obit: Joseph Kocurek
On Wednesday 10th inst., Edmund Demison, who lives above LaGrange in Rabb’s prairie, killed a Bohemian by the name of Joseph Kocurek, near Joseph Peter’s store in the southeastern part of the county. The facts as we learn them are as follows: About four months ago, Kudelka who lives near Peter’s store, had a mare stolen from him, and after it had gone some time, she came back home. On the day of the killing, the negro Edmond Demison went to Peter’s store enquiring for the mare, and Kocurek told him he knew the mare, and would go and bring her to him, telling Demison to remain at the store until he came back. After a little, Kocurek appeared with the mare and owner, Kudelka, who came along to see what he (Demison) said about it, and whether he would claim her. When they brought the mare Demison said that was the mare and that he bought her twelve months before from Bill White, and then got a hold of the rope, and pulled it loose and started off in a run. Kocurek and several others got guns and followed Demison some distance, when he left the mare, and was trying to make his escape. Kocurek ran up to him, and Demison grabbed his gun, and in the scuffle both fell from their horses, and while Kokurek [as printed] was on the ground, Demison struck him over the head with the gun, killing him instantly. Demison then started across the fields afoot, trying to escape, but was followed so closely, that he took a tree, and was captured, and is now confined in jail awaiting an examining trial.
LaGrange Journal, October 18, 1883
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis