Houston, TX - Besides being the first issue, Volume 18 of the new year 2016, I finally did it! I sent in my ancestry DNA a few weeks ago. Now ... I'm waiting for the results to see what the majority of my ancestral makeup is. I have three more weeks to wait as they process my DNA.
Remember when Will Rogers had a newspaper column that went under the name of "Will Rogers Says." Rogers wrote those most humorous press feature of the Republican convention. We have included some of those "Will Rogers Says" in this weeks OkieLegacy Ezine/Tabloid newsletter. See some of those below:
Will Rogers Says... "A congressman is a local bandit and sent to raid National headquarters for something for his own district. If he gets enough he becomes a statesman."
Will Rogers Says: Aboard S. S. Empress of Russia, Dec. 1. -- This ocean is just as innocent looking today, just like ti hadn't done a thing. We have followed the great circle route and swung away up north.
"If we had gone ashore, I would have been telling my republican jokes to an eskimo, and I expect the Republicans wish they was with the Eskimos about now.
This morning's wireless reports Mix better, which is good. He has given many a grown-up and all kids a thrill. In 1905 at Madison Square Garden Tom and I made our New York horseback debut with Zack Mulhall's Wild West.
"Sure glad Charley Dawes has stopped this war and I can change it into a kimono shopping tour of Japan and China. Yours, Will Rogers."
Will Rogers Says Today: Beverly Hills, Cal., Nov. 27 -- No comedian of our generation but has profited by seeing the old master. Raymond Hitchcock work. Such ease and originality. Knowing and admiring you for years, Hitchy, I believe you would like this on your headstone: "Here lies a cheerful soul who spent a lifetime creating fun for otter's. Yet in doing so he has never copied any man's methods. He lived, was loved, and he died, just "hitchy' unlike anybody."
And to make the day entirely obituary, I read of the death of Captain Cudahy, our crack navy pilot. Just three weeks ago he spent three days at my ranch, along with Secretary the Navy for Aviation Ingalls (whom he was piloting), a fine chap and a great pilot. It looks like the good ones go and us bum ones stay. Yours, Will Rogers.
Will Rogers sAys: Winslow, Arizona, Jan. 3, 1930 -- Senator Grundy is receiving republican praise for not voting yesterday on a tariff measure that he himself was interested in. His side was already nine ahead. I will withhold my applause till I see what he does when a tie comes up.
Mr Hoover is sending a democratic and a republican senator to the London show. Would have sent a progressive, but its a peace conference.
The Hearst papers are against prohibition but in favor of enforcement, while Senator Borah is for prohibition, but against enforcement. Yours, Will Rogers.
Say did you know it rained in Los Angeles? The flood is what drove me over here. Will.
Will Rogers Says: Beverly Hills, Cal., Aug 28 (1931) -- No wonder the Republicans in this country are careful to do nothing to interfere with big banking interests. Look over in England. The Labor party was in but they had no money. They get out and a different bunch in. New York and Paris banks loaned 'em a half billion dollars. Big money only goes to the party that supports big money. I am entering no crusade to end it, I am just telling you how it is. You go ahead and change it.
Houston, TX - Bonnie & Clyde were before this "Sweet Sadie's" time, but we found this 1934 mention of them in the Miami Daily News-Record, Miami, Oklahoma, dated 2 April 1934, Monday, page 1: "Two Texas Officers Slain; Barrow Hunted." And ... "Moll Aids In Double Killing On Rural Road."
It seems the highway patrolmen were shot as they start to quiz couple in parked car. It was a sequel to bank raid. Outlaw and Woman believed to have been awaiting in Hamilton.
Elusive Clyde Barrow and Raymoind Hamilton, robbers and killers, apparently dashed back and forth across Texas at will on this day, while officers of the state and federal government sought clues to two slayings, a bank robbery and a kidnapping for which the desperadoes were blamed.
Spurred on by rewards of $1,500, local police, state rangers and highway patrolmen and agents of the Department of Justice frantically tried to catch up with Barrow, whom they directly accused of direction a burst of gunfire which killed E. D. Wheeler, 26, and H. D. Murphy, state highway patrolmen, near Grapevine the day before. They learned that Barrow's fingerprints were on a whisky bottle near the scene.
Other tips said Barrow might be found in southeastern Denton county and that two persons in a speeding automobile had passed through Alford and were headed for Sunset and Wichita Falls.
