9-01-1922 MANY DEFEATS IN OLD FEUD IN INDIANA
Family Warfare Dates Back to Trouble in
By Horace M. Coats, International New Service Staff Correspondent.
Shoals Indiana, Sept. 1, 1922.
Another life has been forfeited and the 6th member of the archer family,
of southern martin County, has “died with his boots on” as a result of a
family feud that has raged there for several years, it is revealed here
following the fatal shooting, from ambush, of Clyde Archer, 19 recently.
For years Hoosiers have been wan__ to look with pity, if not disdain, on
the family feuds which have “wiped put” hundreds of members of warring
families of the Bluegrass state. But apparently in Indiana’s backyard a
family feud has been raging for years between the archer and Stanfield
families which has resulted in several deaths.
Clyde archer met his death Tuesday, Aug. 15. About a year previous young
Archer had killed his man at French Lick, IN. when he stabbed Roy
Stanfield, a neighbor, who accused Archer of stealing some money. He was
acquitted in court on a plea of self defense.
Row is Old Standing
The 2 families had harbored ill feelings against each other for many
years following the killing of Annabel Stanfield by Charlie Archer, an
uncle of Clyde. The older Archer was acquitted of this crime, and
a few years later a brother of Clyde was freed of a murder charge.
Back in 1882 Martin Archer was killed by a man named Marley, who was
afraid Archer might tell of a larceny job in which the murderer, his
victim and John B. Bunch were implicated. This killing aroused the ire
of the Archer family, the members of which swore vengeance.
The Archers, accompanied by John Lynch, went in search of Marley and
being unable to find him, discovered Bunch. When Bunch declined to
reveal the hiding place of Marley the Archers bound him, took him to
Saltpeter cave, in Orange County, IN. a lonely spot near the home of
Here they again demanded of Bunch that he tell where Marley was hiding.
As Bunch repeated his statement that he did not know the whereabouts of
Marley the archers shot him to death and left his body in the cave
Later they removed the corpse, place it on a pile of brush which had
been saturated with coal oil, and burned it. Then a tree was felled and
placed over the ashes to prevent discovery of the crime.
Confesses to Crime
Four years later Lynch, conscience stricken, confessed to the crime.
Following the confession Thomas Archer, 65, and Martin Archer, 50,
brothers were arrested. Then John Archer, 30, was taken into
custody in connection with the gruesome murder.
All three were placed in jail at Shoals. Sam Archer, father of John, and
another member of the murder band, was still at large.
At midnight, March 9,1886, a band of armed, masked men visited the
Shoals jail, removed the 3 Archers and hanged them to trees in the
courthouse yard. Their bodies were permitted to hang there until
11 o’clock the next morning.
A short time later Sam Archer was apprehended, tried, convicted and
sentenced to be hanged. The execution took place July 9,1886, in the
presence of what was termed a “circus day” crowd assembled about the
All that saved Lynch from being a victim of the executions of the mob
that hanged the 3 Archers was the fact that he was confined in the
Davies County Jail.
Since that time the hatred between the 2 families has grown apace, and
members of each family are on guard always, for an out break of the
Shoals, Ind. April 21—This city was again visited by fire to-day the
second time in two months. A block of nine houses in the business part
of the town was burned, the fire being started by a defective flue.
Fortunately the houses were old, and the loss will not exceed $15,000.
The post office was destroyed, this being the second time it has burned
recently; also, a grocery store, sawmill, drug store and other building.
A month ago the city was visited by a disastrous flood, and the citizens
are naturally much discouraged. Little insurance was carried on any of
Indiana Journal April 28 1897
New Albany Ledger Standard 8 Jul 1873 p4 c2: Murder in Martin county. .
. Walter Willimen
contributed by Sue Carpenter
SHOALS, Ind., Aug. 16—The famous Indian Springs property in this county
has been sold by the part owner, Alfred Guthrie. The deed was delivered
Saturday to Mrs. Ada T. Brundage, of Chicago, who is at the head of a
syndicate of Chicago capitalists, who will inaugurate a system of
improvements to this already fine property, which will place it at the
head of summer resorts in this section. The sale was made through
Messrs. E. C. Baxter, of Chicago, and J. C McGann, of Franklin, Ind..
representing the purchaser, and J, C Maiott, of Indianapolis,
representing A. Guthrie.
