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The murder of J.G. Walton, 1854


Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 2/10/2017 at 17:00:13

Dubuque Weekly Observer, July 8, 1854
Last Friday, Johnson G. Walton, was stabbed in the throat by a young man named John White, and died almost instantly. The particulars says the Galena Advertiser, as we have learned them are as follows:

Sometime last May, Walton lost a $5 bill under circumstances that led him to suspect White of stealing it. White, left McGregor soon after, and did not return until a few days since. It was intimated to him, if he did not settle with Walton he would not be permitted to leave town. He thereupon went to Evans store where Walton was, and called him out. They walked apart from the crowd, and were heard in altercation about the lost money. Walton told White that he could not leave town till the affair was settled. White denied having taken the money. Walton contradicted him. White then called Walton a liar. Walton thereupon seized White and they went down together, Walton uppermost White immediately raised the cry of murder! and upon the arrival of some person who were near, it was found that Walton had been stabbed in the throat with a small knife, and White was trying to stay the following blood by holding his thumb on the wound. White it is said to have called on those present to stop the blood and run for the Doctor. He was examined before Justice V. R. Miller, and committed to await his trial. He is a young man, not more than twenty years of age. - Prairie du Chien Courier.


Added by S. Ferrall: An accounting of the crime appears in the 1882 History of Clayton County, Chapter XVI; Dark Deeds, pg 562. This accounting of the murder can be read on the Clayton co. IAGenWeb site (link below).

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