David Melson

1934 Riot, Part 7: The aftermath

Posted Thursday, December 31, 2009, at 12:24 PM
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  • David, I have really enjoyed this series recounting a very tragic time in our county's history. I have learned some new things and been able to see some pictures that I had not previously seen before. You are weekly doing a very valuable service to the community of all of our childhoods. Keep up the good work.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 2:53 PM
  • Wonderful series. I had never knew of the events leading up to the fire until now. Thanks, David.

    -- Posted by gottago on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 3:03 PM
  • I have looked forward to reading this account of the burning of the courthouse in 1934, and have learned more than I ever new about this part of our town's history. You have done a tremendous amount of research, and it has all been greatly appreciated by many. Keep up the good work.

    -- Posted by cookie on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 3:51 PM
  • This story would make a pretty good movie. But we got enough of a reputation as it is. I'm wondering if this same sequence of events could happen today. I know our Law Enforcement is more advanced and well armed and trained but people are still people and the power of a mob is a awesome thing. I'm hoping the law and order folks would refuse to surrender the streets of Shelbyville to a mob. If the Vigilantes of 1934 had assaulted the mob with a hail of gunfire maybe the thing could have been put down. I guess since communications wern't as good in those days the good guys couldn't organize as well.

    -- Posted by MyMrMarty on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 9:54 PM
  • Also I almost forgot. My Granny said that for some reason and she wouldn't say, a lot of people didn't really care for the Sheriff. Some of the resulting violence may have been just for the sake of getting back at the Sheriff and not just directed at E.K. Harris. We'll never know all the subtile details I guess.

    -- Posted by MyMrMarty on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 9:59 PM
  • The nearest thing to a riot here in recent years was the year the Celebration's final class was canceled.

    The police and sheriff's departments already had backups coming in from surrounding cities and counties when things calmed down.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Thu, Dec 24, 2009, at 6:56 AM
  • Great series of articles David! I've enjoyed every one of them. My grandparents told me about some of these events related to the burning of the courthouse, but this series of articles has enlightened me a great deal. Thank you.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Fri, Dec 25, 2009, at 12:04 AM
  • This has been very interesting, can you tell me more about "bloody" 18th district," I have heard reference to this but have no clue as to what it was. Is it the the same as or related to the bloody 8 ? I have tried to look up the bloody 8, and think perhaps it i may have heard wrong.

    -- Posted by wonderwhy on Mon, Dec 28, 2009, at 10:38 PM
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