Kentucky Obituaries - Adair County News - Feb 13, 1918


Miss Esther Dean, who visited Miss Liilie Judd, some weeks ago, was recently bereft of her father, who died suddenly in Indiana.   She also had two brothers who entered the army, and one of them recently died.


We desire to express our sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Dunbar, of Rowena, Russell county, whose son, Earl, who was a member of Company C, 336th Infantry, who died at the base hospital, Camp Zachary Taylor, last Thursday morning.   He was a victim of lobar pneumonia and was 23 years old.


Francis R. Caldwell, of Campbellsville, and Carl R. Overstreet were on the ill-fated ship, Tuscania which was sunk last week by a German submarine.   The last report is that one hundred and one United States Soldiers were lost.   It is hoped that the two boys mentioned were among the saved.   The mother of Francis Caldwell, before her marriage, was Miss Annie Read, of Columbia.   Carl Overstreet was a former student in Lindsay-Wilson school, and his home was Bradfordsville.   Later. - Frances Caldwell wires his brother, Reed, who lives in Campbellsville, that he is among the saved.


Died at Coburg.

Mrs. Alice Davis, who was the wife of Mr. Hop Davis, died at Coburg, this county, Tuesday of last week.   The deceased was about fifty years old, a consistent member of the Methodist Church, and was a sister of the late J. J. Biggs, who was well-known about Columbia.   The burial was at Mt. Carmel and it was largely attended.


Death of An Old Lady.

Last Wednesday night Mrs. Susan Bryant, who was the widow of James Clayton Bryant, died at her home, in the Ozark section.   She was 79 years and a few months old.   Many years ago she confessed her Savior, united with the Christian Church and lived a consistent member until death.   The funeral services were conducted Friday, at the home, many relatives and friends being present.   Eld. F. J. Barger, of this place officiated, and he paid a fitting tribute to the life and character of the deceased.


DOUBLE KILLING AT CAMPBELLSVILLE.

Tom Turner and Dan Hatcher Shoot Each Other to Death Last Saturday Night.

BOTH WELL-KNOWN IN COLUMBIA.

Campbellsville was thrown into a state of great excitement last Saturday night, between nine and ten o'clock, when the news spread over tne city that Tom Turner and Dan Hatcher had shot each other to death in the Mannsville Telephone office.   People rushed to the office by the hundreds to learn that the report was true.

It is impossible to give a correct statement at a distance of twenty miles, but we give the report as we have gathered it from parties who were in Campbellsville at the time the killing occurred.

Dan Hatcher was the proprietor of Gent's furnishing store, opposite the Mannsville Exchange.   Tom Turner's daughter operated the Exchange.   It is said that Hatcher was drinking and that he went up into the exchange, and that while there Miss Turner became offended and called her father.   He came from his home, at once, entered the exchange and the firing commenced.   It is a supposition as to which one fired first, but the revolvers of each were emptied.   Both men were dead or dying when friends reached the room and neither one was heard to speak.

Turner was the Ellsor for Taylor county for several years, but some months ago he resigned the position, and at the November election he was elected Coroner of the county, but on account of declining health, he refused to qualify.   He was known to be a quiet but a very determined man.   He was about forty four years old and was a son of Dr. Turner, who, in his lifetime, lived on the Lebanon pike, about nine miles from Campbellsville.   He leaves a wife and five children.

Dan Hatcher was a son of Mrs. Bettie Hatcher, whose husband, Mr. Junius Hatcher, was born and reared in Adair county, being a son of Joshua Hatcher, who lived four miles from Columbia, on the Greensburg road.   He was most generally in a genial frame of mind and was liked by the community.   He vas about thirty years old and leaves a young wife to whom he was married about one year ago.

Much sorrow is felt and expressed at Campbellsville, as both men were popular and well connected.

The two men were buried last Monday in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends.

The verdict of the Coronet's jury was that they died from pistol shot wounds fired by each at the other.   Turner was shot four times and Hatcher once.   Turner fired first, and before he died he beat Hatcher over the head with his revolver.

Source: Adair County News (Columbia, Kentucky), Feb 13, 1918, page 1, columns 2, 3 and 6