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Ada Evening News
Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma
August-December 1912

Abstracted / Transcribed by Diron Ahlquist

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Ada Evening News, August 17, 1912
Chief Bolin Grabs Ten Gallons Of Booze
Friday night Chief Bolin captured and confiscated ten gallons of booze. He somehow got wind of its shipment and when it arrived he was at the depot waiting for the trunk in which it was shipped. The owner, whoever he was, did not appear to claim it.
Special Officer Ed Brents also heard that it was coming, and was also on hand to grab the shipment. Evidently, there will be many dry throats in Ada today.
 
Ada Evening News, August 31, 1912
Threaten To Lynch Negro At Ardmore
Ardmore, Okla., Aug. 30 - Sheriff Buck Garrett of this county, began swearing in deputies Wednesday night following rumors received here late on Wednesday afternoon that a mob was coming here from Colbert to lynch Alexander Posey, a Negro arrested in Denison, Tex. last Saturday in connection with the kidnapping of the child of a farmer living near Colbert. The Negro was brought to Ardmore for safe keeping. Sheriff Garrett said Wednesday night he had heard such rumors, but if the Negro was lynched it would be done in the county where the crime was committed. There are other bad prisoners in the jail here and the sheriff does not want a lynching party organized for fear that it will result in a battle that will cost many lives. Posey denies that he made any confession to the officers of Bryan county, and stoutly denies that he is guilty. He says if he made any confession he did so when he was excited and does not remember it. The Negro ate plenty Wednesday, but is very nervous.
 
Ada Evening News, September 17, 1912
Juror III; Court Adjourns
Tishomingo, Sept. 17 - District Judge Rainey adjourned court yesterday morning on account of the illness of one of the jurors in the case of E.R. Alford, who is being tried for the murder of United States Marshal Ben Collins, who was killed near Emet several years ago. This case is attracting a great deal of attention. More than 100 witnesses have been summoned. County Attorney Lefler is being assisted by County Attorney Mathews, of Carter County.
 
Ada Evening News, September 30, 1912
Ardmore, Okla. - The police muddle has been settled by the resignation of Dow Braziel as chief and the appointment of Dave Booker. Braziel will accept a place under his successor.
 
Ada Evening News, October 26, 1912
Special Officer Ed Brents returned Friday evening for a few days visit to his family.
 
Ada Evening News, November 8, 1912
Booze Gets Negroes Into Some Trouble
This morning when the Katy train stopped at the crossing, Joe Watson, Joe Lewis, and Albert Fair, Negroes, dropped off and were somewhat surprised to find Special Officer Ed Brents waiting for them. He nabbed the entire bunch along with about four gallons of liquor. The Negroes were placed behind the bars until convenient to take them to Holdenville or Muskogee to interview the U.S. Commissioner.
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Ada Evening News, November 11, 1912
Another Big Haul Of Booze
Saturday night Special Officer Brents and Chief Cal Bolin found six suit cases filled with booze which came in on the south Katy. No owners could be found, so the officers confiscated the liquid joy.
 
*Ada Evening News, December 3, 1912
Deputy Sheriff R.E. Duncan came in today from Francis with John Greer and Tom Mitchell charged with handling hard cider.
 
*Ada Evening news, December 13, 1912
Murderer Gets Life Sentence
Claremore, Okla., Dec. 13 - John Ettor was found guilty today of the murder of Deputy Sheriff Carl Starr and sentenced for life to the penitentiary. This is the second conviction for the murder of Starr, Jackson Triplett having been tried at Claremore in October and given a similar sentence. Ettor and Triplett were bootleggers at Collinsville, Okla., and had liquor shipped to them at other places. While they were conveying a wagonload of it into Collinsville they were stopped by Sheriff Sanders and Deputy Starr. A gun fight resulted, the bootleggers opening fire on the officers. The fight ended in the death of Starr and the wounding of Sheriff Sanders. The fight took place September 20 and the two men were arrested by Sanders, although he was badly wounded. They were convicted mainly on the evidence of Sheriff Sanders.
 
Ada Evening News, December 27, 1912
Muskogee Grand Jury
Muskogee, Dec. 27 - Resignations: W.R. Robison, sheriff of Muskogee county: Judge E.I. Williams, police judge of the city of Muskogee: H.H. Brown, county jailer: E.K. Forey, night jailer: Bill Barker, Bill Trimble, W.L. Rupert, Tom Doyle, and R.P. Ramsey.
New appointments: Sheriff, Muskogee County, Bud Ledbetter and Charles Wheeler Jr. police judge...
Recommended for Removal From Police Force: John Doyle, Bud Widerman, B.G. Hughes, Ed Davidson, and W.L. Roberts...
The above is the result of the special session of the grand jury which adjourned today about noon after making a detailed report to his honor, Judge Allen of the District Court. At 12:30 the county commissioners met and appointed Bud Ledbetter sheriff of Muskogee County to succeed Wm. Robison.

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