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Lee M. Risher - 1929

Press & Standard Issue of 7/17/1929, page 1
Shot by Son in Family Quarrel- Leaves Wife and 12 Children - Son out on Bond

Lee M. Risher, 47, who lived near Cannadys was shot and killed by his son Chalmers, 21 years old, at his home Saturday night. The killing followed a family row in which the elder Risher was attempting to beat up several members of his family according to reports reaching here. He was under the influence of liquor and the fatal ending of this was a culmination of numerous similar affairs.

Mr. Risher is of one of the county's most prominent families and began drinking several years ago. It is said that the spree was one of a week's duration and it was during these drinking sprees that he abused the members of his family.

Saturday evening he went home and began with an attack upon Mrs. Risher and others of the family, having an iron rod in his hand which he threatened to use in killing his wife. His son interposed and the father turned upon him, the boy securing the shotgun and firing, the load taking effect in the forehead. The wounded man lived for an hour and a half.

The coroner's inquest returned a verdict that he came to his death from a gun shot wound at the hands of his son, Chalmers.

Deputy Sheriff F.S. Fennell went to the scene of the fratricide and brought the young man to jail. He was released later under a $2,000 bond.

The funeral was held at the family buring grounds near the home Sunday afternoon. Rev. Paul Wood conducted the services.

Surviving are his widow, who was Miss Zella (sic) Bailey, and eleven children. Two brothers, T.R. Risher of Walterboro and C.M. Risher who lived near the deceased and three sisters, Mrs. W.B. Easterlin of Walterboro, Mrs. Vic Teppey of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mrs. W.R. Sandifer also survive.

Of the children, the eldest son, L.M. Risher, Jr. lives in Texas and a married daughter, Mrs. Cora Mack, lives in Charleston. The others lived at the home and are as follows: Douglas, Herbert, Willard, Susan, Helen, Harold, Pauline and Blanche.




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Beverly Mott
March 27, 2004

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