Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rites Held For Victims of Shooting

The Marietta Daily Times, June 19, 1933

Funeral services for Albert Newton, slain Saturday by James Arbor, were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Dixon Funeral Home, Rev. W. A. Moore officiating.  Burial was made at the Round Bottom Cemetery in Waterford Township.

The funeral of Arbor was conducted Monday morning at 10 o'clock at the same place, Dr. J. A. Holmes officiating.  Burial was made in Oak Grove.

Coroner Fred Jackson, who investigated the dual shooting, that occurred in the apartment of Arbor's wife at 120 Front Street, made an official finding of murder and suicide.  There were no eye witnesses to the tragedy and the coroner affirmed what the police found in their investigation following the shooting.

A note found on Arbor's body indicated that trouble was expected, even premeditated by him.  The note was addressed to Chief Homer O. Wolfe of the police department.  It was written Friday evening at the county infirmary, more than twelve hours before he followed Newton to the apartment.  Text of the note follows:

"Marietta, June 16th.
"Friend Homer:
"I am going to town tomorrow and I have found out for a fact that Newton is still going to the house.  Well, there is something going to happen.  It's just too damned raw for me to swallow as every one knows about it and they know that I am wedged out here and sick and broke.

"I can't get a gun any place and they keep bolts on the door when he is there and just the key turned in the lock when he is not.  One time he slipped out the back door when she let me in the front, but I have not been there for a long time.

"I am going to get in tomorrow.  Her folks think she is o.k.

"Good bye, maybe,

"J. M. A."

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