The final rally for Baptist University lot sales was held at the First Baptist Church on the night of November 13, 1911. The meeting was intended for the Convention Hall, but they had trouble in getting the big hall warm.


The final rally for Baptist University lot sales was held at the First Baptist Church on the night of November 13, 1911. The meeting was intended for the Convention Hall, but they had trouble in getting the big hall warm.

Despite the disagreeable weather, there was a good bunch of loyal boosters out, including several ladies. A determined spirit prevailed the assembly, and it was the opinion of all that a supreme effort should be made to dispose of $39,000 worth of lots in order that the report might be wired to the university’s representatives. They were preparing for a big convention in Durant on November 17. Everyone wished to tell them that the remainder of the bonus money for the opening of the school was raised.


The management of the Club Pool Hall attempted late Saturday night, December 2, 1911, to eject three unruly young boys. A riot ensued in which pool balls flew promiscuously, thick and fast. A busted head and a dislocated elbow were the results. Two arrests were made by the police in the case.

The event was described by the manager Bart Williamson of the place. He said Bud Wallace and another boy appeared at the place and began to create a disturbance. They were ordered out by Al Holt, a house man, and left, returning soon afterwards. They were again ordered out and responded with a volley of pool balls. One ball struck S.J. Haskett, proprietor, on the arm, dislocating his elbow. Another hit Bart Williamson, a member of the attacking party, in the head.

Wallace was in police court the next morning on a charge of drunkenness and peace disturbance. He pled guilty to the first charge, but not guilty to the second. Williams was nursing a broken head at his home in the country. The identity of the third boy was not established. However, J.T. Hineman, waiter in a west Main Street chili parlor, was arrested on suspicion of being the one wanted. According to Hineman’s employer, he was at work in the chili parlor at the time of the trouble and knew nothing of the event.


The 1911 football team set a record in its short history with four wins during the season. The team coached by Earnway Edwards, had some impressive wins during the campaign. The team opened with a victory at home against East Central Normal College out of Ada, 38-0. The next game was at home also against the powerful Norman High School team that took down the locals, 10-0. This game was followed with a road trip to Oklahoma City, where the team walked off the field and forfeited by a score of 10-0. The team returned home and took a whipping at the hands of Chickasha, 29-0. Ardmore visited after that and Shawnee controlled the game with a 14-2 victory. Next was a road trip to Ada for a return match with East Central. Again, Shawnee won easily by a score of 17-0, evening their record on the season at 3-3. Next was a trip to Ardmore for a rematch that ended in a 6-6 tie. Shawnee closed out the 1911 season at home with a 23-0 white-washing of the Guthrie Bluejays.

The strong finish gave Shawnee a (4-3-1) record on the season and a (9-19-2) all-time record.


The rigid enforcement of the ordinance against gambling and violation of the liquor ordinance was shown on the night of December 13, 1911. On that night, the members of the police department made several important arrests. With such a volume of evidence at hand, they were certain of convictions ahead.

The first capture was made at the Katy train station, when a black man carrying three suit cases of whiskey was arrested by Frank Hill, chief of police, his assistant Jerry Spann, along with Detective T.J. Darden. The man was alighting from the train and had set the dress suit cases down in the vestibule. He started away when he was taken into custody. At first, he denied ownership of the “grips,” but after arriving at police headquarters, admitted that they were in his care.

Later that night, the same officers raided a place on west Main Street. When they reached the place where four men were alleged to have been engaged in a poker game, the officers found the door locked. The door was forced open and the officers entered the room and placed T. Beavers, B. Moore, C. Edwards, and J.W. Bottoms under arrest on a charge of gambling.


Phoebe Hendricks, who was considered insane, caused a near panic in the south side of town on the afternoon of December 29, 1911, before she was captured and taken to police headquarters. The black lady became violent at times and people in the area became excited and fled in all directions. She made no attempt at assaulting any person, but her wild actions terrified the populace.

The woman was taken to police headquarters and locked up. Later she was taken to the county jail, where she remained until the county insanity board passed judgment upon her mental condition. Her actions while confined at police headquarters, and her general manner over the past several weeks indicated that see was “off her rocker.”

While locked up in her cell, she raved and talked loudly. At times, she would sing and then shout to have an imaginary person taken away. A few weeks earlier, she created some excitement in front of the central fire station, when she began to scream excitedly that “they” were trying to kill her. Assistant Chief Jerry Spann and Detective T.J. Darden, while driving through south town, were attracted by blacks fleeing from a house.

“She shu’am crazy,” said one excited neighbor, as the officers drove up in front of the house where the neighbors had fled. The officers entered the house and took the woman into custody. On the way to the station, the woman shouted that someone was trying to kill her.

(These stories and hundreds more will appear in the first volume of the history of Shawnee, entitled “The Early Years, 1870-1950,” coming this summer. Look for it on flash drive, with a traditional copy available upon request. Look for more details in the future.)