The Chautauqua Journal
March 30, 1883
FRANK BROWN KILLED
On Sunday night last, in the Cunningham school house, which
is located on the state road between this place and Independence, in Washington Township, there was enacted a tragedy, the
details of wich are more than usually exciting. Frank M. Brown was shot and killed by William Neal; and the time of the occurrence
was Sunday evening, just after religious services had been concluded, and before a majority of those present had reached the
outside. We can give only a brief statement of the occurrence and some of the causes which led thereto as they were related
to us by a gentleman who is well informed on the subject.
The deceased was not only well known in his immediate neighborhood,
but there is scarely a resident of the county now but has at some time or other heard of Frank Brown. Those who resided here
there or found years ago distinctly remember that he practically escaped punishment for murdering one of his neighbor by the
name of Goodin, and it was that act and subsequent proceedings against him which first brought his name and reputation conspicuously
before the public.
From that time until his death he has been regarded as a dangerous
man with whom to have a disagreement; passionate, vindictive, quarrelsome, and a terror to the entire neighborhood. Wm. Neal
is not so well but much more favorably known. He has resided in the county several years, and has led the life of a peaceable,
upright citizen, who made and retained many warm friends.
During Brown’s trial for the murder of Goodin, Neal was
one if his bondsmen, and his wife who is related by marriage to the Brown’s. Subsequent to the termination of the case
against Brown, a disagreement arose between the two men as to which one of a pair of horses Neal had consented to accept from
Brown in exchange for either a reaper or mower. This was the starting point of their trouble, and brown’s subsequent
behavior towards Neal only served to deepen and widen the breach, until, by reason of threats and menacing looks and behavior,
the latter became fixed in the opinion that his life was danger, and realizing which whom he had to deal, prudently went armed,
but sought, whenever possible to avoid meeting his enemy.
Many things occurred which will probably be n evidence in the
legal proceedings to follow, which justified Neal in the belief that his life was unsafe, which it is perhaps not now necessary
or prudent to relate. Suflice it to say that his appearance at church on the evening in question was for the principal reason
due to the fact, that a man who lived within a few hundred yards of Brown’s house, had made him an offer for a pair
of colts, and he would be there likely to see someone by whom he could send word to the party, accepting the price offered
for the colts. He went to the school house, and during services occupied a seta on the north side of the room, about half
way the length of the building. Brown and his wife came in later; he taking a seat on the middle tier, a little forward of
Neal. Nothing occurred the services to excite suspicion, except tat Brown at various times turned on his east to scowl at
Neal, which the latter and two or three of his friends noticed.
When the congregation was standing to receive the benediction,
Neal; placed one foot on the end of a seat, leaned forward on his knee, placed his right hand on his pistol, and in that position
watched Brown’s every movement. After the congregation was dismissed, Brown put his overcoat, buttoned it, went forward
nearly to the door, immediately turned around unbuttoned his overcoat, reached toward his hip pocket, and by this time he
was directly facing Neal (who had not changed his position) and there was only the length of an ordinary school desk between
them. Neal then drew his revolver and commenced firing, inflicting five wounds one in the head, another in the spine, one
through the hand and one through each leg. It is supposed that wound in the hand and one leg were made by a single ball. Not
a word was spoken by either party, and Brown’s death was instantaneous. When the firing ceased Mrs. Brown went to the
body, and a scene of confusion and excitement followed which is beyond description. A number of persons remained at the school
house with the body all night. Neal immediately came to town and voluntarily surrendered himself to the authorities. On Wednesday
Wm A. Meadows, step-son of the deceased, filed a complain against Neal, and his preliminary examination will be had on next
Tuesday before Judge Thompkins.
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Cedar Vale Commercial
August 28, 1896
Murder at Wauneta
J. B. Byrnes Killed by a Drunken Assassin
One of the most dastardly, cold blooded, unprovoked murders it has been the unpleasant task of the Commercial
to record for many year, took place in Wauneta Tuesday afternoon about three o’clock. J. W. Walker, one of the blacksmiths
over there after turning up his courage with several whiffs of the ardent, got his revolver into his belt and went over to
the shop of his competitor, Mr. J. B. Byrnes, and asked him for some more whiskey, where upon Mr. Byrnes replied that he had
none. This apparently enraged Walker and he called Byrnes a d__n liar. Mr. Byrnes again insisted that he hadn’t a drop
about the place and then went on with work.
