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Born: Bet 1 Jan 1862 and 16 Apr 1862 in , , Illinois, United States
Died: 16 Apr 1888 in Burlington, Elbert County, Colorado, United States
Father: Joseph A. McConnell (1824 – 1899)
Mother: Sarah Fouts (1830 – ?)
Organization: (the Odd Fellows)
Residence: 1 Jun 1870 at Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois, United States
Occupation: (farmer) 1 Jan 1885
Residence: 1 Jan 1885 at Highland Township, Guthrie County, Iowa, United States
Out in Colorado, Between Jaqua and Burlington
[It is roughly 27 miles overland from the ghost town of Jaqua, Kansas to Burlington, Colorado. Burlington and Cheyenne Wells are separated by another 33 miles. All of it is very flat. This story was printed by an anonymous author in the 26 Apr 1888 edition of The Blakeman Register from Blakeman, Kansas; for this story, paragraphs were separated, spelling corrected, and some minor punctuation adjusted.]
Out in Colorado, between Jaqua and Burlington, there lives (or lived) a man named Baker, whose whole life seemed devoted to turning the travel on a road that ran through his land. Last week, two men named McConnell and Morrison, who had hired a rig and driver at Wano , were going across the forbidden ground when Baker came out and emptied a double-barreled shot gun loaded with buck shot at them. In the excitement of the moment, neither noticed that he had been hurt until they had gone several rods when McConnell suddenly exclaimed, "I believe I am shot," then Morrison said, "So am I."
The driver ran his horses all the way to Burlington. McConnell died soon after reaching town; Morrison, though badly hurt, may recover. The sheriff went out, arrested Baker, and brought him into Burlington, but started with him for Cheyenne Wells immediately, on receipt of the intelligence that he would be lynched.
The mob searched every house in Burlington before they discovered that their bird had flown, and where. Extra teams were sent ahead as reliefs by both parties and the race was a most exciting one. After running down two teams, the sheriff reached Cheyenne Wells ahead, but only to find that the Denver train that would have carried the prisoner to safety, was three hours late. That sealed Baker's fate for the avengers arrived before the train and hung him to a coal chute.
McConnell was a wealthy, popular young man and was to have been married next month to a Rawlins county lady in whose favor he made his will just before his death.
General Notes and Anecdotes
Edmund was engaged to Belle Spear, with a wedding planned for May 1888, when he was shot and killed by Franklin Baker for trespassing on the latter's claim in April. [obituary-edmund-mcconnell-1888]
Edmund left to Belle all of his property, "which was no small amount." Baker, the shooter, was overtaken at Cheyenne Wells, Colorado where he was lynched by a posse out of Burlington, Colorado. [periodical-edmund-mcconnell-murder-1888]
Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)
Given Name: This database uses Edmund. The 1870 U.S. Census uses Edward. [census-us-1870-ps-il-henry-geneseo-13]
Given name: This database uses Edmund. The newspaper article about his murder uses Edmond. [obituary-edmund-mcconnell-1888]
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