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James E Litteral
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Birth: May 18, 1887
Greenup County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jun. 20, 1930
Athens
Athens County
Ohio, USA

MURDERER OF YORK MINER IS EXECUTED
LITTERAL WAS SMILING AS HE FACED DEATH
RESIGNS SELF TO FATE AFTER ALL PLEAS FAIL
James Litteral First Athens County Man to Meet Death for Crime

James E. Litteral, 43, murderer of Harry Green, Kimberly, World War veteran and miner, smilingly resigned himself to his fate of death in the electric chair at the Ohio State Penitentiary, Columbus, Friday night, and after shaking hands with all witnesses in the prison, was electrocuted.

Thirty minutes before he died, Litteral was baptized by immersion in the prison chapel by the Rev. Willis Stump, pastor of a Columbus Pentecostal Church, and made a member of the pastor's church. Litteral was the first man to be sentenced in the Athens County common Pleas Court to death by execution.

Litteral entered the death chamber shortly after 9 o'clock. His request to be permitted to shake hands with all the witnesses was granted by Warden P.E. Thomas. To each of the witnesses he said "God bless you." He then seated himself in the death chair and before the electric current was turned on, he said, "Lord have mercy." The first charge was applied at 9:03 o'clock, another a minute later, and at 9:10 o'clock, Litteral was pronounced dead by an attending physician.

Hundreds of persons viewed the body Saturday after it was brought to the mortuary of C.L. Stout, Nelsonville, where simple funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Litteral, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Litteral, living in Snake Hollow, near Nelsonville, was born in Greenup County, Ky. He never attended public schools, except for two or three months when he was six years old. When 17 years old he was married to Hulda Keltey. In Kentucky he labored in clay mines and in forests as a lumberman. He then went to Michigan, where he worked in various factories, later coming to Nelsonville, where he spent several years working in the Snake Hollow Mine. Nine years ago, he and his family moved to Baker, Ore., where he was employed as a lumberman and a washer in gold mines. It was while visiting with relatives here early last fall that he planned the murder of Green.

FATHER WAS TWELFTH MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY TO ANSWER DEATH CALL
When James E. Litteral was electrocuted Friday night at the Ohio Penitentiary for the murder of Harry Green, Kimberly, death made its twelfth visit to his family. Eleven of Litteral's children are dead. A son, James Jr., born while he was in the state prison, died about two months ago.

Suffering with a cancerous growth in a hospital at Baker, Ore., Mrs. Litteral is expected to live only a few months. She had planned to visit her husband shortly before the execution, but was prevented by her illness.
--The Sunday Messenger
Athens, Ohio
Sunday June 22, 1930
By C.H. Bartlett, Messenger Staff Correspondent and Witness to Litteral Execution

Occupation was listed as a lumberman on death certificate.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Sanford Litteral (1862 - 1942)
  Matilda Jane Rice Litteral (1865 - 1946)
 
 Spouse:
  Muhulda Hulda Keltey Litteral (1877 - 1939)*
 
 Children:
  Arthur R Litteral (1916 - 1972)*
  Leonard Elmer Litteral (1919 - 1998)*
 
 Siblings:
  James E Litteral (1887 - 1930)
  Henry Sanford Litteral (1897 - 1979)*
  Cinderilla Litteral Weekly (1901 - 1996)*
  Charlie Litteral (1906 - 1935)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenlawn Cemetery
Nelsonville
Athens County
Ohio, USA
 
Maintained by: Dave
Originally Created by: Katie
Record added: Oct 27, 2010
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James E Litteral
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My Grand uncle James I wish you peace.
- Steve McClary (Litteral)
 Added: Mar. 19, 2015

- Lucile Phares/Alders Cobb
 Added: Sep. 3, 2013

- Rita Osborne
 Added: Aug. 28, 2013
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