John C. Kirkpatrick

The Cartersville Courant
Cartersville, Georgia
November 4, 1886, page 3
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A Terrible Affair.
John C. Kirkpatrick Shot and Killed in New Orleans.
The Remains Expected to Arrive Today.

This community was greatly shocked on Tuesday evening when it became known that Dr. W. L. Kirkpatrick had received a telegram from Dr. Finney, coroner of New Orleans, stating that Dr. Kirkpatrick’s son, John C., had been killed that day in New Orleans.  The blow was so sudden and unexpected to the bereaved father and his family, that it fell with cruel, crushing weight.  The wires were brought into requisition and messages were sent to New Orleans but the details of the occurrence were extremely meager.  The only information as to the unfortunate affair was that a Dr. Ford, of Shreveport, La., where young Kirkpatrick had lived and engaged in business for some years past, had shot him dead in the Crescent City, to which place it is thought the murderer had followed his victim.  The lamentable affair is said to have the result of an old quarrel in Shreveport.  The murdered man was a pharmaccutist of rare talent and skill, and had enjoyed for years a good income from his business.  A particularly sad feature of the case is that the deceased was soon to marry a charming young lady of New Orleans, who is well-nigh heartbroken over the terrible affair.  Mr. Bob Kirkpatrick has been telegraphed for and will in all probability go to New Orleans to see her and obtain full particulars of the cause and of the murder.  Judge Marks, a prominent lawyer of New Orleans, and a friend of the murdered man, has telegraphed that he will anticipate the desires of the relatives of the dead man, take charge of his effects and attend to the transporting of the remains to Cartersville for burial.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was in Cartersville a few weeks ago on a visit to his loved ones.  He was but twenty-nine years of age and was a young man of sterling qualities, and of great help and stay to his father in his declining years.  Mr. Will Graham, a friend of the deceased, went to Atlanta Wednesday to meet the remains, expecting they would come by that city yesterday, but a late telegram from the coroner stated that they would not be shipped until yesterday, and they ought to arrive here this (Thursday) evening.

Dr. Kirkpatrick and family have the sincere sympathy in their terrible affliction, of this entire community.

Should the remains arrive on the 3:30 train this afternoon, they will be buried directly from the depot.  The bell of the Presbyterian church will be rang and notices sent out to that effect.


November 11, 1886
Page 3

The Murder of John C. Kirkpatrick in New Orleans.
Full and Thrilling Particulars of the Terrible Scene Enacted in the Glare of Day.
A Full Report of the Autopsy on the Body – And Comments of the New Orleans Papers.

[A very long 3 column article about the murder reported in the November 4, 1886 issue.]


The Cartersville American
November 3, 1886, page 3

John C. Kirkpatrick Killed in New Orleans.

Dr. W. L. Kirkpatrick received a telegram yesterday evening bringing the sad intelligence that his son John had been shot and instantly killed without stating the particulars.  Later he received another telegram saying that he was shot by a Dr. Ford, from Shreveport.  The cause of the trouble is not known.

The announcement will bring sorrow to the hearts of John’s many friends who loved and esteemed him for his many noble traits.  Up to the time of going to press, no further particulars of his death has been received.

The remains will be brought here for interment.



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