To take a drive through the small, sleepy community of Selvin today, one might never imagine the sorrow and tribulations that once took place there. These true accounts were told to Hallie Robinson, a longtime resident of this area by her parents, Fred and Belle Siebe.
In the late 1800s, there were two feuding families in Selvin. Both of these families were "well-set" for those times, meaning that they were both financially well off. Both of them owned a lot of land and, coincidentally, both of them also raised and loved horses. Their mutual love for horses led to a marriage between a young man and a young woman from the two families. Things seemed to be going along well until something came between them and they decided to get a divorce. Trouble is, both of them had taken care of this one particular horse that they both had come to love. At the divorce hearing, the judge ruled that the young man should get the horse. His ex-wife was determined that he could not have it, and, so, under the darkness of the night, she stole the horse. Knowing full well that, if she stayed around Selvin with it, her ex-husband would try to take it back, so she rode under the cover of darkness all the way into Kentucky where she sold the horse.
Once she was back home, she told both families what she had done. And the feud was on! To make matters even worse, many innocent people were drawn into this feud. Anytime one side saw other neighbors talking to the other side, they were considered to be "enemies." Perhaps a fence would be cut somewhere in the community or a laying hen would be stolen from its nest, it was all blamed on "the feud." Unexplainable things began to happen. There were shots fired and innocent individuals who were beaten up. This actually went on for about five years until a man was shot and killed near daybreak one morning, just riding his horse along the road.
This was the first death caused by the feud, but it was not to be the last. According to all accounts, as long as there was still a member of either parties still standing, they never made their peace with one another.