Childers' statin, Feb. 28, 1882
The trial of Wm. Homes, Charged with the murder of George Beaver, is
set for the 21st of March.
Mrs. Nancy Starr, wife of Washington Starr, is lying very sick at her
residence on Big Salisaw.
Hon. D. M. Faulkner shot and wounded two fine, large bucks the other
day. "Take better aim next time Nake."
W. A. Frye struck off for a far off west the other day to try his luck
among the cowboys. We wish him every success.
Hon. Judge Faulkner has just completed fencing his large pasture
inclosing about one hundred and fifty acres of land.
Our fellow citizen, Oscar Wright, is an enterprising farmer. Oscar will
have in ninety acres of new land this spring. Go ahead Oscar, and do
the best you can, we glory in your spunk.
Hon. Judge Faulkner is having a nice garden pailed in. You bet, and
Sequoyah is improving fast.
L. D. Chambers, ex-member of Council from this District, has a nice box
house in course of erection within the corporation of Childers' Station.
If you want your horse shod on the latest style, go to the Aaron
Tongue, "Alias Jesse Hammon" blacksmith shop in Childers Station.
Mr. John Childers' our efficient P. M., is talking of ordering a lot of
lock boxes for the use and benefit of the Post Office in Childers'
Mr. Editor, a mistake occurred in one of "Old Timers" last "Items"
which was the notice of our Solicitor, Hon. Robt. B. Patten. The notice
read as follows: Notice is hereby given to all citizens to strictly
comply with the permit law, as I propose to vindicate the law, and urge
the execution of the same. Robt. B. Patten, Solicitor
Childers' Station will soon have her fourth blacksmith shop, as Mr. Ben
Parnell has rented the improvement of Mr. James Barnes, where he
proposes to put up a shop.
Mr. Cub McIntosh of Eufaula, Creek Nation, passed through the city
today en route to Fort Smith Ark. Cub reports everything in a
progressive way around Eufaula, although corn very scarce. (Cherokee
Advocate (Tahlequah, OK), Mar. 10, 1882, transcribed by Dena Whitesell)
THE SEQUOYAH TRAGEDY
Later particulars of the Sequoyah tragedy of Friday
night substantiate the first reports. The three men killed were "Bad"
Frank Faulkner, Charlie Benge and West Harris. The burial of Faulkner
took place yesterday afternoon at Muldrow.
The details of the fight which led to the killing are still unknown.
There had been a dance Friday night at the house of John Sieboldt, a
young man whose house was near that of his father. It is presumed that
old grudges led to the quarrel. The bodies were found in the yard.
Faulkner's pistol, emptied, was some years from where he lay. Harris
was still grasping his pistol, also empty, in his hand. The evidences
showed that quite a battle had taken place.
Deputy Marshal Cole investigated the matter. He found only one man who
had been at the dance. He was young Sieboldt's father, but was so drunk
at the time of the fray that he had no recollection of it. The women
did not seem to be able to tell anything about it. The only evidence
connecting anybody but the dead men with the affair which Mr. Cole
found was that John Sieboldt and Bean Sieboldt, his cousin, stopped at
Webb's store, several miles from the scene of the tragedy, and bought
some cartridges. Their manner indicated that there had been trouble,
and the storekeeper questioned them about it.
"Yes, there was a little trouble," was the reply. "Four of the bullies
were laid out and we thought we would keep out of trouble by leaving."
They have not been seen since.
Faulkner was of a good family, but was a bad man when under the
influence of liquor. He left the country several months ago, knowing
that if he did not he would kill somebody or get killed. He did not
return until a week ago Saturday and in less than a week was dead.
West Harris was an adopted citizen of the Cherokee Nation and was a
white man, who had ridden as a posse with Deputy Marshal Cole.
Charley Benge was well known in Fort Smith, having once ridden as a
posse for this court. - News Record.
