The Springfield Republican
May 20, 1908
Excerpt from a long article about Turner Turnbull, written at the time of his death. Time referred to was late 1870s and 1880s:
Frank Long was a member of the Turnbull rangers. His wife was a Choctaw and he frequently took her with him on long trips through the Choctaw Nation, she acting as interpreter while he traded with the Indians. Two negroes robbed Long’s house and one day they came back to Long’s and there the Turnbulls found them. They took the two negroes out and hanged them. A few days later a party of negroes organized and went to Long’s place. He saw them coming and slipped away, notified the Turnbulls and they returned surprising the negroes. A running fight ensued in which Sam Boyd was killed at Buffalo Hill and the rest chased to Double Springs and the entire bunch killed. For this they were indicted by Judge Parker’s court at Fort Smith and for 13 years Turner Turnbull was a fugitive. He was finally captured and acquitted of the charge.
While he and Frank Long were under arrest they escaped with the shackles on at Atoka. Frank Long was never recaptured, but later was killed by Tandy Folsom, a deputy marshal.
The Dallas Morning News
September 1, 1893
Caddo, I. T. Aug. 31- United States Deputy Marshal Tandy Folsom, who shot and killed Capt. Key Durant at this place yesterday morning, had his trial before United States Commissioner Grubbs at Atoka and was discharged. The verdict was that he did the killing in self-defense. The woman was held, charged with introducing whisky into the Indian Territory.
In Jail at Denison
Denison, Tex. Aug. 31- The woman, Lou Bowers, who was at Caddo Wednesday night in company with Capt. Key Durant when that gentleman was shot and killed by Tandy Folsom is in the Denison jail. She is under arrest, charged with introducing whisky into the Indian Territory. She will be taken to Paris where she will be given a hearing in the federal court.
Taking Lou Bowers to Paris
Sherman, Tex., Aug. 31- Deputy Marshal Tandy Folsom is in the city with Lou Bowers, the woman who figured so extensively in the Durant-Folsom tragedy at Caddo, I. T. yesterday morning. She will be taken to Paris in the morning.
Blue County Court, Choctaw Nation
CTN 25, Vol. II
Page 216- Tandy Folsom was elected Sheriff of Blue County, August 1896. Known as the Tushkahoma parties and which Sheriff, the United States taken away by an act of Congress, the jurisdiction of our tribal courts. May 2, 1898. Tandy W. Folsom, Sheriff
Dallas Morning News
March 10, 1900
Durant, I. T. March 9- The remains of Tandy Folsom were laid to rest at the family burying ground two miles northwest of here yesterday at 3 o’clock. A host of friends attended the funeral.
The Caddo Herald
March 16, 1900
An Indian Gone
(This is a very lengthy article and this is only part of it. Tandy’s mother was Bacy Folsom, aged 76 at the time of her son’s death.)
About 3 o’clock Tuesday morning Tandy Folsom, a man who is well known in this country, awoke his hired man and ordered him to saddle his horse and get his Winchester. He then got on his horse and rode over to his mother’s. His mother shortly after went to a neighbor’s and when they returned to the house they found the doors bolted. When they gained entrance they found Mr. Folsom lying on the bed with a bullet hole through his body and the gun by his side. All evidence points to suicide.
There is also a long, detailed article in the March 8th issue of the Dallas Morning News. Tandy’s death was investigated by H. K. Well, Deputy U. S. Marshall from Durant. Bacy told him that her son arrived in a “terrible state of mind” and she became frightened and left the house. She heard a gunshot and returned and found him. The article goes on to give an account of his career. Tandy was a fugitive for many years before becoming a peace officer. He claimed to have killed seven men in the line of duty.
April 13, 1900
Mr. E. A. Folsom (Emerson) has been appointed Indian policeman to take the place of Tandy Folsom.