LUTTRELL, LEWIS A - Washington County, Arkansas | LEWIS A LUTTRELL - Arkansas Gravestone Photos


White Oak (Tontitown) Cemetery
Washington County,

September 17, 1860 - August 20, 1928

July 26, 1859 - August 24, 1908

Rogers Democrat
Wednesday, August 26, 1908

LUTTRELL, Lewis - Fayetteville, Aug. 24.- Lewis Luttrell, a farmer, was shot and killed today near Savoy and immediately afterward his assailant, a tenant on his farm, was seriously and probably fatally cut by Luttrell's son. The tenant was cut about the throat and it is not thought that he would recover. But little is known here concerning the trouble. Communication has been cut off between here and Savoy, which is about 12 miles west of Fayetteville and only meagre reports have been received. It is reported, however, Luttrell and his tenant were quarreling over rent when Luttrell was shot and killed. The sheriff and several deputies have left for Savoy but at a late hour tonight they had not returned and nothing had been heard from them. Luttrell was about 45 years old and was well known in this vicinity.

*Obituary (News Article)
The Springdale News
Friday, August 28, 1908

LUTTERELL, Lewis - One man dead and two others so badly injured that if they recover they will carry with them to their graves the marks of the conflict. And it all happened as a result of a dispute over a stalk of tobacco seed. The tragedy occurred Monday afternoon between 3 and 4 o'clock three miles southwest of Savoy in the west part of the county. Lewis Lutterell, a farmer probably 60 years of age, was the man who met death and the injured are Ed Lutterell, his son, aged about 30 years, and Willis Prindle, aged about 45 years. Becoming tired of the strife and turmoil of life in the city and thinking probably work on a farm would be beneficial to his health, last fall Willis Prindle, an Englishman, brought his family, consisting of himself and wife and two young children, from Little Rock to Washington County. He rented land from Lewis Lutterell near Savoy and according to the contract the latter was to furnish him a team whenever necessary, to allow him to milk some of his cows, and in return was to receive half the crops grown by Prindle. The relations of the two men appear to have been pleasant until this spring when Lutterell's wife persisted in turning her turkeys into a patch of oats belonging to Prindle. When the latter protested Lutterell told him the land belonged to him and he would do with it as he pleased. Prindle took offense at the answer and thereafter refused to milk Lutterell's cows and Lutterell retaliated by refusing to allow Prindle to use his team. And so the relations of the two men became more strained as the days went by. Monday afternoon Prindle was at work in the field cutting tobacco, being assisted by his brother-in-law, Lee Taylor, and another neighbor, George Mateer. Lutterell and his son came riding by and called Prindle to the fence. According to Prindle's statement Lutterell asked him if he (Lutterell) was not to receive half the crops grown and Prindle told him yes. Then Lutterell asked him why he had cut that stalk of tobacco seed, it appearing that Prindle had saved some of the seed for planting next year. Prindle replied that he would make that good when they had their final settlement and seeing that Lutterell was angry he turned away from the fence and started back to his work. Lutterell replied that they would settle it now and he and his son crossed over the fence into the field. When near Prindle it is said that each of them picked up a rock and the elder Lutterell threw and struck Prindle in the side. At this juncture Prindle drew his pistol and fired, striking the elder Prindle in the lower part of the left chest. As the shot apparently had no effect Prindle fired again, the second shot striking near the left ear and knocking him down. At the same time young Lutterell was attacking Prindle with a knife and Prindle turned his revolver on him, firing twice. The first shot took effect under the left eye and went under the cheek bone and out at the rear of the head. The second bullet struck a glancing lick on top of the head. Prindle's wounds consisted of a two-inch knife cut on the right side of the neck and several stabs in the shoulder. The elder Lutterell expired in a few minutes, the first shot being the one which caused his death. Taylor and Mateer appear not to have been involved in the difficulty except to the extent of attempting to separate the combatants. Taylor was arrested by Sheriff Philips and is confined in jail at Fayetteville awaiting the preliminary examination, which will be held as soon as young Lutterell and Prindle recover sufficiently. The foregoing statement of the difficulty is about as given by both Taylor and Prindle. Young Lutterell states that his father did not throw the rock at Prindle until the latter had fired the first time. The shooting was done with a 32-calibre hammerless pistol and is now in the hands of the sheriff. When found at the scene of the difficulty it was empty, showing it only had four loads when the shooting began, only four shots having been fired. Had there been another load in the revolver there might have been still more serious results. The sheriff also has in his possession a large butcher-knife picked up on the ground but was a knife that was probably used in cutting tobacco, as there are no signs of it having been used for a more deadly purpose. It is presumed that young Lutterell used a pocket knife in his operations. Lewis Lutterell has resided in the county practically all his life and has numerous relatives in the locality where he lived. He is survived by a widow. Young Lutterell is married and has a wife and 4 children. Although Prindle came to this county from Little Rock he is said to have been reared near Henderson, Ky. Sheriff Philips has placed a guard over Prindle and young Lutterell and at last reports both were getting along nicely and will probably recover.

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Submitted: 5/7/11 • Approved: 5/24/15 • Last Updated: 5/27/15 • R522785-G522784-S3

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