Taken from The Adair County News
of November 10, 1897
Columbia , Ky
Typed as published, & submitted
By Laura Frost Wright
This is not my line (I don't think) but thought he might belong to
JOE WRIGHT and JASE BLACKERTY shoot one another to death at Junction
We take from the Danville Advocate the following account of a terrible
tragedy that occurred at Junction City on Tuesday the 2nd inst. One of
the parties who was slain, Mr. WRIGHT was well-Known to a number of our
citizens, having frequently visited Columbia while, ELD. W. K. AZBILL
was president of C.C. COLLege. He was an uncle of Miss MABLE WRIGHT, who
was a student of that institution:
JOE WRIGHT and JASE BLACKERTY had a desperate street fight at Junction
City yesterday, in which both men were killed.
WRIGHT lived one minute after being shot, and BLACKERTY survived three
minutes. It was a most extraordinary encounter, BLACKERTY displaying
great nerve during the duel.
The killing was the result of old trouble between the men. BLACKERTY,
when drinking was very dangerous and frequently became disorderly. He
had terrorized Junction City a number of times.
Several years ago FRANK ELLIS, then town marshal, went to arrest
BLACKERTY and deputized WRIGHT to assist him. BLACKERTY resisted and
ELLIS and WRIGHT opened fire on him. BLACKERTY fell and the two men went
up and fired several shots into his body.
BLACKERTY miraculously escaped death and lived to prosecute WRIGHT and
ELLIS for shooting him. The case in court did not terminate satisfactory
and he never ceased to harass WRIGHT. Time and again was an encounter
narrowly averted, and the death of one or both of them was expected at
most any time.
Tuesday BLACKERTY was drinking. Some persons allege that WRIGHT was also
slightly under the influence of liquor. About half past one O"Clock
WRIGHT was talking to a crowd of men between TUTTLE"S place of business
and Dunn & Surber"s store.
During the conversation, WRIGHT, it is alleged, made a remark about
BLACKERTY which BLACKERTY, then passing by, overheard. BLACKERTY stopped
"What"s that you said about me?'
There are conflicting stories regarding what immediately followed.
Probaly the most authentic is, that WRIGHT and BLACKERTY drew their
weapons about the same time and BLACKERTY fired first missing WRIGHT.
WRIGHT"S first and only shot struck BLACKERTY in the lungs and felled
him to the ground with a death wound. WRIGHT might still have lived had
he not, like many another man, wanted to bend over the form of his
BLACKERTY was upon the ground, almost motionless, with his pistol in his
hand. WRIGHT walked up to him and as he approached, BLACKERTY, with
wonderful vitality, raised up and fired. WRIGHT received the ball in the
lower part of his abdomen and fell backward.
Several friends caught him and started toward the hotel with him. After
they had gone a few yards, some one remarked to him:
"JASE is dead."
"Yes." feebly answered WRIGHT, " and he has killed me.
With this he sank to the ground and expired. The killing naturally
created a great deal of excitment at Junction City. It was the only
occurence which distrubed election day there.
WRIGHT leaves a widow and one child. He married the widow SHERRITT.
BLACKERTY was unmarried. Both men were well known. WRIGHT conducted the
Junction City marble works.
WRIGHT"S funeral was held last Wednesday at the Christian Church in
Junction City, Ky.
ADAIR COUNTY NEWS
NOVEMBER 10, 1897
Typed as published and submitted
By Laura Frost Wright
Stanford has a population of 1,186
Corn gathering is progressing all over kentucky
A fire on Main Street , Louisville, destroyed $60,000 worth of property.
A scoundrel shot and killed two fine mules belonging to TOM FORD,
CARTER T. WALKER, who was a prominent citizen of Boyle County, died last
The turkey crop is short in other states, hence the fowls are higher in
Christ Church cathedral, Louisville celebrated its seventy-fifth
anniversary last Sunday.
Centre College foot ball team was defeated last Saturday by the
University of cincinnati
Mrs. MARY C. WATTS, wife of Judge CHAS. C. WATTS, died at her home in
There are quite a number of candidates already in the field for the
offices to be filled by the legislature.
JOHN N. BRADSHAW, a mill-stone dresser of Louisville, was accidently
shot by a saloon-keeper, JOHN PHELPS at Bardstown Monday.
HENRY S. BANK, a well known young physician of Louisville , was
assaulted and robbed on the streets Monday night by three negroes.
A policeman stands at the corner of First and Chestnut streets.
