mrs. Brewer’s, in Old Maidsville, back of Ironton, last October, was given ten years. This is the third term for Large. Once before he got four years for burglary; then seven years for arson. He is an incorrigible criminal.
Colby Lewis, James Lewis Sr. And Andrew Lewis were each sentenced for one year on a plea of guilty to the charge of assault with intent to kill. The crime occurred in Aid Township last July where, in a fight or quarrel they assaulted Charles Markin with a mallet and struck him a fearful blow on the head. (need end of article)
IR Nov 24, 1892
see James TAYLOR
LEWIS, Colby and James
see Lafe LARGE
LOGAN IN CUSTODY.
Bud Logan, a well known police character, who has been wanted for sometime by the police upon a charge of stealing some brass and valves from Etna Furnace, sometime ago, was turned over to Officer Rafferty, Saturday night by the Kentucky authorities and is now safe behind the bars at the city prison.
Logan has been living on a family boat across the river and it is said he has been making nightly visits over here and carrying on his thieving. He is thought to have stolen a lot of rope and iron from Kelly’s mill, The Hub and Spoke factory and elsewhere about the city. Logan admitted last night to stealing the stuff from Etna and identified it at the police station.
He also admitted that he had been to the penitentiary four different times.
He threatened to shoot the officers when they went to arrest him but the woman living on the boat with him refused to get him his shot gun, when he called for her to do so. Bud said later that he was glad that he had not been permitted to carry out his intentions.
SWI Mar 16, 1909