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Ada Evening News
Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
January-June 1911

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Ada Evening News, January 3, 1911
Sheriff Mitchell Names Two Deputies
Sheriff-elect L.E. Mitchell informs us that he has selected two of his deputies. Cal Bolin of Stonewall will be chief field deputy, and Bob Duncan will be stationed at Francis. He will probably announce other appointments in a few days.
 
Ada Evening News, January 5, 1911
Cal Bolin and family arrived from Stonewall yesterday and have taken up their residence on West 13th street. Monday Cal will assume his duties as chief field deputy under Sheriff Mitchell.
 
Ada Evening News, January 7, 1911
Police Chief Appointed
Ardmore, Okla., Jan. 6 - Smith Redmond has been appointed by Police Commissioner Owens to fill the place of police chief for the unexpired term of "Buck" Garrett, resigned. Garrett is now sheriff of Carter county.
 
*Ada Evening News, January 12, 1911
ABSTRACT
mentions Alf McCay as Indian Police
 
Ada Evening News, January 18, 1911
Cal Bolin Gets Two
This morning Cal Bolin brought in two Negroes a man and a woman from Stonewall charged with bootlegging.
 
Ada Evening News, February 2, 1911
"Pussyfoot" Come To Oklahoma Again
Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 2- With the arrival here Wednesday night of W.E. (Pussyfoot) Johnson of Denver, Colo., federal chief in charge of the suppression of the liquor traffic among the Indians and the Rev. E.C. Dinwiddie of Washington, D.C., former legislative agent for the National Anti-Saloon League, was started a more determined campaign to prosecute the purveyors of liquor among not only the Oklahoma tribes but those in other states.
It was the contention, when Oklahoma secured statehood, that the existing federal liquor laws for the protection of Indians did not apply to Indians within the state, excepting to such reservations as were specifically mentioned in the enabling act to be "dry" for twenty-one years.
Consequently the accustomed prosecution of the liquor traffic among Indians was not pressed until recently, when John Embry of Guthrie, United States district attorney for the Western Oklahoma district, contended that the federal liquor laws apply to all tribes whose lands are held in trust for them by the United States government.
Immediately prosecution of liquor vendors among Indians was renewed by Embry, with the approval of the department at Washington, and Johnson was directed to confer with Embry for the purpose, it is understood, of extending the program to other states that have Indian citizens.
Mr. Dinwiddie, now representing the National Inter-Church Temperance Federation and the National Grand Lodge of Good Templars, is on a similar mission. He managed thecampaign in Oklahoma in 1906-7 that resulted in state-wide prohibition laws.
 
*Ada Evening News, February 7, 1911
W.H. Reynolds, Indian Agent, and Indian deputy, Jack Carnes, arrived from Atoka this afternoon.
 
Ada Evening News, February 7, 1911
District Court Proceedings
The district court is grinding away at its usual clip. The following civil cases were taken up this morning:
Adams Machine Co. vs. Collier et al
State vs. Fligg
State vs. Cude et al
Bills vs. Bills
Adams Machine Co. vs. Collier et al
Redden vs. Crumley et al
Disposition of Cases Called Yesterday
Continued - Jeff Perry, murder; Jefferson Perry, burglary; Oscar Peeler, accessory to murder; Frank Scribner, murder; Anthony Pate, perjury; F.C. Turner, perjury; Robt. Perdue, robbery; H.T. Gilliam, theft of animal (3 cases); F.O. Harriss, falsifying books; R.P. Ford, offering false evidence.
Dismissed - W.W. White, embezzlement; Joe Adams, theft of animal; Geo. Wilfong, theft of domestic animal; Scipio Bruner, theft of animal; William Williams, theft of animal; O.M. Parsons, forgery; Elmer Story, adultery; Jno. Trimble, theft of animal; Jim Ivey, rape.
For trial at this term - Oscar Johnson, larceny; Lewis Lee et al, burglary; J.E. Davenport et al, assault to kill; Lifley Black et al, murder; Luke Rainey et al, assault to kill; Jim Jones et al, theft of animal; C.A. Steward, murder; J.B. Chapman, assault to kill; Charley Curry, theft of animal; Neeley Carnes, assault to kill; Lewis Threadgill, burglary; (2 cases); Mallie Ward, assault to kill; Jim Case et al, grand larceny; I.B. Johnson, receiving stolen property; Harrison Porter, rape; Elmer Story, embezzlement; Dan Garrison et al, assault with deadly weapon; Bob Sweatt, selling liquor to minor; Fellow Blevins, do. Nero Blue, do; Earl Rice, do; Buck Sweatt, do; Earl Rice, do; Dillard Perry, do; Sam Minnix, false pretense; Earl Duren, embezzlement, Charley Dad, burglary; J.W. Morse, larceny; Charley Baker, assault to kill.
A number of other cases were passed for the present, but may be taken up during the term. Of course it is possible that all of the cases set for trial may not come up this term, but the above list gives an idea of how the docket will run.
 
