January 10, 1889
From the Ardmore Courier we learn that JIM MOYER and JIM THOMPSON, two very prominent cattlemen, during a fight, were killed on Monday of last week near Burneyville, Chickasaw Nation. The killing grew out of an old feud existing between the two families. Bad blood has existed between them since the Rooster Creek killing about 18 months ago where in JIM CHRISTIAN and JIM LUTTRELL were killed by STEVE BUSELL.
December 18, 1890
Ardmore, I. T., Dec. 13: HENRY BEVEL, a miner in the Ardmore coal mines, was killed today by one of the cars used in the chute in hauling up the coal jumping the track and striking him on the head and crushed his skull.
Ardmore, I. T., Dec. 15: Senator SAM PAUL appeared in court today on a crutch for his examining trial for shooting his son, JOSEPH PAUL, at Paul’s Valley on the 9th. The evidence disclosed a regular vendetta between father and son and the meeting resulted in a spontaneous feud. He was bound over for trial in Paris, Texas. The son is still very ill, but is expected to recover.
Gainesville, Texas, Dec. 12: A fatal difficulty took place yesterday at Grady in the Chickasaw Nation between JOHN QUINCY ADAMS and JOHN HINSON, both young men and farmers, in which Adams stabbed Hinson three times with a small bladed pocket knife, killing him almost instantly. Adams was brought here today in custody of officer SWAINE. The tragedy was the result of a feud of several months standing.
Ardmore, Dec. 11: A foul murder was discovered yesterday on Little Blue River in an Indian settlement a short distance from Ardmore. J. T. MILLSAP, a bachelor farmer living alone in a cabin, was found dead with two bullet holes in his body. From the condition of the corpse, he had evidently been killed a week before the discovery was made… Millsap came to the Territory a few months from Arkansas.
Atoka, I. T., Dec. 10: ISHAM FRAZIER, Indian, who escaped when AB WOODS and JIM ALLEN were arrested for the murder of U. S. deputy marshal, WILLIAM PITTS, last week, was seen yesterday by C. HOTCHKIN, to whom he related his version of the killing of the officer. According to Frazier, he, with Woods and Allen, got whiskey on the Texas side and were met by Pitts, who lives in that section, when returning with it. Pitts assisted in drinking what they had left and then gave them an order on the Texas grocer for more. Frazier took the order and got the liquor. Pitt became abusive under its influence, ordered the Indians to throw up their hands, threatened with arrest and punched them with the pistol. When he assaulted Frazier, the latter grabbed the pistol by the barrel and turned it upon Pitts, who received the cottons in the abdomen. A second shot struck a colored bystander named CAMPBELL, who will probably die. Frazier says he would probably die than be imprisoned, but will surrender as soon as he can realize money, with which to defend himself, from the sale of some stock.
August 21, 1890
Ardmore, I. T., August 17: J. F. GENTRY, postmaster of Tucker, I. T.,, W. P. HOLMES, postmaster at Elk, I. T., and several other citizens of the Arbuckle Mountain country, were arrested and brought here today by a U. S. deputy marshal, charged with grave robbing.
Paris, Texas, August 15: Deputy marshal HOOVER came in from the Chickasaw Nation this evening with J. R. NEELEY, who is charged with the murder of GEORGE DAVIS, a negro, at Lebanon, I. T. on Thursday. The trouble between the parties was about a fence and Davis made some back talk. Neeley went to see Davis, who met him in the road with a Winchester and began to curse and abuse him. Neeley drew his gun and fired. Davis also fired but without effect, as Neeley’s shot killed him almost instantly. The negro was regarded as a bad character.
Gainesville, Texas, Aug. 16: FRANK WITT was arrested in the Cherokee nation near Caldwell, Kansas Saturday and brought to this city by deputy marshal MYNATT, charged with murdering a white man a short time ago in the Chickasaw Nation. Witt is an old Texas Ranger and for years a member of Capt. TOM SIMMONS’ company, which became famous in Texas for its daring and successful exploits in the West among the Comanche and Arapaho Indians, who were driven from the state mainly by this bold band of Rangers.
