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The hangings of Joe Jump and John Smith

by Wilbur Bush

The hanging of Joe Jump, 20, and John Smith, 22, for the murder of Wm. Gladson on Dec. 29, 1885, was Daviess County’s first and last public execution. The crime took place between the trio of “friends” – Jump, Smith and Gladson.

Both Joe and John were shady characters and had been charged with other serious crimes. Wm. Gladson was a railroad worker and had worked at

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