Miscellaneous News Clippings

Fort Worth Gazette.
January 02, 1895
Fort Worth, Tex. 1891-1898
Guthrie Banquet
Guthrie, Okla., Jan. 1. – The United States Marshall Nix gave a grand complimentary banquet to all his deputies in this city last evening. About 100 were present and spent the evening in a fitting manner, partaking of the fine spread and responding to and listening to toasts.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
January 09, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896
Oklahoma Lawmakers Meet.

Guthrie, O. T., Jan. 8. – The third legislature convened today and completed, a full organization. The Republican caucus slate was put through both houses. J. H. Pitzer. of El Reno, is president of the upper house, and C. M. Barltes. of Guthrie, is speaker of the lower house.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
January 10, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896
Renfrow Advocates Statehood.

Guthrie, O. T., Jan. 9. – Gov. Renfrow submitted his semi-annual mes- sage to the legislature in joint session at noon today. He suggests numerous reforms, and comes out clearly for statehood and such part of the Indian territory as can be secured, and asks that congress be strongly memorialized to grant the same.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
February 07, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896
Guthrie, O. T., Feb. 6. – The worst Blizzard for years struck here this morning and is raging with great fury tonight. The wind is blowing a hurricane. Fierce cold prevails throughout the territory, and much suffering will result.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
February 18, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896

Conductor and Fireman Lose Their Lives in a Collision

GUTHRIE, O. T., Feb. 17. – The Texas express and a through cattle train on the Santa Fe collided in Dead Man's Cut, five miles south of here, at mid night Saturday night. The freight was coming around a short curve, so neither headlight could be seen until within thirty, feet of each other. The passenger engineer jumped and saved his life, as did the freight fireman. Freight Engineer Charles Upleby jumped, but his head struck the rocky side of the cut and he was killed. Passenger Fireman Patrick Coldron was caught in the caboose and scalded so badly that he died this morning. Both engines, baggage and mail cars and a half a dozen freight cars were demolished. Seventy head of stock were killed. The passenger, coaches did not leave the track, and no passengers were badly injured. The wreck will not be cleared so trains can go through until tomorrow. The wreck was caused by misinterpretation of orders by the freight engineer, who thought he was to pass the passenger at Guthrie instead of at Seward, two miles south of the wreck.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
March 01, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896
Oklahoma Bids for the Mill.

Guthrie, O. T., Feb. 28. – The house today passed Representative Little's bill for the promotion of athletic sports, which allows sparring matches and prize fights. This will open the territory to Corbett and Fitzsimmons and any other national champions without fear of interference.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
March 10, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896

Oklahoma Legislature Adjourns Without Action.

GUTHRIE, O. T., – March The third legislative assembly, adjourned sine die at 3 o'clock this morning.
After midnight the civil rights bill was brought up and passed. A bill re-districting the territory into legislative districts was also passed. About three-fourths of the representative and senatorial districts are Republican. Several bills regulating insurance companies; one cutting telegraph rates and one prohibiting the free range of cattle in any county in the territory failed to pass. It was impossible to come to any agreement on the bills for a statehood convention next summer, and they were all abandoned.

The Salt Lake Herald.
March 15, 1895
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909
Guthrie, Ok., March 14. – The United States grand jury now in session in this city has summoned almost every member of the third legislative assemby, sergeant-at-arms, clerks and doorkeepers to appear before it. It is charged that such corruption existed in the assembly and lobby that over $20,000 was expended in furthering legislation. The jury, it is given out, will investigate these reports and if evidence comes out that corrupt practices were pursued, indictments will follow.

The Washington Times.
April 10, 1895
(Washington, D.C. 1901-1902
Death of "Bat" Masterson

Dodge City, Kas., April 9. – "Bat" Masterson is dead. The man whom all the bullets or angry and drunken cowboys could not kill succumbed at Guthrie, O. T., according to advices just received, to quick consumption. He had been United States marshal and was city marshal of Dodge City in its wildest days. To him was accorded the honor of being the most fearless officer ot the frontier, and as leader in scores of chases after Indians, cowboys and cattle herders in the West, he never flinched or weakened.
Transcribers Note: It seems there is some conflict here. According to Wikipedia Bartholomew "Bat" Masterson died on October 25, 1921 (aged 67) New York City, New York, USA. Most of his life he used the name "William Barclay Masterson".
There was a James Masterson, brother of Bat Masterson, that was a Deputy Sheriff in Logan County from 1893 until hes death March 31, 1895.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
April 28, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896
Real Estate Dealer and Publisher Charged With Murder.

