An angry throng of ticket-holders stood outside and in the lobby of the Shawnee Theater on the night of January 5, 1914. Many of them for more than an hour and were denied admission to the theater. They had already bought tickets, but they were dishonored.

TURBULANCE AT SHAWNEE THEATER

An angry throng of ticket-holders stood outside and in the lobby of the Shawnee Theater on the night of January 5, 1914. Many of them for more than an hour and were denied admission to the theater. They had already bought tickets, but they were dishonored.

Manager of the company, Nat A. Magner, sat in the box office under authority from the lessee, A.E. Tinklepaugh, and demanded repayment on the tickets. The scene had features that were disgraceful and outrageous, due to the attitude of Magner in condoning the actions of Tinklepaugh in the matter.

Admittance to the theater finally was given after Chief of Police Charlie Hawk showed up and quelled the disturbance. He had several conferences with Magner on the issue. Admittance was then given only after each ticket-holder had exchanged his ticket series No. “26” for series No. “29.” Magner asserted that he had leased the theater from Tinklepaugh and that he would simply act for the individual purchasers in seeing that they got their money back.

The trouble had its inception when creditors of Tinklepaugh garnished the box office receipts at the Public Drug Company, selling agents of the theater. Magner refused to proceed unless his percentage of the receipts were paid. When this was found impossible, he violated his old contract with Tinklepaugh and wrote another on the spot, paying Tinklepaugh one dollar for the use of the theater and obtaining a new series of tickets.

THE BATTLE WAS FAST AND FURIOUS

On the afternoon of January 24, 1914, trouble broke out between two groups of men. On one side was the gang working on the Rock Island viaduct. The other contained the blacks of the vicinity. It culminated in a pitched battle with a dozen of the younger employees of the construction company on one side and the same number of blacks on the other. Brisk fighting in which Mexican tactics were employed, resulted in the route of the blacks and the subsequent route of the whites by Chief of Police Charlie Hawk. The Chief was finally summoned by people living in the neighborhood. The battle was also witnessed by Mayor Frank Stearns and City Physician W.N. McGee, who were out inspecting the sewer outlet.

There had been conflict between the forces for several days. However, the actual trouble started the day before. Members of the contracting gang allegedly “rocked” the black section close to the tracks after the other side had made themselves “obnoxious.” This brought on war which was continued in the afternoon, when a general attack was made on the railroad gang. The whites armed themselves with rocks from the Santa Fe roadbed and sallied forth, driving the blacks toward Harrison Street. They broke through the viaduct into the brush, where they received reinforcements, and again made a general advance.

As the blacks drove the whites back, the entire white camp rallied, and the black contingent was driven clear into the “bottoms.” About this time, Chief Hawk appeared, and the whites fled toward the slaughter house. When the chief arrived on the battleground there was no one in sight. He reconnoitered, however, and found eight of the white belligerents hidden in a ravine. Peace having been at least temporarily restored, no further action was taken.

The manner of the warfare resembled that of the Mexicans, according to those who witnessed the event. The combatants freely used the shelter of trees and were as ready to retreat as to advance. No casualties were reported.

BOYS SCOUT COUNCIL ORGANIZED

A large and enthusiastic meeting of citizens in the superior court room on the night of February 26, 1913, met and launched the Boy Scouts movement in Shawnee. Mayor Frank Stearns presided as chairman of the meeting.

After a brief statement of the purposes and plans of the Boy Scouts movement by Rev. S.A. Babcock, addresses followed by a few others. Speeches were made by C.M. “Cash” Cade, Rev. J.H. Miller, W.L. Chapman, J.D. Bramlette, and Paul Walker. It was decided to organize a council and select a scout commissioner at once. The council was the body having supervision of the Boy Scouts work. The council would take charge of the work for the county.

Only a part of the Shawnee members was chosen, and none of those from outside of the city were selected. The scout commissioner was the chief officer in the county organization. He would have general charge of the scout work in the county, under the direction of the council.

SENSATIONAL ATTEMPT AT KIDNAPPING

A sensational attempt was made by three disguised persons in a big touring car to kidnap the little adopted daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J.S. McIntyre at noon on March 16, 1914. Schoolmates of the child, however, successfully fought the kidnappers until help arrived and the child was saved. The party escaped before they could be placed under arrest.

The child was seized by two women, or a woman and a man in women’s clothes, between Union and Philadelphia streets. She was grabbed and dragged down the alley to 11th Street, where the car was waiting. She was on her way to school in company with other children. Her playmates screamed and fought the kidnappers, so interfering with their progress that neighbors were on the scene before they could make their escape.

Deputy Sheriff Charles F. Bocher was among the first of these and placed the women under arrest. The engine of the car was in motion, however, and the rescued child so hindered his actions by clinging to him that he could not get the culprits from their position inside the car before the vehicle sped away.

There was much excitement in the neighborhood and before the kidnapping party was out of sight a score or more of men appeared with weapons, including Mr. McIntyre. The school children were crowded closely around, and the rescuing force could not be effectively used. The alarm was given and all roads leading into Oklahoma City were being watched.

The child had been legally adopted by the McIntyres and was claimed by Maud Hess of Oklahoma City. One of the party who tried to take the child declared, “She is my child and I have a right to take her.”

Similar attempts were made in the past. It was also said that two automobiles figured in the latest attempt. They remained at the alley between Union and Philadelphia on 11th for a considerable time.

Mabel Richardson, alias Maud Hess, Jessie Bowen, and Bob Pettit, all of Oklahoma City, were arrested at McLoud that evening. They were charged with attempted kidnapping of the daughter of the McIntyres. They were arraigned before Justice of the Peace D.P. Sparks. Pettit was held for his preliminary and was under bond for $2,000. He claimed he was engaged to bring the women to Shawnee and did not know why.

The cases of the two women were continued until that night. The Richardson woman was held as the principal and the other lady as her prominent accomplice.

The trio was arrested at McLoud by Constable Charles McCoy. They were guarded there until Deputy County Attorney W.F. Durham and Deputy Sheriff Frank Timmons arrived from Shawnee, along with Fire Chief L.A. Brown. A punctured tire caused the pursued party to halt at McLoud.

(These stories appear in Volume One of “Redbud City: The Early Years, 1830-1929.” The book is already printed and is at the binders this week. They should be available anytime. There will be only 500 copies made, so be sure and reserve your book by ordering it ahead of time. It may be purchased at the PCHS at (405) 275-8412, or by contacting Clyde Wooldridge at (918)470-3728. Pre-paid orders will cost you $50, plus sales tax. When the book is available for distribution, the price will increase by five dollars. The book is now currently available in digital form for $30 and $35 at the Society. Volume Two, the 1930s and 1940s, should be available by Christmas time. Volume three, the 1950s, 60s, and 70s will be ready near the end of 2019. Volume four covers the 1980s and 90s, and Volume five is the 21st century. It should be available in 2020 or 2021.)