Shawnee Daily Herald. (Shawnee, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 208, Ed. 1 Tuesday, April 20, 1909 Page: 1 of 6
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SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA, TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 1909
FOUR STRUNG TO RASTERS
Night's Mantle Covered a Tragedy Which
Ended Feud of Years Standing
Mob of Citizens Force Jail And Take Four
Prisoners Out Hanging Them
To a Rafter
All Oklahoma history, perhaps, does not contain a chapter like that enacted at Ada yesterday morning be-
tween 2 and 2:30 o'clock when 100 masked night riders swooped down on the little town of Ada, took four men,
under arrest in connection with the murder of the late ex-United States marshal. "Qu." Bobbin , and hanged
them in a livery stable back of the jail yard of Pontotoc county. It was done in perfect order and quiet.
Three men were brought to tnis county yesterday evening from Ada and placed in the Pottawatomie
jail for safe keeping, as they escaped by the best of luck in the early morning hanging at Ada.
It was after daylight yesterday before the town people knew of the tragedy, when they fo"n* the
lowina hanaina from rafters, where they were strung by halters, with their hands tied behind them with wire
J. B. Miller, charged with the murder; Jesse West and Joe Allen, accuseed of employing Miller to do the deed,
and L. B. Burrell, said to have been the go-between.
Bobbitt was loved and respected as an ideal type of the good citizen. He had incurred the
the outlaw element vears aqo when serving as a deputy United States marshal. And it is said that this feeling
never dfed out and"ultfma^ely led to his'murder, by the man Mil.er, whom it is said was a professional mur-
derer with a record of 33 notches on his gun.
Youno Peeler made a signed statement yesterday after the occurrence of the night previous, in which he
Young Peeler made a fignea _ ^ money needed had been received by theperpetrator,
the Ada News, of last night.
gave the entire history of the crime,
his uncle Miller from West and Allen. This statement was published
TI,; money forThe deed, he said, was paid to Miller in Shawnee in the presence of a well known former
county official who has not been seen about the city since the deed and for whom the authorities are now look-
LIGHTS AND PHONES OUT. '
Two of the nioht riders went to the light plant at Ada and had the town put in darkness, while two
others went to the phone office, where all service was cut off. Meanwhile squads went up and down the street
patrolling and forcing the inquisitive citi. ;ns to return to their domiciles, wherever such appear d.
Meanwhile the main force advanced on the county jail, entering easily enough and reaching the
guard, whom they covered and relieved of his gun.
County Judge Joel Terrell mounted a chair and made a strong remonstrance gainst the
which was about to be put in motion, but he was promptly covered with several guns and bowed to
of the mob and left the scene.
of Sheriff OoUo^.^Go^i^wai'awakened^aVd'^e^ered'with severaT"gun and ^commanded to turn over ^he key^s.
PART OF COUNTY SEEKING SEP
ARATION HAS NAME ALREADY
PICKED FOR NEW COUNTY.
Special to the Herald.
Guthrie, Okla., April 19.—Governor
Haskell today named May 22nd as the
day for the special election for creat-
ing a new county of the southwest
portion of the present Greer county.
The new county, if the project carries
to a successful conclusion, which it
doubtless will, will be named Harmon
county after Gov. Harmon, of Ohio.
Harmon was attorney general under
the administration of Grover Cleve-
land, when Greer county was trans-
ferred from Texas to Oklahoma. The
establishment of a new county will
cut one-fourth from Greer county.
ho is a young man placed in charge, in the absence
th several auns and commanded to turn over the keys.
the other guard, Bob Nestor, who when he attempted to resist,
E.,;vrtr£! sttz r ,sr;:.!sr
Beside the men held for the murder of Bobbitt there were two men, of a wli ar^
a boy named Oscar Peeler, who was reared by Miller, and at whose sisters home .n Texas the latter
, , • .. a+ Allan vuaR nulled out first, and the mob was about to take
the other'when Gowan caMed'out to them that they were mistaken. "Those two men are held for the murder of
my brother-in I-law," sa.d the officer. "But after
hold them." They were allowed to remain in jail.
before he was subdued.
