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Roswell Riley
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1832
Lucas County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 8, 1885
Woodbury County
Iowa, USA

Husband of Juliana Priscilla Watkins

Sioux Valley News, 9 August 1885, page 1:

Another act was played Thursday in the squatter war between D.D. Stephens and F.E. Switzer on one hand and E. Atkins and a Mr. Riley on the other. The following is a history of the affair as nearly as can be learned: Last Spring Stephens and Switzer squatted on an 80 near Wolf Dale and broke and put into flax a portion of it. They then left and went up to Kingsley. When they had gone, Aikens, who lives on an adjoining tract, jumped their claim and put in a crop of wheat on the same ground with the flax. There was litigation but it came to naught. Atkins' wheat choked out the flax, grew and waxed strong, ripened and was harvested. The other gentlemen thought if they could not get flax, wheat might possibly do; so when Atkins was gone to the city Thursday, moved a thrashing machine on the disputed ground and proceeded to secure the grain. At this stage of the game, Riley, Atkins' brother-in-law, came down upon the thrashers with a shot gun and fired at the crowd, doing no damage but wounding a horse or two slightly. At the same instant Riley fired he received a revolver shot in the abdomen, the two shots being fired so closely together that only one report was heard. Who fired the revolver is the query, as none of the men at work pretended to know anything about it. We did not learn how serious the wound is. There will be further developments.

Sioux Valley News, 11 August 1885, page 1:

The man Riley, who got shot over in Arlington in the squatter's rebellion, is reported to have since died, and to have been buried Sunday. Who fired the fatal shot is still a mystery. Immediately after the shooting a couple of doctors were summoned from Kingsley but nothing could be done for the wounded man. The coroner, Dr. Clingan, was sent for, who held an inquest on the remains, but there was no explanation given concerning the mysterious shot. The coroner got the stories of both sides and is supposed to have obtained some good evidence, for upon his return to the city, warrants were issued for Switzer, Irish, and four or five others, who were taken to the city. Our informant states that Mr. Riley certainly had no intention to kill anybody, and advances the theory that the involuntary contraction of the muscles caused his part of the shooting. Mr. Atkins was at Sioux City and when Switzer and the others came to haul the grain away from the house to where the thresher stood, the women went out to try to get them to go away. Then the champions of squatter sovereignty got after the women with a pitchfork. Mr. Riley told them that if they hurt the women he would shoot. The shot from the gun went to one side of the pitchforks and women and one shot lodged in the neck of a mule which was hitched to the wagon. One of the men showed the women his revolver in order to convince them that the loads were all there, and some one else must have done the shooting. Irish was on the wagon and thought Riley meant to shoot him, so he got out a warrant for his arrest. 
Family links: 
  Julianna P Watkins Riley/Cox (1837 - ____)*
  George W Riley (1855 - 1927)*
  Minnie Belle Riley Peer (1867 - 1924)*
  Arthur Scott Riley (1877 - 1976)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairfield Cemetery
Woodbury County
Iowa, USA
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Record added: Apr 19, 2008
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