James H Gibson
City of Dewey, Washington County
About 2 A.M. on Tuesday, April 27, 1915, Marshal Gibson tried to arrest
Nathan Bozarth, who was drunk and holding a crowd at bay with his gun after shooting
one man. When Marshal Gibson approached Bozarth he was shot in the chest and
abdomen by Bozarth. Marshal Gibson, 40, died from his wounds the afternoon of
May 5th in a Bartlesville hospital. Bozarth was later cornered in a livery barn
by a deputy sheriff and committed suicide before he could be arrested.
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OKLAHOMA LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL
the additional information below submitted by
Marshal James Gibson, Washington Co,
Oklahoma. Marshal Gibson was killed in April, 1915 by Nathan Bozarth in Dewey,
Marshall Gibson 1860 - 1915 and his
wife Dora Curlyheadis 1873- 6/21/1935 both of Delaware Indian descent are buried
in Delaware Cemetery, Dewey, Washington Co, Oklahoma along with his son Raymond
James who died 11/13/1916 at the age of 15.
Nathan had shot a man by the last
name of Paradee, It was either Talesphore American Paradee or his son Talesphore
Leo Paradee, as they were the only Paradee family inhibiting that area at the
time. Whoever it was, he did not die. Nathan then shot Marshal Gibson.
Shortly thereafter, he shot himself as well and died.
Nathan was 30 yrs old when the
incident took place. He was the son of Larawood W. & Mary J. (Letterman) Bozarth.
He was the 5th of their 10 children. All of his family were living in Dewey
at the time of this incident, and continued to live there after.
The family was
originally from Missouri and moved to Oklahoma in 1892.
Nathan Bozarth is buried in Dewey
Cemetery in Dewey, Washington Co, Oklahoma.
T.A. Paradee and his son T.Leo Paradee are both buried in White Rose Cemetery,
Bartlesville, Washington Co, Oklahoma.