Sunday, October 10, 2010

In the News - Caldwell County, Kentucky 1888

News of smaller communities was often reported in the newspaper of a nearby large town. The following news items were originally published in the Princeton Banner [Caldwell County, Kentucky]of 14 January 1888 and reprinted  in the Paducah Daily News of Monday, 16 January 1888.

Rev. A.E. Debo, of the Farmersville neighborhood, died last night from the effect of a paralytic stroke received some time since.

The Harmony neighborhood was shocked last week by the tragic death of Mrs. Frank Ladd of that community. In returning from a spring Mrs. Ladd had occasion to pass near where her son and a Mr. Baily were cutting a tree, when near them the tree started to fall. Mrs. Ladd ran to get out of the way, but misunderstanding the direction given by the men, went the wrong way and was struck by the falling tree and killed almost instantly.

The trial of Jim Gatewood at Eddyville last week resulted in a hung jury. Gatewood was released under bond of $3,000. Gatewood , it will be remembered, is the man who killed W.J. Bigwood in Lyon County about a year ago, and who was kept a prisoner here in Caldwell County jail until the recent term of the Lyon circuit court convened a few weeks ago.

Last Monday night "Uncle Tommy" Lighton, a well known character among railroaders and a track walker for the N.N. & M.V. railroad, who was accustomed to taking his whiskey at all hours both day and night, got up at a late hour for his usual midnight "pull" at his bottle. He made the mistake of getting hold of a pint bottle containing diluted carbolic acid. A long and vigorous "pull" at the contents was made before "Uncle Tommy" was made aware of his mistake. His sufferings were frightful. Medical assistance was immediately called in. "Uncle Tommy" is much improved and getting on as well as can be expected. His condition is yet considered critical and his fiery draught may yet prove the last and fatal one for him.

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