(Cherokee Advocate, [Tahlequah, OK], Sept. 26, 1894, transcribed by
to Telephone Pole
Runaway Engine from VanBuren, Arkansas to Muldrow -
Agent Opened Switch, Avoiding Collision with East Bound Train
Okla., Dec. 31 - For the brutal murder with an ax
of George Casey, a white farmer living here and a criminal assault upon
farmer's wife, Saturday night, a negro named Turner was taken Sunday
from the farmer's house where he lay in bed in a drunken stupor and
the streets of Muldrow by an ? mob of unmasked white men. He was strung
up to a
telephone wire. Sheriff Johnson of Sequoyah heard of the proceedings in
Sallisaw and hurried to Muldrow but did not arrive until after the
had invaded the home of Casey about midnight
Saturday when he had stolen an engine in the ? house of the Iron
railroad at Van Buren, Ark., Saturday evening and driven it to Muldrow,
where the agent who had been advised of a runaway engine, turned it
switch and the engine was derailed. The negro seeing that he was
deserted the engine and continued his way on foot for about two miles
came to the Casey home.
knocked at the door of the house, Casey ? from the
bed and allowed the negro to enter after he had made a plea of being
frozen. Turner sat down near the stove and Casey went back to bed. A
minutes later, Turner arose and started to leave but going outside the
found an axe and turning ? ? he struck Casey several times in the head,
accomplishing his purpose, the negro who was fairly
drunk, soon fell asleep and Mrs. Casey slipping from the bed and room,
the way to Muldrow in her night clothes informing men there of the
assault. A posse was formed quickly and hurried to the Casey home,
negro vet asleep. He was taken back to Muldrow where a mob formed in a
minutes and it was decided to lynch the black. A rope was secured and
swung up to telephone wires on the main street of the town and he was
dead before Sheriff Johnson arrived from Sallisaw. The men had
dispersed and no
effort was made to arrest any of the participants. None of them wore
Mrs. Casey was taken back to Muldrow and she
identified the dead negro as the one who had killed her husband and
the assault upon her person. The women before the death of the negro,
bravely and was able to walk to the place where he was lynched in order
identify him, but afterward she swooned away and her condition now is
precarious. It is believed that she will recover by the physicians in
throwing of the switch and the derailment of the engine
which the negro had stolen was madly rushing along the tracks prevented
engine from certain collision with an eastbound passenger train which
in Muldrow a few minutes later. In fact it was pulling into Muldrow at
and was slowing down, but the runaway engine would have crashed into it
course not been diverted. The eastbound train was the Kansas City
was heavily loaded with passengers.
It is not
known how the negro managed to get away with the
engine and elude all the trackmen and switchmen at Van Buren. He
climbed on the
engine unnoticed and it happened that all the switches were properly
the engine to run from the yard out on to the main line. It was not
until the runaway was leaving the outside limits of the yard. Then an
spread but there was no chance to stop the engine or throw it in a
until he had reached Muldrow.
it is believed had no idea except to escape when
he deserted the engine. He feared arrest for his act in running away
engine, although the motive in that only can be imagined. After he had
the home of the farmer the dastardly idea of murder followed by assault
satisfy his criminal ? came to the negro and it was a very ?
carry out the idea.
journey of Mrs. Casey from the home two miles to
the small town was heroic in the extreme. She was clad only in her
clothes and a light wrap and wore light shoes with no stockings upon
Her fear of the negro caused her to still away as quickly as possible.
arrived at Muldrow the woman was exhausted, but managed to gasp out her
The other events followed quickly and Sunday night outside of the
condition of the assaulted woman, the body of the negro had been
town is quiet and there is only a memory of the horrible event of the
(The Daily Ardmoriet, January 1, 1912, page 2)
SALLISAW MAN IS SHOT
Another Murder Added to Sequoyah County’s List of Crimes
Sallisaw, Okla., March 25 – Without a word of warning or explanation,
Snowden Sanders, a well known citizen of this town, about midnight
Sunday walked up behind Ben McKinnon, placed a shotgun to the back of
his head and pulled the trigger, the shot killing McKinnon instantly.
