KIOWA COUNTY, KANSAS

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A MURDERED MAN IN A KANSAS PASTURE

Pratt, Kas., April 14---The body of Jacob McCammon was found in a pasture fifteen miles northwest of here last night, the skull smashed in. He was doubtless murdered, but the murderer is not known. McCammon lived in Kiowa county and was an old soldier. (Kansas City Star ~ April 14, 1899)\

DEPUTY SHERIFF OF KIOWA COUNTY KILLED BY HORSE THIEVES

Asa W. Balfour, deputy sheriff of Kiowa county, Kansas, was shot and killed by horse thieves whom he was trying to arrest. (Bay City Times, July 7, 1892, page 2)

WYATT IS MUCH WANTED

Officer Quarrel Over the Young desperado

Terre Haute, Ind. - Dec. 2 Ellsworth Wyatt, the captured young desperado of the Dalton gang is still in jail here and two sheriffs are quarreling over who shall get him. One is Sheriff Bonsall ofKiowa County, Kansas, in which is located Greenburg, where Wyatt murdered Constable Balfour. Both sheriffs have employed lawyers and the case was to have come up this afternoon but Judge Taylor continued it till tomorrow. The impression is that the court will turn him over to Kansas authorities as the case there seems to be more direct and more susceptible of proof. Wyatt maintains a defiant and sullen attitude and is evidently prepared to take desperate chances to escape. He prefers to go to Oklahoma. Sheriff Bonsall offers to pay the entire reward to the Terre Haute officers before he takes Wyatt out of jail and there is a snug sum to go around. The Kansas Sheriff says they will hang Wyatt sure if they get him out there, as Constable Balfour's murder was a pecurliarly atrocious one, in addition to scores of other charges. The police now give out the secret of how the desperado was captured. It was Wyatt's cousin, living near Corey, Ind., who gave the tip to the police. Some officials express a fear that the remnant of the Dalton gang that was not exterminated at Coffeyville may attempt a rescue. (Inter Ocean, December 3, 1892, page 2)

BARNES, DR. R. M.

Dr. R. M. Barnes, of Greensburg, was found dead in his office the other day with a bullet-hole in his left breast. No revolver could be found, which evidences that it was not a case of suicide. The theory was that he had been assassinated the night before by some enemy who had followed him from Michigan, from which State he came about four years ago and where it was reported he had had trouble and left for the West as a matter of safety.
(The Globe-Republican (Dodge City) ~ July 2, 1890)


WAS IT MURDER AT KIOWA?

Miss Arrah Julian Found Dead -- Suspicion that She Was Poisoned

Wichita, Kan., May 18 --- Miss Arrah Julian, daughter of F. C. Julian of Hazleton, was found dead on her claim six miles south of Kiowa this morning.  She had prepared breakfast for her brother, who works for the Santa Fe, then locked the door and apparently laid down and died.

Some think she was poisoned, while others believe her death was caused by heart trouble.  The matter will be thoroughly investigated.  She was well liked and respected in the community.
(Kansas Semi-Weekly Capital ~ Friday ~ May 21, 1897)

 

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