August 24,1914

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Transcribed by Sharlee Farrell
August 5, 2007

SISTER’S MUDRDER LATEST (I must WARN you this article is very graphic)--Sharlee

Cherryvale Republican: Wm. McCollum, who lives at Nowata, Okla., and owns property here at 521 East Second Street, spent last night in Cherryvale. Mr. McCollum is acquainted some in Cherryvale and is a close friend of the J. B. Trinder family and the family of S. J. Hopkins.
The dual tragedy which was enacted in Kansas City a week ago yesterday and was chronicled the same day in the telegraph columns of the Republican was the cause of Mr. McCollum being here last night, as the murdered woman was a sister of his and he had been to Kansas City to remove the remains to Fort Scott for interment.
The story of the tragedy is a pathetic one. Mrs. Susie Coghill, the victim, was found dead in a rooming house of which was proprietor, at 1304 Grand avenue, Kansas City. Here throat had been cut almost from ear to ear. By her side was the body of Lawrence Workman, who committed the deed, dead from the effects of carbolic acid.
It seems that Workman had roomed at the home of Mrs. Coghill for a long time. He had often proposed marriage to her, it is said, but as often had been rejected. Roomers of the place, say that at times Workman was surly and had been heard to threaten the life of Mrs. Coghill. Her death was accompanied with keen edged razor. Two separate slashes had been made in her throat. The razor lay on the pillow near her head and her body and the bed on which she lay was drenched with blood.
It seems Mr. McCollum is having more than his share of trouble. Only a short time ago he was called to Fort Scott to search for his nephew, James A. Cook, who had become deranged and left home. The body of his nephew, after a ten days search, was found in the Mermaton River. When the body was found crawfish had made nests in his pockets and the flesh had dropped from the bones. This was the same James A. Cook who served a term of torture in Mexican prison because the Mexican law held him responsible for the robbery by a band of bandits of a train of which he was conductor. Through the efforts of relatives and friends and the expenditure of a small fortune he was finally released from Mexican custody and returned to his home in Fort Scott. He soon drifted to the west, however, and found employment with a western railway. Unfortunately he was the victim of a railroad wreck in a tunnel, receiving injuries from which he never mentally recovered. After spending months in a western hospital he was taken to his home in Fort Scott, where in a demented condition in the dead of the night he wandered from home and ten days later his body was found hanging in the roots of a tree in the waters of the Mermaton.
Mr. McCollum who has been a resident of Nowata for the past 14 months, returned Saturday from Fort Scott. Mr. McCollum has had rather an unlucky past, and has had more than his share of trouble. In addition to the misfortunes mentioned above Mr. McCollum lost his wife by death two and a half years ago, she being sick for six years.
Mr. McCollum is the father of our townsmen, J. A. and J. T. McCollum, the real estate men.


In describing the Elk’s parade, the Denver Rocky Mountain News of Friday says “One of the real features of the parade was the NOWATA saxophone band which headed the Oklahoma delegation.


Bill Dobbins appeared before Justice Ashleman Monday morning, announced that he was guilty of assault in giving John Haynes a beating, and paid a fine of $5.00 and the usual trimmings.


Deputy Sheriff Clay was down from Lenapah Monday on business. He says considerable wheat has been threshed around Lenapah and that the yield runs from 20 to 25 bushels per acre.


Clyde Smith, son of Frank Smith, pumper for the Hudson Oil Co. on a lease just north of Coody’s Bluff, is minus the thumb and first finger of his left hand as the result of his investigation of a dynamite cap. The children of a neighbor found the cap, which had been dropped while dynamiting in some trees, and with the Smith boy were playing with it. Clyde, who is nine years old, got the force of the explosion which followed. He is not getting along nicely.


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W. H. L. Campbell, clerk of the Supreme Court gives out the following statement :
”On June 11, 1914, the Supreme Court adopted a number of new rules. This adoption affects the practice but very little, if at all, in the Supreme Court, but they relate almost entirely to matters in probate in the lower courts.
”While the rules are designed to be uniform thought the state, they are of but little importance to those portions where there is no Indian probate matters. In other words, these rules are of vast importance to the Old Indian Territory side of the state. As I said, the rules were adopted on June 11, but they did not become effective until July 1. “The clerk’s office has had considerable trouble in getting these rules printed, owing to the lack of funds for the purpose; however, I will have for distribution, about 1,000 copies by the middle or last of next week. Copies of the rules will be forwarded by me to every county judge in the state. The balance of the copies will be forwarded to the lawyers as soon as we get them from the printer.”