Louisville to protect girls going to and from school from the insults of
WALTER LESLIE, nephew of the ex.Governor, will have to be again tried
for murder. The court of appeals has reversed the sentence of 21 years
on a technicality. the case went up from Monroe.
CLARENCE HALL, who shot JO DAVIS near the dripping springs, a few weeks
ago, has gotten himself into more trouble. Friday night he shot CHARLEY
ADAMS on the Crab orchard Pike without provacation.
The following letters remained in the Columbia post-office uncalled for:
J.F. BARBEC 1 JOHN GREEN 1
MARY EMBRY 2, MAMIE KING 1
LENA MARVIN 1, J.B. RENDER 1
GONE TO THE PEN
The business of the Metcalf Circuit Court closed last Monday. During the
term the following persons were convicted and sent to the penitentiary:
ALEXANDER STEPHENSON, one year, obtaining money under false pretenses.
ED JEANS, house breaking, two years
PATRICK FORREST, five years, robbery
A good time to clean out your flues
Crokonole parties are becoming fashionable (Anyone know what this was?or
Circuit Court opens at burksville next Monday.
Go to E.T. WILLIS for your cooking and heating stoves.
FRANK SINCLAIR will in a few days remove his stock of goods to the Tutt
CLINT SMITH was elected constable in the columbia precinct, receiving a
Dr. J.N. PAGE has had his dwelling recovered and painted, making it
appear almost new.
The Richmond register says G.E. BLACK sold 200 extra feeding cattle at
sale last week.
There have been twenty some odd dwellings erected at Kimble Russell
County in the past six months.
We learn that Mr. JO HILL, who is now doing business at Horse cave will
return to columbia in the near future.
FRANK SINCLAIR will make you close prices on boots, shoes , hats, caps ,
gloves, jeans, pants, and overalls.
TATE TURPIN has removed from College Street, to the residence " on the
hill" facing the campbellsville Pike owned by Judge GARRETT
C.T. TRIPLETT has removed from the parsonage on Burksville Street to the
dwelling on College Street he recently purchased of Z.M. STAPLES
The following marriage licenses were issued from the Adair county
Clerk"s office during the month of October:
FRANK C. WHEELER to VIC L. SPARKS
J.M. BRAGG to ANNA L. ENGLAND
IRVINE H. BURRESS to ZORA BARNES
ROBT.P. ROWE to LENORA ROBERTSON
I.W. HOLMES to NANCY J. MONDAY
ZEPHOUIS BENNETT to IDA COOMER
CHAS. F. SCOTT to ALICE SNEED
J.L. BURTON to MARY A. BURTON
R.P. JOHNSON to NANCY M. SINCLAIR
GIBONY SHEARER to LUCY LLOYD
C.W. CAMPBELL to VALERIA HARMON
A.J. WRIGHT to LIZZIE HARMON
J.M. BURTON to MARTHA H. POWELL
ERNEST HARDIN to AGGIE WHITE
A.L. WHITE to LAURA TURNER
Rev. B.D. PORTER, of the C.P. Church, has been holding a meeting at
Rev. S.J. THOMPSON will preach art Carmel next Sunday
"UNCLE SOL" TURPEN preached at Egypt last Sunday.
Rev. J. H. BELL. of this county has been appointed to fill the Jamestown
circuit, since the death of Rev. J. W. TABOR
Elder Z.T. WILLIAM will preach at the chrisitian church next Sunday.
Rev. JESSE L. MURRELL. Presiding elder Columbia district, preached last
sunday at GRIDE"S Chapel, Cumberland County.
Rev. JNO S. CRANDALL preached last Sunday at Glenn"s Fork. The
Methodist's are to have revival meetings there beginning this week.
Rev. T.F. WALTON preached last Sunday at EBENEZER, Green County
Rev. C.F. HARTFORD, of Vine Grove Ky preached at the methodist Church in
this city last Sunday.
Rev. E.W. BARNETT has returned from a visit to his parents in Virginia
and will fill his regular appointment at Zion next Sundaay.
Judge R.G. COLE, an old citizen of Cumberland County, died at his late
home, at Amandaville, a few days ago. he was about 78 years old and was
well-known to many people in Adair. He served one term as County Judge
of Cumberland county.
