Wm. M. McCrary, Coldwater retired farmer and former sheriff of Comanche county, was found dead by Sheriff Gloyd C. Hadley about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night of this week.
Mr. McCrary's .38 revolver was found lying on the ground a few feet away on the lawn of the Presbyterian church, northwest of the building. Other officials and a doctor were called and it was found that Mr. McCrary had been shot through the heart, with the muzzle of the gun placed close to his body. Apparently, he had been dead about an hour and a half when found. He left home about 8:30 and his wife thought he had gone down town. When he did not return, she called Mr. Hadley.
No one heard the report of the gun, although a congregational meeting was being held in the Presbyterian church basement.
Mr. McCrary had served Comanche county as sheriff for four years about 25 years ago and was an efficient and conscientious officer. He had been in ill health for a number of years and had been despondent for several months.
Funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian church in this city Friday afternoon, January 18, at 2:30 o'clock and burial will be in Crown Hill cemetery near this city.
About Comanche-co.'s Twelve Sheriffs
The Western Star, March 4, 1927.
Kirby Humphrey Arrested on Liquor Charge
The Western Star, March 18, 1927.
Tragedy Stirs Comanche County
The Wilmore News, April 15, 1927.
Wilmore Bank Robbed, The Western Star, March 30, 1928.
9 January 1931:
Yeggs Nitro Two Safes In Wilmore Wednesday Evening, The Wilmore News, January 9, 1931.
Automobile Accident Takes Two Wilmore Boys, The Clark County Clipper, 8 Aug 1929.
Red Cross Fund Oversubscribed, The Wilmore News, 28 June 1917.
Sheriffs of Comanche County, Kansas, 1885 - 2006
Comanche County Officers, 1885 - 2007
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