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Mary A. Wilcox & Maggie E. Jones - Klamath Falls, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69
N 42° 14.090 W 121° 46.964
10T E 600440 N 4676567
Quick Description: Two women share an obelisk marker in Linkville Pioneer Cemetery and were both assassinated in 1916, as inscribed on their headstone.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 4/23/2015 11:29:36 AM
Waymark Code: WMNR6H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tuena
Views: 2

Long Description:
Located in the upper middle portion of Linkville Pioneer Cemetery is an obelisk headstone that contains the names of two women, Mary A. Wilcox who was assassinated on February 8, 1916, age 64 years and Maggie E. Jones who was also assassinated on February 8, 1916, aged 46 years.

I was able to located an article that highlights the details surrounding these ladies' demise in more detail on FindaGrave.com and it reads:

THE EVENING HERALD
KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1916

MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTER SLAIN IN FIGHT TODAY

Mrs. Mary Wilcox and her daughter Mrs. Maggie Jones, are dead and William Doyle is slightly injured as the result of a battle to the death in the southeastern part of Langell Valley this morning. Details are very vague as the people in this district are not inclined to discuss the case before the arrival of officers. Sheriff Low, Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Low and Cornoner Earl Whitlock left this morning for the scene of the crime. They found upon arrival at Bonanza, that the remainder of the trip must be made over snow covered roads by wagon so they will not reach the Jones ranch until late tonight.

According to telephonic information received by the sheriff's office, Doyle said the women shot each other following a quarrel. He attempted to separate them and was slightly cut on the hand.

An earlier report said that the women were shot by Doyle, who recently leased the Jones ranch. Late advices tend to corroborate the story told the sheriff's office, as Doyle is reported as leasing the ranch going about his duties while awaiting the arrival of the officers.

Mrs. Wilcox was in the neighborhood of 64 years of age. Her daughter was about 41 years old. Both resided in that section for many years, and were well known.

Doyle had been in Langell Valley for about two years, coming to Klamath county from central California

Residents of the Langell Valley country say that there has been bad feelings on the ranch where the shooting occurred as the result of an agreement with Doyle, whereby Doyle put in a fall grain crop, to be farmed on shares. A short time ago a prospective buyer visited the ranch, and sought to buy it outright, but Doyle refused to waive his rights, owing to the planting of the crop, and the sale was abandoned. Threats of shooting are said to have been made many times by all parties concerned.

THE EVENING HERALD FEB. 9, 1916
Doyle is held a murderer. Jurors Make Accusation.

THE EVENING HERALD FEB. 10, 1916
Doyle may be arragined today or Monday.

THE EVENING HERALD FEB. 11, 1916
Doyle Hearing Set for Monday

He was tried and found guilty of murder of both women.

I don't know what happened to Doyle after his conviction. There is another grave in this cemetery, the Lee and Joe Laws grave, who were murdered by masked assassins in 1882. The men were 19 and 15 years of age.

Linkville Pioneer Cemetery was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places and contain many notable graves of local pioneers as well as memorials to victims of disasters over the decades.

Type of Death Listed: Assassinated

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