KEEPING HAT ON
m inai xncy wcic miovaixsm ■ ■ ■ ~~~ ,
•But after investigating the evidence I don't believe it is sufficient to
pardon board also recom-
mends other community
Guthrie. Okla., April 19—The par-
don board today recommended a par-
don for Josephus Wllloughby, the Ok-
lahoma City bartender who is serv-
ing a life license for the killing of a
negro who refused to take off his
hat when he came into the saloon
where Willoughly was employed,
pardon was also recommended for
George Moran, sent up for life for the
murder of Joseph Reemblossom, at
Rush Springs, in 1901. The first ree
ommendation was withdrawn when it
was found that Moran had promised
to deed property to Rufus Connella,
also an ex-convict, if he was released
before March 1st. A second reeom
mendation was wltheld until after this
time limit had erpired.
THE QUESTION FACEb .-.Y VOTERS
Will You Trust In Promises Backed By Mal-
administration Or Do You Believe In
Man With Records of Success?
the question is again before the citizens of shawnee, "whom will you have to
administer the affairs of your city for the next two years?"
many considerations will enter into your choice. but at this time there is one
issue that looms larger than almost any other. whatever else may be required of
them, the men whom you elect to have charge of the affairs of shawnee must be
men who will enforce the law.
no subterfuge, pretense, or excuse will avail. shawnee demands that public
vice be suppressed. she demands that the men who are now to be elected shall be
MEN ^CONSmEmNG RTms'matter. you should not permit yourself to be DECEIVED.
promises are cheap. shawnee has had an abundance of them in the past. WHAT IS
now demanded IS that the men who receive your vote must be men who, judging from
their past lives, their personal records. their associations, may be trusted to make
absofromlyth|0s0stIndproint0there can be no hesitation. scrutinize the ticket nomin-
ATED BY the democracy of shawnee. study it carefully. man by man. and you will
find it impossible to doubt that these men can be fully trusted to enforce all THE
lawsthis does not mean that they are cranks. it does n°t ™at the liberties
and reasonable privileges of law abidding citizens will be infringed upon. BUT IT
does me^n that if the democratic ticket is elected the day of flagrant public VICE
in sha^aineletlusburgeerdo not be deceived. under present circumstances, there are
no men now candidates for office in shawnee who are so foolish 'thaj ^^lthey^do
piir1 irly state that they stand for the enforcement of the law. but will THEY do
it? the only reasonable basis upon which you can decide as tci the_sincerity of SUCH
statements, is the appeal to the record and personal habits and character of THE
man every man upon the democratic ticket who, 'f e!i|c'!^d. wll-l have to do WITH
enforcing the laws, is a man of clean personal h abits. is a "an with a clear rec-
ord as a law abiding citizen; is a man who has no' personal„associations that WILL
connect him with those to whose interests it would be to permit the law to be vio
latefrom mr. ephland, who is a candidate for may°R' J® the bfaIonably"be trusted
issue to the foot of the ticket, the democratic nominees can reasonably be trusted.
sofarasoehe0r0^s°uesare conc'erned. there-tber.,roro,9cs r h
who wants law enforce ment, who insists that shawnee shall henceforth
"You have the right men," said Miller.
Peeler, whom the mob had grabbed along with the others
but don't touch that boy, he is innocent," pointing to Young
Peeler was left in jail.
ail yard, and a board was pulled out in the
trr,a;j£®&Mas -y* - W''
When found this morning, Miller's hat was on his head.
crowd, so it is said.
The four men were led out through the court-house^ into^the^jai^,.^ ^ # ^ ^ ^
jlation, not a neck
He gave his diamond stick pin to one of the
Dr. Walker, of this city, was in the city at the time
o is critically ill. He wai
500 "feet of the Jail yard, yet he did not hear a sound, and did not know of the occurrence until day-
settingErprwithghisW"the0r"rn.7aw" wh'o I,critically III. He w awake at Re time in^house
COP* OF LETTER
clean tow^'can'do'nothing else at this time, but support the democratic ticket.
OF THE SULTAN
T0 !Can Not Mohrbacher
Stand On This Record
orders issued that all for
eigners and their property
will be protected.
Special to the Herald.
Constantinople. April 19. — The
troops are loyal to the young Turks
who are concentrated outside of the
city and will march on Yildiz Kiosk
to force the abdication of the sultan
Orders have been issued that the lives j
and the property of all foreigners and f ^ J8 f
There has been turned into the city
for interest on dairy balances within
the past two years the sum of $2,-
1992.52; this is an item of revenue
to the city which was never paid by
any former City Treasurer. In other
words the Banks in which the present
Treasurer deposits the City's money
allow him 3 per cent interest in daily
balances, which has amounted in the
past two years to $2,199.52.