Date: 1896-08-19; Paper: Indiana State Journal
At the bride's parents, Dec. 29, 1880 by J.M. Malcomb, J.P - Mr. Albert
Kale, of Shoals, Martin county Ind., to Miss Aletha Ladd, of Rome
township (Athens County, Ohio). [The Athens Messenger, (Athens, OH)
December 30, 1880 - Tr. by Sandra Cummins]
Thursday December 22, 1937
Evansville Courier and press, Evansville Indiana Page 14
BURY ACCIDENT VICTIM TODAY
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1.----(Special)---Not seriously injured early Tuesday
when his car plunged over 150 foot embankment at Willow Valley, east of
Shoals, Ollie W. Hanger, of rural route one, French Lick, today was
recovering from his injuries, while funeral services for his companion,
Miss Lorene Trimble, 23, of Bedford, have been arranged for Thursday
afternoon at 2 o'clock at Shoals.
Prosecutor Alvin Seal, Sheriff Thomas Arvin and State Policeman Herman
Freed, after investigating the fatal wreck Tuesday, said no charges
would be filed against Hanger at this time, pending the filing of
coroner J. W. Strange's verdict in the case. The
officers from Martin county said Hanger was intoxicated when they took
him from the wrecked car.
Wednesday, March 18, 1857
New Albany Daily Ledger, New Albany Indiana Volume VIII Issue 2287 Page
Railroad Accident -- One Man Killed.
The city was filled with painful rumors last evening in relation to an
accident which had occurred to the outward bound train of the New Albany
and Salem Railroad by the breaking through of the bridge at Muddy Fork,
16 miles from here. Fortunately, however, when the truth was
ascertained, the consequences were not near so fatal as reported.
It appears that the engine, tender, and baggage car had passed safely
over the bridge, but when the passenger cars got on, the bridge gave way
and precipitated one of them into the creek, while the other fell off to
one side. The forward passenger car was badly smashed up.
We are indebted to Mr. Leonidas Stout, who was a passenger on the train,
for the following list of persons injured: Garrison Smith, brother in
law of Mr. Compton, the conductor, was instantly killed. He was
standing at the brake of the forward passenger car at the moment of the
accident and was struck by a piece of timber across the abdomen, tearing
out his entrails and causing instant death.
Mrs. Melissa Sheeks, of Woodville, daughter of Samuel Martin, of
Washington County, who had been married but a few days. Mrs.
S. had her leg broken in two places, below the knee. She was
conveyed to a neighboring house by her husband and Mr. Stout, where her
wounds were addressed by Dr. Henneus, of Bennettsville, and another
physician. She was taken to Salem, where an attempt will be made
to set the broken limb.
Mrs. Ellen Sweeney, of Lexington, Ky., badly bruised.
Jacob Flaxner, of Louisville, a peddler, shoulder fractured and arm
Robert Gilbert, Louisville, bruised on side and head.
Mrs. Married Mattingly, Martin county, hand and arm injured.
John Gilter, Martin county, injured in the breast.
A peddler, a Jew, name unknown, arm injured.
Miss Josephine Jenkins, of New Albany, cut across the forehead.
There were several others slightly cut and bruised but not seriously.
Mr. John B. Anderson, the Superintendent of the road, was on the train
at the time of the accident, and being on the locomotive, escaped
without injury. He immediately dispatched a handcar to the city
for physicians for such as should need their services, who fortunately,
we're not numerous. Mr. Compton, the conductor, as well as Mr.
Anderson, did all in their power to render the wounded
comfortable. A number of our citizens were on the cars, and of
course much anxiety was manifested to learn full particulars of the
accident. A train was dispatched about dusk to bring in the
wounded as well as the passengers on the downed traine. The
latter arrived at Muddy Fork, about an hour after the accident. It
returned with the passengers of the disabled train.
The accident was occasioned by the abutments of the bridge giving way,
which we presume is attributable to defective masonry, though the bridge
was regarded as perfectly safe.
The bridge will be put in perfect order in a few days. In the
meantime no detention will take place in the arrival and departure of
passenger trains. There will be locomotives and cars on each side
of the creek, and the only delay will be in the change of cars. We
presume, however, that the freight trains will be necessarily detained
till the damage is repaired.
Daily State Sentinel, Indianapolis, Marion County, 26 Apr 1858,
transcribed by J.S.
Bank of Dover Hill, Indiana
We publish the following correspondence in regard to a
certain "Bank" in this State, which proves to be a Wild Cat. It is
astonishing how the notes of such a "Bank" can be circulated. The Free
Banks of Indiana - the best secured banks in the West - have but a poor
circulation out of the State, while these shinplasters are curculated in
Kansas and Minnesota as genuine bank issues:
Minnesota Territory, April 17, 1858
Dear. Sir: Parties here have $10,000 of the American bank at Dover Hill,
Indiana, which they desire to circulate. Can you tell me how the Bank
stands with you? If so, please oblige me by answering at your earliest
convenience. Yours Respectfully.
