|In 1901 a young man from the Village of Hur wandered into Clay County and almost got himself shot to death, according to an article in the Calhoun Chronicle.|
The fighting and shooting frenzy happened in the Village of Gould.
Young Manna Nutter, in his early 20s, was seriously injured in the cross-fire at a country store.
The account says Nutter had just gone into a store where quite
a crowd had assembled, when a general fight was precipitated by a remark
which one young man made of anothers sister.
The fight soon scattered
and was continued in the road.
Nutter was taking no hand in the affair except as a spectator. In the melee, a man by the name of
Wheeler fired a .32 caliber revolver, the ball entering young Nutter's body
at the tip of the left shoulder blade, passing entirely through, coming
out just under the collar bone.
Some twenty or more shots were fired without other injury.
Several other parties
were badly beaten with clubs and axes. None of the participants,
it is claimed, were intoxicated, but they wanted to fight, and fight they
did, said the account.
"No arrests have been made, and it is not likely there will be
any," says the account.
"Nutter was removed to Clay Court House, where he is receiving
all the attentions and care it is possible to give him and, he seems to
be resting easy, and is on a fair way to recover."
Nutter was the son of Sylvester Nutter, and married Sarah Basnett in 1903.
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