He passed out the side door of the shop to get some fuel for hearing wagon tires, which he was setting. Walker
came out at the front door, went around to the side and on meeting Mr. Byrnes, began firing at him without exchanging another
word. He fired three shots in succession, two of the balls passing through his body, either of which alone would have proven
fatal. The third shot missed, but the result was all the same. In less than two minutes after the first shot was fired Mr.
Byrnes lay prostate on the ground, gasping his last breath, killed without warning or provocation more than before mentioned.
The murderer reloaded his gun and started for home, but giving everybody solemn warning to keep their distance.
As there were no firearms in town, no one interfered or attempted to arrest him. He went home, made his wife get his horse
and then started south, went down in where Winchell and Smith were making hay. He took on of Mr. Smith’s horses and
ordered Bob Hibbard to go with him and pilot him to the territory. Bob at first remonstrated but soon obeyed orders under
the persuasive index of a six shooter. He warned Bob not to take him through any town or where they would be apt to meet more
than he could stand off alone, warning him with the penalty of his life fie he disobeyed.
They went down through the Leggett farm east of Hewins where there were some haymakers at work. While fooling
with his gun there, Walker accidentally shot his own horse, but he picked the best in the bunch there and ordered it unhitched
from the rake. From there he went south by Harts’ Mill and met Squire Land whom he noticed was riding a better saddle
than he himself had. He soon affected an exchange with the Squire, his pistol again being the moderator. When he got to the
territory line he discharged Hibbard, saying he could go it alone the remainder of the day. Deputy Sheriff Mart Boyer and
Sheriff Kiser were each notified that evening and the next morning started in pursuit, but up to the time of going to press
he had not been captured.
Little is known of Walker’s history in this count as he has not been here long. When sober, he is quiet,
inoffensive citizen, but exhibit’s a mania to use his gun and dirk knife when drunk. He is reported to be an expert
with each and there were suspicions from words he has dropped when intoxicated that his is not his first murder. Personally
he and Mr. Byrnes had always been on speaking terms, though rivals in business and experienced the little unpleasantness that
happens under such circumstances.
The funeral for Mr. Byrnes was held Wednesday at one o’clock under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, an order of which
he had been a long and worthy member. Although the time of notification was short, a large concourse turned out to show their
last tribute of respect to the deceased.
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Notes From The Sedan Lance
June 1, 1899
A Man Killed in Resisting Arrest in Elgin
Always towns that have stood in the first rank as shipping
points for wild range cattle have also stood in first rank for the number of lives taken by a six shooter. Elgin is no exception
to the rule.
Last Friday night George Thomason, a man who has generally
been known as a tough character, was shot by Bat Pugh, the constable at Elgin. Thomason was drinking and apparently hunting
trouble and resisted arrest.
George Thomason has figured in several scrapes at Elgin. Only
recently he and Dr. Enger of Hewins had trouble in which he hit Enger over the eye with a revolver and Enger came near shooting
him. In a fight several years ago Thomason had one of his ears bit off. He gambled and drank and prided himself on being a
The constable, Bat Pugh, had been having some trouble to keep
Thomason quiet and Thomason had made some very severe threats against Pugh. ON Monday night previous, Thomason yelled in the
street and Pugh told him if he yelled anymore he would arrest him. Thomason replied that Pugh could not arrest him. Pugh said,
”you just yell again and see,” or similar language.
Thomason lived in the territory and came to Elgin on Friday.
He rode through the streets with a Winchester and rode on the sidewalks. He tried to trade his Winchester for a revolver.
It is also stated that he said he would kill Pugh before sunrise the next day.
There was a dance in Elgin that night in Beauchamp’s
auditorium east of Rothrock’s store. Thomason was around there making his threats and trouble was expected. About twelve
o’clock Thomason gave a few whoops in front of or near the auditorium. Pugh told Thomason to keep still or he would
have to arrest him. Thomason said something about Pugh not being able to arrest him and grabbed Pugh by each arm near the
shoulders and shoved him back up against the wall. They had quite a tussel but Pugh jerked himself loose. It is stated that
Thomason then reached his hand in behind himself as though he was reaching for a gun and Pugh shot. The bullet went through
the left forearm and through the abdomen, lodging under the skin on the opposite side of the body.