GUTHRIE, O. T., April 27. – A great sensation was sprung here today by the arrest of W. H. Thome, a prominent real estate dealer, and O. C. Sealy, publisher of the Oklahoma Magazine, on the charge of murdering the wealthy young Englishman Frank Ledgers, Ledgers had $2,000 coming to him from England, and for this sum, it is supposed, he was murdered by the above named men.

The San Francisco Call.
April 28, 1895
(San Francisco, Calif. 1895-1913

Prominent Men and Others Are Accused of the Crime.

GUTHRIE, O. T., April 27. – A big sensation has been caused here by the arrest last night of W. H. Thorne, the president of the leading investment company, and O. C. Zeley, a prominent contractor, on a charge of murdering Frank Ledgers, a young Englishman. His body was found in the river last September, and the cause of his death remained a mystery until the English Government sent a detective here a few weeks ago. Besides these two men he has arrested "William Knowles, a police man, and Frank Thorpe, a negro porter of a notorious resort, and charged them with being implicated in the murder. A watch and considerable loose change was found in Ledgers' pockets, which allayed suspicion of robbery, but several thousand dollars which Ledgers brought from England was never found. Thorne, whom he had known in England, it is alleged, wanted him out of the way in order to get this money.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
April 30, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896
Alleged Murderers on Trial.

GUTHRIE, O. T., April 29. – The preliminary examination of W. S. Thorne, E. C. Seeley, William Knowles and Frank Thorpe for the murder of Frank Ledger, the young Englishman, last September, began today. One of the women of the Jackson house confessed that Ledger was decoyed to a room by Thorpe, chloroformed by Seeley and the body taken to the river by Knowles. All claim to know absolutely nothing about the murder.

Omaha Daily Bee.
May 04, 1895
Omaha, Neb. 187?-1922
Positively Identified the Outlaws
GUTHRIE. Okl., May 3. – George Newcombe, alias Bitter Creek, alias Slaughter Kid, and Charles Pierce, the dead outlaws, were positively identified this evening as two of the Rock Island train robbers, and Pierce as a member of the gang that robbed several Santa Fe trains. Samuel Shaffer, the man who led the posse which killed the outlaws, came here from Texas after the Dover robbery, and asked to be sworn in as a deputy. He then organized his posse and went bandit hunting.

The San Francisco Call.
May 04, 1895
San Francisco- Calif. 1895-1913

Arrest of a Physician for Criminal Malpractice.

GUTHRIE.O. T.,May 3.-Dr. C. Farrmgton, who came here from Des Moines, lowa, two years ago, was arrested to-day, and is held in $1000 bail to answer the charge of having caused the death of Miss Daisie Roe, a handsome girl of 19, who came here with her parents from Omaha, Nebr., two years ago. Miss Roe died suddenly yesterday, heart disease being given as the cause. Developments show that the girl died from the effects of a criminal operation.

The Hazel Green Herald.
May 09, 1895
Hazel Green, Wolfe County, Ky. 1885-19??
Miss Lucy Neal, of Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, who has been taking a course in stenography and typewriting here since Christmas, returned West Libert last week, where she will visit among friends till September.

The San Francisco Call.
May 10, 1895
(San Francisco, Calif. 1895-1913

How "Bitter Creek" and "Dynamite Dick" Were Shot Down.

It Is Said the Killing: Was as Cowardly as the Assassination of Jesse James.

