CORONER'S INQUISITION, 1931-1936
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Transcribed and contributed by Edith Greisser

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Suberís Store near Pomaria SC in the County and State aforesaid, the 20th day of December A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty five before I. H. Wilson Coroner, upon view of the body of JAMES LYLES of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of H. V. Werts, T. H. Murphy, H. B. Chapman, J. E. Crooks, C. B. Suber, W. L. Graham being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said JAMES LYLES came to his death, upon their oaths do say that the said JAMES LYLES came to his death from gun shot wounds at the hands of Elmore Richardson, said, said gun being handled in a careless manner on Saturday night December 14th 1935. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid JAMES LYLES came to his death in the manner and means aforesaid

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                 /s/   I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/   H. B. Chapman (L.S.)                             /s/   J. E. Crooks (L.S.)                       /s/   W. L. Graham, foreman (L.S.)

/s/   Hubert V. Werts (L.S.)                           /s/   Thomas H. Murphy (L.S.)         /s/   C. B. Suber (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of JAMES LYLES colored December 20, 1935 at Suberís Store near Pomaria SC

OLAR WILLIAMS colored being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Olar, where do you live?

A.    On Mr. Willie Grahamís Place.

Q.    Where were you last Saturday night, December 14th?

A.    At my house.

Q.    That was December 14th?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What was going on at your house?

A.    A dance.

Q.    What happened?

A.    Someone got killed.

Q.    Who got killed?

A.    James Lyles.

Q.    What time did it happen?

A.    I do not know. I did not have any time piece but I would guess about 10:30.

Q.    Who all was at your house cutting up?

A.    I did not know anybody was cutting up.

Q.    Well, was there any fussing?

A.    Not that I know of.

Q.    Did you see James Lyles last night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How long had it been from the time you saw him last night until he was shot?

A.    I guess about 15 minutes Ė as near as I can guess.

Q.    Did you see Elmore Richardson last night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you see him in the house?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you hear him raising a row?

A.    No sir.

MR.QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Where did you first see James Lyles?

A.    In the kitchen.

Q.    In your house?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you see him when he walked out the kitchen door?

A.    Yes sir. Out the back kitchen door.

Q.    When did you next see him?

A.    That was the last time I saw him.

Q.    After he left out of the kitchen you did not see him any more?

A.    No sir.

Q.    You saw him in the path after he was shot, didnít you?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How far was it from the house, where he was found?

A.    I donít know. I reckon about 70 steps.

Q.    You mean 70 feet donít you?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Here is a diagram of the house and path which I have drawn. Can you tell anything about it?

A.    No sir.

Q.    When you found his body who was with him?

A.    It was a crowd.

Q.    How was he lying?

A.    Flat on his back.

Q.    How was he lying in the path?

A.    Kind of across the path.

Q.    Which way was his head? Away from your house?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Anything else you know about it?

A.    No sir.

DR. Z. T. PINNER being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Dr., you are a practicing physician in this county?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Were you called on last Sunday morning to examine the dead body of James Lyles?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Just tell the Jury how you found him.

A.    I found the body at his motherís Ė Emma Lyles. By request of Magistrate Hatton I performed a post mortem on the body of James Lyles and found a bullet wound that penetrated the skull just above the right eye. The bullet passed directly through the brain and fractured the skull at the back of the head. The bullet then ranged down 4 or 5 inches and embedded itself in the soft tissue at the base of the brain. The bullet was removed and turned over to Magistrate Hatton.

Q.    What was the condition of the bullet?

A.    Badly battered.

Q.    What size bullet was it?

A.    I am not an expert on pistols, but I would guess it was a 38 cal.

Q.    Here is a bullet. Is this the one?

A.    That is the bullet I removed from the brain of James Lyles.

Q.    Is that the only gun shot wound that you found?

A.    That is all. There were no other wounds or marks about the body but the wound over the right eye.

Q.    Could that have caused death?

A.    That was sufficient to cause death.

Q.    This happened in Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

OLAR WILLIAMS being recalled testified as follows:

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    You live in Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    This killing happened in Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

WHIT CHAPMAN being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Where do you live?

A.    I live in Newberry County near Strotherís.

Q.    Who do you live with? Whose place do you live on?

A.    On one of Mr. Wallace Suberís Places.

Q.    Were you at this dance last Saturday night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What did you see going on?

A.    I did not see anything.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Go ahead and tell everything from the time you started. Who was driving the car you were in?

A.    I was driving the car.

Q.    Who else was in the car with you?

A.    Frank Glymph, Jim Henderson, Elmore Richardson and Horse Thompson. They were in the car with me.

Q.    What time was that?

A.    About 10:00 or maybe a little after. We didnít go to the house in the car. We got out and walked from the road where we left the car.

Q.    That was Saturday night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What else happened?

A.    In going over there we saw a light down there by the branch and me and a couple more of them went down there. After awhile I heard them go up there hollering that he had been shot. When we got there he was dead.

Q.    Did you hear anybody shooting before that?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How many shots did you hear?

A.    I do not know. A good many.

Q.    Who was the first one to tell you that this boy was shot?

A.    We heard them up there hollering and when we got there he was dead.

Q.    In what direction was he lying when you found him?

A.    He was lying up there in the path in the field.

Q.    How far from the house was he lying in that path?

A.    I could not say.

Q.    It was not very far?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Where did you say you started from when you got ready to go to this dance?

A.    From the filling station. From Mr. John Grahamís filling station.

Q.    Who was on the front seat with you?

A.    Me and Frank Glymph and Elmore Richardson were on the front seat.

Q.    Who was on the back seat?

A.    Jim Henderson and Horse Thompson.

Q.    Was there anybody else in the car with you all?

A.    I donít think so. Just 5 in the car.

Q.    After the shooting how long did you stay there?

A.    I guess about 15 minutes.

Q.    Who left with you?

A.    Me and Horse Thompson and Frank Glymph, Jim Henderson and Elmore Richardson. All of us that came together.

Q.    Who was driving when you left?

A.    I was.

Q.    Who was on the front seat?

A.    Me and Frank Glymph and Elmore Richardson.

Q.    Go ahead and tell what happened after that.

A.    I met a car up there about Mr. Folkís. I could not see good so I stopped so as not to have a wreck. Elmore got out of the car. Then he got back in the car and when I started he asked me to stop again and I did. He got back out of the car and got something. I donít know what it was.

Q.    Did he ask you to stop the first time?

A.    No sir. I just stopped myself.

Q.    He got out of the car and went back behind it?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Then he got back in the car and you started and he asked you to stop and he got out and went back?

