An indication of the depth of emotion stirred by the issue was the murder of John McCulloch, a Conway citizen who had once served as a city alderman, on the night of September 1, 1890 in the Faulkner County Courthouse. McCulloch, who had opposed prohibition, was shot by J.R. Williams, a “Prohi.” Less than a year later, Williams also killed John’s brother, Sam McCulloch, shooting him in the back on June 27, 1891, while he was running away. In both killings he claimed self-defense.
|Peter Paul Loetscher is the tall young man in the back standing behind his mother and father.|
Source: Photo added by Andreas Heege to http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=101201665
|Captain William W Martin. |
|Mayor William W. Martin|
|Confederate Soldier, Joseph Reese Luke, Father of the Killer|
 “Springfield was incorporated in 1858 with S. S. Ford Mayor…
After the war, the first firms to resume business were Hawkins & Co., Cargile
& Moses, and N. W. Moore. Mr. Moore also erected a good hotel in 1867,
which was the leading hotel till the removal of the county seat. W. W. Martin
soon became associated with Mr. Vaughan under the firm name of
Martin & Vaughan. Mr. Martin started with but the smallest capital, and during
the location of his business here, made a fortune. This firm was the first to
start the credit business, which for a long time after seemed to be the only
way that business could be transacted.” Biographical and Historical Memoirs
of Western Arkansas. Goodspeed Publishers, 1891.