The Caddo Herald
July 19, 1918
Semple is Governor
Turnbull is Attorney
A dispatch from Washington announces the appointment of W. F. Semple as Choctaw governor and Walter J. Turnbull as Choctaw attorney, taking effect immediately.
Semple takes the place of V. M. Locke, Jr., while Turnbull takes the place of Pat Hurley, who resigned to enter war service.
Will Semple, as we know him here, is a native of Caddo, a fine young man, having been tribal attorney and a member of the Oklahoma legislature. Locke has been chief since statehood, but being also a major in the army, could not hold two offices. Also, he was not in harmony, politically, with the present administration but had been allowed to hold office the past six years anyway.
Likewise, Walter J. Turnbull is a Caddo boy, having been born and raised near Caddo. He first practiced law here, was appointed assistant county attorney, later being elected two terms as such attorney; after which he has been special assistant U. S. Attorney, having charge of many draft resistant cases.
Both of these gentlemen deserve these recognitions at the hands of the administration. They are among the best educated among the Choctaws, having been graduated at Washington & Lee. They have made a special study of tribal and governmental affairs and in the final dispositions of tribal property their knowledge will be of infinite value to the nations they represent.
Governor Semple will continue to live at Durant, while Turnbull has not yet announced where he will make his headquarters.