Thomason ran west and turned the corner to the left around
Rothrock’s store. Pugh fired a few shots at him as he ran. Thomason entered the auditorium from the rear, smeared the
girls white dresses from his bloody arm and went into Beauchamp’s Restaurant. Doctors were called and dressed his wounds
but they could do little or nothing for him.
The constable reported the case at Sedan and County Attorney
Sproul, Under Sheriff Buckles and doctors Goss and Courtwright went to Elgin early next morning.
Thomason died about ten o’clock Saturday morning. Doctors
Goss, Courtwright and Thume held an autopsy on the body and found that death came from internal hemorrhage, and that there
were five bullet home in the large intestine.
A court of inquiry was held by Squire Wait by order of the
Coroner who was unable to be there. The verdict of the jury empaneled was that the deceased came to his death from the shot
of a pistol in the hands of Bat Pugh in his official duty and in self defense. The remains were buried Sunday.
Thomason was about 35 years of age and married but he and his
wife had not been living together lately. He followed farming and freighting some.
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The Sedan Lance
September 7, 1899
CITY MARSHAL WILSON MURDERED!
Also the Sheriff' Wounded by the Darnall Boys.
The Murderers Captured After a Chase and Now in Custody,---Lynching Very
One of the most dastardly crimes ever committed anywhere was the cold blooded,
brurtial murder of A. A. Wilson, marshal of Sedan. This with the train of excitment that has followed will probadly make one
of the most turbulent pages of the history of Sedan.
Last Thursday, August 31st, 1899, between four and five o'clock, the citizens
of Sedan were aroused from their usual quiet by the firing of three shots near the jail. It was found that city marshal, A.
A. Wilson, was fatally shot and that Sheriff Kizer was seriously wounded by two desperate characters known as the Darnell
The marshal had attempted to arrest the boys on a warrant sent here from
Missouri and as the boys were prepared and apparently came here for that purpose, they drew pistols and fired with dissastrous
results to the officers. The Sedan people, though considerably excited, were soon all busy, some of them securing guns and
joining the posse in the chase after the fugitive criminals, and others, helping care for the wounded.
The two persons who are responsible for this dastardily crime are Clem Darnell
and Marcus Darnell. They are cousins and thier parents both live near Jonesburg. Clem Darnell is about 24 years of age and
is the son of Bent Darnell who, we understand has been a law abiding citizen. Marcus Darnell is about 17 years of age, and
is the son of John Darnell, who has been under arrest several times for such offences as selling whisky and passing counterfeit
These two fellows have been holding high carnival lately between Jonesburg
and varius points in the Territory. Such offences as peddling whisky in the Territory and other offences have been laid against
them. Clem Darnell has been known to visit Peru with a Winchester strapped on each side of his saddle, a couple large six-shooters
on his belt, and a small twenty-two pistol tied on his bridle for an ornament.
The day on which they did this killing, they drove to Peru about noon and
took their dinner at Mr. Green's restaurant. They wanted beef steak and eggs which they were given and paid their bill. To
the landlords invitation as they went out they said they would call again. At Peru they also bought all the cartridges Charles
Veal had in his hardware store, of the calibre they used. We also understand they made some remarks in Peru to the effect
that they were going to Sedan to see what kind of metal the officers were made of.
There has been a warrant in the hands of some of the officers of this county
for some time for the arrest of Clem Darnell, sent from Missouri. The charge against him in Missouri is horse stealing. We
understand that Joe Dixon, constable of Peru, went out to Jonesburg once to arrest him on this charge. Clem asked an excuse
to go in the other room after his coat and on coming out of the room he had a revolver in his hand and invited Dixon to go.
Accompaning the Missouri warrant there was a reward of $20 or $25 for effecting the arrest.
In Sedan the two Darnells drove into the alley in the rear of Ed Rowland's
livery barn. They got Nelson Davis, who works at the stable to go up to the jail and tell Sheriff Kizer that they were there
in the alley and they would like to have Mr. Kizer come down and see them at the stable. Clem said he wanted to see Mr. Kizer
privately and find out whether he had a warrant for him. Davis went up to the jail and told Mr. Kizer what Darnell said, and
as Mr. Kizer had been sick several days, he told Davis to tell them he was not able to walk down to the stable and that if
Clem wanted to see him to come up to the jail. Davis went back and told told the Darnells what Kizer said.