Indianapolis, April 23, 1858
Dear Sir: Your favor of the 17th inst, inquiring as to the standing of
the American Bank at Dover Hill, is received. The American Bank is a
Sand-bank, of whose existence the good people of Dover Hill have no
knowledge; supposed to be non cumatibus in swampo - a high flying kite,
the string to which is probably held by some fellow in Owen county,
Ind., and the tail, perhaps, 'twill reach the pockets of the people of
your Territory. It is a swindle. Yours, &c. P.S. The Auditor of
State informs me that no Bank of that name is known at his office.
Evansville Journal, Vol 17, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, 20 Aug 1866,
transcribed by J.S.
The Cause in Martin
Dover Hill, Indiana, August 11, 1866
This is a joyous day for Union men in old Martin. At 8 o'clock
this morning crowds of people commenced congregating around - not the
groceries - but the hotels and offices, and the streets were thronged
with horsemen, buggies, wagons, hacks and carriages coming in, flags -
Union flags - flying, men, women, children, all classes, all ages, were
represented, all coming to hear what might or could be said if anything
for the Union Party.
At 10 a.m. a convention was called at the court room for the
nomination of a county ticket. Dr. Palmater, of Loogootee, was called to
the Chair. A Secretary was appointed, and soon the business was
progressing. All the townships were represented, and a few minutes
sufficed to present to the people a
for Martin County, to wit; For Representative, Col. Lew. Brooks; for
Clerk of Circuit Court, Capt. Abner Brown; for County Auditor, Zeno W.
Coffin, Esq.; for Sheriff, Lieut. F.A. Cooke; for Recorder, Sergeant
David Norcross; for Coroner, M. Shirey, Esq., for County Commissioner,
Lee Keck, Esq. - all of whom have proved true to the Union in peace and
in war. The nominations were made unanimous. The utmost harmony
prevailed. The utmost harmony prevailed, and all bid fair for a general
good time until, at the close of the Convention, it was announced that,
owing to an accident on the railroad, the principal speaker engaged for
HON. D.E. WILLIAMSON
had failed to attend. Sad indeed were the feeling, and faces of the
Union men, while the glances that were exchanged by Democrats, indicated
the joy they felt at our discomfiture; and some of them went as far as
to show themselves prophets, (of the past) by such remarks as "I told ye
so." "I knowed it," and "they only 'nounced the name of 'Williamson' so
as to git a crowd out to hear 'em speek."...Yours truly, Charley McCarty
Indianapolis Daily Herald, Indianapolis, Marion County, 11 May 1867,
transcribed by J.S.
Proposals - Proposals for the erection of a court house at Dover Hill,
Indianapolis Daily Herald, Indianapolis, Marion County, 14 May 1867,
transcribed by J.S.
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS
Sealed proposals will be received by the Board of Commissioners of
Martin county, Indiana, on the 7th day of June, 1867, for the erection
of a new COURT HOUSE in the town of Dover Hill, Indiana. Said building
is to be made of brick, 78 feet long by 51 feet wide, and is to be built
according to plans and specifications on file in the Auditor's office of
said county. The contractors will be required to furnish all materials
for the same, and to have the brick burned, and the foundation walls
laid by the first day of December 1867, and the building completed on or
before the 15th day of November 1868. Payments will be made on estimates
as the work proceeds, reserving 10 per cent on each estimate until the
completion of the work. All proposals must be accompanied with a written
guarantee, signed at least by two sufficient sureties, that if the bid
is accepted, the bidder will immediately enter into a written contract,
and give the necessary bonds for the faithful performance of the same;
the Board reserving the right to reject all bids if they deem it for the
best interests of the county to do so. Jas. C. O'Brien, my11d1aw4w,
Auditor of Martin County.
The Lacon Home Journal, vol 78, 17 Feb 1916, transcribed by J.S.
Scattered about the room were envelopes with two or three different
advertisements on each to represent names an addresses, as on one was
written the word "miss," then a picture of a bell, advertising, the Bell
Telephone Co and a picture of a camel. The address was represented by a
picture of an Indian followed by the letter a. This meaning Miss Bell
Campell, Ironton, Indiana. Result of this game was a tie between Mildred
Own and Edna McMahon, each having 74 out of the 80, right. Cuts were
drawn, resulting in Mildred winning a very beautiful bottle of Lilly of
the Valley perfume, the fragrance of our class flower.
, the slayer of his father's wife, who has
been a fugitive from justice for several days in Martin county, Indiana,
pursued by a posse of several hundred men, shot himself through the
heart Tuesday as he stood hemmed in by a band of enraged farmers.
Madera Mercury, No 15, 13 Jun 1903
- transcribed by J.S.
, of Shoals, Martin County, Indiana, has
written to the Chief of Police, asking for information as to the
whereabouts of his brother-in-law, John Kritzer, who came to Sacramento
in September 1879.
Sacramento Daily Union, Vol 11, No 47, 15 Apr 1880
transcribed by J.S.