GUTHRIE, O. T., May 9. – Newcomb, "Bitter Creek," and Pierce, alias "Dyna mite Dick," leaders of the desperate Dalton-Doolin gang of outlaws, who were killed last week, were betrayed by friends, entrapped into the latter's home and cowardly murdered while they slept under their host's roof. The killing, according to a story of neighbors brought in from Ingalls, was done by the Dunns, who had been promised large rewards by the deputies, who claimed later to have made the capture of the famous outlaws.
The latters' friends have sworn vengeance and the Dunn family are arming to protect themselves. The killing is on a par with the cowardly assassination by the Ford boys of Jesse James. The Dunns were in lngalls the afternoon of the killing and went Home with a large amount of beer and whisky. It had been arranged to have Sallie Niles, a sweetheart of Dynamite Dick, and the two outlaws meet at the Dunn house that night for a big time. By midnight the outlaws were badly under the influence of liquor and shortly afterward went to sleep, heavily armed as usual, and with out removing their clothes. While in this condition, it is asserted, the Dunns perforated them with Winchester bullets and buckshot. An examination of the bodies showed that all the bullets and buckshot had gone into the bodies in such a way as to leave no other conclusion than that the men were lying down when shot. One of the Dunn brothers was brought in here a few days after the capture and lodged in the Federal jail, but in two days was turned loose.
The Dunns are lying very low. Their house is an arsenal and they give evidence of expecting a raid on them every night, as Newcomb and Pierce had many friends in that country.

The Daily Herald.
May 16, 1895
Brownsville, Tex. 1892-1897
Guthrie, Ok., May 12. – A case of general interest all over the country was decided by Judge Dale late last evening Some time ago J. Thomas and P. M. Cabiness took orders by sample for a large amount of household goods for a Topeka firm but when they attempted to deliver the goods were arrested by the city authorities for refusing to pay a peddlers' occupation tax. The court held that the right to sell by sample implied the right to deliver the goods sold, and that the transaction was strictly interstate commerce, hence not subject to regulations and restrictions of city ordinances being wholly controlled by the laws of congress. The petitioners were discharged accordingly. The city will appeal to the supreme court

The Washington Times.
May 27, 1895
Washington, D.C. 1901-1902
Horrid Men Spoiled the Show.

For some weeks a number of young married ladies have been rehearsing for a minstrel show to come off at the opera house here for the benefit of the Episcopal Church. To-day some wags put up a lot of regulation female minstrel and "Black Crook" lithographs about town and when the ladies saw them there was first a tearing of hair, then a tearing down of lithographs and then a search for the perpetrators of the hoax. The ladies are so mad they can hardly speak, but their husbands and the whole town are enjoying a good laugh. Guthrie, O. T.. letter to Kansas City Journal.

The San Francisco Call.
June 07, 1895
San Francisco. Calif. 1895-1913

A Sad Boomer Returns With the Bodies of His Wife and Child.

GUTHRIE, O. T., June 6. – A sad sequel to the wild rush into the Kickapoo reservation was viewed in this city yesterday, when a man named Valchester, from Southwestern Kansas, drove through the city en route to his old home, having in his wagon a coffin containing the body of his wife and five-year old child, who were both killed in the rush for claims at the recent opening. In the first wild dash Valchester's wagon struck a stone and was partly overturned, throwing out the wife and little one, who were trampled to death by a score or more horses.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
July 09, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896
Oklahoma Icebergs.

GUTHRIE, O. T., July 8. – A terrific hail and wind storm prevailed here last night. Hail fell as large as hen's eggs, doing an immense amount of damage to crops and breaking hundreds of windows. In one township there was a waterspout and a number of bridges were washed away and other damage done.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
July 09, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896
No Doubt About It. Guthrie, O. T., July 8. – Miss Celine Gray, of this city, has the honor of being the first woman appointed as United States commissioner. In business circles it is known that Miss Gray is in every way capable.

The San Francisco Call.
July 14, 1895
(San Francisco, Calif. 1895-1913

Mrs. Davidson Deserted by the Man With Whom She Eloped.

Appeals to Oklahoma Authorities for Protection Against Dr. Edgar.

