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Mountain View Progress - 1902

Clippings from the Mountain View Progress - 1902

Submitted by: Mollie Stehno

February 28, 1902—Mountain View Progress—A few weeks ago two men, named Mobbley and Williams, who belonged to the gang that murdered the sheriff and his deputy near Anadarko in January, were caught near Ada, Indian Territory and are now lying the federal jail at Guthrie and officers have been on the alert ever since trying to locate the rest of the gang until last week when they came upon them near Wewoka, Indian Territory and after a severe fight in which Deputy Sheriff Stone was severally, thought it is thought, not fatally wounded and Swofford, one of the most desperate of the gang, was killed, Bert Casey and Watson were taken prisoners. Casey is said to have fired the shot that killed Sheriff Smith at Anadarko.
The capture was made by deputies and volunteers working under the orders of Sheriff Schram, of Pottawatomie County. The captured men have long lists of crimes standing against them and their arrest breaks up the leadership of a band of desperadoes long known in Oklahoma and Indian Territory for their lawless and villainous deeds.
February 28, 1902 Mountain View Progress —Three men believed to have been the head of the party who killed the sheriff at Anadarko, were pursued for horse stealing, trailed in the snow and one of them Swofford was killed and Sam Casey and Bill Watson captured. Deputy Sheriff Jones was wounded. They were caught near Wewoka, I. T.
October 9, 1902-- Mountain View Progress--Given 150 Lashes—Charlie Wolf, a Seminole Indian, was disciplined at Wewoka, receiving 15 lashes on the back for stealing, according to the Seminole code. The victim was unconscious at the expiration of the punishment and it was doubted for a time whether or not he would survive. When last heard from it was thought he would recover.
October 9, 1902-- Mountain View Progress—A Seneca Maiden—John Leighton and Miss Fannie Mason, of Grove, I. T. are married. The bride is the youngest daughter of C. H. Mason, a prominent citizen of the Seneca nation. Mr. Mason was for years the government blacksmith for the Indians and worked in their service so long that the Indians finally adopted him and gave both him and his wife an allotment of land on the Seneca Indian reservation. Mr. Mason is a white man.
October 16, 1902-- Mountain View Progress—First Conviction of Murder—Woods County is nine years old, forty-eight miles wide and sixty miles long and has a population of 50,000. yet the first and only man to be convicted of murder in the county was John Burner, a colored railroad grader, who has been sentenced to imprisonment for life for his crime.
October 16, 1902-- Mountain View Progress—Robbing Cemetery—An interesting suit is about to be gun by the Guthrie cemetery officials regarding the stealing of plants, urns and other decorations from graves. For some time robbing of the graves’ decorations has been going on and the officials now believe they have sufficient evidence to convict the guilty parties.
October 16, 1902--Mountain View Progress—Robbers Hung Him—A band of three horse thieves attempted to compel Isaac Brummer, an aged bachelor farmer, living near Weatherford, O. T., to reveal the hiding place of his money. They hanged him three times to the limb of a tree. When he was almost dead they bound his arms with wires, threw him in his house and locked the doors. They stole all his horses but one, which they could not catch. After a day’s exertion Brummer managed to free himself and notified the offices.
October 16, 1902-- Mountain View Progress—Eight of Case Gang—Another successful raid has been made by Sheriff Thompson, of Caddo County, on the Bert Casey gang of outlaws. Hearing of a conference of the Casey gang in Cedar canyon, in the Wichita Mountains, the sheriff with twenty-one deputies surrounded the place, capturing eight of the gang after a short decisive fight. Casey escaped by leaving his horse and crawling through the underbrush.
October 16, 1902-- Mountain View Progress—Reunion of Scouts—There was a reunion of famous plainsmen and scouts at Guthrie recently. Colonel Bill Cody, Jack Geary, Ben S. Clark, Charley Howard and Jimmy Morrison all met and held a social session and talked over the times in the early 70’s when they matched their cunning and plains craft against hostile Indians and beat the latter at their own game.
October 16, 1902--Mountain View Progress—First Accident—Albert S. Purcell was loading a hole in his gold mine in the Wichita Mountains when an explosion occurred of five sticks of dynamite. Purcell was struck in the face and right arm. The arm was amputated and he is likely to be blond. This is the first accident in Wichita Mountains’ gold mines.
October 16, 1902--Mountain View Progress—Citizen Court—The Choctaw-Chickasaw citizenship court officially announces that permanent headquarters for the Choctaw nation will be South McAlester and that Tishomingo will be headquarters of the Chickasaw nation. There will be occasional sessions at Atoka and Ardmore.
October 16, 1902--Mountain View Progress—An Old Feud—The old feud has again broken out between the Brooks and McFarland factions at Spokogee resulting in the killing of Jim McFarland and Wesley Brooks. Two weeks ago the same feud was responsible for the killing of George Riddle, Willis and Cliff Brooks.
October 23, 1902-- Mountain View Progress —Wholesale Cattle Thieves—W. S. Myers and son, John, were arrested near Gosnell. They are charged with wholesale cattle stealing. Myers had been in the butcher business at Gosnell and when his shop was searched hides with the brands of stolen cattle were found.
October 23, 1902-- Mountain View Progress —Dugout A Snake Den—James Wilson a homesteader near Lawton died from the effects of a rattlesnake bite. Wilson had been from home several days and upon his return was bitten as he was entering his dugout. Examination proved that his home was a veritable den of rattlesnakes.
October 23, 1902-- Mountain View Progress—Wants To Go to Mexico—Lone Wolf was the representative of the Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Caddo and Wichita to present their request at Washington, asking that the government take all their lands in Oklahoma and purchase for them a tract of 2,000,000 acres in Mexico. Quanah Parker, Lone Wolf, Exendine and other prominent chiefs are back of the movement. They will meet again November 1 to hear Lone Wolf’s report from Washington.
