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Thaddeus "Ed" Rucker
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Birth: 1892
Lawrence County
Ohio, USA
Death: Nov. 5, 1911
Lemhi County
Idaho, USA

Idaho County Free Press December 7, 1911

S. M. Pruitt Confesses to Killing of E.C. Rucker


Tragedy Occurred Nov. 5th in Remote Mountain District. On last Saturday morning, Samuel M. Pruitt, a raw-boned mountain man, walked into Sheriff Overman's office and stated to the sheriff he wished to surrender himself to the authorities for the killing of his partner, E.C. Rucker on the morning of November 5th, in a remote section of the mountains, forty-five miles from the mining camp of Dixie. He stated to the officers that following a row between the two men he had been attacked by Rucker and was compelled to kill him to save his life. According to the story of Pruitt he and E.C. Rucker had been in the mountains since last May, prospecting and mining with more or less success and this winter the pair established their headquarters on the Salmon river, in the wild section of the country, the nearest human being being at the Eakin placer mine, located eighteen miles down the river. The two men had prepared for a winter's trapping and everything was agreeable until early in November when trouble arose between the two. According to the story told by the man who surrendered Saturday, on the morning of November fifth he was awakened by Rucker who arose and stated he was going to secure the ax at the wood pile to the rear of the cabin and wreck vengeance on his partner. Pruitt, realizing the state of mind of the man, jumped from his bunk and grabbing his Winchester, fled from the cabin, hotly pursued by Rucker, wielding the ax in the air, and shouting to the fleeing man that he intended killing him. Pruitt tried to make his escape but was so hotly pursued by the raving trapper that he turned and fired in self-defense, the bullett entering the body from the left side, under his arm, and death resulting. Growing frantic over his deed, Pruitt secured the body and tying a sack of rocks to the same, cast it into an eddy of the Salmon river. Worrying over his act he decided to seek civilization and inform others of the tragedy. He took a boat and rowed down the river to the Eakin property where he recited his story to the men of the camp and was accompanied back by a tourist by the name of Weider of Payette and one Fenny, a miner. The river was dragged for several miles from the point where the body was supposed to have been thrown in but without avail and the party returned with Pruitt in charge, who was accompanied out by the two men as far as Goff and left with the instructions to continue on his ay to Grangeville and surrender to the officers which he did arriving here Friday night. Pruitt, who is a man of forty-five years of age and was born in Oregon, states he has no living relatives and has followed the occupation of ranch hand most of his life. Previous to coming to Idaho county this year he worked for several ranchers over a Lewiston, Montana, who have been communicated with by the prosecuting attorney but up to the present time no reply has been received. He is a tall, dark complected fellow and has an intelligent face. He has never had a day's schooling but seems to have picked up a very fair education. He feels mighty bad over the tragedy and when talking of the same breaks down. His story told to the prosecuting attorney seems perfectly feasible and the straightforward manner in which he talks convinces one of his honesty. A search will be made by the officers for the remains of Rucker and if found and the location of the wound as well as the description given by Pruitt of the manner in which the body was clad and other statements made by him can be substantiated he will be released. In the meantime he is being held in the county jail waiting the outcome of the investigation by the officers 
Note: Pt Approx. 1 mile below Allison Ranch on the Salmon River.
Created by: Suzanna Ashworth
Record added: Jul 24, 2011
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- Suzanna Ashworth
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