The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

One of the horrible murders that was committed in Civil War times in what is now Boone County, Arkansas, is the following which was dictated for the use of the writer by Mr. Isaac Milum to W. L. Ridinger and Mr. Ridinger forwarded the same to me by letter at Protem, Taney County, Missouri, January 21, 1895. Mr. Milum said that in the year 1863 Jake Baughman who lived 6 miles northeast of Bellfonte was attacked one night by a robber and after he had broke the door down and entered the house he demanded a sum of money from Baughman. It was late in the night and Mr. Baughman had retired to bed. He and one of his daughters were living there alone. When the bandit got to the door and began pounding on the door shutter for admittance Mr. Baughman and his daughter leaped from their beds and snatched up an ax each that they kept In the house of nights and attempted to defend themselves when the mans partner in crime who had remained on the outside shot Mr. Baughman through the window. The ball taking effect near the right nipple from he died on the second day following the night he was shot. The murderers left the house at once.

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