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Fact or Fiction? One man near death as result of fight PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

These stories from local history are sometimes so extraordinary it’s hard to believe they actually happened. Check out ‘fact or fiction’ stories: they’re actual Enterprise news clips reprinted from the past.

 A free-for-all fight, which resulted in one man being probably fatally injured and another seriously, occurred at Fleming, Colorado, Sunday over an umpire’s decision during a ball game between Haxtun and Fleming.

As near as we can learn the fight started when Roll Sherer of Haxtun, who was umpiring the game called a foul ball, to the dislike of the batter, Dean Brown, of Fleming. While arguing over the decision, Sherer slapped young Brown, which enraged the elder Brown to such an extent that he picked up a ball bat and started for Sherer but was prevented from striking because of Harry Decker of Haxtun, who grabbed and held him. Young Brown, seeing his father being held, struck Decker on the head with a ball bat, knocking him unconscious and causing concussion of the brain. In the meantime some unknown party struck Sherer over the head with a ball bat, rendering him unconscious and inflicting a very serious skull wound from which he will probably recover.

Decker was removed to a hospital in Denver, with his condition grave and his recovery doubtful.

From latest reports we learn that Dean Brown has been placed in jail at Sterling awaiting the outcome of the men wounded before charges will be preferred against him.

Holyoke Enterprise
July 26, 1918