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Southwestern Progress - 1889
Clippings from the Southwestern Progress - 1889
Submitted by: Mollie Stehno
May 5, 1899—Southwestern Progress—There is wooly story abroad That Clyde Mattox is offering to give himself up under the promise that he will be admitted to bail.
May 5, 1899—Southwester Progress—Martin Christian is in jail in Dewey County, suspected of the murder of his father, a cattleman, about two weeks ago. The body of the elder Christian was found in a canyon with six bullet holes through the head. The coroner’s inquest failed to fix the crime, but suspicion pointed to the son, who had left the country. Officers were put on his trial and he was arrested at Gainesville, Texas. The father and so had a falling out on account of the general worthlessness of the won.
May 5, 1899—Southwestern Progress—Ex-Sheriff Frank Worcester, who was recently appointed as Indian teacher of farming at Fort Sill, has given up that position and accepted the position of deputy for Garfield, County under J. P. Renshaw, clerk of the district court for Judge McAtee’s district.
May 5, 1899—Southwestern Progress—The prisoners in the Lincoln County jail made their weekly attempt to escape the other night. They dug a hole in the floor and then concealed it with sawdust. But the jailor saw and made them surrender their saw.
May 12, 1899—Southwestern Progress—The Red Moon band of Cheyenne Indians, at Red Mon, Roger Mills County, has consented to live on their allotments. Their houses are now being built by the Indian department. These Indians are the last of the war-like Cheyenne to submit to the ways of the white man. Red moon, chief of the band, is today as typical a savage as can be found anywhere. He is an old man and was actively engaged in the warfare of the early days on the Western frontier. He participated in the Washita fight, near his present home, when General Custer was rounding up the Cheyenne and Arapahoe in 1868.
May 12, 1899—Southwestern Progress—Cow-ah-shenka is dead. He was an Osage Indian who thought as much of his credit as the best white man. He had a fine ranch about ten miles southeast of Ponca City with a big house in the edge of the blackjack timber where the wind was broken. He liked firewater about as well as the rest of his tribe, but on the whole he was a good Indian.
May 12, 1899-- Southwestern Progress --Keokuk, chief of the Sac and Fox Indians, is dead of smallpox. The tribe now numbers but 312 full bloods 108 having died of smallpox.
May 19, 1899—Southwestern Progress—Owing to a mistake made in the presidential proclamation defining the southern boundary line of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe country, when the latter was thrown open to settlement nearly 3,000 acres of the richest and most desirable agricultural land in the valley of the Washita River is now unlawfully occupied by settlers, as the department of the interior holds that the land in question is a part of the Kiowa and Comanche Indian reservation. An order was made at one time for the removal of the intruders, but it has never been fully carried out. The ejection of some of the settlers caused the dispute to be appealed to Washington.
May 26, 1899—Southwestern Progress—The Byron Cemetery corporation has been chartered, the association having for its object the establishment and care of a cemetery at Byron, Woods County. As it is a benevolent corporation it has no capital.
May 26, 1899—Southwestern Progress—This is the finest piece of horsemanship ever recorded: The horse of Captain Henry Anderson of the Sage Indian police, threw him. His foot stuck in the stirrup and the horse ran on, dragging Anderson, who bumping over the rocks, pulled his revolver and dropped the horse dead at the second shot.
May 26, 1899--Southwestern Progress—The wagon bridge across the North Canadian River on the west line of the Indian agency reservation has been moved to a point on the river at Darlington. Major Woodson agreed to move the bridge, abutments and all and to place it in position. He also agreed to keep the approach in proper repair. He has performed what he agreed to do and now the people living in that locality, Fort Reno, Darlington and the Choctaw railroad, have what they have long been looking for—a good, substantial bridge.
May 26, 1899--Southwestern Progress—A Pottawatomie County witness said he did not know what a joint was and the judge sent him to jail until he could think it out. In a short time he sent word to the judge that, if he was not mistaken, a joint was something like a saloon.