The new municipal board will promptly elect Dr. J.N. PAGE Mayor of the
city, who will take great pride in keeping the town regulated
Dr. G.T. SIMPSON will not remove to Columbia. He has sold the RHORER
property to mr. OSCAR PILE for $1250 AND DECIDED TO LOCATE IN
ELI BAILEY , who killed VY WATKINS was acquited by Judge HANCOCK last
Friday. The public is famalier with the paticulars which led to the
Over sixty thousand dollars has been paid by Adair county stockmen in
the last few months. HUDSON & PAGE alone have paid out over forty
MERRILL TARTER who killed WM. REDMON at Jamestown on the day of the
election, was given an examining trial last friday, and was admitted to
bail in the sum of $500
Miss EFFIE BRADSHAW gave a social last friday night in honor of Miss ADA
MERRITT, of Springfield. It was well attended and the young people
passed the evening very delightfully.
The Adair County News has made its debut and is a creditable sheet in
every way. It will preach democratic doctrine and keep the old county in
line next year. CHARLES S. HARRIS is editor--Interior Journal
The following Adair County gentlemen are in Louisville, serving as
Federal jurors: G. R. AKIN, THOS P. DUNBAR, J.J. BIGGS, M. J. MURRELL.
W.A. GARNETT and A.R. FEESE. They will be absent two weeks from
The following named gentlemen were elected on the 2d inst, to serve as
the municipal board of the town of Columbia for four years, beginning
January 1, 1898: J.N. PAGE, J.O. RUSSELL, D. H BUTLER, W.J. PAGE and
Hunters will begin their fall sport in a few days . The bird law runs
out on the 15th inst. and every Nimrod in the county is anxious to try
his gun. The fields are full of quails, more than have been for years.
Near Montpelier they are numbered by the hundreds.
The shooting of firecrackers upon the public square is very annoying to
many citizens, besides there is danger of setting houses on fire. Those
who engage in the sport mean no harm, but if they would think a moment
they would quit it. Columbia in the last few years has suffered enough
Miss JULIA EUBANK and Mr. SELDON POLLARD entertained a number of people
at Mr. SID BARBER"S Saturday night with piano and violin. Those present
were Misses LILLIE and ANNIE EUBANK, Miss FANNIE POLLARD, Miss RENA and
LILLIE JUDD, Mrs. HELEN CRANDALL, Mr. and Mrs. MORRISON and family , Mr.
It is almost imposible for a newspaper man to gather everything worthy
of mention in a town the size of Columbia, hence we will gladly accept
any information that will lead to a news item, and will take great
pleasure in publishing the same. We want birth"s , death"s, trades,
accidents, killing"s personal mention, etc. Items sent in reflecting
upon personal character will not be accepted.
The successful Democratic candidates and the two who were defeated
desire , through the news, to publicly return thanks to their young
friends. living out of town, who honored them with a seranade on the
night of the third inst. As an evidence that their visit was appreciated
cigars and refreshments were "set up" and speeches made by JAMES
GARNETT, JR. JNO. B COFFEY and others.
Miss SALLIE MONTGOMERY, daughter of Hon. J.F. MONTGOMERY, of this place
will teach a music class, this season, to open in a few weeks. Miss
MONGOMERY is a skilled performer on the piano, and is posessed of a well
-trained voice. After receiving the advantages of the teachers in this
city, she took a course in vocal training at Louisville. Her
qualifications are excellent, and parents who desire to have their
daughters taught the science of music should consult her.
PROF. W. M. JACKSON, PRINCIPAL OF THE CAMPBELLSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL TO WED
This (Thursday) evening at 7 o'clock Prof. W.M. JACKSON , principal of
the Campbellsville high school will lead to the altar Miss LIZZIE
TURNER, second daughter of Mr. JNO. N. TURNER, cashier of the
Campbellsville bank. The Presbyterian church, where the holy rites are
to take place, will be beautifully decorated for the occasion,
Miss TURNER is a young woman of rare accomplishments, well known to many
over the State, and one of the leaders of Campbellsville society. The
intended groom is an excellant young man, and is universally popular
May they live long and sail peacefully down the stream of time is the
wish of the news.
I will on Friday, December 3, 1897 at the law office of GARNETT &
GARNETT in Columbia , Ky receive and hear proof on claims against the
estate of H. J. HENSON, assigned
Assignee of H.J. HENSOB
Mr. E.T. WILLIS is in Louisville on business.
Mr. W.L. WALKER, Sr was at Nell last week.
Mr. MATTEW WOOTEN is in Louisville this week.
Mr. C.H. WEST was in Campbellsville Sunday.
HENRY COLLINS, of Campbellsville , was in town Monday.
Mr. ROLLIN HURT attended the Metcalf Circuit Court.
