The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Home News (ADS ONLY)

March 6, 2010

Murder in Alex: One family's heritage

(More information can be found HERE)

------

ALEXANDRIA — All Janet Ellis wanted was the story behind the guns.

The Alexandria native, 56, had heard for years the story about her husband’s family, how a great-uncle, John Ellis, the police chief in town, had been shot and killed in the line of duty, along with Patrolman Virgil Kirkman, in 1911.

James Walker was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 1916, however, he was granted a brief furlough to visit his family in Alexandria. Townspeople were outraged, and John Ellis’ three brothers, Tom, Jake and Ed, bought handguns in a plan to kill Walker.

It never happened, but one night, the then-resident of the old Ellis homestead, on 900 North and Madison Avenue, approached Janet’s husband, Barry, at the family’s bowling alley, Norwood Bowl.

“She said she had found three guns on the inside of the wall, between the walls,” Janet Ellis said last week. “They were doing some remodeling and found these guns: three pistols. They were wrapped in linen cloth, next to a 1915 or 1916 Sears, Roebuck catalog.”

The discovery set Ellis off on a genealogical journey, to track the story in historical documents. She began at the Anderson Public Library, in the microfilm archives of county newspapers.

“I really didn’t know how to go about it, because I’d never done any genealogy before,” Ellis said. “Really, I was interested in the guns more than the genealogy part of it. I just started going through anything I could get my hands on, until I pieced the story together as much as I could.”

As has happened to countless others, Ellis grew fascinated by the world of genealogy, especially this story that was known to descendants only in pieces.

“It hadn’t been really forgotten, because that older generation, of my husband’s father, they knew more, and when I prompted them, they would tell me more,” Ellis said. “It wasn’t something that was talked about much.”

Text Only
Home News (ADS ONLY)
  • Slide_AU_MtStJ013.JPG Photo gallery: AU vs Mount Saint Joseph Baseball

    Photos from the baseball double header and senior night for Anderson University and Mount Saint Joseph on 5/7/10.

    May 7, 2010 1 Photo

  • Harland Williams Comedian Harland Williams coming to Paramount LOS ANGELES — Canadian Harland Williams was enjoying winter in Southern California. “It’s beautiful out,” said Williams, 47, familiar from roles in films like “Dumb & Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.” “A bit cold, but is 65 cold? I’ll take this cold any day, thank you.” Williams, whose Indiana performances have been exclusive to Crackers in Broad Ripple, will take the stage at the Paramount on Friday, April 2.

    March 27, 2010 1 Photo 2 Links

  • Nancy Wood ASO profile Nancy Wood back in Anderson, with ASO ANDERSON — Nancy Wood stared into the glass vase, full of clear water, with the bare roots of a plant dangling down into it.

    March 27, 2010 1 Photo

  • gentry cabinets auction bankrupt ministries Auction deal for buyers, not for owners ANDERSON — An auction held Saturday at a former, popular cabinet manufacturer resulted in deals for local woodwork hobbyists and businesses, but earned less than the new owners hoped for.

    March 20, 2010 2 Photos

  • duran radio community werk daleville Ann Duran on the air in Madison County DALEVILLE — As a child, radio personality Ann Duran remembers her father calling her his mini-Barbara Walters.

    March 20, 2010 1 Photo

  • weights measurements business russ willis Weights, measures officials protect consumers ANDERSON — Whether consumers are filling up their cars’ gas tanks, buying a gallon of milk or drying clothes at a laundromat, one man in Anderson makes sure they always get their money’s worth.

    March 20, 2010 1 Photo

  • School House Rocks AHS rocking to 'Schoolhouse Rock Live!' ANDERSON, Ind. — With the end of the school year quickly approaching, Anderson High School Performing Arts students are springing into a favorite pastime. With the help of their director of six years, Tiffany Jackson, the group of 12 is putting on a musical, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

    March 19, 2010 3 Photos

  • haunted community cemetery tour Anderson native to lead county ghost tour ANDERSON — Growing up in Madison County, Nicole Kobrowski liked to visit some of the area’s creepier places, such as Moss Island Road just west of the city.

    March 13, 2010 1 Photo

  • prophets sidewalk community au Sidewalk Prophets looking for a Dove Sidewalk Prophets know how to please a crowd when they sing Christian pop at concerts across the nation.

    Now, they’d like fans to reciprocate to help the band win a Dove Award.

    March 13, 2010 1 Photo

  • at home reske house At Home: Project a bonding experience PENDLETON — When a four-year project goes on for seven years, the result is often a strained marriage.

    March 13, 2010 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety 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
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium
Front page
Poll

Do you plan to attend one of the public sessions about the Mounds Lake reservoir project?

Yes
No
Not sure yet
     View Results