Right: Louis (Lewis) Alma Daniel
Aug 15, 1913
Killing at Newcomer
Louis Daniel Fatally Shot by John Barnes
A deplorable and fatal shooting affray took place at the village of
6 miles north of Brunswick about 10;30 Monday (Aug.11) morning of this
week, in which Louis Daniels, a man of about 50 years of age, lost his
life. The shooting was done by John Barnes, who for many years has
Newcomer's only store.
The trouble between Barnes and Daniels is said to have been over a patch
potatoes. It is said that Daniels had planted the potatoes on land
belonging to Barnes and that the potatoes were to be divided equally
the two men, one to dig one row, the other the next. It is said that
Daniels had gone to the patch to dig some potatoes Monday morning he went
to the store and accused Barnes of digging some of his (Daniels) potatoes.
Angry words passed between the two men and soon led up to the shooting.
There is some conflict as to the minute details the shooting, but
to the testimony of Earl Whitehair, a young man who work for Barnes,
told Daniels he could dig potatoes were ever he damned pleased.
him he would dig them whenever he got ready. Whitehair further stated that
Daniels went out on the porch of the store and that Barnes secured a
hammer and went out where Daniels was. Barnes then came back into
the store and Daniels followed him and kicked him. Daniels then went
back out on the porch, and according to Whitehair, Barnes went to a drawer
and got his revolver and went out on the porch Daniels was out in
the middle of the road. Two shots were fired and at the last shot,
Whitehair said he saw Daniels fall. Whitehair was the only witness
present when the shooting occurred.
The bullet which killed Daniels struck him about 3 inches below and to the
left of his right shoulder ranging downward through the lungs. He
15 or 20 minutes later of hemorrhage.
Immediately after the shooting and before Daniels died Barnes started to
town to give himself up to authorities. He went before Justice L. E.
Merrill and told his story of the shooting.
Daniels leaves a wife and several children.
There is an account of the hearing of Barnes, the death of Louis Daniels
the following week newspaper but the papers were hard to read and when
binding the books part of the story was covered up so I did not attempt to
copy it. If you could get microfilm of the paper you would be able
it for yourself and follow up on the trial.
Transcribed by: Rose Mary