1912 Obits

Nellie Neapyear
Ms. Ford
B. H. Wright
Dock Driver
Marcus Collier and Mildred Poe
William Ramsey
Joseph Lawrence




1912 - 09- 22 Macon Telegraph

Woman Died Aged 122

Imboden, Ark. - Sept. 18 - The oldest woman beyond a doubt in Arkansas , Mrs Nellie Neapyear aged 122 years, is dead at her granddaughter's home, near Walnut Ridge on the Lawrence county line. She was born in 1790 in the state of North Carolina.

1912-03-29 - Jonesboro Evening Sun

Walnut Ridge Ar - March 28 - A terrible tragedy occurred three miles east of this city this morning. Jas. Ford a farmer killed his wife by beating her on the head with a stick of stovewood then shot himself to death with a gun. No notice was left as to what propted him to commit the terrible deed. Mrs. Ford was a sister to Tom Hampton a well known barber of this city.

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Hoxie, Ark, Nov. 26 - Saturday afternoon B. H. Wright was killed by J.B. Lewis from whom he went to collect a month's rent for a cottage he had rented Lewis. Coroner's jury remained Lewis in jail to await the action of the grand jury.  Only Lewis wife and children saw the deed committed. November 30, 1912  - Jonesboro Evening Sun 

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Walnut Ridge Dec. 21 - Judge Jeffries yesterday afternoon pronounced sentence on Dock Driver, convicted Wednesday on the charge of murder in the first degree for having killed Marshal J.P. Biggers. The date for the hanging was set for January 31. Driver maintained an air of indifference as the sentence was read. His sentence was read, his attorney G.I. Grant gave police an appeal to the Supreme Court.
  Driver shot Marshal Biggers, who also was a preacher as the officer was attempting to arrest him on the night of Oct. 30. His wife from whom he was separated complained to the mayor that Driver had been abusing her and a warrant for his arrest was handed to the marshal. A carnival was in progress on the streets and one of the shots intended for Marshal Biggers struck a small boy in the hand.
  Driver's pistol bore four notches on the handle each notch said to represent a victim. The pistol was taken away from him immediately after the last killing, which is not included in record kept on the weapon. December 24, 1912  - Jonesboro Evening Sun

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  A double killing occurred at Walnut Ridge last night when Marcus Collier shot and killed his sister Mrs. Mildred Poe and then turned with the same revolver and killed himself. The tragedy occured at the home of the parents of both parties, E.A. Collier who is a druggist at Walnut Ridge and one of the prominent citizens of that place.
  Marcus Collier was about forty years of age and had veen away from home for several years returning on account of his father being ill. He had been down town and came home found his sister and father in conversation drew a revolver and shot her dead. He then turned and ran to the barn and there shot himself through the head.
  The cause of the murder is not known. It is thought that Collier was insane and was not of jealous fevor at the time he killed his sister and then took his own life. November 1, 1912 - Jonesboro Evening Sun

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Walnut Ridge, Ark. Mar. 8 - The grand jury for the eastern district adjourned today after a sitting of only five days only eight indictments being found. E.T. Irby charged with the killing of William Ramsey was indicted for murder in the first degree. He had been out on $25,000 bond since the killing. Whe he was indicted today he was ordered under arrest and tonight his attorneys will plead for bail. March 9, 1912  - Jonesboro Evening Sun

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Imboden, April 15 - His mind greatly impaired from living under a delusion that he was to be prosecuted for having accepted a pension from the state of Arkansas to which he was not entilled. Joseph Lawrence a Confederate veteran about 75 years of age residing in the neighborhood of Opposition about seven miles southwest of Imboden committed suicide at his son's home yesterday.
  It was evident that he had planned his death. Discovering no one was about his son and grandchildren having gone to the field the aged man procured a shot gun and went out of the house and sat down by the chimney and placed the gunstock against the wall with the barrel pressing against his breast. He then took a small stick with a notch on it which he had whittled for the purpose and pushed the trigger. His daughter-n-law who was in the nearby field with the children heard the shot and ran to where he was fighting the trio of death. April 18, 1912  - Jonesboro Evening Sun