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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Violet Mae Phillips - Spring 1934

Violet Mae Phillips - Spring 1934

Violet Mae Phillips in the spring of 1934, at or near the family farm in Cherry County, Nebraska. A few months after this picture was taken, Violet was shot and killed by her father George.

So what prompted the burning anger?

I would like to know why he wanted to burn down the house. What kind of history are we talking about prior to that? Was he well educated? Uneducated? Desparate? Insane? Were there any signs before it happened? It seems like the kind of thing that would make a great story if only some of the basic details could be filled in. Any other pictures?

Just one of many

I've found several articles about the event while doing my research. Violet was the younger sister of my grandmother. She never spoke of the event, not even to my father (her son).

TK
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Violet Mae

There's an article about it on Page 6 of the October 5, 1934, Lincoln Star ("Domestic Tragedy on Ranch in Cherry County; Cody Rancher Charged With Killing Girl").

It's a long story that boils

It's a long story that boils down to her father attempting to burn down the house with everyone in it. The kids came out to confront him and it ended with Violet dead and George spending the rest of his life in prison. Not the best thing to find out when doing research on your family history, but it's still history.

Violet was a beautiful

Violet was a beautiful woman....wonder what happened?

 
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