MOMENTS IN TIME: Constable Creed Brooks Beer Bottle Fight 1901

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/8/1901.

Creed Requests Clarification

We are requested by Constable W.C. Brooks to say that he was not intoxicated when the altercation between himself and Murry occurred a few days ago, as has been reported. He says earlier in the evening he had Murry under arrest, but released him upon the promise of his friends to see after him. He was taken to a room, and about midnight Brooks went into the room for some purpose, and Murry attacked him, one of his friends holding the door shut. He warded off the blows as best he could, until Murry attempted to hit him with an empty beer bottle. He then struck him with a beer bottle laying him out for some time. All of which, he says, he did in self defense.