FROM THE OCTOBER 20, 1899 WATCHMAN ADVOCATE
A SUNDAY SHOOTING
The Sheriff’s officers were greatly surprised last Sunday afternoon when a young man walked into Clayton and surrendered to them, acknowledging that he had killed Grant Boyd, at Maddenville a short while before. The young man’s name was Thomas White, and he has always borne a good reputation.
In telling Deputy Sheriff Albert Autenrieth of the occurrence, he said Boyd had been after him for some time, and when they met in front of Madden’s saloon that morning and Boyd put his hand in his pocket, he (White) drew his gun and fired four bullets into him as rapidly as the gun could be discharged. Mr. Autenrieth knew White, and believed his story, and after ordering the jailer to lock him up, boarded a car and went to the scene of the shooting and found the statement true with the exception that Boyd was still alive.
After the shooting, Boyd was taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Fannie Key, where Drs. Bristol and Armstrong of Webster Groves located his wounds. Two bullets passed through his left thigh, one entered his left side, lodging near the spinal column, and the other shattered the bones in his left wrist. The Doctors extracted the bullet from his back and dressed the wounds, which they considered dangerous.
From an eyewitness of the affair we learn that White was talking to some friends in front of Thomas Madden’s saloon when Boyd and Day Turner walked up. White drew a revolver and began to fire, walking toward Boyd at the same time. Boyd also walked toward White, stepping slowly and throwing up his arms each time a shot was fired. They were within a few feet of each other when the weapon was emptied and White threw it away and ran. Boyd followed close upon him. They passed through the saloon, and Boyd seized a beer bottle, with which he attempted to strike White. White, however, kept out of reach until Boyd gave up the chase.
Jealousy and a previous altercation caused the shooting. Grant Boyd and his brother Will and Thomas White all seem to have been infatuated with the same girl. Two weeks ago Grant Boyd and the girl quarreled and then followed the serious cutting of Will Boyd, who acted as peacemaker. The quarrel was taken up the next day by White, who received rough treatment at the hands of the Boyd’s. They did not meet again until Sunday.