Allen Augustus Bobbitt

Allen Augustus Bobbitt

This Memorial Day weekend (May 27, 2013), I thought it appropriate to honor two Oklahoma Marshals mentioned in my book who were assassinated in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, just weeks before the lynching of 1909.

First, of course, is Allen Augustus (Gus) Bobbitt.  Though he was no longer serving as a marshal at the time of his death, he served as Deputy U.S. Marshal in Indian Territory during the years 1895-1897.   He was murdered/ambushed on February 27, 1909, by the widely-known cold-blooded assassin of the times – James Brown Miller.

Next, is Ezekiel (Zeke) Putnam who was killed on January 16, 1909.  Mr. Putnam was serving as city marshal in the town of Allen.  A resident named Mack Lee had Zeke killed after hiring an assassin whom he met at The Bucket of Blood named Daniel Scribner.

Ezekiel Putnam

Ezekiel Putnam

Both of these men were well liked and respected in their communities.   Both men are buried at the Rosedale Cemetery in Ada.