Trouble between the parties some time ago is the only explanation
advanced for the shooting. McKinnon was talking to friends when killed.
Sanders was arrested and placed in jail and later Eullys Sanders, his
brother, was taken into custody charged with being an accessory to the
McKinnons relatives in Missouri and Indiana have been notified of his
The killing adds to the already long list of murders in Sequoyah County
and the frequency of these crimes together with the large number of
acquittals of those charged with them, has caused the spread of a wave
of indignation over the county. It freely is admitted that conditions,
at the present time are worse than at any time during the past twenty
(Daily Oklahoman, March 26, 1912, page 1 - submitted by Peggy Thompson)
HELD FOR JURY ON CHARGE
Sallisaw, Okla., March 22 – Will E. Morris, charged
with killing Bean Sloan at Akins, Sequoyah County, Okla., last summer
and who was recently apprehended in Bellingham, Wash., was held to the
grand jury without bond at his preliminary hearing here. (Daily
Oklahoman, March 23, 1913, page 4 - submitted by Peggy Thompson)
TERRY DIGGS ARRESTED
Terry Diggs, negro, arrested. Charged with murder of
Elizabeth Wheelock, Sallisaw, Okla. [The Day Book.(Chicago, Ill.),
December 05, 1913, transcribed by K. T.]
NIGHTRIDERS BUSY IN
Sallisaw, Okla., Dec. 28 – For the second time within
a week nightriders made their appearance in this Sequoyah County, when
early today they viciously assaulted Larry Breda, who rents a farm from
J. W. Hines, a prominent banker, seven miles from this city. According
to Breda, his assailants called at his home and aroused him from bed on
the pretext that they had a message for him from a sick relative. He
came to the door in his night clothes only to be seized by ten masked
men, he asserts. They led him half a mile from his home and then began
He declared he was threatened with death unless he immediately left the
community. An effort to advise the local authorities of the affair
resulted in the discovery that the telephone wires to Sallisaw had been
cut. Upon BredaÂ’s arrival here today warrants were issued for six
alleged members of the crowd. Fred Brightcrite of this city was
arrested and lodged in jail on default of $3,000 bond, on a charge of
being a member of the nightriders.
Last week a citizen of Vian this county was called to his door by
masked men and was given a terrible beating. (Tulsa World, December 29,
1915, page 10 - submitted by Peggy Thompson)
BREDA BEATEN BY MASKED
Larry Breda, a farmer, was taken from his home near
Sallisaw, Ok., recently and beaten by ten masked men, who previously
had cut the telephone wires to the city. The "night riders" ordered
Breda to leave the community under penalty of death. [The Hays Free
Press.(Hays, Kan.), January 08, 1916, transcribed by K. T.]
KILLED A. GORE, OK.
Sallisaw, Ok. - A. B. Watson, a rancher living near
Gore, was shot and killed tonight in the home of Mrs. H. F. Brackett,
where he was a guest. Clay Agent, a business man, who accompanied
Watson to the Brackett home, is being searched for by a posse. [The
Hays Free Press (Hays, Kan.), May 13, 1916, transcribed by K. T.]
WILL RETURN HOG THIEF
Sequoyah County Sheriff Goes to Arkansas to Get Bud
Oklahoma City , June 28 – Requisition for Bud Pollard
charged with larceny of a hog in Sequoyah County was issued today by
Lieutenant Governor Trapp to be presented to the governor of Arkansas.
