The Caddo Banner
May 11, 1894
He Was Shot Down in Cold Blood
Finding They Have Not Killed Their Victim, They Return
The Denison Herald gives the following account of the killing of Dave Bohanan:
For the past three weeks Dave has been in and around Coalgate. Last Tuesday night he came into Colgate, put his horse in the pasture of Chas. Faudree, took his saddle and rifle into Faudree’s house. The family were absent and he went down to the Choctaw beer joint which is run by Faudree. He entered and found Faudree, Ike Burris, Mrs. Smallwood, and Mrs. Faudree there. Both the women were dressed in men’s clothing.
They all drank pretty freely and soon become involved in a quarrel. Ike Burris is a candidate for sheriff of Atoka County, running against Joe Ward, the present incumbent, who was a personal friend of Dave’s. Dave of course espoused the cause of Ward while the balance of the party favored Burris and tried to get Bohanan to renounce Ward and favor Burris. Hot words passed between them and a gun play was made. Dave pulled his gun but it was knocked from his hand. He was shot in the wrist. One of the women advanced upon him with a knife.
He finally broke loose and started on a run for Faudree’s house to get his Winchester. Entering the house he picked up his gun, also that of Faudree, which was standing in the corner, and passed out of the house.
He stopped in front of the house to see who would come in. Shortly after, Faudree came to the front door and Bohanan called him. Faudree refused to come out, saying Dave was armed and he was afraid he would kill him. He finally, after parleying, said that if Dave would lay down his gun and light a match so he could see that he was unarmed he would come out. To this Bohanan agreed and so did. Faudree opened the door and fired at him twice, one ball grazing across the abdomen. He then quickly shut the door.
Bohanan sent for a friend and had his wounds dressed. He then went to get his horse to leave town, but was unable to find him where he turned him out. After considerable searching he was found with saddle and bridle on, fastened behind Faudree’s house. From this fact the friends of Bohanan claim to believe that it was the intention to kill him, place him on his horse, and take him out into the wood and turn the animal loose with his dead rider.
Bohanan went to a little cabin near the Coalgate race tracks where he stayed.
Friday night Ike Burris, Poley Impson, and Chas. Faudree went to the cabin and called to Bohanan, saying they wanted to make friends. Bohanan came to the door and as he did so Impson extended his hand saying “Dave, lets shake and be friends.” Bohanan extended his hand and grasped that of Impson, who tightened his grasp and jerked Bohanan out of the door. As he did so Burris raised his Winchester and fired, the ball entering the abdomen. Bohanan crawled in the house and managed to close the door.
After firing several shots at the house and thinking that they had killed their man, they made away. Dave Bohanan dispatched a man named Miller for a doctor. He had only gone a short distance toward Coalgate when he was apprehended by Burris, Impson, and Faudree who had in the meantime been joined by three others. Miller tried to deceive them as to his errand, but covering him with a gun they marched him in front of them back to the cabin where (they) ordered him to kick the door in. This he refused to do and throwing him to one side of them kicked in the door and they entered. On the floor with the death pallor already spreading over his face, lay their victim. Burris raised his Winchester and fired, the ball entering just above the heart. Burris then turned toward the door to make his escape. As he did so Bohanan reached for his Winchester and being unable to raise it to his shoulder, pointed it in the direction of Burris and then fired. The ball passed through the fleshy part of the hip, inflicting a painful flesh wound.
Bohanan got his gun and fired from the house several times, riddling the (air) with bullets. Bohanan lived about three hours after the last was fired. Fully thirty deputy marshals and Indian Police were scouring the country Saturday and yesterday, but so far as can be learned have not yet been able to apprehend the murderers.
Mrs. Smallwood and a boy named Buster Burris have been arrested as accessories to the crime.
Dave Bohanan has been on the scout since September last when he shot and killed Ben Foreman some two or three months after he shot and killed Tom McCoy. Bohanan always claimed that he was justified in both these killings and according to his brother, Ed, he intended to come in next week, surrender, and stand trial. He was well known in this city and was always quiet and peaceable, except when he was drinking and then he was considered a dangerous man.
Bohanan’s remains were interred yesterday at the family burial ground three miles north of Durant.
Dave Bohanan, Ed Bohanan, Horatio and Sophinia Veach, and other relatives are buried in the Bohanan-Veach Cemetery, northeast of Durant.
El Paso Herald
May 24, 1899
Dallas News: Charles Faudree, one of the defendants tried in the Federal court at Paris for the murder of Dave Bohanon, ex-deputy marshal, at Coalgate, I. T. and sentenced to two years at Fort Leavenworth, on conviction of manslaughter, was one of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. He enlisted in company M at Muskogee while under indictment and out on bond.
Troop M- Captain Robert H. Bruce- Charles Faudree, Corporal, Caddo, I. T. (Spelled Fandru on some lists.)
Leavenworth Kansas, Charles Faudree, inmate 1721, incarcerated June 17, 1899
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Isaac Burris, 47, widowed, Born February, 1853, Indian Territory, ¼ Choctaw
John L. N. Impson, aka Poley Emmerson, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Charged with assault, 1887, 1888, 1889
October 1893, arrested with Turner Burris for the murder of Dr. T. J. Gray near Tushkahoma. Body not found.
John Lewis Napolean “Poley” Impson died October 28, 1895 in Bokchito, OK.
More about this family and how they were related to the Folsom family…tomorrow.