I ran across this article in a copy of The Clare Sentinel that was written sometime around 1894. It’s one of those stories that I’d love to know what happened beforehand to spark the incident, and what happened afterward. However, it does show just how tough men were back then. Or maybe just plain lucky.
Saturday evening about 8:30 o’ clock, Rosa Smith, an inmate of a dance house at Meredith, deliberately shot Benjamin Villeneuve while he was passing along Main street. She was at once arrested and committed to the county jail. The bullet struck Villeneuve in the mouth and knocked out three teeth but did no further damage otherwise than to scare him and the crowd, but it was probably a love affair.
(Note: The article is posted as it appeared in the newspaper, complete with grammatical errors.)