A.    Yes sir.

MR.WILSON:

Q.    He was in the car when he asked you to stop?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    He got out of the car again?

A.    Yes sir.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    He got out of the car and went back and got something?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Do you know what he got?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Do you know anything else about it?

A.    No sir.

Q.    You heard some shooting before you heard them saying that he had been shot?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you hear any more shooting after he got killed?

A.    No sir.

Q.    This happened in Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

JIM HENDERSON being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Where do you live?

A.    Over near Blairs.

Q.    Were you in the car last Saturday night with Whit Chapman?

A.    Yes sir.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Now Jim, go ahead and tell everything from the time you got in the car.

A.    I got in the car at Strotherís.

Q.    Who was in the car?

A.    Me and Whit (Chapman) and Elmore (Richardson) and Horse (Thompson).

Q.    Where were you sitting?

A.    On the back seat.

Q.    Go ahead and tell what you know.

A.    We went over there to the dance.

Q.    Whose house did you go to?

A.    Olar Williams.

Q.    Did you go on to the house?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Who went with you? Didnít Elmore Richardson and Thompson go with you?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    When you got to the house what did you do?

A.    Went on in the house.

Q.    How long had you been I the house before the shooting occurred?

A.    About 30 minutes.

Q.    Did you hear any shooting before this boy was shot?

A.    A little bit.

Q.    Could you tell from which direction it came from?

A.    On the side next to the chimney.

Q.    How long did you stay in the house?

A.    I came out right after some of the shooting and it started again.

Q.    Who all was out there on the porch?

A.    I do not know who else. Me and Elmore came out there together.

Q.    Was there any shooting going on then?

A.    Yes sir. Some. Elmore made two shots.

Q.    Where was Elmore at?

A.    There on the corner of the porch.

Q.    In which direction did he shoot? (Diagram of the house and path shown to the witness and he pointed out the direction as being in the direction where the dead body was found)

Q.    How long after that was it until you heard that he had been shot?

A.    It was not long.

Q.    2 or 3 minutes?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you hear any more shots after Elmore Richardson made those two shots? Did you hear anymore after you went back in the house?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you leave Elmore Richardson on the porch?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    After Elmore Richardson shot Ė you went back in the house?

A.    Yes sir. I went back in the house.

Q.    You saw Elmore Richardson make two shots?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Do you know that he made them?

A.    Yes sir. I was looking right at him.

Q.    What happened after that?

A.    Nothing.

Q.    Where did you go?

A.    In the house.

Q.    How long did you stay there after the shooting?

A.    10 or 15 minutes.

Q.    Who left with you?

A.    Me and Whit Chapman and Jim Henderson and Horse Thompson.

Q.    Were you in the front seat?

A.    No sir. In the back seat.

Q.    When you got to Mr. Folkís what happened?

A.    We were meeting a car and Whit stopped so that we wouldnít have a wreck. Elmore got out.

Q.    Why did he get out?

A.    I do not know.

Q.    He got out when you first stopped?

A.    Yes sir. And then got back in the car and after Whit started he asked him to stop and he got out and went back.

Q.    What did he get?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    Do you know anything else about it?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did he say anything about shooting anybody?

A.    No sir.

Q.    All this happened in Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Where did you get out of the car?

A.    Over there at Mr. Ernest Glymphís.

Q.    You went on home?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Who else got out of the car when you did?

A.    Elmore Richardson.

Q.    He went on to his house?

A.    Yes sir.

JURY:

Q.    Did you and Elmore discuss the killing?

A.    No sir.

EDDIE DAWKINS colored being duly sworn testified as follows:

Q.    Were you at Olar Williamsí last Saturday night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Go ahead and tell what you know about this shooting.

A.    She was giving a dance and had asked me to pick for them.

Q.    To do what?

A.    To pick the fiddle for them. I was picking and walked to the door with it under my arm. Me and Jim and Elmore walked out on the porch. Elmore took two or three shots. I donít know. After that I went back in the house and went on picking and in about 20 minutes I heard them hollering.

Q.    Did you hear anything after Elmore Richardson shot?

A.    No sir.

Q.    You did not hear any more shots?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Were there any more shots fired?

A.    If there was I did not hear them.

Q.    You would have heard them?

A.    I think so.

Q.    Where was Elmore standing?

A.    In this corner (Indicating on the diagram)

Q.    According to my diagram this is where the body was found. You know where James Lyles was found. From the corner of the porch did he shoot in that direction?

A.    I donít know. I did not even see his gun but I know he shot.

Q.    You did not see the gun?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you hear anybody say anything about this boy being killed before Elmore made those shots?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Did you hear anymore shots after those two shots were made?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Then what did you do?

A.    I went on down there where he was.

Q.    Did you have a pistol that night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What kind was it?

A.    It was a 32.

JURY:

Q.    Was James Lyles in the house while you were playing?

A.    He had been in there where I was about something like a half hour before it happened.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    Did you see Elmore Richardson in the house?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    All three of you went out on the porch at the same time?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You and Jim Henderson and Elmore Richardson?

A.    Yes sir.

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Elmore did not have the pistol in his hand when you went out?

A.    I did not see it.

Q.    You know he made some shots after you got out on the porch?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you hear any more shots before Elmore fired?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How long was it before he fired?

A.    All about the same time.

Q.    Where were the other shots fired?

A.    Back there towards the chimney.

MR. QUATTLEBAUM:

Q.    You donít know who was shooting back there?

        No sir.

Q.    Elmore Richardson was standing on the corner of the porch shooting?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What size gun did he have?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    That is all you know about it?

A.    Yes sir.

MR. H. B. QUATTLEBAUM being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR.WILSON:

Q.    You are Deputy Sheriff of this County?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Were you called out on this case last Saturday night?

