by Linda Stewart, 28 August 2021
A FIGHT OVER POLITICS
Fulton, KY., August 29, 1899, Sam Norman, a prominent resident of Mayfield, and Ray Paschall, editor of the Weekly Guard, a Brown paper, got into a dispute over state politics at Knight’s hotel this afternoon. Norman took exception to Paschall’s remarks and slapped his jaws. Paschall did not resent Norman’s attack at the time, but later slipped up on him and struck him with a knife. Bystanders intruded and prevented further hostilities. The Owensboro Messenger, (Owensboro, KY), Wed, Aug 30, 1899, Pg 4
HAD NO KNIFE
The Sun a few days since printed an article clipped from a Louisville paper and no doubt sent by some prejudiced correspondent, giving an account of a fight in Fulton between Editor Paschall, of the Guard, and Mr. Sam Norman, an ex-sheriff of Graves county. The item said that Paschall retired after being slapped by Norman and later slipped up on Norman and attacked him with a knife. The Guard of this week gives an account of the trouble and the Sun reprints a part of justice to Mr. Paschall, who seems to have been unjustly accused in what was previously printed: “Hero is what the eye-witnesses say who saw the affair. Jim Milner, clerk at Knight’s hotel: ‘I saw Norman slap Paschall, and saw Paschall drawback to hit him.’ Gus Covington, traveling salesman: ‘I was present at the time of trouble between Paschall and Norman began, and was one of the three men who help Paschall and prevented him from hitting Norman.” Charles Payne, lawyer: ‘I was present and saw Paschall walk up in front of Norman a few seconds later and hit him in the face with his fist. The second lick Paschall struck Norman fell. Together with two other gentlemen we pulled Paschall off Norman and stopped the fight. Paschall had no knife.’ A.B. McCall, merchant Dukedom: ‘I held Norman while Paschall was pulled off of him. Paschall used nothing be his fist.’ Dick LaRue, conductor: ‘I separated Paschall and Norman Tuesday and was quite amused at the way the thing ended. The big man stood no show. Paschall had no knife — only a left fist.'” The Paducah Sun, (Paducah, KY), Sat., Sept 2, 1899, Pg 3
Per the 1900 Fulton Co., KY US Census, Jesse Raymond Paschall, and wife Dora, had two daughters Pauline, age 4 and Katherine, age 2. His occupation was editor[i]. Raymond “Ray” married Dora Cooksey on 3 July 1894 in Henry Co., TN[ii]. Raymond, the son of Alexander Richard Paschall and Adalaide Araminta “Ada” Taylor, was born February 10, 1869 in Kentucky, died from tuberculosis on January 29, 1915 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, PLOT: Evergreen #278. Typographical Union Lot. No personal marker [iii].
In 1920, Dora and Katherine were living in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX[iv]. Pauline was married to a Navy man, Joseph Hennard Cade, and they were living in Charleston, South Carolina[v]. In 1930, Pauline and Joseph were living in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL[vi]. Pauline died in 1963 and Joseph in 1971. Both were buried in the Northridge Woodhaven Chapel and Cemetery in Millington, Shelby Co., TN, PLOT: Garden of the Christus[vii].
In 1930, Dora was living with her daughter Katherine Abbott, her husband Vayle E. Abbott and their newborn son Charles, in Miami, Dade Co., FL[viii]. Dora was born 8 Apr 1871, died 20 July 1943, and was buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL[ix].
[i] Year: 1900; Census Place: Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 0040; FHL microfilm: 1240521
Year: 1910; Census Place: Memphis Ward 16, Shelby, Tennessee; Roll: T624_1520; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0216; FHL microfilm: 1375533
[ii] Tennessee, U.S., Marriage Records, Henry County, 1898 May-1929 Aug: Marriage, Page 321, Licenses 126
[iii] Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1958; Roll Number: 40, Registration District No. 28005, File no. 300
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/130415563/jesse-raymond-paschall, accessed 28 August 2021
[iv] Year: 1920; Census Place: Dallas Precinct 16, Dallas, Texas; Roll: T625_1792; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 29
[v] Year: 1920; Census Place: Charleston Ward 6, Charleston, South Carolina; Roll: T625_1687; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 37
[vi] Year: 1930; Census Place: Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0105; FHL microfilm: 2340055
[vii] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/68594846/pauline-p.-cade, accessed 28 August 2021
[viii] Year: 1930; Census Place: Miami, Dade, Florida; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 0069; FHL microfilm: 2340046
[ix] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96375137/dora-c.-paschall, accessed 28 August 2021