The Murder of James David Auld, Jr.

Researched and Written by T. D. Hudson
11 April 1923 issue of the Farmerville “Gazette”

Killing in Ward Ten

Last Friday about ten o’clock in the forenoon, one Base Bales shot and killed J. D. Aulds at the latter’s store at Point in Ward 10 of this Parish.

The information we have says that Bales drove up to Auld’s store in a car and got out and went in to get some cigarettes or smoking tobacco. When Aulds was in the act of getting same for him, he drew a revolver and fired two shots at Aulds both of which were effective and he died instantly. Then Bales proceeded to his home or to wherever he was going and after being there a few minutes committed suicide by shooting himself.

This is, indeed, a deplorable affair; about the worst we have had in the parish in a long time.

Aulds was also postmaster at the Point post office which was kept in his store.


Note: James David Auld, Jr. (14 Oct 1893 – 6 Apr 1923) married Lydia Ella Day. Auld was the son of James David Auld, Sr. [Jim] (16 Dec 1870 – 10 Mar 1893) and Susan Malissa Henry (Mar 1870 – after 1910), who married in Union Parish on 4 December 1890. Susan Malissa Henry was the daughter of William Marvin Henry and Malissa Tabitha Wilhite. James D. Auld, Sr. was the son of John Robert Auld (1834-1870) and Rachel Jane Ward (1832-1870).



Dr. Tim Hudson is the mathematics department head at Southeastern Louisiana and an avid historian on Union Parish. Hudson is a Union Parish native and graduate of Farmerville High School.

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