L. G. Phares, chief of the highway patrol at Austin, guaranteed $1,000 of the reward for "the apprehension and conviction, or the dead bodies," of the Grapevine slayers. Gov. Miriam A. Ferguson posted a $500 reward for each desperado, "dead or alive."
Fort Worth, TX, April 2 (19134) -- Murderous gunfire which, without warning, blasted shelves of two Texas Highway patrolmen, was credited that day to Clyde Barrow, notorious Dallas desperado, and Bonnie Parker, the cigar-smoking "gun cool" who had been by his side in many another clash with officers.
Patrolmen E. B. Wheeler, 26, and H. D. Murph, 23, were shot to death before they had a chance to bring their own weapons into play, on a side road near Grapevine, a farming town 18 miles northeast of Fort Worth, late the day before. The officers just had dismounted from their motorcycles with the intention of investigating a man and woman in a parked automobile.
Officer who investigated the cold-blooded killing said there was no doubt but what Barrow was the gunman and that the Parker woman was his companion. It was believed that Barrow and Bonnie Parker had been waiting for Raymond Hamilton, escaped convict who had been identified as the robber who Saturday looted the State National bank at West, Texas, of $1,865 and kidnaped mrs. Cam Gunter near Mexia. Hamilton had been closely associated with Barrow ever since his escape from a Texas prison farm, where he was under sentences aggregating 268 years.
In getting away with the bank loot the day before, Hamilton wrecked his car near Mexia, commandeering that of Mrs. Gunter to continue his flight. Mrs. Gunter was released at 9:30 a.m. yesterday in Houston and given back her car. Hamilton and the red-haired woman accompanying him drove off in another stolen car.
The time element led officers to believe Hamilton could not have been the man who shot down the highway patrolmen near Grapevine at 3:30p.m. the day before. William Schiefer, who witnessed the shooting, told officers the car had been parked on the side road since 10:30a.m. Houston and Grapevine were several hundred miles apart.
Scheffer, whose farm bordered the side road, said he was about 100 yards away when he saw the two patrolmen ride up tot he car. When they were about 25 feet away, both alighted from their motorcycles. Just then, the man and the woman in the car jumped out and opened fire with shotguns. The officers fell without having drawn their pistols.
The man and woman climbed back into their car, drove to the main paved highway a short distance away and tore off toward Grapevine.
Detective A. C. Howerton of the Fort Worth police department was one of the investigating officers who was convinced the killing was done by Barrow and Bonnie Parker. He said a cigar stub was found near where the car had been parked, bearing the imprint of small teeth on the butt. Bonnie Parker's liking for cigars was well known to officers.
In widely separated parts of Texas, posses of officers hunted all night for Hamilton, Barrow and the woman. The search for Barrow and Bonnie aParker centered in North Texas, where they were supposed to have hideouts. Officers found place in Denton county that led them to believe the outlaws had stayed there at times in the past. Residents of the vicinity said a woman fitting Bonnie Parker's description had been seen there on several occasions. Officers did not disclose the exact location.
Last January 16, 1934, Hamilton was delivered from the Eastham state prison farm near Huntsville in a machine gun raid at dawn. Prison officials believe Barrow engineered the break, laying down a barrage of machine gun fire which drove guards to cover while Hamilton made his escape. Several other convicts took advantage of the opportunity to flee.
Brownwood, TX, April 2 (19134) -- Two persons, one of whom said he was Clyde Barrow, held up Howard Strickland, night watchman at Blanket, 10 miles west of Brownwood, early that day, stole about 10 gallons of gasoline and headed east. Strickland fired at the couple four times, but said he believed none of the shots took effect. The couple was traveling in a Ford V-8 black sedan with yellow wheels. Strickland said the couple obtained the gasoline from a filling station while holding pistols on him. He said he could not tell whether both persons were men. One wore ac ap and the other was bareheaded.
The watchman said the couple apparently turned off the main road, Highway 10.
Austin, Texas, April 2 (134) -- Gov. Miriam A. Ferguson offered a reward of $500 each for Clyde Barrow and Raymond Hamilton, desperadoes, dead or alive. The reward also would be paid for the person who killed two motorcycle officers near Grapevine, provided the murderer was not Barrow or Hamilton.
TX - You all remember the escapades of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, don't you?
We found this news articles in the Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pennsylvania, dated 24 May 1934, Thursday, page 1: "Texas Outlaw, Gun Girl Die In Police Trap." This date, 23 May 1934, was the date that Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker drove into an ambush at 85 miles an hour.
