|1885 Clark Sharpe Murder West of Knob Noster|
Lewis Fry, William Smith and Anthony Haney were arrested on suspicion of being implicated in the killing.
|Sheriff H. H. Russell, 2nd from Left. Johnson County, MO|
|Victor Gallaher's Montserrat Missouri Store. Serviced the coal mines in Montserrat.|
I saw Haney Monday afternoon at the Knobs. He was ahead of us coming home. Sharpe had a quart of whisky. Smith had a jug don’t l know what he had in it. Smith and I parted at the railroad bridge. We left Sharpe about thirty yards east of the bridge, sitting up. This was near 10 o'clock. We were all drunk and were four hours getting from Knob Noster to Clear Fork. I did not see Smith at west end of bridge about midnight. I had no difficulty- with Sharpe. Smith had no difficulty with Sharpe. It is not true that I struck Sharpe and killed him. William Smith was recalled, and Attorney Wood told him that Fry had been on the stand made a clean breast, and it looked a little dark for him. Smith said last Saturday night Fry abused him, said because he would not give him a glass of beer-- called him all the names he could put his tongue to, but nothing new was developed.
He has no family here, but has a wife and ten children now at Leonardshire (Lanarkshire?), Scotland. He was a hard drinker, most always taking a spree every day. He was making arrangements to return to Scotland on the 1st of August. (1885)
*Bob Tail, a slow moving train. A story below from the Sedalia Bazoo Newspaper of 1887.
The Independence "Bob Tail" Crashes Into a Standing Freight Train, Kansas City, modation train road, known as with a freight Oct. 22 The Missouri Pacific "the bob tail' collided train at the yards of the company a short distance west of about 10:30 yesterday morning. The accommodation train makes trips between Kansas City and Independence every two hours, but owing to the short distance the train does not run at a high rate of speed. This, which has always been a source of annoyance to passengers, proved fortunate to the company this morning. As the west bound ' bob tail" was running at a rate of ten miles an hour a freight train, which, through some mistake, had halted on the main track, was struck. The engineer of the accommodation, G. C. McClure, did not realize the danger in time to avert it, and his locomotive crashed into the freight. As a result of the collision two freight cars were badly wrecked. None of the passengers on the accommodation were injured, but all were obliged to alight and walk. The train was in charge of a new conductor."
Notes for William Sharp:
Occupation - coal miner
More About William Sharp:
Date born 2: 1848, Bothwell, Lanarkshire.
Date born 3: 1849, Bothwell, Lanark.67
Residence 1: 1861, Monk Bretton, Yorkshire, England.68, 68
Residence 2: 1851, Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland.69
Residence 3: 1871, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland.70
More About William Sharp and Margaret Reid:
Marriage: 06 Mar 1868, Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Children of William Sharp and Margaret Reid are:
- John Sharp, b. 14 Feb 1870, Dalziel, Lanarkshire, d. date unknown.
More About William Clark Sharp and Elizabeth Spence Clarkson:
Marriage: 31 Dec 1862, Parish of Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Children of William Clark Sharp and Elizabeth Spence Clarkson are:
- +John P C Sharp, b. 1875, Lanarkshire, Scotland, d. 11 Mar 1956.