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A murder of a Black Man! The Murder of a White Doctor & Conway County, Arkansas' first hanging of a White Man.

I am always researching my family tree and when I discovered the following historical gem I had to re-tell the story because Sam Kennimer was my 2nd Great Grandmother Hattie Bell Allen's ex-husband who she divorced in November 1897.

Editor's Note: The following is reprinted from the March 1 edition of "ArkaTech", the student newspaper at Arkansas Tech at Russellville. By: Sandy Jones

Around 1896 Marshell Baker, a black, moved to Center Ridge, Arkansas, from Chicago. With money he had from a life insurance policy, he bought a house and some land and opened a saloon. The townspeople at that time didn't like a Negro owning land in their community, so two of the citizens decided to do something to remedy the situation. Alex Brinkley and Dr. Gilbert C. Chamness shot him one night, put his body in the house, and set the house on fire. His charred body was found the next day. One leg was missing where a dog had ripped it off to gnaw on.

No one explored the m…

Brainstorming: Alton Military Prison for Confederate POWs.

As a fan of movies and history I have decided it's time to start the research about a Illinois Prison that was used as a POW Prison during the Civil War.

My 4th Great Grandfather was imprisoned at Alton, Il where he caught Smallpox and died, his name is listed on a memorial today as Private Jno S. Storment.

In reality his name is John S. Storment.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9987750


LAST SURVIVOR OF PRISONERS IN ALTON CONFEDERATE PRISON DIES Source: Alton Telegraph, August 31, 1940 Samuel A. Harrison, last know survivor of the Confederate prisoners in the old penitentiary at Alton, died Friday night at his home near Rolla, Mo. The Telegraph was informed of the death of the 98 year old war veteran in a telegram from his grandson, S. Claude Null.  Funeral services for Mr. Harrison will be at Anutt, Mo.  Samuel Harrison was in Alton on June 7, 1938, and visited the site of the old penitentiary where…