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John Edwin Holtzclaw
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Sheriff John Edwin Holtzclaw was elected on November 6, 1906; re-elected on November 3, 1908, serving until November 3, 1910. During his administration as sheriff, there was a lynching in Cameron. A young Negro man who was accused of raping a white girl, was placed in the county jail to await trial. The people immediately took this man into their own hands and hung him from the oak tree on the west side of the courthouse before he could have a trial. Holtzclaw tried to stop the angry mob, but was unable to control the people. During this period of time, the people were easily incited to action when it came to law enforcement; however, this lynching was the only lynching ever held in Milam County's court history. Click here for the newspaper account as reported in the Rockdale Reporter on November 4, 1907. Sheriff Holtzclaw went to Brownwood Texas in May of 1908 and took Yeabel Chrio into custody for the stabbing death of Rockdale Constable Nathan Busby on April 26, 1894.
Added by: Greg J. Kouba

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