The Chandler Tribune (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 5, 1915 Page: 1 of 8
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OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF CHANDLER
THE CHANDLER TRIBUNE
CHANDLER, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1915
SAWYER CASE GOES
TO JURY TO-NIGHT
A Desperate Fight Has Been Waged
By His Attorneys to Save Him
From the Penitentiary.
The trial of Claud Sawyer one of
the accused members of the Stroud
bank robbery, has consumed the
court’s time all of the week so far
and has been a very long and drawn
out case with many spats between the
attorneys of both sides who are very
determined in their purposes.
Harry Fender, H. E. Breeding, 0.
E. Greason, R. J. Miller and Russel
Stephens of Stroud have sworn pos-
itively that Sawyer was one of the
gang that robbed the First National
Bank of Stroud last March.
Louis Estes peached on his former
pals telling everything from the time
he first came to Oklahoma until the
day he was shot at Stroud while rob-
bing the banks. He says his home
is in Coburn, Missouri, coming to
Oklahorpa a little over a year ago
during the oil boom in eastern Okla-
home, he first met Maxfield, a mem-
ber of the gang, at Tulsa, who em-
ployed Estes to drive his team. He
worked for Maxfield until he became
acquainted - with Starr, Sawyer,
Charlie Johnson Lige Higgins and Joe
Davis, who met at the Maxfield farm
near Tulsa, Monday night before the
Saturday of the robbery and planned
everything in detail. They secured a
covered wagon and started out mover
style until close to Stroud when they
purchased several horses and an other
wagon and passed as horse traders.
A camp was made near Stroud the
night before the robbery. They scout-
ed over the country to get the lay of
the land and making preparations for
the feat next day. Maxfield was left
with the horses while Starr lead one
gang consisting of Starr, Mullins and
Johnson, and Joe Davis leading the
other consisting of Davis, Sawyer and outlaw and
I ster swore that according to his
| books, Sawyer had a horse in his barn
that day, March 27. Shaffer cor-
roborates him by saying he bought
the horse to town for Claude to ride
out, and the horse was at home next
As we go to press the defense has
rested the case and the lawyers will
argue the case tonight. It has been
a hard case and looks bad for the de-
fendant as he has so far been unable
to establish a clear alibi.
Robert Sawyer, the father of the
acrused is here with other members
of the family including Sawyer’s di-
vorced wife. He is a wealthy rancher
from Pittsburg county and says he
will fight to the last, to save his son
from entering the penitentiary, for a
crime committed by other hands. The
friends of Sawyers’ are here in large
numbers and protest his innocense.
They claim he was in McAlester at
the time the crime was committed.
It is also claimed that young Sawyer
was a good boy and has always lived
at home with his parents.
He was married when a mere child
to Miss Mary Coghill who for child-
ish reasons divorced him, but is stand-
ing by him in his troubles, professing
the love of Sawyer still lingers and
she will re-marry him as soon as the
trial is over. She is pretty and styl-
Col. Morton B. Rutherford of Mus-
kogee and Emery Foster of this city
have worked faithfully to save their
client, and have proven themselves to
be among the best criminal lawyers in
this part of tre state. Tre prosecu-
tion has been conducted by County
Attorney Streeter Speakman who has
worked diligently since the robbery
to secure the evidence to convict these
men and do away with so much l>ank
robberies. He was also assisted by
Assistant County Attorney Manford
Cox and Judges Hoffman and Harri-
son of Oklahoma City.
STARR GETS 25 YEARS
The land of the lazy is “Sometime” land;
Its boundaries are “After a while.”
Its citizens wear the “Mean-to” brand,
And "Going to” garments are all the style.
In the land of the lazy little is done,
For dwellers crowd to the “County Shirk,”
And they moan like martyrs every one
At the very sound of the name of work.
In the land of the lazy they want to get
Just as much as the toilers do,
And then if they don’t they fume and fret,
And grumble about “Fate’s favored few.”
