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The Shoot-out on Coles Ferry Road
Posted by: Jack Burks (ID *****5402) Date: November 16, 2002 at 07:33:27
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Dr. Kell, owner of a large amount of land on Coles` Ferry Road(this land had once belonged to the Coles family of Halifax County and now belongs to Bobby Conner, clerk of Court in Halifax) had several sharecroppers on his place. Fairly knew to the area, he didn`t know much about the local customs for sharecroppers( He came from Ohio, the son of English immigrants). Instead of the usual twenty five percent he wanted fifty percent of the take on crops and livestock. One of his sharecroppers, Walter Mack Dunaway, took exception to this. He was young, poor and just trying to get started with his young family. The small log cabin still stands where he was living on the Kell farm. The one room cabin still stands in a field about a hundred feet from the road. Time came to take the hogs to butcher and Dr. Kell demanded his fifty percent and Walter refused him. This angered Dr. Kell to the point he went and got his gun. He came up through the trees and started shooting into the door of the cabin. Walter started picking out the mud betweeb the logs and poked his gun through the small opening, returned fire. Luckily, no one was injured. They went to court and Dr. Kell paid a small fine(and, of course, Walter moved off the property) and that was the end of the legal proceedings. Both these men went to Providence Presbyterian Church at the time of the shooting. Walter Mack kept going to the church, but Dr. Kell left the church. The year was 1932

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