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Evidence in the Haystack Murder Cases

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS D27

Overview

Evidence in the Haystack Murder Cases in No Man's Land [Indian Territory], resulting from the county seat contest in Stevens County, Kansas. Washington, D. C. Bound with letters from C. M. Horton, Examiner; T. W. Johnson, Foreman of the Grand Jury; S. Taliaferro, U.S. Attorney; Richard Olney, U.S. Attorney; and James M. Hill.

Dates

  • 1911

Creator

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History of the Hay Meadow Massacre

The Hay Meadow massacre occurred on July 25, 1888, and was part of the Stevens County War in Kansas.

In July 1888, Sam Robinson, the marshal of Hugoton, and a group of men supporting Hugoton for the county seat went to No Man's Land just south of the county. Ed Short, the marshal of Woodsdale and Woodsdale supporter and some men of the opposing faction caught up with Robinson, but he escaped. Short was joined by Sheriff John M. Cross and four others to search for the Hugoton party. Not finding them, they camped for the night on a hay meadow at Wild Horse Lake, just across the border in the present-day Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, some of Robinson's friends headed out to rescue him. After meeting up with Robinson they located the Woodsdale camp at the hay meadow and surrounded the Sheriff's party and killed four of them and injured the fifth. The Hugoton party said they had killed the Woodsdale party in a shootout, however, the surviving member and a group of witnesses stated that the Woodsdale party had been captured, disarmed, and then executed.

The case was tried before the United States Court for the Eastern District of Texas, at Paris (United States v. C. E. Cook. Orin Cook, Capt. C.E. Frease, Johnnie Jackson, Ed Boudin, John Colbert, et al.). Samuel Newitt Wood was the lead prosecutor. Seven men were convicted of murder and sentenced to death, however on appeal, it was determined that the Paris court had no jurisdiction and no sentence was carried out.

Extent

1 volume (326 leaves. Typescript)

Physical Location

RH MS D27

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, William E. Connelley, ca.1927 via Mary Maud Smelser Fund.
Title
Guide to the Samuel Robinson Collection
Subtitle
Evidence in the Haystack Murder Cases
Author
lgg 24 November 1972 mg 2004
Date
2004
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Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/8941979575
Preferred citation
Samuel Robinson Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS D27, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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