Gangs and Outlaws

Oklahoma was divided into two territories, Oklahoma and Indian Territories.  Cleveland County was in Oklahoma Territory but sat on the edge of Indian Territory.  It was called the "Jumping off point".  In the southeast corner of Pottawatomie County that bordered Cleveland was the roughest lawless areas known. In the book "The History of Pottawatomie County" it is said that one of the towns was full of the roughest saloons.  Gun fights broke out daily.  The ground was covered in shell casings like gravel on a road.  In Cleveland County it had its share.  The Doolin Gang had family in Range 10 N 1 E.  A news article in the Norman Transcript before 1900 stated that one of the Doolin Gang was ill and being nursed by some of the people of the community of Little River.  

The Chicago gangter Murray Humphreys, who was part of Capone's mob,  would hide out in Henry Brendle's home.    Murray was married to Clemi Brendle.  The Brendle home was but two miles from the cemetery and the town of Linden Corner.  It was in an area called Mardock, which was the original land area of Henry Plott Brendle, and ancestor of Humphreys' wife.  http://bcove.me/ajsu6nue  Humphreys was know by people of this area to be a very kind and generous man.

Many other unsavory characters past through this area.   When things got too rough in Pott County these characters would go to Cleveland County until things died down.

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Lisa Westbrook,
Dec 20, 2011, 12:33 AM
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Lisa Westbrook,
Dec 20, 2011, 12:33 AM
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