In the land of the lazy ambition dies,
For it cannot live in untended soil,
And its bright twin, Progress, straightway flies
Away, away to the town of toil.
In the land of the lazy you and I,
As a matter of course, have never been,
But I tell you what, we had best look spry,
Or before we know it, we’ll enter in.
work of construction. And all will un-
derstand the future policy of the new
administration to be chosen.
Hoping that the publicity given to
this call will develop the right man
for the presidency and that the con-
ference will result in great good, I am.
W. H. HARVEY.
The local organization of the Fris-
co-Ozark Trails association should
get busy and elect a delegate to this
convention. If we cannot have a del-
egate from this county, we might be
represented by a delegate from either
of the adjoining counties on the trail.
The question of electing a good man
aF president of this association is per-
haps more serious than it looks on the
face of it. He must be a man who
will serve the people of every state,
county and community in an unbiased
manner, without pay or favor; he
must be a man who knows the needs
of, and the best manner of procuring
good roads; in other words he must
be more than a good roads enthusiast,
he must be equipped with the knowl
edge that wii intake him a good roads
OIL LEASES SELLING
HIGH IN THIS COUNTY
Bringing in Thousands of Dollars. Al-
most Every Farm in Oil Section
Now Covered with Lease.
FINE SUDAN GRASS.
Estes. Starr going to the Stroud Na-
tional Bank and Davis’ gang to the
First National where very little time
was consumed in lining up the of-
ficials. They forced the banker to
carry the money and go with them to
the stock yards, on the way a run-
ning fight took place in which Starr
was shot in the hip, Estes went to
bis rescue and was also shot in the
neck. Starr was captured while Estes
was able to continue with the gang.
Reaching their horses they imme-
diately mounted and rode away with
the money, going south. Higgens,
who was carrying the money, spilled
it and got off his horse to pick it up;
his horse shied and ran away leaving
him afoot, he mounted behind Estes
and rode to the woods where he dis-
mounted and disappeared. Estes
stopping on account of his wound giv-
ing him considerable trouble, and aft-
er resting, soon returned toward town
and was captured.
The other members rode away and
made their escape.
Stroud and several other witnesses
have corroborated Estes in every de-
tail, also a farmer, Charlie Randal,
living two miles of Stroud, swore he
Henry Starr, the famous Oklahoma |
' a bank robber, pleaded!
guilty Monday morning to the joint
robbery of the Stroud National and
Stroud State Banks last March.
Starr was in a pitiful and helpless
condition as he made his plea for
mercy before Judge C. B. Wilson, Jr.,
in the district court. He is in very
pc or health and wounded for life, but
rhe judge was of the opinion, it seems,
that a man is bound to suffer for his
acts. He sentenced Starr to 25 years
at hard labor in the state penitentiary
al McAlester. Sisir has been coft-
s'oering making a fight for liberty
for some time but the rumor is cur-
rent on the streets here that he is to
receive a parole, at least until his
wounds heal, possibly longer, on good
behavior, if he testifies against his
former pals, Sawyer, Maxfield and
Johnson, this it is thought he will do.
He absolutely refused to talk to any
newspaper man, saying he well tell
SHOW Al ENID
OZARK TRAIL CON-
FERENCE SEPT, 1
Tractors the Coming Power-
Many Makes of Tractors
Shown at Big Meeting
I1’0 Me«t at Monte Ne, Arkansas, on
Wednesday, September 1st. To
Select a New President.
Geo. G. Boggs and John Gayman Monte Ne, Ark., Aug. 1 jgjr;
returned Friday from the great trac-j To the Friends of The Ozark Trails-
I have been the Chief Executive Of-
f'ccr of The Ozark Trails Association
for the past three years, giving as
much as three months of my time
each year, to promoting, routing and
marking its roads, and 1 now wish to
tor show at Enid. They are very
much enthused over the showing
made by the gas tractors and pre-
dict that it will be only a short time
until the farmers, no matter how
small a farm he owns, will be using a
small tractor, in the place of horses.