May 26, 1899--Southwestern Progress—Max Dox and Henry Hartman, the two post office robbers, have been sentenced by Judge Haines to three and five years in the penitentiary and to pay a fine of $100 each. The extra two years in the one was for an attempt to escape from the federal jail at Guthrie.
June 2, 1899--Southwestern Progress—Captain I. C. Price, editor of this paper, lest Saturday for Woodward where he is a witness in the district court. He expected back at any time.
Johnnie Morrow of the Horseshoe Restaurant on the west side was down the first of the week with an attack of malaria, but is now able to attend to business.
F. M. Mitchell, manager of Swift’s Looking glass Ranch near El Reno, was here Wednesday. He was both surprised and pleased with the business development of Mountain View.
The new saloon building of Gordon Brothers is enclosed. It is a one story frame 24x36 feet and will be fitted up with as fine a lot of fixtures as can be found in Southwestern Oklahoma.
J. M. Sewell 7 son are now prepared to supply the people of this vicinity with lumber and building material of every description. Call on them and you will find a complete stock to select from.
Clark & Rowe have commenced their new saloon building on Main Street opposite the Sate Bank of Mountain View. It is to be a good sized commodious building and well fitted up.
H. C. Maxwell is now located in his new store building on Main Street and is busy receiving new stock in both groceries and furniture. He says it seems good to get under a roof again after camping in a tent.
Forney & Hastings have opened up a neat ice-cream and cold drink parlor on Main Street near Seawell’s lumber yard. They will try and please you in all kinds of up-to-date drinks and fancy cream. Bring your girl around and try them once.
James Warren, 71 years of age, ex-lieutenant colonel in the confederate army, who was in failing health for years, died at Mountain May 31, 1899, without a friend or relative near him. The people of that place telegraphed his son who was unable to get here in time for the funeral, but they provided a good burial case, dressed him in new clothes and laid him away in decent shape at Mountain City, Wednesday afternoon
Cloud Chief and Mountain View
June 9, 1899--Southwestern Progress—One being the capital and the other the only railroad town in Washita County, we can’t see why their mutual interest are not identical. A few county officials of Cloud Chief have taken an unwarrantable course in trying to prevent the growth and development of Mountain View and many of our best citizens who have bought property and established business here will be apt to remember that fact if Cloud Chief should ever want their votes on any question. Put on the brakes and slow up a little. The two towns ought to be the best of friends.
Up to date Clyde Mattox has not appeared on the horizon bearing a white flag.
A post office has been established at Bain, Kay County, Oklahoma and Richard F. Burnett appointed post master.
Al Lucas, formerly a decent citizen of Jennings, but who got to associating with cattle thieves and became bad, turned on Sheriff Rutter in Pawnee County the other day and fired, while the officer was pursuing him. The sheriff returned the fire and killed Lucas.
The sheriff of Pawnee County has been restrained from selling the cattle of cattlemen in the Osage reservation for taxes. The cattlemen recently held a meeting with the county commissioners and decided to arrange the matter.
A penitentiary fro Oklahoma in the opinion of Territorial Auditor Hopkins, is to be greatly desired from an economic standpoint. A very large amount of money is paid each year from the territorial treasury into the treasury of the state of Kansas for the care of the territory[s prisoners and the advisability of erecting a penitentiary for Oklahoma before it admission as a state, is receiving the consideration of local statesmen.
About three weeks ago an attempt was made to destroy the railway bridge over the Canadian River. Five sticks of dynamite were exploded in one of the stone abutments. The bridge was shattered and the abutment was almost destroyed. Six men have been arrested. It is said that the motive is a peculiar one. These men formerly were employed to build the bridge, one of them selling whiskey to the workingmen. They got hard up for money and thought that by blowing up the bridge they could secure work and the peddler could make a stake by selling whiskey. They will be tried before the United States Commissioner.
Little Wolf, the favorite nephew of Whirlwind, has made a request that he be allowed to remove to Arapahoe, where he can educate his children in the public schools.
