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1879

FRANK SLATON, of Marshall County, is in jail at Gadsden, charged with stealing a pair of shoes and a pair of pants.  Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County, AL, November 7, 1879 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 


1888

The Farmers Alliance store at Guntersville was broken into by a burglar on last week.  Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County, AL, May 10, 1888 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

Ex-Treasurer J. P. Beard of Marshal County was a defaulter, and his bondsmen have compromised his indebtedness by paying the county $1,000. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, October 26, 1888 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 


1891

AN ENRAGED FATHER - Mortally Wounds the Man who Stole His Daughter
Guntersville, March 5 - A very horrible crime was committed near this place a day or two ago in which a young man was the victim.  William Carnes a well-to-farmer and well respected in the section.  A young man named James Pace had wooed and won the daughter of Mr. Carnes, and procured a marriage license to marry here, but on account of objections by the girls' father was forced to steal her.  They went to Rev. Mr. Bagwell's to be joined in the holy bonds wedlock.  About fifteen minutes after the ceremony was performed the angry father arrived in pursuit and after some very hot words with the new bridegroom, knocked him down and jumping upon him cut his several times very seriously with a knife.  Then the enraged father turned upon the bride and struck her several times with a chair, causing painful wounds.  Rm. Pace is n a very precarious condition and is not expected to recover.  Carnes is still at large.  The affair is very much regretted. (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, March 12, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

 

 

Tom Yoe, charged with the murder of D. Jones, at Guntersville last Friday, is in jail at Gadsden.   (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, June 11, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

 

MADE A ONE A TEN

Huntsville, Aug 1 – Dr. L. M. McDuff from Leander, Marshall county, was placed in jail this morning on a charge of attempting to pass a $1 bill ‘raised” to a $10 by adding cipher cut from a confederate bill.

                Enroute to the prison he threw away and old pocketbook in which was found a similar doctored bill.

              He is also arrested for carrying a concealed pistol.  Heretofore his character has been irreproachable, and on full investigation he claims that he will come out all right.  Relatives are expected today to make bail.  He is about thirty years old. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, August 6, 1891 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 


1892

William Alexander near Warrenton, five miles from Guntersville, shot D. Scott.  Scott married a daughter of Alexander, and it is reported was unkind to her.  Alexander hearing of it went to Scott and they became involved in a row, Alexander firing upon Scott with a shot gun. Scott's wounds are not serious, and he will probably recover. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, December 22, 1892 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 


1893

Some one entered the orchard of J. W. Jenkins of Marshall county and cut down about ninety young trees that were just beginning to bear. Sam Taylor was arrested for the crime, waived examination and went to jail to await trail. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, May 11, 1893 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

A few days ago Jacob Wilbanks shot and mortally wounded his nephew, Robert Wilbanks, in Marshall county.  It seems to have been an unprovoked attack. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, June 29, 1893 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

Jacob Williams, a farmer of Marshall county had heard that his nephew, Robert Williams, had connected him in some way with the recent burning of a barn in the neighborhood. He took his shotgun and loaded it with slugs and went in search of his nephew.  The farmer found him near his house and halted him and told him what he had heard. Robert told him to wait a minute, and he would go with him to the parties.  Jacob' said, "No, Ill settle with you here by shooting your head off."  This he did. (Source; Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, June 29, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


1895

William Bell, who, it will be remembered, shot and killed a constable in Marshall County, Alabama, a year or so ago, for levying an execution on some cotton and stock, was arrested in Hill County, Texas, the other day.  Bell is aid to be a native of Salem, in the lower part of Franklin County, Tennessee, and his family was among the best in that section. Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County, AL, March 14, 1895 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 

SALTING THE GOLD MINE

It is said that great excitement prevails at Scottsboro, Ala over the arrest of Dr. May and a mining expert named Duncan on a charge of “salting’ the gold mines on Santa creek, in Marshall County, Alabama, by which a number of citizens of Scottsboro and Chattanooga were induced to invest a good deal of money. Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County, AL, August 15, 1895 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 

Deputy Sheriff James Campbell left Guntersville last Thursday for Springfield, Mo. in search of Joe Hensen, who was under bond for defamation of a lady’s character, and had jumped his bail.  The sheriff found his man and brought him back and has landed him in the county jail. Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County, AL, November 21, 1895 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 


 

1897

 

W. W. Kidd, the Populite superintendent of education of Marshall County, Ala. has left for parts unknown with about $3,000 of money due the teachers of that county, and the sheriff is hunting for him.  A reward of $200 has been offered by Kidd’s bondsmen for his arrest.  He is a fine specimen of reformer, and it is to be hoped that he will land in the penitentiary, where he rightly belongs. Source: Marion County News, Marion County, AL, April 29, 1897 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 

 In a row in a cross-roads barroom in Marshall County, six miles from Limerock, George Anderson stabbed and instantly killed J. N. Mansfield with a knife. Anderson escaped. Source: Marion County News, Marion County, AL, May 27, 1897 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 

DEFAULTER LOCATED

It is reported that W. W. KIDD, the defaulting superintendent of education of Marshall county, has been located at Monterrey, Mexico, and that his family has gone there to join him.  He is said to be bossing a squad of hands on some railroad construction works.  No effort will be made to have him returned to Alabama, it is said. Source: Marion County News, Marion County, AL, July 29, 1897 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 

 William Manning was shot and killed at Guntersville last Thursday by his son-in-law.  John Rollins. Both were drinking at the time. They became enraged at one another, and engaged in a rough and tumble fight before the shooting.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County, AL, September 23, 1897 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 

W. Entrekin, a respectable farmer of Marshall County, Alabama has fallen a victim to the rigid internal revenue laws.  He made application for a license for an apple brandy still recently, and while waiting for the arrival of the license, and until other forms could be observed, he made a few quarts of brandy for home use.  Revenue officers arrested him for illicit distilling.  On this charge he was tried before a commissioner and bound over to the grand jury. Source: Marion County News, Marion County, AL, September 30, 1897 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 


1903

ALBERTVILLE MERCHANT SHOT

F. F. Davis, a merchant of Albertville, was shot and mortally wounded last week by William Peppers.  Peppers, his brother John and their father entered Davis’ store in an intoxicated condition, it is said, and became very disorderly.  Davis ordered the m out, whereupon a duel followed between William Peppers and Davis. Davis’ shots went wild, but one of Peppers bullets penetrated Davis’ abdomen.  John Peppers is in jail as an accessory to the shooting, but William Peppers escaped. Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County, AL, November 5, 1903- transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 

COUNTERFEITERS SENTENCED

James Young of Marshall county was convicted in the United states Court at Huntsville last week of passing counterfeit money and was sentenced to eighteen months hard labor in the Atlanta penitentiary.  G. W. Wentz pleaded guilty to counterfeiting and was given two years.  Joe Willis was sent up for a year after pleading guilty of raising bills.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County, AL, November 5, 1903- transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 

FINE BRANDY SEIZED
Deputy Marshal H. C. ARNOLD carried to Huntsville last week 813 gallons of fine brandy seized at the still of PICK RODEN in Marshall county.  Roden was tried at the April Term of United states Court last year for running his still without paying taxes on the output.  He was convicted and fined $100 and was also taxes with a penalty of $500.  Roden was released after promising to pay, and after his continued failure to do so, Deputy Marshal ARNOLD was sent to seize all the brandy on hand at the still.  The brandy is said to be worth about $2,000.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County, AL, December 31, 1903- transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney 

 


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