LEXINGTON, Kt., July 13. – A dispatch from Guthrie, O. T., has caused a big sensation in high social circles here. It states that a handsome young woman with two children, who has been living there for two months, has applied to the authorities to protect her from her husband, who is described as a Kentuckian in the revenue circles.
The story went on to say that the woman was accompanied by a Kentucky doctor. Every circumstance points to Mrs. Anna Davidson, wife of Frank Davidson, a brother of ex-Mayor Davidson and a member of the revenue service in this district, as the woman in question. The doctor in the case is probably J. F. Edgar, a prominent homeopathist of this city.
Mrs. Davidson was Miss Anna Craig, daughter of Colonel Horace Craig, formerly of this city but now of Walnut, Kans. She eloped with young Davidson ten years ago and they went to Aberdeen, Ohio, and were married. At one time her father was one of the wealthiest men in Lexington, but he failed and removed to Kansas shortly after his daughter's marriage to Davidson. The Craigs belonged to the highest social circles and they have many relatives here among the upper classes. Dr. Edgar came to this city nearly twenty years ago from New Brighton, Pa., where his widowed mother and his sister now reside. He married Miss Lucy, a daughter of Dr. Lucy, with whom Edgar was in partnership here for several years. The doctor left here in April, saying he was going to Fort Worth, Tex. There had been considerable gossip about Dr. Edgar and Mrs. Davidson several months before he left here. Young Davidson was absent for weeks at a time attending to his duties in the revenue service, and it seems that the doctor was very attentive to the wife.
Mrs. Edgar has six little children to take care of, and he left her almost penniless. He owns a splendid piece of property in the city, but it is mortgaged heavily. He shipped his valuable library away last spring. Mrs. Davidson is 26 years old and the doctor 45. He was an advocate of free love. It is his intention to have Mrs. Davidson remain in Oklahoma three months and get a divorce. In the mean time Mrs. Edgar will get a divorce here, thus enabling the doctor to marry Mrs. Davidson.

The San Francisco Call.
July 29, 1895
(San Francisco, Calif. 1895-1913

Hundreds of Oklahoma Decrees Declared Invalid.


Startling Effect of a Late Decision by the Supreme Court.


Those Who Had Again Wedded Are Now In a Sorry Plight.
GUTHRIE, Ok., July 28.— Supreme Court, in pointing out that the divorces granted during the past two years by the Probate Court Judges here are invalid, has caused the greatest excitement. The decision affects many prominent and wealthy men and women all over the country. These cases will be carried to the Supreme Court of the United States, and, if lost there, an effort will be made to get Congress to pass an act legalizing the divorces so granted. A great many will, however, in the meantime come back to Oklahoma and secure new divorces in the District courts, where the present conditions are as liberal as they were in the Probate courts.
The Territorial Legislature some years ago unintentionally repealed the law allowing Probate Judges the right to grant divorces, but it was not until a year and a half later, when the Supreme Court, in passing on other points in a divorce case, also pointed out this repeal, that it became known, and in the meantime Probate Judges of the Territory had granted be tween 600 and 700 divorces. Three-fourths of these were to people from Northern and Eastern States, who took advantage of the law allowing divorce for, nearly twenty causes after only ninety days' residence in the Territory.
If this incidental opinion of the court was to hold as final these people would be in a queer predicament, especially as a large majority had afterward married, so a large fund was raised and prominent attorneys engaged to thoroughly test the case, and the court last night decided in the same way as before, declaring that the divorces granted by Probate Judges after the repeal of 1893 were null and void. All subsequent marriages of parties so divorced were bigamous, and any issue of said marriages illegitimate.

The San Francisco Call.
August 02, 1895
San Francisco, Calif. 1895-1913
More Invalid Divorces.

GUTHRIE, O. T., Aug. 1. – Following on the decision that probate Judges had no right to grant divorces in Oklahoma since August 13, 1893, the Supreme Court decides that even before that time their jurisdiction was confined to persons who had been residents of the Territory for two years or more, and that all divorces granted by them to persons on ninety days' residence are null and void and subsequent marriages bigamous.
As all outsiders coming here for divorces took advantage of the ninety days' residence clause this decision invalidates be tween 300 and 400 divorces granted to Eastern people, in addition to the 700 or 800 rendered invalid by the decision of last Saturday.

St. Paul Daily Globe.
August 21, 1895
Saint Paul, Minn. 1884-1896

Coxey Threatens to Give Up His Ohio Home.

GUTHRIE, O. T., Aug. 20.- Gen. J. S. Coxey, Populist candidate for governor of Ohio, is, according to the statement of a leading Oklahoma politician, after the congressional nomination from this territory. His recent trip to the Southwest, it is now said by prominent Populists here, was not alone for speech-making, but for the purpose of looking over the field preparatory to taking up his residence here. It is said he was very well pleased with the outlook before he left for the East, and it is understood he will return to Oklahoma after the Ohio election, if he is not elected governor, and run for congress next fall.

The San Francisco Call.
September 01, 1895
San Francisco Calif. 1895-1913
Mrs. Weiss Wants a Divorce.

