164. John Reuben
DURHAM was born on 25 Jul 1870 in Kentucky.22,23,35,46,79 He died Gunshot in neck (suicide) on 22 Apr 1921 in
Taylor County, Kentucky.23
Buried in Brookside Cemetery. Informant listed as C.M. Durham of Campbellsville.
Adair County News - Columbia, Kentucky
(PDF of newspaper given to me by Donna Lee - descendant of John Reuben Durham)
Wednesday, April 27, 1921
A HORRIBLE KILLING.
J. R. Durham Kills Norman Hobson Then Kills Himself. One Eye Witness. Both Parties
SLAYER AND SLAIN BOTH MASONS
Campbellsville was horrified last Friday morning about 9 o'clock, when the news
spread over the city that John Reuben Durham, a prominent poultry dealer, had
shot and killed Norman Hobson, also in the poultry business, then shot and killed
himself. Recently there was a shake up in the S. H. Grinstead Company, Durham,
who was a large stock holder, going out as manager, Hobson succeeding him. Below
we give a dispatch from Campbellsville, telling how it occcured.
Both men were Masons, we almost certain they were Knights Templar, Modern Woodsman,
members of Churches, bot being deacons, and both were identified with the Republican
party. Mr. Durham was a Baptis, Mr. Hobson, a Methodist.
Mr. Durham was a brother of F. H. Durham, this place, and often visited in Columbia.
As soon as the news reached here Mr. F. H. Durham left for the scene. We understand
that Mr. Hobson leaves a wife and two children and Durham a wife and four children
and life insurance amounting to $25,000.
The following is the dispatch from Campbellsville:
Kpjm Reuben Durham, 55, vice president of the S. H. Grinstead Company, the largest
poultry house here, shot and instantly killed Norman Hobson, 48, manager of the
concern, shortly after 9 o'clock this morning and then ended his own life a minute
later in a room over his office.
Dave Thruman, the only eyewitness of the tragedy, said that Hobson was reading
a letter in front of the store when Durham came out with a shotgun and fired
the load of one barrel into Hobson's neck. He then ran upstairs and another
report was heard. He was found dead with the load of the other barrel through
Durham is believed by his friends to have lost his mind. He had been manager
for many years of the Grinstead house and, after a recent consolidation with
the McKinley house, was cut off as a salaried employe, for which it is believed
he held Hobson responsible. It is known that there was ill felling between the
John Reuben DURHAM and Ann Lee "Amie" HUDSON were married about 1896 in Kentucky.
Ann Lee "Amie" HUDSON (daughter of George HUDSON)
was born on 4 Jul 1871 in Kentucky.23,35,46,79 She died Carcinory Liver on
28 May 1929 in Taylor County, Kentucky.23
Gowdy Durham is listed as "informant" to the death of Amie Lee (Hudson)
Durham. Amie Lee Durham is buried in Brookside Cemetery. John Reuben DURHAM
and Ann Lee "Amie" HUDSON had the following children:
Elizabeth Cleo DURHAM.|
|Austin Edward "Ed" DURHAM.|
|Bertha May DURHAM was born on 10 Jun
1903 in Taylor County, Kentucky.15|
was born about 1904 in Kentucky.35,79,80
In the 1930 Census for Taylor County, Kentucky - Gowdy Durham, age 26, is listed
in the household of Everett and Ruby Kerr. Gowdy Durham is listed as "brother-in-law"
Lee DURHAM was born on 14 Feb 1911 in Taylor County, Kentucky.44,79|