The Darnell boys were in a buggy. They then drove up right in front of the
jail by the gate. Kizer went out and talked to them and he says he was there talking to them 25 or 30 minutes. Clem asked
Kizer if he had a warrant for his arrest. Kizer replied that he had no warrant, but he knew a man who had, but wouldn't tell
Darnell who it was. Darnell said he was not guilty of that charge and he could beat the case. Kizer advised him then to give
up. Kizer said he would go over to Missouri with him in a few days if he would give up.
Kizer stood right beside the buggy talking to them and kept arguing with
Clem that he had better give up. Clem finally said he believed he would do that and that he would come back in a few days
when Kizer got well and they would go over to Missouri and that he could beat the case and come clear.
According to what we learn from Mr. Kizer, Clem then hit one of the horses
with the line and spoke to them to get up, but just at that monent, Bud Wilson, whom he had noticed before stepped right around
from behind him and up in front of the front wheel of the buggy and demanded of the Darnells to give him those Winchesters.
Each Darnell then reached under neath himself and drew out revolvers. Clem fired at Wilson hitting him in the right breast,
the ball going entirely through his body. Marcus Darnell also fired at Wilson striking him in the flesh where the neck joins
the shoulder on the right side.
The younger Darnell, Marcus then placed his pistol at Kizer's breast, but
Kizer grabbed it right over the barrell and gave the pistol a wrench. As he did so, the pistol discharged, the bullet entering
his wrist and following down the arm to the elbow.
Kizer then retreated down the street towards the court house. Some way in
jerking the lines or the whip, one of the Winchesters belonging to the Darnells fell to the ground just as they started and
Clem jumped out and picked up the gun. They then drove east out on the Independence road past the Sedan high school building
as fast as they could make their worn out team travel. One of them stood up in the buggy and used the whip with all his might
and then the team would hardly run as they stopped to walk over the crossing by the Methodist church.
The wounded men were taken the best care of possible. Wilson was taken inside
the court house yard and laid on a cot and doctors Courtwright and Evans dressed his wounds. Later in the evening he was moved
to the residence of his brother-in-law, Wm. Johnson, about a block away where he died about nine o'clock that evening. Mr.
Kizer walked down town and his arm was dressed by Dr. Pleasants.
Just as quick as possible after the shooting, men started in pursuit of the
criminals. Charles Gilman was in the lead out on the road. He was horseback and was followed by Bill Taylor on horseback and
W. H. Dennis and Warren Strong in a buggy. When they got out on the hill where one road goes down the hill to cross Wolf creek
and another goes out toward the cemetery, they halted. About that time a man with a wagon came up the Wolf creek hill on the
Independence road from the east. He had not seen the men nor the buggy. The posse then started down the road south-east toward
the cemetery. Charles Gilman went a piece down this road, but as he could see no significant tracks, he turned back and went
down the Wolf creek hill. He saw some tracks there that he thought were made by the fugatives team and noticed them till he
got about half way down the hill where the road turns and then did not see them any more. He stopped and looked around and
happened to see the team and buggy out in the black jacks opposite the bend in the road.
After discovering the team and buggy he rode back and informed the others
of his find. By this time a great many men with guns were on the move out the road. It was understood that the fugitives would
want to go south towards their home and towards the nation. The plan then adopted was to patrol the Peru road and not let
them get across it.
The fugitives started down Wolf creek on foot. They were seen by Mr. Garner,
passing by his field. They were also seen by some children who were picnicing on Wolf creek. The children didn't know what
was up, but were affraid of thee armed men. They crossed the Peru road east of Sam Loy's house about three miles from where
they adandoned their buggy. The posse thought they had them corralled in the black jacks on the north side of the road till
they were seen by the section men crossing the railroad track. They were also seen by some of the posse a little later at
considerable distance going though the field headed south.
A party consisting of E. E. Stafford and Albert Warmbrodt in a buggy and
Bud Holbrook and a Burden boy in another buggy drove south and crossed the river at Bowers ford and drove past John Roger's
house. The fugitives had passed John Roger's house about half an hour before this party got there. The party held a consutation
and as they only had one Winchester in the crowd they decided to go to Peru to get help. They went to Peru and got their supper
but could only recruit one Peru man, Mr. Seybold, who is clerking for Veal. But later Walter Rowland, Los Ellis, and Dibble
were found in Peru and enlisted in the party. This party of eight then started for Jonesburg.
