Wednesday, February 17, 2016

September 23, 1888: Lewis Davis

today we learn about a lynching in Missouri through the pages of the Abilene Daily Reflector (Abilene, Kansas) dated September 25, 1888:


Lewis Davis Hanged By a Mob Over the Grave of a Murderer Previously Lynched.

MIDLAND, Mo., Sept. 24.—Two years ago next Saturday night a masked mob of thirty men took Pat Wallace from the Crawford County jail at this place and hung him to a railroad bridge two miles from town. He had been indicted for the murder of an entire family of six persons, whose bodies he burned in their home, on a desolate knoll three-fourths of a mile from Steelville. The victim of the mob's vengeance was buried. Yesterday morning at daylight a ghastly object hung from a limb of a big oak that waved above the grave. It was the lifeless body of Lewis Davis who had been in the St. Louis jail for the past six months, accused of the killing of David F. Miller, a neighbor, whom he had brutally murdered and robbed. The trial of Davis was in progress when at 2 o'clock yesterday morning the jail was broken into by masked men and he was taken out and lynched as above stated. Lewis Davis is from a family of high standing in this (Crawford) County. his brother has been elected twice to the office of assessor.

If you are interested in the lynching that occurred two years prior, you can read about it here. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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