Pollard is said to be under arrest at Morrilton, Ark. B. F. Faulkner,
sheriff of Sequoyah county, will be sent to bring Pollard back to
(Tulsa World, June 29, 1920, page 15 - submitted by Peggy Thompson)
TWO ARE HELD FOR KILLING
Supposed to have placed body upon railroad track
Poteau – Mrs. Adam Wilkins, wife of Adam Wilkins,
Indian police, whose body was found mutilated on the railroad tracks at
Howe after several trains had passed over it, and Harrison Humphries, a
farmer of near Howe, are being held in the Sequoyah county jail here in
connection with the killing of Wilkins. Humphries is charged with
murder and Mrs. Wilkins is charged with being an accessory before the
(The Oklahoma Miner, July 1, 1920 - submitted by Peggy Thompson)
TRAPPED IN HILLS 2 BANK
ROBBERS TAKEN BY POSSE
One of the Muldrow Bandits is Shot in Back Before Taken by Officers
Part of Loot Found
Remainder of $2,500 Lost Believed Carried by Third Man, Still Sought
Sallisaw, June 1 – Trapped in the hills seven miles northeast of
Muldrow, Sequoyah county, two men were captured tonight by a sheriffÂ’s
posse and brought here in connection with the robbery today of the
First National bank of Muldrow.
The men gave their names as Reeco Price and Monroe Cook, alleged to be
notorious characters of eastern Oklahoma.
Price was shot in the back while attempting to flee from the officers.
His wound is not serious. Price was captured when he fell from his
horse after being shot.
Second Bandit Surrenders
Cook surrendered half an hour later when surrounded in a thicket.
The third man sought, whom Price and Cook say is Ed Lockhart, is being
followed closely and officers said they expected his capture before
A large part of the loot of $2,500 taken from the bank was recovered
from Price and Cook. The remainder of the money and bonds is thought to
be on the third man.
Telephoned from Vault
The alleged bandits were captured five hours after the robbery. A
telephone in the vault in which four bank employees were locked by the
robbers, enabled the alarm to be spread and the posse formed before the
robbers were hardly out of town.
The bank was robbed by three masked bandits who fled in a northly
direction after sacking all currency and Liberty bonds in sight and
locking the bank employees in the vault.
Price and Cook are held in the Sequoyah County jail. Both are farmers.
Three masked-men held up and robbed the First National Bank of this
city of $2,500 in cash and currency at 2 o'clock this afternoon after
locking four officials in the bank vault.
The men fled on horses in a northerly direction. One posse went in
pursuit and another headed for the Coookston hills, a notorious
rendezvous for outlaws for many years.
Vice President C. W. Stewart , Cashier Bob Waldon, Moody Patton,
assistant cashier and Paul Sanderfer, bookkeeper were in the bank when
two of the men entered.
One of the bandits hustled the bank officials into a vault and locked
the door. His companion ransacked the place. The third man stood in
front of the bank holding the horses.
The vault was equipped with a telephone and no sooner had the bankers
been imprisoned than they sounded the alarm. This enabled the quick
organization of a posse. The bank's loss is covered by insurance. This
is its first robbery. (Tulsa World, June 2, 1922, page 1 - submitted by
COURT OF APPEALS
REMANDS APPLICATION FOR BAIL
Muskogee, Okla - The criminal court of appeals at
Oklahoma City on Thursday remanded to judge Guy F. Nelson of this city
the application for bail of Frank Allen of Sallisaw held there in jail
on a charge of having murdered Queensbury Beasley, member of a leading
Sallisaw family whom Allen shot to death on the streets of Sallisaw
three weeks ago. [The Daily Ardmoreite.(Ardmore, Okla.), July 07, 1922,
transcribed by K. T.]
Comrades Rescue Pal and No Traces
Found as Yet
Matthew Kimes is Free!
Liberated last Saturday
night; nothing whatever has been
heard of the convicted slayer of Perry Chuculate since his successful
from the Sequoyah county jail by several of his comrades, presumably
associates in past crimes. No trace whatever has been found of him and
departure and present whereabouts is buried in a sea of mystery.
Kimes was arrested last
August near Rudy, Arkansas,
following the murder of Perry Chuculate, trusted deputy sheriff of this
who was shot down three miles west of Sallisaw on the Pike highway,
accompanied by his brother George, kidnapped Chief of Police J. C. Woll
farmer, Wesley Ross, and following devious paths, reached Uniontown,
their former home. They were captured that night following a gun battle
lodged in the state penitentiary at McAlester for ten days times,
preliminary hearing. They came to trial in September and George Kimes,
older brother was sentenced to 25 years in the state penitentiary and
Kimes, the younger, was given 35 years. He asked for a new trial which
granted and upon his second conviction was given a life sentence in the
penitentiary. He was to have been formally sentenced last Monday,
by District Judge C. C. Smith of Guthrie who presided in the last trial
was returning here to pass sentence.
