Murder of Henry Ball
Sycamore True Republican, April 11, 1900

Elmer Clark, a Menard county farmer, shot and killed Henry Ball, a young Petersburg farmhand, who had been attentive to his daughter. The farmer believed Ball intended to elope with his daughter and he had forbidden him to come on the farm. Clark went to Petersburg after the shooting and gave himself up. He expressed no regret at what he had done, and said he was entirely justified in killing Ball. Contributed by Kristin Vaughn