Horace G. Cochran

Male 1881 - June 28, 1916

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  • Name  Horace G. Cochran 
    Born  3 May 1881  from Garwood, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  June 28, 1916  Shelbyville, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Shelbyville Cemetery, Shelbyville, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Daily Review
      Decatur Illinois
      Thursday Evening, June 29, 1916
      Thomas Dowler Held for Killing of H. H. Cochran

      Assumption. June 29 - H. H. Cochran, 42 years old, a farmer and deputy sheriff of Shelby county, was killed presumably in a revolver duel with his father-in-law, Thomas Dowler, 58 years old, at the Cochran home six miles southwest of here Wednesday evening about 8 o'clock. There were no witnesses to the shooting as far as could be learned this morning. Dowler was arrested soon after the shooting and placed in the county jail at Shelbyville.

      From rumors of trouble in the Cochran home between the slain man and his wife, Dowler's daughter, for several weeks, it is thought that the shooting resulted from a quarrel which Cochran and Dowler engaged in. Dowler lives near Lima, Kans., and only arrived at the Cochran farm Wednesday. Until three years ago he resided near Assumption for thirty years and was well known.

      The shooting took place in front of the Cochran home. Dowler was in the garden and Cochran in the front yard of the home. Dowler has a slight scalp wound across the top of his head from a bullet fired by Cochran, it is said. Cochran was shot three times, two bullets entering the right side of his body and one entering his right hand in which his revolver had been held.

      The revolver found on Cochran had three empty chambers while the one taken from Dowler when he was arrested had four empty chambers, indicating that seven shots in all had been fired.

      Dowler, during his long residence here, had always been regarded as a peaceable man. He had been known to have acted queerly at times but was nowise looked upon as a dangerous man. Since his removal to Kansas, it is said that he has acquired some farm land there. He has a family of six children, all of whom are grown.

      Recently there has been talk that Mrs. Cochran planned divorce proceedings against her husband. Neighbors are of the opinion that she sent to Kansas for her father to come here and assist in divorcing her husband. Cochran had had inserted in a local newspaper for the last few weeks, a notice warning merchants against giving credit to his wife.

      Cochran was a nephew of Horace and Fred Cochran, two of the wealthiest landowners in this section. He had been married about ten years. Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, aged eight and six years and one son, aged two years.

      An inquest was conducted by Coroner Montgomery last night. A recommendation in the verdict urged that Dowler be held to await the action of the grand jury for the murder of Cochran.

      Dowler telephoned to his daughter, Mrs. Cochran, from the Shelbyville jail, Thursday morning. He said he was sorry for her but he was glad that he had killed Cochran, even if he had to hang for it. The little daughter of the Cochrans had told the neighbors during the morning that her father had often beaten her mother, and that is believed to have been the reason for the murder.

      According to the story, Dowler had come to the Cochran home while Cochran was in Pana. When Cochran returned home, he upraided his wife for having her father in the house. Later he quarreled with the old man, and is said to have abused him. Somehow or other, the old man got hold of Cochran's shotgun.

      IN DUEL.
      When the duel started. Dowler blazed away with the shotgun, and almost tore off Cochran's right hand. A second shot tore a great hole in Cochran's neck. Cochran had been using his revolver in the meantime, however, and four chambers were found empty.

      The funeral of Cochran will probably be held some time Saturday.

    • Not sure if the Cochrans tied into Lawrence Co., adding here for future reference:
      Ironton Journal Oct. 16, 1872 - Probate Court - Jonas Morris, Executor of Eleanor Cochran, filed second and final account for settlement.
    Person ID  I1477  Kouns Family
    Last Modified  12 Nov 2006 

    Family  Clara Lorena Dowler,   b. 19 Nov. 1882, Assumption, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Colony, KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Dec 1902 
     1. Hazel Cochran,   b. ca 1908
     2. Helen Cochran
     3. Dwight Cochran
     4. Ruth Cochran,   bur. Shelbyville Cemetery, Shelbyville, IL Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  25 Aug 2006 
    Family ID  F494  Group Sheet