Posts Tagged ‘Garrard Co. KY’

Shooting at the Commercial Hotel, Berea, KY

October 10, 2009

For commenter, Randolph Baker, who said:

MY GRANDPA WAS SAM BAKER. SHOT AND KILLED IN 1910 AT JARVIS STORE KY. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS IF ANYONE KNOWS.

From what I can find, Jarvis Store seems to be in Knox Co., KY. I wasn’t able to find any articles about a Sam Baker being shot and killed in that location. SORRY! What I did find is the following:

THREE-CORNERED FIGHT

Ends in Killing of One Man and Fatal Wounding of One.

Berea, Ky., March 7. — Samuel Baker was shot and killed and Marcus B. Bowlin, proprietor of the Commercial Hotel here, was fatally injured in a three-cornered fight in the hotel today. Baker and a brother, Burnam Baker, raised a disturbance and when Bowlin tried to quiet them, Burnam Baker, it is alleged, shot the hotel keeper. Bowlin ran to a rear room where his wife handed him a shot gun. He then returned to the lobby of the hotel and shot Samuel Baker dead. Burnam Baker was not injured and left the place before officers arrived. His capture is doubtful.

Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) Mar 7, 1910

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TWO SHOT IN HOTEL FIGHT.

One Dies, Another Is Fatally Injured and Third Makes Escape.

BEREA, Ky., March 7. — In a three-cornered affary [affray] in the Commercial Hotel here today, Samuel Baker was shot and killed and Marcus B. Bowlin, proprietor of the hotel, was fatally injured. Baker and a brother, Burnam Baker, raised a disturbance and the hotel man interfered. Burnam Baker escaped.

The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana) Mar 8, 1910

Kentuckiana Digital Library has some  newspapers online.  One of the papers there also printed one of the short mentions that I have quoted above.

Below are the census records I found which appear to be the Sam and Burnam Baker mentioned in this incident:
Name: Samuel Baker
Home in 1900: Berea, Madison, Kentucky
Age:     17
Birth Date: Feb 1883
Birthplace: Kentucky
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Son
Father’s Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother’s Name: Jennie
Mother’s Birthplace: Kentucky
Marital Status: Single
Residence : Berea Town, Madison, Kentucky
Household Members:
Name     Age
Jennie Baker 57 widowed
Carrie Woods 33 daughter
Burnam Baker 21 son
Pearl Baker 19 daughter
Samuel Baker 17 son

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Name:  Burnam Baker
Age in 1910: 27
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Kentucky
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s Birth Place: Kentucky
Mother’s Birth Place: Kentucky
Spouse’s Name: Cora
Home in 1910: Paint Lick, Garrard, Kentucky
Marital Status: Married
Race:     White
Gender:     Male
Household Members:
Name     Age
Burnam Baker 27 (his age seems to be off here)
Cora Baker 23 wife
Pearl Baker 4 daughter
Ruth Baker 2 daughter
Sam Baker 2/12 son

NOTICE: Burnam has a baby boy, named Sam Baker, possibly named after his deceased brother? Census’ are usually taken about June, the shooting was in March, and the baby was about 2 months old.

Name: Harry B Baker (using the name Harry now?)
Home in 1920: Clear Creek, Monroe, Indiana
Age: 41 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1879
Birthplace: Kentucky
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s Name:     Lota Z
Father’s Birth Place: Kentucky
Mother’s Birth Place: Kentucky
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Image: 668
Household Members:
Name     Age
Harry B Baker 41
Lota Z Baker 32 (born Indiana, must be different wife)
Pearl Baker 13 daughter
Ruth Baker     12 daughter
Harry C Colman 10 step-son
Samuel J Baker 9 son
Keneth M Colman 8 step-son
Robert B Baker 3/12 son
W H Wells 43 boarder
Gertrude Wells 28 wife

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Name: Burnam Baker
Home in 1880: Brandy Springs, Garrard, Kentucky
Age: 1
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1879
Birthplace: Kentucky
Relation to Head of Household: Son
Father’s Name: Joe
Father’s birthplace: Kentucky
Mother’s Name: Jennie
Mother’s birthplace: Kentucky
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
House Number: 13521183
Household Members:
Name     Age
Joe Baker     36
Jennie Baker 36 wife
Baker Baker 3
Burnam Baker 1
Lena Woods     7 step-daughter
Mary Gorden 8 servant/housekeeper

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NOTE: It doesn’t look like Burnam Baker was ever tried (or at least not convicted) of the shooting. That might explain why I can’t find anything else on this shooting.

One more thing, there was another Sam Baker, born in 1882 KY, who also died in 1910, only in April, according to several family trees on Ancestry.com. Evidently, he had a son born in 1910, also named Sam. I think they were in Knox Co., KY, so maybe that is the Sam Baker that was killed in Jarvis Store.

Not only that, I ran across ANOTHER Sam Baker who was murdered in 1909, but I can’t find the source again, although I think it was on Ancestry.com as well.

I just might think twice before naming a son, Sam Baker, lol.

If you know more about this incident or these people, additional information would be appreciated.