*Ada Evening News, February 9, 1911
Deputy Bob Duncan took the Negro Charlie Harper, who was arrested at Stonewall on a charge of bootlegging yesterday to Coalgate to be placed in jail.
 
Ada Evening News, February 15, 1911
Ed Brents Busy With Bootleggers
With the placing of Charles Gallagher behind the bars at Yankton Saturday, Special Officer Brents, of the United States Indian Service, has succeeded in skillfully cleaning out, root and branch, the entire gang of bootleggers, who have infested Conata for the past several months, defying all law, terrorizing decent people, selling and peddling liquor to Indians and even, it is said, robbing them of their money after doping them with the whiskey. The total number taken in at Conata by Mr. Brents, is five, all of whom will be tried before the federal court in May.
In each and every case witnesses to the number of no less than thirty or forty will be brought into court to testify against them and it is practically certain that none of the prisoners will get less than a year and a day in the penitentiary. Evidence in abundance, sufficient to convict every one of them, is to be had and has already been secured by the special officer.
The complete taking in of this notorious gang at Conata emphasized the importance of the Indian Service department, and that of special officer, have gone into Conata, they could never have accomplished what Mr. Brents has done with comparative ease. Mr. Brents' presence in the community for a week fell far sohrt of creating the excitement that his presence would create at this time under similar conditions. He had his game before they knew him. He "giged" them napping - Rapid City (S.D.) Journal
 
Ada Evening News, March 29, 1911
Forgot To Return Borrowed Team
Monday about 11 o'clock W.C. Long borrowed a team and buggy from Wm. McDaniel north of town, saying he wanted to come to Ada to buy some groceries and that he would return by 3 o'clock. He evidently forgot that part of his promise, for he never showed up. Yesterday Mr. McDaniel and the sheriff's office got busy. Deputy Cal Bolin located the buggy and one horse 8 miles south of Stonewall. The fellow had swapped the other horse off and decamped with the one horse he secured in its place. No further trace of him has been found since.
 
Ada Evening News, March 29, 1911
Muskogee County Disarms 400 Deputy Constables
Muskogee, Okla, March 29 - Four hundred deputy constables in Muskogee county have been ordered to turn in their guns and commissions. Some are refusing the order, which was issued by the county attorney, and three were arrested and thrown into jail Tuesday.
The sheriff and county attorney discovered that 300 or 400 men in the county were carrying guns. It had become a practice when a man wanted to carry a gun to get some constable to appoint him a deputy. This gave them the right to carry a pistol.
It was found that collectors for banks and merchantile houses were carrying guns and using their official badge to assist in collecting debts. Other deputies were using their authority to make promiscuous arrests, a sort of official blackmail.
So a general order was issued for all deputy constables to turn in their commissions. In the future no deputies will be given commissions except by the county commissioners.
 
*Ada Evening News, April 11, 1911
ABSTRACT
Sheriff of Pontotoc County, L.E. Mitchell, deputy sheriff R.C. Duncan
 
Ada Evening News, April 11, 1911
Ed Brents, U.S. special enforcement officer, came in from Sioux City this morning to spend a week at home. He has been having some interesting times lately among the rough necks, who have been dispensing booze on the Indian reservations of the northwest, and from accounts appearing in the papers of that section seems to have made a pretty thorough cleanup of the entire bunch although the Indian Territory in its wildest days was nothing in comparison to things in his new field. However, he is the same good-natured fellow as ever and is pleased at being home once more.
 
Ada Evening News, April 20, 1911
Craven Must Face Trial In Oklahoma
Jefferson City, Mo., Nov. 9 - Convict Charles Maust, who completes his sentence in the penitentiary Wednesday, has been identified as Ben Craven, who is wanted in Noble county, Oklahoma, on the charge of murdering the postmaster and a deputy marshal at Red Rock in that county.
United States Marshal A.S. Martin of Kansas City arrived Tuesday night to arrest Maust on his release Wednesday. With him is deputy United States marshal Lung of Oklahoma, who identified Maust as Craven some time ago. Two other witnesses will be here Wednesday morning to identify him.
The prisoner will be arraigned before United States Commissioner H.C. Giesberg and when properly identified will be ordered to jail in Kansas City and from there the federal judge will order him taken to Oklahoma for trial.
The crime for which he is to be tried was committed in 1901, while Oklahoma was a territory, hence the federal court will have jurisdiction to try him. Maust came to the penitentiary for three years from Andrews county for burglary and larceny.
Maust also is wanted in Kansas to serve a twenty-year sentence in that state for murder, and the Kansas officers are expected also, but the government will take the prisoner.
 
Ada Evening News, May 4, 1911
Arrested For Obstructing Track
Yesterday Deputy Cal Bolin, arrested three young boys at Fitzhugh on a charge of obstructing the Frisco tracks not long ago. This morning Sheriff Mitchell brought in two more on the same charge. It is alleged that on two occasions someone placed obstruction on the track that might have caused disaster had not the engineer been quick about stopping his train. Being under age, the boys were placed under Judge Barton's juvenile court.
 