A.    Yes sir. I was called down there sometime around 1:00 oíclock Sunday morning.

Q.    Tell the Jury what you found when you got there.

A.    When we first got there we found out that this Negro James Lyles had been killed. This is a diagram of the house and path that leads up to the house on the side where the chimney is (Exhibits diagram). He was lying in the path with his head down the hill. It was 17 steps from the corner of the porch to where he was lying. He was shot through the head with a pistol. That night we could not get much information so on Sunday we went back down there. We talked with Claude Freeman and Johnnie Thompson and they said they had been over there. James Thompson said that he had used a 32. From my investigation I am sure he used an automatic. Later in the Newberry Jail Claude Freeman told me he had shot 5 or 6 times in the yard. He told me where I could get his gun. I got his gun and it was a 32 Smith & Weston. It was a 32-short. On Tuesday about noon time we received certain information and I went to Elmore Richardsonís house near Strotherís and found him cutting wood. I arrested him and carried him on back to the house and told him to get his pistol. We went in the house and he looked on a shelf with some clothes on it but could not find it. He said that it was a 38 colt. About that time his mother came in and I asked her about it. She said to stay there and she would get it. She went out there and came back in with this gun here. It is a 38. I asked her whose it was and she said it belonged to her boy in North Carolina. So I carried this boy Elmore Richardson to the Newberry Jail. He first said that he was at the dance, but denied he had carried a gun. He first said that it was a 22. He later on admitted that he carried his gun with him and that he had made two shots from the porch.

Q.    Mr. Quattlebaum, you have had a good deal experience in guns. Explain to the Jury how this gun works.

A.    This bullet that was turned over to me is a 38 caliber-short. A colt pistol works as follows: The revolving part of the pistol turns to the right and the rifle in the barrel of the pistol spins or screws the bullet to the left and the bullet that was removed from the dead Negroís head was fired from a gun that spins the bullet to the left. I might say that Monday morning when I went back down there I looked the situation over. I decided that the man who fired the bullet killed - this man was standing somewhere about the front of the house. I would say on the corner of the porch. It was 17 steps from the corner of the porch to where he was found.

Q.    That happened at Olar Williamsí house?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    In Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

JURY:

Q.    Did he say in what direction he was facing when he made the shots?

A.    He was not certain of that.

Q.    That bullet was fired from a gun that screws the bullet to the left?

A.    Yes sir. As if it had been fired from a colt pistol. I might explain that is a Smith & Weston pistol Ė the revolving part of the gun turns to the left and the rifle in the barrel of the pistol spins or screws the bullet to the right. But as I explained before in a colt-pistol the revolving part turns to the right and the rifle in the barrel of the pistol spins the bullet to the left.

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid, the 13th day of January A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty six before I. H. Wilson Coroner, upon view of the body of HOGUE HUNTER of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of S. C. Campbell, Frank Koon, Dick Mims, J. H. Clary Jr., J. H. Long, B. P. Ringer being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said HOGUE HUNTER came to his death, upon their oaths do say that the said HOGUE HUNTER came to his death by an unavoidable automobile accident, said car being driven by Ulysses Kinard on January 11th 1936; death caused by heart failure on January 12th 1936. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid HOGUE HUNTER came to his death in the manner and means aforesaid

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                 /s/   I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/   J. H. Long (L.S.)                             /s/   B. P. Ringer (L.S.)                                /s/   S. C. Campbell, foreman (L.S.)

/s/   Frank D. Koon (L.S.)                    /s/   A. N. Mims (L.S.)                                  /s/   J. H. Clary Jr. (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of HOGUE HUNTER colored of Newberry County SC on January 15th 1936 at Newberry Court House

HENRY MAYER colored being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Where do you live Henry?

A.    On the Belfast Road with Mr. Aiken Feagle.

Q.    Were you in this car that killed this colored man?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    When did it happen?

A.    Saturday night.

Q.    Go ahead and tell the Jury about it, how it happened and everything.

A.    We were not running fast. We slowed down for a muddy place. This man, Hogue Hunter, was walking along in the right hand rut. He just jumped in the right hand fender.

Q.    Now what man was that?

A.    The man that the car ran over.

Q.    Hogue Hunter?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What kind of car were you in?

A.    A T-model ford.

Q.    Who was driving the car?

A.    Ulysses Kinard.

Q.    Who did the car belong to?

A.    Ulysses Kinard.

Q.    What time of day did it happen?

A.    In the night.

Q.    Did you have lights on your car?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you see Hogue Hunter before you hit him?

A.    A little before we hit him. When we blowed he just jumped right into the right hand fender of the car. He pulled to the left and Hogue Hunter jumped right into the fender.

Q.    How far did you see him before you hit him?

A.    Not so far. I donít know. About 25 yards.

Q.    What happened to the car?

A.    Turned over trying to miss him.

Q.    In the ditch?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How fast was he driving?

A.    Not fast at all.

Q.    About 25 or 30 miles an hour?

A.    No sir, not that fast.

Q.    This happened in Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Happened Saturday night about what time?

A.    I donít know what time.

Q.    The early part of the night?

A.    Yes sir. The early part.

GEORGE DAWKINS being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Where do you stay?

A.    On Mr. Dick Floydís Place

Q.    Where is that?

A.    Up on the Belfast Road on the Floyd Place.

Q.    Were you in this car that killed Hogue Hunter Saturday night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Tell the jury how it happened.

A.    We were driving along Ė not going so fast. The fellow was walking in the right hand rut. Hogue Hunter was walking along in the right hand rut. Ulysses Kinard turned to the left and Hogue Hunter jumped to the left too. It tripped him and we turned over.

Q.    You all turned over?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What did you do with Hogue Hunter?

A.    Carried him to the store Ė to Mr. Foster Sennís store.

Q.    Did you get a doctor?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What time Saturday night did this happen?

A.    I donít know. About 7 or 8 oíclock I reckon.

Q.    Did you all see Hogue Hunter before you got to him?

A.    A little bit before we got to him.

Q.    Did you have two lights?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Were they burning?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Do you know anymore about it?

A.    No sir.

Q.    Who all was in the car?

A.    Four of us.

Q.    Name them.

A.    Henry Mayer, my other brother, Ulysses Kinard and myself.

Q.    Ulysses Kinard was driving?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Ulysses did everything he could to keep from hitting him?

A.    Yes sir. He blew the horn and Hogue Hunter jumped right in front of him. He made a lunge right into the car.

Q.    Did you pick the man up?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    He could not stand up alone?

A.    No sir.

JURY:

Q.    How far were you from the man when you saw him?

A.    Not so far.

Q.    He did not try to get out of the road when you blew the horn?

A.    No sir. Just jumped right in front of the car.

Q.    Where did he stay?

A.    At Mr. Foster Sennís.

ROBERT LEE DAWKINS being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Where do you live?

A.    I live right up the road about 9 miles from here.

Q.    Which way?

A.    On the Belfast Road on Mr. Dick Floydís Place.

Q.    You were in the car with Ulysses Kinard and the others Saturday night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Where were you sitting?

A.    On the back seat.

Q.    Tell the Jury what happened.

A.    When he blowed for him, Hogue Hunter, he was walking along in front of him. When he got to him he just jumped right out into the right hand fender and then the car turned over.

