|Death: ||Aug. 17, 1930|
The Daily Inter Lake
Sunday, August 18, 1930
TWO KILLED IN GUN FIGHT NEAR KILA
Dan D. Duncan Admits Having Fired Shots, And Gives Himself Up
Argument over possession of cowhide robe results in deaths of Bud Neas and Russell Austin and serious injury to Gus Austin. Shooting occurred near Sedan Lake.
As the result of a quarrel over a cowhide robe, Bud Neas and Russell Austin are dead, Gus Austin is in the hospital with serious injuries caused by being beaten over the head with a gun, and Dan D. (Dogy) Duncan is in jail, having given himself up to the sheriff for having caused the deaths of the two men.
From what officials have so far learned, one of the Austins claimed Dan S. Duncan, father of Dogy Duncan, had given him the robe some months ago. This was disputed by Dogy Duncan; the argument starting at the Charles Stopher place on the south side of Sedan Lake yesterday afternoon. About 5 o'clock Gus and Russell Austin and Neas drove to the home of Dan S. Duncan, where the shooting occurred.
Details Not Definitely Known
Just what happened is not definitely known, but it is said that the argument was renewed in which Dogy Duncan was badly beaten by some of the party, after which he went into the house, secured the gun, a .32 caliber Winchester carbine, and shot Neas, who stood beside the car in the road. The two Austins, who were in the car, got out when the shooting started, and Russell Austin was shot as he tried to escape and died in the hospital at 11 o'clock last night without making any statement to the officers. There were but two shells in the gun, and Duncan then struck Gus Austin over the head with such force as to break the gun in two. Gus Austin is also in the hospital, and it is said that he has a chance for recovery.
The only eye witness of the affair was Wilbur Tuttley, a nephew of Duncan's who it is said ran into the woods when the shooting started.
Neas lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Al Neas near the bridge over Ashley creek at the head of the lake, and it is said that his mother heard the shots and ran over to the Duncan place, arriving there before her son expired.
Russell Austin is a nephew of Gus Austin and lives in Somers.
Gus Austin is a traveling salesman for a Salt Lake City clothing firm, but at the present time was making his home with his brother, J. B. Austin at Kila.
Sheriff Ripke says that Neas was dead when he arrived about 5:30. Dr. F. D. Ross was called, and removed the two injured men to the hospital. Coroner Campbell was notified and removed the body of Neas to the Campbell & Waggener mortuary, where it was found that the bullet entered his right side about two inches above the hip, and lodged in the left breast near the heart.
The body of Austin was removed to Sherman & Son's, where it is said that the bullet entered near the spine and came out on the right side.
Neas was a lad about 18, Russell Austin 27, and Gus Austin about 50. Russell Austin's wife, it is said, is a niece of Duncan's.
An inquest will be held by Coroner Campbell at 4 o'clock this afternoon.
The Havre Daily News
Tuesday, August 19, 1930
DOUBLE MURDER ENDS ARGUMENT
Kalispell, Aug. 18 - Argument over possession of a cowhide robe resulted in the death, yesterday, of Bud Neas and Russell Austin, and the serious injury of Gus Austin at Sedan Lake, 10 miles west of here.
Dan D. Duncan admitted the shooting and gave himself up to the sheriff.
Gus Austin claimed Duncan's father had given him the robe. Duncan disputed the statement and a fight took place in which Duncan was badly beaten.
Duncan then ran into his father's house and got a rifle. He shot Neas, he explained to the sheriff, as Neas stood beside Austin's car in the road. Both the Austins got out of the car and Russell Austin was shot in the back.
There were only two shells in the gun and Duncan then beat Gus Austin over the head, breaking the weapon in two.
Neas died within a few minutes and Russell Austin lived a few hours.
Neas is 18 years old; Russell Austin 27; Gus Austin 50. Gus Austin is an uncle of Russell.
An inquest has been called for 4 o'clock this afternoon.
Albert Neas (1869 - 1947)
Ruth E. Neas (1883 - 1967)
Howard Peter Neas (1904 - 1987)*
Bud Burnette Neas (1911 - 1930)
Florence Neas Boorman Tommerup (1918 - 2010)*
Conrad Memorial Cemetery
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Record added: Jan 09, 2007
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