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Samuel Claybrook Locke

 
 
Samuel Claybrook Locke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 8, 2020
1. Samuel Claybrook Locke Marker
North side of marker
Inscription.  At this location on the night of March 7, 1925, Federal Revenue officer Sam Locke was murdered while opening the front gate. Three months before his death, Locke had resigned as deputy under Sherriff W.W. Crockett for lack of support in his efforts to uphold the law. His enthusiasm in destroying moonshine stills across the county angered John Truett, Franklin's illegal liquor czar, who hired Jim Kelton and Frank Cain to eliminate the troublesome Locke. In a two-week span after his death, the "Flying Squadron," a group of federal prohibition field agents, investigated Locke's death leading to more than 30 arrests including Kelton and Cain who were found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. John Truett and his two sons were acquitted of any involvement in the murder of Locke. but were later arrested and fined for liquor trafficking.

Sam Locke (1877-1925) was the son of Berry and Sarah Harbison Locke of Hillsboro. In 1896, he married Beatrice Hendricks and from this union came Elsie, Rosie, Sally, Albert, Tommy and Samuel, Jr.
 
Erected 2019 by Williamson County Historical
Samuel Claybrook Locke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 8, 2020
2. Samuel Claybrook Locke Marker
South side of marker
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is March 7, 1925.
 
Location. 36° 1.099′ N, 86° 53.259′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on Hillsboro Road (U.S. 431) 0.1 miles south of Sneed Road West, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2600 Hillsboro Road, Franklin TN 37069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grassland Community (approx. half a mile away); Motheral/Moran House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Montpier (approx. 0.8 miles away); Motheral-Ring Family of Locust Guard (approx. 0.9 miles away); Leigh-Morgan Property at Grassland (approx. 1.4 miles away); Beechville (approx. 1˝ miles away); Harpeth Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Highland View (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Additional keywords. Prohibition
 
Samuel Claybrook Locke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 8, 2020
3. Samuel Claybrook Locke Marker
Marker as seen traveling north on Hillsboro Road (U.S. 431)
Samuel Claybrook Locke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 8, 2020
4. Samuel Claybrook Locke Marker
Closeup of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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