There were about sixty entries, of
tractor machines of which number
thirty gave actual demonstrations, of
the work they could do in turning
the soil. About twenty, machines
started on an eighty acre field at two
o’clock and at three the ground was
everything when the trial of Sawyer, J piowed and the machines were ready
Maxfield and Johnson is over. Many to start on another field.
resign and have
my successor chosen.
They claim it was indeed a great
see, all those machines out
on one farm plowing and making the
Some baby tractors with
cf Starr’s friends were here and were
The bankers of; “ady to do all in their fower to help |
him gain his freedom, but Starr is B
shrewd and realized the fact that the j
state had the evidence to convict. Hej ‘V , , .. ,
has been a model prisoner since be-10,,1>r a couPle °r three P'°WS attaCh
......* L”u ...... “ c.’’U Peen , . ‘ P. . , , , |ed while others had as high as
saw Sawyer near Stroud the morning , ing confined in the jail and has been j
of the robbery and spoke to him. He extended many courtesies by Sheriff j twenty.
Arnold, who has permitted any of An immense crowd of people from
his family to visit with him any time, every nook and corner of the state
although no members of his family j and Kansas were present and were
were here when he received his sen-1 furnished ample accommodations by
the commercial club of Enid.
had known Sawyer since childhood.
The chain of evidence is complete
so far, Mrs. Ed Burgess and little
brother swore that they live five
Those who were lucky enough to
plant Sudan Grass this past year are
now reaping a rich harvest. The
weather has been unusually fine for
the making of the grass, which will
have a wonderful yield. Mr. J. 0. Lay
brought in the growth from one hill,
Saturday, which measured nine feet
in height with an abundant crop of
seeds. Sudan grass is a plant import-
ed to this country from the Sudan
Desert and is especially adapted to
dry and sandy countries. It produces
with very little rainfall and is being
planted extensively in all parts of the
United States, where drouths are fre-
LINCOLN COUNTY TO HAVE
CONVICT ROAD WORKERS.
The committeemen from the Pul-
To-Gather Club of this city were in
Oklahoma City Monday and had an
interview with the Governor and Col.
Leecraft in regard to State road
building. The Governor made the
announcement to them that we should
have the first convict labor for the
working of county and state roads,
as soon, as the county commissioners
made a levy to pay the board and
keep said prisoners while at work and
as soon as the commissioners com-
plete the marking of the state road
across the county. Under the new
road law the state convicts can be
let out to the counties for work, pro-
vided the county will board and keep
them, the state Board of Affairs who
have charge of convicts have not, as
yet, worked out a plan as to just
how they will handle the work, but
think they will be ready by October,
when they will begin to place the
prisoners for work. E. W. Hoyt one
of the county commissioners was
present at the meeting and knows
just what the state officials expect
of the county commissioners before
we can secure the benefits of the new
road law and will immediately take
up the matter with the other county
commissioners and have all plans
made by the time the state is ready.
miles north of Henryetta. That Joej‘ence-
Davis and Claude Sawyer rode up to Up has a very dev. led mother, who
her house about 8 o’clock Sunday has practically lived here since Starr
morning after the bank robbery. They lias been in jail .
stayed there all day, eat, feeding —-—CT--—
their horses and resting, leaving late '..ID HENDERSON GETS 99 YEARS
ir, the evening at which time they FOR MURDER.
paid her a ten dollar gold piece for -
their board. Mrs. Burgess also swore Many important cases are coming
that he; husgand was well acquainted :p for trial at this term of court and
with Davis and Sawyer and called venire of sixty jurymen were sub-
them by name in her presence.
