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Archie Bishop Mosley

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Re: Archie Bishop Mosley

Posted: 1359312960000
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Surnames: Ordway, Mosley
Here is an article about Floyd Ordway being shot and killed by A. B. Mosley. It is from the February 15, 1900 Crittenden Press.



A Well Known Citizen Shot By Marshal of Fredonia.


Last Monday night at Fredonia, Mr. Floyd Ordway was shot and killed by A. B. Mosely, the town marshal of that town. The particulars of the tragedy as we have been able to get them are in substance as follows:

Ordway returned to Fredonia from Marion about dark, and went into Buckner's store, and asked about his son who was reported to have the smallpox. Mosely came in and Ordway said to him, "You was spotted two weeks ago," using rather rough language. Another party who was in the store at the time started out and Moseley followed him toward the door, when Ordway called to Mosley to come back, at the same time going towards him, and again using profane language. Mosley returned and took a seat at the stove and when Ordway returned Mosley offered him the chair he was occupying. Ordway refused to take the chair but moved around the stove towards Mosley, who retreated behind the counter ,and the two men were behind the counter, when Dr. Buckner asked them to go out if they were going to quarrel. Ordway said all right he would go if the doctor would make Mosley go.

Ordway went out the door with Mosley just behind.

Here, according to Mosley's statement, he told Ordway to consider himself under arrest, and Ordway caught him by the coat collar with both hands and, again using profane language, told him that he would cut his throat, and proceeded to shake Mosley, and, in the scuffle the latter was thrown down and in a kneeling or stooped position he drew his pistol and fired, and in the scuffle that continued Mosley regained his feet and fired two more shots. The first shot entered just below the ribs and ranged upwards; the other two entered the groin. After the two last shots were fired, Ordway leaned up against the fence or building and sank down and died within fifteen minutes.

Mosely went to Princeton immediately and surrendered himself; Tuesday an examining trial was held and he was discharged.

Ordway was one of the best known men in this section, and was a good citizen, and has many friends. Of late years he had become rather a hard drinker, and it is very probable that had he not been somewhat under the influence of liquor, the trouble would not have occurred.

Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.) 1879-1907, February 15, 1900, Image 1 - Chronicling America - The Library of Congress.
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