Shooting of Ferin

Two years later, Granville Stuart and his brother James were camped at the mouth of Ham’s Fork, where the Oregon Trail twisted across southwestern Wyoming. A short distance behind them, a Mjors & Russell mule train of sixteen wagons, loaded with freight for the Utah invasion, was camped . . . The wagon boss ad got drunk at Green River, some fifteen iles back. He had accused the driver about some trifle, the driver had talked back, and the wagon boss shot him. The wagon boss was J. A. Slade.  This was the account told Stuart by the teamsters. . . . If this account is correct—and Granville Stuart is an honorable man—it was the first killing charged to Slade.