From the Monday, September 28, 1942 Princeton, Indiana newspaper:

Authorities are continuing an investigation of the death of Sam HUNT, 50, Patoka, and Mrs. Goldie Milam, 32, Mt. Carmel, ILL.; victims of a .32 automatic revolver, firing steel jacket bullets, last night at HUNT's cottage at Patoka.

Coroner Roy Smith, who with Sheriff Calvin (Cap) Cary and Deputy Sheriff Earl Kennedy, made an investigation last night, said that HUNT shot and killed Mrs. Milam then killed himself with the revolver.

HUNT is separated from his wife, Effie. Mrs. Milam is also said to be estranged from her husband, Albert Milam, now of Vincennes.

Notes found by Sheriff Cary have been turned over to Coroner Smith. Mrs. Milam was shot through the side and HUNT shot himself just above his right ear, the bullet going through his head.

When the authorities arrived at the cottage, they found the bodies in a pool of blood on the floor of the house.

Sheriff Cary said that at 7:15 o'clock last night, Bill Decker and Roy Morrison, both of Patoka, came to the county jail and told him that HUNT had killed Mrs. Milam. The sheriff said that Decker and Morrison told him that while they were in the HUNT residence, HUNT, in an intoxicated condition, had told Mrs. Milam "I'd shoot you for 35 cents." HUNT went into another room and obtained the gun. Mrs. Milam threw some money on a table, HUNT pointed the gun at her, then in the presence of Decker and Morrison, shot the woman through the side, the sheriff said. Decker and Morrison thought HUNT and Mrs. Milan ____ _____ mood, the sheriff said they told him.

According to the sheriff, Decker and Morrison told HUNT they were going to obtain the sheriff. When the two men, with Sheriff Cary and Deputy Kennedy, arrived at the scene, HUNT was likewise dead, having shot himself in the head with the 25 minutes space of time between death of Mrs. Milam and arrival of the officers and two men at the house.

Frank Wilkins and Mrs. Lawrence Jones, neighbors, went to the HUNT house after the shots were fired. Marshall John WILSON, of Patoka, was notified.

HUNT listed as a laborer, was also know for a number of years as a fisherman, hunter and trapper. He was a lifelong Gibson county resident. Mrs. Milam is said to have visited him numerous times during the past few months.

Funeral services for HUNT will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Pfohl Funeral home, in this city, with burial in Patoka cemetery. The remains are at Pfohl's until the funeral hour, where friends may call.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Glendale Moore, Johnson City, Tenn.; four brothers, John and Jesse HUNT, near Princeton; Arthur HUNT, Albion, ILL., Robert HUNT, Mt. Carmel, ILL.; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Montgomery, Mt. Carmel and Mrs. Goldie ALDRIDGE, Harrisburg, ILL.

The remains of Mrs. Milam were brought here to the Colvin & Son Funeral home last night and were taken this afternoon to the Roy D. Short Funeral home at Mt. Carmel.

Surviving, besides the husband, Albert of Vincennes, are her mother, Mrs. Bertha ARNOLD, Mt. Carmel; four brothers: Charles and Herschell Moore, Mt. Carmel; George Moore, Vincennes, and Bryant Moore, Springfield, ILL.; a sister, Hortense ARNOLD, Paxton, ILL.

Per record of death, Samuel Thornton HUNT died September 27, 1942 at 7:30 p.m. At his residence in Gibson County Indiana. He was 50 years old, white male, and divorced. Primary cause of death was gunshot wound in the head. Roy C. Smith of Oakland City was the Coroner. Sam was buried in Oak Hill cemetery, Patoka, IN. Date of burial was September 28, 1942 and the funeral director was Russell Phofl (spelling) at Princeton, IN. His date of birth was given as December 25, 1891 and occupation as Laborer. His parents were Geo. HUNT, birthplace KY. Informant was Robert HUNT of Albion, IL and his mother's maiden name was Clara ANDERSON and her birthplace was KY.

Robert HUNT of Albion, IL made the statement (pertaining to his parentage, etc.)

Recorded locally in book No. H-44 Page No 112 Filed 10/5/1942


Per Jean WILSON, at one time Sam lived at Mt. Carmel, IL on the Dam.

In the Gibson Co., IN marriages, on page 144 there is a listing for Samuel HUNT, married May 25, 1918 son of Geo Henry HUNT & Clara Cateller registered in Book H-9, Page 35.

Sam lived in Patoka on West Mill Street. (Note the obituary said he was separated from his wife and his record of death said he was divorced)

Above contributed by Janet (Elliott) Douglas, 1 Jun 2011