Q.    Was Hogue Hunter going in the same direction as the car?

A.    Yes sir.

ULYSSES KINARD made the following statement:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Tell the Jury what you know.

A.    We were going to Mr. Foster Sennís store to the mill. Hogue Hunter was there in the road. I blowed for him. He was on the right hand rut going up the road. I pulled to my left to get out of the road. He just jumped on the other side of the road and I pulled the car over and turned over in the ditch to try to keep from hitting him.

JURY:

Q.    Did you have brakes on the car?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What did Hogue Hunter say when you picked him up?

A.    He said he could not hear and to take him to Mr. Foster Sennís.

Q.    Could he stand up?

A.    No sir. We picked him up.

Q.    This happened on Saturday night?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    When did he die?

A.    Sunday night.

Q.    Did he stay in bed all that time?

A.    Yes sir.

DOCTORíS CERTIFICATE

Newberry SC                                     January 15, 1936

I examined the body of Hogue Hunter; I found a small abrasion of the skin on the right side of his face and another on his chin. No other injuries could be found. After reviewing the history of the case and examination of the body I find that he died of chronic disease of his heart (Chronic myocarditis)                                        J. K. Wicker, MD

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid, the 2nd day of February A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty six before I. H. Wilson Coroner, upon view of the body of DAVID LINDSAY of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of H. D. Whitaker, J. H. Long, O. L. Whitaker, A. C. Quattlebaum, J. F. Lominick, T. H. Longshore being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said DAVID LINDSAY came to his death, upon their oaths do say that the said DAVID LINDSAY came to his death from gun shot wounds at the hands of Oscar Ford, same being purely accidental on January 30th and died January 31, 1936. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid DAVID LINDSAY came to his death in the manner and means aforesaid

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                 /s/   I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/   T. H. Longshore (L.S.)                   /s/   A. C. Quattlebaum (L.S.)                   /s/   H. D. Whitaker, foreman (L.S.)

/s/   J. F. Lominick (L.S.)                      /s/   O. L. Whitaker (L.S.)                           /s/   J. L. Long (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of DAVID LINDSAY colored at Newberry SC on February 2nd 1936

Examination by ml:namespace prefix = st2 ns = "urn:schemas:contacts" />Coroner I. H. WILSON

RUDY FORD colored being duly sworn testified as follows:

Q.    Where do you live?

A.    On Jones Ave. 812

Q.    What do you do?

A.    I work in the mill sometimes.

Q.    Did you know Dave Lindsay?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did you go on a hunt with Dave Lindsay last Thursday January 30th?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Go ahead and tell the Jury what happened while you were hunting.

A.    We decided on going out.

Q.    Now who decided on going out?

A.    Buster Ford, Pickett Ford, Dave Lindsay and Ernest Johnson. We went out to Ernest Johnsonís and then went down on a little branch. We were in the bushes and vines. Dave and Ernest and Buster were about 50 feet behind us, coming out of some vines and bushes. I heard the gun and looked back and saw the man fall.

Q.    Dave Lindsay, Ernest Johnson and Buster were behind you and Pickett?

A.    Yes sir. That is all I know about it.

Q.    What did you do with the man?

A.    We picked him up and carried him to Dr. Houseal. Buster went back to the house to get the car and we picked him up and carried him to the road.

Q.    What did Buster do?

A.    He went back to the house to get the car.

Q.    Whose car was it?

A.    Buster Fordís

Q.    Where did this accident happen?

A.    I donít know. Johnson will know.

Q.    Was it around Newberry?

A.    I guess it was.

Q.    In Newberry County between here and Prosperity?

A.    Yes sir.

PICKETT FORD being duly sworn testified as follows;

Q.    Pickett, were you hunting with those boys last Thursday afternoon?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You were with them when they decided to go hunting?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Go ahead and tell the Jury how it happened.

A.    Ernest Johnson, Buster, Buddy, Dave and I had gone to hunt rabbits. Buddy and I were in some bushes and vines trying to get up a rabbit. We heard the gun shot and ran out to the edge and I saw him fall. Buster had shot him.

Q.    Did Buster tell you that he had shot him?

A.    Yes sir. He said his gun got caught in some vines and went off.

Q.    Was it a thicket they were in?

A.    Yes sir. Vines and bushes all around there.

Q.    Was Dave walking behind Buster or in front of him?

A.    Dave was in front of Buster.

Q.    And you were in front of them about 540 feet?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You heard the gun?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What did Buster do?

A.    After he saw he had shot him he ran to get the car.

Q.    They were good friends?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Where did it happen?

A.    I could not tell you whose place it was on.

Q.    It was between here and Prosperity?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    In Newberry County?

A.    Yes sir.

ERNEST JOHNSON being duly sworn testified as follows:

Q.    Where do you live Ernest?

A.    In Newberry County.

Q.    On whose place?

A.    Mr. Allen Crosson.

Q.    Where is that?

A.    In the Jolly Street Territory.

Q.    Were you hunting with Dave Lindsay, Buster Ford, Buddy Ford and Pickett Ford?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    They came down to your house to go hunting?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    You were with the crowd hunting?

A.    Yes sir. We were there in the thick bushes and vines. It was real thick. I was in front and Dave was next to me and Buster was behind us. I suppose his gun caught a vine. We were all trying to get up a rabbit. Dave was right behind me. He said, ďOh Buster got me.Ē Buster started hollering. He ran and got the car.

Q.    How far did it happen from the road?

A.    Just about as near as I can get at it a fourth of a mile.

Q.    Had they had any words?

A.    No sir.

Q.    They were good friends?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Buster looked like he hated it?

A.    Yes sir. He sure did. He started hollering and Dave told him not to do it Ė that he could not help it.

JURY:

Q.    Did the fellow that was shot say anything?

A.    Yes sir. He said it was an accident and not to bother Buster.

BUSTER FORD made the following statement:

Mr. WILSON: You donít have to make a statement unless you want to. If you want to make any statement go ahead.

A.    We were down there together Ė Ernest Johnson, Pick, Buddy and Dave and myself. We were in the honey suckle vines and bushes trying to get up a rabbit. I guess a vine must have caught the gun and caused it to go off. When it shot I did not know whose gun it was that had fired. I looked and saw him fall. I threw my gun down and went to him and he said, ďGet me to a doctor.Ē I ran all the way to the house and got the car. We brought him on to the doctorís.

