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Jacksonville Republican:  Wednesday night about ten o'clock, DR. W. W. HARRISON was roused by cries proceeding from the room of MR. LEDBETTER,  a cousin who is boarding with him.  The Dr. seized his pistol and rushed out into the hall in time to see three burglars making from the building.  After requesting them to halt, which they heeded not, he opened up his artillery on the retreating sneaks.  The fifth that the fired took effect somewhere for one of them fell to the ground crying "My God Doctor."  The next morning a pool of blood, and a ham which had been filched from the Dr.'s pantry were the only traces left to remind one of the occurrence. Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County AL, November 28, 1879 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

The Gadsden Times states that, on Saturday evening last, at Alexandria, in Calhoun County, a Mr. FOMBY and a negro, JIM WALKER, had a difficulty, in which the negro was killed.  From what we can learn of the facts, it seems that Mr. Fomby was fully justified in killing the negro.   Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County AL, December 5, 1879 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney


Two men by name of Salms and Turner have been arrested and put in jail at Jacksonville charged with the shooting of Miss Buchanan. Source: Lamar News, Lamar County AL, April 28, 1887 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney


A Special Dispatch from Anniston, to the Birmingham Herald say: Mayor Huger this morning fined J. P. GARNER, a merchant, $400 and sentenced him to eight months on the street gang for selling brandy peaches and “doctored” cider. Many witnesses swore they have become intoxicated by drinking the cider and eating the peaches. The sentence is the heaviest ever imposed in Alabama for a similar offense, and is likely to scare every blind tiger out of Calhoun county, GARNER took an appeal to the Circuit Court, and is out on a bond of $800. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, September2, 1887 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney  



Joe Myers, the villain who raped little Mary Jones, aged 11 years, a short time back, has been caught and lodged in jail at Jacksonville.  Source: Marion Herald, Marion County AL, February 9, 1888 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney 


W. B. Graves, a young merchant of Bynums, on the Georgia pacific Road, was knocked senseless and robbed of $50 Saturday night while on his way from his store to his home, a distance of about a quarter of a mile. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, July 20, 1888 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney  



At Ohatchee, Calhoun county, on Monday, Deputy Sheriff Brown shot and instantly killed Henry Jones, a negro desperado.  The negro was wanted for a highway robbery and other crimes, and the office attempted to arrest him.  Jones fired on the officer with a shotgun, and the latter returned it with a rifle with fatal result. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, July 24, 1890 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney  


Prof. W. A. Miller, a Calhoun county school teacher, was arrested in Gadsden for stealing a negro woman’s pocketbook. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 21, 1891- transcribed by Veneta McKinney

At Anniston the residence of Mr. C. B. Cooke, in the northern part of the city, was entered by burglars and a big haul made of provisions. Source: Vernon Courier , Lamar County AL, June 4, 1891  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

A young man named T. J. Jeffries under the name of Crosbie, attempted to swindle a hotel keeper in Anniston by raising the figure in his bank deposit book by which means he had a check cashed.  He was detected and arrested. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, July 16, 1891- transcribed by Veneta McKinney

At Jacksonville, Sam Ray, a young white man, about 25 years of age, was tried before Judge Emmett F. Crook, on a charge of murder, for the killing of a young man about 20 years of age, by the name of A. C. Daniel.  He was refused bail and was sent to jail. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, December 3, 1891- transcribed by Veneta McKinney


At Anniston, three white and five negro prisoners escaped from the county jail by forcing the lock to their cell doors.  They were discovered just in time for the officers to get in two parting shots at them.  Sim Patterson, a 14-year-old white boy, charged with stealing, was recaptured.  None of the others have been caught. Source: Vernon Courier , Lamar County AL, March 24, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

John Ramagnnaus's store at Jacksonville was entered and robbed a few nights ago. Source: Vernon Courier , Lamar County AL, May 12, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 

There are twenty prisoners in the county jail at Anniston and fifteen in the jail at Jacksonville. Source: Vernon Courier , Lamar County AL, May 12, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney 


A party of masked men, numbering about a dozen, went to the house of C. W. Cotton, twelve miles south of Anniston, and after battering down the doors, took Cotton and his son out and fearfully beat them. Several shots were fired and one of the struck Mrs. Cotton in the knee and will probably necessitate amputation.  The mob, after breaking out windows and demolishing the furniture, departed, warning their victims to attend to their own business in the future. An illicit whiskey still was destroyed in that community not long since, and it is believed that the moonshiner perpetrated the outrage, thinking that Cotton was the informer.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, February 9, 1893 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

