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Linda Willet of Michigan

I want to tell you I have had such a great time reading the story about your Grandfather Wells. I linked here from the Kentuckiana list. It was very interesting to read. I have family from Kentucky(Patton) so I tend to read everything I can about the area. Wiish you all the luck in your endeavor and hope someone can shed some more light on it for you. Am looking forward to reading more.

Richard Beisigl

When Oriville said his light snapped off, he may have ment it went out, instead of falling off.


Before you try and guess or speculate any further, get a copy of all the police reports as well as the court records.

This is all public record and could shed new light to the case.

When the Union was trying to get established hundreds of individuals where murdered & hurt.

How vocal an individual was determined what happened to him.

The Ludlow Massacre is a prime example of how money & power gets there way.

Glenn Taylor

I am currently president of Glenn Funeral Home and the grandson of Delbert J. Glenn.

I read with interest the story of your grandfather's death and while I wasn't born until 1949, I do have access to some records you might find of interest.

I looked up the funeral account in our old records and learned that the charges, including opening and closing of the grave, the casket, a shirt, a tie, and socks, and all services totaled $208.42.

The funeral was held at 2:00 p.m. from the home, as you noted.

While you surely have the following, I will include it in the event that you might not:

Date of birth: September 24, 1897
Age at time of death: 39 years, 9 months, 14 days
Birth Place: Cannelton, IN
Wife: Ina (No maiden name on records)
Father: John Wells
Mother: Mary Hesson (Or Wesson) in long hand

The bill was paid in full on August 16, 1937, but there is no record of by whom.

My office is now across the street from Elmwood cemetery. Would you like me to check to see if there is a marker for him? If so, I will take a digital photo of it and send it to you.

You might find some strange irony in knowing that my grandfather was the oldest of 6 children. His mother died when he was 12 and his father was murdered when he was 14.

The accused was acquitted.

It is unlikely that he would knowingly take part in the cover up of a murder given his own life experience.

An inquest by jury is a rather uncommon occurance now as it was then.

One was usually held for the very reason of making the ruling itself part of public record and precisely so the coroner would not be accused of improper behavior.

It is important to know that the calling of a jury is and was strictly at the discretion of the coroner, who always had the right to make a declaratory judgement.

The result of the juried inquest in this case was referral of the case to the grand jury, at which point the issue was out of the hands of the coroner.

Further, my wife's sister is married to Ronnie Wells who is a son of the late Ewing Wells. The family has always been in farming.

I wonder if there is a connection there.

As to why there was so much coverage, you have to realize that there was not much happening in Owensboro, KY in 1937 so any story was news.

It is interesting that today there would be no photographs as you described, the media being, as difficult as it is to imagine, even more prurient than it is today.

I would look forward to hearing more from you.

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