Barker, Jim (Unknown - October 21, 1899)
KILLING AT GLENROCK
Jim Barker Fatally Wounded by an Unknown Assailant-John Blessing Under Arrest.
Bill Barlows Budget - October 25, 1899Last Thursday evening as Jim Barker was standing in the rear room of the postoffice, a shot was fired through a window and he fell to the floor mortally wounded. The ball passed through his arm, one lung, grazed the backbone and lodged against a rib. The wounded man lived until Saturday morning. Ann inquest was held by Coroner Louger and a verdict rendered to the effect that deceased came to his death at the hands of someone to the jury unknown. The remains were interred at Glenrock yesterday-the funeral being delayed to await the arrival of the parents of the dead man, from the east. Sheriff Cook and County Attorney Mecum left for Glenrock early Friday morning, and on Saturday returned with John Blessing, who is in jail charged with the shooting of Barker. The circumstances leading up to his arrest are these: Blessing is a blacksmith, a ranchman and owns a small bunch of sheep which run about his place. Barker was the owner of a dog which had repeatedly attacked and killed one or more of Blessing's sheep, of which Blessing had frequently complained to Barker, without avail. On the day of the shooting, Blessing fired a charge of birdshot at Barker's dog, and that evening the two men met and Barker gave Blessing a terrible beating-kicking and jumping upon him, and bruising him up badly. Barker entered the postoffice and was met by his wife who was trying to induce him to go home with her when the fatal shot was fired. Blessing denies having done the shooting, and when a deputy sheriff went to his house immediately after, he was found bathing his wounds received at the hands of Barker. No one saw the shot fired, though several saw some one running from the scene of the tragedy who, in the darkness, resembled Blessing.
Both men are old residents of this section. Barker is a quarrelsome bully, who has pounded up a good many people, been in jail several times and in trouble of some sort most of the time. That he must ultimately meet with some such fate as finally did befall him was only a question of time. Unfortunately he had a most estimable wife and a large family of children, on whose head must fall the burden of the husband and father's misdeeds, and who have the sympathy of everyone. Blessing is a quiet, hard-working and peaceable citizen, who has never been involved in trouble of any sort before, and who is also a man of family.
The preliminary hearing will probably be held on Friday.