Part 9, Note 40

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Colorado Citizen, February 14, 1878, November 21, 1878, July 31, 1879, August 14, 1879, August 21, 1879, January 15, 1880, January 22, 1880, June 24, 1880, July 15, 1880, September 23, 1880, September 30, 1880, February 10, 1881, July 28, 1881, August 18, 1881, June 29, 1882, September 28, 1882, November 30, 1882, December 28, 1882, February 1, 1883, February 8, 1883; Colorado County District Court Records, Criminal Cause File No. 1649: State of Texas v. Frank Duke, Criminal Cause File No. 1704: State of Texas v. Thomas Smith and Fritz Homuth, Criminal Cause File No. 1722: State of Texas v. Larkin S. Hope, Criminal Cause File No. 1729: State of Texas v. Ben F. Holman, Criminal Cause File No. 1744: State of Texas v. Otho H. Crebbs, Criminal Cause File No. 1780: State of Texas v. John Allen Kolb, Criminal Cause File No. 1812: State of Texas v. Benjamin C. Jones, Criminal Cause File No. 1813: State of Texas v. James M. Walker and William Robert Walker, Criminal Cause File No. 1842: State of Texas v. Charley Fields, Criminal Cause File No. 1890: State of Texas v. Robert G. Armstrong, Criminal Cause File No. 1914: State of Texas v. Jerry Wilkins, Criminal Cause File No. 1915: State of Texas v. James Williams, Criminal Cause File No. 1926: State of Texas v. Bill Johnson, Criminal Cause File No. 1928: State of Texas v. William McFarland, Criminal Cause File No. 1934: State of Texas v. Bion White. See Colorado Citizen, June 18, 1878, November 7, 1878, September 23, 1880, November 4, 1880, November 25, 1880, May 19, 1881 for complaints about shots fired at random in the night at Columbus, Weimar, and even at Frelsburg. John Johnson may have been killed in retribution for the killing of David M. Quick on May 1, 1877 (see Colorado County District Court Records: Criminal Cause File No. 1635: State of Texas v. John Johnson). A man named John Johnson was said to have been responsible for that crime; however, no link has been discovered between that Johnson and the one who was killed in 1880. Quick's killing is briefly mentioned by Stafford family cowhand Henry Calhoun Thomas (see Thomas, "A Sketch of My Life," Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, vol. 1, no. 3, February 1990, p. 89), indicating that Quick might have had some tie to the Staffords. Whoever shot Johnson made sure of his death with the shot into his head. John Allen Kolb was indicted for the murder, though no connection between him and either the Staffords or the Quicks has been discovered.