Acting upon the advice of the attorney general, the governor has rejected the application of certain citizens of the town of McLoud, in Pottawatomie County, for the condemnation of forty acres of school land adjacent to that town for cemetery purposes. There seems to be an impression that the law on the statue books providing for the condemnation of school lands for railroad and other public purposes, applies to cases similar to this.
Moved A Post Office
June 16, 1899--Southwestern Progress—One of the greatest inconveniences with which the business men of Mountain view have had to contend has been the inadequate mail facilities, but we now have a post office and that inconvenience is no more.
The old Oakdale post office was located across the river a mile west of here where a few individuals are trying to build a rival town. Nearly all the mail handled was for this place and our business men had to hire carries to make daily trips for their mail.
Of course the post office department never intended that the mail for a town the size of Mountain View should be taken off the train, carried a mile beyond the town to a tent up the river, distributed and brought back by private carriers, and when they learned that this was being done an order was ensued to move the office to Mountain View forthwith.
To say the office was moved forthwith is putting it mildly. The message was received late Wednesday night. A heavy rain fell all night, but bright and early the next morning Postmaster Snow was over here with the mail and a new set of fixtures al ready for business in the Washita county State Bank building. Someone must have been pretty busy all night and there was a surprise on both sides of the river Thursday morning.
June 16, 1899--Southwestern Progress—Nelson M. Jones, who was found guilty of being responsible for the Indian burning near Earlsboro, has been sentenced to twenty-one years in the penitentiary. The sentence is regarded as light.
June 16, 1899--Southwestern Progress—Indian Agent Pollard is making it lively for intruders and law breakers in the Osage reservation. During the last week the fences of a dozen farms of intruders were cut down, all improvements destroyed and the Indian cattle turned in on the wheat and other crops. All cattlemen were summoned to the agency at Pawhuska to examine the report of a special agent, showing where they had cut thousands of trees for posts the last three years and notified that they would be compelled to pay 2 ½ cents for each post used.
Southwestern Progress—Alexander Denham a young Rough Rider of Oklahoma County has been granted $17 a month pension for wounds received at La Quasina.
June 23, 1899--Southwestern Progress—The people of Oakdale have made a hard fight to get the town, but have now decided to unite forces with Mountain View and this side of the river. There was the pluck and energy on either side to have built a handsome city without opposition and strife have been eliminated our growth will continue more rapidly than ever.
June 23, 1899--Southwestern Progress—A year ago nearly every baby in the town of Lexington died within two months time from cholera infantum. The same danger is again threatening the town.
June 23, 1899--Southwestern Progress—John Mosier, a noted Osage Indian and for a number of years national interpreter at the agency, died last week. The family of which he was a member has been distinguished among the Osage Indians for more than fifty years.
June 23, 1899--Southwestern Progress—John D. Rhodes, of Kingfisher County, who was a member of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, has been issued a certificate of merit in recognition of his efficient services in the Cuban war. Rhodes is the gallant Oklahoma boy, who though wounded, slipped away from the hospital and joined his comrades on the firing line before Santiago. He is now in Cuba, where he has a lucrative position. The merit certificate was issued on the recommendation of Colonel Roosevelt and bears the signatures of President McKinley and Secretary Alger.
June 23, 1899--Southwestern Progress—Governor Black Dog called the council of the Osage Nation to meet at Pawhuska, the capital of the nation. This is the first meeting of the new council under the Black Dog administration. The body is made up of fatten members, representing five districts. The governor presided at the opening of the council which elected Peter Bigheart as president. James Bigheart was chosen clerk. The governor’s appointments of S. W. Pettit, Chief Justice, W. H. Conner, clerk of Supreme Court, Steve Billien, treasurer and Fred Penn, High Sheriff, were confirmed by the council. The fullblood factions in control, as it has the governor, subordinate officials and a majority of the council. The session will continue with intermissions, for thirty days.
A Shooting Scrape
June 30, 1899--Southwestern Progress—Last Friday evening Henry Boyd, a cowboy, came in from a ranch in Custer County to the residence of Mr. Martin, being under the influence of intoxicants raised a row with a son of Mr. martin who lives 4 miles this side of Cloud Chief. He used his gun pretty freely over Martin’s head leaving him to all appearances, lifeless, during the scrap one shot was fired from Boyd’s gun, but it is supposed to have been accidental as no damage was done.
