Wagoner County, Indian Territory (OK)
Vol II No 33
May 18, 1894 (Part 3)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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J J Turnham has charge of his brother's drug store, Dr. H H Turnham, who at present is so jouring at Muldrow. Mr. Turnham is a gentleman of nice appearance, and seems to be especially adapted to the drug business.
H M Jacoway, the popular stenographer of the Dawes Commission was married last week in Little Rock, Ark., to Miss Francis Clebourne, daughter of Major Clebourne, Supt. of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain, and brother of the famous general Pat Clebourne.
Col Wm Harrison, of Muscogee, spent last Friday in the city. He interviewed quite a number of our citizens in regard to organizing a Knights of Phythias lodge here, and he found them all favorable toward the move. The lodge will perhaps be organized soon.
Thos Owen, of the law firm of Watts & Owen, at Muldrow, stoped over in the city Saturday last, on his way from Muscogee, where he had been to obtain license to practice in the U S Court. Mr. Owen is a young man of promise, and will no doubt become brilliant and successful in the legal profession.
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FATHER AND SON LYNCHED. Swung From A Bridge By A Kansas Mob. HANGING OCCURS AT SHARON SPRINGS. Fred McKinely, 17 Years Old, Confesses to Having Murdered Charles Carley, His Brother-In-Law, at the Instigation of His Father and Brother - The Motive For the Crime Revenge. - Sharon Springs, Kan., May 11 -One of the most determined mobs that every congregated in this portion of the state on Monday lynched William McKinley and eldest son, Lewis, for the murder of Charles Carley, committed one week ago. The news of the double lynching reached the outer world for the first time yesterday. The crime which led to the lunching was cruel and revolting. About a week ago Charles Carley, a son-in-law of William McKinely, was murdered. An investigation revealed the fact that Fred, a 17 year old son of McKinley, sr., committed the crime. The boy was arrested made a confession, stating that he had been induced to kill his brother-in-law by his father and older brother, Lewis.
The motive for the murder seemed principally revenge and hatred. The murdered man had only a few weeks before married McKinley's daughter. It has been stipulated before the marriage that the groom was to pay the bride's father $200 for the privilege of marrying her. The groom refused to pay this money after he was safely married and thus incurred the enmity of his wife's father and brothers. The boy surprised Carley while asleep, cutting him horribly with a garden hoe. He was found dead and horribly mutilated.
On Monday the three were arraigned in court when Fred pleaded guilty as charged, but his father and Lewis pleaded not guilty, waived trial and were placed in the county jail. Late Monday night a mob of several hundred men took the old gentleman and Lewis to a railroad bridge about half a mile west of town and lynched them. They both begged piteously for mercy.
Fred would probably have been hanged with the others, but instead of taking him to the jail he was kept under guard at the hotel from which place the sheriff expected to take him to Trego county for safe keeping. The people of the county are aroused at the disposition juries have shown to turn criminals loose and say they intend that justice shall be done in some manner if not by the proper course of law.
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THE TWO TERRITORIES. Congressional and Local Summary. News in General of Oklahoma and Indian Territory Pertaining to the Pale Face and the Red Man.
The public schools of El Reno will close May 23.
B F Berkey has been elected president of the Guthrie Fair association.
The location of the Congregational college has been postponed for ninety days.
Bishop Weershaert dedicated the Catholic church in Union City last Monday.
At the experimental station in Oklahoma some of the wheat has begun to head.
United States Attorney brooks made his first speech in his new office in Guthrie, Wednesday.
The city council of Guthrie has bought a city hall and will move it near the central portion of the city.
The census, according to the Times-Journal, will show that Oklahoma county has about 20,000 population.
Two members of the old Guthrie townsite board, Schnell and Robertson have been indicted by the grand jury.
Seventeen thousand dollars worth of the bonded indebtedness in Cleveland county has been taken up and cancelled.
Sam Small appears to like Oklahoma as a residence, particularly if he is allowed to spend most of his time in Washington.
Plover eggs, according to the Perry Democrat, bring $3 each in London. If that is so Oklahoma ought to go into the plover egg and produce business right away.
Thomas Conner, living near Cushing, was called to the door Monday night by unknown parties, who shot him dead and then robbed the body and the house.
Near Okarche, J Matthewson and T W Lesserance, neighboring farmers, quarreled over the keeping of a line fence, and Matthewson shot and killed Lesserance.
The Guthrie Leader is not the kind of paper that would be likely to be taken in with a gold brick, but it speaks of a proposed pressed brick plant as a golden opportunity.
Emmet Dalton, in the Kansas penitentiary, says he wishes his brother Bill would quit robbing people on the outside. He says if it were not for the actions of his brother he would have a chance to reduce his sentence by good behavior, but the prejudice against him increases all the time.
