The legend of the Wilcox hanging

As far back as I can recall, I have heard repeated assertions of a lynching that took place in Beardstown.

According to these tales, Adam Baker was a proprietor of a Beardstown saloon. As far as I have ever been able to determine, Baker was pretty popular with everyone. Well, almost everyone. The one exception was the fellow who murdered him. Or perhaps it was two fellows who murdered him. A gent named Wilcox and another named Charlie Blohm were together one evening in 1873 (or was it 1874?) when Baker lost his life. No one seemed to know exactly how Baker met his demise or at least it wasn’t mentioned.

When Baker was murdered, Blohm decided the time had come to make a hasty retreat from town. He fled by wading and swimming the Illinois River. Once across, he hoofed it all the way to Galesburg. Supposedly, Blohm later became a railroad conductor. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>