A warrant was procured for his arrest and placed in the hands of deputy sheriff Galloway, who was accompanied by night watchman Goodridge. They went to the residence of Mr. Chapelear, knowing Boyd had horses there, but not expecting to meet him. Boyd must have been on the watch, for the moment they came in sight, Boyd opened fire on them. Mr. Goodridge was the first movement of Boyd and jerking his horse’s head up to halt, he just saved his body, the horse receiving the shot between the eyes, falling dead in its tracks. Boyd fired another shot at the officers which were wild. In the meantime they were pumping lead into the corner of the house behind which Boyd was standing. He broke and run, making good his esc ape and is now at large. Every effort has been made by Sheriff Morrison to apprehend the accused, but so far without success.
In Cold Blood
Taylor Kirk Shoots His Sister And Attempts To Take The Body And All Living Witnesses From The Territory
Is Captured And Confesses
The Body Was Hauled In A Hack And Left Lying In The Sun For Hours
July 7, 1899--Southwestern Progress—On the morning of July fourth, Mrs. Ida Yarborough, age, 21, was shot and instantly killed by her brother Taylor Kirk, age 28.
The crime was one of the most horrible ever committed and the testimony and the confession of the murderer himself, shows that it was cold blooded, deliberate and premeditated.
Will Kirk and his wife live on a farm in the west part of the county, where the murder was committed. The murderer, Taylor Kirk, the deceased, Mrs. Ida Yarborough and Bedford Kirk brother and sister of Will Kirk were staying at the farm. On the morning of the shooting Bedford and Mrs. Kirk were present and saw the act committed. Preparations were being made to attend the Fourth of July picnic when Taylor asked his sister if there was room in the hack for him. She said there was room but that if he was going along as a spy or guardian, she did not him. Taylor replied he would settle things right there, going into another room and getting his pistol a 45 colts, he returned to the room, where his sister-in-law and brother caught him and begged him not to shoot. Mrs. Yarborough told them to let him go that he didn’t have the nerve to kill her.
Two shots were fired, one striking the deceased above the right temple, ranging downward and coming out the back of the next. She fell back onto the bed and died instantly.
Taylor Kirk then asked those present if they would tell of his crime, telling them that he would shoot them if they did.
A hurried inquest was held before a justice of the peace, at which the witness testified that the deceased had shot herself and a verdict of suicide was rendered. The next day Kirk started to Cloud Chief with the body and had the witnesses follow him. The corpse was put into a hack with no protection but a blanket thrown over it and it lay in that condition in the sun for six hours after reaching Cloud Chief.
Kirk was waiting for a coffin and it was his intention to take the body and the witnesses with him to Texas. Sheriff Morrison suspicioned that something was wrong and put Kirk under arrest. Three Winchester rifles and one 45 Colts revolver were taken from him.
As soon as Kirk was in jail the witnesses went before the coroner and testified to Kirk’s guilt. He himself admitted to the sheriff and county attorney that he committed the act and said he would do it over. He also entered a plea of guilty at the preliminary hearing before the probate judge but afterwards secured an attorney and withdrew that plea.
The deceased was a widow and leaves a 5 year old child. She had some property left her by her late husband and her brother had been looking after it for her. They had had frequent quarrels and disputes and in his confession, Kirk stated that he had been thinking of killing her the past two years.
A Progress representative visited Kirk in hi cell. He acted somewhat restless, but did not show much sing of remorse. His sister-in-law came to the cell to tell him good bye. He wanted her to take his gun home with her but was told by the deputy in charge that it could not be taken away. He then spoke of owing Mrs. Kirk something and told her to take what things he had for the child. Mrs. Kirk held a little child in her arms and the prisoner had her place it against the cell where he kissed it through the squares between the steel bars of the cell. He also asked Mrs. Kirk to pray for him. The prisoner was bound over to answer to the charge of murder in the district court and there is no probability that his bond will be placed at a sum that he can give. District court will not convene until October or November.
