Blaine County, Oklahoma Genealogy Trails

Crime News Articles

Quail Shipment Seized

Guthrie, Ok., Feb. 27 - Sheriff McArthur of Blaine County, yesterday seized 200 quail which had been concealed in egg cases at Longdale for shipment outside the territory. Today McArthur arrested a farmer charged with shipping the birds. (The Daily Ardmoreite, February 28, 1907)


Longdale Postmaster Arrested by Marshal

Okeene, Okla., Dec. 24 - Postmaster Eaton of Longdale, has been arrested by Deputy Marshal Goff, charged with being short in his accounts. He will be heard in the January term of the federal court. (The Guthrie Daily Leader, December 24, 1907

Caught A Deserter

Last Saturday, while Marshal Allen was standing on a street corner meditating on the absence of business since the saloons went out of business in Geary and wondering if a police officer was not an unnecessary luxury, he was accosted by an individual who informed Allen that he was a fugitive from justice on whose head rested a $50 reward. This caused Allen to “sit up and take notice.” Upon further inquiry he discovered said individual was a deserter from Ft. Leavenworth military post and his name was Brewer.

Marshal Allen immediately left with his prisoner for Ft. Reno, and will receive the reward of $50. This helps some and beats jugging common drunks. (The Geary Journal, Thursday, January 2, 1908, page 3)


Alf Hunter Captured Positively Identified

Slayer of Sheriff Garrison is at Last Behind the Bars - Was Arrested At Wellington

Kingfisher, Okla., Aug. 7 - All doubt that the negro in jail here is Alf Hunter has been removed. He was Positively Identified today by several persons.

Oklahoma City, Aug. 7 - Alf Hunter slayer of Sheriff George W. Garrison is believed to be in custody of Sheriff Tate at Kingfisher and is being held for positive identification.

He was captured at Wellington, Kansas and taken to Kingfisher late yesterday evening, handcuffed and shackled to the seat in the smoker. He was removed from the train and taken to the jail where Henry Daughtery, brother of Susie Pride, who was slain by Hunter is certain that the negro is Hunter.

The negro tallies with the description sent out by the sheriff's office. He has a wound in his arm, heavy eyebrows, scar on left side of face and in height and color fits the negro closely.

Sheriff Tate stated over the long distance telephone at two o'clock this morning that he was certain that he had the right man and that he would hold him until there was positively no doubt as to his identity. He stated that he had just received the negro at Kingfisher last evening and had not yet notified Sheriff Harvey D. Garrison but would do so this morning and ask him to send several people over to identify the negro.

I am reasonably certain that I have the right negro, says Sheriff Tate. He has the scar on his face. Is a mulatto, pigeon towed, has the straight eyebrows, is copper colored and weighs about 150 pounds. His hair is a light sandy color and from all I have been able to learn with the assistance of Daughtery who is here with me now. I am almost certain that I have Sheriff Garrison's slayer. (Chickasha Daily Express, Friday Evening, August 7, 1908, front page)  


Alf Hunter Eludes Posse

Murderer of Sheriff Garrison is Still at Large

Headed Toward Guthrie - Member of Hunter's Gang Stabbed a White Farmer to Death Last Night - Governor Haskell Offers $500 Reward

Guthrie, Okla., June 8 - Alf Hunter alias Jim Kingsbury, the negro slayer of Sheriff Garrison of Oklahoma City is still at large and is believed to be making his way east along the Cimarron river bottoms to this city of Oklahoma City. Additional posses are working northwest from Seward, while others are following down both sides of the Cimarron.

Another murder has been laid at the door of Hunter's gang of negro outlaws. At Temple last night Gay B. Kayton, a negro member of the gang stabbed Sidney Smith, a farmer whose home was seven miles south of this city. Smith died this morning.

The news that Hunter is believed to be headed this way has added to the excitement here.

Governor Haskell has announced that he will offer a reward of $500 for the capture of Hunter.  (The Daily Ardmoreite, Monday Evening, June 8, 1908, front page)


Funeral of Garrison

Oklahoma City, Okla., June 8 - The funeral of G. W. Garrison who was killed by Alf Hunter near Hitchcock Friday evening will be held here this afternoon under the auspices of the various Masonic bodies of this city of which he was a member. The remains reached this city yesterday afternoon.  (The Daily Ardmoreite, Monday Evening, June 8, 1908, front page)


Will Try Alf Hunter's Partner at Hobart

Watonga, Okla., Aug. 17 - The trial of Ed Ellis, the negro who is charged with fighting alongside of Alf Hunter who killed Sheriff Garrison of Oklahoma county two months ago, will come up today before Judge Brown of Mangum. The case is set for trial and will probably be finished within a week. G. H. McAdams of Oklahoma City is the special prosecutor in the case. (Chickasha Daily Express, Monday Evening, August 17, 1908, front page)


Alf Hunter Caught After A Fight

Negro who Killed Sheriff H. D. Garrison of Oklahoma City Caught at Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, Ark., Sept. 28 - Hunter negro, who was arrested in this city last night after a desperate fight with the officers today confessed to the murder of Sheriff H. D. Garrison and told the details of his deadly work in Oklahoma, and declared also that he murdered a white man in Fourche bottoms, near Little Rock, after making his escape from Oklahoma. he said he expected death when taken back to the scene of his crime, but that Jesus was with him and he would not worry. He is not believed to be guilty of the Fourche murder.

