Fight Results in Knife Wounds in 1909


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer for microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/2/1909.

Frank Stalnaker and Newt Jarvis engaged in a desperate fight at the home of Dave Stalnaker on Beech Fork last Sunday, and as a result Stalnaker is lying at his home with several ugly knife wounds in his face and breast, and although the wounds inflicted are of a very serious nature it is believed that he will recover.  Details of the affair are very meager, and as far as we have been able to ascertain the facts are as follows: Jarvis and Stalnaker with some other young men had been drinking and were in a semi-intoxicated condition and were apparently the best of friends, when suddenly they quarreled and the fight started.  We have not been able to learn who was the aggressor or what was the immediate cause of the trouble.  In the melee that followed Jarvis is alleged to have used his knife with telling effect on his antagonist.  The first reports that reached this place were that both the combatants were badly carved up, but later reports say that while Stalnaker is suffering from several severe wounds, Jarvis escaped with only a few bruises about the head and face.

A young man named Stalnaker a brother of Frank's, was reported to have been cut and badly used up while separating the participants in the fight, but this report has not been verified.

So far as we have been able to ascertain no arrests have yet been made.