History of Caddo: Drs. Fendall and Williams were early arrivals, and soon afterward Dr. J. B. Jones erected a drug store and stocked it with drugs.
History of Free Masonry- shortly after the organization of the Caddo Lodge, 1874, Granville McPherson was elected Grand Master. C. M. Clover was Deputy Grand Master, and John B. Jones was Grand Lecturer.
April 3, 1874
Dr. J. B. Jones has removed to his new and handsome office on Buffalo Street, first door west of Dr. Burks store, and the post office, where he can be found at all hours day or night, unless professionally absent. The doctor is too well known here, and in the surrounding country, to need any recommendation from us. Since his location at Caddo, he has established a reputation as a skillful physician, which we think is justly merited.
April 10, 1874
Dr. Jones reports Caddo, and the surrounding country, alarmingly healthy.
January 25, 1875
Dr. J. B. Jones and his young bride returned on Monday evening’s train from the South. The doctor is looking as nice as if he had just made his escape from a band box.
From Affairs of the Indian Territory, 1879
United States Congress, Senate Committee on Territories
(Forty eight murders within a twenty mile radius of Caddo.)
Caddo Free Press
August 9, 1878.-Extra
HORRIBLE TRAGEDY—ANOTHER MURDER ADDED TO THE LONG LIST
OF CRIMES COMMITTED IN CADDO—DR. J. B. JONES DELIBERATELY
ASSASSINATED-—THE MURDERERS ESCAPE, AS USUAL.
Yesterday, at about half past 2 o'clock, Dr. J. B. Jones, a prominent physician of this city, was brutally assassinated near the depot building, while waiting the distribution of the mail.
He was walking on the platform near the southern end of the building, when he was accosted by young Wiley Stewart and Henri Stewart, who were on horseback. Henri Stewart was armed with a Winchester repeating rifle, and Wiley with a double-barreled shot-gun, and both had revolvers.
The first words from Wiley to Dr. Jones were, “You reported me to the marshals, you s--n of a b—h!” The doctor replied that it was not so. Wiley continued asserting it, and also applied many abusive epithets. The conversation was very brief, not exceeding three minutes, when, without a word of warning, Henri Stewart drew his revolver and fired, wounding Dr. J. in the forefinger of the right hand.
Young Wiley turned his horse immediately, but seeing that the shot had not been effective enough, turned in his saddle, and, taking aim at Doctor Jones with his shot-gun, said, “ I’ll give you another, G-d d—n you,” and fired, the shot taking effect in the left shoulder and neck, severing the jugular vein and ranging downward, two shot coming out of the back below the shoulder-blade.
The doctor fell on his back, only exclaiming “O, Lord! O, Lord!" and was dead in an instant. The assassins then, seeing that they had accomplished their work, rode slowly off toward the Congregational Church.
Both men were drunk, and it was at first thought that the act was not premeditated, but recent developments go to show that the plan was made to murder several other citizens and raid the town. .
It was also supposed that no one but the two Stewarts were in the party, but it is known now that several desperadoes from Texas were here to take part in the affair; it is believed that two of them are still here, and they are closely watched. If the fact of their connection with this gang is satisfactorily proven, their trial will follow their execution.
Caddo Free Press
August 9, 1878
Still Thirsting for Blood-
Parson Morris Threatened
The parties who assassinated Dr. Jones retreated immediately after the shooting, up the road in front of the Congregational Church. The pastor, Rev. Edward Morris, was standing in the doorway, waiting to distribute to a train of freighters about to leave for Fort Sill a supply of reading matter. As they rode by one of them (the same man who threatened the life of Rev. Robert West a few weeks ago) called out to him to go in out of that doorway or he would shoot him. Not supposing he really intended to shoot, Mr. Morris stood where he was, when the desperado reined in his horse, wheeled around, raised his gun to his shoulder to take aim, but he swung from his saddle, he falling one way, his gun the other. Mr. Morris says, whatever others may think, that the hand of Providence was in it. His companion rode back, and made him get on his horse and ride on with him.
This is the second time that the parson’s life has been threatened. He was with Rev. Mr. West when this same man held a pistol to the head of each.
The parson, who is an ex-post chaplain, says, if he had been killed, his friends would have had the satisfaction of knowing that he “fell in the line of duty
August 27, 1879
Henri Stewart and William Elliott, alias Colorado Bill, will be hanged next Friday in the court yard at Fort Smith, the former for the murder of Dr. Jones at Caddo, Indian Territory and the latter for the murder of Cunningham at Muskogee, Indian Territory. The President has declined to interfere.
January 19, 1900
Iowa relatives of Dr. J. B. Jones who was killed in Caddo in 1878 and whose remains are interred in the Caddo cemetery are desirous of removing them to Iowa if the grave can be located. Postmaster Bates has received a letter making inquiries as to whether any person here can locate the grave.