A fine barbecue was served on the
grounds, so^no one went hungry and
everyone really enjoyed the trip, be-
sides the lesson they received from
j the actual demonstrations. Several
j farmers bought machines while
; others expressed themselves as in the
1 market as soon as the time comes.
i Lincoln countv was very poorly
■\ venire oi sixty jurymen were suu* j
.... y., U represeented in the size of the crowd
p.vov.w. poened to sit in the cases. Kid Hen-1 11 , , , ,
i .. i l i r ,ir 11 . , as there was onlv about a dozen citi-
Sheriff Arnold testifies that he JerMt., the bad negro from Wellrton, « “ ■ she
searched Sawyer at McAlester at the was sentenced to ninety-nine years in j /-ens Ira , , ,
time he was arrested and found in he State penitentiary for the murder, was veil ad e . e , ■
his pocket -310.00 in currency, a part f Constable Henry Grindstaff at I banner appeared on the grounds say-
of which was issued by the banks of .\eilston last week
Stroud. This closed the evidence for taking no excuse,
The defense has produced maiv
witnesses hut have only secured otm
ntan, Lewis Shaffer an employee of
1 sought to have this done at the
Independence Convention, in June, and
a resolution was there passed author-
izing me and the four vice presidents
to select a president to succeed me
and until such choice was made that
I continue to act as such. This has
not yet been done and one to succeed
me is not yet in sight.
The necessity for this choice to he
made is that I am founding an organi-
zation, to be nation wide in its work
and influence, taking, hereafter, all
my time, that is explained in a book I
have written, entitled, “The Remedy”
that may now be had through news-
dealers and agents, the object and ef-
fect of which far transcends in im-
portance to our public welfare any-1 During the two weeks the state
thing else to which 1 could devote my j militia is in camp here the church
time and services. This is imperative j people of Chandler have planned to
and my successor in the Ozark Trails entertain them. Rev. C. H. Barnes, of
Association must be selected. , Henessey, 1st Lieut, and Regimental
To facilitate the selection of our [Chaplin, has been asked to preach on
new president, and to dispose of many the court house lawn, the two Sun-
other important matters relating to j days that the militia is in camp; and
the Ozark Trails, I, with the assent of the regimental band will be asked to
the vice presidents, am herewith call- furnish music.
ing a conference of the friends of the j Heretofore it has been customary
Association to meet at Monte Ne, [for the citizens to look down on the
Wednesday, September 1st, next. / enlisted men as being of a low class
Active promotion and work is now ! humanity. The boys soon learned
in progress between Springfield and *'iis and were not as careful of their
St. Louis, between Arkansas and Kan- auts as they might has been,
sas City, Independence and western The church people here see that
Kansas, Fort Smith north, crossing they were as much to blame for the
the Boston mountains, and many other | actions of the boys as anyone and
The fact that the Paden well has
produced oil sent the prices of leases
high in this county. It is now figur-
ed that at least three quarters of a
million dollars had been paid out for
leases in the eastern part of the
county and near Paden in the last
month. The big Co.’s have realized
the fact that a new field must be dis-
covered soon or oil well be going high
in prices, in the next few months.
The Cushing and Drumright fields
are failing, several companies are un-
able now to get enough oil to make
a daily run through their pipe lines.
Paden is yet an undeveloped field
and may not prove to be anything
near as good as the Cushing field
but it is a settled fact that they have
struck oil, which has caused quite a
lot of speculation in that community,
by local men as well as several large
Fred James, administer of his
father’s estate, sold a lease here Mon-
day through the county court to E.
L. Long, of Prague, for $2.00 an acre,
for a hundred and sixty acres. This
farm is about nine miles from the
Mrs. Wilson, of Arlington, has sold
a lease on her 160 acre farm for ten
dollars an acre. J. E. Gravete sold
a lease on his 400 acre farm for ten
dollars an acre, these farms are nine
and ten miles from the producing
well. Acreage closer is bringing in
larger amounts. This timely strike
of oil in that locality has been lucky
for the farmers and will make some
independently rich, while it will en-
able others to pay off mortgages.
The eastern part of this county is due
south of the Cushing field and it is
thought that the Paden field is in the
same channel with the Cushing bed.