The daring and successful
jail delivery was executed by
Kimes’ pals, and all were described as young men. They were first seen
night about 12:30 o’clock, driving about the streets of Sallisaw and
first hand impressions of the exits from the city and the jail and
locations. Ray Leach, who has been doing temporary police duty since
resignation of Robert Sparks two weeks ago, suspected that their
were not good and aroused Chief Woll. Leach proceeded upon his rounds
he reached the Mo-Pacific station was accosted by two men with shot
commanded immediate surrender and commanded Leach to lead them to the
jail. Upon reaching the jail, they forced their captive to call J. M.
jailor, to the office entrance and when King opened the door, the
ordered his surrender and delivery of the jail keys. They then
proceeded to the
third floor, where the jail is located and entering the room, called to
to dress and come at once which he did. They then locked King and Leach
cell and hurried out. In the meantime, Chief Woll had hurried to the
house and entered just as the raiding party came back downstairs with
rescued prisoner. They started to the east door, Chief Woll opened fire
the party but they hurried out and entered a high powered car standing
the building and drove south toward the W. A. Matthews home. They have
seen nor heard of since.
The first shots fired, soon
after the raiders reached the
court house, attracted Jack Breedlove, John Newlon, Pliny Frye and
to the scene. One of the raiders ordered the four young men to lie down
make no moves until told to do so. In the meantime E. B. Bugher, who
immediately across the street east had heard the disturbance and came
front porch with gun in hand. The captor ordered Pliny Frye to go
street and tell Bugher to get inside the house or he would be killed.
young men were held captive until the whole party emerged from the
In the meantime King and Leach were held captive within the jail cell
not released until a duplicate set of keys were secured from the office
Deputy Sheriff George Hicks had been doing special guard duty since
and aiding Jailer King but on Saturday had gone to Gans to spend the
Efforts were immediately
exerted to notify Sheriff John E.
Johnston in order that posses might be immediately organized and a
chase of the
fugitives started. It was found however that he had gone to Norman
morning for commitment of an insane negro woman in the state hospital
and had been accompanied by Dan Sharp, deputy. Sheriff Johnston
evening from Norman. A preliminary hearing in justice court at Moffett
Monday morning necessitated his presence there, and because of this, no
could be organized until late Monday evening. Word was received by the
office Monday afternoon that a party of young men had been seen in a
Wewoka who might be the fugitives, and Sheriff Johnston, accompanied by
sheriffs George Hicks and Ed Hiner of Moffett and by undersheriff Bert
left for that city in an effort to capture the fugitives. They remained
Wewoka until Thursday morning when they returned home with no positive
obtainable. It was believed that the fugitives had hurried to the
county hills where a big oil boom is on. The party led by Sheriff
the only posse sent out since the jail delivery Saturday night, but
been to officers in surrounding cities and counties in the hope that
fugitives may be apprehended soon.
