Two 61-Year-old men stabbed in dispute over farm boundary 



Fight Follows Survey Made By County Surveyor

Submitted by Peggy A. Wells

Two 61-year-old men were stabbed and are patients at the Marting hospital as the result of a boundary dispute over farm land, that flamed into violence Thursday shortly before noon during the running of a new line by Deputy County Surveyor Virgil Jenkins and a force of helpers.

The scrape took place on the Isom Smith and Ed Rankin farm line at Brady Creek after Smith had taken exception to the running of a boundary at the expense and request of Rankin.

Robert Baker, 61, of Brady Creek, was stabbed once in the shoulder and once in the abdomen. His condition may be serious, as it has not been determined whether or not intestines were punctured. Sanford Stone, 61, of Brady Creek, was stabbed twice in the back and one of the thrusts may have damaged his spine. Both men were treated at South Webster Thursday afternoon and during Thursday night were removed to the Marting hospital in the Walter Kinnison ambulance. They are receiving treatment at the Marting, under close observation to determine if the knife wounds are to develop complications.

According to Stone, he and Baker were working with Surveyor Jenkins in the pay of Rankin, who asked for a new boundary run in an effort to settle argument over the line between the Rankin and Smith farms. Isom Smith and his sons Bill and Everett approached, according to Stone, and Bill Smith and Rankin engaged in an argument and fight. “I tried to stop them,” continued Stone, ” and Isom Smith stabbed me twice in the back. I don’t know what kind of a knife he had but I know he stabbed me. I fell and while on the ground he said ‘I’ll kill you.’ Then he stabbed Baker twice.”

Rankin was struck over the head with a light club during the brawl, it is understood, but did not sustain serious injury.

The survey was being made six miles from South Webster, in Lawrence county.

County officials had received no report of the affair today and no arrests have been made.

Ironton Tribune, 19 February 1932, Friday, Page 3.


Two Victims of Knife Still In Hospital

Isom Smith, 62, of Brady creek, waived preliminary examination when arraigned before Magistrate Peter A. Burke Sunday evening on a charge of cutting with intent to kill and was bound to the grand jury under bond of $1,000. He furnished bond and was discharged subject to the grand jury investigation.

Smith is alleged to have been responsible for the knife wounds sustained by Robert Baker, 61, and Sanford Stone, 61, residents of the Brady creek district, who are patients at a local hospital as a result of a free-for-all fight which occurred last Thursday afternoon while surveyors were “running” a line between the Smith farm and that of Ed Rankin.

According to information obtained by authorities William Smith, 40, and Rankins quarreled over the survey which was underway at the time. Bake and Stone attempted to act as peacemakers and Isom Smith is alleged to have set upon them with a knife. Baker was wounded in the shoulder and the abdomen and Stone was wounded in the shoulder and the abdomen and Stone was wounded twice in the back.

Ironton Tribune, 22 February 1932, Monday, Page 2.