AVERY HUDSON SHOT TO DEATH
BORN AND REARED IN COLLIN COUNTY – SON OF MR. AND MRS. . J. HUDSON OF RHEA MILLS.
Avery M. Hudson, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Hudson of Rhea Mills community, killed last Thursday by a speeder in Flint, Mich., met his death while in the performance of his duties as a police officer. He was attempting to make the arrest when shot three times, according to Flint papers, just received here. The Flint Daily Journal, published an extra edition, telling of the young man’s killing and the capture of the slayer.
The body of Avery Hudson reached McKinney Sunday and was taken to the home of his parents. Burial took place Monday afternoon at the Rowlett cemetery.
The funeral services were under the auspices of the I. O. O. F. Lodge of which the deceased was a member. Many Odd Fellows were in attendance as well as hundreds of friends from different sections of the county. It was probably the largest attended funeral ever held at Rowlett. Several ministers were present and paid glowing tributes to the deceased.
The following account of the killing and the capture of the slayer, appeared in the extra edition of the Flint Journal:
Avery M. Hudson, 24 years old, motorcycle policeman, was shot and killed by an unidentified driver of an automobile he was chasing for speeding at 1 o’clock this morning on Richfield-rd between Avon and Craposts.
Hudson joined the chase for the speeder after he had been stopped once by Gilbert Luce, another motorcycle policeman. Luce had chased speeder, who was driving a Ford sedan bearing an Ohio license.
Luce chased the speeder from N. Saginaw-st near Wood-st to the Hotel Durant at Second-av and forced him into the curb. He asked the man where he was going and the man said to Detroit. The officer noticed the man, who was about 23 years old, had an Ohio license on his car and ordered him to drive to police headquarters, because he acted excited and appeared in a hurry to get away.
Speeder Makes Escape.
The driver of the car stopped on the gas and started the car, driving west on Second-av to Detroit-st and thence north to Fourth-av. Luce started in pursuit, but lost track of the man in turning a corner and started in pursuit of another similar car. Hudson noticed the car, traveling at a high rate of speed going east and went after it. He overtook it at Avon-st and Richfield-rd and leaped on the running board of the car. He was shot three times, one of the bullets going through his head and causing instant death.
Discovery of the body was made by A. Smith, a third motorcycle man, who had learned of the chase and started to the assistance of Hudson.
The man suspected of being the slayer of Avery Hudson, motorcycle patrolman, was captured after a gun battle in a rooming house at 301 Stevens street about 10 a.m.
He is Earl Haner, 23 years old, an ex-convict who has served seven years in Ionia.
Haner was shot in the right shoulder by officers who broke in the door of his room and fired at him as he drew two pistols and shot at them before making a dash for a window.
Haner was rushed to Hurley hospital after being shot and captured.
Information which led to his capture was furnished by Carl F. Foster, architect for the Board of Education. He knew Haner and knew he drove a Ford Sedan with an Ohio license. He went to a garage where Haner kept his car and found that a Michigan license had been substituted.
Police informed of this went to the Stevens-st address and broke into the room.
Detective Inspector Pelton rushed up the stairs and broke into the door while Thomas H. Taylor, a roomer at the place stood on the ground beneath Haner’s window to guard against his escape....
Reward Wounded Officer..
The funeral of Patrolman Hudson will be held at 3 p.m. Friday. The services will be in charge of the Masonic order and a large delegation of police will march. Hudson was a native of McKinney, Texas, and the body will be taken to that place.
A reward, in the nature of a popular subscription instituted by Mayor David Cuthbertson, was being collected today for Frank D. Bishop, detective, who fought with Hanner in a small room, wounding and capturing him after breaking in the door.
L. J. HUDSON ANSWERED DEATH CALL FRIDAY
L. J. Hudson, age 69 years, 10 months and 13 days, died at his home in the White’s Grove community at 2:30 o’clock Friday afternoon, Oct. 5. He had been in failing health for the past two years, but was bedfast only about three days preceding his demise.
Laumondia Jerush Hudson was born near Athens, Alabama, where he lived until he was grown when he came to Texas about 47 years ago. The first two years in Texas were spent following the carpenter’s trade at Paris. He then came on to Collin county, residing two years at the home of Daniel Routh at Plano, then spent one year working for Olney Davis, a Plano banker. He then lived a year on the farm of Claud Quisenberry, near Lebanon, where he was married, Dec. 28, 1888, to Sarah Elizabeth Harding. He then lived three years on the farm of Claud Quisenberry and then through the years was tenant on farms belonging to the following old setters, Godfrey Baccus, the Newsome place, J. P. Dowell’s farm 4 year, the John Fox farm, 11 years, Z. T. Chambers’ farm 2 years and Mrs. Lou Crouch’s farm 13 years. He then purchased the old home farm of the late Gen. E. W. Kirkpatrick, 3 miles southwest of McKinney on which he erected a nice home where he lived until death overtook him.
A Good Farmer.
The deceased was a hard working, intelligent farmer and a worthy citizen, who held the respect and esteem of many acquaintances. He was a Mason and an Odd Fellow for many years, belonging to the McKinney lodges and was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist church. He was an obliging neighbor and loved to live in peace and harmony with his friends and neighbors about him.
He is survived by his dear wife, known and beloved by everybody as “Aunt Betty;” also by three children, Mrs. Pearl Smith and Mrs. E. P. Skelton, both of McKinney and by Mrs. Harmon Washburn of Prosper. Three of his children preceded him to the grave, one an infant and the other two grown and married, whose names were Mrs. Beryl Ball and Avery Hudson. Many of our readers will remember that the son, Avery Hudson, was foully slain while in the discharge of his official duties when serving as a peace officer about five years ago at Flint, Mich., where he was living at the time of the lamentable tragedy.
The funeral cortege left the family home in the White’s Grove community at 2 o’clock this (Saturday) afternoon for the Rowlett creek cemetery where services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. F. Smith. His body was then laid to rest in the family burying plot beside the grave of his three deceased children. The Keller & Crouch Undertaking establishment directed the funeral.
The passing of this good man, devoted husband and loving father and friend is mourned by many acquaintances and friends in this and other parts of the county who extend condolence to the sorrowing loved ones.