1908 Barn Burning Investigated

(06/28/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/3/1908.

Barn and Horses Burned

One night last week the barn and all the grain, three fine horses and harness, of J.G. West, on the waters of Trace Fork, was destroyed by fire.  This was undoubtedly set on fire by someone, as there was no other way in which it could have started.  This is among the worst crimes that could have been committed.  Officers are working on the case and no doubt will bring the guilty one to time.

Everyone sympathizes very much with Mr. West, and no one can figure out why such a deed would be done to him, as he is well liked by all his neighbors.