|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 9/28/1909.
Murder at Rocksdale
The first of last week at a rowdy dance at the home of one Dick Church
near Rockdale, Job Ward sometimes known as Job Starcher, was stabbed and
fatally wounded, death resulting from the wound Friday.
There are several versions of the affair, one of the most credited being
as follows: A drunken fight started while the dance was in progress several
parties taking part in it. When the fight was over Ward was left
lying at the roadside with a severe knife wound in his abdomen, the crowd
participating in it, not taking the trouble to ascertain the extended his
injuries, cursed him and left him alone in the night, wounded unto death.
He regained consciousness after a while and crawled a long ways to the
home of Al Stump, where medical aid was summoned and everything possible
was done for him but it was already too late, and death relieved him Friday.
Some five or six of the participants were arrested and tried before Squire
Gough at Richardson and fined $5 for disorderly conduct and discharged.
The man who did the cutting, Howard Lang, by name, has departed for parts
unknown. A very bad state of affairs exist in that neighborhood and
it is hoped that sufficient punishment may be meted out to the guilty parties
to teach them a lesson.