The Osage council controlled by full bloods has declared its intention to cut off over 500 mixed blood Indians from the annuity rolls, and expelling them from the reservation. The half breeds and adopted members are up in arms and serious conflicts will ensue if there is an effort to enforce this order.
Okarche Times: The statement given to the public that 1,275 tax warrants had been issued for the collection of delinquent taxes made a bad showing in our county. But it is not so bad when it is taken into consideration that most of the warrants have been issued against the Indians for taxes on personal property. This is the first time the noble red man has been called on to help run any kind of government, and he don't see the use of blowing in his few hard dollars for that purpose.
Williams Bros., proprietors of the strip pit at Lehigh, I.T., broke their promise to the striking miners and again commenced loading coal Thursday morning. The men went to work under a guard of a dozen United States marshals, when 1,000 miners headed by about 500 women and a brass band and 150 men heavily armed marched down upon them. Workmen and marshals seeing that it was utterly impossible to cope with this force, offered no resistance and the men quit work. The entire procession then left for Coalgate, where they intend to force all the strip pit men to quit work.
Out in Beaver county there is a tradition that fish will not bite on Sunday. But it is only the weakest sort of a tradition.
John Burnett has leased 600 acres of Indian land fifteen miles west of El Reno for a term of three years which he will break out and plant to onions. A steam plow will be put to work on the breaking this week, and Mr. Burnett proposes to have the entire tract broke out in forty days. Then he will pulverize the sod and set out the onion sets. Mr. Burnett thinks onion raising on a large scale one of the most profitable crops one can raise. This will be the largest field of onions in Oklahoma.
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Prairie dog poison is a staple in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City is father south than Memphis, Tenn.
Register Crook has assumed his duties in the Guthrie land office.
Ex-Governon Seay will deliver the address Memorial Day at El Reno.
Frank McMaster has sold his weekly to two gentlemen from Arkansas.
Razor back hogs are said to be plentiful in the Wichita and Caddo country.
The proof of the townsite of Garber, between Perry and Enid has been entered.
The body of a baby 6 months old was found in a culvert in Oklahoma City.
It is said the jail in Guthrie will be turned over to the government in a few days.
The second story of the south wing of the normal school building in Edmond is completed.
Newkirk is figuring on a big Fourth of July with a tribe of Indians to lend hilarity to the occasion.
The Honkatonk of El Reno ran up against a bill for beer and has glided down the corridors of time for good.
All Hennessey has bucked a nickle-in-the-slot machine, and the machine is still ahead and in good working order.
A physician of Perry announces through the papers that he is building a cyclone cellar and doesn't care who knows it.
An Oklahoma bachelor has written a badly spelled letter to Kate Field in Washington. He simply says he admires her and the affair will probably end at that.
The Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians have no right to the fold fields of the Wichita mountains. They belong to the imagination of the newspaper correspondents.
Guthrie has a leader who speaks on the troubles of the United States in the public square. His flights of eloquence do not amount to much, but after his address he gives a balloon ascension.
Deputy Sheriff Wells of Newkirk put in a bill for $500 for pursuing the prisoners he allowed to escape and didn't catch. It came very near taking the commissioners breath away and the sheriff bounced him.
A baby named Harvery, near Pawnee, was killed in a peculiar way last week. A little girl who was playing with the child fell and struck the baby in the abdomen with her elbow internally and fatally injuring it.
Senator Barry's amendment to the sundry civil bill is another blow at the tribal system in the Indian Territory. The amendment proposes that the general land office shall send in surveying parties and lay off the land of the Indians in sections, marking the corners and half miles with stones just as all other public lands are surveyed previous to settlement. This subdivides the land into quarter sections, 160 acre tracts. Under the present tribal relations the land is held in common. An Indian who wants to farm incloses as much or as little as his ambition prompts. The Barry amendment appropriates $100,000 for the survey. This action shows that the spirit of congress is strongly against continuance of the tribal relations. Senator Barry has been looked upon by the Indians as one of their particular friends, but he is in favor of breaking up the system. The money for the survey will become available after June 30, unless the bill is delayed.
The firemen of Guthrie have been made policemen. Their particular duty will be to make people clean up.
The administrators of the estate of R J Robertson of Guthrie have filed a suit for $10,000 against the Santa Fe for Robertson's death.
By direction of the assistant secretary of war the few remaining Indians composing company I, Second infantry, at Omaha, Neb., and Company I, Sixteenth Infantry at Fort Douglas, U.T. have been discharged, thereby practically wiping out the organization and marking another step toward the total abandonment of the scheme of separate Indian companies.
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