At the old Novelty Works on West Eleventh street, Anniston, Lander Horton hit Wheeler Trammel over the head with a stick and nearly killed him. They are both young men, and the best of friends before the difficulty.  From playfully putting engine grease on each other they came to  hard words and then blows followed. The wound is a serious one, though it is not thought the skull is fractured.  Horton, whose father owned the mill, made his escape.  Trammel is a teamster.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, February 16, 1893 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

David Adcock, of Calhoun County, plead guilty in the United States court at Birmingham of counterfeiting and was fined $100 and sentenced to the penitentiary for two years. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, April 13, 1893 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

FULL IN THE SHOULDER - Deputy Marshall Bill Payne Mortally Wounded
Anniston, April 21 - [Special] - W. N. Payne, a United States Deputy Marshall was shot and dangerously wounded about 10 o'clock last night on the Cleburne line, about twelve miles south of here by a negro named Tom Clark, Payne and posse, consisting of Special Revenue Agent W. W. Colquitt and Deputy Marshalls Charles Smith and D. S. Jackson, went out to the neighborhood in which the shooting occurred blast night for the purpose of arresting one Charlie Banister, who was badly wanted for the prominent part he took in a White Chapping outrage over there about months since.
      They had been told that Bannister would be at a certain house to spend the night, and about 9 o'clock seeing a light in a house about 100 yards from the road, Payne and Jackson went up to make inquiries, leaving Colquitt and Smith with the horses. As the two walked up to the door it was suddenly thrown open and some one from within fired the entire load, taking effect in Payne's right arm, right side and bowels.  The wounded man was brought back here for treatment.  The charge was of large duckshot, and his recovery is hardly possible. The negro who did the shooting gave himself up this morning and confessed the deed, claiming in extenuation that he thought the two men were White Caps coming after him.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, April 27, 1893 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney


HIGHWAY ROBBERS – They First Rob a Man and Then Shoot Him

Anniston, Oct 6 – J. B. Burns, a well known farmer of the western portion of the county was probably fatally hurt by three disguised men tonight.  He was enrout from his farm to Eastaboga when the men met him and demanded his money or his life.  He had to give up either, but instead drew his pistol and fired twice at them. He then attempted to drive off, but they caught him and took him from his buggy, his money was then taken, he was tied to a tree and as the party left, several shots were fired at him, some of which book effect. A passerby shortly afterwards found Mr. Burns and took him home. It is feared that his wounds will prove fatal.  If the outrage was prompted by anything except robbery it is not known.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, October 11, 1894 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney


COUNTERFEITERS CAUGHT – U. S. Deputy Marshal John W. Barker and W. P. Hunter arrested Will Jones, alias Jim Carter, and John Holloway, two members of a gang of counterfeiters Tuesday.  Oscar Woodall, who is believed to have been the chief, escaped.
                A lot of metal, plaster of Paris moulds and other utensils, together with a large lot of counterfeit dollars, half dollars, dimes and nickels were secured.  The gang has been operating in Anniston for some time, flooding the country with spurious coin, and for two months the local United States officers have been after them.
                The three men are married and have been living in Anniston with their families, but without any visible means of support.  They are believed to be old offenders. The two men arrested, have confessed.  Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County, AL, April 25, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney




WHITE MAN IS ARRESTED FOR TAKING WHOLE FAMILY - One of the most peculiar cases of larceny after trust on record was revealed at Anniston when W. G. Irwin, a white man, was arrested on a charge of stealing the family of J. M. Humphries, a white planter of Talladega county.  It is alleged that Irwin has been living in seclusion with the woman and her three children in Anniston for several months. Irwin has been taken to Talladega county by the sheriff and will be tired there for adultery and stealing his neighbor’s family.  The wife was taken home by Humphries. Irwin is now in Talladega jail.  Source: Marion County Republican,  Marion County, AL, October 14, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney



The jury impaneled by Coroner Murphy to inquire into the killing of Florence Thomas, who was shot to death at her home on Brown avenue, Anniston returned a verdict fixing the crime on her husband, Jim Thomas.  Source: Marion County Republican,  Marion County, AL, November 18, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

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