Arcadia, Louisiana, May 23 (1934 -- Clyde Barrow, notorious Texas outlaw, and his cigar-smoking gun woman, Bonnie Parker, were ambushed and shot to death near here today in a sensational encounter with a posse led by an old-time Texas ranger.
The low-mocking desperado, whizzing along the Jamestown Sailes road, a little used highway, at 85 miles an hour, ran right into a trap set for him, after having been lured into the state by the relative of an ex-convict who promised protection.
Riddled With Bullets
Before he or Bonnie Parker could get their guns into action, the officers riddled them with bullets.
Barrow's car, running wild, careened from the road and smashed into an embankment. As the wheels spun, the posse continued to fire until the ar was almost hot to pieces. [Would this have been considered "excessive force" if it happened today?]
The body of the gunman, who four years before was minor hoodlum scarcely known outside of Dallas, was found slumped behind the steering wheel, a revolver in one hand.
Bonnie Parker died with her had between her knees. She still was clutching the machine gun.
"We killed Clyde and Bonnie at 9:15 this morning," reported Ted Hinton, on of the Texas officers, to the sheriff's office in Dallas. "They were at Black Lake, a hideout we had been watching for weeks."
Fred Hamer, former captain of the Texas Rangers, who had been waiting in the brush for days for Barrow to come by on his regular run, added:
"Clyde and Bonnie did not get to fire a shot. Their car was full of guns and ammunition, but they did not get a chance to use them."
Barrow and been lured into northwest Louisiana, through arrangement with officers, for what he thought was a rendezvous with an underworld friend near Ringgold.
A relative of an escaped convict and former member of Barrow's southwest gang, working with the authorities, and promised him protection at his home.
As the overs fired, Barrow opened a door of his small gray sedan and attempted to raise his gun. So did Bonnie Parker, but both were shot before they could pull the trigger.
While the law was scoring this victory in Louisiana, Evelyn Flechette, friend of the fugitive John Dillinger, and Dr. Clayton May, convicted of harboring the Indiana criminal, were sentenced in St. Paul, Minn., to two years in prison and were fined $1,000.
Sheriff Jordan of Bienville parish said he had received a tip that the First National bank of Arcadia was to be robbed on Wednesday or Thursday and immediately had notified Texas officers.
Barrow came from Enton, Louisiana, the afternoon before and passed through Gibsland, Louisiana, about 4 O'clock and again that morning, Jordan said. Jordan and his deputy, Paul M. Oakley, were waiting at the top of the hill with the Texans.
In Dallas, Mrs. Henry Barrow, mother of Barrow cried in anguish.
"And I prayed only last night," she sobbed, "that I might see him alive again, just once more."
Barrow's father, working at his filling station, west of Dallas, made only one remark. He said he guessed his wife would be going to Louisiana.
Bonnie Parker's mother, Mrs. Emma Parker, also a resident of Dallas, fainted when informed by telephone of her daughter's death.
A Coroner's jury last that same day heard the officers' account of the killing and returned a verdict holding that Barrow and the Parker woman were killed by officers "in the line of duty."
This was the second time strap had been laid for Barrow in this region.
Officers surrounded a house some weeks ago when it was believed barrow and the woman were inside. When the posse closed in the pari and disappeared.
Both eh outlaw and Bonnie Parker had sworn they never would be taken alive.
Dallas. TX, May 23 (1934) -- Clyde barrow, quick shooting "cop hater," and his gunwoman companion, bonnie Parker, and blazed their way out of several police traps before they ran into their last ambush that morning in Louisiana.
Barrow's police record began in 1926, when he was arrested in Dallas for automobile theft. In 1930, he was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for automobile theft at Waco, Texas, but was paroled in February, 1932, by Governor Ross S. Sterling.
Then started his bloody trail across the southwest, marked by slayings and bank robberies. Slowing bitter hatred for the law and it's enforcers, Barrow blamed his depredations on mistreatment by officers during his first prison terms.
The first murder charge was lodged against him for the slaying of J. N> Bucher, a filling station operator, in a petty holdup at Hillsboro, Texas, April 30, 1932.
A series of slayings, for which he was indicted, or sought, followed. On the list were:
August 5, 1932 - Murder of Deputy Sheriff E. C. Moore at Atoka, Oklahoma.
October 11, 1932 - Killing of Howard Hall grocery clerk at Sherman, Texas.
December 24, 1932 - Killing of Doyle Johnson at Temple, Texas.