Paris, Texas, Aug. 15: Deputy marshal LITTLE came in today with JOHNSON KREEL,a Creek Indian, who killed a negro named DAVIS in the Pontotoc County in the Chickasaw Nation, a few days ago, in a drunken row. The negro killed was a recognized citizen of the Choctaw Nation. Jurisdiction of the U. S. here will be questioned.
November 6, 1890
Ardmore, I. T., Oct. 30: At Elk near Ardmore this morning, E. P. HANNON had his left leg caught in a cotton gin while putting on a belt. The limb was torn almost entirely from his body. Recovery is doubtful.
Ardmore, Oct., 30: Two farmers, JAMES JOHNSTON and JOHN CAPERS, became engaged in an altercation yesterday near Marietta which resulted in Capers being so badly cut with a knife, he will die. Johnson escaped to Texas and is still at large.
Paris, Texas, Nov. 1: BEN FRANKLIN and WILL JOHNSON were convicted of horse theft in the federal court tonight. They were captured on the evening of Oct. 7, about 40 miles northwest of Atoka after a desperate running battle of 20 miles, during which time JAKE JOHNSON, one of the gang, was killed.
Paris, Texas, Nov. 3: JOHN P. BAKER was tried in the federal court today for killing HOLMES PARKER in the Chickasaw Nation in 1889., The testimony showed that Baker and Holmes were engaged in mutual combat and that Baker struck Holmes with a large rock and killed him. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
Fort Smith, Ark., Oct 29: EUGENE STANLEY and JOHN BOYD were convicted in the U. S. court for the murder of DANSBY in the Choctaw Nation last spring in an attempt to rob the ferryman at Cache creek. There were three of the robbers and while crossing the stream, drew their guns on the three ferrymen who refused to be held down and drew their own guns, when a fight opened resulting in the death of Dansby.
October 23, 1890
Paris, Texas, Oct. 18: Judge BRYANT rendered a very important opinion in the case against THOMAS MCGEE, charged with murder. McGee is a white man, married to an Indian woman and recognized by the Indians as a citizen, allowed tribal rights same as an Indian. Judge Bryant held that under the treaties with the U. S. and Indians, McGee was in law an Indian and subject to the laws of his tribe and the federal court had no jurisdiction over offences committed by him on the person or property of another Indian.
November 27, 1890
Shooting at Ardmore
Ardmore, Nov. 25: A shooting affray took place at the residence of W. R. WATKINS, in which three persons narrowly escaped killing. The parties engaged were W. R. WATKINS or BILL WATKINS as he is called, BOB WATKINS, his brother, and DICK MCLISH. BILL is an Indian by marriage and McLish is an Indian by blood. The two men are the rival claimants for the greater part of the land on which the town of Ardmore is situated. The Indian court decided in favor of McLish and later Watkins instituted a suit in federal court against McLish.
Bad blood has been brewing for some time and today culminated in open hostilities. It seems that Watkins has lately tired to oust McLish’s tenant from a lot and today McLish went to Watkins’ residence at the edge of town to reason the matter with him. He stood at the fence and called Watkins out. An eye witness says that McLish did not threaten or use loud language, but in a moment, Watkins pulled up a gun and fired both barrels at McLish, neither shot however taking effect. Just then Bob Watkins came running to the rescue and McLish drew his sixshooter and fired three shots, two taking effect on Bill and one on Bob. Bob was struck on his arm and received a slight flesh wound. Bill was also struck on the arm but one shot ranged up in his shoulder and may prove serious. The parties evidently meant business and they all had narrow escapes. McLish was arrested and taken before a Paris commissioner and bound over for further examination by commissioner. It is not thought the Paris court can take jurisdiction in case of attack on BILL WATKINS, as both are citizens of the Chickasaw Nation.
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