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Ada Evening News
Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
July-December 1909

Abstracted / Transcribed by Diron Ahlquist

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Ada Evening News, July 3, 1909
Scribner Brothers Suing For Bail
Habeas Corpus Proceedings Being Invoked Before The Court
Hearing Will Consume The Entire Day And Will Close Court For This Term
Andy, John, and Frank Scribner, having been granted bail in the Putnam case, are today suing for bail in the District court in their case charging the murder of Lilly, wife of Frank Scribner. The hearing of evidence has consumed most of the day and it is not likely that a decision will be rendered before late this afternoon. Mrs. John Scribner and several other witnesses were examined this morning with very little evidence of a material nature developing. The three defendants all testified and all uniformly denied any knowledge of the murder of Mrs. Scribner.
Since the acquittal of Mack Lee little has been heard of these cases until today and as this term of court will finally adjourn today it is hard to predict what the outcome will be. Ed Johnson has been released on a thousand dollar bond and his case together, with those of Andy, John, and Frank Scribner, will go over until the next term of court, while the case of Dan Scribner will be appealed to the supreme court where his attorneys are confident of securing a new trial and finally an acquittal.
 
[No abstracts for August]
 
Ada Evening News, September 3, 1909
Ed Brents, Former U.S. Deputy At Ada
In Government Service Arrests Bootleggers In Northern City
Brents Has Good Position With Government, His Duties Covering The Nation
Sioux City, Ia., Sept. 21 - Caught in the act of delivering liquor to Indians at the Union passenger station shortly before the departure of the Burlington train at noon today, William Kuhlman was arrested by Special Officer T.E. Brents, representing the United State government, and conducted to the county jail to join other offenders who were landed by the same officers Monday night.
After the cases against his other prisoners had been disposed of in the court of Justice Naglestad this morning, Brents was informed that a man who had been selling liquor to the Indians was being shadowed around the Union station, but that the officers were unable to catch their man at his game, because they were known to him. Brents accordingly sauntered around the station about train time and caught Kuhlman. After lodging him in the county jajil he filed an information charging him with selling liquor to an Indian.
In the jail Kuhlman declared he was innocent, saying that he was an honest man and had been working in Cole's addition for two weeks hauling dirt.
On last Monday night, when special government officer Brents was engaged in arresting Ed Walsh, the fourth member of a quartette, the balance of whom he had previously landed in jail, all on the charge of selling whisky to Indians the prisoner broke away and was only recaptured after Brents had wounded him twice in the legs with a bullet from his revolver.
 
Ada Evening News, September 3, 1909
Sheriff Killed While In Bed
Head Of J.W. Sims of Harmon County Blows Off - Suicide Teary
Hollis, Okla., Sept. 2 - W. Sims, sheriff of Harmon county, was murdered, he committed suicide or he was killed accidentally with his own gun while in bed at his residence here at 2:15 this morning. A coroner's jury today rendered a verdict declaring that he came to his death from a wound inflicted by a revolver in the hands of a person unknown.
Mrs. Sims was sleeping with her husband. She says he died instantly. She has been prostrated with grief and can give no satisfactory explanation of the shooting.
The suicide theory appears the strongest. Sims slept with his .45 calibre Colts revolver under his pillow. It was this revolver that was fired and the weapon lay beside the body on the bed. The top of his head was shot off. No reason can be assigned for a suicide.
Sims was 35 years old. He leaves a widow and one child. He was elected to the office June 2, this year. He was a brother of George W. Sims, county superintendent of schools in Greer county.
 
Ada Evening News, October 14, 1909
Life Sentence For Andy SCRIBNER
The trial of Andy SCRIBNER for the murder of his brother's wife, Mrs. Frank SCRIBNER, near here last Spring, came to a close in the district court at Ada last Monday. The trial consumed almost a week, and when it finally went to the jury they were out only about two hours, returning a verdict of guilty and fixing the penalty at life imprisonment.
The Ada Evening News, of last Tuesday, has the following in regard to the case.
When the verdict was read and as officers W.M. GONE and Joe FOSTER started from the court room with him he remarked, "That looks like honesty," and swore by all that was good and bad that he would not go to jail until he got good and ready.
As they were passing out at the door he insisted on going back and tell the jury what he thought of them. He further said: "If I had known that the jury was going to stick me I would have fixed WIMBISH this evening when I had a chance." In what way he would have fixed him he did not say, and the readers are left to draw their own influence.
When the officers reached the jail he again burst forth in a rage and in his fury overturned the stove. The language he used in heaping epithets upon the jury and the state's attorney would not be permissible in print.
 
*Ada Evening News, November 4, 1909
ABSTRACT
Condition of Cherokees Appalling
mentions Capt. Jack Ellis capt of Indian police for twenty-five years
 
*Ada Evening News, November 4, 1909
ABSTRACT
Well Founded Rumors That Hunter's Friends Will Make Attack Cause Sheriff to Take Precautions
mentions Sheriff G.W. Garrison of Oklahoma County
 
Ada Evening News, November 8, 1909
A Young Man In Trouble
Assistant Cashier At Postoffice Charged With Embezzlement
McAlester, Okla., Nov. 6 - Louis H. Button, assistant cashier at the post office here, was arrested by Deputy United States Marshal Swift on a charge of embezzlement of office funds. The amounts of the alleged shortage is not stated. Button waived a preliminary hearing and was bound over to await the action of the grand jury, under $2,000 bail, by Commissioner Earnest. Postmaster Clark suspected Button of theft and he called a special investigator here from Washington to investigate. Button is 21 years of age and married.
 
Ada Evening News, November 9, 1909
ABSTRACT
Oklahoma City - ex-sheriff Harvey D. Garrison & ex-deputy sheriff R.J. "Jake" Armstrong
 
Ada Evening News, December 16, 1909
Luke and Chas. Rainey of Stonewall were arrested on indictment by Deputy Goyne, charged with shooting with intent to kill last July and were released on bond.
 
Ada Evening News, December 16, 1909
Jim Lilliard, constable at Oakman, is in the city today.
 
Ada Evening News, December 16, 1909
B.L. Steelman was brought here last night from Francis by Deputy R.E. Duncan on a charge of keeping a place where intoxicating liquors were purchable[sic] and was released this morning after making bond.

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