Deaths in the Oklahoma and Indian Territories


The First Natural Death in Oklahoma.

Thomas O'Neill
The First Natural Death in Oklahoma.
Marshall, Mo., April 26. - The relatives and friends of Thomas O'Neill, who died yesterday in Oklahoma City, were at the depot this morning to receive the body which failed to arrive. His was the first natural death in Oklahoma, after the opening of the lands to settlement.
[26 Apr 1889, Kansas City Star, Contributed by R. Bergendahl]
 
Natural Death at Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City, April 25.—While Guthrie claims to have started its graveyard with a man who died with his boots on, this town has to record a natural death. Thomas O'Neill a young married man from Marshall, Mo., died yesterday of a congestive chill brought on by exertion and exposure. Many cases of pneumonia are reported.
26 Apr 1889, Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer, Contributed by R. Bergendahl

The First Natural Death
A special dispatch from Arkansas City says: The first natural death in Oklahoma occurred at Oklahoma City, yesterday. Thomas O'Neill, a young unmarried man from Marshall, Mo., died of a congestive chill. Many cases of pneumonia are reported.
[26 Apr 1889, Wheeling Register, Contributed by R. Bergendahl]


John Whistler
Death of a Noted Indian.
Oklahoma City, I. T., September 15.—John Whistler, the most noted Pottawatomie in the United States, is
dead.
He lived in the Sac and Fox Nation and has been in poor health for the past six months. He was on his way to Gueda Springs when he died. He was born fifty-four years ago at Port Dearborn, now the present site of the City of Chicago. He
has lived in the Indian Territory for twenty-two years and leaves an immense estate, His wife in a Sac and Fox of considerable celebrity. He was the wealthiest man in the territory. His funeral will take place on his farm in the Sac and Fox country. Thousands of Indians are getting ready to attend as he was universally respected.
1890-09-16, Arkansas Gazette, Contributed by R. Bergendahl


Birth: 

Apr. 23, 1838

Death: 

Sep. 12, 1890

 

Buried at the Sac & Fox Cemetery Stroud, Lincoln, Oklahoma



Julia Leard

MURDERED BY AN INDIAN

An Oklahoma Woman Cruelly Slain by a Seminole

Wichita, Kan., Jan. 5. – Mrs. Julia Leard, a white woman was murdered by a Seminole Indian yesterday evening four miles east of Maud, Oklahoma Territory. The crime was committed in the presence of the woman’s children. Early in the afternoon Mrs. Leard had frightened the Indian away, threatening him with a rifle. Later she stepped out of doors carrying her baby, and the Indian stole into the house, securing the rifle and attempted to shoot her, but the cartridge failed to explode. The Seminole then attacked her with the butt of the gun, clubbed her to death and ravished her body. He hurled the baby into the house through the open door. Several Indians have been arrested, but the murdered woman’s 8 year-old-daughter, the oldest of her family has been unable to identify any of them as the murderer. There is great excitement in the vicinity.
(
Topeka Weekly Capital, January 7, 1898, page 3) Submitted by Peggy Thompson


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