Name:  William R. McKee    

Age/DoB: July 5, 1870

County of Conviction:  Custer

Judicial District:  16th

Case No.:  855

Date of Conviction: June 5, 1918

Sentence: 1-2 years






Allegations: That on April 28, 1918, said that he hoped that every s__ of a b____ that crossed the water would never come back; that he had money enough to buy flour sacks to make a white flag for every American soldier that went over there and came in contact with the Germans.


Case Details:  Arrested after a drunken brawl in Miles City. Numerous witnesses testified as to his good character and patriotism. Six men in Stratford gave depositions, 24 others signed a petition. More depositions from citizens of Harvard, Iowa. Defendant's version of events differed markedly from that of prosecution witnesses. After two-day trial, found guilty. Served 6 ½ months. Released Jan. 1, 1919.


Personal Information:  Born in Galesburg, Ill. Worked in Harvard, Iowa as a farmer and merchant, then as a hotelkeeper in Stratford, S. D., before coming to Montana about April 1, 1917, to farm. Worked at Ft. Keogh with eldest son before son left to join U.S. Army cavalry stationed on Mexican border. Worked briefly at Milwaukee shops in Miles City as a blacksmith helper before his arrest. Married with 6 children. After release from prison, lived and worked in Deer Lodge City as a railroad machinist. Died age 72 in Deer Lodge on Feb. 18, 1943. Buried at Hill Crest Cemetery. Relatives in Montana.


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