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KINSLOW in Barren Co., KY Article
Posted by: LaVelda Faull Date: May 20, 2000 at 11:08:11
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I found an interesting article in the Glasgow Times dated 1885 which mentions a CURD KINSLOW who got into a fight with "villain" Dr. B. E. Hildreth at the Fair grounds. I thought perhaps someone researching the Kinslows in Barren Co., KY might find it of interest.

Here it is:

Glasgow Times, 5 October 1885:

"A Scoundrel"

"DR. B. E. HILDRETH, of Randolph, is entitled to the cake as the most villianous piece of human flesh that has walked the streets of Glasgow for many a year.

The first day of the Fair, Dr. HILDRETH came dome from his home near Randolph, with his wife and two young ladies of Metcalfe County. The beast had no sooner gotten into town than he began to fill himself up on whisky, and by the time evening came he was a devil incarnate. The first the officers know of the Doctor being in town was when a street showman complained that he was amusing himself by cursing the showman and interrupting him whenever he attempted to talk. He forestalled arrest for this offense by getting out of town, and going down to the Fair ground, where he got into a quarrel with CURD KINSLOW. He is said to have handled his shotgun and pistol pretty recklessly on the outside of the grounds. He then came to town late in the evening, and for some reason became enraged with the young ladies he had in the spring-wagon with him. These he cursed in the most brutal manner, calling them the foulest names in the vocabulary and finally so alarming them that they jumped out in the street, declaring they would go no farther with him. After exhausting the vilest language at them, the "Doctor" drove on. On his way out of town, he cursed two or three ladies, and otherwise behaved like the cowardly scoundrel he is. The town officials had meanwhile got wind of his antics and the police started out after him, but as he had gotten over the brow of Botts hill, and well on his way out of the corporate limits, he was let alone on the supposition that his meanness had about exhausted itself. When out of town a short distance, however, he gave his wife - whom he had been cursing and abusing before he left town - a terrific beating. The poor woman, was beaten until she jumped from the wagon, and ran into the residence of MR. DUDLEY JOLLY, out on the Edmonton Road, imploring their protection. HILDRETH attempted to get her out of the house, but, finding she would not go with him, left, after cursing everybody in the house and flourishing his gun and pistol. The next morning he came back after his wife in a buggy. In getting out of the vehicle, a pistol he had in his rear-pocket exploded, burning his pants, but, unfortunately, not his cowardly carcass. Deputy Sheriff DEPP arrested him the next day, and he was brought to town on two charges - one of beating his wife and one of carrying concealed deadly weapons. He was held over for trial next Saturday in a bond of $200, which he gave and was discharged.

HILDRETH has the reputation of being one of the worst men of this section. He is said to habitually carry a shotgun and pistol and to be constantly in trouble. It is whispered that he is a former member of the JAMES gang, and his actions would certainly indicate that he is some sort of escaped criminal. Not long ago, he got into a fuss at the depot with MR. JOHN ANDERSON, but fortunately nothing more serious than a blow or two and a skirmish resulted. His latest exploits stamp him as a scoundrel of the meanest, most cowardly and villanous type.

He appears to be a professional desperado and the sooner somebody kills him the better for the humanity which despises such brutes. His trial comes up next Saturday and our citizens shall see to it that he gets the severest penalty of the law.

LATER - We understand that an examination of MRS. HILDRETH's wounds showed a large knot on her forehead, a cut on the head, her mouth mashed, and a kick in the stomach, besides other injuries. It is said her cruel husband beat her with the shot-gun. To add to the wretches' infamy, his wife is said to be in a delicate condition."

Wow! No newspaper would get away with making these kinds of statements these days!! They would be sued for sure! I assume "delicate condition" means she was pregnant.


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