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The Guthrie Daily Leader, May 19, 1899

The Guthrie Daily Leader

Friday, May 19, 1899

Submitted by: Bob Chada

Officer Killed by Watson Gang of Thieves at Shawnee. (Shawnee) Dr. Esmond was killed northwest of this place yesterday afternoon by Bill Watson, a member of a notorious gang of horse thieves. The Watson gand, numbering five well kown horse thieves, have lately committed depredations in this vicinity and the sheriff and posse, of which Dr. Esmond was a member, were in pursuit. The gang was arrested and the party started for this place. It seems that Watson had not been searched, and at a time when the officers were suspecting nothing, Watson shot Esmond in the head, killing him instantly. In the confusion the thieves made their escape and at last accounts were headed in the direction of Purcell. A large posse was organized and is now in pursuit, and a hot fight may be expected before morning.
(SUVCW SITE) GAR Reunion. Kingfisher, May 18, 1899. The annual encampment of the G.A.R. here today had a large attendance. Congressman Calderhead, of Kansas, and Judge Irwin made speeches on last night. Today Congressman Dennis T. Flynn, Governor Barnes, Sidney Clark, Judge Thomas, Pat Coney, of Kansas, made speeches. The speeches of the day were Governor Barnes, Tennis T. Flynn, and Pat Coney's.
Tonight the Woman's Circle have charge and will enertain the G.A.R. They have arranged an elaborate program and have many speeches.
The department officers were elected as follows:
Capt. J. J. Hassler, of Enid, department commander
Senior Vice, J. W. Bush, Stroud
Junior Vice, C. Andrews, of Ponca City
Chaplain, Joab Ingram, of Kingfisher
M. D., Dr. M. Sprague, of Kingfisher
Delegates to the National Encampment, J. G. Unger, Enid; J. C. White, Oklahoma City
Council of Administration: C. T. Prouty, W. Mirller Smith, J. W. Griffith, J. G. Elsworth.
The next annual encampment was foted to Jefferson, Okla.
The encampment passed strong resolutions denouncing Pension Commissioner Evans for unjust construction of laws, and asking President McKinley to remove him.
A telegram announcing that the New Work G. A. R. had done the same thing today, was received with much enthusiasm.
H. H. Reynolds was appointed and confirmed assistant city marshall by the city council.

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