Bloomington (IN) Telephone
October 19, 1897
A LAWRENCE COUNTY MURDER
William Pierce, a young man residing in Lawrence County near Springville, was shot and instantly killed Friday by a man named Rouch. The trouble occurred at Mall Ride Church and was the result of a former quarrel. A young brohter of Pierce was also shot and, perhaps, mortally wounded. Before midnight Rouch rode to Bedford and surrendered. Rouch states that he was assaulted by the young Pierce who struck him with a club. He said the other brother then slashed him across the face with a knife when he shot him down. The Pierce boys are sons of Leo Pierce, a well known farmer. Neither of the boys are over 20.
Bedford Democrat: "A message was received here Friday night from Galveston, Texas announcing the death in that city of Robert Newland, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Newland, who lives south of town. Mr. Newland was 28 years of age and was agent for the American Express Company in Galveston. None of his relatives here knew that he was sick, and while the message gave no information other than that he was dead, it is supposed he died of yellow fever. Mr. Newland is a brother of John and Miss Cora Newland, of this city, and Mrs. S. W. Holmes of Mitchell."
Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.