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Henry Clemens, 1911
Posted by: Caleb Teffeteller (ID *****4419) Date: June 18, 2010 at 18:36:58
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The Maryville Times, Friday, (Blount Co. TN) September 1, 1911, Page 1:

“Town Marshal Killed---Our quiet, little city was greatly shocked and aroused when on last Friday about 3:30 o’clock, word was telephoned from the east side of that Marshal Henry Clemens had just been shot and instantly killed by Norman Loudon, alias Norman Wear, at the home of his mother, Plina Loudon, when he, in company with Deputy Sheriff Will Smith had gone to arrest Loudon on the charge of felonious assault committed that morning at the camp of R.B. Oliver, who is building a bridge on Nine Mile Creek.

Loudon or Wear, while riding in a wagon with Clifford Grimes became enraged and struck Grimes over the head with a break-stick, injuring him quite seriously and immediately left the camp. Sheriff Hutton received word over the phone and went to arrest Loudon, who dodged the officers and came to Maryville, going to the home of his mother. Hutton telephoned his deputies to look out for Loudon, and Deputy Smith located him at his mothers, and got Clemens to help him make the arrest. Clemens being a man who was utterly fearless, went with Smith and did not even carry a gun, thinking we suppose he would have no trouble to make the arrest. But Smith carried a gun.

As to exactly tell how the murder occurred it is hard to do so, as we have heard so many reports. But it seems that Smith entered one door and Clemens the other. Smith says that he caught hold of Doyle Loudon, a cousin of the desperado, and told him that he had a warrant for his arrest. The boy told him he had done nothing wrong but that Norman was the one that was wanted. In the meantime, Clemens had entered the other door. It is not known what was said between the two men, whether anything or not. But evidently Loudon, who was standing beside or near a bureau, opened fire with a 44 automatic, steel bullet pistol. Four shots rang out and when the smoke cleared away Clemens lay a bloody corpse---while Loudon made his way out the backdoor across the lot, loading his pistol as he went, going by the laundry, up the L. & N. Railroad into the woods, which was the last seen of him. The shots which killed Clemens were as follows: one ball entered the left side of the neck, coming out under the right shoulder; one ball entered the right shoulder, coming out at the elbow; one ball entered the left bowel; one ball entered his back, passing through the heart, coming out in front. He was literally riddled with bullets.

Nothing since we have been here has so excited the citizens of our town as the foul murder of our brave Marshal, and a posse of men armed to the teeth were soon in pursuit of the desperate criminal. If he had been caught his life would have paid the penalty in short order. A diligent search was kept up all night long, and ever since---and we hope it will not be long until he is caught and brought to justice.

The officials of the town met and immediately took action in regard to capturing Loudon. The city offers a reward of $200; the K. of P. Lodge of which the deceased was a member, offers $200; the I.O.O.F. Lodge of Louisville offers $100, and the citizens of the town offer $100, for his arrest and delivery to the proper authorities here at Maryville. It is supposed that Governor Hooper will offer a reward from the State, which will surely effect his arrest. Loudon is a desperate character and it is thought by most of our citizens, he being so well armed, that he will die before being taken so all are warned to take no chances along this line.

The funeral of Marshal Clemens was held Saturday evening from 3 to 4 o’clock. The service was held at the home. The service was conducted by Rev. Mira E. Graves, pastor of the Friends Church, assisted by Rev. John Sanders. The town officials and the members of the different lodges of which he was a member attended in a body, also a large concourse of friends were present to pay their respects to the departed friend and neighbor. One of the largest processions we ever saw on a funeral occasion followed the remains to their last resting place, Magnolia Cemetery, where they were laid to rest beneath a bed of beautiful flowers. He leaves a wife and several children who have the sympathy of all. The husband and father struck down by the hand of a cowardly assassin, while in the faithful discharge of his duty is taken from the home, the town and community.

He is the son of Henry Clemens, his aged father still living who is past 70 years of age. His mother died several years ago. He formerly lived on a farm near Louisville, but a few years ago moved to our city to educate his children, being the father of nine. He first entered the city’s employ having charge of the street work. It was noticed that whatever he done was always done well. He was a special police at times and some time ago was elected Marshal, which position he filled most satisfactorily. He was an ideal officer,
being utterly fearless and ready at all times to do his duty---but performed same in such a manner as to offend no one. He had little to say but watched and safeguarded the public’s interest at all times. He was so fearless that he hardly ever carried a pistol in the daytime. He enjoyed the confidence, respect and friendship of all law abiding citizens.

“Therefore, be it resolved, by the mayor and aldermen of the town of Maryville, that this testimonial be given at this time of grief and sorrow of the work and excellence of the slain official. He was a model officer, quiet, kind, obliging, utterly fearless and courageous in the discharge of his duties. Had unbounded respect and esteem of all who knew him. His courage was shown in going into the room of the desperado without any weapon save his policeman’s billet, and there his life was given in an effort to uphold the law.

Usually his firmness lead offenders to respect his authority, while his kindness won the love of all, and yet he was stricken down, his body being pierced by four cruel bullets, sent by the hand of a fiendish outlaw.

Resolved, that the board of mayor and aldermen, as well as other town officials to attend the funeral of the deceased Marshal, in a body, and that they contribute floral offerings, as well as express their appreciation of the deceased official.

Resolved, furthermore that all business houses and offices are requested to be closed during the hours of funeral and burial.

Resolved further, that these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the board and a copy be furnished the Maryville papers for publication. That a copy be made and certified to under the seal of corporation and sent to the bereaved family.” ---A.K. Harper, Mayor, W.A. McTeer, Recorder.

We do not feel like we can close without publishing a description of Loudon or Wear. He is a light mulatto, nearly white. Hair nearly straight, three gold front teeth, 20 to 21 years of age, blue eyes, red or rosy cheeks, weight 175 to 180 pounds, height about five feet ten inches. Frequently passed for a white man. Confer a favor upon the public in general by helping in his arrest.”

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