Casey  County News

Transcribed from the Adair County News, editions as noted.

Phil Community Newsletter, September 2, 1903

Uncle Frank Chelf, proprietor of the Chelf Hotel, at Dunnville, died August 25 and was buried in the Antioch cemetery near Phil. Eld. J.Q. Montgomery officiated. Mr. Chelf was born in April 1821 in Virginia, making him 82 years old. He was married in 1842, and lost his wife two years ago. To them were born 12 children, all are yet living Mr. Chelf got his leg broken about two years ago and has been confined to his home since that time. One thing peculiar about his later life was that he had J.W. Winfrey to make his coffin about six years ago and it was of solid black walnut. It is not necessary to say to those who have seen Mr. Winfrey's work, that it was first class.

The mother of Mr. R. J. Ruberts died the same day Mr. Chelf died.

Lyon & Bohon stopped over Monday night at the Carson Hotel with 20 mules they bought in Adair and Russell.

T.W. Holt and J.M. Lawson, brothers-in-law, who have been at dagger points, met and Holt drew a knife and Lawson a pistol, shooting Holt three times. Lawson is in jail at Liberty but it is believed he will come clear as Holt had threatened his life.

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September 23, 1903

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Calvin Crockett, of Casey county, and an old man named Rainwater, were arrested in the rear of the Columbia Livery last Saturday, charged with gaming. They were caught playing by the town Marshal but they claim no money was up. The witnesses will tell a different story. Their trial is set for Thursday.