Do not neglect to send to the department of agriculture at Washington, D. C. for the bulletin giving information about canning. They are worth getting and keeping, and the young housewife especially should study them. Putting up fruit and vegetables should not be a haphazard matter, and there is no good of so much waste of materials through spoiling. Every housewife can find


Coffeyville Sun: Two Coffeyville citizens sought to end their lives by the poison route, according to reports Saturday. Mrs. Frank Brown, 14 East New Street, took two or three ounces of carbolic acid about 10:30 Friday night at her home, but medical assistance reached her soon enough that she has a good chance to recover, Drs. Fortner and Flack arriving in a few minutes after Mr. Brown discovered what his wife had done.
yesterday morning about 11 o’clock, Dr. Baird was called to the Joe Noyes home on East Eighth, near the limits, on information that Noyes had taken bichloride of mercury. Reaching the home, he found Noyes in the kitchen, loading a shotgun. Noyes informed the doctor that the taking of poison was his own private business and that he desired no medical attention. Dr. Baird did not argue the matter, but returned to town and informed the officers. Marshal Hart went out to the Noyes home, but was told that Noyes and his wife had disappeared in the woods. It is said that Noyes took enough of the poison to cause death in two or three weeks unless an antidote is taken.


Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Davis and family and niece, Miss Maude Davis, of Lafayette, Ind., motored to Edna Kan., Saturday, returning to this city Sunday evening. They were accompanied home by Miss Esther Holten of Edna, who will be their guest for the coming week.


E. C. Lamb, W. J. Inman and G. A. Chatterton, as the board of school district No. 54, which was recently set off from district No. 44, are preparing to erect a new school house in their district, just southwest of the Stephens ranch west of Watova. The building is to be a frame structure 24X36 and the district will have about 16 pupils in the first term. Call for bids appears in the Weekly Star this week.


Winfield, Kan., July 17. H. T. Trice recently missed two inner tubes from his automobile. Chief of Police F. W. Sidle found the tubes with Trice’s name on them, in an automobile mile standing at the corner of Tenth and Main Friday morning, and arrested the car’s owner. Henry Davis, of Delaware Oklahoma.
Davis says he didn’t know he had the tubes in his car and has no idea how they got there. He will have an opportunity to explain to Justice P. H. Guy next Tuesday morning.


Cass Lanning on Monday morning began moving his hotbeds preparatory to the work on the excavation for his new building. With John Boone he visited Caney last week and contracted for the brick for the building.

Miss Fannie Morrow and Miss Hattie Sterling
spent Sunday at Independence as the guest of friends.

If you desire to be a voter in either the Primary or General Elections you must register before July 25.

WAY IS COM (sorry this part was cut off)

A. M. Etchen, employed - - -right of way committee of the,- - ville Chamber of Commerce - - wind the legal tangles and co - - tions connected with the inte- - line, on Saturday reported th- - deeds had been secured for ri- -way from the interior depa- - on restricted lands and that all- -deeds had been secured or the - -condemned. The condemnation - -missioners Monday finished - -work. A car of cooper wire was re- - -received by the company and ap- - -car will be in soon. The first contained 40,000 pounds and valued at $6,500. The company reports a shortage of trackmen, but otherwise the work is being pushed rapidly.


Louis Sebring, C. W. Mason, Hal Akers, A. S. George, W. W. Matteson, and W. A. Gillespey returned Monday morning from the Denver national convention of the Elks’, where the band was the hit of the gathering. They have a large picture of the band which was taken in front of the Auditorium under the big welcome arch. The rest of the boys stopped off for visits and will be home Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Trig Stanart and family were Nowata visitors Monday.
Everyone in and near Alluwe is looking forward to the picnic which will be held on the old picnic grounds north of town.

Miss Nell Kindle had quite an experience last Saturday night, for a young girl. She went out to hunt the cows Saturday evening and became lost in the dense timber of the land and wandered all night while friends and relatives searched for her. Fearing some serious accident had befallen her, but she was found early Sunday morning.

Taylor Dunn and family returned Tuesday from Watova, where they were called late Sunday evening by the serious illness ofMrs. Dunn’s sister’s baby.The little one went to its rest Monday and was buried at Nowata Tuesday.

A. Hendrickson, who is working near Watova, spent Sunday with his family here.

Mrs. Etta Hendrickson and daughter and Mrs. Pearl Ice attend the Holiness meeting at Coody’s Bluff Sunday evening.

Misses Carrie Axton and Beckie Ice were visitors at the Holiness meeting Sunday evening.

D. J. Dunn held the opening sale of his new store Saturday.

Ben Haile, of Cushing, was greeting old friends in Alluwe Tuesday.

John Barrow, of Nowata, was an Alluwe Tuesday.

J. N. Hashbarger, of Nowata, was a business visitor in Alluwe Monday.

Bill Banks was a business visitor in Alluwe Wednesday.

Grandma Cranch was calling on old friends in Alluwe Wednesday.

Copied from the Nowata Star by Jeannie Inman, Nowata County Library, Nowata Co., OK. March 2007






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