Mr. FRANK SINCLAIR is in Louisville purchasing goods.Mr. J.B. YATES , of
Tenneessee was in town Tuesday.
Mr. A.G. NORRIS called upon our merchants Tuesday.
Miss NANNIE TRIPLETT has been quite sick for several days.
Miss ZILPHA DUNBAR was in Columbia shopping Tuesday.
Rev. E.W. BARNETT returned Tuesday night from Virginia
Mr. LESLIE POWELL was in Cane valley on business Monday.
Mr. WALTER JOHNSTON was called to Elroy the first of the week.
Mr. JNO. Q. ALEXANDER of Campbellsville was in town Tuesay.
Mr. J.F. NEAT returned from a business trip to Louisville Monday.
Mr. BEN NEAT, of Louisville was here in the interest of his house
Dr. JAMES TRIPLETT, of campbellsville is here on professional business/
Mr. J.W. SWEENEY, of lancaster was in Columbia the firsy ogf the week.
Mr. FINIS BAKER and J.D.SHARP of Amandaville were in town Saturday.
Mr. ABNER JONES and Mr. PEMBROKE ROWE, of Jamestown, were in this city
Mrs. C.H. MURRELL and her daughter KATIE, returned from Jamestown last
Mrs. SAM RICE and Miss LAURA JOHNSTON visited the news office Tuesday.
ELD. Z.T. WILLIAMS left for Cave City Monday morning to assist in a
seris of meetings.
Mr. W. F. ROWE, the well -known traveling saleman, is on a business trip
to New York.
Messrs. V.M. GOWDY and JAMES D. CHEEK, of Campbellsville were in
W.F. JEFFRIES is delivering trees for the Knoxville nursery. Call upon
him for your trees.
Miss LORENA PILE, who is teaching school near Gradyville , spent last
Saturday and Sunday with her parents.
Miss MAY HUNTER, of Camp Nelson who has been visiting the family of W.S.
BARKER, left for her home Tuesday.
Misses CECIL SHREVE and AUGUSTA MONTGOMERY paid their respects to the
news last Saturday afternoon.
Mr. WALTER BOWERS and Miss LIZZIE COZATT, of Parksville , were visiting
the family of R.H. PRICE the first of the week.
Rev. HARTFORD and Mrs. BELLE TABOR were in Columbia last Sunday. In thr
forenoon Mr. HARTFORD filled the pulpit at the Methodist Vhurch.
Mr. BEN PILE a prosperous farmer, of Logan County, returned last Monday
to his hame after several days visit to his parents here.
Miss LOU TODD, who has been visiting relatives and friends in Adair for
some months, left for Florence, Ala on the morning of the 8th. She
subscribed for The News before leaving.
Mrs. D.J. SCHOOLING, of New Market who has been attending the bedside of
her sister, Mrs. G.F. JONES, of jamestown for the past six weeks,
returned to Columbia Sunday, and on Tuesday in company with her husband
, left for marion county.
Mr. WALTER HURT and Miss LIZZIE COZATT, Mr. WALTER BOWERS and Miss IVY
SMITH, Mr. W,F. HANCOCK and Miss LULA ALLEN, Mr. W.E. BRADSHAW and Miss
GRACE BUTLER attended the meeting at Mt. Pleasant Sunday night.
THE PEOPLE SAY
That J.W. BUTLER will make a good county Judge.
That JOHN B. COFFEY is a mixer from away back and will be a painstaking
That SAMUEL H. MITCHELL is the best jailor Adair county ever had and
that he is in for four mor e years.
That JAS. GARNETT, Jr. is an excellent lawyer, and that the affairs of
the county will be watched carefully during his reign as County
That J.W. HURT is a good runner and will make a sheriff, second to none
in the state.
That LEONARD FLETCHER will look after the bodies of those who die
mysteriously and see that they are buried decently.
That R.T. McCAFFREE will continue to carry his "Jacob Staff" and will ,
as he has done in the past, make an accurate Surveyor.
That G.A. BRADSHAW will make a diligent Assessor, and will have his
lists ready for the supervisors in due time.
That JUNIUS HANCOCK takes his defeat cheerfully and will turn over his
books in good shape.
That HECK JUDD moves along as if nothing had happened, and has no
complaint to make of anyone.
That M.M. MARCUM is a good Democrat and bows gracefully to the
inevitable and will not stoop to throw stones at those who opposed him.