The officers believe Hunter is trying to shield his brother, who is in jail at Little Rock, charged with the crime, Sheriff Garrison of Oklahoma City wired Sheriff Philpot today that he was on his way to Pine Bluff with requisition papers. The officers here will probably refuse to surrender Hunter unless the reward of $3,800 is guaranteed them.

Hunter is regarded as one of the most desperate negroes ever in the county jail here and is being closely guarded. He will recover from wounds inflicted by his captors last night. The capture of Hunter was accomplished through the determined work of Constable Angus F. McNeil of Redfield, this county. McNeil has been trailing the negro for months, but each time he would locate him he would make his get away before the officer arrived. Yesterday McNeil learned through a lodge brother of Hunters that Hunter was in Pine Bluff. The lodge member had previously "tipped" the constable off as Hunter had confided in him and had related the story of his lawlessness in Oklahoma.

When McNeil learned of Hunter's presence here he was at Redfield. He telephoned Deputy Sheriff Goodwin to shadow him until he could reach Pine Bluff. Goodwin shadowed a negro answering Hunter's description and was within a stone's throw of him constantly for eight hours. When McNeil arrived, Hunter had disappeared, being tipped off that the officers were after him.

The officers took the informant into custody and threatened to jail him unless he revealed Hunter's whereabouts. He did so and when the officers saw him leave a saloon on East Third avenue, they grabbed him. Hunter pulled a gun and showed fight. Two patrolmen nearby came to the assistance of the constable and Deputy Goodwin, who were beating Hunter with their revolvers. The clubs of the policemen felled the negro and he was carried to the county jail in an insensible state. After recovering consciousness he showed fight in the office of the jail and Jailer Holland had to knock him down repeatedly to quiet him.

Hunter declined to make a statement until this morning when L. M. Bunker, a local barber and former government deputy in Oklahoma, identified him. When put through the "third degree," Hunter confessed.

That Alf Hunter, alias Joe Kingsbury, negro, alleged slayer of former Sheriff J. B. Garrison was captured Sunday at Pine Bluff, Ark., was evidenced yesterday when Sheriff Harvey  D. Garrison son of the dead man received the following telegram:

"We have Alf Hunter, 5 feet 6 inches, weight 130 pounds, light ginger cake color. He confesses to murder of Oklahoma Sheriff and shooting of Deputy Sheriff Fate Sanders.  (The Daily Ardmoreite, Wednesday,  September 29, 1909, page 4)


Hunter is On Trial for Life

State Witnesses Tell The Story of the Battle on the Stand

Watonga, Okla. Oct. 15 - Stories of the pitched battle of June 5, 1908 between Alf Hunter and Ed Ellis, negroes, on the one side and Sheriff Geo. W. Harrison of Oklahoma County, Deputies Fate Sanders and Todd Warden of Oklahoma County and Deputy Sheriff Skeen of Blaine County on the other as a result of which Garrison was killed and Sanders seriously wounded were related on the witness stand by the survivors of the fight during the progress of the first day of the trial of Alf Hunter on the charge of murder.

That Sheriff Garrison had a warrant for the arrest of Hunter charging him with the murder of a negro woman a few weeks before, when he went to Blaine County in search of Hunter was testified by E. D. Oldfield of Oklahoma City, a justice of the peace, out of whose office the warrant was issued. Other witnesses were Miss Kileger and Miss Spain, employees in the postoffice at Hitchcock who identified Hunter as the man who met Ed Ellis in the postoffice lobby at Hitchcock the day before the battle, which occurred in a field a few miles east of Hitchcock.

Out of the special venire of forty drawn the jury was completed and the case went to trial shortly afternoon. The courtroom was packed but perfect order was maintained. (The Chickasha Daily Express, October 15, 1909, front page)


Hunter Trial - Defendant Swears he Didn't Know he Shot Garrison

Watonga, Okla., Oct. 16 - The taking of testimony in the trial of Alf Hunter, slayer of Sheriff C. W. Garrison of Oklahoma County was concluded yesterday and arguments began last evening, T. L. Dyer, assistant county attorney for Blaine county, opened for the state. The principal speech for the state was made by E. G. McAdams of Oklahoma City. The case will probably go to the jury this afternoon.