Ada Evening News, May 5, 1911
This morning Deputy Sheriff Cal Bolin came in from Stonewall accompanied by Charley Case and wife, a gentleman and lady of color, who were charged with having had more beer in their possession than the officers thought they needed for their own use. They made bond, however, and went on their way.
 
*Ada Evening News, May 8, 1911
Four Hurt In Riot
Oklahoma City, OK May 8 - ...George Martin, conductor of the Culbertson car was attacked by men of the crowd and bruised about the head. Martin was arrested at 3:20 by Deputy Sheriff Fred Hagen at 611 North Ollie Street and was lodged in the county jail. He was charged with criminal carelessness.
 
*Ada Evening News, May 11, 1911
Excitement At Porum
Muskogee, OK, May 11 - Porum Monday night was a seething hotbed of lawlessness. And yet it was a lawlessness that arose out of a respect for the law. Tired of the depredations of the Davis gang and maddened to almost a point of murderous frenzy against the members of the band who have been charged with many a cattle theft and many a crime, the citizens had determined to do what so far the law had failed to do - put an end to it. Rumors that through the little town and over the countryside like wildfire - that the gang was plotting the murder of the witnesses who it is expected will testify against the slayers of Deputy Jim Works, goaded the people on.
Call For Help In The Night
Deputy Rupert had been left in charge of the situation at Porum by Sheriff Wisener. At eleven o'clock Monday night the Sheriff received a telegram from Rupert asking for help at once. A special train was chartered over the Midland Valley and a dozen deputies were hurriedly assembled. As the train stopped at Porum, a hundred yards ahead of it, in the search light's glare, armed men could be seen swarming across the tracks. "They crossed like a covey of quail" one of the officers said. About two hours after they arrived half of them returned with "John Doe" and the rest remained.
Mobs Swear Vengeance
The mobs that swarmed through Porum Monday night seemed bent upon the destruction of Sam Davis and Pony Starr who were known to be seeking refuge in Bob Davis' home. Yesterday morning Pony Starr boarded a passenger train and came to Muskogee because he feared for his life. And then besides here today he must answer in the courts for several charges of grand larceny. Sam Davis escaped yesterday to Fort Smith and Mrs. Davis, wife of Bob Davis has disappeared. The Davis home last night was almost deserted and that in a great measure helped quiet the people. The officers here still hold out hopes that Bob Davis will voluntarily surrender today. He is now out on bonds in the sum of $1,000 each on three indictments returned by the recent grand jury on the charge of grand larceny; three informations filed in the district court calling for another bond of $1,000 and a $2,000 bond on an appeal taken to the supreme court following a conviction for grand larceny...
The vengeance of the Davis Gang is to be wreacked, the rumor says upon Luther Hester because he has been prominent in the apprehending of stolen cattle and in the enforcement of the law, against George Blackstone for the same reason and J.A. Robertson because he is a former deputy sheriff and because he was with Jim Works when he was killed and will probably be a witness in the case of the state.
 
*Ada Evening News, May 15, 1911
Bob and Amon Davis Captured In Denver
Muskogee, Okla May 16 - Manacled together, Bob and Amon Davis, wanted for the murder of Sheriff James Works of Porum on the afternoon of May the fourth are speeding on a train from Denver to Muskogee under the watchful eyes of Deputies Depew and Nicholson...[much more information on arrest and other crimes]
 
*Ada Evening News, May 15, 1911
ABSTRACT
Deputy Sheriff of Murray County D.M. Boyd
 
*Ada Evening News, May 26, 1911
Negroes Lynched At Okemah
ABSTRACT
Deputy Sheriff George H. Loney, Sheriff of Okemah Co J.A. Dunnegan

Ada Evening News, June 3, 1911
Phelix Latta Tells About Davis And Star Gang
Felix[sic] Latta, Cherokee Indian, who is proprietor of the Peay Hotel is well acquainted with the now notorious Davis boys and Pony Starr and his wife at Porum, whom a mob tried to lynch the other day. Latta's farm is only two miles from Porum and for many years he has been in close touch with the affairs of the Porum community.
Latta says that the Davis boys and Starr are thieving citizens and deserve the worst that could be given them. That they were all pretty smart Cherokees and wealthy, but it was notorious that they were cattle thieves of the boldest type.
 
Ada Evening News, June 12, 1911
Governor Makes More Appointments
Oklahoma City, June 12 - ...Special enforcement officer, William E. McLamore, of Ardmore
 
Ada Evening News, June 24, 1911
Cruce Appoints Special Enforcement Officer
Oklahoma City, June 23 - Gov. Cruce today commissioned Rev. C.C. Brannon of Blackwell deputy enforcement officer to work in conjunction with liquor sales to Indians. Rev. Brannon is also an assistant to "Pussyfoot" Johnson, chief enforcement officer of the United States interior department, in charge of the suppression of liquor found on Indian reservations. State Enforcement officer McLamore named M. Cavnor special deputy for the Capitol Hill district of Oklahoma City.
 

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