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Holmes Davidson & Ed Plank Deputy US Marshals Killed 1914 OK

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Re: Holmes Davidson & Ed Plank Deputy US Marshals Killed 1914 OK

Posted: 23 May 2009 11:22PM GMT
Classification: Biography
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Ike Wilkinson formerly a police captain under Baber,
but in the federal liquor service for the last year,
who went with Davidson and Plank to the Baber home,
escaped although two shots were fired at Wilkinson.

Telling the enforcement officers that he had no liquor
hidden at his home, Baber warned the officers not to
try to force an entrance. When the officers refused
to regard Baber's order to "stand back," Baber opened
fire with a double barrelled shotgun loaded with
buckshot. Davidson, with a six shooter in his hand
was killed outright and Plank died in a few minutes
after being shot. Neither officer fired at Baber so
far as is known.

Wilkinson took refuge behind a tree and after two shots
had been fired at him escaped.

Baber immediately notified police headquarters of what
he had done and asked that an officer be sent to arrest
him. Baber was arrested by Chief of Police Burns and
Patrolman Bewley. At police headquarters Baber talked
freely of the shooting, protesting that he fired to
protect his home.

Inquests over the bodies of the dead




officers will be held Friday. Officer Wilkinson, Baber
and Baber's wife will be the principal witnesses.

Marshal Davidson has been in charge of the government
liquor officers here for a year and has been very active
in the work of raiding whisky traffickers. He was a
candidate for sheriff of Creek county. Deputy Plank
formerly was a deputy sheriff at Claremore and his
people live in Claremore.

Excitement over the killing reached the fever point
Thursday night, when a score of speakers addressed an
indignation mass meeting of 2,000 people, held on a
downtown corner. The result of the meeting was the
sending of a telegram to Governor Lee Cruce, signed by
citizens, urging him to send Adjutant General Frank M.
Canton here with the power to put a ban on bootlegging
and gambling. This telegram was ratified by the
meeting enmasse.

Federal Aid Sought

A telegram signed by fifty members of the Law Enforcement
club was sent to United States District Attorney
Linebaugh, demanding that Chief Larson of the department
of justice and as many deputies as necessary be dispatched
to Tulsa with orders to close all whisky traffic at any
cost. It was suggested that at least twenty-five special
United States officers be stationed here immediately.
Action by the government is expected immediately. General
conditions in Tulsa were denounced by a score of speakers.
It was declared by one that Tulsa, as it now is, is not a
fit place for children to be reared. Rev. Lloyd, pastor of
the First Baptist church, said:

"Unless immediate steps are taken to renovate this city, to
reclaim it from the element now standing high, the better
people are going to move away. People are not going to rear
their children here: they are afraid to."

Others in similar terms flayed what they claimed were existing
conditions. Members of the Law Enforcement club have prepared
to offer at the meeting proof that gambling and bootlegging
are carried on in the city. As a result of the killing of
the government officers and the mass meeting Thursday night
a great crowd of reformers will be present at the session of
the commissioners.

Telegram to Governor

The following telegram, signed by two hundred citizens and
ratified by the mass meeting of two thousand, was sent to
Governor Lee Cruce:

"Governor Lee Cruce, Oklahoma City, Okla. Sir: Today
Holmes Davidson, deputy United States marshal, and his
assistant, Ed Plank, were killed in cold blood by
Bill Baber, notorious bootlegger of Tulsa.

"It appears that this murder was unquestionably done in
pursuance of a conspiracy to kill.

"A condition exists in this community which can no longer
be tolerated. We do not expect any assistance or law
enforcement from our county officers, therefore we appeal
to you, as governor of the state of Oklahoma. Law
enforcement is a farce and lawbreakers laugh at a righteous
public indignation. We must have relief instanter, and
respectfully ask that you use every power and authority
vested in you as governor of this state to see that the
laws are enforced in this community and that crime and law
violation, practically licensed by our officers, be
suppressed by any and every authority you possess as
governor. A petition to that effect is before you for action.

"We appeal to you to enforce the law. We would be glad if
you would send General Canton here at once with full authority
to act. We respectfully request that you act at once,
positively and effectually. Will you act? The above telegram
was read at a mass meeting of two thousand people and ratified
by them. (Signed).

"President Law Enforcement Club and Chairman of Meeting."

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Obits101 19 Jan 2009 2:24AM GMT 
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