June 13, 1902
Whitaker Orphan Home
The Whitaker Orphan Home is still gaining grounds. We will take any destitute child or boys up to 14 years old if we can get complete surrender to them from the persons who have them in charge. We have thirty-five children now in the home, two girl babies, six little boys ranging from 5 to 12 years that we would like to find homes for. We need money, clothing, and provisions and trust that the people will not forget the home and help us. Yours for the poor, W. T. Whitaker, supt.
A Foul Murder
Late last Thursday evening, Monroe Butler, an old Negro who lives about eight miles southeast of Caddo was shot and killed in his field. The party or parties who did the killing were standing behind a tree and as Butler turned at the end of the row he was plowing, he was shot with a 38 Winchester in the back, the ball cutting his windpipe in two at it came out. Some Negroes had been accused of stealing by Butler and they had made threats that if he accused them of stealing they would kill him. There were no eye witnesses except a little six-year-old girl who was with Butler when he was shot. Butler is considered in that section as a good citizen. Three Negroes were arrested and brought to Caddo Friday. They were taken to Durant Saturday.
There was a rise in Boggy River last Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and that cut the mail off from Wapanucka and the people of that town kick accordingly. Wapanucka will soon have a fine railway mail service however, and there will be no need to kick.
Died: Earl Herring, the 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Herring, was accidentally drowned about 11 o’clock this morning while bathing in Pennington Creek in the north part of town. Nothing definite could be learned of how the accident occurred, but it is believed that he was wading in shallow water and got into one of the deep holes with which the creek abounds and went down, as the place where the body was found in was about thirty feet deep. Tishomingo Capital
Died: News has reached Vinita that Roy Patton, the 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Patton, of Claremore, has been drowned in a small stream which flows into the Verdigris River near Claremore. They body was found in a place where the water was five feet deep.
Died: Lem Phillips was shot and killed at Madill Saturday night about 11 o’clock. Earlier in the evening Phillips had a fight with another man and evaded arrest, several shots being fired. At the above hour T. J. Whitehead, town Marshal and Deputy Marshal Frank Taden came on Phillips and the shooting occurred. Phillips was shot through the heart.