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 Charles Phil Billmeyer

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Charles Phil Billmeyer

  • Birth 18 Nov 1877
  • Death 24 Aug 1937
  • Burial Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
  • Plot Sec D, Lot 50
  • Memorial ID 58190422

Burial Records state: BILLMEYER, CHARLES P / Date of Death - 8/24/1937 / Last Residence - Indianapolis / Place of Birth - (Blank) / Age - 60 / Gender - M / Cemetery - Rose Hill / Section and Lot - D, 50
Obits can be obtained through, with the following information - Name: Billmeyer, Charles P / Age: 59 / Newspaper: Not Provided / Newspaper Date: 1937-08-25, 08-26, & 08-27
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 / FHL Roll Number: 1653568 / DraftBoard: 0 / Serial Number: 2517 / Order Number: 1424 / Name: Charles Phill Billmeyer / Permanent Address: Bloomington, Ind / Age: 42 / Birth Date: 18 Nov 1877 / Race: White / Citizenship: Native Born / Present Occupation: Restaurant Business / Employer's Name: Frank Polk / Place of Business or Employment: No. State St. Indianapolis, Ind / Nearest Relative: Phill Billmeyer (father) Bloomington, Indiana / Signature: / Height/Build: Tall/Med / Color of Eyes/Hair: Brown/Haz / Physical Limitations: Lost one finger & another in bad shape
Misc Newspaper Clippings:

a.) Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana) Telephone, Jan 10, 1930, p. 1.


Charles Billmeyer, former Restaurant Proprietor, Granted Pardon by Tennessee Governor--Will Return Home a Hopeless Cripple the Result of Accident While in Prison

(Special to The Telephone) NAHSVILLE, Tenn., Jan 10.--Governor Henry H. Horton today pardoned Charles Billmeyer, alias Charles Bellinger or Bellemeyer, who had served eight years of sentences of 38 years on a charge of murder and two to ten years on a charge of manslaughter in the Tennessee state prison.

The pardon was granted Billmeyer so that he could leave the state and return to his parents at Bloomington, Indiana, who have promised to provide him with a home. Billmeyer, while a lunch stand operator at the state fairgrounds in 1921, shot and killed W. C. Puckett and fatally wounded Charles L. Stewart. Letters in the pardon file said he shot Puckett, his partner, in a concession at the fair October 21 following a disagreement and that Stewart, a bystander, was fatally wounded by the same bullet.

The shooting occurred in the midway of the fair which was crowded with people. One of the factors which prompted clemency on the part of Governor Horton was that Billmeyer had to have both feet amputated as the result of a prison accident. In 1922, while operating an elevator in the prison, Billmeyer fell with the elevator accidentally and sustained crushed heels. The fracture of the bones left the man badly crippled and unable to use either foot since. He is now aggravated by rheumatism and to alleviate the constant pain it will be necessary to remove both legs, prison physicians say.

Billmeyer, just prior to his coming to the fair to operate a concession, operated a restaurant at Bloomington. He entered pleas of guilty to the murder charge and manslaughter charge resulting from the shooting October 21, 1921.
Charles Billmeyer, who has just been pardoned from a southern prison, is a son of Phillip C. Billmeyer, the aged restaurant man, and is well known to many Bloomington people. He spent the year before the double-tragedy which landed him in prison in Bloomington. He conducted a restaurant on North College Avenue across the street from the post office and built up an excellent trade. About that time he had trouble with his wife, took to drinking and then went back on the road as a "concession man" with fairs and carnivals--a calling he had followed many years. In a few weeks the double killing took place at Nashville and Billmeyer was sent to prison. His father and sisters did all they could for him. His wife a few months later got a divorce. The father has conducted a restaurant since that time at Martinsville but has now retired and is living in Bloomington again.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Phil Billmeyer (18 Nov 1877–24 Aug 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58190422, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by genealogyfever (contributor 46554566) .