Fear, Force, and Leather: The Texas Prison System&rsquot;s First Hundred Years 1848-1948

Statements on the death of Frank Furlow, January 26, 1877

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Investigation of the death of Frank Furlow, January 1877

Investigation of the death of Frank Furlow, January 1877

I have the Honor to hand you my
special Report from the Lake Jackson
farm in Brasorio [sic] County Texas Managed
and Owned by Mess[rs] Ward Dewey & Co
in the matter of stocking one convict
Frank Furlow on 27th day November 1876[.]

I was on said farm December 9th
1876 when I investigated the said stocking
and found that Sargt Shaw had been
about on that day and had left a
squad of men in charge of G[u]ard Sumner
with permision [sic] to stock the men if needed[.]
Convict Furlow had failed to work to suit
the G[u]ard where upon he ordered him in
the stocks; he being placed in the stocks
by another Convict “Hill.” This squad of
men were at work in the fields[,] when
the stocking took place. I refer you to state-
ment made by the parties who witnessed
the stocking[.] I do not regard the case [as] more
unfortunate than others that have happened
on other farms[,] but shows clearly how
cautious men aught [sic] to be when stocking
a convict[.] This is as true an history of the
case as I can give and in the future I
recomend [sic] that no one be permitted to use the
stocks but the Sergt and he to remain
in the presence of said convict till released[.]

Over

Respectfully Submitted

JT Gaines
Ast Inspt

Huntsville Jan 26th 1877

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Statements on the death of Frank Furlow, January 26, 1877. Assistant Superintendent/Inspector, Reports, Records Relating to the Penitentiary, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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