Clearwater Tribune, September 12, 2013

"80 Years Ago"

Robert Graham


An argument, allegedly over a woman, resulted in the death by gunfire of Robert Graham. The man who shot him, rancher Bill McCollough, claimed it had been in self-defense. Nine male jurors voted to acquit McCollough of any criminal responsibility.

The shooting took place between 4 and 5 p.m. on McCollough's ranch, on the North Fork of the Clearwater. McCollough's divorced wife, an Indian woman of "apparent good education," claimed Graham paid her unwanted attention. When she refused his advances, he broke a banjo over her head, and otherwise abused her. This led to the shooting incident.

(Editors note: The following information was found online about Robert Graham and his actual death date. mlb 2014)
Name: Robert Graham
Father: Robert S. Graham
Birth: 2 Oct 1903 - Oregon
Death: 12 Sep 1933 - Dent, Clearwater

Transcribed by Michal Berreth-Beck, 2014

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