Sunday, September 15, 2013

Witness to a Shooting

Looking south toward Stamping Ground
In a previous blog I wrote about a "Double Murder in Stamping Ground".  A shooting that took place on September 18, 1899.  A shooting that left both my Great-Grandfather, Tom Southworth, and Sheriff Charles Duke of Stamping Ground dead.

Tonight's blog will give some of the witness's accounts to the shooting on that night in September and there are modern day photos that correspond to the witness accounts.

Approximate spot of Ollie Jameson's store
Witness Ollie Jameson stated "I heard shots and went to where the shooting took place.  I saw both Duke and Tom Southworth lying on the ground.  Southworth was dead.  Duke was still breathing.  The shooting occurred below my store about the little branch.  There were about 5 shots.  It was about 6:30."  Jameson's store is where the current Baker Pharmacy stands.

Witness William H. Green stated" I was in the drugstore heard someone calling for "Oh Duke."  There were two in the buggy.  I didn't know who they were.  There was an interval between the first shots and the last one or two."
Looking from area of shooting toward the Distillery
Witness Mr. Wilkerson stated " I was in the store and heard shooting.  I heard hollering for Duke before.  Several shots and then an interval and then one other.  There was no other hollering.  It was between 7 and 8 o'clock, I guess."

Witness Deputy Marshall Darnell stated "I think there were some other buggies there when I got there.  Young Luther Southworth was at his father's head.  He was crying."

Little Branch - Looking north. Approximate area of shooting 

From the accounts above,  Tom Southworth's son, Luther Southworth was both a witness of the shooting and a suspect of who shot Sheriff Duke.  They will bury my Great-Grandfather a couple of days later in the Beechwood Cemetery in Owen County.  At Tom Southworth's funeral, his son Luther will be arrested for murder.  My next blog in this series  will highlight what will happen to Luther Southworth at trial.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cardinal Hustle Against Hunger

Cardinal Hustle Against Hunger

After the great success of the Finley 5K, I would like to invite you to join us for another great cause.  The Cardinal Hustle Against Hunger is a great opportunity to fellowship with others while helping a great cause.  
Join us for our 2nd Annual 5k Run/Walk to raise funds for the Backpack program at Scott County High School, Ninth Grade School, and Cardinal Academy!  The event will take place on September 21, 2013 at 8:00 in downtown Georgetown, Ky.  
Many of the students on the Scott County High School, Ninth Grade School, and Cardinal Academy campus have little to eat and often depend on school meals as their main source of nourishment. In efforts to ensure these students have a steady diet outside of school, the schools began a “backpack” food program that allows for a number of students to receive nutritious food donations weekly. Each Friday we provide a backpack to take home stocked with food for each student.

For more information you can contact Carol Wilson at (502) 863-4057.  

We are also accepting Race Day Registration $25.00 adults/ $15.00 students

For more information and to register for the Cardinal Hustle Against Hunger click on the link below:

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Finley 5 K - Race for SIDS Awareness

Balloon Release

I learned tonight that 4500 children die annually from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome but I also learned that with a little help from your friends you can have a 5K that transcends a running event.

 Nearly 1000 friends met at Georgetown College to not just to participate in a race and to raise awareness about SIDS but it gave each one of us a chance to share our love for a special family.

I am truly blessed to work in Scott County and tonight as I ran, I saw a thousand or so of those blessings.

 I want to thank the organizers and all the volunteers that staged a great race that was top notch.  Stacie Wilson and Samantha Eddington you did a fantastic job of putting all of this together.   When a tragedy happens, we all need an avenue to help and this race gave so many of us that avenue.

 I want to commend the Ellison family for the courageous words they said before the race.  You spoke your heart to hundreds of people and this can be so hard.

The Howatts
Instead of words, the rest of tonight's blog will be pictures of our friends. You can click on any picture to enlarge.  A special thanks to my wife Beth for the great shots.  She has a real talent of capturing an event with pictures.

Thanks to all that participated - it was a wonderful night.

Halfway done
Always smiling

No excuses 

It was HOT

Looking for Andrew

JPC and Robert
Great Teachers
Big "I"