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Posted by: Nita (ID *****6995) Date: April 08, 2008 at 09:17:39
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Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
March 15, 1891

Graham, Texas, March 14: HENRY THOMAS, who pleaded guilty to robbing the postoffice at Santo, Palo Pinto County, was sentenced in U. S. court to one year at hard labor and $10 fine. He is 19 years old and has a widowed mother in Limestone County.


Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
October 10, 1889

Dead in the Road
Gainesville, Texas, Oct. 9: New was received here today of the killing late Monday afternoon about 50 miles northwest of here in the Chickasaw Nation of GEORGE W. CANTERBURY, alias GEORGE W. TAYLOR, by E. C. SUGG, called Colonel Sugg. Sugg was a formerly wealthy cattleman and reckoned his wealthy by the hundreds of thousands, but lost it nearly all in the great crash of 1885. The man killed had married a niece of Sugg but had been separated from his wife for several years past. The killing occurred on the roadside, Sugg being the buggy at the time, and the deceased was on horseback. … Taylor’s right name is said to have been Canterbury and he is said to have adopted the alias of Taylor.

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
November 26, 1886

Lewisville, Texas, Nov. 23: Mrs. FANNIE CLARK, daughter of A. A. CLAPP , who resides four miles from Lewisville, died this morning from wounds sustained Wednesday night from a fall from a horse while attending a writing school in the neighborhood. She and a small brother had gone to the school together and met Mr. Clark, there, who tired to converse with her. When they started home, their horses had been “cut loose.” She accepted her husband’s horse to ride home. Some one had placed a bur under the saddle and the moment she mounted, the animal dashed away, as she fell, her clothing clung to the pommel of the saddle, swung against trees, stumps, brush for a half mile.

Albany, Texas, Nov. 23: News reached here of a horrible accident in Hulltown in Shackelford County this morning. Miss ALLIE, daughter of Mr. GREEN, an old settler, having started a fire in the cook stove, was standing with her back to the fire, warming herself, when her clothing caught fire. She was enveloped in flames. Her screams brought her mother, who, trying to save her child, got her arms and hand badly burned. The young lady is in a terrible condition,…likely result fatally.

Paris, Texas, Nov. 25: News was received of the suicide at a railroad camp in Indian Territory of a young man named JOHN R. SCOTT. He had been employed as bookkeeper for the contractors and not being experienced, got his books tangled and his cash short. His employers never doubted his honesty, knowing the shortage due to his ineptness to keep books and employed another bookkeeper. Scott left a note that his body be sent to his uncle JOHN H. MILLSAP in this city and an unfinished letter to his mother. Young Scott was about 25 years old and had been in Texas about eight months. He came from Chickasaw County, Mississippi where his mother and other relatives reside. His body will be embalmed and shipped to Mississippi.

La Grange, Texas, Nov. 25: A sad accident occurred at a hunting party yesterday. P. B. CARTER accidentally shot and killed himself. He was an old and highly respected citizen of the county and leaves a wife and several children. He was buried this evening by the Knights of Honor of which he was an honored member.

Abilene, Texas, Nov. 25: Last night, the jailer was overpowered by three men confined in jail and they escaped. They are: ARTHUR FRANKLIN, age 30; GUS WILSON, age 28; CHARLES HOFFMAN, a German about 18 years old.

Beaumont, Nov. 25: In court, the state vs CHARLES MCFADDEN and B. D. BAKER, charged with the murder of CYRUS PATRIDGE in Feb. last; they were found not guilty.

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
December 13, 1890

Chickasaw Nation Affray
Gainesville, Texas, Dec. 12: A fatal difficulty took place yesterday at Grady, Chickasaw Nation, between JOHN QUINCY ADAMS and JOHN HINSON/HENSON, both young men and farmers, in which Adams stabbed Hinson three times with a small bladed pocket knife, killing him almost instantly. Adams is in custody.
Another account:
Ardmore, I. T., Dec. 12: JIM HINSON, a young man about 21 years old, was stabbed to death yesterday at Grady in this county by J. Q. ADAMS. Adam, also a lad, accused Hinson of talking about him. He rushed on him with a pocketknife and cut him twice. Hinson died immediately; Adams started to run but was caught by citizens and held. He was sent to Paris, Texas without bail.

Eufaula, I. T., Dec. 12: JOE MCINTOSH was shot and killed near Checotah, the first station north of here, yesterday. McIntosh was plowing on or up to LOGAN’S claim. The killer rode up and after exchanging words, shot him. Both are Indians and belong to the first families in the nation. Both were usually peaceable and quiet and young.

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
January 11, 1889

Gainesville, Texas, Jan. 10: Word was received this morning of the killing of WILLIAM BROWN, a stockman, on his ranch at Mud Creek, Chickasaw Nation, 30 miles northwest of Gainesville, yesterday while in his field looking for stock. It is reported that he was fired upon by 11 men in ambush and his body was riddled with bullets. There was a body with Brown at the time of the killing and he was fired at several times, but escaped unhurt. He says the leader of the band was a noted outlaw in the nation, whom he recognized.