•Several Chandler parties are organ-
iing to drill east of here if the Paden
well turns out to be a fair producer.
CITY MARSHAL OF SPARKS IN
J oh n
Mosley, city marshal of
Sparks, was brought into the jail
here the first of the week charged
with an assault on the person of W.
C. Austin, editor of the Oklahoma
Clipper at Sparks. The marshal it
seems has been feeling hard toward
the editor for some time and when
the chance showed up he jumped on
him and beat him up with his billy
club, striking him over the head 19
times. He inflicted several bad
wounds on Austin’s head, that were
thought for a time were serious, but
it is reported that he getting alright.
The City Council of Sparks has re-
moved Mosley from office.
MARI AGE LICENSES.
Emil Pantlick, 21, Prague; Tinnie
ENTERTAINMENT FOR MILITIA. I Rartad, 21, Prague.
plead guilty ing that Lincoln county had taken | places, 0n, or desirous of being on ourj have decided to right as near as
He made his es- - the lead in road work with gas trac- j marked system of highways and I be-1 sigle the wrong that has been done
ape after the killing but was cap-
tured by the city marshal of Newkirk,
last Friday who held him until a re-
ward of $200.00 was paid by the
Sawyer'j father, to say that he saw citizens cf Wellston and Sheriff Arn-
Claud cn the day of the robbery. H
tors, having only recently bought twojlieve. at this time, it is important to
from Gayman and Sutton, which had give this opportunity for a hearing
been tried and had proven entirely and conference. The fall of the year is
satisfactory I coming, when the farmers will have
It will be oly a short time until all
laid by their crops, men and teams
old of this county. He is a bad nigger i 0f tj,e progressive farmers will be ! wl11 l,e plentiful and the time at hand
for pushing the work of construction;
and our conference, at which much
good can be accomplished, will just
precede this period; making it oppor-
tune to learn, by those attending the
conference .much that will aid them
.-ay- he was at home branding cattle.' and has caused the residents of this lis;np tractors which, like all mach-
Mrs. Sawyer also stated lie had been' county much trouble, he was released ;npr,. js coming down in price. Henry
home most all week and was at lion • from the jail here for shooting a ne- pW(j Bavs Pe wjjj t,e on the market
for breakfast Sunday morning, after Kro on the streets of Chandler, he had onon w;th a trartor for all farmers,
the rni bery. only been out of jail about a week be- wj„ do anvtWnR done bv a
Bud Croom, a liveryman of McAl- fore he killed Grindstaff. horge except mllHiply.
ir promotion, organization and actual
the enlisted men.
At these meetings everyone who
know an enlisted man is expected to
introduce him to as many Chandler
people as possible and make him feel
that we appreciate his being in our
town and are just as glad to see him
as though he was the commanding
officer of the regular army. If you
don’t know any of the boys, get ae-
ouainted, do all you can to make them
feel at home and want to come back
to Chandler every year.
Edward Desha, 24, Chandler;
Fowler, 28, Davenport.
Ralph Hamm, 20, Cushing; Mable
Shephard, 19, Avery.
Arthur Coleman, 26, Chandler;
Ozirta Smith, 19, Chandler.
Henry Davis, 30, Merrick; Lillie
May Hollie, 19, Merrick.
Henry Freeman, 40, Kellyville;
Lena De Bose, 30, Kellyville.
TWO NEW BUILDINGS
Chandler is to have two new brick
I usiness buildings if the plans now on
foot go through. Charles Tilghman
and Bert Cunningham, of the Mam-
| moth store arc planning to build two
office buildings on Manvel ttvenue op-
posite the Rexall store. The build-
ings will be only one story but will
be modern in every way for up-to-date
office rooms. Several other citizens
are planning too, to organize a com-
pany and extend the building back to
the alley and have a 12 foot basement
for the use of the Oklahoma National
Guard and the second story for an
opera house. This has only been plan-
ned and may not prove a reality hut
the Tilghman and Cunningham build-
ings will be built in a short time.
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