Campbell County Newspapers
Prominent Jacksboro Farmer Slain with Mattock
  Submitted by Mary Lou Hudson

Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY - Oct. 16, 1923

     Knoxville, Oct. 16 -- John Wiley Cooper, prominent farmer of Jacksboro, Campbell county, is dead; and Will Clark, farmer, is in the Knox county jail on a murder charge as a result of an altercation between the two men yesterday morning.
     According to information from Campbell county authorities, Cooper and Clark were working together digging potatoes. It is not known how the trouble started, but a quarrel developed and it is alleged that Clark struck Cooper on the head with a mattock, mortally wounding him. Clark was arrested on a charge of felonious assault and later released under a $2,000 bond. He started toward Knoxville when he learned that Cooper was being hurried to Knoxville in a dying condition. Cooper died at the Knoxville General Hospital at 5 p.m. shortly after arriving there and while on the operating table.




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