Has anyone run across any information about a female deputy U.S. marshal named Adah Curnett[spelled variously as Curnnett, Curnut, etc.] who served at Oklahoma City during the 1890s? I have learned from an article/obituary in the Daily Oklahoman that she was also serving as a deputy clerk for the district court at OKC in the 1890s and she married a man named Melvin J. Patterson around 1900. In the 1930s, she lived at Kansas City, MO where she died.
Any information is appreciated
On the Trail
Secretary, Oklahombres Inc.
From:THE MARSHAL'S FORCE by Robert E. King
Curnutt, Ada was a commissioned deputy marshal and district clerk in the Norman area. In March of 1893, Marshal Grimes telegraphed the Norman office telling them there were two desperados who had committed perjury, then fled to Oklahoma City. The marshal wanted the men arrested immediately. Ada could not find a male deputy marshal so she donned her bonnet and caught the first train to Oklahoma City. Her search for the two men took her to a saloon where she confronted the two men. Ada asked the two men to come outside with her, which they did. Ada served the warrant of arrest placing the perjurers under arrest. The men still thinking they were a victim of a joke allowed Ada to place her handcuffs over their wrists. Ada, only twenty-four years old at the time, took the two surprised men to jail. On March 11, 1893, Ada had the privilege of taking the men to Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory where they were tried and convicted.
(Moments In Oklahoma History)
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