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Transcribed by G McCall from:

A HISTORY OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

By Luther B. Hill, A. B., With the Assistance of Local Authorities, Volume II, Illustrated, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago / New York, 1910, Page 207-208

Edwin B. Smith, justice of the peace, is a native of Muskogee, born in the Canadian District (so-Called at that time) May 8, 1878. He is a son of McCoy and Jennie (Butler) Smith, both natives of the territory and of English and Cherokee descent. McCoy Smith was a farmer and stock raiser, and served four years in the Indian Ridge Regiment of Indian Artillery, under command of General Stand Watie. He took part in numerous engagements, taking part in the Battle of Nelson’s Creek or Pea Ridge. Mr. Smith was sergeant and gunner of his regiment. He was only fourteen years of age when he entered the army and eighteen when he returned home, and he then engaged in farming. He still resides on a farm four miles west of Braggs. He and his wife reared the following children: Edwin B., Walter, Juliet, Wilson, Mannie, Junie and Jennie. Walter and Mannie are engaged in the livery business in Grove, Delaware county, and Wilson is county judge of the same county.

Edwin B. Smith was educated at the Cherokee Seminary at Tahlequah, from which he graduated June 24, 1896; since this time he has been chiefly engaged in farming, although he was for some time engaged in political matters. He is a strong Democrat and was chairman of the Democratic Central Committee of Muskogee county. He served two terms as mayor of Braggs, being the first to hold that office. He was elected justice of the peace of Brewer township on September 17, 1907.

In his boyhood Mr. Smith came into contact with many “bad men” of the district, and distinctly remembers their doings. Among these men were notably Harry Starr, a noted bandit and stage robber who was sent to the penitentiary and pardoned afterward by President Roosevelt. He afterwards engaged in the same outlawry and is now at large, with a price on his head. Another notable character was Verdigris Kid, who with a man named Sanders was killed while trying to rob the store of Thomas Madden. Also Mose Miller, who killed Mr. Madden, the proprietor of the same store, and is now serving a life sentence for murder and robbery.

Mr. Smith is universally esteemed and respected, and has a large circle of friends. He belongs to Braggs Lodge Number 283, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and to Fort Gibson Lodge Number 113, Knights of Pythias. He is secretary of the Masonic lodge and has also served as its treasurer.



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