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Claim Jumping

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Logan County, Oklahoma


Submitted by: Bob Chada

© Guthrie Register News
Sunday, April 17, 1955
Early City Records Show fine of $100 for Claim Jumping

Records of the four cities, Guthrie proper, East Guthrie, West Guthrie and Capitol Hill show that the majority of their ordinnances were more of less uniform, but the methods of enforcement and court proceedings differed widely.
Lot jumping was the most serious misdemeanor offense in each city. It was punishable by fines ranging from $25 to $100 for each offense and each day of the offense.
When the fines and costs were not paid promptly, they had to be worked out on the streets "or other public works of the city" at $1 per day with a ball and chain attached to the leg.
Destroying or damaging a tree or shrub in East Guthrie drew a $50 fine; from $5 to $10 in Guthrie proper; and it was overlooked entirely in West Guthrie.
In East Guthrie it cost $10 to $25 to swear or talk loud and boisterously on the streets; in Guthrie proper from $5 to $10. Gambling, prostitution and discharging firearms was $3 to $10 anywhere.
It was a misdemeanor for a woman to appear on the street in Guthrie proper dressed in men's clothing or "in any other unusual or senational attire".

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