Death of Sam’l W. Campbell. One of Clay Co’s pioneers died Tues. evening. 84 years old. His home was in Gallatin Twp but of recent years he had been staying mostly with his son Caldwell C. Campbell, near Kearney, his only son living. Another son, Samuel Campbell, Jr. died in K.C. about 5 weeks ago and Uncle Sam was taken ill while in K.C. to attend the funeral. He was taken to the home of his son-in-law, Major J.C. Evans, in Gallatin Two where the death of the venerable old gentleman occurred. Buried in the family burying ground. The deceased came to Clay Co., in 1833, when he was 17. His wife has been dead many years.
(Source: Liberty Tribune, Aug. 31, 1900, Missouri SGA Journal, Fall 1987. Transcribed by Kathy Haggerty)
Carr’s Body Buried
Interred in the Old Crowley Cemetery Without Ceremony
Liberty, Mo., Dec. 20 – The remains of Child Murderer Carr were taken from the residence of Mrs. Carr at 9 o’clock yesterday morning to the old Crowley burying ground, one and a half miles north of Randolph, where they were interred without ceremony. Brief services had been held the day before at the house, conducted by Professor James Lowe. The remains of Mrs. Carr’s first husband, Walter Stephens, and several other relatives repose in the Crowley cemetery.
(The Guthrie Daily Leader; Guthrie, OK; December 21, 1897. Transcribe by Dale Donlon)
Child Murderer Pays the Death Penalty
Executed at Liberty, MO.
Strange Conduct of the Condemned Man and Wife on the Last Day and Night – Laugh and Joke to the Time of Parting – Execution is Witnessed by Many Sheriffs
Liberty, Mo., Dec. 17 – William Carr, the child murderer, was hanged this morning at 10:20.
Prayers on the gallows were offered by the Rev. Mr. Ewing and Professor Love, who have been every attentive to Carr since his confession.
The noose was placed around Carr’s neck by Deputy Sheriff Ed Cave, the black cap by Deputy Sheriff John D. Thompson, the trap was sprung by Sheriff Humer.
Carr’s body was given to his wife. It will be taken to the home of his wife, and buried Sunday near Randolph. Mrs. Carr bought black goods to wear in mourning of him.
The hanging was seen by nearly a dozen sheriffs from different counties.
The record of legal hangings probably affords no parallel in the conduct of the condemned man during his last night on earth to that offered by the child murderer, William Carr, last evening. He had been a sullen, ugly and morose prisoner. During the few visits of his wife it had been seen that she exerted a wonderful influence over him. She saw him yesterday afternoon for the first time in days. She saw him for several hours, for the last time, in the evening.
Yet this murderer and his wife sat and whispered and joked and laughed together during almost the entire time. They even joked about the stockade in which Carr was hanged, and styled it a “hencoop.” For his foster mother and relatives who called, Carr had only formal, sullen words. They say he was hypnotized. To everybody else he was viciously ugly.
The transformation of the man under his wife’s presence and influence has been startling. His conduct yesterday and last night has strengthened the suspicion that Carr has never told the truth as to his little daughter’s murder. In Liberty there is an intense feeling against Mrs. Carr.
Carr’s actions since his arrest, his mad, fierce, earnestness in shielding his wife from suspicion in every possible way, her powerful influence over him as shown yesterday, open the door to wide speculation.
The woman herself is a wonder of assurance and defiance. She walks the streets with head up, her black eyes snapping defiantly into the faces of people she meets. She slams the door of her home in the faces of people who call to see her out of curiosity. She says:
“If Carr is guilty, let him hang. He ought to be punished for it.”
Carr said in his confession that he murdered his child to please his wife. She could not get along with the little girl, and threatened to leave him unless he got rid of it. That’s why he threw her in the river. Those confessions were made in Kansas City before Carr had seen his wife. Since he was brought to the Liberty jail and saw his wife, he refused to talk about the crime to anyone.
(The Guthrie Leader; Guthrie, OK; December 18, 1897. Transcribed by Dale Donlon)
Liberty, Mo., June 15 – Mrs. Chandler, the wife of Major John T. Chandler, died at her home in this city at 7 o’clock tonight. (Source: Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Missouri, dated June 16, 1894. Transcribed by Denise Burge)
Liberty, Mo., Oct. 1 – John G. Conway, a grocery merchant and prominent citizen of this place, died at his home in this city at 7 o’clock this morning of typhoid fever. He was ill three weeks. He was 65 years of age, and a native of Kentucky. He leaves a family of children. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock, and the interment will take place immediately after. (Source: Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Missouri, dated October 2, 1894. Transcribed by Denise Burge)
Liberty, Mo., Oct. 19 – William Collins died here last night in his 95th year, the oldest inhabitant of Clay county. He was born in Fayette county, Kentucky, April 25, 1797, and came here in 1823. He has four children living, John W. Collins, Mrs. Ellis Downing and Mrs. Eliza Kirk of this city and Mrs. Parr of Clinton county. W.N. Collins of Kansas City post office is a grandson of the deceased. “Uncle Billy” was a member of the old school Baptist church for sixty-five years. Suit was never brought against him in the courts during his long life. He often said he never used a gill of whisky and never tried to use tobacco only once, when a boy, and it made him very sick. (Source: Kansas City Times, Kansas City, Missouri, dated October 20, 1894. Transcribed by Denise Burge)