|Birth: ||Jun. 5, 1863|
|Death: ||May 27, 1907|
Van Smith Kills Wm. Bartley a Half Brother.
Glasgow Junction was the scene of a most horrible killing Sunday about three o’clock in the afternoon. Van Smith shot and killed Wm. Bartley, seemingly without provocation. From the best information we are able to obtain, the two men have not been on good terms for sometime. They were sons of Mrs. Nathan Smith, of the Junction, who died about a year ago, and both had families and homes in the village.
Sunday afternoon, it is said that Bartley went over to the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Buck Poynter and that Smith was standing at the front gate. After Bartley had passed through the gate on his way to the house, Smith opened fire, shooting Bartley in the back, the bullet entering near the spine and coming out in front. Four other shots were fired by Smith, all missing his victim. One shot struck the dwelling of Mr. D. J. Stout, who with his wife were sitting near by. One shot struck the church house a short distance away, where Sunday school was in session, and went through the wall, throwing splinters around, frightening the children and causing a general stampede. Later in the day Smith was arrested at his own home by Esquire Cox and Sheriff Rousseau telephoned to, and he was brought here and lodged in jail.
Bartley lingered until about six o’clock Monday morning when he died. Smith was presented before Judge Bohannon Monday and his examining trial set for next Saturday.
Bartley is said to have been a good sober citizen, about 45 years old and leaves a wife and one child. Smith is also married and has three children He is said to be a clever man when sober, but it is understood that he had been drinking for some weeks. We learn that he disclaims to have been drunk at the time of the killing, though he admits he had had a drink or two.
The Glasgow Republican, Glasgow, Kentucky, May 30, 1907
Sarah H. Norman Smith (1834 - 1907)
Nora B. Poynter Miles (1880 - 1923)*
George William Bartley (1863 - 1907)
Sarah Elizabeth Smith Poynter (1864 - 1952)*
VanBuren Smith (1869 - 1935)*
Rollen C Smith (1872 - 1896)*
Walnut Hill Cemetery
Created by: Ellen Manuel
Record added: Jan 06, 2009
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