CERAMIC CITY DRY AS TINDER
(By United Press)
EAST LIVERPOOL, O., July 23.– Residents of the city, one of the largest in Ohio to vote “dry,” are ????y provisioned for a thirst siege. Yesterday was the last day for two years in which liquor could be sold. So the saloonkeepers had bargain sales and men and women crowded in to get the stuff.
The saloon finish was also marked by a shooting a??ray in which Charles Hineman, a saloonkeeper, was fatally wounded. A.L. [or I] Mercer, a photographer, is alleged to have done the shooting and is held with a companion without charge pending the result of Hineman’s injuries. Hineman is said to have tried to stop a fight. Mercer and his companion escaped down the river on a ????ch [maybe launch] but were captured by detectives.
New Castle News (PA) 24 Jul 1907
On the upside, with the booze ban, he was gonna be out of work anyway, so Mr. Photographer may have done him a favor.
UPDATE: Here is an update (2 separate articles) on the saloon shooting, with some interesting information about the dead man’s wife in the second one:
MURDER MARKS DROUTH’S ADVENT
Free-for-All Fight Takes Place in East Liverpool Saloon
East Liverpool, O., July 23.–A shooting which is likely to result in a charge of murder, marked the closing tonight of the saloons for their long dry season under the result of the recent election. Clark Hineman, a saloonkeeper, is in the hospital with a bad bullet wound, and the surgeons say he cannot live until morning.
Azel Mercer and George Heckatholm are in Jail. Mercer to be charged with murder if Hineman dies, and Heckatholm to be charged with being an accomplice.
The shooting occurred during a free fight in front of Hineman’s saloon just at closing hour. Hineman attempted to play peacemaker, whereupon, it is charged, Mercer drew his revolver and shot him through the abdomen. Mercer threw the gun away, and he and Heckatholm made for the river, where they boarded their steam launch. The landed between East Liverpool and Wellsville, and were at once arrested by Policeman Dawson and McDermott of this city.
The Elyria Chronicle (Elyria, Ohio) 23 Jul 1907
Awaits the Slain Man’s Young Widow if She is Cured of Drug Habit.
East Liverpool, O., Aug. 3.–The bulk of $15,000 in cash in a Pittsburg bank and considerable real estate in this city and Chester, W. Va., are to become the property of Maude Smith, whose name before her marriage to Clark [D or L] Hineman of Moundsville, W. Va., was Marie Bertrand, of Wheeling W. Va., if she is cured of a drug habit she is alleged to possess.
The will of her late husband, which has just been filed for probate in the Columbiana county courts makes such provision for the young widow.
Hineman was fatally shot here the night of July 22. The fact that he was married did not become known until after he was taken to the
The Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio) 03 Aug 1907
A Texas saloon shoot ‘em up story. I had ancestors living in this area back in the 1890’s.
Held Up Seven Men
SHERMAN, Tex., Jan. 17,–At Bell’s, twelve miles east of here, George Smith, a farmer, entered a saloon Wednesday night and compelled seven men at the point of a revolver to hand over their money and valuables. As he was leaving the saloon Jim Sibet, the town marshal, fired, but missed him, and Smith returned the shot and the bullet entered Sibet’s head. He will die. Smith was afterward captured, brought here and placed in jail in spite of the efforts of the mob to lynch him.
New Castle News (PA) 21 Jan 1891