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Joseph “Joe” Blacker

  • Birth 15 Mar 1856 Indiana, USA
  • Death 21 Jun 1902 Miles, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Fort Spokane, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
  • Plot Row 6-31
  • Memorial ID 44199948

Joe Blacker, who was shot in the head and stomach by Charles Hartman last week, near Miles, died Saturday last from the injuries received. The attending physician kept the officers informed as to his condition, and last Friday, Prosecuting Attorney Caton and Sheriff Gardner were notified that he could not live long, and they drove down to get his dying statement. The attorney secured the services of a stenographer, who took down the entire story as he told it. He knew that he had not long to live, and gave instruction for the disposition of such things as he had. He said in substance that he had never had trouble with Charley Hartman or his wife. He had never been in Hartman’s house but once in his life. He had passed their place the day before, spoke to both of them; she offered him some lettuce which grew inside the garden fence, which he accepted. While he was there Mr. Hartman excused himself and went to work, and immediately after he took departure. Late that night his dog awoke him, and suddenly he heard a shot fired, which struck the house. He jumped up to get his own gun, and more shots were fired into the building, some of them hitting him. The man appeared at the window with his gun, and he saw that it was Hartman. He appealed to him not to shoot, but to come in and tell him what was the trouble, but that Hartman’s only reply was another shot. His story was a long one, but this is about the substance of it. He stated that he had been married, and that he had a daughter living. He informed the officers that he had enough means to provide for his burial. Hartman and wife have a bad name, and she had evidently had a terrible beating, and presented a fearful sight. Hartman is in the county jail, and is now held for murder in the first degree. ref: LCT 24 Jun 1902

Blacker, a bachelor, aged 45 to 50, worked for Denny Moylan of Davenport. Blacker lived in a shanty 12 X 14. (item notes: LCT-June 24, 1902)

This whole community was greatly worked up over the Hartman-Blacker shooting scrape. This is a terrible affair in a civilized country. Joe passed away last Saturday evening, surrounded by sympathizing neighbors. Joe has no relatives here, but his friends are legion, and not one of them will believe that he did any wrong to Hartman’s family or any one else. Joe has resided in and around here for 15 years, and the whole community disbelieves the charges, and denounces the act as cold-blooded murder. People outside cannot help but find fault, not knowing the truth; let them wait and hear the evidence before passing their opinion. Joe has a daughter living somewhere in California, and we learn she has been notified of his death. The county coroner, Dr. Moore, came down Monday and held an inquest on the body, being assisted by Dr McKee, of Miles, who attended the wounded man during his suffering. The doctor decided that the remains could not be kept any longer, and advised immediate interment. Joe was a quiet, sober, industrious man, but had not accumulated much wealth, --so a subscription was taken up to buy him a coffin. The amount was very quickly raised,--several putting $5. A carpenter was secured and a coffin made, and burial took place at the Frans Cemetery Sunday evening at 5 o’clock. Although but few knew of his death, quite a number gathered at the ground to see him laid away in his last resting place. Dr. McKee, who is held in very high esteem here, followed his remains and read the burial services at the grave. After all had dispersed but a few, who remained to finish up the grave, one old friend suggested that they start a fund to buy a headstone as a token of respect. In less than five minutes $25 was raised by those that were present, and Ed Hume and J. M. Harris were appointed to solicit for that purpose. Mr. Hume said that he would have no trouble to raise $100 to $125 in a few days. W. G. Duncan was appointed to look up a place to purchase the head-stone. LCT 24 Jun 1902

Was Much Respected - Joseph Blacker was found on the 1900 Federal Census in the Miles Precinct (dated 26 June 1900). He was a boarder with the Harvey Dan Buckirk household and reported his age as 44, born in Indiana, both parents born PA, and his marital status as divorced. His occupation was shown as a farm laborer.

Killed by Jealous Friends

Joseph Blacker a former resident of Colfax (Indiana), died June 26 from the effects of a gunshot wound inflicted by Charles Hartman. The shooting was brought about by jealousy and ten buckshot penetrated Blacker's stomach and bowels. The deceased was separated from his wife about two years ago and she came to this city to reside. He was in the regular army. ref: Lafayette [Indiana] Daily Courier 15 Jul 1902 Contributed by: TIPCOA





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