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Curtiss-Wedge, F.; Jones, Geo. O. (ed.) / History of Dunn County, Wisconsin

Chapter V: county government,   pp. 31-37

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brought to Menomonie Thursday. November 17, by Sheriff Killian and Deputy
Henry Coleman of Dunn County and locked in jail here by Sheriff Severson. At
this time Williams told of their terrible experience in the Eau Galle woods. Both
men suffered intensly from their wounds and went for days at a time without food.
After ten days they emerged from the woods, reached the Mississippi at Maiden
Rock, found a boat and crossed Lake Pepin to Minnesota. Not until they reached
that state did they learn of the effect of the shooting. At 10 a. m., Friday, Williams
was brought into the circuit courtroom to enable the people to see him, but there
was no disorder. That afternoon the man was taken to Durand for preliminary
examination by Sheriff Killian of Nebraska, Undersheriff Miletus Knight, Deputy
Henry Coleman, Justice N. F. Carpenter, and the correspondent of the Pioneer
Press. On Saturday morning, the time set for the examination, the hearing was
postponed until 2 in the afternoon. Williams was then taken before Justice
W. B. Dyer in the Durand courthouse, the room being crowded with spectators.
The prisoner when arraigned gave the name of William E. Maxwell and pleaded
not guilty. He waived examination, however, and was remanded for trial. As the
officers with the prisoner were coming out of the courtroom and down the stairs,
cries of "Hang him" were heard. A man with a rope dodged through the outer
door and placed the noose over the prisoner's head. The officers were then hurried
down the corridor by a crowd of men, after offering fruitless resistence Maxwell,
or Williams, fought like a tiger, but was quickly overpowered and dragged by the
rope outside and to an oak tree in the courthouse grounds. He was hanged over a
horizontal limb of this tree, and fifteen minutes later his body was cut down by the
authorities. It is said that not more than 25 men had a hand in the hanging, which
was well planned. The body was buried in Potter's field. Nothing further was
heard of Alonzo Williams (up to 1910).

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