Posted By:Beverly Burch
Subject:Tate - Bohannan Feud in Clovis, NM ca 1930 - NY Times Article
Post Date:July 16, 2012 at 13:25:31
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Does anyone know if the Bohannan/Bohannon family in this NY Times article are descendants of the Bohannon family of East Tennessee (Sevier Co.)? I checked census record and apparently some of them were born in Tennessee.

From the New York Times, Jan. 20, 1930


Fall Before Enemy in Clovis Street - Slayer Hidden by Officers for Safe Keeping.

Clovis, NM, Jan. 19 (AP) - A feud which started with a childish quarrel cost the lives of G. C. Bohannan, 71, and his youngest son, Carl, 19, and today V. Tate county auctioneer, was hidden in a New Mexico jail until tense feeling here subsides.

The two men were shot to death yesterday in a street fight, climaxing the 10-year old Tate-Bohannan Feud.

Coroner's juries today at separate inquests returned verdicts that Bohannan and his son met their deaths from bullet wounds inflicted from a pistol in the hands of Tate. The District Attorney's office announced that first degree murder had been prepared for filing against Tate.

Due to intense feeling in Curry County, officers took Tate to a jail in an adjoining county and today they refused to disclose his whereabouts.

The Tate-Bohannan feud dates back to a childish quarrel during which a young Tate was struck on the head with a hammer in the hands of a Bohannan. The Bohannan boy was arrested , tried, and convicted. He was given a six months suspended sentence.

Smouldering friction between the two families continued for many years with no serious trouble until last Thursday, when the Tate fired three shots at Louis Bohannan at Grier, NM, fifteen miles west of here. One of the bullets clipped two fingers from Bohannan's right hand. Tate was arrested on a charge of assault with intent to kill and released on $2,000 bond.

The shooting of the two Bohannans yesterday followed a quarrel on the street between Tate and the elder Bohannon, who came to town from his ranch with five of his seven sons.

The elder Bohannon was killed as he stood on a crowded street corner, the shots from Tate's gun ringing as a clarion call of a clan of Bohannon's sons, who rushed to his aid at the first shots.

Tate took refuge in the vault in a nearby bank.

Charging the vault, Carl Bohannon was shot to death.

The shots caused a near riot among the many people from the rural sections who were in Clovis for their week-end shopping. Sentiment in this section is evenly divided between factions in the feud.