Graham, Texas, Jan. 10: Today a skull and several bones of a man were found on the GRAHAM farm, two miles below Graham. Fragments of a hickory shirt and a leather strap, too well preserved to have been exposed many years, were with the bones. Some of the citizens think that DAN CUNNINGHAM who left here about six years ago to work on the railroad was murdered and his body concealed there as he never returned. To others it is a mystery.

Whitewright, Texas, Jan. 10: WILLIAM ALLEN was the victim of a horrible accident today. He and another man were engaged in cutting down a large tree on ROM ROBERT’S farm, near this city. In falling, the tree caught on the limb of another tree. Allen walked under it and as he did, it came down with a crash, killing him. He has a sister living in Fort Worth and his parents reside in Obion County, Tennessee. He had not been in this county long and little is knows of him. Coroner SKAGGS will hold an inquest.

Paris, Texas, Jan. 10: Mrs. LOUISE HANCOCK, age 80 years, was the victim of a horrible accident here this afternoon. She had taken a small box from the mantel in which her son kept some awls, wax thread and other articles, in which were some cartridges, for the purpose of mending her shoe, when a spark of fire fell into the fire, causing an explosion. She was burned horribly about the face and hands. It is feared she will not survive. Mrs. Hancock and her husband, who is dead, were among the first settlers of Lamar County and she is now one of the oldest citizens of Paris.

Texarkana, Arkansas, Jan. 10: A. B. MCCARTY, who was beaten while locked in the calaboose about two weeks ago by two negro prostitutes while a negro man, CHARLES WILLIAMS, held him down, died. He was a retired railroad worker, just received a month’s wages and locked up for intoxication. In the jail were EMMA LOGAN, EMMA HARRELL, and CHARLIE WILLIAMS, all colored, for disturbing the peace. Williams had shot his wife six months ago and recently had cut another negro.

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
February 9, 1887

Gainesville, Texas, Feb. 8: FRANK BROWN was arrested by sheriff WARE and marshal HONEYCUTT on suspicion of being wanted in Coleman City for killing BILL MORRIS last spring. Brown told a reporter that Morris was drunk and flourished a razor, and after having his coast cut in two pieces, Brown got a wagon pin from a truck and struck Morris a blow on the head. Morris died about a month afterwards, but Brown thinks it was not from the effects of the blow. BROWN also tells of the killing of PETE FLYNN in Chickasaw Nation about a mile from Red River near Arthur City about 15 days ago. He says Flynn and some pals through the Santa Fe contractors, for whom Brown worked, owed the money and they tried to scare him into his assigning his time checks by saying there was a reward offered for him in Coleman. Brown refused to be scared and Flynn and his friends captured him and marched to the contractors’ tents. Arrived there, Brown refusing to do as commanded, Flynn pulled his gun and Brown, getting his out first, fired, killing Flynn dead. Brown says he has no fears in either case. He has recently been going by the name of WILSON.

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
June 15, 1869

BOB LOVE, a rich old Chickasaw Indian, owner of Oil Springs, has been arrested and carried to Van Buren, Arkansas for killing a negro. He lived just across Red River from Gainesville.

WILLIAM PATTERSON of Pilot Grove, in a difficulty with some Federal soldiers at or near Gray Rock in Titus County, was shot through the arm, and otherwise roughly handled by the “boys in blue.”

We learn that the notorious desperado and outlaw, BILL PETIT / PETTIT, who sometimes operates in the southern portion of this county, has been giving the citizens of Dallas Count serious trouble. A squad of U. S. soldiers have been him chase.

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
July 30, 1894

Unique Reunion
Italy, Ellis County, July 27: The reunion of the ex-slaves, a notice of which was published in the News of the 26th, took place at the old SIMS homestead, about 2 ½ miles northwest of Italy on the 25th. The reunion was instigated over a year ago by GILBERT SIMS, an old ex-slave and now a prosperous and contented citizen of Italy, for the purpose of bringing together the former slaves of JONAN SIMS and their descendants to talk over the times of long ago. About 25 of the ex-slaves were present and about 250 of their children and grandchildren. The descendants of JOHN SIMS to the number of about 100 were present and also about 200 more white people, either old settlers or their descendants.

ANDERSON BRACK, colored, now of Waco, made a speech…WILL BURNETT, a young descendant of one of the ex-slaves, spoke on the advantages of education and the advances being made by the colored people… The colored people called on Rev. J. H. DOUGLASS of Italy, one of the pioneers, for a talk. Among the ex-slaves present were HENRY SIMS, BEN SIMS, HENRY RICHARDS, ROB SIMS, ANDY BELL, MING COFFEE, all of whom are prosperous farmers owning their homes; also GILBERT SIMS, WASH PENDLETON, OWEN HARDEMAN, SAM WATSON, and ANDERSON SIMS.

