Morgan County,
Tennessee


News Tidbits


Lem Jones was hanged at Oliver Springs, Tenn., for the murder of his wife and child on June 26, 1890.
Lorain County Reporter, Lorain, OH; Jan 2, 1892 - transcribed by Linda Dietz

Judge Wounded Defending Woman
Wartburg, Tenn. - City Judge George Boswell of Oakdale was wounded seriously when he defended a woman clerk in the local draft board who was attacked by a visitor.
Sheriff Ben Byrd said Boswell was stabbed at least 11 times with a knife and that his condition is
critical.
Byrd gave this account of the stabbing:
Ralph Pemberton went to the draft board late yesterday seeking information from Mrs. Edna Sanderson, chief clerk, on several registrants. Boswell intervened when Pemberton cursed the clerk and started to pull her hair with the result he was stabbed in the body numerous times.
Byrd said Pemberton was being held without bond on a felonious assault charge pending arrival of FBI agents from Knoxville.

The Kingsport Times, March 31, 1942 - transcribed by AJ

Knife Wounds Fatal for Young Oakdale Judge
Wartburg, Tenn. - George Boswell, youthful city judge of nearby Oakdale, died last night in a Harriman hospital from stab wounds suffered Monday in a draft board office here.
Sheriff Ben Byrd of Morgan county announced Ralph Pemberton would be rearrested and charged with murder in connection with the case. Pemberton, a farmer, was released on bond charged with assault soon after the attack.
The sheriff said Bosell, 26, was stabbed eleven times when he went to the aid of Mrs. Edna Sanderson, Selective Service Board clerk, who was molested by Pemberton.

The Kingsport Times, April 1, 1942

Held On Murder Charge
Wartburg, Tenn. - Ralph Pemberton, Lancing farmer, was held to the July term of court under $3,000 bond Saturday after a preliminary hearing on a charge of murder in the fatal stabbing of Judge George Boswell early this week. Sheriff Ben Byrd said Pemberton made bond and was released.
The Kingsport Times, April 5, 1942

Farmer Acquitted
Wartburg, Tenn. - Pleading self defense, Ralph Pemberton, Morgan county farmer, was acquitted in criminal court here late Thursday of a charge of murder in connection with the March 30 stabbing death of George Boswell, youthful city judge of nearby Oakdale.
The Kingsport Times, July 31, 1942