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Casner - Pitner Shootout
Posted by: Liz Freeman (ID *****2827) Date: July 29, 2005 at 06:45:04
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John Casner, his son, John Lewis Casner, lived in the far NE corner of Haskell County. The grown stepson of the elder Casner, Tom Pitner, lived on land adjoining the Casners. Tom Pitner served time in prison at Rusk for 'cow stealing' in the late 1880s.

There was a squabble over a fence line in the late 1890s, and a shootout resulted. The younger Casner was wounded and Tom Pitner was struck twice. Tom Pitner died on 9-6-1899 as a result of his wound.

The two Casners were tried for murder, convicted, appealed, and won the appeal (they didn't go to jail). One was tried in Fisher County, the other in Stonewall County. They vanish in June,1902 after selling off their land.

I have had records scoured in Haskell County and have located wonderful information but still have some gaps in my information.

Would like to make contact with anyone who may have read or heard stories about the above. My main focus is trying to determine what became of the two Casner men. I thought perhaps the old newspapers of the area may have carried news of the event and someone may have run across articles on it. Again, I'm endeavoring to determine what became of the two Casner men.

The elder Casner would have been 80 years of age in 1902, the younger Casner would have been fifty.

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