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Federal Enforcement . Officers Mack Lockridge Killed and P.S. Ritchley, Injured in Echols County Trouble.
Statenville Ga. Feb. 3  Echols county's cattle-dipping war broke out again this morning, one federal enforcement officer being killed and another wounded. Mock Lockridge of Dawson, Ga.  was shot and almost  instantly killed and his companion R. S. Ritchley, also of Dawson, was seriously wounded during a quarrel that occurred on the highway near the farm .of Mann Carter.
Carter and his son, Will, who are said to have fired the shots at the federal officers, have not been arrested. Officers in this Echols, county indicated that no arrests would be made until warrants have been issued.
The two federal officers are said to have visited the Carter farm this morning and informed the elder Carter that they had taken up one of his cows that had not been dipped and that the animal was subject to redemption. A heated argument followed and the cattle inspectors turned and walked toward an automobile in the; roadway.
Mann Carter and his son are said to have pursued the inspectors, one carrying a shotgun, and the other a pistol. Reports reaching  officers here indicate that both Carters shot just as Lockridge and Ritchley reached the automobile. Lockridge received a charge from, the shot-gun and Ritchley.was wounded with a pistol bullet, and almost; by a shotgun. Lockridge died in a few minutes, but Richley summoned aid and was taken to a hospital in Valdosta, Ga., where it is said that he has little chance to recover.
Both officers were members of the force sent to Echols county last summer to enforce cattle dipping, for the elimination,  of ticks. They established a camp near here and have been riding the ranges enforcing the dipping law.  several clashes have, occurred at various times and only a.few weeks ago, sons of Mann Carter and the federal officers  exchanged shots.
The officers were said to have been armed with pistols and guns and also had two, machine guns at  the camp, which was known as Fort McKinnion. But it is stated that the officers, did not use their guns today.   
Date: 1923-02-04; Paper: Augusta Chronicle

Sam S. Peterson
Sam S. Peterson, 60. of Martinez Ga., died  Wednesday at a local Infirmary following a four months illness. His wife, Mrs. Emma Kimsey Peterson, .preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Statenville. Ga. Baptist Church, interment will be in the Warrenville Cemetery. Mr. Peterson, a retired farmer was born in Echols County. Ga.. the son of the late James I. Boyd and Susan Prescott Peterson. He had lived in Martinez 30 years. He is survived by four sons. Kelso K. Peterson and Theodore R. Peterson, both of Augusta. Roscoe P. Peterson of Martinez and Cleo W. Peterson of Beech Island: three daughters. Mrs. J. E. Staulcup of Augusta, Mrs. O. J. Reeves of Lake Charles. La., and Mrs. A. E. Rinker of Decatur: two brothers. J. J. Peterson of Statenville and T. C. Peterson of Valdosta. Ga.; two sisters. Mrs. Cordie Bennett of Perry. Fla.. and Mrs. Callie Harden of Dundee. Fla ; 19 grand-children and a number of nieces and nephews. The body will be at the funeral home until 2:20 am Friday when it will be conveyed to Statenville.
Date: 1958-09-18; Paper: Augusta Chronicle

Echols Farmer is Fatally Shot. Gordon Hughes is Killed by Smith Carter near Statenville Both Prominent Farmers Hughes, Unarmed, Invites Carter to Use His Pistol if He Desires.
Statenville, Ga. March 2. Gordon Hughes, a prominent farmer of Echols county, was shot and almost instantly killed at 8 o'clock this morning by Smith Carter, another prominent firmer, the shooting occurred between this place and Carver. Sheriff of Echols county reported at 5 o'clock tonight that Carter had not been arrested and that he believed that he had left the county. It was stated that Carter Is a man about 50 years of age, while Hughes was 35 years old.   They lived on adjoining farms.
A coroner's jury, enpanaled this morning, returned a verdict that Hughes had come to his death by a wound inflicted by pistol in the hands of Carter and that, in their opinion, the act was murder,
Hughes and Carter met this morning and a dispute arose over some fertilizer. During the quarrel Hughes walked up to  Carter and placed his arm on the latter's shoulder. Hughes then asked Carter if he had a gun. Carter replied that he had. Hughes then said, according to the evidence adduced at the coroner's Inquest, "then If you have a gun you may use It If you wish to," Carter then pulled his pistol and fired. Hughes dropped almost at  Carter's feet. Hughes was unarmed.
Both men are widely known in this section of the State and are from prominent families. Friends of Carter believe that he  will come here and surrender tomorrow
Date: 1921-03-03; Paper: Macon Weekly Telegraph

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