The Klickitat County Agriculturist, Goldendale, WA., May 6, 1911, page 1
Regarding the murder of William Lusby, in Yakima county, and a former well-known resident of Klickitat, the particulars of which were given in our issue of April 22nd, late North Yakima exchanges, give the following additional information: Visiting the scene of the recent midnight assault on Mr. and Mrs. William Lusby, about one mile from Alfalfa, in order to make an examination of the body of Mr. Lusby before its burial Friday afternoon, Sheriff W.J. Day and Prosecuting Attorney J. Lenox Ward also made an inspection of the premises and immediate vicinity of the rented premises where the aged couple lived. They failed, however, to secure any additional evidence in fixing the crime on Billy George and Jim Johnson, two Indians now held on suspicion of having committed the terrible crime. The officers found that reports of the terrible condition of the room in which the struggle had taken place had not been exaggerated. The walls, floor and furnishing were covered with blood stains and showed other evidences of the terrific struggle of self-preservation made by the victims of the brutal attack. An examination of the body of William Lusby, the victim of the assault, who died nearly four days later, revealed an incredible number of wounds, apparently inflicted with the stick of fire-wood, particularly about the head. The wonder is, according to the officials, that the man lived as long as he did. A dozen cuts about the head, one on the forehead apparently made with the end of the stick, and another on the right side of the top of the head which cut the skull clean open, either one of which it seems would have resulted in immediate death, were silent witnesses to the brutality of the attack. About 800 feet from the scene of the crime the officers found tracks about a stream of water, where the assailants of the couple had apparently gone to wash their hands. The funeral of Mr. Lusby was held Thursday afternoon at 11 o'clock from the undertaking parlors in Toppenish, and was largely attended. Rev. I. Green officiated, and the burial took place in the Zillah cemetery. Mr. Green had been acquainted with Mr. Lusby since 1881, and his address strongly moved his hearers. Mr. Lusby was born in Missouri on September 10, 1850. For 10 years he resided in the Lower Ahtanum, and removed to the neighborhood of Granger about a year ago. Three weeks ago, having leased a piece of Indian land near alfalfa, he moved there with his wife. Mr. Lusby is survived by his wife and three sons, Rhode Lusby of North Yakima, William Lusby of Toppenish and Dennis Lusby of Granger, and by two daughters, Mrs. Worrells of North Yakima and Mrs. Reasor of Seattle. He also leaves two brothers, Meredith Lusby of Granger and James Lusby of the Ahtanum, and three sisters, Mrs. America Purviance and Mrs. Mary E. Purviance, both of North Yakima, and Mrs. Lucy Saxton of Oregon. All the relatives were present at the funeral except Mrs. Saxton, who was unable to come. The condition of Mrs. Lusby, who was unconscious from the time of the attack, about midnight Friday night, until 2 o'clock that morning, and who was without medical attention until nearly noon the following day, is improving, and strong hopes are held out for her recovery. After recovering consciousness, Mrs. Lusby, who was removed to the Toppenish hospital, insisted on knowing what had become of her husband. Information was denied her at first, but she was finally told the facts because her suspense had such a disquieting effect. The blow gave her a severe backset, and it was feared for a time that she might not rally, but she has recovered sufficiently so that on Thursday she was able to see members of the family and a few friends.
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