Refused to Pool His Crops . . .

. . . and Rigdon's Warehouse and Tobacco Were Destroyed by Fire

Germantown, Ky. - Following the refusal of R. D. Rigdon to pool his tobacco with the interests of the “peaceful army” of the American Society of Equity, and to refrain from raising a crop this year.  T. M. Dora's warehouse, containing 12,000 pounds, belonging to Rigdon, and valued at $1,300, was set on fire.  Despite the efforts of citizens the property was entirely destroyed, at a loss of about $5,000.

When the “peaceful army” of 500 mounted men ostensibly disbanded to reassemble January 6, a company of the riders proceeded to this city.  It was this detachment that received Rigdon's refusal to affiliate himself with the American Society of Equity.

The burning of Rigdon's property has stirred the town, and owners of tobacco placed armed men on guard at their warehouses.  It is said that the county authorities are afraid to proceed against the marauders.

Many farmers were visited by representatives of the “army.”  While no threats of violence were made the horsemen declared that certain authorities had assured them protection against arrest, no matter what methods they used in combating the American Tobacco Company.


This article is from the Owenton News-Herald of January 9, 1908. If you need more background on who the Night Riders were and what their issues were, please go here.