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From the Daily Ardmoreite published in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma:
Monday, October 11, 1915
County Seat Dispute
GEN. T. D. TURNER, chairman of the executive committee of the State Confederate Home board, who resides now in Oklahoma City, and GEORGE HENRY BRUCE, a member of the board who is city clerk of Ardmore, and HENRY W. WILLIAMS of Oklahoma City grew reminiscent last night while they were together at the Randol Hotel. General Turner, Mr. Bruce, and Mr. Williams were residents of Wills Point, Van Zandt County, Texas in the early days of the settling of Dallas.
HENRY W. WILLIAMSí father was clerk of that county in 1876, when the election was held and he moved records to Wills Point. The removal of the county seat did not set very well with the people who favored Canton and 1500 men, armed to the teeth with rifles, supplied abundantly with ammunition, marched near the town of Wills Point and barricaded themselves for a fight. The town of Wills Point had sentinels out and received word of the approaching of the armed hordes, consequently every lumber yard in the town was rifled and fortifications were hastily constructed. Wills Point, too, had a large force of armed men ready to protect the records of the county, by resisting the attack of those who favored Canton. For one entire day, the city trembled for fear of a battle that threatened to commence at any time. Women and children took flight and went to the country. The army of citizens had no flag, and they made one out of a wagon sheet. HENRY W. WILLIAMS, who was a small boy at the time, says, he remembers climbing upon top of his fatherís house and while crouched behind the chimney, watched the movements of the two armies and while he was busy watching the scenes, his mother was preparing to leave for the country, out of the range of threatening bullets. When the family made a search of Henry, he was found on top of the roof.
Late in the afternoon, General Turner and the sheriff of the county were appointed as a committee to represent Wills Point to meet a similar committee from the Canton adherents, and in the negotiations that followed, the two armies agreed to leave the matter to the courts and to abide peaceably by that decision. In the meantime, three troops of infantry arrived from Dallas to prevent civil war, but the presence of the troops was not need, as the citizens had effected a compromise by the time they arrived.
O. M. ROBERTS, who afterwards became the governor of the state, rendered the decision in favor of Canton, and the country records were moved back to that place. The citizens of the county had voted in favor of Wills Point.
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