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Re: Deputy killed prior to 1912?
Posted by: Jerri Strombeck (ID *****8880) Date: May 16, 2012 at 06:13:19
In Reply to: Deputy killed prior to 1912? by Annoymous of 20

San Jose Mercury News 1/16/1912
Redding, Jan 15--Deputy Constable William Blake was killed, Constable Ed Lansing was wounded. The crime took place at Fall City, they were captured near Lovelock. Sheriff Hunsinger of Lassen Cty who captured him telegraphed Sheriff Montgomery of Shasta County that he expected to capture the son in a few hours.

Reno, Jan 15--Wilson Harum, son of Indian Mike, was captured at Lovelock. He is 20 years old, deaf, dumb, and nearly blind. He surrendered on command of his father, who was taken to the hiding place in handcuffs.

Anaconda Standard, 1/16/1912
Indian Mike and his son, both intoxicated, fired 3 shots at Roderick McArthur, a storekeeper at Fall City. Constable Lansing deputized Blake and went to arrest them. Shots were fired, Blake was killed, Lansing wounded. Indian Mike and his son escaped to the Lassen lava beds and for nearly 2 months evaded capture.

Bellingham Herald, 11/26/1911
Redding, Nov. 25-- Two posses, one numbering nearly 50 men and including practically every ablebodied man of this settlement...Indian Mike and his son were outcasts of their tribe...they fled to Dixie Valley in Lassen County...

Bellingham Herald, 11/27/1911
Indian Mike, with his mother and 3 sons, was holed up at his cabin in Dixie Valley. The mother and 2 sons remained at the cabin while Indian Mike and his other son fled. Mike's mother confirmed that her 10 year old daughter was killed and her oldest son was shot in the mouth during the battle with the officers.

Oregonian 11/27/1911
Roderick McArthur was shot and killed. Two children were found at the cabin in Dixie Valley, a crippled boy of 15 and a younger boy, 6 years old.

Evening News, 6/12/1912
Redding, June 12. "Mike Harum shot me," said William Blake in a dying declaration, several months ago. That statement was admitted into trial of the two Harums, the father said that the son, Wilson, shot McArthur.

Oregonian, 11/26/1911
Roderick McArthur, of McArthur, was shot. A warrant was issued for Indian Mike and his son on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit murder. The two officers followed the Indians for a mile and a half and found them in a wagon. The two constables tied their horses and walked toward them. Mike and his son opened fire immediately, Lansing fired back. Blake's gun misfired. Lansing shot off Wilson's nose and knocked him out of the wagon, Mike shot Blake in the thigh. Blake fired his automatic rifle and Mike fell and got up again. Lansing was shot in the knee. In the fight, Mike's team got frightened and ran away. His daughter died from injuries suffered during the runaway.

San Jose Mercury News, 11/30/1911
All of the Dixie Valley Indians have quit their camping places and sought the protection of white men, either in Fall River Mills, McArthur, or Pittsville. Indian Mike has long been a terror to their people, taking whatever he wanted from them without fear of retribution. The Indians didn't want to be forced to help Indian Mike and his son and incur the enmity of whites in the county. A young son of Indian Mike is being held prisoner at Fall River Mills to provide information to help capture his father. Mike has a sister in Susanville, and it is believed that he is headed for her wigwam.

San Jose Mercury News 6/30/1912
Redding, June 29--Indian Mike Harum and his deaf-and-dumb Indian son Wilson were acquitted by a jury here today... the jury was out one hour and the verdict was not a surprise...the Constables ambushed them and fired too soon. Wilson admitted that after Lansing shot first he fired 3 times, mortally wounding Lansing.

1910 census, Dixie, Lassen, California
Mike Harum 45 m 23 yrs farmer small farm
Louise Harum 34 7 ch 5 liv
Wilson Harum 22
Bennett C Harum 14
Delia Harum 10
Mckinley Harum 4
Aubrey Harum 1 3/12
Both married once, received govt allotment in 1887, Bennett received govt allotment in 1902. Live on own land, in a civilized dwelling.

Bennett died in April 1917; his obit was printed 4/20/1917 in the Lassen Advocate.

1920 census, Manton, Tehama, California
Mike Harum 64
Louise Harum 49
Wilson Harum 34
Floyd Harum 14
Lion Harum 1
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I can't find them after this.

What a story!

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