Christopher Clark

#57065, b. 1894

From Gina - In the picture of George Young Clark family---George Y has been killed at this point. Christopher, the son who avenged his father's death, is seated with his mother Fannie. He is wearing a military uniform and most likely served in WW1. Or maybe he was a forest ranger

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Birth1894Christopher Clark

Primary events

Brushes with the LAW

What follows is hearsay, and was proved wrong from contemporary newspaper reports (assuming that the journalists git the stiry correct. George Young CLARK was shot at a family get together by . Story goes that was misbehaving toward Frances, George Young (Frances' Husband) took him to task, and got shot for his trouble. I have been told that Christopher shot . I am not sure if it was at the time, say in defence, or later as retribution. At the time Christopher was only 16.

The story in the newspaper (supplied by Gina, where would I be without you, my dear). George CLARK shooting Apr. 1, 1910 McDonald PA Record

Thomas E. ANDERSON, now lying in the Southside Hospital, Pittsburgh, fighting for life, must answer if he recovers from the effects of the bullet wound in his head, for the killing of George CLARK who met his death in the
battle between the two men at Bulger early Monday morning, which marked the culmination of a family feud of long standing.

The testimony given by the eyewitnesses at the coroner's inquest, was somewhat conflicting in a number of details. It was brought out that ANDERSON had been quarreling and trying to pick trouble with CLARK for the
past three or four weeks. He was drinking Sunday night and when he reached his home, which was one-half of the double house occupied by the CLARK and
ANDERSON families, he began abusing CLARK and cursing him. All the members of the CLARK family with the exception of CLARK himself were abed.

It seems that for a considerable length of time CLARK endured the words of abuse coming from the other side of the thin partition, but finally went up stairs and awakening his sons Charles and Robert told them to come with him and see of they could quiet ANDERSON. CLARK picked up his revolver, at .32 caliber weapon, and took a number of extra cartridges. He and his boys stepped out of the back door and were approaching ANDERSON's door when the latter appeared on the porch holding his Winchester repeating shotgun in his hand.

Immediately on the appearance of ANDERSON the shooting commenced. CLARK had just fired his first shot, striking ANDERSON in the head, when he was shot through the head, being instantly killed. As he fell forward dead his revolver was again discharged, the bullet striking the porch. ANDERSON's weapon was discharged at least four times, twice during the subsequent struggle with the sons of the dead man.

As their father fell the two CLARK boys jumped for ANDERSON and the three struggled into the ANDERSON house where Robert CLARK succeeded in throwing ANDERSON to the floor. It was testified that Mrs. ANDERSON attempted to hit Robert CLARK with an ax, but warned by his brother's cry Robert jumped and Charles secured ANDERSON's gun. ANDERSON ran into the yard pursued by the boys, who struck him over the head, breaking the gun and knocking ANDERSON unconscious.

Just at this moment it seems ANDERSON's son Joseph appeared with a rifle, and the CLARK boys fled for home, while young ANDERSON with his mother's aid carried his father's unconscious form into the house.

It was shown that ANDERSON had taken the regular shells for his shotgun and had reloaded them with heavy bullets. A number of these prepared shells were found in the house. A peculiar fact which was not explained was the presence of what apparently was a 32 or 38 caliber slug in the cylinder of CLARK's revolver which it had struck with sufficient force to crack the metal. Where this slug came from is a mystery.

April 15, 1910 - McDonald PA Record

His head swathed in bandages and leaning heavily upon the arm of the officer who escorted him, Thomas ANDERSON, who, it is alleged, shot and killed George CLARK in a duel at Bulger on March 28, was taken to the county jail, Saturday form the Southside Hospital, Pittsburg, where he has lain since the day of the shooting.

ANDERSON was considered by the hospital authorities as strong enough to be moved to jail. He was placed in a cell immediately upon reaching the jail and will be treated hereafter by the jail physician. The bullet which entered ANDERSON's head over the eye has not been located.

ANDERSON was committed to jail on a charge of murder following the inquest into the death of CLARK.

May 20, 1910 McDonald PA Record

After deliberating but a little more than an hour, the jury on Wednesday returned a verdict of acquittal in the case of Thomas ANDERSON, who was tried for the murder of George CLARK at Bulger last March.

Mrs. ANDERSON and four children, who are now residents of Sturgeon, were in the court room when the verdict was received. They had shown a keen interest in the progress of the trial through the two days it lasted and their joy expressed itself in tears when the findings was announced. ANDERSON thanked the court respectfully before leaving the room.

Not having fully recovered from the effect of bullet wounds in his head, Anderson had shown considerable nervousness all through the trial.

He is pale and thin from his two months confinement, part of which was spent in a Pittsburg Hospital.

The killing of CLARK was the outcome of a fierce gun fight between neighbors by bad blood engendered over annoyances caused by CLARK's dogs.

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