Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 10, 1905: Unnamed Negro

From the Eau Claire Leader (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) dated July 11, 1905:


Damas, Ark., July 10.—A negro working at a sawmill near Rives, in Drew county, disappeared from his home recently, and at the same time the 16-year-old daughter of a white man, who lived in the same neighborhood, was missed. Sheriff James Gould, of Pine Bluff, was notified and found the man and girl at Tamo. He brought them back on the southbound local and the negro was met at the depot here by a crowd of men who seemed to be from the vicinity of Rives, bent on trouble. The officers took him, however, and locked him up in the jail. This morning it was discovered that the jail had been broken open, and the negro was found hanging to a telegraph pole half a mile below town. 

This article of interest comes from The Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas), July 11, 1905:

Probably Lynched in Mississippi.

Regarding the probable lynching of Dionisio Esparza in Mississippi, mention of which was made in THE HERALD yesterday, the information being contained in a letter to the young man's father from Pedro Longoria, announcing the disappearance from jail, the following telegram to Sheriff Celedonio Garza, in answer to one inquiring concerning the fate of Dionisio Esparza, seems to leave very little doubt that the young man has been the victim of mob violence.  The telegram follows:

Indoanola, Miss., July 11, 1905.

Sheriff Celedonio Garza.

Brownsville, Texas.

A Mexican was taken from calaboose in town of Drew, this county, and lynched June 30, charged with seduction.  Only eight or ten men composed the mob.  He was taken at night while the officers were out of town.  No arrests yet made.  I think you have the name correct.  No lynching at Barksdale.

A. E. Anderson, Sheriff.

Dionisio Esparza was well thought of here where he was raised, and was known as a quiet, unassuming young fellow, and his relatives and friends still hope there is some mistake, thought the message quoted above leaves very little grounds for hope.

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