Q.    That was Thursday January 30th?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Whenever it happened you brought him to Dr. Houseal?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What did you do then?

A.    We could not get Dr. Houseal so we carried him to Dr. Grant.

Q.    You carried him to Dr. Grant and he examined him?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Had you and Dave had any words?

A.    No sir. We worked together all last year and the year before.

Q.    Where do you work?

A.    Newberry Cotton Mill.

Q.    You did everything in your power after it happened?

A.    Yes sir.

JURY:

Q.    Was he in front of you or behind you when the gun went off?

A.    In front of me.

Q.    You were carrying the gun cocked?

A.    The hammer was down.

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Did you have the gun on your shoulder?

A.    No sir. I had it in my right hand.

MR. WILSON:

I talked to David Lindsayís brothers and they said that they were satisfied it was an accident and that Buster Ford was a special friend to David Lindsay and that they did not want anything done with him. That they knew that it was an accident. You can now retire and make your decision.

DOCTORíS CERTIFICATE

This is to certify that I have this day examined the dead body of David Lindsay of Newberry SC and find that he came to his death from a gun shot wound of the kidney, lung and intestines.                   2/2/1936               Frank D. Mower, MD

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Chappells, Newberry County in the County and State aforesaid, the 23rd day of April A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty six before I. H. Wilson Coroner, upon view of the body of T. COLEY CROMELY of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of Hoit Dominick, H. W. Dipner, H. M. Alewine, Jim Mack, Ernest Holloway, Ben Dipner being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said T. COLEY CROMELY came to his death, upon their oaths do say that the said T. COLEY CROMELY came to his death by a gun shot wound in the hands of (Tot) E. F. Dawkins on April 19, 1936 and died April 20, 1936. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid T. COLEY CROMELY came to his death in the manner and means aforesaid

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                 /s/   I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/   B. F. Dipner (L.S.)                             /s/   E. W. Holloway (L.S.)                     /s/   H. C. Dominick, foreman (L.S.)

/s/   Jim Mack (L.S.)                                 /s/   H. W. Dipner (L.S.)                          /s/   H. M. Alewine. (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of T. COLEY CROMELY colored Chappells SC on April 23, 1936

Examination by Mr. I. H. Wilson, Coroner of Newberry County

GRADY LEE MITCHELL being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Tell to these gentlemen just what you saw and how it happened.

A.    He shot the boy when he cussed him.

Q.    Who was the boy he shot?

A.    T. Coley Cromely

Q.    Who did the cussing?

A.    The boy who shot him.

Q.    What was the boyís name who shot Cromely?

A.    I donít know him. When he cussed, the boy walked off to Click.

Q.    How far was Click?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    The other boy (Who shot Cromely) walked over to Click Robertson?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What else happened?

A.    He walked back up to the boy (Cromely) and shoved him three times.

Q.    Who did the shoving?

A.    The boy who shot him. He told him (Cromely) ďYou cussed me for a red-headed son of a bitchĒ and shot him.

Q.    The boy who shot Cromely was the one who said this?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    What happened next?

A.    He asked, ďWho feels good over it?Ē

Q.    Did anybody say anything?

A.    No sir.

Q.    What did Cromely say to the fellow that shot him?

A.    He called him a son of a bitch.

Q.    Then the fellow shot him?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Did Cromely start towards him with anything?

A.    He had a knife.

Q.    Was he making at the fellow with the knife?

A.    When he shot Cromely he was standing still.

Q.    Was the knife open?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How long had Cromely and the other fellow been together?

A.    Not long.

Q.    So you donít know the fellowís name that shot him?

A.    No sir.

Q.    How many shots were fired?

A.    One.

Q.    The fellow only shot one time?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Where did this happen at?

A.    At Dan Watkinsí school house.

Q.    That is in Newberry County?

A.    Yes.

ZEB LINDSAY being duly sworn says:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Where do you stay?

A.    At W. A. Sanders.

Q.    Where were you Sunday evening when this shooting occurred between these two boys?

A.    At the school house.

Q.    Do you know Coley Cromely?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Do you know who shot him?

A.    I donít know the boyís name.

Q.    Tell how these boys got started.

A.    I donít know. As I walked out of the school house I saw this boy walk to Click and get his pistol. He got the pistol from Click and then he just shot him.

Q.    You didnít hear him talking?

A.    No. I was in the school house.

JURY:

Q.    Were you in the school house when the pistol was fired?

A.    I was in the yard standing on the door step.

Q.    You say you saw the boy who shot Cromely get the pistol from Click Robinson?

A.    Yes sir.

J. C. STEPHENS being duly sworn testified as follows:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Where do you stay?

A.    At Dr. Hollowayís.

Q.    Where were you Sunday evening?

A.    At the school house.

Q.    What happened at the school house?

A.    I saw the boys arguing.

Q.    What boys were arguing?

A.    Coley Cromely and that other fellow Ė I donít know his name.

Q.    What were they arguing about?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    You didnít hear them say anything?

A.    No sir. I went up there and pulled Cromely away from there and he told me he wasnít going to let anybody run over him. Then he jerked loose from me. This other fellow went to Click and got the pistol.

Q.    The fellow who did the shooting?

A.    Yes sir. Then he shoved the boy (Cromely) three times and shot him. He walked away then.

Q.    Did Cromely have a knife in his hand?

A.    I didnít see it.

Q.    Did you hear Cromely saying anything to this boy?

A.    No sir. When I went out they were standing in the yard and I went up and tried to pull him (Cromely) away.

Q.    What did the boy who shot him say?

A.    To stay there until he came back.

Q.    You say he got the pistol from Click Robinson?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How far was Cromely standing from the fellow who shot him?

A.    About 10 steps or maybe more.

Q.    What did this fellow do after he shot Cromely?

A.    I donít know. I walked off.

Q.    You didnít know whether he stayed and offered to help the boy or left?

A.    No sir.

JOHN C. WILSON being duly sworn says:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Mr. Wilson, You are a Magistrate at Chappells?

A.    Magistrateís Constable.

Q.    On Sunday evening did you get a call about Dan Watkinsí school house?

A.    Yes. Loss Williams, a Trustee of the school, said that T. Coley Cromely had been shot at the school house during service and I asked him who shot Cromely and he said that Tot Dawkins was in the car with Click Robinson, so they told me where he lived.

