|Death: ||Oct. 19, 1888|
Newport Hoosier State
Wednesday, October 24, 1888
Last Friday, a crowd gathered to hear the issues of the day from the Democratic standpoint. Among the crowd from Dana were John McRoberts, Bob Norris, and Harry Aikman, who seemed to hold a grudge against Billy Richardson and Frank Lamb of this place. They claim that Richardson and Lamb imposed on a brother, aged 13, of McRoberts while returning from Indianapolis some weeks ago. A fight ensued, and Richardson pulled out a gun and fired 4 or 5 shots, which resulted in the death of Harry Aikman.
Harry Aikman was taken to M.G. Rhoads' office, where Coroner Brindley held an inquest on Saturday morning. Immediately after the tragedy, Sheriff Darby arrested young Richardson and locked him in jail. In the afternoon of the same day, the remains of Aikman were shipped to Clinton, where his widowed mother resides, and from there taken to Bono, Helt Township, on Sunday and a funeral discourse was preached by Rev. Hook, a Presbyterian minister. It is said to be the largest funeral gathering ever witnessed in that township.
Harry Aikman was the bass drummer of the Dana band that played here on Friday. He was 23 or 24 years of age. He was the son of John B. Aikman, deceased several years ago, who was well known by many of our citizens. Harry Aikman was the only son of a widowed mother, who depended upon him in part for her support. He was a pleasant young man when not under the influence of liquor. His death is a terrible blow to the mother.
John B. Aikman (1834 - 1878)
Adeline Jenks Aikman (1833 - 1917)
Edgar P. Aikman (1858 - 1881)*
Harry Aikman (1863 - 1888)
Harriet M. Aikman Truitt (1864 - 1930)*
Clare Aikman Jordan (1870 - 1911)*
Bono (Vermillion County)
Created by: Carolyn Schwab
Record added: Jun 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71941468
Bob & Nancy Cannon
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