100 Years Ago in Bienville Parish- Dispute Ends in Death at Sawmill Near Bienville

On the morning of July 13, 1921, two young men, Andrew Brown and 18-year-old Calvin “Lee” Baldwin got into a dispute at the planer shed platform at Harrison & Huff’s Sawmill two miles south of Bienville. 

The dispute was of little consequence until another man, Buffalo Hogg, took Andrew’s side. The argument continued until Buffalo picked up a six foot two by four and struck Baldwin on the back of the head.

Baldwin collapsed and died within a short while.  Buffalo fled from the scene.

Sheriff John Currie and Deputy Henderson Jordan left Arcadia and headed toward Bienville to investigate the killing.  (Henderson Jordan succeeded John Currie as Sheriff of Bienville Parish, and was one of the six law enforcement officers who put an end to the crime spree of Bonnie and Clyde.)

Sheriff Currie and Deputy Jordan were unable to locate Buffalo but spoke with his parents.  They assured the investigators that they would convince Buffalo to turn himself in.  Sheriff Currie and Deputy Jordan arrested Andrew and transported him to jail in Arcadia.

Early the next morning, Mr. and Mrs. Hogg contacted Sheriff Currie and notified him that Buffalo was ready to surrender.  Sheriff Currie later arrived in Bienville and arrested Buffalo without incident.

On Monday morning, July 18, Buffalo and Andrew appeared in court to determine if they would be allowed to bond out of jail.  After three hours of witness testimony, Buffalo and Andrew were released on a $1,000.00 bond.

On December 1, 1921, Buffalo appeared in district court in Arcadia on the charge of manslaughter.  Closing arguments in the case ended at about 6:00 p.m.  Within a short time, the jury returned a verdict of guilty as charged.

It appears that charges were dropped against Andrew.  

UPDATED:

Buffalo Hogg was sentenced to serve eight to ten years in Angola on the charge of manslaughter.  His prison term was set to expire on December 7, 1931.  Buffalo Hogg was paroled on May 31, 1924.

Thank you, Barry Holland, for sharing the records from Angola Prison.

Sources:

  1.  Bienville Democrat, July 14, 1921, p.1.
  2. Bienville Democrat, July 21, 1921, p.1.
  3. Bienville Democrat, December 1, 1921, p.7.

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