Q.    Told you where Dawkins lived?

A.    Yes. I went to his house and found Click Robinson there at Dawkinsí. He claimed that Tot got out at Belmont Church. Roscoe Werts was in the car with him there. Roosevelt Abney picked him up this side of Silverstreet in the highway walking and said all four of them had been together at this school house. That is where Mr. Fellers and Mr. Quattlebaum came along and took charge of them.

Q.    Took charge of whom?

A.    Roosevelt Abney, Click Robinson and Roscoe Werts.

CLICK ROBINSON being duly sworn says:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Where do you stay?

A.    At Dead Fall with Mr. Dan Livingston.

Q.    Where were you Sunday evening?

A.    At the schoolhouse.

Q.    You were up there when the shooting took place?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Who went with you to this school house?

A.    Roosevelt Abney, Roscoe Werts and Tot Dawkins.

Q.    What was doing at the school house?

A.    Baccalaureate sermon.

Q.    When you all got there did you see this Coley Cromely?

A.    No sir.

Q.    When was the first time you saw Cromely?

A.    When he and the boy were in the yard.

Q.    What boy?

A.    The one who did the shooting. I heard Cromley cuss Tot for a son of a bitch and he reached back in his pocket and got his knife. The knife was open when Cromely got it out of his pocket.

Q.    What happened then?

A.    Then Cromely told Dawkins to take worse than that and started up on him with his knife. Tot shoved him back with his hand. Then Cromely ran up to Tot and the next thing he made a shot.

Q.    Dawkins made the shot?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    How many shots were fired?

A.    One.

Q.    What happened then?

A.    Cromely broke and ran.

Q.    Did Dawkins stay around there?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Where did you catch Cromely?

A.    At the road. Two men and a lady caught him at the side of the road. We came out by them standing by the road, looking after Cromely. The lady threw a rock at the car we were in.

Q.    Was Dawkins in the car with you?

A.    Yes sir.

Q.    Where did you go then?

A.    I carried him back to the church and he got out at the church.

Q.    What church?

A.    Belmont Church.

Q.    You left Dawkins at Belmont Church?

A.    Yes.

JURY:

Q.    You say he shot him. Where did he get the pistol?

A.    I donít know.

Q.    Where was the first place you saw him with the pistol?

A.    When he shot him.

Q.    Do you know whose pistol it was?

A.    It was Totís pistol.

Q.    Some of these witnesses say you gave it to him.

A.    No sir, I did not.

MR. JOHN C. WILSON:

Q.    You say you donít know where he got the pistol? You told me Sunday afternoon that he got the pistol out of the car.

A.    No sir, I didnít.

Q.    That is what you told me Sunday afternoon.

MR. I. H. WILSON:

Q.    What did Click Robinson tell you about this gun?

A.    He told me that Tot Dawkins got it out of the automobile to shoot the Negro with.

Q.    Did he tell you who the gun belonged to?

A.    No.

Q.    Whose car were they in?

A.    Click Robinsonís, so he told me.

Q.    Did you get the gun?

A.    No, I searched the car but failed to find it.

Q.    The gun has not been located now?

A.    Yes.

MR. T. M. FELLERS being duly sworn says:

MR. WILSON:

Q.    Mr. Fellers, what position do you hold?

A.    I am a Deputy Sheriff.

Q.    Have you talked to Tot Dawkins?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Has he made a statement to you?

A.    Yes.

Q.    He made this statement freely and voluntarily?

A.    Yes. I went down the jail tonight and had a conversation with Tot. I told him who I was and asked him the question whether or not he shot Cromely. He said he did. I asked him how many shots he fired. He said once, with a 32 automatic. I told him that he didnít have to make these statements as to the difficulties but he did. He said that he, Click Robinson, Roosevelt Abney and Roscoe Werts went to the school house. Werts, Abney and Robinson went inside. Just as they were coming out T. Coley Cromely came out with two girls, one on each side, holding him up as if he were drunk. He called to him, cussing him for a yellow son of a bitch and told him he didnít play that way. He said, ďTake that or else.Ē Or something like that and kept moving towards him with an open knife. He got up in handís reach of him and shoved him back. He came up again and he knocked him down. He got up again and went around to the side of the car and got the pistol out of the car and shot him. I didnít ask him how he left or anything like that.

DOCTORíS CERTIFICATE

Newberry, SC                     April 23, 1936

I examined the body of T. Coley Cromely today and found a bullet wound of the chest one inch below the center of the left collar bone. The cause of the death was a gunshot wound of the chest with internal hemorrhage.

                                                                                                                                                      John K. Wicker, MD

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF NEWBERRY

AN INQUISITION, indented, taken at Newberry Court House in the County and State aforesaid, the 31st day of May A. D., one thousand nine hundred and thirty six before I. H. Wilson Coroner, upon view of the body of JOHN HENDERSON of Newberry County SC then and there being dead by the oaths of H. D. Whitaker, J. H. Long, W. E. Dehines, L. L. Cromer, E. M. Martin Jr., A. N. Gregory being a lawful jury of inquest who being charged and sworn to inquire, for the state of South Carolina, where and by what means the said JOHN HENDERSON came to his death, upon their oaths do say that the said JOHN HENDERSON came to his death from being hit by a car which was unavoidable.. And so the said jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths aforesaid, do say that the aforesaid JOHN HENDERSON came to his death in the manner and means aforesaid

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, I. H. Wilson Coroner aforesaid, and the jurors aforesaid, to this inquisition, have set our hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid.                                                                 /s/   I. H. Wilson, Coroner (L.S.)

/s/   A. N. Gregory (L.S.)                      /s/   E. M. Martin Jr. (L.S.)                         /s/   H. D. Whitaker, foreman (L.S.)

/s/   W. E. Dehines (L.S.)                     /s/   L. L. Cromer (L.S.)                               /s/   J. H. Long (L.S.)

Inquisition held over the dead body of JOHN HENDERSON colored at Newberry SC on May 31st, 1936

Examination by I. H. WILSON, Coroner

RICHARD DAWKINS colored being duly sworn says:

Q.    Was that your wagon that you were in this morning?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Was John Henderson on the wagon?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did you ask John Henderson to get on your wagon?

A.    No.

Q.    Tell the jury everything that happened from the time that John Henderson got on the wagon until the time he got hurt.

A.    He got on the wagon with me and my wife, about 200 yards from the place where he was hit. I saw him up the road and I know that he was drunk so I started faster. I whipped my mules and as I passed he jumped up on my wagon. I asked him to get off but he wouldnít get off. I kept whipping my mules and as I passed a car, then I saw another car coming. I asked him to get down again. When the car went by I was on the right hand side of the road. Just as the car passed I heard an awful noise and when I looked around I saw them in the road.