Alf Hunter took the stand in his own defense yesterday. He declared that he thought he was defending himself and his family against a delegation of his enemies from Arkansas when he fired seventeen shots at Sheriff Garrison and his posse near Hitchcock.

He confessed to killing Susie Pride of Oklahoma City when she refused to tell him where his wife was when he was seeking her with murder in his heart. He denied ever killing any other persons and insisted that he did not know he was shooting at Sheriff Garrison or his posse.

E. G. McAdams of Oklahoma City was on the witness stand yesterday afternoon. He told of a partial confession that Hunter had made to him and T. B. Ferguson, former governor, yesterday afternoon. McAdams was virtriolic in his denunciation of the negro and took advantage of the occasion that he hoped he would have an opportunity to tie a hang rope about the negro's neck. (Anadarko Daily Democrat, October 16, 1909, page 2)


Alf Hunter will be Hung on Friday February 3

Lawton, Okla., - Oct. 19 - Friday, Feb 3, was the date set for the execution of Alf Hunter who killed Sheriff Garrison of Oklahoma county by Judge G. A. Brown here yesterday. Hunter was convicted last Saturday.

The Oklahoma State Sheriff's Association in session at Muskogee voted to pay the $500 reward offered for Hunter's arrest to officers at Pine Bluff, Ark., who captured the murderer. (The Chickasha Daily Express, October 19, 1909, front page)


Alf Hunter Will Be Hung Next May

Alf Hunter, the negro who slew Sheriff George Garrison, is to be hanged at Watonga, May 8. Such is the decision of the criminal court of appeals in an opinion given out Thursday by justice Tom Doyle.

The appeal of the negro murderer is denied at every point and the court states that the trial was in every respect fair to the accused.

Hunter, or Kingsbury, was the most notorious negro criminal of the past few years in Oklahoma.

In May, 1908, he killed Susie Pride in Oklahoma City because according to Hunter, he feared she would betray him to the officers, who wanted him for other crimes; following this Hunter was pursued by the authorities. Sheriff Garrison and a party of deputies followed into Blaine county, and here July 5, 1908, occurred the fight in which Garrison was killed.

Hunter escaped and officers searched for him night and day for weeks. About a year later he was captured in Arkansas and was taken to Watonga where he was tried and convicted.  (The Geary Journal, Thursday, March 10, 1910, page 1)


Hunter to Hang Tomorrow Morning

Tomorrow morning at sunrise Alf Hunter will pay the death penalty on the gallows at Watonga for the killing of Sheriff Garrison in June 1908. Quite a number of Geary citizens went to Watonga today to be present at the hanging in the morning. (The Geary Journal, Thursday, April 7, 1910, front page)


 J. E. Kennemer Arrests Negro

Thoughts of Alf Hunter Came in Vision as he Met the Big Burly Negro

Madill, Okla., April 11 - F. E. Kennemer, city attorney of this city awoke this morning to find himself famous. He performed a feat yesterday which places his name high upon the roll of successful Oklahoma sleuths.

The quiet Sunday peace of the town of Madill was disturbed by the excited cries of a woman. Neighbors going to her home were told of how a negro had come to the house and had asked for matches and had attempted to enter the home and had been driven away by the woman armed with a shot gun. The negro at once left town. He walked down the railroad tracks toward Denison. Sheriff John I. Webb and City Attorney Kennemer started in pursuit in a buggy. When they had traveled at a lively gait for four miles they felt sure they had left the darkey behind and the sheriff proposed to walk back the railroad tracks to meet the darkey. "No," said Kennemer. "I am younger than you, I will walk. Let me have your gun." Kennemer did take the gun, he did walk up the tracks, he did meet the negro. When he saw the black fellow moving down the railroad he thought of Alf Hunter the negro, busy feeling in all his pockets, as if searching for a gun. Kennemer thought the sheriff might not have his gun loaded, he was afraid to make a break unless he knew he was a winner. He thought of his wife and babies and of how sad it would be to leave them a widow and orphans. He let the negro pass and when the darkey had passed four paces Kennemer pulled from his clothes the big gun and called to the negro to throw up his hands. The negro had nothing to do but obey. Kennemer had the drop on him. No Alf Hunter business in this case. If the darkey had been armed with a complete arsenal he would have been yowerless. Kennemer marched the fellow back to town where he was lodged in jail. Some suggested a rope but the men of better judgment prevailed.

The negro says he entered the woman's yard to ask for matches, he saw the woman was frightened and got out of the way as quickly as possible. He evidently did not think he had done wrong as he made no effort to escape by hiding. He walked down the railway tracks as he would have walked possibly, if he had not frightened the woman.  (The Daily Ardmoreite, Monday, April 11, 1910, page 4)