On this date in our extended family history . . . the 1st day of October . . . in the year 1906 . . . Beasley Pruett* dies in Dayton, Liberty County, Texas . . . aka B. Pruett . . . aka Bee Pruett . . . he is a 1st cousin three times removed to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . the following story of his death was published in The Liberty Vindicator on the 6th of October 1906 . . .
Tragedy At Dayton.B. Pruett Shot To Death At DaytonMonday Night.Constable Ed. McKinney Surrenders.Says He Killed In Self-Defense.At about eight o'clock Monday night the citizens of Dayton were startled by the ringing out of five pistol shots in quick succession. Then the news that Bee Pruett had been shot to death by Constable Ed. McKinney, while discharging his duty as he saw it.
The trouble leading to the murder, as the Vindicator hears it, was caused by a disturbance aroused by Pruett in the saloon and McKinney being called to keep the peace attempted to arrest Pruett when he (Pruett) rushed at McKinney with an open knife and McKinney drew his gun and commenced firing. Three of the five shots taking effect in Pruett's breast.
Pruett was a married man and leaves a wife and four children. Constable McKinney appeared before Squire Wilson Tuesday and had his bond fixed at $150.00.
*Note that the date of death is wrong on his tombstone.