John Wiley Cooper Struck in Head with Mattock

PROMINENT JACKSBORO FARMER SLAIN WITH MATTOCK
Knoxville, Oct. 16
John Wiley Cooper, prominent farmer of Jacksboro, Campbell county, is dead; and Will Clark, farmer, is in the Knox County jail on a murder charge as the result of an altercation between the two men yesterday morning. According to information from Campbell county authorities, Cooper and Clark were working together digging potatoes.  It is not known how the trouble started, but a quarrell developed and it is alleged that Clark struck Cooper on the head with a. mattock, mortally wounding him. Clark was arrested on a charge of felonious assault and later released under a $2,000 bond.  He started toward Knoxville when he learned that Cooper was being hurried to Knoxville in a dying condition.  Cooper died at the Knoxville General Hospital at 5 p.m., shortly after arriving there and while on the operating table.
Source:  Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY, October 16, 1923 contributed to the TNGenWeb site by Angela Meadows

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