Joel K. Runnells was my great grandfather, he was a city asst. marshall in Guthrie late 1890's. I am looking for information on him. thanks Lisa
Below is the info that I have on Runnels:
Runnels, J.K. [possibly same as Joseph Runnels]
J.K. Runnels was a deputy U.S. marshal in Oklahoma Territory in 1895.
-West of Hell's Fringe, by Glenn Shirley, pg. 310
-"Forrest T. Halsell: Deputy U.S. Marshal Oklahoma Territory", Oklahombres Journal, by Nancy Samuelson, Spring 1998, pg. 17
-"Indian Citizen", June 13, 1895
-"Kingfisher Times Weekly", Kingfisher, O.T., June 26, 1895
-"Kingfisher Free Press", June 27, 1895
Runnels, Joseph [possibly same as J.K. Runnels]
Joseph Runnels was assistant city marshal at Guthrie prior to 1900. He was succeeded by Jap Salsbury and a quarrel ensued at the end of which Runnels shot and killed Salsbury in 1900. Runnels was tried at El Reno on a change of venue and found guilty. He was reportedly from a wealthy eastern family and Runnels was an assumed name. It was also noted that he had previously been an army scout, deputy U.S. marshal, and an Indian fighter. Runnels was sentenced to twenty-five years in the Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing for the murder of Salsbury. However, in 1906, the Governor of Oklahoma issued a parole for Runnels after which the Governor wired authorities at the penitentiary and ordered them to delay the release.
-"Daily Oklahoman", November 17, 1904
-"Daily Oklahoman, July 25, 1906
-"Daily Oklahoman", September 4, 1906
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