University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas versus Foster Bell Minutes, 1923



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas. District Court (Travis County)
Title: Texas versus Foster Bell Minutes
Dates: 1923
Abstract: Composed of a stenographer’s report, the Texas versus Foster Bell Minutes, 1923, document the trial of Foster Bell for the murder of Ernest and Robert Schaffner.
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

In accomplice with his brothers Tommie and Luther Bell and another man named John Miller, Foster Bell murdered father and son Ernest and Robert Schaffner near Sealy, Texas, on September 5, 1922. During Bell’s trial which commenced on April 2, 1923, he was represented by J. E. Edmondson, W. T. Hill, Charles R. Johnson, and Dave J. Pickle, while Fred Blundell, Dan Moody, T. H. Gregor, and John E. Shelton represented the State of Texas.


Scope and Contents

Composed of a stenographer’s report, the Texas versus Foster Bell Minutes, 1923, document the trial of Foster Bell for the murder of Ernest and Robert Schaffner. Presided over by Judge James R. Hamilton of the Criminal District Court of Travis County, Texas, in April 1923, the report contains testimony of witnesses, such as Leon Hackbarth and Mary Kanak, among others, as well as a certification from the stenographer, J. W. Dibrell.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bell, Foster.
Dibrell, J. W.
Schaffner, Ernest.
Schaffner, Robert.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. District Court (Travis County) -- Archives.
Subjects
Trials (Murder) -- Texas -- Travis County.
Places
Sealy (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Travis County (Tex.) -- History -- Trials, litigation, etc.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas versus Foster Bell Minutes, 1923, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2G377 Stenographer's transcript of proceedings, April 1923