Q.    Did the boys jump in front of the car?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Were you coming toward Newberry?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Was the other car going toward Union?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Was this the second car that you had passed?

A.    Yes, the other car had gone on.

Q.    About what rate of speed was the car going?

A.    It was going pretty good.

Q.    Do you think that he was going about 25 or 30 miles an hour?

A.    Yes, I think so.

Q.    In other words, in your own opinion, the driver did everything that he could to keep from hitting them.

A.    Yes.

Q.    Do you think that the driver could have helped hitting them?

A.    No, he could not help hitting them.

Q.    Did it happen in Newberry County?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Do you live in Newberry County?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did the boy that was killed live in Newberry County?

A.    Yes.

Q.    How wide was the road?

A.    The road was pretty wide.

Q.    Did the gentleman who was driving the car do everything that he could to help this fellow out after he hit him?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did he go and get a doctor?

A.    Yes, and the doctor came right away.

Q.    Were those boys drinking?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did you insist on them getting down?

A.    Yes, we kept insisting that they get down.

MAHALA DAWKINS being duly sworn says:

Q.    Is Uncle Rich your husband?

A.    Yes.

Q.    You were in the wagon with him?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Where were you going?

A.    We were going to Church.

Q.    Did John Henderson get on your wagon?

A.    Yes, he ran and got on.

Q.    Did you ask him to get out?

A.    No.

Q.    Tell the Jury everything that happened from the time that John Henderson got on the wagon until he got hurt.

A.    He jumped up on the wagon. My husband asked him to get down. John said he would give my husband 25Ę to let him stay on the wagon. My husband would not let him stay. We had gone about 50 yards when he jumped off the wagon. He jumped right into the car.

Q.    Was the driver going at a very high rate of speed or was he going at a moderate rate of speed?

A.    He was going at a very moderate rate of speed.

Q.    When John jumped in front of the manís car, did the car stop immediately?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did the driver offer all the aid that one could offer?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did he go to get a doctor?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Do you think that the driver of the car could have helped hitting the boys?

A.    No.

Q.    At what distance did the car stop?

A.    The car stopped at just a short distance.

Q.    This happened in Newberry County?

A.    Yes.

JESSIE HENDERSON being duly sworn says:

Q.    You were in the wagon with Rich and Mahala?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Were you going to church?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did John get on the wagon?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did anyone ask him to get on?

A.    No.

Q.    Did anyone ask him to get off?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Was he cutting up?

A.    No.

Q.    Did he offer Richard anything to let him stay on the wagon?

A.    Yes, John told Uncle Rich that he would pay him 25Ę to let him stay on the wagon but Uncle Rich still asked him to get off the wagon.

Q.    Did he pay Rich anything?

A.    No.

Q.    Did you see John when he jumped?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did he jump right in front of the car?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Was the car going fast?

A.    No, at a moderate rate of speed.

Q.    Did the car stop near the place?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did the gentlemen do all that they could to aid the hurt boys?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did the driver of the car get a doctor?

A.    Yes.

Q.    Did you hear a horn blow?

A.    No.

Q.    Were the car and the wagon going in the same direction?

A.    No.

Q.    Did the driver stop as quickly as possible?

A.    Yes.

MR. F. G. GOSSETT being duly sworn says:

Q.    Mr. Gossett, you were in the car with Mr. Wilkins.

A.    Yes.

Q.    Tell the jury just how the accident happened?

A.    Mr. Wilkins and I had been up to see Mr. Watt Henderson on business. As we came back by Robert Whitneyís we saw a wagon in front of us. We did not see anybody in the road walking. Just as we pulled to the right and they pulled to the left, these fellows jumped upon the hood. One jumped so far that he hit his head on the glass. The other one hit the fender. Mr. Wilkins stopped in about 15 or 20 feet. I jumped out of the car and picked them up and put them on a porch. As well as I remember Mr. Wilkins just did toot the horn. He did everything he could to avoid it. And he stopped as quickly as he possibly could.

Q.    Did he come to Newberry and get a doctor?

A.    Yes.

Q.    What side of the car did they hit?

A.    The left hand side.

MR. WILKINS made the following statement:

It happened so quickly that I do not know how it happened. I was meeting this wagon and I saw that the Negro was drinking so I got over to my side of the road. I did not think of them jumping off of the wagon but just as I went to pass them they jumped. As soon as I hit them I stopped as quickly as possible. I jumped out of the car and picked the boys up and laid them on a porch. After I had laid them up there I came to Newberry to get a doctor.

Q.    When you got back with the doctor was John Henderson still alive?

A.    Yes.

Q.    The doctor worked with him and he died?

A.    Yes.

DOCTORíSCERTIFICATE

May 31st, 1936

I examined the body of Johnny Henderson. I find that he came to his death due to a fracture of the skull with hemorrhage of the brain due to being hit by a blunt object. The object hit him above the right eyebrow.

                                                                                                                                                                     J. D. Wicker, MD


C. B. MILLS  MD

CROSS HILL, SC

Sept.17, 1935

This is to certify that I did examine the body of JESSIE GILLIAM, a colored female about 2 years of age and after thorough examination and investigation Ė finding no signs of violence nor evidence of foul play Ė am thoroughly convinced that she came to her death from natural causes.                  C. B. MILLS, MD               (No Inquest)

HILLAND B. THOMAS, MD

WHITMIRE, SC

June 17, 1935

To the Sheriff and Coroner of Newberry Co., Newberry SC

This is to certify that I, Hilland B. Thomas, MD of Whitmire SC having this day examined the body of MR. JAMES SIZEMORE at his home on or about 9:15 pm find he evidently came to his death by a bullet wound (About 32 cal.) of the head. I find powder burns about the right ear and temple region; a small wound of entrance just above the front of the ear, blood having flowed from the nose and mouth; and the wound of exit had the bullet protruded through the skull about 2 inches above the left ear. The skull was found crushed in this region, but the bullet had not come through to the scalp. Apparently self inflicted, he having fallen full length from where he had just been standing, the pistol lying at his feet alongside his hat, on the porch of his house. His previous history of illness was that of a neurasthenic condition due to ill health and worries over his farming conditions. I treated him in Spring of 1935.                        Hilland B. Thomas, MD

NO INQUEST WAS HELD, I. H. Wilson, Coroner

J. E. GRANT MD

1109 NANCE STREET

NEWBERRY, SC

Day Phone 9188 Ė Night  584J

May 14, 1934

NO INQUEST NECESSARY

To whom it may concern

This is to certify that NELLIE ANDERSON, colored female of Helena SC came to her death May 8, 1934 resulting from a fall received in one of her fields as she stepped into a plowed furrow and fell across a terrace. Deceased fell 5 or 6 days prior to death, before which accident she was in good health.