That T.R. STULTS will continue to run the county Clerks office in a
That M.E. TARTER will continue to reside at Casey"s creek, but will
attend the Adair circuit Court.
That FRANK MILLER ran a good race but HURT was a little too strong for
That J.P. CONOVER is one of Adair"s best citizens and would have made a
good jailor had he been elected.
That W.D. JONES is a young man of good moral character and is well
qualified for the office of school Superintendent.
That N.W. MILLER is as easy as an old shoe and apparently cares but
little on account of his defeat.
That S.A. HARPER would have made a coroner, but did not get quite enough
That W.S. PICKETT made a good fight for assessor, and was defeated by
only a small majority.
That HALLIE NELL is a sober and industrious young man and would have
made a good officer.
That W.W. JONES is one of the best Circuit Judges in the state, and that
many democrats gave him complimentary votes, he having no oposition.
That N.H. W. AARON is a fine lawywe and will make a dilligent
That Gov. HINDMAN is popular with the people but ran under the wrong
That W.E. MILLER and H.H. COLE will legislate to the best of their
Mr. J.C. DURHAM is building a new residence on his lot he perchased of
Little TOMMIE, the seven year old daughter of J.D. DOHONEY is seriously
Miss MATRA DAMRON, of Purdy is visiting Miss VICTORY JUDD this week.
On last Thursday afternoon, at the residence of Rev. W.S. DUDGEON. Mr.
WM B. PAGE was married to Mis Francis Bamks. Mr. PAGE is a well-to-do
farmer, while his bride is a young lady who has many friends who
congratulate her in doing well.
The people at this place are much pleased with the news.
The mad dog scare is about over
Farmers in this neighborhood are busy gathering corn, and an averafe
crop is reported
R.H. WALKER was at breedings a few days since on business
DAVID KINNAIRD is preparing to erect a new residence.
Rev, JNO. STANTON closed a series of meeting s at mount Pleasant last
"Prof" BANDY is teaching singing at Red Lick Church.
Gov. SPARKS health is improving
C.T. BELL and wife spent last saturday and Sunday at edmonton
F.B. KINNAIRD has been on the sick list for several weeks.
WERE THE TRAGEDIES OF ELECTION DAY
TWENTY MEN KILLED AND MORTALLY WOUNDED
Twenty men were killed or mortally wounded, with a good portion of the
State yet to be heard from, in the election fights of Tuesday. it was
one of the bloodiest days in the history of the State.
Frankfort led off with five killed and mortally wounded in two terrific
street battles, one of which was a continuation of the other. Monday
night, the Republicans and single -standard Democrats discovered that
the silver Democrats were hiring negroes to remain away from the polls
on Tuesday. by sending them to a bull-pen near town. The Republicans and
single-standard Democrats there upon sent out a force of armed men to
stop the work. This party led by FRANK EGBERT, a desperado and a bad man
generally. In the edge of town, they met two wagons which were returning
from conveying a lot of negroes to the bull-pen. The two wagons were
driving rapidly when a man armed with a winchester rifle, ordered them
to halt. As both wagons moved on, they were fired into by the party led
by EGBERT, HOWARD GORE was killed outright, driver JOHN SMITH was shot
in both legs, one of which has since been amputated. He will die.
CHARLES GRAHAM, colored, the other driver, was shot in the right lung.
Warrants were sworn out for EGBERT and those supposed to have been with
him, and about 4 in the afternoon, Deputy Sheriff DEAKINS and six other
deputies met EGBERT and his cousin , WALTER GOINS, on Main Street. When
DEAKINS informed EGBERT that he had a warrant for him, he was answered
by a shot in the abdomen, but returned the fire before he fell. EGBERT
fell dead, GOINS was shot in the foot and leg, and was taken to jail.
DEAKINS lived four hours.
At Crooked Creek, Rockcastle county, CHESLY PAYNE, JOHN LAWRENCE,and
HENRY LONFIELD were killed while resisting a Sheriff"s posse.
In Lexington, ROBERT DUGAN was shot four times by WM . McNAMARA.
In Paducah , JESSE PATTON and K BEAGLES fought and both died.
In Junction City, J.C. WRIGHT and JASE BLACKERTY shot each other to
In Sulphur Springs, Ohio County LEWIS FRANKLIN was killed by FRANK
In Jamestown, Russell County, MERRILL TARTER cut WILLIAM REDMON"S throat
killing him instantly.
In WhiteLick, Garrard County, THOS. GREENUP shot and mortally wounded
In Louisville , three men were killed.