A veil of mystery surrounds
the daring jail delivery,
pronounced by officers as being one of the boldest ever attended in
and comparable to the famous Ed Lockhart rescue at Jay several years
Kimes was known to be one of the most fearless fugitives in the state
since his capture, the fear has been expressed that his comrades would
a rescue. In fact, the attempt was expected while both brothers were
here in September. Rumor has it that George Kimes, now confined in the
penitentiary at McAlester, sent word to his pals that they must pull
off a jail
delivery at Sallisaw and rescue his brother Matthew before sentence was
upon or that he (George) would tell all that he knew concerning the
Bank robberies and other crimes. The raid upon the Sequoyah county jail
Saturday night was the result with sentence hour only thirty-six hours
upon the rescue party. Conditions and circumstances could not have been
fit for a daring jail delivery and officers are said to be
that the bandit party had been tipped off that Sheriff Johnston was
away. As we
go to press, no word has been received of their whereabouts and it is
that neither Kimes nor his associates will be located in the very near
County Democrat, Friday,
November 26, 1926, front page and page 4)
ARRESTED FOR STEALING GUN
Oliver Smith, a youth living near Muldrow, was
arrested in Stillwell Tuesday by Raymond Drake, under-sheriff, charged
with stealing a gun from the home of John Hendricks near Muldrow. Smith
is being held in the county jail. Date for his preliminary hearing has
not been set at this time. (Democrat American, January 24, 1930)
Get Man Here in Killing Case
Sallisaw, Ok., Deptuies Take
Over Alleged Slayer and Girl
Deputy Sheriffs from
Sallisaw, Ok., left Dallas, Saturday
afternoon with Ted Patton, 22, and a young woman after Patton was
Dallas and made a statement to police in connection with the recent
Robert H. Wall, 21, son of Judge W. B. Wall, Sallisaw jurist.
Patton was arrested when he
went to the post office for
mail. The arrest was made by Dallas dectectives after Patton was
pointed out by
Oklahoma police. Patton revealed the whereabouts of a girl companion
said to have accompanied Patton and Wall on the fatal ride which
shooting. The young woman was in a parked automobile behind underbrush
Five Mile Creek, south of Dallas.
The automobile and a fountain
pen in the woman’s purse were
identified as property of the slain man.
Wall’s body, with a bullet
wound in the heart, was found
Tuesday morning near Wild Horse Moutnain Canyon, eight miles from
Investigation revealed Wall had been riding with Patton and the woman
p.m. Monday. Patton and the woman were missing the next morning.
Patton has been charged with
murder at Sallisaw. (The Dallas
Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sunday, May 1, 1932, page 1)
Two Die in Chair
McAlester, Okla., Oct. 20 –
Ted Patton, stocky slayer of his
boyhood chum, and Charles Dumas, Negro attacker of a white girl, died
electric chair at state’s prison here early today. (Omaha World-Herald
Nebraska, Saturday, October 21, 1933, page 12)
Two Men Die in Electric Chair
Sallisaw Slayer and Negro
Attacker Pay Penalty For Crimes
McAlester, Oct. 20 (AP) – A
young slayer from the hill
country, Ted Patton, paid the extreme penalty with a negro attacker at
prison here early today.
Patton, who killed his 19
year old boyhood chum, Robert
Wall, died in the electric chair five minutes after the shouting negro,
Dumas, had been pronounced dead.
“There’s the chair,” he said,
half to himself, half to
Warden Sam Brown. “If the same thing was to do over again, I’d have to
what I did.”
The 25 year old Sallisaw
youth claimed he killed Wall in
self defense in a fight after Wall had made improper advances toward a
But the state said young Wall was shot to death for his car and money
body hidden at the foot of Wildhorse mountain in April of 1932.
Dumas, condemned for
attacking a young white girl near
Atoka, shouted to more than 100 officers and witnesses: “I feel fine;
to go. I got nothing against nobody.”
“Where I’m a-goin’, there’s
no white side and no black side,”
he added, shaking hands all around.
Petitions containing more than 2,100 names were presented to
Gov. William H. Murry on behalf of Patton but the Governor took no
action. (The Ada Weekly News, Thursday, October 26, 1933, page 4)
Muldrow Murder Suspect Convicted
Okla., - Luther Anderson, a 25 year old former mental patient charged
with killing five Muldrow residents during a ax-wielding spree last
July, was convicted Thursday of second degree murder.
Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 6.
Anderson was convicted of killing Clarence Duty, 51, his next door neighbor at Muldrow on July 2.
He is also charged with four other deaths and with raping a 44 year old Muldrow woman.
during the six hour rampage last summer, besides Duty, were Frank
Mitchell 23; George Armstrong, 42; Robert Hewitt, 76; and Hewitt’s wife
Jesse, 70. (The Ada Evening News, January 24, 1975, page 2)