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 - TKB WOBST Or alb Tbe Rowan county fud was one...
TKB WOBST Or alb Tbe Rowan county fud was one of the bloodiest most brutal and most stubborn Unlike most of these fends it flonrished in a county penetrated by a railroad and most of its battles took place within sight of that agent oi civilization Beginning with an election quarrel between two striplings of the Tolliver arid Martin families families in 1S84 It raged daring three years oi terror Craig Tolliver a young blue - eyed giant led the Tolliver faction The Martins had friends bat lacked leader - fhip and were almost exterminated The Youngs were drawn into the quarrel as friends of the Tollivers and the Logans were marked for - destruction as friends of the Martins That was Craig Toliivers blunder and led to his overthrow As usual the forms of law assisted rather than hindered the crimes Craig Tolliver had himself elected Town Marshal of Morebead the county seat and was afterward Police Judge His canvass andelection to the latter office show the character of the man He made np his mind to become a candidate the day before the election and at once notified his opponents of tbe fact He also intimated that he wanted the office and intended to bave it Tbe opposition opposition took the bint and withdrew Election day Tolliver took charge of the polls nimseit wnen ne ciosea tne books in the afternoon fifty votes had been cast Toliivers election it is hardly necessary to say was unanimous unanimous He could now issue warrants and make arrests at will Crime followed followed Crime with increasing brutality The county was ot Toliivers mercy Govrnor Knott sent for several of the leaders and a peace conference was held at Louisville A treaty was signed Which was broken oi soon as the warriors returned returned home Soldiers were sent to guard the court and many of the outlaws were indicted and arrested Cook Humphreys the Sheriff and a leader of the Martin gang resigned his position Under an agreement with the special prosecuting officer A G Caruth of Louisville now Congressman Humphreys went to Texas and Craig Tolliver to Missouri and tbe indictments against them were filed away Tolliver returned in about eight months and matters were soon worse thsn ever But in June 1887 Tolliver went the

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 03 Apr 1892, Sun,
  3. Page 12

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