|Blanche Boulware Irvine|
b. abt 1870 - d. Dec 13 1939
Tom confronted Mr. Kerr on July 1, 1885. His brother Sid was not there at the confrontation. On July 2, about 5 or 6pm Tom and Kerr were arguing again. This time Sid was there but according to witnesses he did not have a gun. Tom and Kerr had the guns and they started shooting. At some point in the fracas Sid hit Kerr with a board and held him. Tom approached and shot Kerr. Kerr lingered through the evening and died of his wounds around 10pm that night. In addition C.W. Easley was injured during the shooting when a bullet went through his right hand which may have required the amputation of his thumb according to newspaper sources.
Tom fled immediately and avoided arrest. I have not located if Tom was ever brought to justice in Texas. I do know he went back to Tennessee. In 1894 he married Mettie May Gardner and had a daughter, Annie A. Irvine. He remained in Weakley County until his death October 20, 1918. His occupation, according to the death certificate, was "decorator." He died from stab wounds that became infected and his death was ruled a homicide. I'm sure there must be an interesting story there! He's interred at Sunset Cemetery in Dresden.
Sid was arrested immediately. Over the next four years he went through four trials. The first trial found him guilty of second degree murder and he was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary. He appealed. The second trial found him guilty of manslaughter and he was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary. He appealed. The third trial ended in a hung jury. The fourth trial the jury found him not guilty. Sid remained in Bowie till his death in 1927.
If you are interested in more about the case of Sid and Tom Irvine be sure and read Irvine vs the State of Texas.
|John Sidney "Sid" Irvine|
b. Aug. 1862 - d. 1927