The Durant Weekly News
February 9, 1906
(Note: The masthead on this issue says February 2, 1906, but several front page items are dated the 6th or 7th so the microfilm date has been corrected.)
Killing at Folsom, I. T.
E. R. Settles of Folsom was Killed Saturday Night by Dr. Dickey
From Tuesday’s Daily- News came to Durant today form Folsom that E. R. Settles of Folsom had been killed by Dr. R. P. Dickey of the same place.
The only information the News has been able to gather is from J. V. Carter, who lives near Folsom, and A. P. Broderick, Marshal at Caddo, and neither knew the particulars, except that Settles had been killed at Dr. Dickey’s house Saturday night and that Dr. Dickey was in bed from wounds received in the difficulty.
The wires are down over the phone to both Nail and Folsom and Marshal Broderick of Caddo only knew that the homicide had been committed. The marshal’s office here knew nothing about the transaction at all.
Both men are well known in Durant and both are spoken highly of. This unfortunate affair is very much regretted by everyone.
Page 8 of same issue:
Homicide at Folsom
The Facts as Gathered of the killing of Settles by Dr. Dickey
From Wednesday’s Daily: In yesterday’s News was a report of a shooting affair at Folsom in which E. R. Settles had been killed and Dr. R. P. Dickey wounded.
Later it was learned that on Saturday night Settles and two other parties had met at Dr. Dickey’s house and were drinking and playing cards. The two parties, whose names we did not learn, became so drunk they knew nothing when the dispute arose between Dr. Dickey and Settles.
Settles had a six shooter and fired at Dr. Dickey, giving him a flesh wound in his thigh. Dickey, in the meantime, grabbed a double barreled shot gun and fired at Settles, but missed him. Settles then fired a second time, but missed his mark, when the doctor discharged the second barrel of the shot gun, the load taking effect in Settles’ breast, killing him instantly.
Parties who arrived upon the scene found poker chips, money, blood, and whiskey scattered over the room, Settles dead, Dickey wounded, and the two men still unconsciously drunk and oblivious to what occurred.
Later court records show Dr. Dickey was charged with manslaughter.
The Wapanucka Press,
June 7, 1906
The trial of Dr. R. P. Dickey, charged with the killing of Settles at Folsom on
February 4 last, was concluded at Durant Thursday and resulted in an
acquittal. The Jury returned a verdict after being out ten minutes.