Swain County Herald (Swain Co. NC) Thursday, February 7, 1889:
"Tennessee---Robert Day, aged 20 years, a highly respected and prominent young man of Rockwood, was fatally shot near that place. He was at the house of John Martin, when unknown party knocked at the door. When Day went to the door, he was shot in the right eye and face. There is no clue to the guilty party."