It was known by some that Clem Darnell had been making headquarters at the
home of Widow Thompson in the Jonesburg neighborhood and was on intimate relations with her daughter. Those who were acquainted
with the circumstances thought the fugitives would make for Mrs. Thompson's and they guessed about right.
Later in the evening a party was made up in Sedan to go down to Mrs. Thompson's
house, consiting of Sam Hartzell, George Ed Tinker, Tip Buckles, Henry Wilson and Harve Moser.
Hartzell, Tinker and party surrounded the Widow Thompson house. The dog made
a terrible fuss and the widow's son, George Wooden, went out and stood up on the stone fence. It happened that Henry Wilson
was hid behind the stone fence almost at that point. Henry demanded, "throw up ypour dukes," and the young man very willingly
complied. Mrs. Thompson called from the house and asked what was the matter. The son told her he was held up there. The woman
then asked that they should not hurt her son and invited them to search the premises.
No game was captured but the boy finally admitted that the two fugitives
had been there early in the evening, and gone on a foot.
The fact of the matter was as fould out from the prisoners afterwards, they
had just left the house a few minutes before these men came up and were at that time laying in a coclke burr patch close enought
to hear what was said.
Ed Tinker knew about where the boys staid when they were in the Territory,
and as it was thought that the two fellows would naturally pull for the Territory, Ed Tinker and Sam Hartzell then left for
the south. The others came back to Sedan. Tinker and Hartzell made quite a trip down in the Territory and did not get back
till Sunday. If the boys had kept up their nerve and tried to get away they would naturally went down in the Territory and
in that case, Tinker and Hartzell would very likely have intercepted them.
It was said that Clem Darnell was addicted to the constant use of whisky,
and he said himself that he had not drawn a sober breath since the Fourth of July. They were drunk when they committed the
deed but the long walk from Sedan to Jonesburg had sobered them up and Clem was completely exhausted, so they said aftewards,
and not able to get away. He was a total physical wreck as well as otherwise.
Bill Taylor went to Elgin Thursday evening. He went out from there with a
posse of men consisting of Henry Powell, Mr. Robecker, Sam Magee and Harry Craft. They went out Friday and scouted the coutry
in the neighborhood of the Thompson house and surrounded the house Friday night, Clem Darnell went to the Thompson house Friday
night and this party then had him in a trap. Henry Powell came to Sedan Saturday and reported to the officers here. A party
of six or seven was deputized by the under sheriff to go out and help bring him in.
Clem Darnell gave himself up to those who had him surrounded, consisting
of the five who went out from Elgin, with the understanding that when he was brought to Sedan he should be protected from
mob violence. As the house was in such a position that he could likely have killed some of those who were trying to capture
him before they could have captured him, they thought it best to agree to protect him if he would give up peaceably. The crowd
who went out from Sedan Saturday to help bring him in met Bill Taylor and his crowd at Jerry Ellexson's with Clem Darnell
It was nearly six o'clock that evening when the posse and prisoner arrived
in town. As this was Saturday evening there was lots of people on the roads and streets. A crowd of officers preceded the
others with the prisoner and drove through Main street and up Chautauqua street to the courthouse. They there stationed themselves
with Winchesters to keep the crowd from going up Chautauqua street to the jail. This gathered the crowd and excited them considerably.
It was probably five minutes before they came around the block from the east
by the Methodist church to the jail with the prisoner. The crowd at the court house then broke past the officers and dashed
madly up to the jail but were held in check sufficiently by those who were guarding the prisoner to allow him to be placed
behind the bars.
There was considerable excitment around the jail for a while. The crowd was
all more or less excited and especially the relatives of the murdered man were very demonstrative. Outside of the relatives
and a very few others no serious trheats of lynching were made. There was no mob organization, and the majority of the people
gathered there were there through curoisity, and to witness what was going on. Those who were protecting the prisoner did
so, not on the account of their sympathy for him, but protected him on the account of the condition of his surrender and respect
of the law.
The prisoner was guarded that night and the next day at noon he was slipped
out of the jail, taken in a cab to the crossing a half mile west of the depot, arrangements being made for the train to stop
there, and he was taken to Winfield and there lodged in jail.
