All of these are not Caddo deaths, but were reported in the paper, so I thought I would pass them on for anyone seeking information about these families.
The Caddo Herald
September 12, 1913
Walter Badgett Killed by Lightening
Yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock, while sitting in a bedroom at his home with his family and some friends, Walter Badgett of Calera was struck by lightning and instantly killed. It was during the rainstorm which visited this section and the deceased was seated upon a trunk near the fireplace conversing with his family and friends when the bolt struck the house. The flash came down the chimney and struck the trunk, striking Mr. Badgett in the head and leaving a scar from the head to the feet. Death was instantaneous. Another occupant of the room was knocked down by the shock, but soon recovered. From the bedroom the flash darted into the dining room and demolished the dining table and sideboard, leaving the house through the kitchen where considerable damage was done. The dead man was a son of Capt. J. P. Badgett, Justice of the Peace of Colbert, and one of Bryan County’s best known citizens. Besides other relatives he leaves a wife and three children. The remains were interred in the Colbert Cemetery this afternoon. Durant Democrat (Walter Badgett, 1876-1913)
Card of Thanks- I desire to thank most sincerely the Woodman Circle of Caddo and the good ladies of Caddo also; also the good ladies and Woodman Circle of Floyd, Texas for their friendly help and assistance given me during the sickness and the burial of my beloved wife. R. S. Sands
Died: Herbert Tipton, aged 17, died at the home of his father two miles north of Caddo last Friday of blood poisoning. He was ill but one day and was buried Saturday in Caddo Cemetery. Herbert was a splendid young man and well liked by all who knew him.
Cade- Mr. Cook’s little infant baby died the latter part of last week and was laid to rest in the Cade cemetery.
Mother Takes Life
Okla. City, Sept. 8- Mrs. Minnie Hume, a widow, bent over the casket containing the body of her boy today and fired a bullet into her heart. When the mother of Mrs. Hume hurried into the room her daughter’s body was stretched across that of the dead boy. Opis Hume, aged 14, was accidentally killed Saturday by a playmate while out hunting. Mrs. Hume left a note saying she was going to see her boy because she had nothing else to live for. The body of the mother and son will be buried side by side at Ardmore, their old home.
Borah Pleads Not Guilty
Tishomingo, Sept. 8- Officers quietly placed W. A. Borah in a big automobile today and whisked him across the border into Johnston County to Mannsville where he was arraigned on a charge of murdering his wife and child. Borah pleaded not guilty and waived preliminary hearings. He was hurried back to jail at Ardmore. Precautions and secrecy were used for fear of mob violence. It is claimed Borah set fire to his home.
Durant Weekly News
November 21, 1913
Confesses to Double Murder
A letter in which the writer “confesses” to the crime of murdering Mrs. W. A. Borah and her daughter and then setting fire to their home at Tishomingo, Aug. 30, for which W. A. Borah, husband of the woman, has been sentenced to life imprisonment, was received by Gov. Cruce. The ___ to the County Attorney of Johnston County for investigation.
The writer states in his letter that he met Borah, husband of the woman, in Sapulpa, Aug. 3 last and tried to negotiate a loan of $1 from Borah. The loan was refused and the writer, who says he had been drinking at the time, grew angry and told Borah he would get “even with him”
Being unable to get “even” with Borah, he says he decided to kill Borah’s wife and child, which, he says, he did on the morning of Aug. 30. He says he strangled Mrs. Borah to death, hit the child in the head, and then saturated the room with coal oil and burned the house. (I’m still searching for information on this case.)