The Caddo Herald
January 31, 1902
The appointment of Ben H. Colbert as marshal of the Southern District of the Indian Territory was confirmed by the Senate last Tuesday. Mr. Colbert will enter upon his duties about February 1st.
Last Chance for the Cherokees
Muskogee, January 25- The Dawes Commission has received the following from Secretary Hitchcock.
July 1, 1902 is hereby fixed as the date after which no more enrollments in the Cherokee Nation will be received.
The Dawes Commission, after repeated attempts to negotiate an agreement with the Cherokees, failing each time, caused the Secretary to take the matter into his own hands. The order means that if the 3000 recalcitrant full bloods refuse to make application for enrollment before that date they will be forever barred from participating in a share of the public domain.
Miss Birdie Carroll has returned home from school at Tushkahoma.
P. A. Roberts, of Atoka, visited his brother Barlow Roberts in Caddo Sunday.
J. T. Jackson and Jim Russell went to Atoka Tuesday in regard to the Critchfield case. (see below)
Attorney Charles E. McPherren attended Commissioners Court at Atoka Wednesday.
H. H. Riddels, from Oklahoma City, spent last week in Caddo, the guest of his brother, R. A. Riddels.
J. V. Hardin and H. T. Chiles attended the Lumbermen’s Convention at Ft. Worth this week.
Dr. T. K Provine left Caddo this week for his home at Wills Point, Texas.
Born: An 8 pound boy arrived at the home of Joe Black Sunday morning and Joe is as proud as a boy with his first pair of boots.
Born: Twin girls arrived at the home of Tom Boydstun Saturday evening. The girls, mother and father are doing well.
Will Maxwell paid a visit to his home at Durant this week. He was employed at the Caddo Gin Co. as weigher here this season.
J. F. Lamb has moved his stock of furniture to the Moon building, the first door east of his old stand.
Ira L. Smith and Smith & Dodd have purchased a gasoline engine like the one The Herald has and they will use it to run electric lights for their establishment. In the summer fans will be added. These firms always keep in the front.
At the railroad camps of the A&C Monday needing a Mrs. Perkins and little boy were accidentally shot with a 44 revolver. She was wounded in the thigh and he in the hand by the same ball. (see Bokchito item for a different name of victim)
Died: Mr. Gragg, brick mason, died at his home in the west part of town Wednesday evening of pneumonia. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. Internment occurred at the cemetery yesterday under Woodman auspices.
Postmaster Maytubby has received instructions that the two Flyers will receive and deposti mail here after February 1st. This is the result of a long persistent effort on the part of our citizens for a quicker mail service.
V. C. Stanphill, of Bennington, returned home last Friday from a visit to his old home in Alabama. He came in to see The Herald enroute home and ordered the paper sent to J. H. Ledbetter at Bell Green, Alabama. He reports having had a most excellent time and that things had changed little since he left there eighteen years ago.
Today the time has expired within which property owners were ordered to move their fences and improvements off the street.
The snow and sleet of this week will prove a boon to this year’s crops in that it will kill the insects and moisten the ground.
There seemed to be a regular Fourth of July celebration at O’Donnell’s road camp near Caddo Creek. One Ed Neely go this throat cut and died from the wound. Mrs. P. M. Cavener got shot in the upper leg with a 44 caliber gun. The ball ranged down, literally destroying the knee joint and one of her sons got his little finger shot off. The cutting was done by one Critchfield who was taken to Caddo by Marshal Jackson. The contractors, O’Donnell Bros. Construction Co. are very much hurt over the affair. While it was none of the regular railroad people that were connected it does throw a feeling of remorse over the company. We understand Dr. Hamilton of Bokchito, and Dr. Long of Caddo were called to their assistance.
A Cutting Affray
At the grading camps of the A&C Railway, ten miles east of Caddo, Monday evening about seven o’clock, Malvin Critchfield, a young man from Missouri and Ed Neeley, a young man of this place, became involved in a difficulty. Much quarreling was indulged in and threats made. The boys were separated and later the quarrel was renewed. Neeley drew a knife and the parties were quieted again, but suddenly Critchfield produced a razor and before he could be prevented by friends had made two cuts about the head and neck of Neeley with it. One gash was to the bone on the left side of the face, and another on the right side of the neck. Neeley died from the effects of the wounds Tuesday morning early.
City Marshal Jackson was phoned for and he brought Critchifeld in that night and carried him to Atoka Tuesday evening where an examining trial was held. The affair was an unfortunate one and until the trial an opinion cannot intelligently be formed.
At the preliminary examination at Atoka Tuesday evening before Judge Ralls, Crichfield was bound over to await the action of the grand jury in the sum of $2,000. The evidence produced at the examining trial showed self defense as to the motive for the crime.
November 7, 1902
District Court News
The court has been in session all week. Last Friday the case of Melvin Critchfield, for killing Ed Neeley last January on the grading camp near Bokchito was given to the jury after a hard fight by both the state and the defense. The jury decided that he was guilty without capital punishment. The evidence was decidedly against the defendant. A motion for a new trial was made by his attorney, Charles E. McPherren.