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David Melson

1934 Riot, Part 1: The beginning

Posted Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 9:58 AM
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  • David, in one of my earlier posts I had erroneously stated that my Dad and Mom got their marriage license the day before the Courthouse was burned when in actuality they did not. I looked up their marriage license and discovered that they applied for it on December 13, 1934, and picked it up on December 15th, and then were married on December 23rd.

    I am looking forward to all 7 parts of this series.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Dec 17, 2009, at 1:01 PM
  • David,

    Looking forward to this, I remember this as on of the stories told by my grandmother and greatgrandmother, my grandmother was about 21 when this happened and she told of how they where let out of work early from Flys because of a possible lynch mob getting together, I remember her speaking of shooting in the streets and all where trying to get home before things got bad.

    -- Posted by punkin1129 on Thu, Dec 17, 2009, at 2:59 PM
  • oh i knew he was black when you posted that ridiculous nickname beside his name....your tellin me in 1936 you were aware of this black man's nickname....its a definite pattern here at the gazette, just like the other day you guys posted the nicknames "Tron" "BG" "G" now from the 1936 comes EK.. I look thru the gazette on line pretty much every day i see no nicknames for other people, whats the deal with posting a man so called Nickname from 1936. I think its something you made up. You show me proof that this guy was nicknamed EK and if it was what the hell difference does it make in the year 2009?

    -- Posted by slingshot on Sat, Dec 19, 2009, at 2:01 PM
  • Slingshot--so going by your theory, I guess Sheriff Thomas E. "Tom" Gant was black too?

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Sat, Dec 19, 2009, at 3:48 PM
  • In the Time article it is mentioned that Lillian Gibson attended Stump Valley school. Can anyone tell me where Stump Valley school was located?

    -- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Dec 19, 2009, at 6:55 PM
  • I've wondered the same thing, leeiii. I'd always heard the incident happened at Fall Creek school, and would lean toward that rather than the Stump Valley mentioned in the Time article. From what I've gathered apparently the school, whatever its name was, was somewhere around Halls Mill.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Sat, Dec 19, 2009, at 11:20 PM
  • slingshot,

    get a life.

    -- Posted by gottago on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 4:21 PM
  • Dang!.. that was my best post EVER... and it got deleted. Oh well

    -- Posted by Double Exposure on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 7:24 PM
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