Diagnosis:           Internal injuries (Abdomen); Secondary: peritonitis

The two conditions, the latter resulting from the former and both from a fall were sufficient to cause death.

                                                                                                                                                                     J. E. Grant, MD

Note:     Patient (Or deceased) had the removal of appendix, uterus and tubes (Pan hysterectomy) several years ago which fast eliminates the possibility of a peritonitis secondary to disease of either of the above named organs or a combination of the same.

DR. E. H. MOORE

NEWBERRY SC                RFD 2

REG. NO.   713                  PHONE  5500

GILDER & WEEKS CO.                  NEWBERRY SC.

NO INQUEST

To the Coroner of Newberry Co. SC                                                                                                      4/6/1935

This certifies that at the instigation of MR. P. E. REESE I examined the body of John Oglesby (Colored) of Newberry Co. SC who fell dead on his premises on Friday pm about 3:30 and find that the said John Oglesby came to his death from natural causes and that there were no indications of foul play.                      Respectfully,              E. H. Moore, MD


JOHN KEIFFER WICKER  MD

RES. 808 BOUNDARY STREET                  NEWBERRY SC

TELEPHONE NO. 392                     REG. NO. 578

GILDER & WEEKS CO.                  NEWBERRY SC

September 22, 1934

I examined the body of FRED COLLINS and find that the cause of death was drowning.                        J. K. Wicker, MD

JOHN KEIFFER WICKER  MD

RES. 808 BOUNDARY STREET                  NEWBERRY SC

TELEPHONE NO. 392                     REG. NO. 578

GILDER & WEEKS CO.                  NEWBERRY SC

NO INQUEST                     Fell dead plowing near Silverstreet

I examined the body of GEORGE DEWALT on July 29,1933. I find that the cause of death was coronary thrombosis.

                                                                                                                        July 29, 1933                     J. K. Wicker

DR. E. H. MOORE

NEWBERRY SC                RFD 2

REG. NO.   713                  PHONE  5500

GILDER & WEEKS CO.                  NEWBERRY SC.

NO INQUEST

This is to certify that I examined the body of CAREY N. BOOTH deceased and find that he came to his death as the result of a gunshot wound in the head. The bullet entered the right temple, passed through the head and emerged at the middle of the  left parietal bone.                                                                 September 15, 1933               E. H. Moore, MD

CHAPPELLS, SC

Mr. I. H. Wilson, Coroner, Newberry SC

Dear Sir,

Find enclosed a report on the death of ROSA BROWN. I had an order from Sheriff Blease to examine the body and think death was from natural causes.                                                                    Respectfully                W. O. Holloway, MD

NO INQUEST                     I. H. WILSON

I made an examination of ROSA BROWN, age around 63 years who was found dead on the side of county road June 8, 1933 at around 8 pm. There were no contusions or broken bones on the body except a little mark on the right side of the face covered with dust where she was lying. She has had two strokes of paralysis before and walked with a stick. Husband is dead. Found by Olan Gillam with two small boys. Had been dead perhaps three or four hours when found. My opinion is that death was caused by apoplexy.             6/9/1933                             W. O. Holloway MD                        Chappells, SC

This is to certify that PINK LINDSAY came to his death from a fracture of the skull extending to the base of the brain. June 5, 1933                                                                                          W.O. Holloway MD                  Chappells, SC

Fell off a load of oats Ė Mr. Levy Hollowayís wagon

NO INQUEST                                                                  I. H. WILSON, Coroner

FRANK D.MOWER  MD

NEWBERRY  SC

This is to certify that I have this day examined the body of a MALE INFANT found close to Ebenezer Church Newberry SC. It is my opinion that the infant is white, 8 months to full term and was killed by a blow on the left temple. It had probably been dead 10 days or more. Placenta was still attached to the child.     4/6/1933                             Frank D. Mower MD

This baby was found by Forest Mangum (colored) who lives on Mr. M. B. Eleazerís Place. Baby was found on Mr. M. B. Eleazerís Place.                                                                                       April 6, 1933                      I. H. Wilson, Coroner

JOHN KEIFFER WICKER  MD

NO INQUEST                        RES. 808 BOUNDARY STREET                    NEWBERRY SC

TELEPHONE NO. 392                     REG. NO. 578

GILDER & WEEKS CO.                  NEWBERRY SC

Sept. 22, 1932

I examined the body of JOHN H. WALLACE and find that the cause of death was due to a shot gun wound of the right eye socket and everything pointed to suicide.                                                                           J. K. Wicker, MD

JOHN KEIFFER WICKER  MD

NO INQUEST                        RES. 808 BOUNDARY STREET                    NEWBERRY SC

TELEPHONE NO. 392                     REG. NO. 578

GILDER & WEEKS CO.                  NEWBERRY SC

I examined the body of BUELLAR BELLE BURTON colored age about 16 years at 11:30 am Oct. 14, 1932. I find that the cause of death was accidental first degree burns of the entire body. She was burned at am Oct. 12, 1933 and died Oct. 13, 1933.                                                                                             John K. Wicker, MD        Coronerís Physician

DR. J. I. BEDENBAUGH

NO INQUEST                                                        PROSPERITY DRUG CO.                                        PHONE 15

PROSPERITY SC

This is to certify that I have examined the body of JAMES FAIR and find that he died of natural causes.

                                                                                                                        Jan. 7, 1927                        J. I. Bedenbaugh, MD

NO INQUEST

This is to certify that I examined the body of MR. J. P. MINICK deceased and found that death was due to a gun shot wound of the head entering the right temple and emerging on the left side of the head behind the ear.

Newberry SC                                                                   June 19, 1932                                                  T. W. Smith, MD

GILDER & WEEKS COMPANY

ďThe Right Drug StoreĒ

NEWBERRY SOUTH CAROLINA

This is to certify that we have this day examined the remains of a DEAD BABY and it is our opinion that it had been dead about one year. The remains were brought to us by Coroner I. H. Wilson and was found near Ebenezer Church, Newberry Co.                        3/2/1933                             Frank D. Mower, MD;           E. O. Hentz, MD;               J. K. Wicker, MD

Found by Frank Dean, colored, who lives on George Slighís Place.
 

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