The Coalgate Nonpareil
Coalgate, Atoka County,
Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
Submitted by: Anita E Emberlin
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March 9, 1894
Territorial Melange items
Canton, Mississippi, March 2—CHARLEY BROWN shot and killed J. W. MCINTYRE Wednesday evening, 8 miles form this place. Mrs. McIntyre had sued for divorce. The row with McIntyre began with him and one of his sons. He began to shoot, firing at his son, then at his wife, who was Brown’s sister, and when Brown went to his sister’s rescue, he was fired at several times by McIntyre. Brown then drew his pistol, firing four times with fatal results.
Both men were prominent citizens.
A man named PRUETT, residing near Cale, I .T., recently found the body of an unknown white man under a clump of bushes about a miles form that town. The man was about 40 years of age and evidently died from exposure. On his body was found $2.45 in cash and piece of paper inscribed ‘GATON YOLLS, Nacogdoches.’ There was no sign of violence.
Arrested at Ardmore: JOHN BELL, KATE AUSTIN, MACK TURNER
Near Seward, O. T., a farmer named BOOHSTER was recently found dead in bed, the body frozen. He lived alone and had been dead several weeks.
ROY KUHLMAN, aged 15 years, was accidentally killed at Mulhall, O. T., a evening since, by a boy named CAMPBELL when the two were playing together.
Fortune’s wheel has again made another revolution. This time JACK MILLER of Mine Number Four held the lucky number. Jack is well known in this country and his man friends will be glad to learn of his good fortune.
It seems that when he was quite young, both parents died, leaving him to shift for himself. He was grown into manhood, married has a son who is 21 years old and himself is near the fifty mark.
He was considerably surprised one day when a Cherokee called on him and claimed to be a second cousin. He at once procured the services of an attorney who set to work gathering the necessary data to prove his identity and was fortunate to find an Indian 72 years old who had nursed him when he was but 18 months old and who made affidavit that he was part Cherokee.
The amount of back pay due Mr. Miller will be close to $4000 and there is 1000 acres of good farm land at his disposal.
A Cutting Affair
Sunday night, a cutting scrape took place over at No. 2 at PAT RILEY’S house. PAT RILEY, TOM SHANNON, and a HUNGARIAN were the only parties present at the time. A misunderstanding arose between the Hungarian and Shannon about something and as Shannon stepped out the door, the Hungarian who was on the outside apparently waiting for Shannon, slashed him on the chest, using an ugly pruning knife, … Dr. WAVERLY HUME and his brother were called in and made an examination… succeeded in replacing the bowels and the lining, carefully sewed up and there is good hopes of his recovery.
The man who did the cutting escaped and has not been arrested.
REV. W. S. SIMONSON has purchased of MR. MCCOY the horse recently stolen with his buggy and returned by thief in the nigh time. The horse’s mane and tail were partly docked.
MRS. HARRY EVANS will have a branch millinery store at Stonewall and Boggy Depot.
T. J. BROWN is starting a new town 22 miles north of Coalgate and has in a petition for a post office, well signed up, a blacksmith shop, store, and other improvements.
MR. EDWARDS , the blacksmith, has been interrupted of late by a drunken fellow who makes nights unendurable by chasing his wife about with a loaded revolver and mistreating her. The drunken fellow’s wife has asked for protection and Mr. Edwards says if the offense is repeated, somebody will get hurt.
F. M. MADDEN has sold to MR. A. COX a half-interest in his stand in the old post office building, and they are fitting it u for a notion store at which auctions and a racket department will be added…
W. T. SHERMAN Post No. 15, G. A. R., Dept. Indian Territory, was organized at Lehigh July 2, 1892 with 12 charter members named: F. M. MADDEN, C. WHITEHEAD, A. S. MCCOY, EDWARD SMITH, F. GENETT, J. P. SMITH, J. W. WILSON, PHILO GREY, A. KENSING, J. DOTSON, J. W. RAY, SAMUEL DOTSON. The post elected the following officers: F. M. MADDEN, P. C.; C WHTIEHEAD, S. V; A. L. MCCOY, J. V.; EDWARD SMITH ADJ’T; J. W. WILSON, Q.M.; F JENET, SURGEON; J. P. SMITH, CHAPLAIN; J. DOTSON, SERGEANT MAJOR; J. RAY. Q. M.; SAM JOHNSON, GUARD. Nearly half of the officers have removed from here and there had been no meeting for near a year until last Saturday a quorum was secured at Lehigh and it was determined to hold regular meetings here at Coalgate.
Another special from Caddo dated March 11 says: Yesterday near Boggy Depot, BILL COLBERT, a negro deputy U. S. marshal, shot and killed JACKSON FLETCHER while trying to arrest him on a warrant for introducing and selling whiskey in the Indian Territory. Jackson Fletcher, a full blood Choctaw, was under sentence to be shot October 6, 1891 but he made his escape and was never arrested again, although he was never over five miles form his home and registered here last year to draw his share of the least district money.
The little GREER boy whose hand nearly shot off accidentally a few weeks ago is well on the road to recovery and will retain the use of the thumb, thanks to the clever surgical skill of DR. J. A. COBBA.
REV. G H. GOWER, part Indian, living near JUDGE JAMES, died Sunday last from pneumonia, aged 51 years.
On March 3, near Byrd, ISHAM JONES, a full blood, died from indigestion.
DUTCH FRED, a gambler who formerly lived at Coalgate, was stabbed at Krebs Sunday evening March 4 by a laborer named DAN QUICK. The trouble arose over a game of cards. Fred died Monday and Quick is under arrest.
North Coalgate Wedding
The Coalgate and Lehigh people turned out en masse last Friday evening to attend the wedding of GEORGE HARBIN to MISS DAVISON at No. 2.
George is a brakeman on the Denison and Washita Valley and is very popular with both the Coalgate and Lehigh boys as is also his bride, Miss Davison.
The ceremony was performed at the boarding house after which a fine supper was enjoyed by the large crowd present, the Coalgate band furnishing music.
After the wedding and supper at the boarding house, the crowd adjourned to Perry’s Hall and dancing was indulged until about 2:00 in the morning, Prof. Jackson’s orchestra furnishing music.
George is a fine fellow and the people of Coalgate and Lehigh wish them success in life.
We learn the bride received a number of fine presents.
From the Lehigh Leader, REV. HARRIS informs us the erection of the new Episcopal church at Coalgate has now commenced and will be completed as rapidly as possible. ...