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Description: Mr. Fount Goode Killed. Prominent Farmer Shot to Death by His Son. Boy in Jail to Await Circuit Court. Family Trouble the Cause.

Date: August 12 1915

Newspaper published in: Houston, MO

The neighborhood of Hurst, some nine miles southwest of Houston, was shocked Tuesday morning by the news of the finding of the dead body of Mr. Fount Goode, prominent farmer citizen of that vicinity, in the pasture near the barn lot of his home place. When found the body was lying across a shotgun and his death was caused by wounds in his breast. Authorities were notified and an inquest held by Esq. R. P. Hubbard, the coroner's jury returning a verdict that deceased came to his death from gunshot wounds received at the hands of his son, Joseph C. Goode. A warrant was issued for young Goode, he was arrested by Sheriff Boyt and brought to jail at Houston to await action of the grand jury. Young Goode is 21 years of age, married last February and has made his home with his parents. He admits the shooting, and has two shot wounds on his body, one in his head and one in his leg.

The story of the trouble as we get it is about as follows: Mr. Goode and his wife had some trouble over the cutting of some trees and a rose bush in the yard and it is reported that Mr. Goode threatened his wife with the ax; Coon, the son, went to the house and got a gun to take his mother's part and Mr. Goode left the house and went to a neighbor's, A. B. Castle's, where he secured a double-barreled shot gun and returning fired at the boy; young Goode returned the fire and then ran with the father in pursuit. He reloaded his single-barreled shot gun as he ran and turning fired again at his father and then went to W. W. Vandivort's a relative _______ and remained all night, not knowing that the results of his shots had been fatal. The trouble occurred about 8 o'clock Tuesday morning. There are many conflicting stories of the killing which will be brought out when the case is brought to trial.

Mr. Goode was looked upon as one of the most substantial farmer citizens of that section, he was a man of good education and a practical farmer with modern ideas. He was prominent in lodge work, being a member of the Bado Masonic Lodge, Plum Valley Odd Fellows, Houston Encampment and Cabool Knights of Pythias. He was a pleasant, genial gentleman to meet personally and his untimely death meets with universal regret among a large circle of friends. Funeral and burial took place at Union cemetery Wednesday afternoon, conducted with Masonic honors.

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