From newspaper article; Napoleon, Henry Co., OH
"SERIOUS AND PROBABLY FATAL CUTTING AFFRAY- During Tuesday at Hartman's marble Works, Frank Talbot and Joseph Fisher had a quarrel, brought about by Fisher going into the works and using abusive language, the result of which was Talbot put him out of the shop.Fisher, we learn, was somewhat under the influence of liquor at the time and had been during the day and previous.About 9 o'clock in the evening of the day mentioned Fisher was sitting upon a store-box in fron of S. M. & M. E. Heller's store, when Talbot and his brother-in-law, Chas Head, came along.They were stopped by Fisher calling Talbot a dirty pup; he was requested not to call names on the street, and Talbot remarked that if he did so again he would kick him.The offensive language was again used by Fisher when Talbot kicked at him; Fisher then raised up and struck at Talbot but missed him and hit Head; he then followed after Talbot, who was moving slowly backwards down towards Saur's, striking him several times in the face with an old case knife, which had been broken off about mid-way of the blade and was used as a putty knife; at this juncture Head struck Fisher and knocked him down, when the fight ended, it was found that Talbot had been seriously wounded and he was conveyed home and medical aid summoned.The doctors found an ugly wound above one of his eyes extending backward over an inch, fracturing the skull and entering the brain, another bad cut was made from the left side of the mouth to the middle of the lower lip, splitting it open.The wound upon the temple was pronounced dangerous by the physicians, and at 12 o'clock that night the wounded man became unconscious, in which state he has lain ever since, or was up to the time of our going to press last night.Mr. Head received cuts upon the head and arm but not serious.
Fisher was arrested and lodged in the calaboose.He had a hearing before Squire Reeder yesterday, who bound him over to the Court of Common Pleas in the sum of $3,000.Failing to give the necessary bond Fisher was remanded back to prison.The grand jury being in session his case will be brought before it to-day or before it adjourns.
The occurence is a deplorable one, as Mr. Talbot has always conducted himself in a quiet way, attentive to his business, and a young man not likely to get into a street controversy.We understand he was to have been married within a few weeks to an estimable young lady of the county.Fisher, while he has his good qualities, is known as a dissipated man and quarrelsome and when under the influence of liquor likely to do deeds which he would not be guilty of when in his right mind.
Drs. Harrison and Powell pronounce Mr. Talbot in critical condition, with little hopes of his recovery.Dr. Powell stated in his examination before the Justicethat the wounded man had but one chance in a hundred of living."
" DIED - The victim, Frank Talbot, of the cutting affray, of which we gave the particulars last week, died at 2 o'clock on Thursday.His funeral took place Friday afternoon from the M. E. Church, Rev. Farnsworth officiating.The father and mother of the deceased have the heartfelt sympathies of the community, and all deplore with them the tragic fate of their son.Frank was a peaceable and industrious citizen, of good character, and his sad ending cast a gloom over the whole community."
Talbott - On Thursday, May 12th, 1881, Frank E., son of E. W. and S. M. Talbott, aged 27 years and 23 days."