Rawlins  County

George  West



George West of McDonald Killed by a Robber

McDonald, Kan., May 22 --- George West was shot and killed at 12:30 o'clock Tuesday night in his general store.

Mr. and Mrs. West were sleeping in the store when she was awakened by the sound of a key turning in the lock.  She awoke her husband, who, getting his revolver, crept down the aisle behind the counter towards the back of the store.  As he raised above the counter a flashlight was turned on him and a man standing just inside of the door shot at him.  Mr. West fired at this man twice, when a second man outside shot thru the window, hitting Mr. West in the neck and killing him instantly.

Mrs. West swooned away for a time, but in a few minutes gave the alarm on the telephone.  When help arrived no trace of the murderers could be found.  A skeleton key was left in the lock, and some claim to have seen two strange men previous to the murder, but as yet they have not been found.  According to all evidence, robbery was not the motive for entering the store.

Bloodhounds will be brought from Beatrice, Neb., in an effort to trace the slayers.

During Mr. West's residence here he has made no enemies, but has been a quiet, law-abiding citizen.  However, he has told friends of threats made upon his life at the place of his former residence.

Mr. West leaves a wife and seven children, the youngest 7 years old.
(Topeka State Journal ~ Thursday ~ May 22, 1919 ~ Page 10)


Brothers Accused of Killing McDonald Merchant to Get Cash

Atwood, Aug. 8 --- Murder charges were placed yesterday against Henry Shaver and William Shaver, brothers, for the killing of George West, a merchant of McDonald, Kan.  Walter Whitsett, a detective from Kansas City, got evidence which is said to have caused Henry Shaver to confess to robbing the Equity Exchange, the J. I. Plumb garage, the Shannon Grain Co. and the McDonald post office.  Robbery is believed to have been the motive in the killing of West.
(Topeka Daily Capital ~ Saturday ~ August 9, 1919 ~ Page 5)



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