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 - The Bakers and Howards are two of the most...
The Bakers and Howards are two of the most popular and Influential families families In. Clay county. Most of them live on Crain creek. Until the recent troubles they had always been good friends. The "boys"' mere brought up on adjoining farms and all played together In childhood. childhood. They have always stood well in the community, both Howards and Eak- Eak- afners being true as steel to their friends. . 'G. W. Baker, the father of the family which bears his name, was one of the most respected citizens of Clay. He s was twice County Attorney, and was a lawyer with good practice and much Influence. His son. Allen, is a leading lawyer and politician of Manchester. No one stands higher in the profession than he. The Howards have had similar stand- stand- Inf. A. Ft. Howard, the senior, like Mr. - Baker. Is a leading: citizen. His son . Jim. who took It upon himself to avenge ' his brother's death, was elected County Assessor last November. He Is reputed to be the handsomest man In Clay county. He is now a fugitive from " justice. . The feud had its origin In a common place way. Several months ago Tom tnVy ana Israel Howard were rafting "tt-t-ra.a "tt-t-ra.a "tt-t-ra.a "tt-t-ra.a "tt-t-ra.a oreelt hv partncrsnlp. xary ieu out on account or a 140 Judgment Judgment which had been obtained against A. B. Howard, Israel's father, and which" was sold to Tom Baker, who thought he could collect It, as "Old Man" Howard owned some of the logs. Israel did not like Baker's claim; he resisted resisted It, and when suit was brought a quarrel arose. A shooting affray followed, followed, between the two. and Baker was lightly wounded,. but apparently there was no danger of more trouble. A trial to determine the- the- ownership of the saw-logs saw-logs saw-logs was to be held in the office of.-a of.-a of.-a county magistrate. It had been' postponed several times, as. feeling feeling grew so bitter that both parties went to court heavily armed. The evening evening before the last day assigned for hearing ho suit Anse and John Baker .lert Manchester and started for the V magistrate's home. About Ave miles out of town they met George Campbell, Campbell, who keeps a store at Bin Hook, and George HalL Hall came here from Harlan county, where, it t said, he took an active part in the Howard-Turner Howard-Turner Howard-Turner Howard-Turner feud. As both Hail and Campbell were Howard sympathizers, a fight followed followed the meeting. In which Anse Baker received a wound In the thigh and John Baker had Ave bullets shot through his clothing, besides which theCmule he was riding was killed. George Hall was shot through the ear. Hall and Campbell galloed to Manchester Manchester as soon as the firing was over and claimed that they had killed both the Bakers. As the other Bakers were expected to avenge the death of their brothers, a strong guard was put over the prisoners, but they were not dls- dls- turbed. However, that night a crowd of ; men burned down Hall's dwelling and Campbell's store-house store-house store-house at Bin Hock. At the February term of the Clay Circuit Court Tom and John Baker were In--dieted In--dieted In--dieted In--dieted for this burning. i

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 01 May 1898, Sun,
  3. Page 9

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