About Eugene L. Schuler:
Laclede Co, Mo OBITS 1947-1949:
John Willard Allen, 71 year old Conway resident, shot
and killed his son-in-law, Eugene L. (?) (light print) Schuler, 27, of Springfield, in the living room
of the Allen home at 6:45 pm Wednesday. Trooper Joe Brummell said the shot from a 16 gauge shotgun used
by Mr. Allen hit Schuler in the left side of the chest. He died instantly. Trooper Brummell, Sheriff
E. F. Summons and Prosecuting Attorney Robert G. Mayfield were called to Conway by a neighbor of the
Allen's. The Allen's and their daughter, Mrs. Imogene Schuler, 23, told authorities Mrs. Allen went
to the home of her daughter in Springfield earlier Wednesday. Mrs. Allen said she found her daughterin
a beaten condition, suffering from face and head bruises. Her eyes were discolored. The mother returned
her daughter to the Allen home Wednesday afternoon. Trooper Brummell was told that Schuler arrived
at the Allen home early Wednesday evening from Springfield. Mrs. Allen told authorities that she walked
to the front door and yelled at her son-in-law, "Don't come in here or you'll cause trouble."
HE WOULD SHOOT
The Allen's told authorities that Schuler ignored Mrs. Allen's warning, pushing the
door open and brushing her aside as he entered the modest home. The two witnesses and the man who did
the shooting report the 27 year old Schuler began cursing and threatening bodily harm to all three just
as soon as he entered the house. Schulerstarted walking toward the elder man although Mr. Allen warned
him he would be shot if he continued. Mr. Allen said he ordered the man to leave. The Patrol quoted
Schuler as saying "you old----------------you don't have the nerve to shoot me." Mr. Schuler walked
toward Allen , the elder man retreated into the bed room of his home where the shotgun was in a corner.
The younger man threw a jacket over the head of his father-in-law as he walked to within a few feet
of Mr. Allen.
Mr. Allen threw off the jacket, grabbed the gun and shot Schuler in the chest. Mrs.
Schuler told authorities her husband had previously threatened her and her parents during family arguments
at the Schuler home inSpringfield. They had been married four years. She told Trooper Brummell her
husband was formerly employed as a section hand by the Frisco Railway. Schuler was dishonorably discharged
from the service during World War II, she said. Schuler's home was in Desoto, Although they had lived
in Springfield for sometime.
Approximately 30 minutes after the shooting, MR. ALLEN suffered a "severe"
heart attack and is under the care of a Conway physician at the present time. Stanleigh Palmer Jr.,
accompanied Mr. Mayfield to Conway. The body was taken to the Palmer Funeral Home.
About Imogene Allen:
Imogene's husband was abusive to her, and he was eventually shot and killed by her father, Willard.
Willard was tried in Laclede Co, Mo, and aquitted.