July 7, 1899--Southwestern Progress—On the morning of June 23rd El Herring of Navajo, in company with one or more of his hired hands, rode over to Jim Houstons ranch where he met Al “Roland, his old foreman. Roland asked for a settlement and received three bullets, one from the front and two in the back, causing his death on the following Sunday. Herring has been arrested.
July 14, 1899--Southwestern Progress—Berlin is a new town laid out within a mile of the geographical center of Roger Mills County, about 60 miles west of here and on the line of the Choctaw R. R. survey. They have every natural advantage for the best town in that county. Plenty of pure soft water, surrounded by the best and most extensive body of farm land in the county. Houseseekers desiring cheap lands can do no better than visit Berlin. A grand reunion will be held there August 234, a picnic, free dinner for all, barbecue, etc., on the 4th and 5th.
Oklahoma deputy marshals are all hunting the escaped Mexican named Saenz, who is alleged to have committed murder.
The Dalton Gang In Mountain View
July 21, 1899--Southwestern Progress—It was rumored around that two members of the Dalton gang would visit Mountain View on Wednesday last, when the big Buss of Mr. Cragg asked up to the entrance of Hotel McGee the sidewalks on Birch Avenue were crowded, all anxious to get a look at the Daltons. Sure enough they entered the hotel with a satisfied look on their countenances, and when the Progress reporter gained an interview he found it was Saford Dalton and his beautiful accomplished bride of 24 hours. The facts are Mr. Saford and Miss Emma Scott were united in marriage in the city of Chickasha, I. T. Tuesday, July 18, 1899 and took the train Wednesday for Mountain View their chose home, where they both have hosts of friends. The Progress joins them in well wishes and hearty congratulations.
July 28, 1899--Southwestern Progress—Commissioner Jennings, accompanied by a party of deputy marshals, is out on a three week’s general round up of criminals in the Claremore district.
July 28, 1899--Southwestern Progress—It is said that at the Department of Justice that if the Choctaw Indian authorities refused to recognize a write of habeas corpus regularly issued by a judge of the federal court in the case of the Indian Goings, who was executed in the Indian Territory recently, the judge has the right to punish the offenders for contempt of court. The Department of Justice, however, has no jurisdiction in the matter as it now stands and whether the federal court will prosecute the Indians for contempt is a matter clearly within his discretion.
July 28, 1899—Southwestern Progress—The reported execution of Walla Tonka by the Choctaw authorities at Alikehi, in spite of a writ of habeas corpus issuing from the federal court, was called to the attention of Federal Judge Clayton. Judge Clayton stated that Judge Thomas had no jurisdiction in the Central district and that the execution of the Indian by the Choctaw Sheriff was not in contempt of any legal order.
July 28, 1899—Southwestern Progress—If there had been less gun-toting in the territory Clyde Mattox would not today be sleeping with the bullfrogs and living on raw roasting ears.
August 4, 1899—Southwestern Progress—Sheriff Pierce of Kay County has gone to California to get the man who is supposed to be Clyde Mattox.
August 11, 1899—Southwestern Progress—Mangum had a steer roping contest at the picnic held recently. The Star says: “Childress’ bellowing animals was tied down in 3:15; Sam Rude, Mangum’s own and only Sam, thrilled the crowd by completing his task in 2:17, but Nash Racy, the dark-skinned, good-natured, easy going son of the Mexican plains, roped the steer he went after in 1:45, thereby winning the first prize of $40.00”
August 11, 1899—Southwestern Progress—Two men went to California from Oklahoma to bring, Clyde Mattox back. This Clyde Mattox will take as an insult. Hitherto about ten men have gone after him.