The county commissioners were called in and they met in Sedan Saturday morning
and offered a reward of $55 for the capture of each of the murderers of the marshal, A. A. Wilson. The citizens of Sedan had
also made up a purse of about $200 to offer as a reward. An offer of a reward by the state was attempted to be secured but
thus probably was not secured as the men were captured before the state could act.
The same posse of five who captured Clem Darnell secured some information
from him and started out Sunday moring to get the other fugitive, Marcus Darnell. John Darnell, father of Marcus, was in Sedan
Saturday and learned the situation. It seems he thought the best thing would be to place his boy in the hands of the law so
he got ahead of the posse and went and captured the boy himself and brought him to Sedan arriving here about four o'clock
Monday morning. The boy, Marcus was at once started by team to Independence where he was safely lodged in jail.
We understand John Darnell will not claim the reward offered for his boy
for bringing him in. He said he has a good many children and it was hard work to feed them, but he didn't have any children
to sell. We understand that Benton Darnell co-operated to some extent with the officers for the capture of his son.
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The Weekly Times Star, Sedan, Kansas
Thursday , April 3, 1903
ALONZO HAMON KILLED
Shot by constable Robinson
Shot at 2 A. M. Thursday
Was Ordered to Halt and Refused to Do So - History of Case
Alonzo Hamon, aged 25, was shot and killed by Constable W.
E. Robinson at 2:10 o’clock Thursday morning. The shooting took place in front of Cass & Co.’s drug store.
Hamon lived only a few minutes after being shot. The weapon used was a Winchester shot gun and the load entered Hamon’s
body a little above the heart.
The body was left lying on the pavement until the arrival of
Corner Jack. It was then removed to Loomis undertaking rooms and prepared for burial. A corner’s jury consisting of
R. H. Bradley, J. P. Gilman, C. H. Inglefield, William Johnson, W. H. Dennis and J. H. Edwards was summoned. The inquest will
be held next Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Young Hamon came to Sedan about two weeks ago, staying only
a day or two. He returned Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. driving in from Chautauqua with J. M. Scott, a traveling man of Independence.
He put the team in Casteel’s barn and registered at the Bryan hotel. He went to bed sometime before midnight and later
It seems that Hamon had threatened at various times to do violence
to Otto D. and Orb Stallard on account of an old trouble which had been settled at the time. Since then he has been going
from bad to worse and seemed to have the idea that justice had not bee done him. He brooded over this and had become desperate.
He had told several parties, it is alleged, that he could yet "get" Otto and Orb Stallard and also the Savings bank of which
Otto Stallard was cashier. Jake Hamon, his brother, had sent word here to the Stallard to look out for Alonzo as he was desperate
and would do them harm if possible.
When he came here Wednesday evening the officers notified the
Stallard boys to watch out for him. Otto Stallard was afraid of the bank being broken into and between 12 and 1 o’clock
Thursday morning sent to the house of Constable Robinson and asked him to come down and guard the bank. He also had his brother
Orb on guard.
They took a position in the open stairway leading up to Mertz
and Rathbun’s law offices. At 2:10 a.m. Hamon approached, going in the direction of the bank. Constable Robinson undertook
to arrest him. He resisted and showed violence, after which it became necessary for Mr. Robinson to shoot.
The shot entered the body over the heart and Hamon fell on
the outside of the walk near the sign post. Constable Robinson went at once for Sheriff Taylor and then notified the corner.
A crowd soon gathered and when Dr. Jack arrived from Chautauqua the body was carried to the undertaker’s. It was examined
early the next morning in the presence of the corner’s jury by several local doctors.
Hamon carried a 38 calibre Smith and Wesson revolver and had
three or four large rocks with which it is supposed he had intended to break the bank windows.
Alonzo Hamon was born about 25 yeas ago at Burden, In Cowley
county, and was the son of Frank Hamon and a nephew of "Uncle" Arch Hamon of Sedan. The greater part of his life was spent
here where he lived until a few years ago. While here he attended the city schools and studied medicine under Dr. Courtwright.
After leaving here he went to a medical school at Chicago. Then it seems he returned to Cowley county where he has been living
on a farm part of the time since. His father died here several years ago under peculiar circumstances, after having been struck
on the head. A man was tired for his murder and acquitted.
There are the facts as near as they can be learned until the inquest next