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Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 12/4/2010 at 22:32:28

Maquoketa Record, December 13, 1899

Murdered for a Small Debt

Henry Broker, a farmer, two miles north of Glenwood, died from a gunshot wound inflicted by a neighbor, John Martin. The two men had quarreled over the trifling sum of 45 cents, shortly after which they met in a field near Brokerís house. Martin was armed with a shotgun and during the altercation he fired at Broker, who was grasping both barrels of the gun. The discharge tore off Brokerís right hand, and several of the shot penetrated his body, causing wounds which soon resulted in death. Martin immediately rode to Glenwood and surrendered himself to the Sheriff.


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