October 23, 1902-- Mountain View Progress —Anti-Horse Thief—The annual meeting of the Anti-Horse Thief association of Oklahoma and Indian Territory was held at Shawnee, O. T. More than 900 delegates were present. Every county in Oklahoma and every nation in Indian Territory was represented.
October 30, 1902-- Mountain View Progress —Ben Cravens Seen—Ben Cravens, the notorious outlaw, is creating considerable excitement in Tonkawa by his presence there. Several persons who know him personally have seen him and conversed with him. Cravens, it will be remembered, has about as bad a record as any man outside the penitentiary.
November 6, 1902-- Mountain View Progress —Horse Thief Caught—“Dink” McKellop, for whose apprehension a $50 reward was offered on account of horse stealing was caught by the Reese boys near Burk, I. T., while trying to sell the latter a mule.
November 6, 1902-- Mountain View Progress —Tried to Ride Over a Cow—Hubb, the 16-year-old son of Sam Haney, was seriously injured at his home east of Berwyn. He attempted to ride his horse over a cow which was lying down, resulting in the horse falling with its rider. The boy’s collar bone was broken and three of his ribs were fractured and he was hurt internally. His recovery is doubtful.
November 6, 1902-- Mountain View Progress—Hotema’s Sentence Commuted—Hotema, the Choctaw Indian who killed a woman believing she was a witch, and was sentenced to hang, has had his sentence commuted to life imprisonment. This is done upon the statement of the attorney general that after the direful examination of the case he would find no rational motive for the murder.
November 13, 1902--Mountain View Progress—James Big Heart Is Chief—The Osage elected him and inaugurated him as chief at Pawhuska amid ringing of bells, firing of anvils and other ceremonies. The new administration belongs to the non-progressive element which has been opposed to allotment of tribal lands.
November 13, 1902-- Mountain View Progress —The Rewards For Casey---There were rewards aggregating $5,000 on Bert Casey’s head and these will be paid to Deputies Hudson and Lockett, who killed him and Jim Sims in the battle at Cleo Springs. It was a hand to hand fight over the campfire, then shots being fired in the space of a minute and with the parties within four feet of each other. When Sims pulled his revolver the trigger refused to work and this won the fight for the officers.
November 13, 1902- Mountain View Progress —Deputy Marshals Complain—Deputy U. S. Marshals of the two territories are making an effort in Washington to abolish the custom of surrendering one fourth of their earning to the treasury. Prior to the marshal receiving a fixes salary, his compensation was one fourth of the deputies’ earnings. After he was placed on a fixed salary, the one-fourth was still deducted and turned into the treasury.
November 13, 1902--Mountain View Progress —Stage Discontinued—The work of constructing the Ozark & Cherokee Central railroad has advanced to such a state that the old-time state line fro Fort Gibson to Tahlequah was ordered discontinued on November 10, after which mail will go by way of Melvin on the new railroad to Tahlequah. This stage line has been in operation for many years and is famous for the bad roads over which it has been operated.
November 13, 1902-- Mountain View Progress ---Crazy Snake Released—Chief Crazy Snake and his tribe of ten men who attempted to organize an independent government in the Creek nation about a year ago and were convicted of entering into a conspiracy against the United States government, and sentenced to one year in the federal penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, finished their sentence November 1 and were released. They left over the Missouri Pacific for Indian Territory.
November 20, 1902-- Mountain View Progress —A Caddo Appointment—Owing to the rush of business in the sheriff’s office, Sheriff Jim Thompson, of Caddo County, has resigned his position as deputy United States marshal. John T. Blackmore, of Caddo County, has been appointed by Marshal Fossett to fill the vacancy.
November 27, 1902-- Mountain View Progress —Oldest Indian Newspaper—For seventy-three years a newspaper printed in Cherokee has been published among the Cherokee Indians. The first Cherokee paper was printed in 1820. This paper was called the Phoenix. It lived an intermittent life until 1844, when it was superseded by the Cherokee Advocate, which has been published continuously ever since, save some short interruption during the civil war.
December 11, 1902-- Mountain View Progress—Aged Indian Dies—Jerry Crowe, at one time chief of he Seneca tribe of Indians, is dead. He was 92 years of age and conceded to be the oldest Indian in the territory.
December 11, 1902-- Mountain View Progress—Supper For The Dead—The Seneca proposed to hold to their ancient custom and give a supper for their dead chief Jerry Crowe. After a prominent member of the tribe is dead and buried a supper is prepared and everything indicates a festival, but it turns out to be a silent affair and the supper is prepared and left for the deceased. This affair is treated with solemnity by the Seneca and is carried out as a mark of respect for the dead.
December 11, 1902-- Mountain View Progress— Cattle To Kansas—Dr. Beamblossom, of the inspection department, says that during November 12,793 cattle were passed over the quarantine line and that twice as many will be passed in December. He says the health of cattle is better than in ten years and he believes 50,000 cattle will go into Kansas this winter.
December 25, 1902-- Mountain View Progress—Sun Dance Demoralizing—J. H. Seger, superintendent of the Colony Indian school, deplores the granting of permission for Indian dances. He states that the most serious setback which the Indians ever sustained was the revival last summer, after a lapse of fifteen years, of the sun dance. Indians who had worked constantly and progressed steadily for years left their homes for this dance, were gone a month and came back utterly demoralized.

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