Often when I am researching families or topics I find little news items that aren’t related and are not lengthy enough for a post. Here are several from this past week.
December 7, 1883
Council Bill by Mr. Greese, an act to admit John Anderson, a Choctaw, to citizenship in the Choctaw Nation, lost in House.
November 10, 1886
Rev. M. L. Butler, pastor of the M. E. Church, Tahlequah, left to take charge of the Caddo church.
The Caddo Banner
November 24, 1893
There never was a better officer than Caddo now has. A. D. McLellan has no favorites when it comes to doing his duty. (Abner, photo, was shot and killed in July of 1894 while trying to apprehend Gerald Bryant.)
We regret to chronicle the death of Mr. and Mrs. John Schwartz’s child which occurred this week. The family has the sympathy of the entire community.
December 22, 1893
Mrs. Chas. LeFlore died at Limestone Gap last Saturday.
May 4, 1894
It seems that the Choctaws will not be allowed to shoot Silian Lewis at this time. His execution was set for today, but the United States has interfered again and his execution has been postponed for sixty days. It is doubted that he will ever be shot.
May 11, 1894
Last Sunday evening at the residence of Mr. Bowers, Oscar Seldon and Miss Stella Hayden were united in marriage, Rev. F. E. Shanks officiating. The Banner extends congratulations and wishes that all their troubles may be little ones.
May 18, 1894
A Mrs. Green, who lived east of town, died yesterday and was buried today.
A. D. McLellan has received a new bond to be filled and will go on the marshal force again. We are glad he has decided to accept it, as he has made a good deputy.
March 22, 1895
Mrs. Dave Pearce died Monday night and was interred in the city cemetery Tuesday evening. The bereaved husband and children have the sympathy of the entire community.
June 27, 1895
Sandy Faudree was drowned in Blue River near Caddo last week while attempting to ford it.
Miss Mamie Lawrence has been granted a certificate to teach a National school and has been employed by C. A. Semple, the local trustee. She will teach at her resident. She has a nice room fitted up for a school and solicits a share of the patronage. Miss Lawrence is in every way qualified to teach and manage a school.
April 2, 1895
The New Drug Store has moved from the old stand opposite the Nail Hotel to their new building at Bilbo’s Opera House where they have more room and a nicer building. Call and see them. Fresh drugs at Phillips Bros.
June 14, 1895
Bettie Hunter died last Tuesday at Armstrong Academy.
(Forbis Manning owned the Red Front Livery- ad in paper.)
Dallas Morning News
February 15, 1898
Ardmore, I. T. Feb. 14- Mrs. Hyman (it was Hindman) H. Burris, wife of the national treasurer of the Chickasaw Nation, shot herself Saturday night, blowing her brains out with a sixshooter. The tragedy occurred at the Burris residence where Mr. Burris was eating his supper. His wife, who was lying on a bed in an adjoining room, called her husband to come to her. He replied, “In a minute.” Immediately a pistol shot rang out. Rushing to the room, a horrible sight met the husband’s gaze. His wife was lying on her bed, the smoking pistol yet in her grasp. A bullet from the pistol had entered her head between the eye and nose, and literally tore the entire top of the head off.
Note: I hesitated to include this because it isn’t a Caddo story and it is rather gruesome. However, what I found fascinating is that when I looked up the biography of Hindman H. Burris, written by Robert L. Williams for Chronicles of Oklahoma (which I assume to be accurate) it said he “was united in marriage on April 28, 1885 with Miss Rhoda McGill, who died without children, and on February 26, 1898 was united in marriage with Miss Viola Jackson, by whom he had five children…” No mention of the demise of Rhoda. And the dates left me with lots of unanswered questions. I even went back to the archives and rechecked the date of the newspaper clipping. That’s when I noticed the next piece.
May 5, 1898
Ardmore, I. T., May 4- The Progressive Party of the Chickasaw Nation met at Tishomingo on Monday and nominated H. H. Burris for governor. Dug Johnson has been nominated by the National Party. Mr. Burris is present treasurer of the nation.