Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

June 24, 2014

1899: Hall executed for murder

CROSSVILLE — Rumors were still flying around Cumberland County, in February 1899, and one was that Malinda Hall would be indicted. It is claimed that while Hiram struck the fatal blow, that his mother was an accomplice in the murder, and that the prosecution had secured evidence to make a case against her. This never happened.

On March 15, 1899, word was received that Governor McMillin had given a 30-day reprieve for Hiram Hall. Many local citizens thought this was a trick to keep them away from the hanging and they went to town anyhow, just to discover there was no hanging. March 29 reports that Hiram Hall was brought from Nashville by way of Sparta, and was now in the Crossville jail. There is a description of the rope that was to be used for the execution and the fact that Sheriff Garrison would comply with every statute in minute detail.

The newspaper of April 12, 1899, contains a detailed and lengthy statement of the death of Hiram Hall, what he was wearing, the visit of his father, mother, sister and one brother, the statement of Governor McMillin, number of persons in attendance and further statements in the case. Of particular interest is the statement by Hiram that his mother wanted him to kill his father, and that he twice attempted to do the deed. Just as he was about to pull the trigger his father straightened up, put his hand where he was aiming, and uttered an audible weary sigh. Hiram said, thank God, the sigh saved his father's life, because he has spent his entire substance in trying to save the life of his son, who, on two occasions, sought to kill him. 

At 6:42 a.m., Hiram admonished that others should take warning from his fate and not violate the law. He asked all to meet him in heaven, where he said he was going, and bade all goodbye. None of his family was in attendance at the hanging. At the request of both Hiram and his father, Samuel, the hanging was completed at 6:53 a.m., with about 30-35 people in the enclosure and hallway of the jail, in order to diminish the possibility of disorderly demonstrations. Three doctors pronounced the death of Hiram Hall. By 10 a.m., the town was full of people and many were disappointed to learn the hanging was over. The remains were exposed to view in the jail yard and not less than 1,000 people viewed the body. About 11 a.m., the body was turned over to the family and taken to the home near Hales Chapel, where he was buried.

April 26, 1899, two weeks later, the Chronicle reports S. H. Hall, father of Hiram Hall, died at the home of his son-in-law, Wm. VanHoy, near Big Lick about 6 a.m. the day before of nervous prostration. He was to be buried at Hales Chapel. Never revealing further details of the murder, Melinda Wyatt Hall died Sept. 22, 1925, and is also buried at Hales Chapel.

 

1
Text Only
Area News
  • TMSAA rules get one-year try out

    Changes are coming for the elementary sports programs next year, with a 6-3 vote of the Cumberland County Board of Education. That vote of support of recommendations from the athletic committee was met with concerns from board members that the move towards county-wide rules and regulations was an attempt to move toward middle school teams.

    July 28, 2014 1 Video

  • ffg fire 1.jpg Fire damages home in Fairfield Glade

    Not only did Fairfield Glade volunteer fire fighters battle a blaze Saturday afternoon at 107 Runnymede Rd., hot weather conditions were a challenge as well.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Banned ex-boyfriend arrested in break-in

    Last Tuesday turned out to not be burglary and assault suspect Larry D. Durbin's day. It wasn't such a great day for his victim, either. Both were arrested.

    July 28, 2014

  • Changes to county wage scale cause debate

    County commissioners approved revisions to the Cumberland County employee wage scale, giving county employees a pay increase, but the changes to the scale created a brief debate among commissioners Monday evening.

    July 28, 2014

  • Suspects identified in arson fire

    Two Cumberland County men were detained and questioned in connection with an early Friday morning fire that destroyed or damaged two tractor-trailer rigs and a pickup parked at a closed business north of the city.

    July 28, 2014

  • Summer winding down in Tennessee

    July 25, 2014

  • Celebrating a year of writing our area's history

    Now that this column has passed its first birthday, I’d like to send thanks to those of you from our county and around the country who have sent messages and questions about things you’ve read in the Uncle Gib section. It is hard to cover many of these events in 500 words, and I try not go cover the same event more than three weeks. Research must be cut way down, and the most interesting information on each subject included.

    July 25, 2014

  • IMG_1806.jpg Celebrate Farmers Market Week Aug. 3-9

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week.” Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate the nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ayers2.jpg County OKs resolution for CMC/Covenant refinance deal

    Cumberland County commissioners passed a resolution Monday evening giving its approval for Covenant Health to refund its bonds to refinance $40 million for Cumberland Medical Center.
    The request was made by Covenant Health, a Tennessee nonprofit corporation which now operates Cumberland Medical Center.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Plea includes ban from all Wal-Mart stores

    A Crossville man who was facing two counts of theft of more than $500, relating to shoplifting incidents at the Crossville Wal-mart, has entered a guilty plea, and part of his sentence is being banned from all Wal-Mart stores.

    July 24, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Parade
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014