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Onlookers at shooting scene, 1947

Posted on July 16, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

A crowd gathered outside Wheeler’s Restaurant, 110 North Broadway, on May 17, 1947, after the restaurant’s proprietor, Guthrie Wheeler, 41, his son Bobbie Lee, 17, and a waitress, Mrs. Mary Hamm, 36, were shot. Guthrie Wheeler died shortly after being admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital. James Honaker, 29, of Carlisle, a World War II veteran who worked at the veterans hospital, was arrested. Honaker allegedly became enraged when the waitress refused to go out with him. A crowd estimated at 500 people milled around outside trying to get a vantage point to view the investigation. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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