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Newspaper article lookup of hanging/lynching 1911-1912
Posted by: Mae Cox (ID *****8027) Date: July 15, 2006 at 06:33:13
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I'm trying to find infomation about an event that happened in the Lamar-Harrison County area in late 1911 or early 1912.

There was a fellow named William Andrew Skinner, (b. Jan 9, 1882 AR) who lived in southeast Cleveland County, Oklahoma, and was purportedly a U.S. Marshall or something like that. Anyway, somewhere around late 1911 or early 1912, he became an outlaw and did something (rustle cattle, horse thief, bank robbery?)down in Texas. He was caught and executed (hanged? lynched? shot?) somewhere in that area or so the story goes.

None of the Skinners from here in Oklahoma knew about it until, about a month later, they read of his death in some magazine/paper. Two Skinner brothers went down to wherever it was in NE Texas and brought William's body back, burying him in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Cleveland County.

William's headstone lists the date of January 22, 1912 -- I don't know if this is when he died or when he was buried.
I have no idea if he was shot/hanged through the legal system, or by a band of individuals. There is a lot to be learned about this incident.

I'm hoping there are newspaper accounts and would appreciate if you could shed some light on this story of what actually happened.

Mae Cox in Oklahoma


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