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Mountain View Progress - 1903

Clippings from the Mountain View Progress - 1903

Submitted by: Mollie Stehno

January 1, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Blackhawk’s Descendants—The Stroud Messenger says: The two living descendants of the famous warrior, Blackhawk lives in Ponca township, Lincoln County. He has in his care the most precious family heirloom, old Blackhawk’s tomahawk. Joe, the other grandson of the noted scalper, has been for some time among the Comanche, Apache and Kiowa, studying their vernaculars. Joe is the only old bachelor of the Sac and Fox.
January 8, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—U. S. Marshals Killed—Two United States Deputy marshals were killed at Coal Creek on the Kansas City Southern while attempting to arrest a desperado. A third deputy, Ralph Scargall, of Kinta, I. T., who was assisting in the arrest, was also wounded. One of the dead men is Samuel Sorrels, of Kinta, I. T., and the name of the other is not known.
January 8, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Must Leave Town—U. S. Marshal Madsen seized and burned a large amount of gambling stuff at Chickasha. One roulette wheel was valued at #50. The proprietor of the place was arrested. This is the second raid within a week and Marshal Madsen has served notice that he will not stop until the gambling houses are closed and the fraternity leaves town.
January 29, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Another Town—Geronimo is located in one corner of the big cattle reserve, ten miles south of Lawton and the roads leading to the new townsite were lined with teams, with houses already framed and merchandise and provision. The town is in the Cache Valley, one of the richest in the West. The Rock Island has a station there called Wagram, but this and the post officer will take the name of Geronimo. Junction City, three miles away, commenced preparations to move to the new townsite at once.
January 8, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Rob the Dead—Oklahoma Indians are abandoning the custom of leaving articles of value in the burial places of their dead. Chief White Shield, of the Cheyenne, buried two sons in a wagon box lifted into a big tree in Roger Mills County several years ago and placed beside the bodies $87 in case, two Winchesters, several good blanket several buckskin suits and other articles of value which were all stolen.

Horse-Thief Killed

February 12, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—A team of horses, stolen from Robert F. Allen, June 20, 19902 was found lat week, when the thief, Doc Wattenberger, met his death at the hands of the officers, while resisting arrest. The horses were found at Vinita, Indian Territory, where they were sold about a month after they were stolen. Wattenberger, it seems, had carried on his work for a number of years and though long suspected, always escaped for want of evidence. His trip through here is well remembered, when he traveled in a covered wagon with a chicken coop and a few old chairs tied on behind, under pretense of a poor man traveling with his family, but it now develops that he regularly returned to Vinita after such expeditions and always with animals which he was suspected of having stolen.
Mr. Allen heard of his horses, through the deputy Sheriff of Caddo County and left Sunday for Vinita where he found and identified them, as his property and then sold them for $175 cash. He says that in selling them, he just about got back what he lost in time and money while hunting for them since they were stolen. It is believed that Wattenberger had accomplices on his expeditions through the territory and his fate ought to serve as a warning to all such. Although he seemed to flourish for a time and successfully eluded the officers, he finally suffered the ignominious death of the outlaw and leaves no memory behind him but that of shame and disgrace.
January 12, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Accept Fort Supply—The legislature will accept the offer made by congress four years ago allowing the territory to use the Fort Supply reservation and buildings for an insane asylum. The reservation has over 1,700 acres of land, with many good buildings. There are waterworks and sewerage systems now in use. The buildings are mostly occupied by families.
January 12, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—The Oldest House—The oldest house in Oklahoma, says the Shawnee Herald, still stands, a common log hut, on the south bank of the Washita just out of Fort Cobb. It was built by the first company of United States soldiers that ever camped in the Kiowa country and is near the side of the adobe fort built soon after and named Fort Cobb.
January 12, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Made Chief Deputy—Don Willets has been made chief deputy United States marshal for Oklahoma. Willets has heretofore been chief clerk in the United States marshal’s office and has been succeeded in that position by Dick Miller, son-in-law of chief United States Marshal Fossett.
January 12, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Robbed Mail Sacks—Three masked men help up the night operator at Marlowe, I. T., robbed the express box, opened all the mail in registered pouches and stripped the operator of his valuables.
January 19, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Oklahoma Tobacco—Pottawatomie County is putting tobacco on the market. Eli Brown sold a wagon load the other day for fifteen cents a pounds.
January 26, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Crazy Snake Again—The Crazy Snake band of Indians, who recently revolted against the United States government, are holding many meetings again, all discussion being done in their native tongue.
February 5, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Young Indians Start—Prof. T. W. (Thomas Wildcat) Alford, a full blood Shawnee Indian and clerk of the Indian school at Shawnee has started with seven young Indians to the school at Carlisle, Pa. These young Indians have reached a standing in the local school entitling them to admission to Carlisle.
March 12, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Cole Younger’s Bullet—Joseph Mooney is perhaps the only man in Logan County and perhaps in Oklahoma, that carries a bullet in his person that was fired by Cole Younger, the ex-convict. Cole shot Mooney in November, 1862 while he with others were attempting to arrest Cole.
March 12, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—First Street Cars—South McAlester will soon have the honor of being the first town in Indian Territory to have street cars.

