Belle Starr story

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Belle Starr story - T. Gladstoo Btnery S2S Kirkwood Drive Dallas,...
T. Gladstoo Btnery S2S Kirkwood Drive Dallas, Tiui July 2S, 1973 Indian Journal Eufaula, Oklahoma DMT Idltor: Just ratumad from a trip to Arizona, visiting with my cousins the Jeff Wards In Phoenix, at which time they showed me an issue of the Journal in which there was an article about Belle Starr - - In the July 10th issue of the Dallas Times Herald. A staff writer wrote the attached article and I believed it might be of Interest to some old timers in the Vivian and Stidham area of your circulation. As my grandfather, Lewis Hence Posey settled near Stidham at the vicinity of Bald Hill prior to the turn of the century, and my grandmother retained the home for years following the death of her husband - - and in the old home Alexander Lawrence Posey, my uncle was born on August S, 1873. Alex was drowned in the North Canadian River near Bufaula on May 27, 1908. Assuring you of the appreciation of the family and of many old timers who might recall Uncle Alex, as he was on his way back to negiotate for its purchase on that fateful day and attempting to cross the Canadian River when drowned. Most sincerely J. Oladston Emery (Thank you Mr. Emery for the article and also your letter. This certainly Is of Interest to this Lady Editor. Our daughter, Kay recently married I assume one of your •cousins, Joe Johnson, whose Grandmother Is Mrs. Ella Mitchell. —Mary Rule). H/ELDON , QrVENS Author recounts Belle Starr death Dear Mary: I want to praise Stoney Hardcastle far his comments about our dty water, in his recent column in your paper. I have heard so many people privately mpnas their opinion about the dty water, but none of them want to let these eptoniona be known publicly because It mSgnt offend son si one. It seems to be alright to keep the secret that bad water can cause audi things as diarareah. It is O. K. to let hundreds of innocent people take the chance of becoming in, while we are very careful not to offend certain folks. We will buy our drinkfe* water at the grocery store, or haul it from out-of-town, but we wiH keep very quiet about it. b Stoney Hardcastle the only brave parson in EofanlaT As for me, I am one of the "Thickens", so don't publish my A Fl'VERAL, the likes of which has not been recorded In modem) times, was held Feb. 6, 1888, three days alter the death ol one o( the most notorious female outlaws In the history of the Southwest i For some of the details we are Indebted to a former Oklahoma state senator who spent almost two decades In the proofroom of The Times Herald and wrote one of the most important books ever to be published about the historic period of turbulence, dramatic crime and punishment and exciting racial conflicts enacted against the 19th Century background of the raw Arkansas-Oklahoma territory and the extensive, government-created Indian Territory' Belle Starr, known as the outlaw queen of Indian Territory, lived on a farm in the Scyene neighborhood a little east of Dallas. Her parents had operated a hotel in Carthage. Mo., but after the Civil War, they picked up stakes and came toward the Trinity. In 1872. in the area of what now is Dallas city limits, Belle eloped with a horse thief and one thing led to another and one husband Jed to another before the funeral. Author J. Gladston Emery delineates, thus: "Her daughter, Pearl, saw her mother's stallion, riderless and lathered with froth. She ran to the animal and searched for a note or some clue. She found it—blood on the saddle 1 "Pearl was about to mount the frightened animal when Mllo Hoyt, a neighbor, rode his horse up at a gallop and told Pearl that he had found Belle's body lying face downward on the mountain path leading to the cabin. She had been shot in the back with a, charge of buckshot Belle had tried to say something, Hoyt said, but then gasped and died. , "The day (of the funeral) was bright and clear. Women of the neighborhood dressed the body and a carpenter from Briartown fashioned a col- fin of new pine boards. Belle's own son and mountain men dug a grave in the rocky dirt just 15 feet from the front corner of the cabin. "She was laid to rest In the samel, black satin dress that she had worn itj| the funeral of her husband, Sam. her right hand, resting over her across her chest, they placed her vorite pearl-handled six-shooter. (L is one of the few women in America) buried with a gun on her bosom.) { ' "There were no religious services,! neither white nor Indian nor Negro. No! hymns, no chanting of Indian dtrgesj no eulogy. Indian pallbearers, each heavily-armed, came through the door way carrying the coffin to the freshly dug_grave. "SLOWLY, THEY PLACED the body at the graveside and removed the lid, withdrawing and watching those who passed to view the body Intently Each Cherokee, in passing placed it small piece of combread in the coffin, in compliance with the tribal ritual for the dead." The pages ol AuthoT Emery's book. "Court of the Damned," come alive with more vigor and reality for me because I have known him many, years Today, he has forgotten his crazy-quilt pattern ol publishing and printing and editing. He and Lucille vacation at the drop of a steamship folder. They're Dallas residents who never worry because his book now is out ol print. As Comet Press commented, "His heritage and background bring to him a highly authentic and autochthonous flavor." He was bom in Wagoner, Okla., and is a descendant of Nancy Tiger Posey, a full-blooded Creek Indian. ( His maternal grandfather, Lewis H. Posey, was a Scotch-Irishman adopted in infancy by the Creeks. He ranked high in Creek Council affairs and served as a tribal Judge. Emery's parents were teachers at the Creek Orphan and Indian School. HE WAS EDUCATED in Oklahoma and California. Haskell Institute in Kansas and McAlester Business College and Eastern A&M in Wilburton, Okla., also sweetened his learning pot. He qwned The Talihima American when he Was only 19 years old and for Oklahoma or any other state, that set a record. He has served at top desks for many big newspapers and finally settled In Corsicana before coming to The Tunes' Herald (his uncle was Alexander Lawrence Posey, the late Creek m* dian poet and editor of the Indian Journal, Eufaula, I. T., oldest newspaper in Oklahoma.) EMEBV SERVED enough time in World War U to get three battle stars and a Presidential Unit citation for his iJ.S. Nasy record. Belle-Starr, who claims only a portion of the book, was bom in Missouri! and spent her childhood on a stock farm in a community called Carthage., As Myra' Belle Shirley, she learned toi ride and shoot \Jrith deadly accuracy and doubtlessly during that time' picked up many ol the tricks that she. later employed as a horse thief. There is no recorded evidence that she was pretty or .'shapely. The fact that shq could shoot a frog eye as long as there' was daylight earned for her much respect among the outlaws. She lived in a bee's nest of bad people most of her life near Younger's Bead, named for the notoriotifc»ajounger brothers, on the north side of the Canadian River:

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  1. The Indian Journal,
  2. 02 Aug 1973, Thu,
  3. Page 10

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