Albert Nichols Killed Sunday At Offutt
Mine Supt. Killed by Track Layer
Victim shot in Back
Burial in Ohio
Albert Nichols a mine superintendent of the Royal Collieries
Company of Offutt five miles below Paintsville was shot and killed last Sunday
afternoon by Charlie VanHoose. Offutt citizens who were in Paintsville Monday
say there was no trouble and that VanHoose was under the influence when the
shot was fired. They said the men were friendly during the day and that they
can not account for the shooting.
Miss Nichols, the daughter of the dead man was here on Monday and said that
her father had left their home in the afternoon to fix the water pump at the
tipple house and that a few minutes after he left home he was shot and killed.
The ball, she said. entered her fathers back and directly through his heart.
The remains were shipped to Wellston, Ohio for burial Monday. Mr Nichols was
for three years mine foreman for the North East Coal Company at Whitehouse and
that two years ago went to Offutt where he was in charge of the operations
there. VanHoose was employed by him as a track foreman and his daughter said
there was no trouble between them as far as she could learn. She also stated
that Van Hoose a few days previous to the killing the man had a fight with the
son of the dead man and that VanHoose administered a severe beating to the boy
but that the father had not in any way interfered in this fight,
VanHoose left the scene of the shooting immediately and was not yet arrested.
Nichols was one of the most popular men in this section, having been connected
with the mines for the past five years.
The Paintsville Herald
March 10, 1927 Thursday
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