Marshal Morris Returns

March 19, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—J. w. Morris went to Waco, Texas, last week to look after the balance of the reward that he was to receive for having arrested a man at Foss, a few weeks ago, who was wanted by the authorities at that place and while there met his former townsman, C. A. McFarland, who he remembered was wanted in these parts for the settlement of certain unpaid bills which he left behind, when leaving here some time ago.
Morris had no papers for McFarland’s arrest but knew that such were in the hands of Sheriff Miller, of this county, so swore out fugitive peppers against him, to which it seems McFarland at first agreed and promised to return with Morris. But later, as it is alleged, through the influence of certain lawyers, who it seems had an eye on some cash that he was know to have at his command McFarland turned on Morris and had him arrested for perjury, on which charge he was held, until the arrival of Sheriff Miller when he was promptly released. Mr. Morris returned home last Thursday.
March 26, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Post Office Change--The name of the post office at Onyx, Garfield County, O. T., has been changed to Douglas, with Serena M. Gage as postmaster.
March 26, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Officer Shoots Hotel Man—While resisting arrest S. G. Porter, landlord of the Texas hotel at Cordell, Oklahoma, was shot and instantly killed by Deputy Marshal Harvey Porter who afterward surrendered to other officers pending an investigation.
March 26, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Beemblossom Resigns—Z. E. Beemblossom has resigned the position of secretary of Oklahoma livestock sanitary board.
April 2, 1903-- Mountain View Progress—Aged Indian Dead—The death of James Tidwell, near Stillwater, I. T., one of the oldest and most prominent members of the Cherokee Indian tribe, is announced. Mr. Tidwell was 92 years of age at the time of his death and was the father of seventeen children thirteen of whom are living. He had 250 grand and great-grandchildren and it is estimated that he had 400 relatives in the Cherokee Nation.

Jim and Ben Hughes Arrested at Cordell Tuesday

April 2, 1903—Mountain View Progress—Jim and Ben Hughes were arrested in Cordell Tuesday by a U. S. Marshal and Sheriff Thompson of Caddo County, charged with the murder of Lute Houston of Chickasha, whose body was found near Eakly in Caddo County last October.
The accused men had just been released from the court room in Cordell where they had been called to answer sundry charges, when they were apprehended by the officers named above. They offered bond which was refused and the night found them safely sheltered in the Cordell jail. They were taken away the following morning, supposedly to Anadarko, to be tried in the county where the crime was committed.

Hughes Ranch On Washita The Scene
Member of Casey Gang Captured and Stolen
Property Recovered—Make Thorough Search

