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In Real Wild West Style, This Pair Are Spliced

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Logan County, Oklahoma


The Oklahoma Leader
August 12, 1915

Submitted by: Bob Chada

Transcribed by: Mollie Stehno

In Real Wild West Style, This Pair Are Spliced
Muskogee, Aug. 9-Riding horseback all the way from Kinta, which is down in Haskell County, Nettie Dudley, 22, a pretty cowgirl, and Bill Colbert, also 22, and a typical cowboy, arrived in Muskogee Saturday, rode to the courthouse, obtained a marriage license and with Tom Blunt a cowboy friend, and Jack a faithful dog, both of whom had made the overland trip with them, as witnesses, were married by Justice of the Peace W. G. Miller.
"It's a gay life, a free life, it's a cowgirl's life for me."
In many respects it was a starling wedding for the justice to say the least. Colbert a great big, handsome blonde strode into the office looking anything but a bridegroom. First one notices his wide-brimmed white Stetson with a snakeskin hat band. Then one came to a pale blue silk shirt, open enough at the neck to show a good deal of brown muscle. But his trousers furnished the great surprise for Bill Colbert yesterday wore "chaps" when he was married. Big spurs finished the remaining peculiarities.
The girl was dark-haired and her eyes, as the novelists say, were nothing but big, dark pools of limpid necromancy. Her hair was braided down her back and she wore the cowgirl's kaki with good effect.
Tom Blunt was dressed a good deal like Colbert, who insisted that his name was "Bill." The dog was a beauty and no sooner had the justice completed the ceremony than he sprang into the air with a joyful bark that had only one interpretation. He knew what was going on.
"We rode from Kinta just for the fun of it," stated Bill. "We left there about sundown Tuesday and we took our time. Yes, there were several county seats nearer but we wanted to come to Muskogee,"
Colbert is a cattleman and a nephew of Chief Green McCurtain of the Choctaw Indians.

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