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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Frank Hye, of Elk City, Idaho, had suspected his wife of “wrongdoing” for some time. So he pretended to leave his home, but instead he hid out in the trees and watched the house.

He watched Hugh Kennedy “slip into his house, where his wife lay in bed.” Hye, angry, went inside and confronted them. Angry words ensued and Hey drew his revolver and shot both his wife and Kennedy.

After realizing what he had done, he took their 9-month-old daughter to a neighbor and asked her to care for the child. Then Hye sat down, wrote out a will, telephoned the sheriff, mounted a horse and rode out to meet the officer who arrested him.

Hye, the proprietor of the Elk City Stage Line, said he intended only to shoot Kennedy, but the first shot “went wild” and struck his wife. 

From the runaway beat: Edith Bowman and Lela Strong, both 13, came home from Hawthorne School, packed up their bags and grabbed a small amount of money. Then they went down to the rail yards, jumped into a boxcar, and lit out for Montana.

Their mothers found out only because the girls’ schoolmates said the girls had been discussing the plan. The mothers notified authorities, who were on the lookout from here to Montana for a girl in a black coat and another in a blue dress and red sweater.

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