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Lavana Ethel Webb Todd
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Birth: Jan. 6, 1891
Stone County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Apr. 12, 1910
Barry County
Missouri, USA

Cassville Republican, April 14, 1910 Thursday- April 21, 1910

Tuesday forenoon between the hours of eleven and twelve o'clock Homer Todd fired two shots into the body of his wife then cut her throat with a razor.
He then turned the revolver and shot himself three times in the head.
The tragedy occurred in West Monett neaar the junction of Myrtle St and entered the home of Homer Todd's uncle, Geo Bowman and after remaining there fifteen or twenty minutes they left the house and seemed to be talking earnestly. Mrs Todd had her arm about the waist of her husband most of the time. After walking a half block they and after some words, Todd drew a revolver and fired two shots and then threw the woman to the ground and cut her throat. Johnson was a block away but could see all that took place.
After the cutting Todd shook the blood from his hand picked up the gun and started to run back the way they had come.
After running half a block he stopped, turned the weapon on himself and fired three bullets into his head. He then ran for a short distance and fell on the road.
Mrs. Todd died almost instantly but Todd was carried to the home of Geo. Bowman where in an unconscious state he was placed on a couch and a physician summoned.
After leaving Bowman's house and walking a short distance with his wife, Todd returned and it is supposed that he then secured Bowman's revolver with which the shooting was done.
Mrs W.M. Shunk heard the shots and ran out of her home. She saw the struggle and saw the revolver knocked out of Todd's hand. Mrs. Todd made a desperate struggle for her life but was thrown to the ground and her throat cut with a razor. Mrs. Shunk's story corroborates that of Joe Johnson.
Officer E.H. Ennis and Justice D.N. Jewett arrived on the scene and impaneled a jury after Coroner Miller took charge of the body.
Mr and Mrs Todd had been married for two years but of late had lived unhappily together. For the past few weeks Mrs Todd had been living with Mr and Mrs A. E. Burkhart northeast of Monett and came to town with them Tuesday morning in answer to a telephone message from her husband.
Mr Todd had been working in Springfield and came to Monett Saturday night. He went to the Burkhart's Sunday and had along talk with his wife. Mrs Todd told Mrs Burkhart she was afraid of her husband. They met and had some conversation on Broadway and then Mr and Mrs Burkhart lost track of them. Why they went over to Bowman's is not known.
The body of Mrs Todd was taken to the home of E.E. Eagle on Marshall Hill, there to await the arrival of her parents, Mr and Mrs James Webb, who reside on Flat Creek.
This is another death resulting from interference in the family relation. Mr Todd gave one of our citizens, a few weeks ago, and hour in which to leave the city and these troubles weighted upon his mind is undoubtedly what caused the terrible deed to be performed.
Those who knew Mr Todd say that he was an exemplary young man, quiet and studious and not addicted to drinking or other bad habits. Monett Times.
Phone messages from Monett Wednesday noon say that Todd is yet alive but the physicians say he cannot recover. 
Family links: 
  James A Webb (1869 - 1937)
  Mary E Oxford Webb (1867 - 1931)
  George Homer Todd (1881 - 1910)*
*Calculated relationship
Sparks Cemetery
Star City
Barry County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Beverly Oxford-Maner
Record added: Apr 04, 2011
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Lavana Ethel <i>Webb</i> Todd
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Lavana Ethel <i>Webb</i> Todd
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