Not a "local" but certainly well known in I.T.
The Caddo Herald
June 30, 1899
Death of Noted Marshal
Hickman Bruner or better known as “Heck” was drowned Wednesday evening Grand River near the mouth of Spavinaw. Burner attempted to swim the river to bring over a ferry boat and steak in mid-stream.
The following from the Vinita Chieftain is of interest:
Hickman Bruner, generally known as “Heck”, resided with his family in this city for nearly ten years. He was formerly from Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas and first served as posseman under Barney Connelly, deputy under United States Marshal Carroll and later under Marshal Jacob Yoes of the Ft. Smith court. After the death of Connelly, Mr. Bruner took up regular work in the Territory for the Ft. Smith court and made his headquarters at Vinita and subsequently became a deputy for the Indian Territory marshal’s force and was one of the most useful and fearless of officers. On account of this persistence in hunting down outlaws of the worst type that infested this country some years ago, he became a marked man and Dick Adams, among others, waylaid the roads for weeks in the hill country east of the river in the hope of getting a shot at Bruner from the brush.
This story of Bruner’s work as an officer of the law in this country is an important chapter in the history of the west, from the killing of the Kep Queen gang nine years ago on down, including the destruction and driving out of the Bob Rogers gang and many others makes Bruner’s name familiar to all the people of this county. In the cemetery north of town in a corner to itself is a group of unmarked mounds known as “Heck Bruner’s grave yard” in which are interred the remains of a number of the most reckless and dangerous bandits known in all the bloody history of the Indian country. These outlaws have been from time to time killed in raids in country within a radius of twenty-five or thirty miles of Vinita and brought in for identification and burial.