"Colored Man Held to Answer"
The article was only one sentence:
Before we ever get to the reason Dewitt was so excited he shot his brother, this one sentence article needs to be dissected. To put it briefly, this sentence gives us a peek at Tonapah and its “colored” community in 1915. Let’s not make the mistake of stereotyping or over generalizing, but there is a ton of researchable topics in this one sentence. Let’s just review some of the key words:
- There was a melee, which indicates there might have been an opposing side to the “society” or they were attacking one another.
- There was a Dunbar Club. Who owned it? Who frequented it? Was it the known meeting place for “melees.”
- There was a “society of colored men of Tonopah.” Was membership based on social standing? Were they recognized by the community and periodically mentioned in the paper?
- Tonopah in 1915 must have had a way of sustaining “social clubs.” What industry or resources were in the area? Was this common behavior for Tonopah’s citizens?