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Transcribed by Sharlee Farrell
August 5, 2007
TROUBLE HAS FOLLOWED NOWATA MAN FOR YEARS;
SISTER’S MUDRDER LATEST (I must WARN you this article is very
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.
NOWATA BAND WAS THE REAL FEATURE
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.
THOUGHT IT WORTH FINE
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.
THE WHEAT IS GOOD
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.
LITTLE BOY LOST THUMB AND FINGER
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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1908 Blake St. Denver Colo.
CHANGE OF COURT RULES AFFECTS PROBATE MATTERS
W. H. L. Campbell, clerk of the Supreme Court gives out the following
”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.”
WRITE TO UNCLE SAM
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
TWO TRY SUICIDE AT COFFEYVILLE
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
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.
MOTORED TO EDNA
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.
WILL BUILD A NEW SCHOOL HOUSE
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.
POLICE FOUND MISSING TIRES
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.
PREPARING FOR BUILDING
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.
INTERURBAN RIGHT –
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.
RETURNED MONDAY MORNING
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
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
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