The 12-day long Christmas holiday during the 19th century was a time when families celebrated with church events
and big dinners held at homes of friends and family. On December 30th, Dr. Malone was at such an event at the home
of Capt. Billy Foutch (the present day farm at New Hope), when Lon Foutch rode up. Lon dismounted his
horse and stood in the Captain's front yard calling Dr. Malone out. Upon hearing this, Dr. Malone stepped out onto
the front porch. After some exchange of words, and Lon's apparent dissatisfaction with the Dr.'s explanation of
the previous events, Lon pulled out a double-barreled shotgun from beneath his coat, pointed and fired, killing
the Dr. where he stood.
After being arrested for his crime, there were some attempts to hold a trial in DeKalb County, but due to the
divided loyalties and hot tempers from friends and family on both sides, the trial was moved to neighboring Wilson
County. There, he was convicted, but was only sentenced to two years in jail. Dissatisfied with the verdict, the
brothers of Sydney Stanton Malone, Sam and William, vowed the would kill Lon Foutch if ever their paths would cross.
A few years later, William and his son, Liv, were on horseback driving cattle down Walker's Creek when near
the farm of Mr. Ollie Williams, they met up with Lon Foutch. With tempers still hot from three years before, pistols
were drawn and shots fired. Lon raised his pistol and pulled the trigger, but the gun misfired. William fired,
hitting Lon in the chest, but the bullet hit one of the brass buttons on his coat and ricocheted across his rib
cage leaving a grazing wound. All parties were able to retreat without serious injury.
The feud would carry on for several more years, but without anymore gunplay or serious fights. Lon and his brother,
Tom, eventually left the Walker's Creek area and moved to Putnam County, where they started the Foutch Meat Company.
This would ease tensions partially, but for years after, some Malones would not associate with any Foutchs, and
some Foutchs would not associate with any Malones.
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