Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, September 29, 1904
PETER A. LEWIS IS SHOT AND KILLED BY HIS WIFE.
She Thought He Was A Thief.
Story of the Tragedy as Given to the Journal by Representatives
Family--The Funeral Services Held in Leon.
One of the most distressing tragedies ever enacted in Decatur County
occurred a little after 8 o'clock on Wednesday evening of last week when
Mrs. Minnie C. LEWIS shot and killed her husband, Peter A. LEWIS, under
the supposition that he was engaged in stealing chickens. The deceased
was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark H. LEWIS, who live three miles
southwest of Kellerton, in Athens Township, Ringgold County.
Mr. LEWIS, the father of the young man, and Calvin BULLARD, father of
Mrs. LEWIS, called at this office on Thursday evening of last week and
furnished the following particulars of the sad and fatal accident.
--STORY OF THE HOMICIDE--
About the first of the year, Mr. LEWIS rented C. E. GARNER's farm north
of Blockley and himself and wife took possession of the same sometime
during last February. Later on the family was joined by Miss Nora
BULLARD, Mrs. LEWIS' sister, who taught the school southwest of
Blockley. At different times recently, the family has been annoyed by
chicken thieves which caused Mr. LEWIS to load his shotgun with the only
load in the house. He told his wife in case the thieves appeared at the
chicken house, to discharge the gun in that direction and frighten them
away. Mr. LEWIS attended Amos BRAZELTON's charivari party and indended
to take the gun along with him, but finally concluded to leave it at
home for use in case the chicken thieves appeared.
On Tuesday evening, Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS were called to attend a sick
neighbor, James JONES, who lives about a half a mile north, where they
remained most of the night. On the following evening about 7 o'clock,
[due to the torn copy, several lines are missing]
MR. LEWIS was born in 1870, near Kellerton and received his education in
the common schools of his neighborhood. He was raised on a farm.
September 23, 1896, he married Miss Minnie C. BULLARD, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Calvin BULLARD, former residents of Ringgold County. A few
years ago, Mr. BULLARD located on a farm west of Leon. The parents of
the deceased, Mr. and Mrs. Clark LEWIS, have seven children all of who
reside in the neighborhood of Kellerton. Their names are as follows:
John LEWIS, Byron LEWIS, Dell LEWIS, Truman LEWIS, Mrs. Ella KNITTLES,
Miss Clara LEWIS and Grover LEWIS. The elder LEWIS has lived in
Ringgold County for 46 years and served during the civil war as a member
of the 11th Illinois Cavalry.
The funeral was held in the M.E. Church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock,
Elder H. H. HUBBELL Pastor of the Christian Church, delivering an
appropriate sermon. The parents, and brothers and sisters of the
deceased were in attendance. Interment occurred in Leon Cemetery.
Mrs. LEWIS is greatly prostrated by the dreadful ordeal through which
she has passed. She is a most estimable lady. She has the sympathy of
all who know her. Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS had no children.
CARD OF THANKS.
I desire to express my gratitude to our friends and neighbors who came
to my assistance during the death of my dear husband and also to the
sympathetic people of Leon, and especially the ladies who decorated the
M.E. Church so beautifully.MR. and MRS. PETER A. LEWIS.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2008
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