(Leaders and Leading Men of the Indian Territory, By H. F. O’Beirne, 1891)
The subject of this sketch was born in Roxburgh, New York, in January, 1839. In 1870 he came to the Choctaw Nation, and two years afterward married Christina Folsom, daughter of the late Israel Folsom, by which he became a citizen of the Nation. Mr. Bouton was engaged in stock raising and farming until his death, which happened on September 18, 1885. At five o’clock on that fatal evening, while the deceased was making a contract with one of his renters on the streets of Caddo, Willie Jones, son of the present Treasurer of the Choctaw Nation, stepped up to him and shot him twice, once in the heart and once in the back. No direct cause has ever been traceable to the origin of the trouble between Jones and Bouton, as they were apparently on friendly terms. The deceased had three children- W. J. Bouton, aged fifteen years, Nellie, fourteen, and Annie, eleven years. In 1888 Mrs. Bouton married Mr. H. Bates, a popular and highly respected gentleman of Caddo. They have a handsome residence and entertain with hospitality.