I, A. D. Martin, Clerk of the City of
Shawnee, hereby certify that the
above amount has been credited to the
, , _ (h(> nioht's traaedv were considerably colored. Among other things, the re-
, sent out o'ver the A P wires to the effect that the mob met in conference and planned the lynching in
™m. of the chamber oi commerce of the little city, which proves not to have been the case.
The hodies of West and Miller were shipped last night to relatives in Ft. Worth, who had wired di-
(1 th t thev be so disposed of. No disposition has been made of the remains of tht other two victims of
rectlons that they be so aispus u ^ r_ „«i.,i„ . time. They each have relatives buried
'0n mnh hut disoatches are expected from relatives at any time.
acrossC'the Hver'from Ada and It is supposed that they will be buried beside their relatives
while reGturning°Thirf^mUw"thCa load "of "cotto"n olT cak'e. ' The deed was done from ambush with a shot gun
K andci9Baurr0el,Wtwo wT^sV.S '.tigers! ^^Tgreat deal In that community. Just previous
Miller and Bu __ \u;num« Af* r the murder. Miller was aone, and investigation
story of the crime.
Bobbitt was murdered within several hundred yards of his home on_ the evening .f «"ruary_27,
>. u in „ an(7"were' known as Smith and Williams. After the murder, Miller was gone,
t° the klMIng, and were known ^ ^ named Williamson, who lived north of Ada, on the evening
showed that he had useeI the deed The horse was traced to the Williamson home by a posse, but
thhVownerP°o8r MHIe^'cou'd Tt be found, and it was learned that Young Williamson had driven to Sasakwa where
he (Miller) took a tr®'" T'*have been wealthy, was under indictment for murder at Tishomingo, and is
Miller, who 18 eP b deliberating killing for hire. Two thousand dollars was the sum supposed to
said to have made his money by ^ ^ ^ over tQ Mjl|er Mi|leri when not in the country, scouting
have beer, set on Bobbitt s neaa^ ^ ^ ^ tjmes ^ FortSmith
for victims, made hli home a h hi8 father and another man left immediately for Fort Worth and
When young Williamson return ^ ^ |n the country. He was brought back to Ada, and young
secured Miller at a home he m under arrest told that Miller had confessed to him that he killed Bobbitt
Williamson feeling secure with miner
and did it for money. for the defendant, started to Oklahoma City for a conference with
About that time Attorney aaiaw # West who moved from the Corners in this county four
two men, who turned out to be JoeTV'' th rities of Pototoc county phoned the officials at Oklahoma City to
year6 ago to Canadian, Texas. Baldwin
arrest the men seen In conference w in ■ ^ ^ th# county jaM at Ada, where L. B. Burrell was already
This was done and West ana a None of these parties, two of whom are represented by L. G.
incarcerated, suspected of being a fl° °" ' M|||er waived his preliminary Saturday, though some evidence
Pitman, of this city, has yet been arraigneo. , ,
was taken at the time. in pottawatomie county, and ran a saloon at the notorious
Years ago West and Alien were ca position with relation to this county, the Choctaw Nation
outlaw rendevou8 known as "The Cot e'
and the Seminole country. then known, was one of the few men, who dared to interfere
Deputy Marshal "Gus" Bobbitt, as Drosecution was working on the theory that West and Allen had
with the outlaw habitues of this section- . Hd Mj||er to do their work.
a grudge against Bobbitt, and that.they^emH^ ^ ^ ago^ one of the Brunner gangi a negr0 outfit
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In witness whereof I subscribe my
names and affix the seal of the City
of Shawnee, this 18th day of April.
(SKA1/ A. D. MARTIN,
Mr. and Mrs (' M T y!nr on Joyed
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IN OLD AGE YOUR SAVINGS
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against want. And the time to make
those savings is now. Not next year,
next month, or next week, but today.
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quicker you begin saving, the surer
you are that your old days will not
be spent in poverty and sorrow. We
want your bank accounts; start today.
Gus" Bobbitt left a provision that
at an end. The masked mob of
West and Allen left this section '°"r jfef'*se 9west at the Corners.
Seminole country, killed a n<jPh men of means. In his will, ~uu
West, Allen, Miller and Bu"e'' to b, oaid for the apprehension of
in the event he was assassinated, $1,0000 officer and the outlaws Is now at
The feud, existing between the vanani on . of tho6# 8uppose(J t0 have been instrumental In
Pototoc county In no uncertain manner cleaned out
his death. v.8terday at Ada and the event of the early morning hour was
Business conditions moved along normany y officials would not allow crowds to congregate,
not talked except here and there in whispered tones.
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THE OKLAHOMA NATIONAL BANK
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