City Marshal of Villisca, Who Discovered Murder
The Bee: Omaha, Saturday, September 15, 1917
RED OAK, Ia., Sept. 13--J.H. "Hank" Horton, marshal of Villisca, is known to every man, woman and child in Montgomery county. He was marshal of his town five years ago when the ax murders startled the country.
It was "Hank" who was first on the scene. He was down town when met by Ed Selley, clerk of store of Joe Moore. Selley, apprehensive on account of non arrival of his boss, went out on the street and met Horton, who at once went over to the Moore home, where he made the startling discovery.
Mr. Horton immediately notified Dr. J. Clark Cooper and then sent out the telephonic and telegraphic news which was the first news of the tragedy out of Villisca.
Villisca's marshal was one of the first witnesses to testify for the state. He averred with firmness that when he met Ed Selley on the morning after the axe tragedy it was just 8:30, because Horton had an appointment for that hour with the clerk of Villisca. It is just that way with Horton, when he know as a thing he knows it and he know what he knows.
Here's Hank's secret: Some day he may run for sheriff of Montgomery county. And a lot of the boys throughout the country are willing to bet a few "iron men" that Hank would make a hard race for that office.