Boyle County Obituaries


Railroad Man Shot to Death at Whitesburg


From: Lexington Herald, Monday, June 25, 1928
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Railroad Man Shot to Death at Whitesburg

Ed Stratton, L. & N. Conductor, is Instantly Killed in Hotel by Morgan Collier, Fellow Employe

Slayer Escapes in Auto; Fled to Virginia, Belief

Mrs. B.T. Jones, of Lexington, is Sister of Slain Man

[Special to The Herald]

Whitesburg, KY., June 24.-- Ed Stratton, 45 years old, a passenger train conductor on the Eastern Kentucky division of the L. & N. railroad and for more than 20 years an employe of the company, was shot to death tonight at 6:48 o'clock by Morgan Collier, 32, another railway man, while seated in the dining room of a hotel here.

Collier shot four times, killing Stratton almost instantly. Following the shooting he walked from the building and drove away in his automobile, which was parked nearby. He had not been located late tonight, and it is believed that he has crossed the state line into Virginia.

According to witnesses, Stratton was seated at a table in the hotel with two women, said to be Collier's former wife and her sister. Collier entered the dining room and approaching the table, spoke to Stratton and the women. He then left the room, but returned a few minutes later. Entering the door he pulled a pistol and began shooting. Stratton was killed as he sat in his chair.

Stratton, who is widely known throughout eastern Kentucky, lives at Neon in Letcher county. His regular run was between Neon and Hazard. He was off duty today, no train being run on Sundays.

Among those who survive Mr. Stratton is a sister, Mrs. B.T. Jones, of 391 Virginia avenue, Lexington, and his body will be sent to Lexington early Monday morning, arriving there about 2 o'clock Monday afternoon.

Others surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Stella Stratton, who is at present in Phoenix, Ariz., for her health; a second sister, Mrs. A.J. Rigdon, of Laveland [sic], Ohio; a son, Bennie Stratton, of Danville; two brothers, John Stratton and Isaac Stratton, of Danville; and one half-sister, Mrs. John King, of Dekalb, Illinois.

Funeral arrangements will be announced after the widow and other relatives have been communicated with.


Submitted by: Kate Riley

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