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Carl Mayes Etherington
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Birth: Dec. 6, 1892
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 8, 1910
Licking County
Ohio, USA

The Springfield Sun (Springfield, Ky.)
Wednesday, July 137, 1910

The Lynching Tragedy In Ohio.
The Sheriff’s Neglect Responsibility For The Lynching of Detective Carl M. Etherington, Son of Hartwell Etherington, of Willisburg. Body Brought To Willisburg For Burial.

The dastardly and cowardly lynching of young Etherington at Newark, O, recently calls for the most searching investigation by the authorities. This Ohio town has long been classed as a “tough” place. Law and order has been ignored to an anarchistic degree, and it is to be hoped that the leaders in this atrocious crime will speedily be brought to justice. Following is an account of the affair:

Newark, O., July 9. – Fully 100 people of this town, unmasked last night aided in the brutal lynching of Carl Etherington, an anti-saloon Detective. A grand jury investigation of the affair has been ordered and the authorities have caused it to be known that such an investigation will be made as soon as the grand jury shall next convene.

Etherington, who was a native of Willisburg, Washington county, Ky., was employed by the State Anti-Saloon League as a blind tiger raider, was lynched last night at 10:35 o’clock after a day of almost continuous rioting. The doors of the Licking county jail were battered down and Etherington was dragged from his cell. He was shot, kicked, and struck on the head with a hammer before the street was reached, and the finish followed quickly. He was only seventeen years of age.

Etherington early in the evening confessed he killed Wilham Howard, proprietor of the “Last Chance” restaurant and former chief of police, in a raid of alleged “speak oasis,” in a raiding scuffle at 1:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon, and narrowly escaped lynching at that time. When news from the hospital passed over the city, at 9 o’clock last night, the fury of the mob took definite form. Large battering rams were directed upon the doors of the jail, and the deputies were powerless. The doors fell after nearly an hour’s attack.

Etherington was dragged through the streets to the courthouse square and hanged to a tree in the courthouse yard. The horrible affair was witnessed by about 5,000 men, women and children.
It is believed that Etherington asked for permission to make a statement to the mob, and as he attempted to speak somebody struck him a vicious blow on top of the head with a hammer, felling him to the ground, and this blow is believed to have killed him.

Adjutant General Weybrecht says Licking county officials, particularly Sheriff William Linke, are responsible for the lynching here of Detective Carl Etherington, the Kentuckian, who shot former police chief Howard in the blind tiger raid. He has so reported to Gov. Harmon. “The lynching could easily have been prevented,” says General Weybrecht. “The established fact that the mob worked at the jail for two hours tells the story of negligence. If troops had been called for when they should have been, the State of Ohio would not now be disgraced.”

Sheriff Linke did not call out the Newark Co. of the Ohio Nation Guard G, of the Fourth Regiment. Capt. Priest says he was informed that it was not even necessary to have men at the armory in case of emergency.

The Eubanks anti-mob law, passed at the last session of the Legislature, provides the immediate suspension of the sheriff in case he does not protect prisoners in his custody. Suspension is followed by a hearing before the Governor.

The Governor has suspended the mayor, chief of police and the police captain. New officers were appointed and arrests immediately followed.

The remains of Carl Etherington reached here Sunday night at 8:25, and were met at the train by a large crowd most of whom had gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to the dead and to manifest their sympathy for his family. Many had accompanied the youth’s father, Hartwell Etherington, from his home near Willisburg. Amidst the most pathetic surroundings the coffin was opened for the purpose of identification, the grief of the father being tragic as he knelt by the open coffin and recognized in the battered and mutilated contents his son.

The remains were immediately taken to the Etherington home, near Willisburg, where they remained until the next day, when the funeral was held at the Christian church, Rev. Jesse Grubbs conducting the services. It is estimated that the crowd in attendance numbered between 2,000 and 3,000 people, probably the largest number that ever attended a funeral in this county.

For hours after the services the people stood around in groups discussing the horror of the tragedy and expressing their sympathy for the family, especially the mother, who has been in a critical condition since her son was killed. Indeed the bereaved parents have the sympathy of all who have heard of the cruel murder of their son, a number of telegrams of condolence having come from a distance.

Family links: 
  Hartwell Etherington (1863 - 1912)
  Ida Mayes Etherington (1866 - 1953)
  Carl Mayes Etherington (1892 - 1910)
  Hettie Etherington (1894 - 1894)*
  Hugh Etherington (1894 - 1894)*
  Irene E. Sanders (1900 - 1992)*
*Calculated relationship
Willisburg Cemetery
Washington County
Kentucky, USA
Maintained by: Alyssa Marie
Originally Created by: Kate Jacques
Record added: Sep 05, 2009
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Carl Mayes Etherington
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- Sandra Wysong
 Added: Jan. 19, 2017
You were such a brave young soul, who lost their life to a mob of cowardly depraved animals.
- Kris
 Added: Nov. 5, 2016
Carl, you deserve to be known for more than the tragedy that befell you. I've been researching information about your life prior, and have made a couple trips to your grave site, leaving flowers. I'd be interested in speaking with anyone who can help clar...(Read more)
- Alyssa Marie
 Added: Sep. 14, 2016
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