FUNERAL FOR FEUD VICTIMS
STORY OF THE TRAGEDY
There is no more striking incident in connection
with the quadruple tragedy at the ranch home of Henry Waldrop, in the Southwestern
part of this county yesterday morning than the cool deliberate nerve of
the young woman who was one of the principals in the bloody feud battles.
According to the statement of the only surviving
party to this tragedy, this young woman, Miss Georgia Sharp, twenty four
years old, fired five shots from a double barrel shot gun before she herself
This shooting that resulted in the death of four
people and the wounding of two others was the direct result of ill-feeling
caused by a difference of just fifteen dollars in the settlement of a claim
for work done.
Henry Waldrop had cleared some timberland several
months ago for LW and Walter Sharp. There was a misunderstanding regarding
the amount of settlement for work done that resulted in a fight between
Walter Sharp and Russell Waldrop, eighteen year old son of Henry Waldrop.
After that, while the ill-feeling still existed, there was an agreement
or understanding that the matter would be dropped and the family relations
Yesterday morning Levi and Walter Sharp went
to the home of a neighbor and returning, started to pass through the yard
of Henry Waldrop. They met Russell Waldrop in the the yard and the previous
quarrel was renewed. Walter Sharp and Russell Waldrop came to blows and
while they were on the ground, clenched and still fighting, Levi W. Sharp
shot Russell Waldrop with a pistol, the bullet entering under the right
arm and coming out at the right hip. Henry Waldrop was at work near the
place and stepped to the door. He seized a single barrel shotgun and shot
the elder Sharp killing him instantly.
Miss Georgia Sharp came running from her home
a short distance away with a double barrel shotgun. She was met by her
brother Walter Sharp, who wrested the gun from her, turned toward Henry
Waldrop who shot and killed him (Walter Sharp).
The girl then grabbed the gun dropped by her
dead brother and ran after her brother-in-law, Henry Waldrop, who says
she fired five times at him as he ran around and around the house. One
of the shots from the gun in Miss Sharp's hands wounded Henry Waldrop in
the face, and his wife, the sister of Miss Sharp, was also wounded in the
face and breast.
According to Waldrop's statement, as Miss Georgia
Sharp fired at him the fifth time he turned and shot her. The load from
his single-barrel shotgun took effect in the girl's breast, killing her
Justice Campbell, as Coroner, has made a written
finding which in effect is that L.W. Sharp, Walter Sharp, and Miss Georgia
Sharp came to their deaths at the hands of Henry T. Waldrop and Russell
Waldrop came to his death at the hands of L.W.Sharp.
The complaint was filed against Henry T. Waldrop,
charging him with murder and he immediately gave bond in the sum of one
After the inquest the bodies of L.W., Walter
and Miss Georgia Sharp were removed to the home of Will Sharp, a son of
L.W. and brother of Walter and Miss Georgia Sharp and prepared for burial
which took place this morning at the Whitemound burying grounds East of
Levi W. Sharp, the elder of the dead was 66 years
old. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Emily Sharp and three sons
and three daughters.
Walter Sharp is survived by his widow, one little
child and two step-children.
Henry T.Waldrop is a highly respected farmer
in the community in which he lives. He has resided in Grayson County, for
37 years. He .... and was a native of Alabama.
Levi W.Sharp was also a native of Alabama. He
moved to Wood County Texas about 23 years ago and to Grayson County about
12 years ago. While living in Wood County Levi W. Sharp was convicted of
manslaughter and sentenced to two years, but after serving 13 months was
pardoned and his full citizenship restored.