GUTHRIE, O. T., Aug. 31. – Mrs. Isabelle Weiss, a prominent society woman of New York City, has filed a petition here for a divorce from her husband, Jacob Weiss.

The San Francisco Call.
September 21, 1895
(San Francisco, Calif. 1895-1913

Fighters of Oklahoma Hired to Fight for the Cubans.

GUTHRIE, O. T., Sept. 20. – For several days recently the following advertisement has appeared in a newspaper here:

Wanted – Five hundred men to hunt geese on the Gulf of Mexico. Must be able bodied and furnish Colt's revolvers and Winchester rifles, both of caliber 44. None but men of nerve need apply.
Colonel Robert McReynolds.

The idea of hunting geese at this season of the year, especially by 500 hunters with 44-caliber rifles and Colt's revolvers, so impressed the authorities at Washington that they immediately telegraphed Marshal Nix of this Territory to keep an eye on Colonel McReynolds. It was found that men were being quietly sent to Galveston, where they reported to an agent and were sent to the eastern coast of Cuba. Marshal Nix informed the colonel that his operations would have to stop or he would be obliged to arrest him for violation of the neutrality laws. Since then freebooting characteis have quietly disappeared, and there is a suspicion that the officials here are ignoring what is going on, for it is rapidly ridding the Territory of its turbulent characters. Colonel McReynolds is a man of integrity. He has spent a lifetime upon the frontier, and is imbued with all its spirit of adventure. In his efforts in the direction of Cuba McReynolds manifests no concern. He claims that if he wants to take a body of men and hunt geese on the Gulf of Mexico he has a perfect right to do so.

Fort Worth Gazette.
October 12, 1895
Fort Worth, Tex. 1891-1898
Incendiary Guthrie Fire

Guthrie, Okla., Oct. 11. – (Special) – An Incendiary fire in the business part of the city last night destroyed J. W. Sutton's livery stable and marble works, Rowells restaurant and Kimballs grocery. Loss, $3500; insured for one-half.

Fort Worth Gazette.
October 25, 1895
Fort Worth, Tex. 1891-1898

A New Railroad for Guthrie – Will Extend Into Texas
Guthrie, Okla., Oct 21 – (Special) – The general manager of the H. O. G. railway has advised the board of trade that they have secured money to build their road and will build from Cameron, Kan., to this city at once and then on down through the Chikasaw coal fields and into Texas next summer.

The San Francisco Call.
December 06, 1895
San Francisco Calif. 1895-1913,

List of Riders Who Have Been Declared Professionals.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Dec. 5. – Following is the weekly bulletin of the L. A. W.:
Sanctions granted – November 28, Santa Barbara High School Athletic Association, Santa Barbara, Cal. ; November 28, Centaur Cycling Club, Santa Maria, Cal.
Suspensions - For competing in unsanc tioned races: R. Davis, Ben Heald, Grin nell, Iowa; Fred Terraberry, Malcolm, Iowa; Henry Evans and E. Pearson, Holdredge, Nebr. ; E. D. Southwick, Alma, Nebr. ; Ernest Carpenter, Bertrand,Nebr., for sixty days from November 27.
Declared professionals - E. H. Knauss, Guthrie, 0. T., under clause A; E. C. Dolcater, Guthrie, 0. T., under clause A; Carl Metcalf, Guthrie, O. T., under clause A; Henry Shuttle, Warrensburg, IU., under clause A; Alexander Reineck, Elkader, lowa, under clause A.
Suspended pending investigation of charges of having fixed a race —W. W. Davidson, Elkader, lowa, under clause A, suspended pending settlement of charges of having fixed a race; Wilbur Wandell, Brush Creek, lowa, under clause A, suspended pending settlement of charges of having fixed a race; Roy Jewell, Strawberry Point, lowa, under clause A, suspended pending settlement of charges of having fixed a race; Louis Haefner, Girard, lowa, under clause A; Arnold Oelke, Farmersburg, lowa, under clause A; Alexander Melton, Omaha, Nebr., under clause A; J. O. Arkley, Lompoc, Cal., under clause A; Ed Barker, Lompoc, Cal., under clause A; L. Down ing, Lompoc, Cal., under clause A; Lyman Saunders, Lompoc, Cal.. under clause A; Bert C. Stuart, Lompoc, Cal., under clause A.

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