This isn't really a Caddo story, but it was on the front page of the Caddo Herald and the woman killed once taught school at Kenefic, so someone from our area probably remembers her and this event. I’m posting it primarily as a reminder that there is nothing new under the sun, and that the “good old days” were not as carefree as some would presume.
The Caddo Herald
February 7, 1947
Wild Man Kills
Mrs. Jesse Laird, Slain by Husband at School
Madill, Feb. 6- A verdict of murder and suicide was returned by the sheriff’s office today in the schoolroom slaying of Mrs. Jessie Laird, 42, and her estranged husband, Ellis Laird, 62.
The slaying occurred at school where Mrs. Laird taught the first grade. According to excited evidence of five children who were in the room, Mr. Laird came into the room about noon and told the slain woman that he was going to kill her. He had a .44 gauge shotgun and a .38 pistol. He did not try to keep the children from leaving the room and they were outside when the shots were fired.
Mrs. Laird was shot through the heart, dying instantly. Mr. Laird died an hour later from wounds inflicted upon himself.
Laird had been bothering his wife for some days and she had filed suit for divorce and had an injunction against Mr. Laird molesting her or the children.
Mrs. Laird was one of the most popular of the school faculty. In 1946 she taught at Kenefick.