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From: "Betty Sellers" <>
Subject: Jan 1905 - conviction
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 10:32:34 -0800


January 1905 - Cadiz Record...
TWENTY ONE YEARS IN PENITENTIARY
For Former Wallonia Teacher For Killing His Son
The Rev. W.W. Armer, a Methodist preacher, was given twenty-one years in the
penitentiary by a jury at Calhoun for killing his seventeen year old son
last May, near Sacramento. About the year 1886 or '87 Armer taught school
at Wallonia, and as yet remembered by many of our citizens. The crime for
which he was convicted was an atrocious one. On a May afternoon he went to
a field after finishing making a pastoral call and demanded that his
seventeen year old son stop work and come with him. The son asked to be
allowed to finish his work. This enraged the father, who seized a brake
beam and struck him a violent blow over the head, felling him to the ground
and crushing his skull. The father,, then dragged the boyd to a buddy and
placed him upright in it. He tied him up in the buggy and as the vehicle
jostled along ore the rough roads the almost lifeless body would slip down.
The preacher would reach down and pull the body in position by the hair. He
did not think the b oy was seriously hurt. When the facts in the case
became known Armer was arrested and lodged in jail at Calhoun. He remained
there one night and then was hurried to Owensboro, to avoid a mob. His home
is near Grayville, Ill. He has

Betty Sellers

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