April 9, 1903—Mountain View Progress—The well know famous resort, known as the “Hughes Place” was raided on Thursday last by James Thompson, D. N. Morrison and John W. Miller, sheriffs of Caddo, Kiowa and Washita counties, assisted by their several deputies and Marshal Morris of this place and Charles Porter ex-sheriff of Garfield county. The farm hands were arrested and held under guard for three days while the place was searched. One, Crossly, a member of the notorious Casey gang, was found and taken to Anadarko, where he is wanted, as well as in a number of other places, to answer serous charges.
A pair of mules and other stolen property was discovered and the premises are still being searched with the expectation of finding some clue to other crimes that are supposed to have been committed by frequenters of the place.
Jim and Ben Hughes, who were arrested last week are still held in Cordell on charges preferred against them there, but will later be taken to Anadarko where they will be called to answer to the charge of the murder of Lute Houston, of Chickasha, as stated in our last week’s issue.
April 9, 1903—Mountain View Progress—Death of Official—John S. Hammer, of Ardmore, died in Ada of Bright’s disease. He was postmaster of Ardmore under Harrison;’ United States marshal for the southern district in McKinley’s first term and at the time of his death was deputy United States clerk in Ada.
April 16, 1903—Mountain View Progress—A Negro Town—Wildcat is the name of a new town on Deep Fork River in the Creek Nation inhabited by Negroes. No white persons or Indian is allowed to remain in the town or even to remain in it over night.
April 16, 1903—Mountain View Progress—Prisoners At Lansing—There are 287 Oklahoma prisoners in the Kansas penitentiary at this time. Their maintenance there for the past quarter, just paid amounted $9,697.15.
April 23, 1903—Mountain View Progress—In Muskogee Jail—There are 43 murderers confined in the federal jail awaiting trial. Some of them are desperate men and others are held for atrocious crimes.
April 23, 1903—Mountain View Progress—For 7,000 Buffalo Hides—Testimony is being taken at Lawton in support of a claim to be submitted to the federal court, in which W. S. Glenn, now of Palestine, Texas, asks for $20,000 for 7,000 buffalo hides which were destroyed in May, 1877, by Quanah Parker’s band of Comanche.
May 14, 1903—Mountain View Progress—A Sentence A Minute—Judge Raymond, of the Western district, broke a record at Muskogee by sentencing forty-one men, who had been convicted of crime, in forty minutes. Most of the men were in for minor offenses and were given sentences ranging from three years to small fines. Most of the chargers were “introducing” liquor into Indian Territory.
May 21, 1903—Mountain View Progress—The Custer Massacre—The Bridgeport News says that Tall Meat, an old Cheyenne Indian who recently died at Darlington, was a party to the Custer massacre in 1875.
July 9, 1903—Mountain View Progress—Seneca Chief Killed—George Bearskin, assistant chief of the Seneca tribe of Indians, was thrown from his horse and his foot became entangled in the stirrup ad he was dragged to death.

Deputy Sheriff Wounds A Man at Hughes Place

July 16, 1903—Mountain View Progress—J. C. Bourfind, deputy sheriff, from Anadarko, made an arrest at the Hughes Place, Tuesday evening, of one, Jim Lewis, alias Ewen, who is supposed to have committed a bank robbery and murder in Joplin, Missouri. Soon after the arrest was made the prisoner attempted to escape by running towards a cornfield, when he was shot by the officer through the left lung, making a somewhat serious, tough not necessarily, fatal wound.
Dr. Darnell was called last night and dressed the wound and this morning it was attended to again by Dr. Abernathy at Cloud’s store, to where the prisoner was brought early this morning by the officer when on his way to the depot from where he later took the east-bound train.
Bourlind says he first aimed at the prisoner’s legs, when shooting at him and would not have stuck his chest, had not a woman present, said to be Lewis’s daughter, struck his arm and thus caused the ball to pass higher.
Lewis is said to be the father of the boy, by the same name, who it will be remembered assisted a number of years ago in the robbing of W. H. V. Yates’s store at Oakdale and afterward committed a robbery and murder in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was later hanged by a mob.
July 30, 1903—Mountain View Progress—Robert Roubidoux Killed—It is reported here that Robert Roubidoux, who some weeks ago shot and killed Daniel Tohee, chief of the Iowa Indians, in eastern Oklahoma, has since been captured by a band of Iowa and Otoe and killed between Stillwater and Perry.
August 6, 1903—Mountain View Progress—Dora Cox Caught—She was arrested in ‘98 for horse stealing at Watonga, but excaped. She was found at Cleo.
August 6, 1903—Mountain View Progress—Horse Thief Caught—Tom Boswell, a notorious horse thief well known in the Chickasaw nation, who has been captured at Lawton, was caged at the Chickasha jail.

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