Among the early settlers of Ellis County present were Rev. J. H. DOUGLASS, GEORGE CUNNINGHAM, JEFF DUNAWAY, JOE and BEN WILLIAMS, JIM JOHNSON and others.

The day was bright and warm and a good time was enjoyed by all.

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
September 5, 1879

Memphis Epidemic
Among the deaths at Memphis: THOMAS REILLY, MIKE SCHULLY, LIZZIE SCHWARTZ, ATTILA RINGERT, J. S. HOUCK, all white, and two colored near Springdale; Gen. J. S. SKELLINGTON is dying; W. BERLIN is progressing favorably. Among the new cases (white) were two Misses FALKENBERG, JAMES T. LEE, JOSEPH W. LEE, ANNIE KEMPF, Miss VAN WILLIS and CONSTANTINE HAMMER. Three more deaths: MATTIE REO, Miss VAN WILLIS and Gen. JOHN S. SKIFFINGTON. New cases: three children of the later J. S. HOUCK at Brenton Station.

Romanic History
Career of Dr. HENRI STEWART, Who Was Hanged Aug. 29
The Denison News has some notes about Dr. HENRI STEWART, lately hung at Fort Smith for murder committed in the Indian Territory, at the same time with COLORADO BILL, a noted desperado.

About 3 years ago, two young ladies were on the banks of Red River at Rock Bluff ferry, waiting to cross. The ferryman told the young ladies it was extremely hazardous to cross the swollen river, but they wanted to cross. A young man rode up on horseback and volunteered to take the girls across which they did. The young ladies were impressed by the young man and extended him an invitation to visit them in Denison. … later the liquor business of F. C. J. LEBERMANN in Denison was burglarized and HENRI STEWART was jailed, finally released on bond.

The circumstances of the murder of Dr. JONES by HENRI STEWART: Dr. Jones was at the railroad platform at Caddo, waiting for the postoffice to open. HENRI and WILEY STEWART, cousin, rode up. Wiley, intoxicated, cursed Jones and charged Jones on informing on Henri and Wiley for introducing liquor in the Territory. Jones replied; Henri drew his revolver and shot at Jones. Wiley took his shotgun and shot Jones in the neck. They rode a circuit around the town, reinforced by “Texas Dick,” and returned to the scene. A Chickasaw official gathered a posse chased them. One of the Stewarts’ horses was killed; another horse was stolen and traced to Vinita where Henri sold it and took the train for Missouri. Wiley has not been apprehended. Henri went to Alba, Jasper County, Missouri where his family resides, and was soon arrested, tried and convicted of murder. … (a few sentences described by Henri about his version of the Jones killing)… Henri said he was born in Mayhew, Choctaw Nation on Oct. 28, 1848. He was the youngest of four issued between CHARLES STEWART of Scottish parents, and TRYPHENIA WALL, 1/8 degree of Choctaw blood, springing from the FOLSOM family of Choctaws. His mother died in the spring of 1849 and his father afterward married Miss JULIET SLATE, a missionary at Fort Towson, I. T. The living issue of this last marriage are ARTHUR T. and ALICE E. STEWART. The former is in business at Topeka and Atchison, Kansas and the latter is with her mother at Manhattan, Kansas. After his father’s death in 1853, his stepmother moved with the children to Connecticut near Hartford, and Henri was placed in school with the ultimate object of being educated for the medical profession, which course was pursed at Hartford and completed in the medical department of Yale t New Haven. At the early age of 19, he obtained a position as ship surgeon on board the Santiago de Cuba, between New York and Aspinwall. He was transferred to the Oregonian running between Panama and San Francisco until 1868 then he obtained a similar position with the Pacific steam navigation company between Panama and Varpasco(?). (long description of his positions, including being in Peru when the earthquake hit in 1868…) In 1870 returned to Hartford, then went to Europe… then 1871 was in Manhattan, Kansas to visit family… in 1873 married the widow of the late J. W. GREGG, an extensive cattle dealer of Illinois. In June 1874 moved to Choctaw Nation within 30 miles where he was born, remained there except for nine months in Texas after his family moved away. His wife moved to Alba, Jasper County, Missouri in May 1877… no children, two were born but died. I have a sister near Nashville, Tennessee and one at Holyoke, Mass. … I practiced medicine in the Nation. I deny reports that that I led a wild and reckless life or being part of Sam Bass’ gang. The liquor I introduced in the Nation was for use in my practice as a physician….

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
Tuesday, May 17, 1887

Dallas Dots
Dallas, May 16: Deputy U. S. marshal arrived from Fort Sill with SAM POWELL, a Chickasaw Indian, charged with the murder of LOUIS GOLSON, a half-breed,and CHARLEY LINDEN, a white man.


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