January 7, 1933 - Killing of Deputy Sheriff Malcolm Davis in Dallas.
April 13, 1933 - Slaying of Constable J. W. Hartman and Detective Harry McGinnis at Joplin, MO.
June 23, 1933 - Killing of Marshal Henry Humphrey at Van Buren, Arkansas.
January 16, 1934 - Killing of Major Crowson, guard at the state prison farm near Hunstville, Texas when Barrow allegedly staged the raid in which Hamilton and four other convicts were liberated.
April 1, 1934 - Killing of E. B. Wheeler and H. D. Murphy, Texas highway patrolmen, near Grapevine, Texas.
April 6, 1934 - Killing of Constable Cal Campbell at Miami, Oklahoma.
Barrow and Bonnie also were indicted for the slaying of two Texas highway patrolmen Easter Sunday. The patrolmen dismounting from their motorcycles to investigate an automobile parked by the roadside, were shot down at close range before they could draw their guns. A few days before this news article, Bonnie Parker's sister, Mrs. Billie Mace, and Raymond Hamilton's brother, Floyd, also were charged with the slaying.
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July 1933 - Will Rogers Says:
America - There was a short column in the New Castle News, New Castle, Pennsylvania, dated 20 July 1933, Thursday, page 1, which was entitled: "Will Rogers Says:"
Beverly Hills, Calif., July 20 (1933) -- I guess Dempsey's got a cheerful little earful; I guess Balbo (the only young man that ever looked well in whispers) is flying somewhere; I guess the photographers to the London conference are breaking up all the plates they exposed there; I guess Alabama and Arkansas voted to show their natives that there was Bourbon as well as corn; that all whisky was not white; I guess our great little Oklahoma flyer is ahead of his record; I guess California (as usual to be the biggest) passed the highest sales tax rate of the whole 48.
Miami, OK - It was reported in the Miami Daily News-Record, Miami, Oklahoma, dated 2 April 1934, Monday, page 1: Net Spread Here To Get Barrow." Sheriff received information that the texan outlaw was headed that way.
Clyde Barrow, the Texas outlaw, and Bonnie Parker, cigar-smoking ally along the trail of murder and robbery, were believed headed for a hideaway near Miami, Oklahoma.
This latest chapter was written in the gunman's book of crime Sunday afternoon near Grapevine, Texas. The slaying of two highway officers there the day before were credited to Barrow and his companion, who loosed a murderous fire on the two and then fled in a V-8 Ford sedan, the type of machine the gunman habitually drives.
The report that the two were headed for northeast Oklahoma was received that morning by Sheriff Dee Watters. The sheriff withheld the source of the information, but placed credence enough in it to spread a net for the fugitives.
Barrow, the non-hesitant one when it came to exchanging bullets with police officers, was in hiding near Miami once before at the time he abandoned a bloodstained and bullet riddled automobile near there. His contact point was not known at that time, but the authorities discovered the lair and closed in on him, being frustrated when information leaked out and the bandit left hurriedly only a few minutes before the raid.
Barrow's steel vest, said to be worn constantly, would be of little value to him here if he was sighted, Sheriff Watters said. All members of the special posse on the lookout for him had been advised of the vest and were armed with shotguns, which would not be directed at the body protector.
TX - It was in the Macon Chronicle-Herald, Macon, Missouri, dated 28 July 1933, Friday, page 1, that we found this article concerning "Barrow Gang Gets Away From Police." Texas outlaws my have been hiding in Wyoming.
Perry, IA., July 28 (1933) -- Marvin (Buck) Barrow was sinking rapidly and was not expected to live through the day, attending physicians for the notorious Texas outlaw said this afternoon.
Denver, Colo., July 28 (1933) -- Three members of the Barrow gang, one of them a woman, Texas outlaws wanted in four murder charges, had succeeded in slipping through police lines to a Wyoming hideout, or were in hiding here today, Denver police and U. S. Department of Justice agents believed.
The fugitives, Clyde Barrow, 22, leader of the trio, and another man, believed to be Jack Sherman or Hubert Bliegh, and a woman, Bonnie Parker, alias MRs. Clyde Bell, were expected in Denver last night.
Barrow's brother, Marvin, was wounded seriously Monday night at Dexter, Iowa, in a machine gun battle with a sheriff's posse. His wife, Mrs. Blanche Barrow was captured. The gun battle followed a previous exchange of bullets in Platte county, Missouri, when the gang escaped officers after wounding three deputies.