I just happen to have a photo of the now abandoned Mudge House on Mudge
Road in Richmond/Charleston that I took last year - JMT.
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Wellsboro Gazette, Tioga, PA-- Thursday, August 14, 1902
BAD SHOOTING AFFRAY - Two Men Seriously Hurt in a Row in Charleston
Last Sunday. - ONE SHOT IN THE HEAD, and the other was pounded until
he became unconscious - Wound From Shooting Pronounced Dangerous - Trouble
Originated From Neighborhood Gossip.
A bad row in which two men were seriously hurt occurred
at Whitneyville, in Charleston, last Sunday morning. One of the principals
in the fracas is said to be in a critical condition as a result of his
injuries, which may prove fatal. Considerable bitter feeling has
been created in that locality and the affair generally is deeply deplored.
The trouble originated from some gossip circulated in the neighborhood
concerning the actions of Cornish Mudge and a certain woman. The
Advocate says that Mudge had become incensed at this and last week insult
was added to injury by some person placing a beef's head with a pipe in
its mouth on the fence of the lady in question. As Mudge is a smoker
he took this as a direct insult to himself. for some reason or other,
Mudge laid the blame of the story upon William Bowen, a near neighbor.
Sunday morning Mudge started for the cheese factory with his milk.
At a place about midway between the Bowen and Mudge farms he met Bowen.
Here he asked him about the skull on the fence and Bowen claims to have
denied any connection with the affair. Words let to blows and Bowen
was badly hurt about the face and head. The place where the trouble
occurred was near where the old sawmill used to stand. It is out
of sight from both the Bowen and Mudge homesteads. Soon after the
assault two brothers and father of Mudge came along ostensibly to look
after the cows. Cornish Mudge then drove away, saying he was going
to the factory leaving Bowen to be taken home by his two brothers.
When they arrived at the scene Bowen was lying on his chest with his face
covered with blood and his eyes swollen shut. They picked him up
and started to walk him home. When about mid distance to the Bowen
farm they saw Mrs Bowen coming toward them. They sat Bowen down on
the bank and waited for Mrs. Bowen. By this time Bowen's head hung
limp on his shoulders and he was nearly unconscious from the loss of blood.
Soon after Mrs Bowen's arrival her son Fred came running to the scene with
a double acting 32 caliber revolver. When about three feet from Daniel
Mudge he fired at him, the bullet taking effect on the frontal bone of
the cranium and plowing its way under the scalp in a downward line toward
the base of the skull, along the median line. The external table
of the skull was fractured, thus deflecting the course of the bullet so
it passed out under the scalp. Young Bowen then jumped behind Daniel
Mudge and fired at Gilbert Mudge, missing him. The Mudges then grabbed
him before he could shoot again. Daniel Mudge then went to his home
where Dr Hazlett attended him. His wound is pronounced dangerous.
The elder Bowen was taken home, where he has been lying unconscious and
in a very weak condition. A hearing was held before Justice
O. H. Davis in this borough on Monday morning and young Bowen was held
to bail in the sum of $500 for his appearance at the September court.
Nore from Joyce: Cornish Mudge married Kittie Hubbard in
May 1903. The article above does not identfy the woman with whom Cornish
was supposed to be involved, but it may have been Kittie.