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“Victims of the Harriston Tragedy" - 28 Sep 1913

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“Victims of the Harriston Tragedy" - 28 Sep 1913

Posted: 953121600000
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 1062221289000
Surnames: Hammett, Freeman, Kinstley, Kinsley
Fayette Chronicle - 3 Oct 1913

“Victims of the Harriston Tragedy."

Sheriff Groves B. Hammett, who met his death in the performance of his official duty at Harriston last Sunday morning, was thirty-three years of age, and had served less than two years of the four-year term to which he was elected. He was an exemplary official, zealous in the performance of his duties, careful, painstaking and of unquestioned courage. He was probably one of the most efficient and popular officials who ever held office in the county, and his death is universally deplored and mourned. He was a devoted son and brother, and his death is a source of irreparable loss to his family. No word of ours can convey the deep sympathy felt for them by our people generally, but the deep felling of the community was exemplified at the graveside Monday when the body was tenderly laid to rest, when one of the largest crowds we have ever seen at a funeral gathered at the Fayette cemetery to render the last services to his mortal remains. The grave, after being filled, was banked with lovely flowers.

Another victim of this most deplorable affair was Claude Stewart Freeman, son of Mrs. Mattie Freeman, who was an innocent bystander, murdered without warning while awaiting a train to come home. He was twenty-eight years of age, in the prime of young manhood, and enjoyed the esteem of a large circle of friends. His untimely end, coming without premonition or warning was one of the saddest incidents of this terrible tragedy. The bereaved mother, sisters and brothers have our most cordial and heartfelt sympathy in their trouble. His funeral also occurred Monday, and was attended by a considerable concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives.

The third of the three white men killed by the desperate brute was Constable B. F. Kinstley, of Harriston who was called to the door of his home and shot. He was forty-three years of age and had been a citizen of Jefferson county and an officer for a number of years. Frank Kinstley was a hard working citizen who, by thrift and industry, had accumulated a modest competency, and was a devoted husband and father. The sorrow of his good wife and orphaned children is beyond human consolation, but we, together with other friends of the murdered officer, whose life was probably martyr to the fact that he had incurred the enmity of the negro through fulfillment of his duty as an officer, tender to them our most sincere condolence. His was the first of the three funerals which made Monday a sad day indeed in Fayette, and his body was lowered into its last resting place during a steady downpour of rain, which added to the gloom of the day.

May the Good Lord, in His infinite mercy, keep and comfort the members of these several bereaved households, for no other can.

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