MATTOX IN OKLAHOMA
Is In Jail At Newkirk—Senator Houston Will Defend Him
August 11, 1899—Southwestern Progress—Arkansas City, Kansas—Sheriff Pierce of Kay County, Oklahoma, reached Newkirk yesterday from Los Angles, California, with Clyde Mattox; the murderer, who is wanted for the killing of Lincoln Sweeney, a ranchman, at Ponca City, several months ago. The sheriff had some doubts of his ability to take his prisoner safely to jail, as Mattox has many friends in the territory. Instead of going by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad, as was intended, the sheriff and Mattox went to Blackwell on the Hutchinson & Southern and from there drove to Newkirk. The people of Blackwell did not know Mattox was in this part of the country.
August 25, 1899— Southwestern Progress—Out in Blaine County, near a country road, some one has set up a fake coyote. Hunters going that way shoot at it and as it does not drop, investigate, laugh at themselves and pass on, leaving it to the next sucker.
September 1, 1899—Southwestern Progress—Upon a warrant sworn out by Detective McClure, of St. Louis, deputy United States marshal, arrested James Green at Durant, I. T., on a charge of the murder of Judge Hampton W. Wall, of Duquesne, Ill., on the 16th day of August 1898. Detective McClure says Green’s proper name is Otto Mathias and a reward of $2,500 is offered for him. Green claims it is a case of mistaken identity and that he was in Texas at the time the murder was committed. Requisition papers in the case have been applied for.
September 8, 1899—Southwestern Progress—Our energetic sheriff, D. N. Morrison, arrived here Tuesday on the morning train. He had in custody Paul Hughes will known in this vicinity. Hughes is charged with horse and cattle stealing in this county and was captured in the Capitan Mountains in New Mexico by Mr. Morrison himself. He had in his possession five head of horses supposed to have been stolen in Oklahoma. The horses are now on the road here and will in all probability be identified by the owners. Hughes was conveyed to Cloud Chief to answer the charge of theft and to make arrangements with the county for board. Such characters will find that the way of the transgressor is hard especially when Morrison gets on their trail. He is not only making a good officer but his choice of deputies is unparalleled. One drawback he has had to contend with is the people have not rendered the assistance they should in giving information. If the majority of the people were as vigilant as Neal Morrison criminals would find no roosting place in Washita County.
October 27, 1899--Southwestern Progress—The trial of Clyde Mattox will be at the option of the supreme court, which will fix a date and name the judge who will preside. When Mattox’s attorneys before Judge Hainer asked for a new judge because Hainer was prejudiced, Hainer granted the motion immediately.
October 27, 1899--Southwestern Progress—The Anti-Horse Thief association was in session at Vinita, I. T., recently. The organization is eighteen years old and has a membership of 4,000. There wee 250 delegates in attendance.
November 24, 1899--Southwestern Progress—Near Doakesville, thirty miles east of Antlers, I. T., Deputy United States Marshals James Innes and Doug Everidge and John Kelly, a Goodland merchant were killed by two men names Bishop and Frey, whom the officers were trying to arrest for removing mortgaged property.
December 1, 1899--Southwestern Progress—John Rutledge and Charles Roberts alias Elmer Rider, who have been indicted in the Indian Territory for horse stealing, were taken to the territory by deputy United States Marshal Prescott on an order issued by Judge Hook.
Will Build A Jail
December 1, 1899--Southwestern Progress—The people of Mountain View will furnish the money to build a jail at this place. Sheriff Morrison started out with a subscription paper yesterday and in a few hours had the necessary amount subscribed. The building will be located on the south side of Cedar Avenue between Second and Third streets and will contain two departments for prisoners. Work will commence at once.
Sheriff Morrison is to be congratulated on his efforts to take care of all disturbers of the peace at this place and now that the controversy over jurisdiction has been settled there will be no looseness in the enforcement of the law at this place.
December 8, 1899--Southwestern Progress—Deputy Marshal Peckenbaugh was shot and killed by a post office robber at Wilburton, I. T. The robber had held up the postmaster and the marshal was trying to arrest him.
January 12, 1899--Southwestern Progress—The old burial ground of the Ponca Indians, on a hill west of White Eagle has been abandoned. The Ponca buried their dead there nearly twenty years, but sacrilegious, white persons despoiled the graves and tore up the little houses over them. Burials are now made on allotments.
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